Upfronts 2020: Nine: Informer 3838, Halifax, returning reality juggernauts.
Plus: Step Back in Time & The Parent Jury as part of strong returning slate.
- 2020 dramas Informer 3838, Halifax: Retribution, Doctor Doctor
- Variety show Step Back in Time
- New reality The Parent Jury
- Returning hits: MAFS, The Block, LEGO Masters, The Voice, Ninja Warrior
- New ob-docs Emergency, Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo
Nine has confirmed a slate of renewals for 2020 including its tentpole reality hits Married at First Sight, The Block, LEGO Masters, The Voice (with all 4 coaches returning) and Australian Ninja Warrior at its annual Upfronts today at FOX Studios.
Nine is enjoying its best ratings share performance in more than a decade, currently leading in Total People plus demos 16-39 and 25-54. All are up on 2018.
Today it announced a handful of new shows as part of a strong returning slate, including upcoming drama series Informer 3838, with Ella Scott Lynch as gangland lawyer known as Lawyer X, Nicola Gobbo. It is now filming in Melbourne, also with Gyton Grantley.
Rebecca Gibney returns with Halifax: Retribution, joined by Anthony LaPaglia and Claudia Karvan.
A new variety show is coming, Step Back in Time built around pop culture and The Parent Jury sees mums and dads judging each other’s parenting styles.
Nine’s presentation at FOX Studios, opened by Hamish Blake and CEO Hugh Marks, included a roll-call of stars including Allison Langdon, Todd Woodbridge, Guy Sebastian, Kelly Rowland, Rebecca Maddern, Ben Fordham, Shelley Craft, Scott Cam, Rodger Corser, Hamish Blake, Andy Lee and more.
Nine’s 2020 highlights are as follows….
Nine has announced a star-studded cast for Informer 3838, the new drama mini-series based on the events involving gangland lawyer turned police informer, Nicola Gobbo. Ella Scott Lynch (Love Child, Doctor Doctor, Upright) will play the gangland lawyer known as Lawyer X, Nicola Gobbo. The series will mark the return of some members of the Underbelly crew. Gyton Grantley (House Husbands, The Dressmaker, Balibo) will reprise his role as Carl Williams and Robert Mammone (Fat Tony & Co., Mystery Road, Water Diviner) will again play Tony Mokbel. Rhys Muldoon (Les Norton, Rake, House Husbands) is police informant Terrence Hodson. Also starring in the mini-series are Stephen Peacocke (Five Bedrooms, Squinters 2, Home and Away), Richard Davies (Offspring, Tidelands, Oddball), Olympia Valance (Neighbours, Playing For Keeps), Jane Harber (Offspring, A Moody Christmas, INXS) and Hollie Andrew (Fat Tony & Co., Somersault, Supernova). Informer 3838 will tell the story of how Nicola Gobbo had the ultimate trust of Melbourne’s underworld and was gangland’s go-to defence lawyer, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Carl Williams, Tony Mokbel, the Morans, the Carlton Crew and Roberta Williams. While Nicola knew the underworld’s dirty secrets, they had no idea of hers. This explosive drama is the untold story of how one woman’s secret double life helped to fight the Melbourne gangland wars and trigger a Royal Commission. Throughout the gangland wars Nicola Gobbo was the ultimate double agent. Against all the rules, she was betraying her clients to the police while defending them in court. Informer 3838 is being produced by Screentime, makers of the hit Underbelly series, with assistance from Screen NSW. Filming commenced in Melbourne last week.
In 2020, Australian television legend Rebecca Gibney returns to Nine to reprise her role as forensic psychiatrist Jane Halifax in Halifax: Retribution. Hollywood-based Anthony LaPaglia joins the cast to play the head of Task Force Stingray, Inspector Tom Saracen, in the gripping crime thriller mini-series. Jane Halifax (Rebecca Gibney) is a rock star in the field of forensic psychiatry, and after years on the police frontline she has carved out a new career as a university professor. But when a serial sniper starts terrorising Melbourne, Jane is lured back into the field to help the police task force find the killer and save a city paralysed with fear. As she profiles a killer hidden in plain sight, Jane finds herself firmly in his view. This one is personal. Also joining the stellar cast are Claudia Karvan (Newton’s Law, Jack Irish, Time Of Our Lives), Jacqueline McKenzie (Safe Harbour, Romper Stomper, Pine Gap), Rick Donald (800 Words, A Place to Call Home, Wentworth), Craig Hall (A Place to Call Home, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Catching Milat), Michala Banas (Upper Middle Bogan, Bad Mothers, McLeod’s Daughters), Mavournee Hazel (Neighbours, My Life Is Murder), Louisa Mignone (Secret City: Under the Eagle, Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, Rake), Stephen Curry (The Castle, The King, Hounds of Love) and John Waters (Mystery Road, Rake, Offspring). “I am beyond excited to be breathing new life into Jane Halifax as she was and still is one of my favourite characters, and I always believed there was so much more we could explore with her,” Rebecca Gibney said. “Having grown as a woman and hopefully as an actor over the last 20 years I’m really looking forward to exploring Jane’s world from a new perspective.” Original creator and writer Roger Simpson (Stingers, Satisfaction, Good Guys, Bad Guys) returns as writer and producer, alongside executive producer Mikael Borglund. Halifax: Retribution is a Beyond Lonehand Production for Nine with major production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria.
The Parent Jury
Brave mums and dads who believe their parenting style is the best will be put to the ultimate test in The Parent Jury. In this controversial new series, opinionated mums and dads will take turns judging each other’s parenting styles. Helicopter parents, tiger parents, free-range parents, designer parents and strict authoritarians will all show how they bring up their families with a view to convincing the group that their way is best.
Step Back in Time
Step Back in Time, a variety show coming to Nine in 2020, will offer viewers a blast from the past through a familiar lens. The show will celebrate key moments in pop culture from TV, movies, music, news, sport, advertising and technology, with each episode focusing on a particular era. An action-packed, fun-filled program that all comes together in front of a live studio audience.
Emergency is a gritty new medical observational documentary series with unprecedented access to one of Australia’s busiest hospital emergency departments. In the spirit of the best medical dramas, the doctors and nurses of the Royal Melbourne Hospital emergency department are the real stars. The series reveals the extraordinary compassion and incredible skills of the doctors and nurses as they treat more than 250 patients who come through the doors of the emergency department every day. Emergency tells the stories of the patients through the eyes of the doctors and nurses who are literally saving lives every day. Emergency will be produced by WTFN, creators of Nine’s hit series, Paramedics.
Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo.
Every year millions of visitors from around the world pass through Taronga Zoo’s gates to get a glimpse of some of the most amazing creatures on the planet. But what people don’t see is the incredible and groundbreaking work that goes on behind the animal exhibits – until now. New to Nine in 2020 comes the exciting behind-the-scenes documentary series Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo. In this series viewers will get to see just what it takes to run one of the world’s most famous and magnificent zoos, with no area off limits. Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo is produced by McAvoy Media for Nine.
Seven Worlds, One Planet with Sir David Attenborough
Seven Worlds, One Planet is a landmark BBC series presented by Sir David Attenborough, which will premiere on Nine in early 2020. Seven Worlds, One Planet will transport viewers to the seven continents, and each one- hour episode tells the story of the spectacular wildlife and wondrous landscape in one. This series celebrates the diversity of life on every continent and reveals the survival challenges faced by animals in a modern world dominated by humanity. New technology has been employed by the filmmakers of Seven Worlds, such as boundary- defining drone techniques to capture unique perspectives, new species and animal behaviour. Nine and the BBC have also announced a long-term partnership for the BBC Planet franchise. As well as guaranteeing Australian premiere rights for Nine, this deal will see Nine premiering five landmark series under the BBC Planet franchise, plus one other title. Alongside Seven Worlds, other titles in this franchise include Perfect Planet, Green Planet, Frozen Planet II and Planet Earth III. Seven Worlds, One Planet is a BBC Studios Natural History Unit production, co-produced with BBC America, Tencent Penguin Pictures, ZDF, France Télévisions and China Media Group CCTV9.
Married At First Sight
Australia’s No. 1 series, Married at First Sight, will return in 2020 for its seventh explosive season, bringing another powerful combination of love and fireworks. Relationship experts John Aiken, Mel Schilling and neuropsychotherapist Trisha Stratford will pair 20 brave singles from across Australia, using a mix of neuroscience and psychology, with the goal of creating 10 perfect matches. Relationships will be put to the ultimate test by our experts to determine whether science really can predict true love. Viewers will be captivated by incredible weddings, romantic honeymoons, provocative dinner parties and confronting commitment ceremonies, which will again lure you into this addictive reality TV juggernaut. Married at First Sight is produced by Endemol Shine Australia for Nine.
LEGO Masters burst onto our screens in 2019 and quickly established itself as the breakout, smash-hit new program of the year. Unlike anything ever seen on Australian TV, LEGO Masters pits Australia’s best LEGO builders against each other as they create mind- blowing models and masterpieces that must be seen to be believed. The feelgood family-friendly format was a ratings phenomenon, with more than 2.3 million viewers tuning in for the final episode. LEGO Masters returns in 2020 with host Hamish Blake, resident judge Ryan “Brickman” McNaught, and eight new pairs of passionate creators duelling it out in extraordinary new challenges. With imagination their sole limitation, next year’s contestants will attempt to conceptualise and craft the most ambitious and impressive LEGO creations ever attempted. LEGO Masters is produced by Endemol Shine Australia for Nine.
The Voice Australia is back in 2020 for its ninth series. And for the very first time, all four superstar coaches are back too. Kelly Rowland, Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian and Boy George return to the famous spinning red chairs to discover the next wave of Australia’s most talented artists. A new batch of All Stars will return to take on the newbies in their quest to win $100,000 in prizemoney and a recording contract. Which artists will make the coaches turn their chairs next year? And who will take the crown? The Voice Australia is produced by ITV Studios for Nine.
Australian Ninja Warrior
Australian Ninja Warrior is returning to Melbourne for its exhilarating fourth season. In 2019, audiences were captivated as the Ninjas went further and faster than ever before, while Mt Midoriyama remained unconquered. In 2020, this television phenomenon is set to explode to even greater heights with a new location, new obstacles and a compelling new twist as competitors from all over Australia tackle the world’s toughest obstacle course. The competition will be set on fire with Ninjas more desperate than ever to be furthest fastest and take home the prize of $100,000. But the greatest prize of all awaits. Make it up Mt Midoriyama and the prize jackpots to $300,000 and the title of Australia’s First Ninja Warrior. But wait, there’s more. In 2020, we’re taking it to a whole new level with a special event series that pits the best of the best against each other in a knockout challenge. Rebecca Maddern, Ben Fordham and Freddie Flintoff will be there to take viewers through every second of the jaw-dropping action. Australian Ninja Warrior is produced by Endemol Shine Australia for Nine.
After 15 mammoth seasons, The Block continues to excite and inspire audiences across the country with incredible renovations, fascinating characters and nailbiting auctions. In 2020, The Block moves to the affluent Melbourne bayside suburb of Brighton. The setting? A huge block of land just a hop, skip and a jump from the Golden Mile, a colloquial term given to the prestigious property strip running along the foreshore of Port Philip Bay. And what goes there? All will be revealed in the coming months. Host Scott Cam will welcome a new batch of eager Blockheads as they get ready for the ultimate renovator’s delight. Also returning are co-host Shelley Craft, judges Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer, foreman Keith Schleiger and his right-hand man, Dan Reilly. The Block is a Nine production in conjunction with Cavalier Television.
Australia’s favourite bad boy, Dr Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser), is back with a vengeance along with his marvellously dysfunctional family for a fourth series of Nine’s hit drama, Doctor Doctor. After serving out his probation in Whyhope and saving the family farm, Hugh faces the fight of his life – for love, career and family. Will Whyhope’s naughtiest doctor have the right stuff, or will he self-destruct and lose everything? Doctor Doctor showcases a stellar returning cast including Nicole da Silva (Charlie), Ryan Johnson (Matt), Tina Bursill (Meryl), Hayley McElhinney (Penny), Matt Castley (Ajax), Chloe Bayliss (Hayley), Belinda Bromilow (Betty), Charles Wu (Ken) and Miranda Tapsell (April). Joining the cast for series four are Dustin Clare (Glitch, Wolf Creek, Spartacus, Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities), Kate Jenkinson (Wentworth, Offspring, Tangle) and Robyn Nevin (Top of the Lake, Upper Middle Bogan, Back in Very Small Business). Based on an original idea by Tony McNamara and Ian Collie, Doctor Doctor is produced by Easy Tiger Productions for Nine with the assistance of Create NSW.
It’s the most epic season of Travel Guides yet as our holidaymakers hit Europe, the Middle East, USA, Africa, Asia and undiscovered corners of Australia. Your favourites will return, along with some hilarious new travellers, to experience the same week-long holidays – reviewing the accommodation, food and local sights. With more out-of-this-world experiences (and travel disasters) than ever before, our different groups of ordinary Aussies will be delivering candid insights and rating their stay out of five stars as only they can. Narrated by popular Aussie comedian Denise Scott, Travel Guides is produced by Nine.
Paramedics is a compelling documentary series offering unprecedented insight into the daily lives of emergency service heroes. Produced with the help of Ambulance Victoria, the series features unrivalled access to paramedics, with vision captured from up to 60 cameras rigged in ambulances, helicopters and on motorbikes. In 2020, our frontline first-responders will be challenged with a raft of new medical emergencies.
Go behind the lines of the South Australian Police Force and their random breath testing operations for the very first time with all-new RBT. Narrated by Andrew Daddo, RBT will again capture all the drama and danger that police face every day in their relentless campaign against drink and drug driving. From major roadside drink-driving operations and mobile breath testing to high-speed pursuits and drivers under the influence of drugs, hear extraordinary stories from drivers up to no good on our roads and witness the patience of the SA Police. RBT is produced by Screentime Australia for Nine.
62nd TV WEEK Logie Awards
The 62nd TV WEEK Logie Awards will return to Queensland’s Gold Coast in 2020, where the Australian television industry’s annual celebration of talent and entertainment will again be held at The Star Gold Coast. All the glitz and glamour from the red-carpet arrivals and awards show will be telecast on Nine and 9Now.
News & Current Affairs
Every weekday Nine produces more than ten hours of news and current affairs, aiming to inform, entertain and enlighten viewers with the very best in news gathering and reporting. We strive to provide relevant information that helps busy families in their day-to-day lives. And in 2020, Nine will continue to offer an unparalleled source of news and current affairs that speaks directly to Australians about the issues that affect them most. Our daily news offering starts at 5.00am with Nine News Early Edition before leading into the Today show, bringing viewers the latest in news, sport, politics, entertainment, fashion, health and lifestyle from Australia and around the world. Today Extra offers a fresh, lighthearted look at social issues, fashion, entertainment and celebrity gossip from 9.00am each weekday. Our morning schedule wraps with Nine’s Morning News at 11.30am. And Weekend Today at 7.00am is the perfect way to kick-start your Saturdays and Sundays.
At 3.00pm, Nine News Now provides the news you need in an easy-to-digest format. From 4.00pm, each capital city receives a localised bulletin of Nine’s Afternoon News, with detailed analysis of the issues affecting Australians in their local communities. At 6.00pm, Nine News provides the most accurate and up-to-date news service in each capital city and across 15 regional markets. Then at 7.00pm, A Current Affair rounds out our day-long coverage of news and current affairs. And crowning our news and current affairs service is 60 Minutes, which has been a Sunday night institution since it began in 1979. In 2020, it will be the only weekly public affairs program on commercial television.
This year we saw the dawning of a new era in tennis broadcasting in Australia with Nine, your new home of tennis. And when the Australian Open begins on January 20, viewers will see the world’s greatest players battling it out in the tournament’s best matches, across Nine, 9Gem and 9Now. Our comprehensive coverage will ensure Australians get the best tennis experience available, anytime, anywhere, on a device of their choosing. Returning as hosts of Nine’s broadcast are Rebecca Maddern, James Bracey and Tony Jones. They will be supported by an all-star roster of commentators: John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Sam Smith, Todd Woodbridge, Lleyton Hewitt, Alicia Molik, Jelena Dokic, Sam Groth, Dylan Alcott and Casey Dellacqua. Will Serena Williams succeed in her quest to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 major singles titles? Can Rafael Nadal equal Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam titles? And could Ash Barty become Australia’s first women’s singles champion since Christine O’Neil in 1978? Don’t miss one serve of Nine’s summer of tennis. It all begins on January 3 with the brand- new ATP Cup, which will see 24 countries competing for the new world title.
The 2020 NRL Premiership kicks off in March, bringing with it Nine’s commitment to the best-in-class coverage and leading innovations. 2019 saw a nailbiting Grand Final finish as the Sydney Roosters outlasted a gritty Canberra Raiders side in a match filled with drama to become the first team in 26 years to win back-to- back premierships. They will be looking to win a historic third straight trophy in 2020, but plenty of teams will be primed to knock them off. Fans will be able to watch and stream every one of Nine’s NRL games, across Nine and 9Now, with supplementary streams for feature matches plus blogs, highlights and social takeovers all available through the Wide World of Sports digital and social channels. In the commentary box will be the best rugby league experts in the business, including Phil Gould, Andrew Johns, Billy Slater, Brad Fittler, Johnathan Thurston, Paul Vautin, Ruan Sims, Darren Lockyer, Wally Lewis, Peter Sterling, Allana Ferguson, Sam Thaiday and Paul Gallen. Three of the top games in every NRL round will be shown live on Thursday, Friday and Sunday – before Nine adds a fourth game on Saturday nights in the run to the finals. The NRLW will also return for its third season, where the Brisbane Broncos will be aiming for a three-peat after taking out the women’s title in 2018 and 2019.
State of Origin
The biggest event on Australian TV each year, State of Origin, returns exclusively to Nine in 2020. This year Game I was the most watched and streamed program in Australia, with Games II and III also in the top four. Following the huge success of State of Origin’s first match in Perth in 2019, this national sporting phenomenon will continue to make its way to new markets, with the world-class Adelaide Oval hosting Game I on June 3 next year for the first time. Games II and III will follow in Sydney and Brisbane respectively. The State of Origin rugby league series has always been a titanic mate versus mate, state versus state rivalry, and after a decade of dominance by Queensland, NSW has finally won two series in a row, thanks to a thrilling last-minute try in the Game III decider this year. Women’s State of Origin will also return in 2020, following a record TV audience – and a record crowd – for this year’s game in which NSW defeated Queensland. With a proven track record for excitement and an audience reach of 10 million Australians across the series, State of Origin will be must-see TV in 2020.
Cricket T20 World Cups
The 2020 Men and Women’s Cricket T20 World Cups make their way to the host nation of Australia next year, with both tournaments live on Nine. The top men’s and women’s international sides will converge on Australia’s best cricket grounds to compete for the greatest prize in the short form of the game. The women’s World Cup commences on February 21, with the men’s World Cup starting later in the year, on October 18. The Australian women will go in as hot hometown favourites, fielding a team packed with superstars of world sport including Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning. The final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground will be a great opportunity to set a new world record for attendance at a women’s sporting fixture. The Aussie men will be fired up after a great showing at this year’s ODI World Cup – and also retaining The Ashes – and they rank among the favourites to win the trophy. Both the ODI World Cup and The Ashes proved to be huge ratings successes for Nine, breaking records and featuring some of the most gripping finishes to cricket matches in history. Steve Smith, Dave Warner and Mitchell Starc will be three of the superstars leading Australia as we aim for our first ever men’s T20 World Cup victory.
Suncorp Super Netball
Suncorp Super Netball, the best netball competition in the world, returns to Nine in 2020 following another successful season. Australian netball Hall of Famer, Liz Ellis, spearheads Nine’s coverage of two live games per week, with all games available on 9Now.
The annual international Quad Series returns to Nine in 2020 with Australia taking on England, New Zealand and South Africa.
The Australian Diamonds will again play the New Zealand Silver Ferns in the Constellation Cup, in October 2020 – continuing the hottest netball rivalry in the world. The Aussies and Kiwis always meet in tight contests and this one promises to be another thriller.
Still to come in 2019
Hamish & Andy’s “Perfect” Holiday
Hamish & Andy love holidays. In fact, they have been taking holidays together and pretending it was work for ten years now. Caravan of Courage saw them traverse the UK and the USA, and Gap Year took them on an adventure through Europe, Asia and South America. In this proud tradition comes Hamish & Andy’s “Perfect” Holiday, and for the inaugural trip, North America has been selected for its diversity, beauty and, if we are honest, the oversupply of eccentricity. But organising a big holiday is hard, right? So Hamish & Andy will divide and conquer, planning half the trip each, choosing what they think will be the “perfect” activities for each other. But one person’s perfect can be another’s repulsive. In true Hamish & Andy style, this trip will see them once again uncover the bizarre and embrace the unknown as they treat each other to the “perfect” holiday.
The ARIA Awards will again be broadcast on Nine, on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, LIVE from The Star in Sydney. Hosted by four-time ARIA Award winner and coach on The Voice, Guy Sebastian, the prestigious ARIAs are the flagship event on the Australian music calendar. Representing the pinnacle of music success, the year’s best and most popular acts are recognised in front of their peers and fans.
John Farnham, Crowded House and INXS were among the original winners in 1987, and since then the ARIAs have been a star-studded affair, attracting top acts from around the world. This year, the 33rd ARIA Awards will be no different as the best local talent plus international superstars take the stage and another Australian music legend is inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. The ARIA Awards are produced by ZigZag TV for Nine.
Good Food Christmas
Australia’s premier food brand, Good Food, is coming to Nine in December to show you how to make this the easiest Christmas ever in the TV special, Good Food Christmas. Featuring a raft of incredible recipes and Christmas hacks, some of Australia’s top chefs, including author and TV presenter Adam Liaw, will bring audiences the latest in food and drink trends for the holiday season. Good Food Christmas, Saturday, December 7, at 5.30pm on Nine.
The 2019 President’s Cup
Nine will bring The President’s Cup to life when the International team captained by Ernie Els and the United States team captained by Tiger Woods meet in this unique tournament at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club from December 9 to 15. There will be 32 hours of live competition broadcast across Nine, 9Gem and 9Now. The 2019 Presidents Cup will bring golf fans the very best in tournament play, with the top 12 players from the United States taking on the top 12 from across the globe, excluding Europe. World No.1 Brooks Koepka and world No. 3 Dustin Johnson have been selected for the USA team, while Australian viewers will get to watch local heroes Cameron Smith, Adam Scott and Marc Leishman playing for the International team. Both team captains have selected eight players so far, with their last four picks to be made in the coming weeks. Nine’s broadcast will be headed up by James Bracey, with Wayne Grady, Alison Whitaker and Stuart Appleby commentating on play and Todd Woodbridge roaming the course to bring viewers all the big stories from the tournament.
Carols by Candlelight
Join Sonia Kruger and David Campbell as they present everyone’s favourite Christmas Eve tradition, Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight. This year marks the 82nd annual Carols concert, where some of Australia’s most loved stars will perform a selection of Christmas favourites. Entertainers will give family, friends and loved ones the opportunity to share in the spirit of Christmas when the Carols are broadcast live from Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Monday, December 24, at 8.00pm on Nine and 9Now.
Nine’s Upfronts list is highlights only, and does not include US titles nor multichannels. However absent from the list are:
Seachange (Nine: “We are still in negotiations and don’t have confirmation at the moment”), Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, This Time Next Year, Bad Mothers, Love Island (no decision yet given it has just returned), Murder, Lies & Alibis, 20 to One, Australian Crime Stories, Millionaire Hot Seat, Getaway. There is also no details regarding any replacement for The Footy Show.
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