As part of this year’s 10th Programming Wrap, TV Tonight recently asked programmers which show of the last decade best represents their network DNA?
Here’s what they said…
Michael Carrington, Director of Entertainment & Specialist, ABC: You Can’t Ask That.
“You Can’t Ask That has really resonated very strongly with audiences and it’s unique. It’s done extremely well in selling that format abroad and Australian audiences love it. It’s the quirkiest show that represents what the ABC can do best. Representing Australians.”
Angus Ross, Network Director of Programming, Seven: My Kitchen Rules
“The game-changing show during that period was My Kitchen Rules. It became the biggest show on television. It made major stars of the chefs involved. It became a cultural phenomenon, even becoming known as MKR. It’s still an important show for us to this day. The format sold around the world, and the success of that show pushed us to develop House Rules. So in terms of hours in the schedule, what it did for ratings and revenue, I think it was pretty brand-defining during those 10 years.”
Hamish Turner, Nine Programming Director: The Block
“At its heart The Block feels very much like a Nine show. It was one of the first to have a gay couple. It’s a big family friendly show, with the dissection of relationships, whether that be husband & wife, father and daughter or best friends. And it’s the great Aussie dream to own your own home, or building one. It talks to a lot of the driving factors of Australian life.”
Daniel Monaghan, 10 Director of Programming: The Project
“The Project represents our DNA perfectly. It’s news but it’s different. It’s fresh. It has a great cast of core talent, it’s brilliantly made. It’s entirely our DNA.”
Ben Nguyen, SBS Channel Director, SBS: The Hunting
“I think the story of SBS over the last 10 years is in part of the story of our increased move back into Drama. The Hunting was just so successful for us. It really resonated with audiences and it told a story from multiple perspectives, including white Australians and migrant Australians. It showed how issues around the illegal sharing of images can transcend who we are as Australians, impact everyone, and the ripple effects of that.”