Upfronts 2021: 10

  • 3 new local shows: Making It Australia, The Dog House Australia, The First Inventors
  • I’m a Celebrity, Amazing Race, Australian Survivor, Masked Singer, Masterchef return
  • Bachelor & Bachelorette return
  • Five Bedrooms, How to Stay Married, Neighbours return
  • Have You Been Paying Attention? Gogglebox, The Project return

10 has announced a slew of Returning shows for 2021 along with 3 new local shows: A local version of Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman craft series Making It Australia, pet series The Dog House Australia, and NITV co-production The First Inventors hosted by Rob Collins.

Beverley McGarvey, Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President of ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand said: “Despite the obvious challenges, this year has been a remarkably successful year for 10 ViacomCBS.

“Not only are we the only commercial network growing its audience, but we have also had the biggest prime time commercial shares in key demographics since 2011.

“We have cemented our position as leaders in escapist entertainment and delivered a 50- week schedule to our key target market of under 50s.

“Our established suite of shows has seen our linear free to air channels enjoy an incredible 11% growth and generated more top regular programs in key demographics than any other broadcaster.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Australian Survivor, MasterChef Australia, The Bachelor franchise, The Masked Singer Australia, The Project, Gogglebox and Have You Been Paying Attention? continued to dominate both their timeslots and the national conversation.

“This year we have also enjoyed our biggest ever digital audience, with minutes viewed on 10 Play up 18% year-on-year. Social media interactions across 10’s programs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have also risen 25% from the same point of 2019.

“We have also welcomed several new podcasts to 10 Speaks including 10 News First Person, So Now What? with Waleed Aly and relaunched the popular Cocktails and Roses.

“In 2021, our biggest franchises are returning along with premiere series Making It Australia, The Dog House Australia and The First Inventors. We promise a strong, consistent line-up of premium content for all audiences, across all channels and platforms.”

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is confirmed for an Australian-based season from January 3, with Julia Morris and Dr Chris Brown.

Julia said: “My beloved Dr Chris and I are beside ourselves and each other, to bring you this
new, home grown ‘I’m A Celebrity’ for 2021.

“The Dr has always insisted on social distancing from me, but this year, after 32 weeks locked in my house, being close to him will be more thrilling than ever.”

The Amazing Race Australia also takes on its domestic route for 2021.

Host Beau Ryan said: “I was over the moon when I found out The Amazing Race Australia would be filmed in our own backyard. We have the most stunning beaches, coastlines and natural landscapes on the planet.

“I can’t wait to show off the most beautiful country in the world, as well as the 20,000 different types of Aussie animals that can kill you! Wish the teams luck, they’ll need it!”

The Masked Singer is back while MasterChef Australia judges Melissa Leong, Jock Zonfrillo and Andy Allen will return just after Easter.

Melissa said: “What a year. With it, a whole new realisation of what’s really important, and perhaps some respite from the troubles of the world from time to time, in the form of entertainment.
“I am thrilled to continue this inspiring MasterChef journey with Jock and Andy, and to bring another season of this magical show to life.”

Following MasterChef will be Making It Australia. From executive producers Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, this light-hearted crafting series features a diverse range of talented ‘makers’ showcasing their artistic skills.

The Dog House Australia is set inside a rescue shelter, and will set out to find the perfect match for canines looking for new families. The First Inventors, a co-commission currently in development with NITV will be hosted by Rob Collins.

Australian Survivor Jonathan LaPaglia returns in 2021.

Jonathan said: “We saw the best of the best compete in this year’s All Stars season. In 2021, it’s time for some new blood to step into the ring and take the series’ mantra – Outwit, Outplay and Outlast – to a new level. It’s going to be one hell of a ride.”

Both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are back, although there is no mention of Bachelor in Paradise.

Osher Günsberg said: “Get set for more love stories, luxurious dates, and alpaca cameos when we return with The Bachelor and The Bachelorette Australia in 2021.

“I’m thrilled to be dusting off the suits for another season, and I’m as excited as you are to meet our brand-new Bachelor and Bachelorette.”

In Drama Kat Stewart, Stephen Peacocke, Doris Younane, Katie Robertson and Roy Joseph for Five Bedrooms, joined by  a third season of How To Stay Married.

Amanda Keller, Chris Brown, Barry Du Bois and Miguel Maestre return for The Living Room.

Amanda said: “We’ve had a ripper of a year on The Living Room and thanks to our new format we’ve met some extraordinary Australians who’ve inspired us and changed us all in different ways. We’ve had laughs, a few tears and we can’t wait to do it all again in 2021!”

Gogglebox, Hughesy, We Have A Problem and Have You Been Paying Attention? return.

Tom said: “2020 was an amazing season of HYBPA?, with our contestants all competing via video link from home. Or, in the case of Marty Sheargold – home detention.

“Hopefully 2021 will see us all back in the studio for another exciting year of socially- distanced quiz show hilarity.”

In factual Bondi Rescue, Territory Cops return while The Project enters its 12th year, with Studio 10  back on weekday mornings.


Making It Australia*
Each week Aussie artisans with a passion for interior design, murals, woodwork, costume design and more will be put to the test in some incredible design and creation challenges. Will they have what it takes to impress our very crafty judges? Network 10 Head of Programming, Daniel Monaghan, said: “Making It Australia is an incredible creative competition for the whole family that celebrates the everyday maker. “Combining the character and camaraderie of people who just love making things, Making It Australia will not only showcase some of the most beautiful, quirky and imaginative craftmanship at work, but it just might inspire you to make something along the way.”Each episode will focus on a theme that draws its inspiration from popular nationwide trends in crafting and DIY. The makers must complete two projects per episode, nominated by our hosts, that challenge the makers’ ability to think outside the box. First, the faster craft round is a timed challenge requiring a combination of speed and imagination. Then, the makers will move on to the master craft collection, a challenge in which they will need to create a craft project that illustrates the episode’s theme. Ultimately, one maker will emerge victorious and be crowned ‘Master Maker’, taking home a cash prize of $100,000. Making It Australia is co-produced by NBCUniversal International Studios’ Matchbox Pictures and Eureka Productions for Network 10. Dan Munday serves as executive producer for Matchbox Pictures. The executive producers for Eureka Productions are Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin.

The Dog House Australia*
Each week we’ll follow the dedicated carers at The Dog House as they undertake a thorough match-making process between pawtential pooches and Aussie families, couples and individuals looking for a new four-legged friend. And while matches don’t always go to plan, the team at The Dog House Australia is always striving for the pawfect match. Network 10 Head of Programming, Daniel Monaghan, said: “We really are thrilled to be making our very own production of The Dog House. There is nothing more wonderful than watching a team of devoted matchmakers pairing homeless dogs with hopeful companions. “The Dog House Australia is destined to be the most joyous and feel-good series of 2021.”

The First Inventors*
And in an exciting new Australian show called The First Inventors, a co-commission currently in development with National Indigenous Television (NITV), we’ll take you on a journey back through time – somewhere between 70,000 and 120,000 years ago – to a community in the midst of developing sophisticated stone tools, art, agriculture, irrigation and much more. In this incredible story of knowledge, resilience and invention, presenter Rob Collins will meet and collaborate with First Nations authorities whose frontline fieldwork is giving us an exciting new insight into ancient Indigenous innovations and discoveries.

The Gilded Age
The Royals Revealed
The Savoy
2021 Grammy Awards
Toddlers Behaving (Very) Badly


10 News First*
Ambulance Australia*
Ambulance UK
Australian Survivor*
Bondi Rescue*
FBI: Most Wanted
Five Bedrooms*
Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix*
Gogglebox Australia*
Have You Been Paying Attention?*
How To Stay Married*
Hughesy, We Have A Problem*
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!*
Jamie Oliver
MasterChef Australia*
Melbourne Cup Carnival*
MotoGP World Championship*
Studio 10*
Territory Cops*
The Amazing Race Australia*
The Bachelor*
The Bachelorette*
The Dog House UK
The Graham Norton Show
The Living Room*
The Masked Singer Australia*
The Project*
Todd Sampson’s Body Hack*

*Homegrown content

Not mentioned were Bachelor in Paradise, Dancing with the Stars, Playing for Keeps, Kinne Tonight, Taboo, One Born Every Minute Australia, My Life is Murder, Trial by Kyle, Celebrity Name Game, Junior MasterChef or Pilot Week… but there may yet be further surprises in this afternoon’s Upfronts presentation.

Live blog of presentation will begin from 12:30pm.

This post updates.


  1. Shouldn’t it be called: The Amazing Race: SA, NSW, TAS, ACT, NT, and QLD? You can hardly call it “Australia” if it excludes Victoria and WA. We know that the hard borders with WA mean that it’s unlikely they’ll be allowed to film there, and Victoria, well, that’s self explanatory.

  2. I’m more excited about 10’s upfronts than 9’s, but that’s probably because 9 has had a lot of success over the last 2 years…so a lot of renewals. Looking forward to continuing watching a lot of 9 and 10 in 2021! Although I do have to call BS on their claim about supporting local news…I don’t think anyone would believe that anymore. Let’s just hope The Dog House doesn’t follow in the footsteps of Celebrity Dog School and Pooch Perfect.

  3. thedirtydigger

    Surely Amanda Keller can’t be serious when she says it’s “been a ripper of a year ” for The Living Room and its appalling new ( Queer Eye rip off ) format ???
    Last week the show plumbed new depths with 301,000 viewers …light years behind Gardening Australia and Better Homes…and Ten posted a 7.8 station share for the night.
    If that’s a ripper of a year then 2020 must be overall the best year in living memory on every level.
    I’m not sure exactly what Kool Aid Amanda is drinking but give me some !

  4. Yeah I hope it’s just one season of Aus Survivor per year, I didn’t like the idea of having two so close to each other. It feels like prestige reality TV and that’s because it isn’t over saturated.
    I also agree that the Amazing Race should visit some rural areas… But logistics of visiting and travelling to smaller towns is never easy.

    And finally… I actually also thought that ‘The Circle’ would be a sneaky chance by 10 to adapt an Aussie version. I think it would fit perfectly with their brand… But I was wrong haha.

  5. Network Ten are looking strong again next year! Some of my favorites include I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Australian Survivor, Bondi Rescue, Territory Cops, Ambulance Australia & The Amazing Race Australia!

    Bring on January 3!

  6. I don’t get it how does DWTS which is a pretty entertaining show get canceled yet How to stay married that extremely cringy get renewed for a 3 season even though it ratings way lower than DWTS

  7. I’m glad that they can make locally filmed versions of Survivor, Celebrity and The Amazing Race.

    I love that there will be some indigenous programming on Ten as well and look forward to watching The First Inventors.

  8. Any idea if Australian Survivor is getting two seasons next year (the second one that was supposed to happen this year, plus a newly commissioned one), or just one?

  9. I am so glad there is going to be an Australian version of The Dog House. I really liked watching the UK version. And I really hope DWTS comes back too.

  10. Awesome.
    is it five bedrooms season 3 or just season 2 which should have aired this year in this case we knew it was returning already as it’s finished filming and I see no reason why it can’t air now.

  11. Was hoping for DWTS and My Life is Murder to return, still crossing my fingers for this afternoon. Very happy that Five Bedrooms, HTSM, I’m A Celebrity are back and looking forward to The Dog House: loved watching the UK version on Saturdays this year.

  12. Oh, hooray Australian Survivor is coming back, and all my favourite shows. Channel Ten is my happy place, and I am so grateful for all the respite they’ve provided in 2020. Bring on Jan 3!

  13. Shame there will be no Idol & double shame for continuing my former favourite The Living Room in it’s current form. Return to the original format & bring us a New Queer Eye Australia

  14. Great news about the returning shows and will be interesting to see the new ones.

    I for one have enjoyed their “50-week” schedule which has meant better (if not new) shows for more of the year.

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