ABC Upfronts 2021: what can we expect?

The fifth and final Upfronts for the 2021 Free to Air season takes place this week.

ABC is set to unveil the largest showcase of titles so far -but don’t expect new titles post 9:30pm.

We are also awaiting an announcement on the overhaul of ABC Comedy to Arts, Science, Education and Religion.

Spanning dozens of Australian titles in Drama, Entertainment, Documentary, Factual and Children’s TV, here’s taste of what’s in store….

Confirmed:
Wakefield,
Jack Irish,
The Newsreader,
Barons,
Superwog,
Harrow,
Here Out West,
Total Control,
Aftertaste,
Fisk,
All My Friends Are Racist,
Why Are You Like This?,
Preppers,
Strange Chores,
100% Wolf,
Space Nova,
Itch,
MaveriX,
Little J and Big Cuz,
Bluey,
Kangaroo Beach,
Hardball,
Love on the Spectrum,
Back To Nature,
The Kaleidoscope Project,
Australia Remastered,
Carbon: An Unauthorised Biography,
The Time Traveller’s Guide to the Galaxy,
Untitled Book Series,
Untitled series on Pacific Islanders in Australia,

Expected to be renewed:
Frayed,
Rosehaven,
Insiders,
Q&A,
Gruen,
Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds,
Hard Quiz,
Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell,
The Weekly with Charlie Pickering,
Home Delivery with Julia Zemiro,
Anh’s Brush with Fame,
7:30,
The Drum,
You Can’t Ask That,
Catalyst,
Compass,
Foreign Correspondent,
Four Corners,
Gardening Australia,
Landline,
Sammy J,
Play School,
Media Watch,
News Breakfast,
Offsiders,
rage

Future unknown:
Mystery Road,
The Sound,
Reputation Rehab,
Are You Tougher Than Your Ancestors?,
Back In Time For Dinner,
Planet America,
Spicks and Specks,
One Plus One,
Les Norton,
Utopia,

Unlikely to be renewed:
The Heights,
Escape from the City,

Rumoured:
Shakespeare Now,
Any Ordinary Day,

Did not air in 2020:
Dark Emu,
Firestarter: The Story Of Bangarra,

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10 Comments:

  1. Two series of Mad as Hell again next year would be tops.
    Would be nice to see a commitment to Gruen early in the year for once rather than a belated announcement late in the year.
    Love The Sound but seems I’m in a small minority unfortunately.
    ABC Comedy has its flaws but there’s some good series old and new if you hunt around the schedule. I notice from late Thursday night onwards there are Doctor Who episodes daily so looks like they might already be slowly shifting the content in a different direction.

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