Upfronts 2022: Nine

Kate Atkinson in Underbelly drama on Melissa Caddick, post-jury drama After the Verdict and a slew of returning reality in 2022.

  • New Dramas: Underbelly: Vanishing Act, After the Verdict
  • New Factual: Australia Behind Bars, Million Dollar Murders, Missing Persons Investigation
  • New Property: Buying Byron
  • Returning: MAFS, Lego Masters, The Block, Beauty & the Geek, Celebrity Apprentice, Ninja Warrior
  • Still to come in 2021: Love Island, Snackmasters, Lego Masters Christmas, Parental Guidance

Two new dramas, three new factual shows, a new property series and the exclusive home of the US Open are all part of Nine’s new slate for 2022.

Underbelly is back with Kate Atkinson (Wentworth) to star as missing high-flyer Melissa Caddick in Underbelly: Vanishing Act, joined by Colin Friels, Tai Hara & Maya Stange;  Sullivan Stapleton, Magda Szubanski and Lincoln Younes will star in After The Verdict, a post-jury drama from the producers of House Husbands.

There are three new factual shows, Australia Behind Bars presented by Melissa Doyle, Million Dollar Murders from the producers of Australian Crime Stories and Missing Persons Investigation which goes inside Australian Federal Police’s ambitious world-first forensics laboratory. There’s also a new property series, Buying Byron.

Almost all of Nine’s entertainment slate is renewed with The Block confirmed for a “tree-change”, returning seasons of Married at First Sight, Celebrity Apprentice, Australian Ninja Warrior, Beauty & the Geek, Lego Masters and Travel Guides.

There’s a surprising amount of new shows still to screen in 2021 including Love Island (new narrator comedian Stephen Mullan), Snackmasters with Scott Pickett, Poh Ling Yeow & Yvie Jones, a Lego Masters Christmas special, Parental Guidance, Country Home Rescue with Shaynna Blaze, Weakest Link specials and even Richard Wilkins hosting a special Heart of the Nation, The World’s Largest CPR Class.

Absent from the list is The Weakest Link for 2022 and Amazing Grace which Nine confirms is axed.

The 9Network is the home of storytelling, delivering the most diverse, inspiring, creative and original world-class television each and every night, attracting millions of viewers anywhere, anytime. With our expanding program slate, we are at the forefront of innovation, continuing to meet audience viewing behaviour. This year we launched new local formats that were a hit with viewers: the gripping, landmark investigative series, Under Investigation with Liz Hayes, and The Hundred with Andy Lee, gauging the pulse of the nation. We felt the sting of CEO Lord Alan Sugar, the feared British billionaire and business magnate as he bruised a few egos in the boardroom with a record-breaking season of Celebrity Apprentice Australia, while the nation fell in love with the heartfelt series of the year, Beauty and the Geek. As we approach the final quarter, these new programs, along with the 9Network’s consistent schedule, are why we are on track again to take out the year across all key demographics – and with our premium programming, we will continue to deliver next year.


Underbelly: Vanishing Act
Underbelly returns to Channel 9 in 2022, based on the real-life mystery that captivated the nation. Underbelly: Vanishing Act tells the story of the bizarre disappearance of Melissa Caddick, the high-roller who allegedly embezzled over $40 million before vanishing into thin air. It’s a mystery that has left Caddick’s family, clients and the police questioning everything they thought they knew about her.
Underbelly: Vanishing Act stars Kate Atkinson (Wentworth, Jack Irish, SeaChange) as Melissa Caddick, alongside Colin Friels (Water Rats, BlackJack, Mystery Road), Tai Hara (Madam Secretary, Home and Away, Hyde & Seek), Maya Stange (Love Child, A Place to Call Home, Wolf Creek, Rake), Ursula Mills (Out of the Blue), and Sophie Bloom (Love Child, Amazing Grace, Reef Break). Produced by Matt Ford and Kerrie Mainwaring, written by Matt Ford and Michael Miller and directed by Geoff Bennett, Underbelly: Vanishing Act is produced by Screentime (a Banijay Group company).

After the Verdict
To catch a killer, four everyday people go beyond the call of jury duty in the 9Network’s gripping new drama series After The Verdict, starring Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom, Strike Back, Blindspot), Magda Szubanski (Kath & Kim, Babe, Happy Feet) and Lincoln Younes (Doctor Doctor, Grand Hotel, Tangle). After The Verdict tells a story of four very different Australians who have just finished jury duty on a high-profile murder trial. As they return to normal life, they begin to question their verdict and take matters into their own hands, investigating the murder themselves as they juggle the pressures and impacts on their personal lives. Screen Australia’s Head of Content Sally Caplan said, “Creators Ellie Beaumont and Drew Proffitt have a proven track record of highly entertaining dramas and Screen Australia is pleased to support them, together with a talented creative team, on the distinctive new series After The Verdict. With an engaging storyline that showcases contemporary Australia, I’m confident it will appeal to audiences here and around the world.” Produced by Subtext Pictures for the 9Network, After The Verdict’s creative team includes creators, writers and executive producers, Ellie Beaumont and Drew Proffitt (House Husbands, Dead Lucky), writer Romina Accurso (The Heights, Spreadsheet), directors Peter Salmon (Halifax: Retribution, Rake), Lisa Matthews (Doctor Doctor) and Fadia Abboud (Les Norton, Five Bedrooms), producer Jo Rooney (Jack Irish) and executive producers Greg Sitch (Fisk, The Letdown) and 9Network Head of Drama, Andy Ryan. After The Verdict is produced with major production investment from Screen Australia.

Buying Byron
Everyone is trying to get a piece of the Byron Bay pie. It’s where Hollywood A-listers are living the dream and Instagram influencers are flocking to in droves. Enter the ultra-competitive, highly focused real estate agents working to sell the sexiest real estate on earth in Buying Byron, a hot new series coming to the 9Network in 2022. Viewers will get a glimpse into Australia’s most prestigious playground, where the spectacular beaches and seaside glamour set the scene for all the action. There will be beachside deals, tussles for premier property listings, and feuds over negotiations as these agents work to secure a piece of paradise for their prestige clients. Buying Byron is produced by EQ Media Group for the 9Network.

Australia Behind Bars
An extraordinary Australian television first is coming to Channel 9 in 2022. Australia Behind Bars, presented by Melissa Doyle, offers unprecedented access beyond the high walls and barbed wires of three maximum security prisons. This powerhouse eight-part series documents the harsh realities of daily life behind bars for inmates and corrections officers alike. The stories are both confronting and compelling, detailing the heartbreak, hell – and hopes – of an existence in prison. Australia Behind Bars will give audiences a dramatic, firsthand look at a part of society they rarely see, and the stories behind the people who make up the prison system. Australian Behind Bars is produced by ITV Studios Australia for the 9Network.

Missing Persons Investigation
One Australian goes missing every fifteen minutes. For the first time on television, we go behind-the-scenes to join police and investigators across Australia to find our missing loved ones and bring them home in Channel 9’s powerful new series Missing Persons Investigation. Some of these cases will end in heartbreak, others in the joy of finding a missing loved one. In a broadcast first, we also take viewers inside Australian Federal Police’s ambitious world-first forensics laboratory in Canberra, where the National DNA Program for Unidentified and Missing Persons is underway. We join investigators including world-renowned forensic specialist Dr Jodie Ward, who is now helping to solve cold cases that have remained mysteries, until now. The result is powerful never-before-seen storytelling on Australian television. Missing Persons Investigation is a potent and timely reminder of how our loved ones can vanish in the blink of an eye. Screen Australia’s Head of Documentary, Alex West, said: “This bold documentary will explore the complex and harrowing events surrounding missing persons, and the lives of those impacted. Screen Australia is proud to support the experienced team at Southern Pictures together with Orange Entertainment bring these important stories to audiences on Channel 9 next year.” Missing Persons Investigation is a Southern Pictures production in association with Orange Entertainment Co for the 9Network with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen Queensland.

Million Dollar Murders
Mysterious disappearances. Kidnappings. Hate crimes. Thrill killings. These are the toughest crimes to crack and the most complex become Million Dollar Murders. When there are few leads left to investigate police turn to the public for help to solve these crimes, offering a $1 million reward for new information, from someone, somewhere, who may know something. Host and recently retired Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace will use her 30 years of policing experience and insight, working alongside some of the country’s leading detectives, to take viewers inside the investigations of six chilling murder mysteries. Wallace will travel to the crime scenes, dissect the cases with detectives, question witnesses and talk to grieving family members. Million Dollar Murders will revive these cold cases, hoping to spark a long-forgotten memory or a change of heart that will bring justice for victims and their families, and the chance of a life-changing reward for a viewer, that can help to solve the case. Million Dollar Murders is produced by The Full Box for the 9Network.



Married at First Sight
Australia’s biggest guilty pleasure and most talked about social experiment, Married at First Sight, returns for its ninth season, bringing a powerful combination of love, passion and emotion to our TV screens next year. In 2022, Married at First Sight sees the return of certified clinical sexologist Alessandra Rampolla, joining relationship experts John Aiken and Mel Schilling to pair brave singles from across Australia with the goal of creating perfect matches. Our experts will again put couples to the ultimate test to determine whether science really can predict true love and a long-lasting romantic relationship. Viewers will be captivated once more by the weddings, honeymoons, provocative dinner parties and confronting commitment ceremonies, which will lure you into this highly addictive reality TV juggernaut. Married at First Sight is produced by Endemol Shine Australia for the 9Network.

The Block
The Block is set for a “tree change” in 2022 when it comes of age for an incredible 18th season. For the first time, television’s toughest building challenge will head to the bush to transform a set of country houses into someone’s great Australian dream. Host Scott Cam will welcome a new batch of eager Blockheads as they build perfect homes out among the gumtrees. The Block is a Nine production in conjunction with Cavalier Television.

Lego Masters
LEGO Masters exploded onto our screens in 2019 and has cemented itself as one of the most popular shows on Australian television. The feelgood, family-friendly format – a ratings phenomenon, consistently among the most watched programs of the year – returns in 2022 with a whole new wave of brilliant building and imagination. Host Hamish Blake and resident judge Ryan “Brickman” McNaught will be joined by eight new couples brimming with creativity and flair. Prepare to be dazzled by more extraordinary challenges when our teams duel it out for the chance to win $100,000 and the title of LEGO Masters. LEGO Masters is produced by Endemol Shine Australia for the 9Network.

Celebrity Apprentice Australia
After an explosive return to television in 2021, Celebrity Apprentice Australia is back on Channel 9 in 2022. Lord Alan Sugar, the billionaire boss and business magnate who turns the boardroom upside down with his no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners approach, will be here again to shake things up. A new selection of celebrities will battle it out to avoid the firing line, and the first three stepping up to the plate are one of Australia’s most inspirational women, author and athlete, Turia Pitt and comedy radio duo Will and Woody. In each episode, two teams of celebrities take on epic tasks which will draw upon their business savvy, creativity, charm, and most importantly, their network of contacts to win money for their chosen charities. Egos are sure to be bruised and tempers will flare as they are pushed to their limits in an attempt to avoid being fired. Only one can be crowned Celebrity Apprentice. So who can withstand the Sugar rush? Celebrity Apprentice Australia is produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia for the 9Network, based on the format created by Mark Burnett and distributed by MGM.

Beauty & the Geek
Beauty and the Geek, the heartfelt series that Australia has fallen in love with, will return in 2022. Hosted once again by the beautiful and self-confessed dork Sophie Monk, different worlds are set to collide in this big-hearted original series that showcases the power of love from the inside. Ten new beauties and ten geeks from around Australia will work together through a series of real-life challenges in the search to find a romantic spark or a lifelong friendship. The fan-favourite makeovers will be back, along with all the warmth and heart of the 2021 program reboot that audiences couldn’t get enough of. The winning pair will walk away with a renewed sense of self – heightened by the cash prize of $100,000. With an open mind and an open heart, Beauty and the Geek is full of emotion, laughter, fun, and maybe even a bit of true love. Beauty and the Geek is produced by Endemol Shine Australia for the 9Network.

Australian Ninja Warrior
Australian Ninja Warrior has captivated the nation and the smash-hit program will go superhuman in Season 6.In 2022, the global phenomenon will be completely reborn. The series will be supercharged with a whole new attitude and an extreme new course. Delighting and exciting fans, the series will see the transformation of the year, pushing the Ninjas into uncharted levels of punishing endurance. Everyday athletes will once again put their bodies on the line to tame the world’s most difficult obstacle course and see if they have what it takes to conquer awesome Mt Midoriyama and win the coveted Ninja title, along with a potential prize jackpot of $200,000. Australian Ninja Warrior is produced by Endemol Shine Australia for the 9Network.

Emergency is back for a third series in 2022 with the heroes at the frontline of one of Australia’s busiest hospitals. Join the dedicated doctors and nurses for a captivating insight into the raw inner workings of Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Emergency department, as they pull back the curtain for unprecedented access to teams of medical heroes dealing with life-and-death cases every day. Emergency tells the stories of the patients through the eyes of the highly skilled and dedicated staff at Royal Melbourne, who are always ready with heart, compassion and care for the constant stream of patients coming through the doors – in any emergency. Emergency is produced by WTFN for the 9Network.

Travel Guides
With legions of adoring fans delivering huge ratings, our jet-setting cast of Travel Guides will be returning in 2022 for a sixth season of rip-roaring destinations and no-filter adventures that are the ultimate traveller’s guide for your next escape. In each episode, five groups of Guides from all walks of life travel to the same location for the same week-long holiday, reviewing the cuisine, accommodation, activities and tourist sights. Opinions always differ, leading to brutally honest and often outrageous reviews as our Guides tell it how they see it and rate each holiday out of five stars. Narrated by popular Aussie comedian Denise Scott, Travel Guides is produced by Nine.

Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo
Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo will be back on Channel 9 for its third season in 2022. Following the day-to-day operations of Australia’s two biggest zoos, Taronga in Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, viewers watch on as keepers work tirelessly to ensure their beloved animals are kept and cared for to the highest possible standards. Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo is produced by McAvoy Media for the 9Network.

Go behind the lines of police random breath and drug testing operations in Australia with more episodes of RBT. The new season, narrated by Andrew Daddo, will again capture all the drama and danger
police face every day in their relentless campaign against drink and drug driving, while getting a glimpse into their major roadside operations. RBT is produced by Screentime Australia for the 9Network.

The compelling documentary series Paramedics, offering an unprecedented insight into the daily lives of our amazing emergency service heroes, will return in 2022. With more than two million emergency calls made every year in Victoria, one every 12 seconds, cameras capture the paramedics as they work around the clock, catching unguarded moments of compassion, love and laughter in the course of their life-saving duty. In season four, our frontline first-responders will be challenged with more confronting drama, inspirational patients, and a raft of new medical emergencies. Paramedics is a WTFN production for the 9Network with the help of Ambulance Victoria.

Millionaire Hot Seat
Since premiering in 2009, Millionaire Hot Seat has moved to a longer one-hour version, hosted by Eddie McGuire, which starts with contestants going head-to-head in a game of Fastest Finger First. The winner of this rapid-fire battle wins a cash prize that can then be kept or swapped for one of three lifelines in the Hot Seat:
• 50/50 – two incorrect answers will be removed
• Switch – the question will be substituted for a new one
• Ask the Host – the contestant can ask Eddie what he would choose
Millionaire Hot Seat is Australia’s longest running quiz show and the only program on Australian television offering a $1 million prize.

Space Invaders
Space Invaders won the hearts of viewers in season one with its real stories and struggles faced by everyday Aussies. In Space Invaders, declutter guru Peter Walsh, renovation queen Cherie Barber and treasure hunter Lucas Callaghan join forces each week to help desperate families declutter not only their homes but their emotions too. As the transformations continue, much needed space is freed up in their homes and hearts, while our experts provide tips and tricks to help us all declutter and transform our lives. Get ready for more battles of the heart and mind when Space Invaders returns to Channel 9 for its second season with more exciting journeys to help families discover the pleasures of life beyond the crushing weight of their clutter. Space Invaders is produced by WTFN for the 9Network.

Country House Hunters Australia
Are you ready to take the leap and relocate from the city to the beautiful countryside? Then Country House Hunters Australia is definitely your program. It returns in 2022 for a second season on Channel 9, hosted by Getaway’s Catriona Rowntree. Country House Hunters Australia captures the essence of living in the country, shedding light on the properties hidden out of the urban dweller’s sight. The payoff is finding the perfect, peaceful rural retreat away from the stresses and pressures of life in the bustling city.

Getaway, Australia’s longest running and most popular holiday and travel show, will be back on our screens for its 31st season in 2022. Hosted by Catriona Rowntree with David Reyne, Jason Dundas, Charli Robinson and other favourite faces, Getaway unveils the most beautiful locations and holiday ideas for all tastes and budgets. From once-in-a-lifetime dream destinations to family trips that won’t break the bank, Getaway is the travel program that Australians trust most. Whatever 2022 might bring, Getaway viewers can continue to get a taste for international and domestic travel without leaving the comfort of their couch.

Mega Zoo
Mega Zoo, which features exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to one of the largest and oldest zoos on the planet, returns for a new series in 2022. Across three diverse Zoos Victoria sites, 800 dedicated staff look after more than 5000 extraordinary animals – from Melbourne Zoo in the heart of the city to Werribee Open Range Zoo’s magnificent savannah and the stunning bushland setting of the Healesville Sanctuary. The program follows a passionate group of keepers and veterinarians as they care for an amazing menagerie of creatures. High-tech cameras capture the special relationship between the zoo’s residents and their keepers, as they undertake groundbreaking conservation efforts to save critically endangered species from the brink of extinction. Mega Zoo reveals this daily rollercoaster of drama, emotion and humour with uplifting and inspirational stories.

News & Current Affairs

Under Investigation with Liz Hayes
From the producers of 60 Minutes, Under Investigation with Liz Hayes returns for its third season in 2022, assisted by a team of crime and forensic experts and specialists, who will crack open even more of Australia’s baffling cold cases and dig deep into major international threats.Probing our great criminal mysteries, each episode of Under Investigation invites the audience to be at the table inside an unfolding investigation in pursuit of fresh revelations – and renewed hope of solving the case.

9News provides the most accurate and up-to-date news service in each capital city at 6.00pm every night of the year. Our team of reporters, at home and abroad, take pride in bringing viewers the information that helps them in their day-to-day lives. When the big stories break, they turn to 9News because they know it is always right on the mark and reliable. In 2022, viewers can be sure that the 9News teams around Australia and the world will be again be going the extra mile to keep that happening.

A Current Affair
At 7.00pm six nights a week, A Current Affair, hosted by Tracy Grimshaw Monday to Friday and Deb Knight on Saturday, is Australia’s most watched daily current affairs program. This long-running show battles for the underdog, breaks big stories, features agenda-setting interviews, and undertakes major investigations. It gets results for viewers when they have nowhere else to turn and provides information that makes a real difference in their lives. A Current Affair is all about the news you can use as it helps our increasingly busy society navigate its way through an increasingly complex and stressful world.

60 Minutes
Our crowning news and current affairs service is 60 Minutes, which has been a Sunday night institution since it began in 1979. Liz Hayes, Tara Brown, Liam Bartlett, Tom Steinfort, Sarah Abo and Nick McKenzie investigate, analyse, and uncover the biggest issues affecting the nation.

Today / Today Extra
Today hosted by Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon, Australia’s most talked about breakfast show goes from strength to strength, up year-on-year in all key demos and Total People. Bringing viewers, the latest in news, sport, politics, entertainment, and everything in between, waking up with Karl and Ally – alongside entertainment presenter Brooke Boney, news presenter Alex Cullen and weather presenter Tim Davies – is a daily necessity for reliable news in these troubled times, and a well-timed laugh when we all need a morning pick-me-up. Weekend Today with Richard Wilkins and Rebecca Maddern is the perfect way to kick-start your Saturdays and Sundays. 2021 has been a great year for the program, up year on year with People 16–39, GS + Child and Total People. Offering a fresh, light-hearted look at social issues, news, entertainment and celebrity gossip, Today Extra screens each weekday from 9.00am. Sylvia Jeffreys has returned after maternity leave, hosting Monday to Thursdays alongside David Campbell, while Belinda Russell rounds out the week as co-host.


Grand Slam Tennis
Then it’s time for the return of the 9Network’s big Summer of Tennis. We start the new year with the ATP Cup and Brisbane International, followed by the Adelaide International. After that comes the Australian Open, one of the world’s four Grand Slam tournaments. The 2022 Australian Open promises to be a blockbuster, with audiences craving just what this exhilarating event delivers every year – big names, thrilling matches and great stories. And our tennis coverage doesn’t stop there: 9Network and Stan Sport have just secured the rights to the US Open, delivering all the action live from New York City, add in Wimbledon, Roland-Garros and the Laver Cup Tennis Tournament, and the 9Network and Stan Sport cement their place as the home of Grand Slam tennis in Australia.

Rugby league returns for its 31st year on Nine in 2022, and another blockbuster season awaits fans of the National Rugby League – the toughest football competition in the world. State of Origin consistently performs as the highest rating sports event of the year and will once again be broadcast exclusively on Nine in 2022. The ultimate bone-crunching battle of State versus State, mate versus mate, drew a massive television audience of 8 million viewers over the three-game series in 2021, with State of Origin experiencing enormous year-on-year growth across both broadcast and BVOD platforms.
After winning this year’s series, the NSW Blues will expect a ferocious fightback from the Queensland Maroons in 2022. The scene is set for another explosive series to play out Live on Channel 9 and 9Now.

Rugby Union
It’s the game they play in heaven, and the year ahead will see fans feasting on an unrivalled commitment to rugby by the award-winning Wide World of Sports team. In partnership with
the home of rugby, Stan Sport, the 9Network and 9Now will round out 2021 by screening all Wallabies games in The Rugby Championship live from Queensland. In 2022, the 9Network will continue its commitment to the game with broadcasts of Wallabies and Wallaroos test matches, plus a Super Rugby Pacific match every Saturday night live on 9Gem throughout the season. Featuring a commentary team lineup of rugby union superstars and experts led by Roz Kelly and Nick McArdle, Wide World of Sports will produce every game shown on Nine and Stan Sport, with cutting-edge technology and studios that offer the best possible experience for rugby fans.

UCI Road World Championships
Returning to Australia for the second time, the 2022 UCI Road World Championships will provide eight days of elite road cycling in Wollongong, New South Wales, with all events broadcast live, ad-free and on-demand on Stan Sport and select events on the 9Network.

Sports Sunday
With an outspoken lineup of sporting legends, journalists and commentators, Sports Sunday is the home of hard-hitting opinions about sport in Australia and around the world. Host James Bracey leads the panel as they debate and debunk all the big issues of the week in the world of sport.

100% Footy
The home of rugby league’s strongest opinions, 100% Footy, returns to Channel 9 in 2022, hosted by James Bracey and featuring a lineup of experts analysing and debating the hot topics in the game throughout the NRL season.

The NRL Sunday Footy Show
In 2022, The NRL Sunday Footy Show will also kick off for another season, covering all the action throughout the competition rounds and the finals. The panel of experts and special guests will dissect and discuss all the news and the big issues from the week in rugby league and preview each Sunday game on Channel 9.

The AFL Sunday Footy Show / Footy Classified
Widely regarded as the most knowledgeable of all footy panel shows, Footy Classified reunites Craig Hutchison, Caroline Wilson, Matthew Lloyd and Kane Cornes in the must-watch Monday night timeslot with the Wednesday edition of Footy Classified brings together Eddie McGuire, Caroline Wilson, Matthew Lloyd and Ross Lyon on the panel. The Sunday Footy Show will be huge in 2022 with Tony Jones and the team back for an incredible 30th season every Sunday at 10.00am.


TV Week Logie Awards
The TV Week Logie Awards will return to the Gold Coast in 2022 after a two-year postponement due to COVID-19 restrictions. Channel 9 will broadcast the 62nd celebration of the awards live from The Star on the Gold Coast, bringing viewers an overdue night of glamour and recognition of excellence in Australian television.

Carols by Candlelight
The nation’s favourite Christmas Eve tradition continues with the 85th year of Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight, where some of our biggest stars will come together and perform all the Christmas favourites.Families, friends and loved ones will share the spirit of Christmas when Carols by Candlelight is broadcast live from Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Saturday, December 24, at 8.00pm on Channel 9 and 9Now.

ARIA Awards
The prestigious ARIA Awards will be broadcast once more on Channel 9 in 2022, the 36th year of celebrating the best and most popular Aussie music acts of the year with an outstanding showcase of celebrities and industry figures.


9Now is your one stop news, sport and entertainment destination: housing the best of the 9Network and providing audiences access to all live channels on Mobile, Desktop and via Connected TV’s. In 2022 9Now will continue to deliver fresh new content with the addition of exclusive premieres La Brea, Thing About Pam, Chucky and Mr Mayor. With a plethora of bingeworthy content already available to stream, 2022 will also see new episodes of hospital drama Chicago Med added to the 9Now platform, along with the complete third season of Love Island USA and Married at First Sight UK. Love Island UK proved to be a massive driving force for 9Now audience in 2021 and will return even bigger next year. New seasons of New Amsterdam, Resident Alien, The Equalizer, Duncanville & Law & Order Organised Crime will also drop throughout the year. The ARIA Awards will take on a new look this year, proceeding as an innovative digital show in November on 9Now. After another turbulent year for the music industry, the awards are a chance to honour the achievements of Australian music’s finest.

Still to Come in 2021:

Love Island Australia
A new batch of sexy young singles will light up our screens in search of love and fun in the sun on the third season of Love Island Australia, to be filmed in Byron Bay. Aussie sweetheart and charming all-rounder Sophie Monk returns to host and play Cupid alongside new addition, comedian Stephen Mullan as narrator, in the world-renowned reality TV show, which promises to deliver another picture-perfect backdrop with plenty of romantic twists and turns. As always, the Islanders must couple up, stay together, and win over the hearts of the public, all while surviving the temptations of beautiful new singles entering the villa. Can’t get enough of Love Island Australia? Each week, join Abbie Chatfield and a bunch of celebrity superfans as they dissect all the highs and lows from the show on Afterparty. Featuring the very latest gossip, behind-the-scenes stories, and exclusive former and recently dumped Islander interviews, Afterparty is your sure-fire way to debrief and stay up to date with all that’s happening and about to happen in the Love Island villa. The past two seasons of Love Island Australia, which is produced by ITV Studios Australia, have been a breakout hit with People 16-39 for their unique blend of humour, romance and drama – and more success is in store with season three.

Parental Guidance
Parenting. Everyone’s got an opinion. But which way is the right way? Ally Langdon and Australian parenting expert Dr. Justin Coulson team up with ten brave sets of parents with very different parenting styles, putting their methods to the ultimate test to determine who has Australia’s best parenting style in Channel 9’s raw and confronting new series, Parental Guidance. Opinionated parents with diverse parenting techniques will take turns judging each other’s style through a series of the toughest challenges ever attempted, designed to put their style to the ultimate test which typically results in chaos, tears, and very funny fails. From helicopter parents to tiger parents, free-range and routine parents to extreme authoritarians, they will all show how they raise their families while trying to influence everyone else that their parenting style is best. Parental Guidance takes us behind the closed family doors of parenthood, and how we ourselves were parented, to find out how to do it right, right now. When it comes to modern-day parenting, is anyone really nailing it? The search for Australia’s best parenting style is coming to Channel 9 in 2021. Parental Guidance is produced by Eureka for the 9Network.

2021 NRL Finals
The 2021 NRL Finals get underway and culminate in an epic NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final, which for the first time in history will be hosted at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, on Sunday, October 3, on Channel 9 and 9Now. Hot favourites Melbourne Storm are chasing back-to-back premierships but face stiff opposition from the other competition heavyweights who stand between them and more glory. Weighing in on all the action is the best team of rugby league experts and commentators in the business. “The Voice of Rugby League”, Ray Warren, Phil Gould, Andrew Johns (the eighth Immortal), Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Brad Fittler, Johnathan Thurston, Paul Vautin, Ruan Sims, Darren Lockyer, “The King”, Wally Lewis, Peter Sterling, Allana Ferguson, Sam Thaiday and Paul Gallen will bring all their knowledge, passion, dedication, and love for the game to league fans across Australia.

Snackmasters is a unique cooking contest hosted by Scott Pickett and Poh Ling Yeow (MasterChef Australia) where highly awarded chefs at the top of their game go head-to-head to perfectly replicate famous Aussie snacks. The new series will have all of Australia asking can our top chefs crack the magic snack? Each week the chefs will wrestle a selected snack into submission in their own kitchens, before entering the Snack Arena for a cook-off judged by the very factory workers who make the
snack every day. The chef whose recipe is closest to the original will take home the highly coveted Snack Trophy and bragging rights as a true Snack Master. Yvie Jones, ex-Goggleboxer and self-confessed snack lover, journeys deep into our food factories to find the secrets that go into the creation of Australia’s favourite snacks and see where the chefs are getting it wrong – and right. Featuring snacks like Twisties, Drumsticks, Whoppers and Cadbury Favourites, this is the only Aussie food show on prime-time TV where viewers know exactly how the finished results should taste, and whether our chefs have truly mastered our favourite snacks. Snackmasters is based on the BAFTA-nominated UK program format and made by Warner Bros. International Television Production for the 9Network.

Lego Masters Christmas
LEGO Masters, one of the biggest hits on TV, will return later this year for a Lego Christmas. Some of Australia’s favourite celebrities will team up with contestants from the past three series in a festive celebration of the show Australia has fallen in love with. Who will take the honours with the best and most magical Christmas build? The Christmas mini-series will feature Scott Cam, Sophie Monk, Brooke Boney and Michael “Wippa” Wipfli. Expect new builds, new twists and a whole lot of LEGO as we wish you a very Merry Bricksmas! LEGO Masters is produced by Endemol Shine Australia for the 9Network.

The Hundred with Andy Lee
The Hundred with Andy Lee will find out what Australian’s really think about the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas. What is the average cost of a work Christmas party in Australia? How many of our Hundred don’t celebrate Christmas? What percentage still send hand-written Christmas cards? What is the average cost of a Christmas gift? Joining Andy Lee will be regular panellist Mike Goldstein, plus Sophie Monk and Becky Lucas and a certain jolly man facing “The Hundred”. The Hundred with Andy Lee is an original concept by Screentime Australia and Andy Lee, in association with Channel 9.

Weakest Link
The most cut-throat show on television, Weakest Link, returns for four supercharged episodes in the final quarter of 2021, featuring a rollcall of Australia’s favourite celebrities and reality contestants. Comedian and actress Magda Szubanski will be back again as host in the reimagined format of this classic quiz which returned to our screens this year, more than two decades since it debuted in Australia. Magda, a stern quizmaster, delights in putting contestants through the hoops as they compete, backstab and embarrass themselves in the hope of winning a huge cash jackpot of up to $250,000. Weakest Link has been produced in 46 territories around the world and is produced for the 9Network by BBC Studios Australia.

Country Home Rescue with Shaynna Blaze
For 13 seasons we’ve seen Shaynna Blaze as a judge on The Block, as well as helping homeowners spruce up their spaces on Selling Houses Australia. Now, for the first time, Shaynna is doing it for herself and her family in the heartwarming new series, Country Home Rescue. In Country Home Rescue, Shaynna, together with her children, embark on the restoration of a dilapidated historical home in regional Victoria. Watch as they navigate through a never-ending maze of problems when their grand plans are sideswiped by building restrictions, frustrating delays and a huge budget blowout. It will take every ounce of passion and persistence to turn this renovation nightmare into the forever home of their dreams. But you’ll be amazed as room by room is revealed.

Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo
Later this year viewers will again catch a glimpse into nature’s true magnificence in the second season of Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo on Channel 9. Actress and passionate Centenary Ambassador for Taronga Zoo, Naomi Watts, will return as the narrator, transporting viewers into the magical world of Taronga. Grappling with the complications thrown up by COVID-19, this season follows the emotional highs and lows experienced by the keepers, vets and volunteers who care for the captivating creatures that call beautiful Taronga home. Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo is produced by McAvoy Media for the 9Network.

Heart of the Nation, The World’s Largest CPR Class
Heart of the Nation, The World’s Largest CPR Class, will go to air on Channel 9 for the first time next month. Hosted by Richard Wilkins, the broadcast will run in line with the Heart of the Nation charity founded by original Yellow Wiggle and sudden cardiac arrest survivor, Greg Page. More than 27,000 Australians suffer from sudden cardiac arrest each year and 90 per cent do not survive. In Heart of the Nation, The World’s Largest CPR Class, viewers will learn how to perform life-saving CPR on adults and children effectively, hear the gut-wrenching stories of those who have experienced cardiac arrest, and gain an understanding of how important it is for wider public access to AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) nationwide.

Carols by Candlelight
Australia’s annual Christmas Eve tradition continues this year with some of our best performers coming together for Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight, broadcast live from Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Friday, December 24, at 8.00pm on Channel 9 and 9Now.


Amazing Grace,
The Weakest Link (2022)
Love Island (2022)
Beach House Escape,
Celebrity IOU Australia,
Desert Vet,
Bondi Vet,
Australian Crime Stories

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23 Responses

  1. the Melissa Caddick story is certainly fascinating & i would watch a show on it, but it feels too soon. Apart from the fact she has left behind a husband & child who will still be grieving (& that is the horrible truth in most true crime shows), but i feel like we haven’t heard the last of her, its just too inconclusive.

    I suppose maybe that’s the most fascinating part though, it is possible she faked her own death by cutting her foot off, but fairly unlikely. Or she may have been murdered, and again any tv show will be prejudicial if they charge someone with that murder (or manslaughter).

  2. Thanks again David for the preview. After the Verdict appeals, along with Travel Guides and some Lifestyle Space Invaders was easy viewing and Buying Byron and Country House Rescue could be good.
    Some other shows I may dip into. But there is a significant lack of drama!

  3. Great to see Travel Guides returning. I was worried that the cost and fuss of travel during Covid a (a second time) would lead to them to skipping a year. I looked forward to seeing where they go!

  4. Why has Carols By Candlelight been posted twice? Any word yet on a presenter? It won’t surprise me if Weakest Link doesn’t have another season. The only person that would be as good as Cornelia is Gretel Kileen.

  5. Beauty and the Geek should be awarded a prize for best ever reboot of a reality show.
    They added heart and soul to this by casting genuinely likeable people.

  6. I notice the TV specials that Delta mentioned last year seemed to just never be mentioned again. Maybe waiting for audiences to be able to return or perhaps the ship has just sailed now.

  7. “9News provides the most accurate and up-to-date news service in each capital city at 6.00pm every night of the year.” Does this mean that 9 will take over WIN News’ bulletin in Canberra and Hobart at 6PM from 2022? or will they just be adding a local weekend bulletin at 6PM for the ACT and TAS when WIN doesn’t? I think that 9 does a bulletin for Darwin at 6PM weeknights but I’m not sure that they get a local weekend bulletin. The ACT does need a local weekend bulletin besides the ABC @ 7PM, and TAS needs some weekend completion besides 7 @ 6PM and ABC @7PM on the weekend too. Come on 9 bring on a full one hour local bulletin in Canberra and Hobart at 6PM every night of the year.

    1. WIN News is at 5:30pm in Canberra and Hobart (on WIN O&O stations). Nine News is at 6pm in both places. All 6pm bulletins are from Nine Sydney or Melbourne. Any weekend local bulletins would be up to WIN, not Nine.

  8. All I say is Wow! This Upfront from Nine could be of the best I’ve ever seen from any network. If this is the standard Upfronts this year, I think we are in for a real treat for Australian television in 2022!

    The new shows I am most looking forward to are Underbelly: Vanishing Act, After the Verdict, Australia Behind Bars, Missing Persons Investigation and Million Dollar Murders.

    I’m obviously looking forward to the return of MAFS, Celebrity Apprentice, Travel Guides, Beauty & the Geek, Emergency, Paramedics & Getaway.

    As for the rest of 2021, I’m looking forward to Love Island, Snackmasters, Heart of the Nation, The World’s Largest CPR Class, Parental Guidance and Carols by Candlelight

  9. That’s such a shame about Amazing Grace being axed.

    Happy celebrity apprentice, travel guides, getaway, and the block all returning.

    Interested in Shannyas new show and the snack show.

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