Upfronts 2022: Seven
MKR returns, Apartment Rules takes on renovation, serial killer drama Claremont, Australian Idol coming in 2022.
- My Kitchen Rules returns; Apartment Rules announced.
- The Voice, SAS Australia, Big Brother / VIP, DWTS: All Stars return.
- New: The Voice: Generations, Australian Idol, AGT.
- New drama: Claremont.
- New factual: Strike Force, Code 1: Minute by Minute.
- Sam Armytage to feature in Farmer Wants a Wife.
- Commonwealth Games and Olympic Winter Games; Lord Ian Botham joins Cricket commentary.
As it closes in on an expected win in Total People in 2021, Seven has unveiled its 2022 programming slate to advertisers today.
Hit shows are returning including The Voice, Big Brother, BB: VIP, SAS Australia, Dancing with the Stars: All Stars to be joined by The Voice: Generations, and further talent shows, AGT and -later in 2022- Australian Idol.
Seven is also returning to a new-look My Kitchen Rules and renovation spin-off Apartment Rules -both to be produced by independent production companies, not Seven Studios -no hosts or judges are yet announced.
4 hour miniseries Claremont, based on serial killings in Perth, will join Home & Away in the Drama stakes (there is no decision yet on RFDS) while Melbourne-based WTFN produce two new factuals, Strike Force and Code 1: Minute by Minute.
Sam Armytage (who remains on a network deal) makes an appearance in Farmer Wants a Wife with a special matchmaking “Sam’s Choice” segment.
In Sport Seven has the Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games and announces Lord Ian Botham to commentate the Ashes series.
Seven has set Dancing with the Stars, SAS Australia and The Voice: Generations for its Q1 following the Winter Olympics.
Seven West Media Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, James Warburton, said: “Two years after we announced our new content strategy, including a clear focus on reaching younger viewers, we are currently back at #1 and that is where we are going to stay.
“With the best sport, news and entertainment on Australian TV, including some of the biggest TV brands in the world, Seven will win the 2021 calendar year in 25 to 54s, 16 to 39s, under 50s and total people. We are also #1 across the survey year, even excluding the incredible results we achieved with the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
“Our 7plus platform is #1 and smashed streaming records with its innovative coverage of Tokyo 2020,” he said.
Next year Seven is committing an additional $30 million to $40 million to new local productions.
Seven Network Director of Programming, Angus Ross, said: “We have spent the past two years refreshing and reinventing our content across broadcast and digital, and the results speak for themselves. Seven is back where it belongs: at #1.
“Next year will be even bigger, with an amazing line-up of sport, our new and returning 7.30pm tentpole shows and the constant success of our content ‘spine’ of Sunrise, The Morning Show, The Chase Australia, 7NEWS, Home and Away – which is Australia’s #1 drama – and Better Homes and Gardens.
“The return of My Kitchen Rules is particularly exciting for us and for viewers. It was the biggest show on TV for many years and we’re taking it back to its roots. We don’t want to give away too much right now, but it will be the original and the best My Kitchen Rules, reinvented for 2022,” he said.
There’s also no decision yet on Holey Moley while Ultimate Tag is not returning.
My Kitchen Rules
The most successful cooking show ever on Australian TV is set to return in 2022, with all new judges (to be announced soon), a new batch of eager contestants, and all the fun and food that made it a huge hit for so many years. Australia’s favourite food show will go back to the original recipe and back into the contestants’ kitchens, with state competing against state.
The television icon returns to our screens after a 12-year hiatus, travelling around the country to find the next music superstars. The show that gave us Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Shannon Noll, Anthony Callea, Casey Donovan, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Matt Corby and many more will be back, bigger and better than ever. Australian Idol is a Fremantle Australia and Eureka Productions co-production for the Seven Network.
The Voice: Generations
In a global television first, the world’s biggest singing competition – and Australia’s #1 regular series of 2021 – invites singers and musicians from different generations to perform together in The Voice arena. Australia’s most talented singers will be vying for Voice glory under the watchful eye of host Sonia Kruger and superstar coaches: Keith Urban, Rita Ora, Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy. The Voice: Generations is an ITV Studios Australia production for the Seven Network.
After a false start this year (thanks COVID), AGT will be back on Seven and 7plus in 2022. In a world first, Aussie acts will take on some of the best Got Talent champions from around the globe and deliver all the spectacular, surprising and must-see moments Australian families love. Ricki-Lee Coulter returns as host, along with an all-star judging panel. AGT is a Fremantle Australia production for the Seven Network.
The mega-hit that was House Rules will be reborn and reimagined in an innovative twist to the format. Set in one of Australia’s biggest cities, the new series will take renovation to a whole new level. Stay tuned for more details in 2022.
The disappearance of young women launches a 25-year investigation by the police and one tenacious journalist, all in dogged determination to seek justice. From the creatives behind Seven’s compelling drama Catching Milat, this four-hour investigative mini-series is a Screentime (a Banijay Group company) production for the Seven Network, with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Seven, with finance from Screen NSW.
Featuring some of the most gripping, heart-stopping, tense and nerve-racking police investigations, stings and taskforce operations in Australia, this new series provides an “all-access pass” into the real crime busts using footage shot by the police themselves. Every episode will showcase the meticulous planning, investigation and the incredible footage of police raids. Strike Force is a WTFN production for the Seven Network.
Code 1: Minute by Minute
For the first time, the stories of some of the most horrific events that are burned into Australia’s memory are told in forensic detail by the brave first responders who were first on scene. Each episode breaks down the weeks, the days, the hours, the moments and seconds leading to the event that made news headlines around the country. Code 1: Minute by Minute is a WTFN production for the Seven Network.
Seven’s fresh take on The Voice is the #1 regular series of 2021. It was the only series to draw more than one million overnight capital city viewers for every episode, with 2.42 million nationally tuning in to see Bella Taylor Smith crowned the winner. Australia’s favourite show is back in 2022, with host Sonia Kruger, superstar coaches Keith Urban, Rita Ora, Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy, and a new line-up of stars in the making. The Voice is an ITV Studios Australia production for the Seven Network.
Get set for another huge year of shocks, twists and drama as Big Brother welcomes a new team of housemates and some big surprises when it comes to who enters the house. Hosted by Sonia Kruger, the hit series had an average total audience of 1.1 million this year. The first season of Big Brother VIP does not land until next month, but we already know it will be back in 2022. Big Brother and Big Brother VIP are Endemol Shine Australia productions for the Seven Network.
Farmer Wants A Wife
The global phenomenon returns to Seven and 7plus in 2022 with host Natalie Gruzlewski, a new line-up of farmers and ladies looking for true love, and a very special new addition: Seven’s acclaimed journalist and presenter, Samantha Armytage, is joining in a guest role. Growing up on a farm and now married to a farmer, Samantha is perfectly qualified to help Natalie help the farmers and the ladies find love. This year, Australia’s favourite bush fairy-tale scored an average total audience of 1.41 million. Farmer Wants A Wife is a Fremantle Australia and Eureka Productions co-production for the Seven Network.
The most talked about TV show in the country is back in 2022 with a brand-new line-up of star recruits, ready to take on the gruelling SAS selection course. Seventeen celebrities including Olympians Geoff Huegill and Melissa Wu, AFL star Wayne Carey, singer/actor Melissa Tkautz and reality stars Locky Gilbert and Anna Heinrich have volunteered for the toughest test of their lives. Plus, Chief Instructor Ant Middleton and DS Ollie Ollerton are joined by two new DS: retired US Navy Seal Clint Emerson and former British Special Forces soldier Dean Stott. SAS Australia is produced by Screentime (a Banijay Group company), based on a Minnow Films format, for the Seven Network.
Dancing With The Stars: All Stars
After its triumphant return to Seven and 7plus this year, the global sensation will burn up the dance floor again in 2022. Daryl Somers, Sonia Kruger and our legendary judging panel are back on board, along with 14 celebrities who are ready to strut and shimmy their stuff, including Kylie Gillies, Grant Denyer, Bridie Carter and Anthony Koutoufides. The 2021 series was a ratings smash, with an average total audience of 1.11 million, and next year promises to be even bigger. Dancing With The Stars: All Stars is produced by Warner Bros International Television Production Australia and BBC Studios, from a format created by the BBC and distributed by BBC Studios, for the Seven Network.
Home and Away
Fresh from recording its biggest audiences in more than two years – and being honoured with its own coin, no less – Australia’s #1 drama will be back in 2022 for its remarkable 35th season. And it will be bigger and brighter than ever before, with 45 weeks of all the drama, fun, romance, action, heartbreak and twists viewers have come to expect from our most successful drama series. Life is never dull in Summer Bay. Home and Away is a Seven Production.
Better Homes and Gardens
It has been Australia’s #1 lifestyle show for more than two decades and it returns in 2022 for another year of fun and inspiration. Every Friday night, Johanna Griggs and the team are invited into homes around the country to inform, educate and entertain. Cooking, gardening, home improvements, technology, health, fitness, motoring – the team cover it all and more. Better Homes and Gardens is a Seven Production.
The Chase Australia
The #1 game show in the country heads into 2022 with Larry Emdur at the helm and The Governess, The Tiger Mum, The Shark, Goliath and The Supernerd ready to put a new crop of contestants through their paces. Let the chase begin. The Chase Australia is an ITV Studios Australia production for the Seven Network based on the original ITV quiz show.
Homicide: With Ron Iddles
One of the surprise hits of 2021, with an average total audience of 1.04 million, this gripping special event series is coming back to Seven and 7plus. Each week, Australia’s greatest detective reveals the untold stories of his most challenging cases. Iddles worked on more than 320 homicide cases during his 25 years with Victoria Police and his success rate for solving murders was unprecedented. Homicide: With Ron Iddles is a CJZ production for the Seven Network.
Crime Investigation Australia
Australia’s most recent headline-making crimes will be told like never before in the all-new season of one of Australia’s most popular true-crime TV series. Hosted by 7NEWS’ award-winning reporter and presenter, Matt Doran, the new series will tell these stories from beginning to end, keeping viewers on the edge of their seats. Crime Investigation Australia is produced by Shadow Productions for the Seven Network.
Since it first hit screens in 2009, Highway Patrol has become a staple of Australian TV. The always-riveting factual series follows members of the Victoria Police Highway Patrol as they keep the roads and the people on them safe from bad and mad drivers. Highway Patrol is produced by Greenstone TV for the Seven Network with the cooperation of Victoria Police.
Border Security: Australia’s Front Line
The new season of the acclaimed factual series will again go behind the scenes of Australia’s customs, immigration and quarantine departments, focusing on the people who devote their lives to keeping Australia safe. After almost 20 years on air, it remains one of the most arresting and authentic observational documentaries on Australian TV. Border Security: Australia’s Front Line is a Seven Production.
In 2022, Seven and 7plus will once again be the home of special event TV, from the 94th Annual Academy Awards and the 64th Grammy Awards (new to Seven and 7plus next year), to Carols In The Domain – which will celebrate its 40th birthday next year – Melbourne’s Good Friday Appeal for the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Channel 7 Telethon in Western Australia. The Channel 7 Telethon is the world’s most successful TV charity fundraiser on a per capita basis and supports 65 different children’s charities from across WA. Underpinned by multi-million-dollar donations from the Federal and State governments and many WA businesses, philanthropists and the wider community, the Telethon has raised about $400 million since it was launched in 1968. The 2021 Telethon will be held this weekend.
News & Current Affairs:
Australia’s #1 line-up of news and public affairs content will return to the Seven Network in 2022, with 7NEWS, Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise, The Morning Show, 7NEWS Spotlight, The Latest from 7NEWS and 7NEWS.com.au set to keep the nation informed and educated. The most trusted evening news bulletin, 7NEWS, ranks #1 nationally this year with an average 1.65 million viewers nationally Monday to Friday, 1.38 million on Saturdays and 1.69 million on Sundays. 7NEWS dominates the Perth and Adelaide markets, while on the East Coast it has halved the gap on its main rival and recorded its highest audience share since the one-hour news bulletin started in 2014. In fact, this year 7NEWS Sydney and 7NEWS Melbourne have achieved their highest shares since 2010.
Cricket fans are in for a very, very good summer. With the men’s and women’s Ashes series, the BBL and the WBBL, it is going to be the greatest ever season on Seven, Your Home of Cricket.
Cricket’s #1 commentary team just got even better, with Seven adding one of the game’s all-time greats – Lord Ian Botham – to its illustrious line-up for what is already shaping as an unforgettable 2021-22 season. The straight-talking former England Test captain, and one of the best-ever all-rounders with 5,200 test runs and 383 wickets, will join Seven for all five Tests in Australia’s blockbuster Ashes series against England. Seven’s unrivalled team again be led by cricket’s most astute commentator, former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting.
In February, Seven, 7plus and 7NEWS.com.au will present the Olympic Winter Games Beijing, live, free and across multiple channels. Following the extraordinary success of this year’s Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Seven will deliver the most comprehensive coverage of a Winter Olympics ever seen in Australia, in a favourable time zone for Australian viewers (there will be a two-hour time difference between Beijing and the Australian east coast). In addition to presenting the Olympic Winter Games from 4 to 20 February, Seven and 7plus will also cover the Paralympic Winter Games from 4 to 13 March.
Less than five months after the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games, Seven and 7plus will be in Birmingham as the official Australian broadcast partner for the XXII Commonwealth Games, which will take place from 28 July to 8 August. The XXII Commonwealth Games will bring together more than 4,500 athletes from 72 nations and territories in a global spectacle. Underpinned by the core values of humanity, equality and destiny, the Commonwealth Games are often referred to as the “Friendly Games” and are renowned for inspiring athletes to compete in the spirit of friendship and fair play.
Back home, the AFL returns to Seven in 2022. An extraordinary 2021 season cemented the AFL’s position as the #1 winter sport in Australia, including a history-making Grand Final that drew 3.91 million TV viewers to become the #1 program of the year. The 2022 season is shaping up to be unmissable. Before the new AFL season kicks off, Seven will present all the action and excitement of season six of the AFLW, starting in early January. Australia’s #1 footy show, The Front Bar, returns in 2022 with the always sharp and smart insights of hosts Sam Pang, Mick Molloy and Andy Maher. Also returning next year are Armchair Experts on Friday nights and Sunday Footy Fest.
The Supercars Championship roared back onto Seven and 7plus this year, with the promise of six blockbuster events a year. From the moment the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown round hit the screens of Seven in June, the fans have loved the fact Supercars are back where they belong, with TV ratings up 39% year-on-year. With the Repco Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama set to fire up on 5 December this year and lockdowns coming to an end, the 2022 season is firmly back on track.
Thoroughbred racing has been part of Seven’s DNA for more than five decades and a historic new agreement will see the very best of it shown live and free every Saturday of the year. Seven has partnered with Racing Victoria, Racing NSW, Racing Queensland and Racing SA in a historic, long-term deal that unites Australian thoroughbred racing like never before. The agreement runs to 2027 and means Australians will enjoy 52 weeks of elite racing across the nation, including the Golden Slipper, The Everest, the Golden Eagle, the Caulfield Cup, the Cox Plate, the Queensland Oaks, the Queensland Derby, the South Australian Derby and the South Australian Oaks and Goodwood Handicap.
NFL Super Bowl is on 13 February 2022.
The American reboot of the iconic 1970s series takes place at a luxury resort, where literally any fantasy requested by guests is fulfilled, although they rarely turn out as expected. Delving into the “what if” questions that keep us awake at night – both big and small – each episode will tell emotional, provocative stories about people who arrive with dreams and desires and depart enlightened and transformed.
New from ITV
Seven’s long and successful relationship with ITV in the UK will deliver three big new shows in 2022: Harry Palmer: The Ipcress File, the TV series version of the classic Len Deighton novel starring Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders), Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody) and Tom Hollander (The Night Manager); the legal drama Showtrial with Tracy Ifeachor (The Originals) and Celine Buckens (Free Rein); and the innovative and awe-inspiring natural history series A Year On Planet Earth.
The fifth season of the award-winning hit American medical drama series The Good Doctor starring Freddie Highmore will debut on Seven in 2022, along with new seasons of 9-1-1, 9-1-1: Lone Star, The Rookie and The Resident.
Still to come in 21:
Big Brother VIP
SAS Australia: Hell Week
Carols in the Domain
2021 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
2021-22 NFL season
Cricket: BBL, WBBL, Ashes Test series
Australia: Now and Then,
Key content on Channel 7 next year includes:
9-1-1: Lone Star
A Year On Planet Earth
Australian Football League*
Better Homes and Gardens*
Big Brother VIP*
Border Security: Australia’s Front Line*
Carols In The Domain*
Channel 7 Telethon*
Code 1: Minute by Minute*
Crime Investigation Australia*
Dancing With The Stars: All Stars*
Farmer Wants A Wife*
Good Friday Appeal*
Harry Palmer: The Ipcress File
Homicide: With Ron Iddles*
Horse racing (various)*
Home and Away*
My Kitchen Rules*
Olympic Winter Games Beijing
South Aussie with Cosi*
Supercars Championship, including the Bathurst 1000*
The 64th Grammy Awards
The 94th Annual Academy Awards
The Chase Australia*
The Front Bar*
The Good Doctor
The Morning Show*
The Latest from 7NEWS*
The Voice: Generations*
The XXII Commonwealth Games
* Made in Australia
7mate / 7TWO / 7flix info to be posted separately.