2023 Upfronts: what can we expect from Foxtel?

Rumours of a new dating show, expected to be in the mix of new drama, comedy, lifestyle & reality titles for Foxtel group.

It’s been many years since Foxtel staged a formal Upfronts to media buyers and press. Even prior to the pandemic it had been replaced by press announcements and advertiser presentations.

That all changes tonight when Foxtel unveils new highlights at Allianz Stadium for content across Foxtel / Binge / Kayo / Flash.

TV Tonight hears whispers that Foxtel Group is set to announce a local version of FBoy Island (an abbreviation which means what you think it means).

In April Caroline Swift, Warner Bros. Australia Head of Entertainment told TV Tonight, “We’re shopping around FBoy Island, which is brilliant. It’s HBO Max’s highest rated non-scripted launch in the last five years. Its central premise is ‘Can three female protagonists pick the FBoys out of a group of guys?’ Basically weed them out.

“It’s as much a guessing game as it is a search for a genuine non-FBoy to fall in love with. It’s great.”

There has also been speculation of a new version of The Real Housewives, likely to be a new Sydney edition, but some chatter has raised suggestions of a Gold Coast backdrop.

Foxtel is also understood to be running a writer’s room on a second season of recent anthology series The Twelve, while comedy series Colin from Accounts (pictured) drew some buzz at recent LA screenings.

There is also speculation around a new NBCU output deal when Stan’s expires.

Foxtel’ programming is vast with content including HBO and BBC titles.

This list focusses on the Australian originals but does not include News, Sport titles.

The Great Australian Bake Off,
Love Me,
Colin from Accounts,
Selling Houses Australia,

Expected to be renewed:
The Twelve,
Selling in the City,

The Repair Shop,
Love it Or List It,
Grand Designs Australia,

Yet to Air:

FBoy Island,
The Real Housewives of…

You can follow @tvtonightau for live tweets after 6pm tonight (it is likely to formally commence between 6-7pm) and a full post after the presentation ends.

3 Responses

  1. I know this list doesn’t contain sports, but hoping they have something sports related they do announce. A lot of cricket shows were scrapped during the pandemic but never returned. They have recently renewed AFL and F1 (and hopefully they’ll renew cricket too) so announcements for more 4k games? If you can take F1 feed from Sky UK and show it in 4k, why not do the same from Sky Cricket?

  2. I’d like to see Love it Or List It AU return, how it can’t be like last season. They were completely out of touch with the average Australian by casting households with renovation budgets far beyond the reach of most people. It made me lose interest and the show went from must watch to background noise as I made dinner.

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