Network Ten Announces Expanded Line-up of Seriously Good TV For 2012
Network Ten announces its strongest program line-up in recent years, with a big new
entertainment format, an exciting slate of Australian drama, seven new
international series and plans to strengthen its dominance in daytime.
Network Ten chief programming officer, David Mott said: “2012 is shaping up as one
of our most entertaining years ever. We are firmly focused on dominating in 18-49.”
New to TEN in 2011, come two new US dramas:
TERRA NOVA - In this highly anticipated series, filmed in the rainforests of Queensland, Steven Spielberg’s ambitious drama is an epic adventure that’s set to turn the sci-fi genre on its head. Think Jurassic Park meets Lost!
HOMELAND – a gritty psychological drama starring Claire Danes and Mandy
Patinkin. The series centres on the homecoming of a US Marine and the CIA agent
who suspects him of plotting a terrorist attack on US soil.
NEW TO TEN IN 2012
BREAKFAST – TEN is shaking up early mornings with BREAKFAST. Featuring a
comination of news and entertainment, BREAKFAST will be the perfect start to the
day. Speaking at Wednesday night’s launch event, the first of BREAKFAST’s co-hosts
Andrew Rochford said: “Breakfast radio has taught me a great deal about how
people want to start their day. They want the facts, but they want them in a light
and entertaining way.”
YOUNG TALENT TIME – the show that launched the careers of Dannii Minogue, Tina
Arena and Debbie Byrne returns home to TEN. Hosted by ex Australian Idol, Rob Mills and coproduced
by the show’s original creator, Mr Johnny Young, YOUNG TALENT TIME
2012 will be a contemporary take on the original format - just right for the GLEE
NEW AUSTRALIAN DRAMA IN 2012
BIKIE WARS - BROTHERS IN ARMS – From Screentime, the makers of Underbelly, and
based on the best-selling book by Sandra Harvey, new series BIKIE WARS – BROTHERS
IN ARMS is a compelling story of the Comancheros and the Bandidos – and their
murderous showdown at Milperra.
UNDERGROUND – THE JULIAN ASSANGE STORY – set in Melbourne in the 1990s, this
real-life drama follows the activities of the accused underground hacker as he
cracks the codes to the CIA’s computer systems. It’s the true story of Julian Assange.
PUBERTY BLUES – the TV adaption of Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey’s groundbreaking
coming-of-age story, this series is a rites of passage tale about two
teenage girls. It’s a frank and fearless look at teens in the 1970s.
REEF DOCTORS – Lisa McCune joins TEN as co-producer and star of a fast-paced
action-adventure series called REEF DOCTORS. Due to start production later this
year, the series will be filmed in and around the stunning Great Barrier Reef and the
Daintree Rainforest of Northern Queensland.
NEW INTERNATIONAL CONTENT IN 2012
THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – in 2012, TEN is giving viewers a whole new reason to
stay in on Saturday nights with the show that’s a must for A-list celebrities. This is one of the funniest programs on British television - it’s fast, it’s fun and it’s wickedly cheeky.
TEN’s long running partnerships with Twentieth Century Fox and CBS will continue to
deliver in 2012 with:
NEW GIRL – a witty new half-hour comedy starring Zooey Deschanel as an adorable
20-something trying to get over a bad break-up. In 20's REALLY!
THE FINDER – from the creator of Bones, comes a new one-hour spin-off procedural,
starring Geoff Stults as the man who can find anything and anyone.
THE 2-2– a fast-paced series produced by Academy Award winner, Robert De Niro
and featuring an ensemble cast that includes Leelee Sobieski, THE 2-2 revolves
around six rookie cops learning to balance their personal lives with the demands of
THE GIFTED MAN – New from CBS, THE GIFTED MAN stars Patrick Wilson as an ultra
competitive surgeon whose life is changed when his ex-wife dies.
HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN – inspired by the book of the same name, this is a
comedy about unlikely friendships. Starring Reece Darby (Flight of the Conchords)
and Kevin Dillon (Entourage), HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN adds another comedy to
RETURNING IN 2012
In addition to the all new YOUNG TALENT TIME, all TEN’s marquee franchises are set
to return in 2012.
Get ready for some romance with THE BIGGEST LOSER – SINGLES. Settle in for
another delicious season of MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA. And then get ready for a
whole new RENOVATORS experience.
Speaking about the return of THE RENOVATORS, Mr Mott said: “So far the format has
underperformed. But, it’s a brand we believe in so we are working directly with
Shine to renovate THE RENOVATORS for 2011 and beyond.”
Also back for another year, hit US comedy MODERN FAMILY, and returning for
season three, the little music show that could, GLEE. Fans can look forward to the
next installment of MERLIN. There’s also more of the LAW & ORDER franchise, another
season of THE GOOD WIFE, and plenty more NCIS and NCIS: LOS ANGELES.
TEN’s line-up of returning US hits is underpinned by a raft of locally produced light
entertainment formats including more BONDI RESCUE and another season of BONDI
In daytime, there will be more hilarity with the girls from THE CIRCLE, as well as all
your favourite day-time hits. George and the 6.30 team will be back in 2012
followed by another ripper year of Dave Hughes, Charlie Pickering and Carrie
Bickmore as they bring you their take on the stories of the day in THE 7PM PROJECT.
Also returning in 2012, fans of the Proudman family can look forward to the next
installment of OFFSPRING.