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Foxtel Unveils its Big Summer Lineup

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Foxtel’s better entertainment experience goes all year round with a great summer line-up including new shows and returning series, hit movies and hot sports events.

Dramas for Express from the US delivery on showcase are HBO’s new series True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and Looking which introduces a group of gay friends in San Francisco.

Also on the premiere list are The Michael J. Fox Show (Universal Channel), the Swedish crime drama Fjallbacka Murders (showcase), Friday Night Lights’ Connie Britton and Heroes’ Hayden Panettiere co-starring in Nashville (SoHo) and returning series include Girls S3 (showcase), Shameless S4 (SoHo), Franklin & Bash S3 (FX) and Murdoch Mysteries S7 (13th Street).

It wouldn’t be summer without Shark Week (Discovery Channel) and this year’s line-up features an array of premiere specials. Other international factual programs include Destination Wild (Nat Geo WILD), new episodes of Oprah’s Next Chapter (Discovery Home & Health) and the US series of Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC Knowledge).

There are local productions launching across the factual and lifestyle genres, with British historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver leading a local team on a journey around our shoreline for Coast Australia (HISTORY), Kerri-Anne Kennerley hosting Behind Mansion Walls (CI Network), the real life dramas of Outback Coroner (CI Network), a season of Celebrity Come Dine With Me Australia (The LifeStyle Channel) and A Donna Hay Christmas (The LifeStyle Channel) sees the leading cookbook author return to Foxtel.

Foxtel has a vast array of first-run festive programming, with the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Nigella Lawson, George Clarke and Sarah Beeny providing inspiration and advice for the best food and decorations ever. Or, you could just sit back and create the holiday and party atmosphere with nostalgic movie and music line-ups.

Back in the general entertainment genre, Foxtel has the local productions Just for Laughs At The Sydney Opera House (The Comedy Channel) and Meet the Frockers (LifeStyle YOU). International programs over summer include The Royal Variety Performance 2013 (UKTV) with Gary Barlow, Olly Murs and Dame Edna Everage amongst the stars already announced, Keeping Up With The Kardashians S9 (E!) – where family always comes first – and it does not get much hotter than the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (FOX8).

Time for some cricket, FOX SPORTS will offer live and exclusive coverage of every match of the South Africa V India and New Zealand V West Indies series. What about the other sports? FOX SPORTS also has Football with continuing coverage of the Hyundai A-League and the Barclays Premiere League. ESPN has the National Basketball Association, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League and there’s more on offer on Eurosport and the pay-per- view action on MAIN EVENT.

In addition to all the new shows and seasons debuting, there are plenty of ongoing Australian television premiere series all through summer.

Plus, Foxtel has some new channel brands launching soon.
Chill out this summer with a new music channel line-up from December 3.

  • Foxtel’s 24/7 audio music service is being revamped to become Foxtel Tunes, which will have 30 ad free audio channels with something to suit everyone’s tastes.

  • SMOOTH is a new adult contemporary music channel and will be the ultimate music destination, an easy place to relax to and escape.

  • Foxtel has also been working with MTV to refresh the current music channels. As a result MTV Live will be removed and MTV Classic and MTV Hits will be replaced with MTV Music and MTV Dance.

    New channel brands and new looks from January 1.

  • TV Hits will feature television’s all-time favourites and well-loved series including NCIS, the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation franchise, Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends and How I Met Your Mother.

  • The new Syfy will be home to the latest sci-fi and fantasy series like Defiance and Warehouse 13 and the world premiere of Haunting: Australia.

  • Universal Channel will be transformed with a new look and a new line-up of shows, including The Michael J. Fox Show and Perception, alongside Law and Order: SVU and Criminal Intent.