Eight new local productions, two new international programs, the biggest line-up of motorsport on FTA television and returning seasons of local and overseas shows are among the highlights revealed at Network Ten's 2015 Upfront Event tonight in Sydney.
In announcing the 2015 scheule Network Ten Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hamish McLennan, said:
“Over the past year, our focus on people 25 to 54 and Event TV, including premium live sport, has delivered what we promised: audience growth and greater consistency for viewers and advertisers.
“Next year, we will give Australians more of the shows they love from Network Ten – including MasterChef Australia, Family Feud, The Project, The Bachelor Australia and the KFC T20 Big Bash League – as well as new, exciting content in all genres."
In 2015 Network Ten will introduce local versions of three shows that have had success overseas:
I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, to be hosted by Julia Morris and Chris Brown, Shark Tank to be hosted by Sarah Harris and Gogglebox which will also air on Foxtel.
After successfully revitalising MasterChef Australia in 2014, Ten is hoping it can do the same to The Biggest Loser brand in 2015 by revisiting the families format, Tiffani Hall will return to the program.
Despite the media hype, The Bachelor Australia was only a moderate ratings success for Ten in 2014. In 2015 it will return, along with the spin-off: The Bachelorette Australia.
In 2015, Network Ten will also invest in local drama with three special events.
Mary: The Making Of A Princess will tell the fairy tale story of Mary Donaldson, while The Peter Brock Story will bring to television the tale of one of Australia’s greatest and most complex sporting heroes. In March, Network Ten will present a special event to celebrate the 30th birthday of the iconic Australian drama series Neighbours.
Ten says it is still in discussions for a return of Offspring and hopes to have an announcement early in the new year.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign in World War I, Network Ten has commissioned The First ANZACs, a special series of mini-documentaries that will run across the schedule in the lead-up to April 25, 2015.
From overseas, Network Ten will launch two of the most eagerly anticipated new US series: CSI: Cyber starring Patricia Arquette and The Odd Couple with Matthew Perry. They will join the three biggest hits of the new US television season – NCIS: New Orleans, Madam Secretary and Scorpion – on TEN.
V8 Supercars return to TEN in 2015, with the six biggest and best races, live and free. The rest will be live on Foxtel with only highlights on Ten. V8 Supercars, Formula One, MotoGP and the return of the beloved magazine show RPM will make Network Ten the home of FTA motorsport in 2015, bringing fans the best coverage in a consistent timeslot 41 weeks of the year.
Network Ten Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, stated: “In 2015, our viewers’ favourite franchises will be back, bigger and better than before.
“We are also adding new, proven and thoroughly researched shows that are guaranteed to get Australia talking, including I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, Shark Tank, Gogglebox, The Bachelorette Australia and a new, multi-night entertainment show we will announce in the new year.”
“From Big Bash at the top of the year right through to proven successes such as The Bachelor Australia towards the end of the year – plus our ‘always on’ early evening line-up of TEN Eyewitness News, Family Feud and The Project – Network Ten is firmly focused on delivering consistency, growth, innovation and great entertainment in 2015,” she said.