Foxtel and Network Ten announced today they have jointly commissioned a new Australian production for 2017, Common Sense, a highly entertaining topical news show from the creators of the global phenomenon, Gogglebox.
To be produced by Endemol Shine Australia, Common Sense will feature a cast of real people and their real opinions as they round up the week's most talked about topics and newsworthy events whilst in conversation with one another in their workplace.
The series will air first on Foxtel’s Lifestyle and then broadcast on Network Ten.
From general news and current affairs to the latest in politics, sport and popular culture, Common Sense will bring genuine and immediate reactions that collectively highlight the nation's unfiltered take and differing points of view on the biggest talking points that week.
Drawing from newspapers, radio, magazines and websites, Common Sense will tackle every topic that shouldn’t be talked about at dinner parties, and filter the news of the week into a funny, informative, insightful and entertaining hour.
Common Sense was created by Studio Lambert, an all3media company.
General Manager of the Lifestyle Group, Hannah Barnes, said: “We are thrilled to add this new and exciting series to our local production lineup. Common Sense is a distinctive and brilliant new companion to the hugely successful Gogglebox which has been a monumental ratings hit for Lifestyle.
“Common Sense will expand the genre created by Gogglebox, and allow us to get out on the road and into the very different workplaces we have in Australia. The new series will give Foxtel customers and lovers of Lifestyle an insight into the quips and quirks of Australian workmates,” she said.
Network Ten Chief Content Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “Gogglebox has been an outstanding success for Network Ten, with every season increasing its audience, and we know that viewers will embrace this engaging and entertaining new show.
“While the Goggleboxers provide an insight into television from the comfort of their own homes, Common Sense will head into the workplace to find what everyday Australians are thinking and saying about the issues of the day.
“We are delighted to be working with Foxtel and Endemol Shine Australia on a show that, like Gogglebox, will get Australia talking,” she said.
Sabrina Duguet, all3media International, Executive Vice President Asia Pacific, said: “We are delighted that the success of Gogglebox has led to such a positive response for Common Sense and we can think of no better home for this new, distinctive series.
“The arrangement marks the third commission for the series before its domestic transmission which speaks to the power of the creativity of our sister company, Studio Lambert,” she said.
Common Sense is the second jointly commissioned series between Foxtel and Network Ten, and follows on from the enormous success of Gogglebox, which launched in Australia in 2015. The series became an instant hit, while in the process making accidental stars of the families featured.
The deal for Common Sense with Endemol Shine was negotiated by all3media International. Common Sense has also been commissioned by BBC Two in the UK and by NBC in the USA. Casting for the Australian version is currently underway, and the series will air on Foxtel’s Lifestyle and Network Ten in 2017.