Foxtel’s Arena has announced it will fast-track a number of popular US reality TV shows next month with a brand new premiere season of The Real Housewives of Dallas, plus returning seasons of The Real Housewives of New York City S8, Southern Charm S3, Shahs of Sunset S5, Thicker Than Water S3 and Million Dollar Listing New York S5.
The announcement from Foxtel coincides with yesterday’s launch of Hayu in Australia. Hayu is a ‘Netflix-style’ internet streaming service owned by NBCUniversal and completely focused on reality content. For $5.99 per month Hayu customers can view more than 3000 episodes of popular shows including Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Real Housewives and Made in Chelsea.
Hayu is promising to add new episodes within hours of them airing in the US. Much of Hayu’s content library is also available in Australia via Foxtel, and this fresh competition is now forcing Foxtel to increase its fast-tracking on reality content. (see below)
The Real Housewives of New York City Season 8 premieres Thursday April 7 on Arena at 1:35pm, just hours after the US, with an Express encore screening at 8:30pm
It’s a season of new beginnings for the women. Bethenny is officially ready to start dating again while taking her Skinnygirl empire to the next level, but unexpected health issues threaten to derail her plans. Embracing a new chapter in her life, Ramona is single and ready to mingle—but first she has to sharpen her dating skills. Dorinda continues to grow in her relationship with John but constantly finds herself defending it to others, leaving her torn between her heart and her friends. Carole is enjoying her growing romance with her younger beau, Adam, but needs to come to grips with what their relationship truly means. With her daughter away at boarding school, Sonja is experiencing empty-nest syndrome as she focuses her sights on rebuilding friendships and tackling new business ventures. Recently engaged Luann couldn’t be happier with her new relationship, but unsettling rumors surrounding her behavior put her on the outs with most of the ladies. Julianne "Jules" Wainstein is new to the mix, but she's no stranger to mixing things up. With two young kids taking all of her attention, Jules strives to start a business while leaning hard on her husband to be more supportive.
The Real Housewives of Dallas Season 1 premieres Tuesday April 12 at 8:30pm on Arena , same day and date, Express from the US
Arena travels to the Southwest with cowboy boots, class, and a big dose of sass with The Real Housewives of Dallas. A natural expansion for The Real Housewives franchise, the extravagant, over-the-top city of Dallas is deeply rooted in Texan pride, where people believe that if they are lucky enough to live in the Lone Star State, they are lucky enough. The series delves into the lives of five sophisticated southern socialites – Cary Deuber, Tiffany Hendra, Stephanie Hollman, LeeAnne Locken and Brandi Redmond, along with their friend Marie Reyes – as they climb their way to the top of the city's most exclusive circle. With big wallets, big hearts and even bigger drama, these ladies prove why you don’t mess with Texas, let alone a Housewife.
The Real Housewives of Dallas gives an exclusive look into the glamorous galas, scintillating scandals and enormous egos of this quintet of women as they navigate the social scene of the city’s elite, all while juggling their husbands, boyfriends and families. Pedigree and status may grant an automatic invite to the most exclusive gatherings in town, but one misstep could send anyone to the blacklist. Pecking orders and relationships are at stake when old-money meets new-money meets no-money, and these ladies soon realise who will survive the twists and turns, and who will be left in the dust to lick their wounds.
Southern Charm Season 3 premieres Tuesday April 12 at 9:30pm on Arena, Express from the US
This season, the rollercoaster romance between Thomas and Kathryn becomes even more complex as the two welcome a second Ravenel baby and struggle to co-parent successfully. Their tumultuous relationship creates a group divided as new feuds emerge and old feuds die hard. Meanwhile, southern belle Cameran, whose booming real estate ventures find her in bed with Shep, at least professionally, must decide if she ever wants to board the baby train and enter motherhood. After a detox in Delaware, Craig returns to Charleston determined to prove he's a changed man, thanks in part to his new girlfriend, Naomie. As Whitney contemplates the notion of leaving Charleston for good to follow his passion for film production, Craig accuses him of running away from his true love and personal scandal back at home. But not everyone is eager to settle down. Shep, the resident bachelor and ladies' man, finds a new partner-in-leisure in Landon, who's just as dedicated to riding the waves of life. However, Landon has a revelation that could change their decade-long friendship forever.
Shahs of Sunset Season 5 premieres Monday April 18 at 8:30pm on Arena, with a special double episode premiere, Express from the US
This season brings highs and lows, as relationships are put to the test for Reza Farahan, Asa Soltan Rahmati, Mike Shouhed, Mercedes "MJ" Javid, Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi, and Shervin Roohparvar. As they each embark on a new life journey, they face challenges in business, love, and lifelong friendships. When rumours of infidelity and irresponsible lifestyles shake the group to its core, allegiances are put to the test. Can they come together and maintain the bonds of friendship through the good times as well as the bad?
After last year's broken engagement, Reza faces a difficult crossroads in his relationship with Adam. Ready to finally take the plunge, he contemplates throwing a surprise wedding, but is confronted with harsh resistance from his closest friend MJ, who is dead-set against the ambush. Working with her parents in a new business venture, Asa rediscovers her passion for fashion with the debut launch of her kaftan line, Asa Kaftans. But when new-world and old-world values collide, Asa is forced to reconcile her love of family with the challenge of building a new company from the ground up. Mike's first year of marriage with Jessica proves difficult to navigate as cheating rumours threaten to destroy their marriage and his friendships. Driven by financial pressure and a lifelong passion for shoes, Mike risks his financial future as he launches his own fashion line. MJ may have found the man of her dreams in new boyfriend Tommy, but her tenuous relationship with her mother, Vida, threatens to destroy her chance at love. GG comes face-to-face with her greatest demon yet, as she fights the crippling effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis. But when her inner circle casts doubt on the severity of her illness, she struggles with perhaps the toughest decision of all: moving on without the support of her friends.
Thicker Than Water Season 3 premieres Saturday April 2 at 8:00pm on Arena, same day and date, Express from the US
Arena’s larger-than-life Tankard family returns bolder than ever when season three premieres. Leading the charge are Ben and Jewel Tankard with their self-proclaimed "Black Brady Bunch" which includes Brooklyn, Britney, Benji, Cyrene, Marcus, with his wife, Tish, and their newborn son Micah.
This season, preacher and patriarch, Ben faces the stark reality that the Tankard household has become an empty nest and also realises there are deep emotional wounds that need to be healed within the family, mainly between him and his eldest daughter Brooklyn. Embracing a new chapter in her life, Jewel prepares to welcome her grandchild and launch her very own nationally syndicated television talk show while trying to reconnect with Cyrene, who went to her freshman year of college meek and mild, but reemerged as a certified wild child. Meanwhile, Britney, healthier than ever, is unable to shake the notion that a baby is what’s missing most in her life and embarks on a journey to make her dreams of motherhood come true while Benji and Shanira eagerly await the arrival of their first child. Marcus plans to expand his ministry into Nashville but can’t hide his frustration with his family’s adamant criticism of his wife’s parenting skills. From an eye-opening girls trip to Jewel’s hometown of Detroit to a traumatizing secret haunting Cyrene, it’s a season of breakthrough and transformation that forces the family to embrace each other and move forward to a place of joy and love.
Million Dollar Listing New York Season 5 premieres Sunday April 24 at 7:30pm on Arena, Express from the US
This season, superstar real estate agents Fredrik, Luis, and Ryan tackle their toughest clients and most dramatic personal challenges yet. Fredrik struggles to regain his focus in the wake of devastating fatherhood news and hopes that securing the biggest developments of his career can put him back on track. Meanwhile, Luis says “adios” to his quarter-life crisis as he takes on more responsibility than ever, but realises that finding his identity may be his toughest deal yet. Always expanding, Ryan’s business sees record growth, but he soon finds that maintaining massive sales and juggling his engagement may be too much to negotiate. In a city where it’s survival of the fittest, this season will determine once and for all if there’s room enough at the top for all three agents.