The Pacific, My Kitchen Rules, Cougar Town, ICU, The Marriage Ref, Damage Control, Hung and Royal Pains -just some of the new shows Seven has unveiled as part of its 2010 programming.
Following some time after announcements by opposition networks, Seven demonstrates another strong local slate, with several big international acquisitions. The titles may not be quite as lengthy as Nine’s promise for the year, but Seven has a good track record in delivering on its shows while some networks float titles that just never seem to eventuate (The Irwin Family’s Australia Zoo, Jingles, Undercover Boss, Little Mosque on the Prairie anyone?).
Admittedly, many of the year’s shows have already been announced: My Kitchen Rules features chefs Peter Evans and Manu Feildel. ICU looks at the Intensive Care Unit of Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital. Russell Crowe produces and narrates the sports-medical factual Damage Control. Hung gets a screening after its debut on Showcase. A host for The Marriage Ref is yet to be announced. Seven also picks up USA Network’s Royal Pains starring Mark Feuerstein as a young doctor who, after being wrongly blamed for a patient’s death, moves to the Hamptons and becomes the reluctant “doctor for hire” to the rich and famous.
In renewed local productions, Emily Symons is confirmed as returning to Home and Away as the ever-popular ‘Marilyn Chambers.’ Georgie Parker will make an appearance in City Homicide.
Axle Whitehead lands another series of World’s Strictest Parents, Corrine Grant gets more Airways and the provocative Gangs of Oz is also back for more.
2008’s Crash Investigation Unit returns for a second series (though it is unclear if Damian Walshe-Howling is back to narrate).
Dancing with the Stars (are there any stars left?) confirms the return of Daniel McPherson and Sonia Kruger.
Other renewed shows include Packed to the Rafters, Find my Family, RSPCA Animal Rescue, Surf Patrol, Medical Emergency, The Force, Highway Patrol, Border Security and Better Homes and Gardens.
Seven’s announcement doesn’t name all key shows including Today Tonight, Sunrise, The Morning Show or Sunday Night. Which means we can’t ascertain whether Australia’s Got Talent is in or out, despite assurances negotiations were advanced (if not, it could free up Red Symons for Hey Hey it’s Saturday). TV Burp isn’t named either. What of Thank God You’re Here? And will It Takes Two ever return?
Lost, 24 and The Sopranos lead the offerings on 7TWO.