TEN hints at more drama

By David Knox on January 11, 2011 / Filed Under News 18

From today Neighbours airs exclusively on ELEVEN, creating an unusual situation for TEN’s Drama quota.

Until now the government has not amended its regulations for local drama points. Drama series on multichannels do not yet attract points towards their annual quota.

The three networks are required to reach 250 points for first release Australian drama, a complex formula made up of different points awarded for Telemovies, Miniseries, Feature Films, Series, and Serials.

In the case of TEN it has two returning dramas: 13 episodes of Rush and 13 episodes of Offspring.

New drama series Inside Out, inspired by the success of Prisoner, is yet to go into production.

But TEN chief Programming Officer David Mott told TV Tonight that while Neighbours may not attract drama points on ELEVEN there had been considerable planning -and hinted at new titles to be announced soon.

“We haven’t put Neighbours on ELEVEN and thought ‘Now what are we going to do?’ We have a very clear strategy in place and all will be revealed as the year rolls out,” he said.

“I can absolutely say we will completely meet all our obligations.”

Neighbours was going to belong on ELEVEN whether the government gave us any comfort on the multichannels and clearly they haven’t for 2011, but that hasn’t changed our view.”

Mott says TEN will announce more news about its 2011 drama slate in coming weeks.

“You’re going to hear about a number of projects coming through that are currently in development.”


  1. Geoff Field January 12, 2011 at 10:22 am -

    Can’t wait for Inside Out.
    If it’s done well, like Prisoner was, it will be ratings gold.

  2. john January 12, 2011 at 8:15 am -

    thanx David

  3. CrAIg January 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm -

    I don’t understand the comment from Judge Dread (except for the last word lol)
    Judge TEN haven’t stopped producing Neighbours… which means those ‘technicians’ are still in the same work they were in during 2010.
    It’s interesting how everyone is slamming TEN for this when really it’s the government you should be slamming for not allowing multichannel content to count!!
    They are real channels people and very shortly will be accessible by everyone in the country!! Good on TEN for trying to make a Channel… not a subsidiary.

  4. Darryn January 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm -

    ok. I agree with Judge Dread. I guess a certain word has slipped through the filter though ;-)

  5. Belinda January 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm -

    Yes, Go Girls and hopefully The Almighty Johnsons gets a run.

  6. lucykate January 11, 2011 at 5:57 pm -

    Definitely need more proper scripted comedy on Ten. Ten have struck gold by roping in Shaun Micallef as a network personality, and he mentioned at a book reading that he has plenty of ideas. Ten would be insane to not give him a green light to pursue his own projects

  7. ducko January 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm -

    I just hope that Ten makes at least one of its new dramas outside of Melbourne.
    It’s about time.

  8. Michael C January 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm -

    Yes please give us something drama/comedy wise i don’t like the idea of ch 10 having 5-7:30pm news and a current affairs.

  9. Judge Dread January 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm -

    how will Ch TIN meet drama quotas ? …easy…buy more cheap crap TV from NZ as they have been doing for the last 5 years…putting more local technicians out of work.

  10. Chris January 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm -

    According to TV Central podcast…Daivd Mott said that Inside Out is still in development. That means there hasn’t been a pilot and there is no cast attached yet. So it’s definitely a second half option.

  11. reesie January 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm -

    i really want a new aussie comedy.
    either in vain of The Office/30 Rock ish or new sitcom whatever, i miss good aussie comedy that isnt used only for bad variety e.g. Hey Hey or Ben Elton (i know Elton hasnt started yet but i dont see that working haha)

    but 10 would be a good place for a new comedy, go 10 go!

  12. jake January 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm -

    Hopefully they won’t be creating any more drama of the type they have been for the last decade and a half or so, but rather the type they were creating before that.

  13. Kate January 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm -

    I’m surprised Inside Out hasn’t even started production yet, it would have been good to see it launched around Masterchef.

  14. dee123 January 11, 2011 at 11:46 am -

    Oh great, so we will get another Home & Away copy (Out Of The Blue, Breakers) that will last a year.

  15. ducko January 11, 2011 at 11:42 am -

    Do we have any idea when Inside Out will start production. Looks like it won’t hit our screens until late 2011.

  16. Castle January 11, 2011 at 11:21 am -

    They’re called Outrageous Fortune and Go Girls. Expect to see Ten slide NZ content into their 10.30pm timeslots more often. Nasty practice allowing such content to fall in line as Australian under the current rules.

  17. steven guy January 11, 2011 at 11:12 am -

    I am liking Ten !

  18. Lou January 11, 2011 at 9:50 am -

    Looking forward to Inside Out, must be their best drama in years, if it’s anything like Prisoner it should be a success. Hopefully they will look to Prisoner for inspiration.

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