A new Australian drama. A new project from Jane Turner and Gina Riley. Two new series from Working Dog (The Panel, Thank God You’re Here, Frontline). A new dating series from Granada and a local version of Coastwatch.
They are some of the highlights of Seven’s 2012 programming slate, announced to advertisers last night at Technology Park in Sydney.
Performing at the event was Australia’s Got Talent graduate Timomatic, while Seven stars were in attendance along with Seven execs including CEO David Leckie and Director of Programming and Production, Tim Worner.
After its dominant year, the Seven Network revealed new and returning programmes, although it still kept some of the finer detail under wraps.
Amongst the key announcements are four Australian drama series and four major “tent pole” events:
A Place to Call Home: new Australian drama series from Bevan Lee (Packed to the Rafters, Winners and Losers).
Untitled project from the creators of Kath and Kim. Billed as ‘Event’ television.
Updated: Pictures of You: A relaxed, interview style show in which well-known guests are asked about their formative years, hosted by Brian Nankervis (Working Dog Productions).
Updated: Sports Fever!: weekly comedy program, celebrating sport from here and around the world hosted by Santo Cilauro (Working Dog Productions).
Please Marry My Boy: A series in which eligible guys look for love. The twist? They can only date girls who have their mum‟s seal of approval (Granada Australia).
Coastwatch: Australia: local version of NZ factual series.
Updated: Titanic: UK mini series written by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey). The re-telling of that doomed voyage, focusing on different characters ranging from steerage passengers to upper class guests. Each point of view will culminate in a cliff hanger as the ship begins to founder, building to an explosive conclusion which draws together each of the stories. To be progammed across one week in April to mark the 100th anniversary, together with some docos.
Strike Back: HBO’s high-octane, globe-spanning thriller with storylines ripped from today’s headlines, this focuses on two members of a top-secret intelligence agency known as Section 20: a British sergeant on the elite counter-terrorism team and a former U.S. Delta Force operative who was discharged on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Revenge: Directed by Australian Phillip Noyce and executive produced by Twilight‘s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, this tells the story one woman who returns to her old neighbourhood, willing to destroy everyone for the sake of revenge.
Good Christian Bitches: A recently divorced single mother of two children returns to Dallas, where she grew up. Stars Leslie Bibb and Kristin Chenoweth, renamed as GCB in the US.
Billy Connolly’s Route 66
Home and Away
Packed to the Rafters
Winners & Losers
Dancing with the Stars
Australia’s Got Talent
The X Factor
Updated: My Kitchen Rules: includes a NZ couple.
The Amazing Race Australia
Beauty and the Geek
RSPCA Animal Rescue
Better Homes and Gardens: to move to Thursdays due to AFL commitments.
The Morning Show
AFL: Friday Night Football, Saturday Afternoon Football, Saturday Night Football and Sunday Afternoon Football, The Brownlow Medal, the AFL Finals Series, AFL Grand Final.
The Amazing Race
Body of Proof
Seven looks like it will resist much of the fast-tracking taking place at Nine and TEN.
Seven has been all but unstoppable this year, leading in total viewers and key demographics 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s. It is also up 13.8% in total viewers from last year. 7TWO is the most-watched digital channel for total viewers while 7mate is number one in men 16-54.
Tim Worner said: “We are proud of what has been achieved in 2011 but the very hard work to make 2012 a success is well under way.
“There are a number of new Australian productions we announce today. This is only the first step. Much more is in development and we’re actually really looking forward to 2012 and revealing more new shows for Seven that build on our impressive portfolio.”
No progamming for 7TWO or 7mate has yet been revealed.
Seven presents its highlights to advertisers in Melbourne tonight.