Seven reveals 2012 highlights

By David Knox on September 22, 2011 / Filed Under News 50

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.
Wild Planet
Billy Connolly’s Route 66

Home and Away
Packed to the Rafters
Winners & Losers
Wild Boys
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
Dinner Date
Border Security
The Force
Highway Patrol
RSPCA Animal Rescue
Better Homes and Gardens: to move to Thursdays due to AFL commitments.
Seven News
Today Tonight
Sunday Night
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.
Australian Open
Melbourne Cup

Downton Abbey
The Amazing Race
Criminal Minds
Grey’s Anatomy
Desperate Housewives
Body of Proof
Mighty Planes

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.


  1. Jordan October 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm -

    Titanic sank at 2:20 on the morning of April 15th 1912.. the 100th anniversary of the sinking will be on Sunday April 15th 2012. Titanic will be a 4 episode series which will begin on April 12th and finish on April 15th. Episodes 1 and 4 will be 90 minutes each and Episodes 2 and 3 will be 60 minutes each. I’ve seen the promotional trailer and it indeed has lived up to its hype. It’s still being filmed and is in production and you will enjoy the list of characters introduced in this series.

  2. Vanessa September 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm -

    So……I assume Bones is not being fast-tracked?

  3. daveinprogress September 23, 2011 at 8:38 am -

    Off the topic, sort of, but Ilove the pic of Jane and Gina. It has been way too long since they were on screen, and it reminds me of the great work they have both done in sketch comedy and sitcom for more than 2 decades. They still look pretty young, and out of the Kath and Kim personas, still hot!

  4. Johnson September 22, 2011 at 11:41 pm -

    @ryan and Gary: the US remake of Prime Suspect is a co-production of Universal Media Studios and ITV Studios in the UK. ITV Studios Global Entertainment (a subsidiary of ITV Studios) is the international distributor, not UMS, and Nine apparently bought the rights to the series from ISGE.

  5. steve sydney September 22, 2011 at 11:34 pm -

    Whatever happened to Thank God Your Here?

    Isn’t there a way for TEN to bring it back or does Seven still own the rights to it?

  6. Gary September 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm -


    Prime Suspect isn’t UMS. I was dumbfounded at the fact that one of the few UMS produced series is actually distributed by Sony of all things. Don’t get it but that’s what happened and that is why this show is on Nine.

    As for Smash i too am dumbfounded in why Seven has given this one to Fox. Or have i missed something here. The distributor will either be Dreamworks (which is now part of Disney) and UMS. Seven has both these output deals. So why does Foxtel have this one? @David do we know the full reason for this?

    Anyway i guess we will see how it all pans out later. Is there any news on the full list of US shows coming to Seven?

  7. Jake September 22, 2011 at 9:48 pm -

    Channel 7 can do no wrong…….

  8. Johnson September 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm -

    “(Titanic mini-series will) be programmed across one week in April to mark the 100th anniversary, together with some docos.”
    The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is April 14, 2012, which is a Saturday. Easter Sunday 2012 is April 8, in the middle of the non-ratings period. So will the series (which has six episodes) be shown from April 9, culminating with the finale on April 14, or will it be shown on the week of April 15, when the ratings resume?

  9. Matt September 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm -

    Glad to see The X Factor back. It’s done a great job for Seven this year and it will only get stronger. On another note- I watched The X Factor USA and it’s brilliant. Maybe next year Fremantle should base our version more on the American one rather than the UK. The US version has a really cool, fresh edge.

  10. Guy September 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm -

    Really happy with Sevens 2012 lineup. There is obviously other new US shows not on the list shown above but Seven have always been loyal to their viewers and Australian productions. Can’t wait to see the Gina Riley and Co new project.

    I guess the only downside to 2012 is Seven has no Olympics. I hope they get them back because like others have said the home of the Olympics is Seven.

  11. ryan September 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm -

    i know this isnt the full schedule, but what is happening with sevens deal with ums? Ums most promising shows smash and prime suspect have been picked up by other networks, this can be just the usual onsell can it?

  12. Harold September 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm -

    How many australian drama points has 7 got for next year?

  13. Andrew September 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm -

    @tvLUVA I know what you mean! There seemed to be a lot of whinging about Seven’s coverage of the Olympics during every Games (personally I think they had the best Olympic coverage in the world, and I’ve watched many others). Now that Nine has the Games, there will definitely be things to whinge about! As evident with their Vancouver 2010 coverage… Didn’t feel like a special event at all :(

    Seven will always be “Australia’s Olympic Network” to me, probably a testament to their marketing efforts in the lead up to Sydney 2000. Don’t get my wrong, they weren’t perfect at it, but there was always something special about their Olympic broadcasts, from the opening titles and music to the much simpler, “classier” commentary during the ceremonies (with a few exceptions over the years, Not looking at anyone, Sonya Kruger & Rebecca Wilson!!!).

    Nine better show the Games on GEM in HD, that’s all I can say!!

  14. Chris September 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm -

    ‘Please Marry My Boy’ sounds like such a cringeworthy program – not just for viewers, but for the actual contestants as well.

  15. Jerome September 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm -

    Very happy to see 7 is using the title Good Christan Bitches. I think that looks like the best show of the whole US season. It would be a shame to see no more Conviction Kitchen. But the format probably only permitted for one shot. How many ex-cons can Ian Curley have in his restaraunt?

  16. Joel September 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm -

    i know these ladies are a bit older but why werent they cast as kate=leigh and tilly devine??

  17. tvLUVA September 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm -

    woo hooooo go 7! the only negative is the olympics will be given the channel 9 treatment. i am going to specifically hook up foxtel for olympics next year so I dont have see to eddie and leilas faces. pls 7 get the next olympic rights back, olympics belong on 7, not gutter trash 9

  18. Peter September 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm -

    AFL: Saturday Afternoon Football and Saturday Night Football are listed as returning to Seven. However, they should be listed as “new to Seven” as these have previously aired on Ten…

  19. Secret Squïrrel September 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm -

    “… leading in total viewers and key demographics 16-39s, 18-49s …”
    Yep koverstreet, only oldies watching Seven. All those young people supposedly watching Nine and Ten must be under 16 as they don’t seem to show up in the ratings.

  20. Moanique in Brisbane September 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm -

    I have absolutely no doubt that Seven will continue to dominate the ratings in 2012. Very keen on the Turner/Riley production, anything those girls touch turns to gold.

  21. Joel H September 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm -

    I don’t suppose we’d see Sports Fever! showing during the 2012 olympics ( 27 July to 12 August 2012), 9/FOXTEL have the rights, but i’d like to see a stripped light-hearted look at the games ala Roy & HG.

    I’m trying to remember if there have been other off-beat Olympic programs in past, akin to Roy & HG but not by them.

  22. Ash September 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm -

    Surprised to see RSPCA Animal Rescue back on the schedule. What happened to that this year?

    I’m glad the Titanic mini series will be shown here, it sounds interesting.

  23. daniel September 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm -

    i dont think 7 caters to the oldies at all….. the only network i watch is channel 7…im only 22! is that old these days?

    also im pretty sure 7 have been killing it in the younger demos of late….

  24. Bec September 22, 2011 at 12:01 pm -

    Looks good. Would love to hear more details about the Turner/Riley show and I like the sound of Revenge and Good Christian Bitches!

  25. koverstreet September 22, 2011 at 11:33 am -

    That is one ordinary line-up except Bones/Castle and the tennis the rest is yawnsville but that’s usual for Seven. Seven these days is tv for oldies while TEN/Nine cater for the younger crowd.

    The only new show that interests me is Billy Connollys Route 66. Really looking forward to this one,but as usual Seven will probably treat it like rubbish.

  26. johno September 22, 2011 at 11:24 am -

    @tmorgan96: are you serious… nine had the block this year and couldnt even win ONE week even with finale. they still lost that week by 2 points? how are they going to get with 1 point next year

  27. MuchoTB September 22, 2011 at 11:12 am -

    Looks like there’s no second season for Conviction Kitchen.

    Seven have enough hits in their ‘returning content’ that they don’t really need that many new shows. Particularly international ones, it seems

  28. David Knox September 22, 2011 at 11:05 am -

    As both the story and the quote from Tim Worner indicates, this is not the full slate for 2012. I did ask about Deal and was told it was returning.

  29. beenthere September 22, 2011 at 10:53 am -

    No mention of ‘Deal or No Deal’. What’s happening there?

  30. deedeedragons September 22, 2011 at 10:38 am -

    Another Sports comedy show? It just doesn’t work. Australia is too divided on states, codes & other things.

  31. Lauren September 22, 2011 at 10:04 am -

    Ditto the question about Private Practice. I’m hoping it’s just an oversight that they haven’t mentioned it …

  32. Guy September 22, 2011 at 9:56 am -

    Are they the only international pickups Seven have got or is it just a couple of highlights?

  33. Get real September 22, 2011 at 9:44 am -


    The fact that the voice and big brother are on 9 has sealed their fate already. I wouldn’t wanna watch these shows on this rubbish pathetic selfish cheap and nasty network and believe me, there a plenty others that agree.

  34. Daniel September 22, 2011 at 9:39 am -

    Is Sports Fever the spiritual successor to “Cup Fever” from SBS’s World Cup Coverage last year?

    If so, will Working Dog be able to get Sam Pang and Ed Kavalee back on board?

  35. Nik C September 22, 2011 at 9:37 am -

    Yeah 7 don’t feel the need to fastrack.
    With Better homes to Thurs, it will fill the successful Ch9 Getaway slot where 9 won Thurs nights over 7 for years. Saturday night would probably signal the end if they out it there and Sunday they aim for a different genre and possible greater competition from 2,9 & 10.
    @ Tash Private Practice will return most likely it will still compliment the Grey’s viewers and air in its later timeslot.

  36. Belinda September 22, 2011 at 9:30 am -

    Does the absence of How I Met Your Mother indicate it will be fast tracked?

  37. tmorgan96 September 22, 2011 at 9:04 am -

    Nine will rule advertiser-friendly demos next year with the Voice, Big Brother and the Block. Seven will win Total Viewers with PTTR, AGT, W&L, X-F, MKR, DA etc et.
    Overall, 2012 is looking like a massive ratings war between Nine and Seven, with TEN going nowhere. I’d predict Seven (+Multis) at 29%, Nine(+ Multis) at 28%, TEN at 20%, maybe even below 20%.

  38. philm September 22, 2011 at 9:03 am -

    If Hamish and Andy were negotiating their Tv future this year instead of last year they would have been stupid to not go to Seven. It seems, looking at that, that the big players have decided to give Seven their shows (Jane and Gina, Working Dog etc). Not sup rising.

  39. Blogger September 22, 2011 at 8:39 am -

    Woo Hoo! Great lineup! But it can’t All work…can it? With the 7 team behind it, maybe it can.

  40. David Knox September 22, 2011 at 8:39 am -

    TAR is expected soon. Should be seen in both 2011 / 12. Usually two seasons a year.

  41. Ronnie September 22, 2011 at 8:39 am -

    Well that is a juggernaut of success for 2012. I almost feel sorry for Nine and Ten. Almost.

  42. Michael September 22, 2011 at 8:32 am -

    Darn, so we’ll have to wait until 2012 for Parenthood S3…

    And does that mean The Amazing Race US S19 won’t be fast-tracked? If any show on that list requires ‘fast-tracking’, it would be TAR. Surely they can air it on Thursdays, possibly at 9:30pm / 10pm after Beauty & the Geek Australia.

  43. Johnson September 22, 2011 at 8:25 am -

    The Strike Back series that will air on Seven is called Strike Back: Project Dawn, the 10-part series which is a follow-up to the original UK series Strike Back. It is a co-production between BSkyB and HBO.

  44. Tarquin September 22, 2011 at 8:08 am -

    I’ve come to terms with the fact that the team at Lazy Dog are never going to come up with another Frontline, instead choosing shows that seem to take little effort or thought.

  45. Tash September 22, 2011 at 7:51 am -

    Will Private Practice be returning too in 2012??

  46. 2paw September 22, 2011 at 7:27 am -

    Strike Back: is this the Chris Ryan show that was on the ABC?? Same series or new episodes?? I am sad if it has left the ABC, I prefer it without ads.

  47. Ben September 22, 2011 at 6:47 am -

    ” new Australian drama series from Bevan Lee (Packed to the Rafters, Winners and Losers)…+Every other drama Channel 7 has produced in the last 10 years.

    Look forward to knowing what is going to happen in every storyline then right from the pilot…

  48. ? Man September 22, 2011 at 6:47 am -

    but they stil have not got an airdate for tar

  49. Brenton September 22, 2011 at 6:33 am -

    Will Seven have normal programming during the Olypmic Games? I think they should, especially Home And Away, as it held up brilliantly when The Block was airing at 7pm.
    It will give the viewers a choice and we all know sport doesn’t rate that great on tv anymore.
    Or other suggestion with H&A have a one week break during week 1 of the games which is swimming and return it in week 2 of the Olympics.

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