Foxtel announced its 2012 programming highlights to media buyers in Melbourne last night.
Director of Television Brian Walsh was joined by Charlotte Dawson, Alex Perry, Megan Gale and Laura Dundovic at the swish Vue de Monde restaurant atop the Rialto.
Walsh announced highlights for the nine Foxtel Owned & Operated Channels: FOX8, Arena, Comedy, W, Crime & Investigation, Bio, FOX Classics, 111 Hits and History.
In January it unveils a new channel A&E HD, which will feature male-skewed action series including Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, Ax Men, Swamp People, Ice Road Truckers, Dog The Bounty Hunter, American Pickers, Tornado Hunters and a new local series from Cordell Jigsaw (Bondi Rescue). The channel will launch on Australia Day.
Foxtel has also picked up its biggest swag of US content yet.
Returning local programmes for 2012 include Australia’s Next Top Model, Project Runway Australia, Dating in the Dark Australia and Balls of Steel Australia. Both Rove McManus and Australia’s Next Top Model will be closely aligned with Foxtel’s Olympics coverage which it shares with Nine.
New local series include:
- Territory Cops, replaces Kalgoorlie Cops, to be filmed in the Northern Territory. (CI)
- Kings Cross ER, ob-doc series set in St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst. (CI)
- Tony Robinson’s Time Walks, follows on from the success of Tony Robinson Explores Australia. (History)
Previously announced new local series include:
- Off Their Rockers, hidden-camera local version of European comedy Benidorm Bastards, featuring senior citizens pranking members of the public. Early 2012 (Comedy).
- I Survived: Stories Of Australia. Everyday Australians tell about their extraordinary tales of near death and tragedy. (Bio)
- Got To Dance. Local version of dance reality contest to launch after the Olympics (FOX8).
- Cricket Superstar. 15 young hopefuls vie to become Australia’s next “big thing” on the cricket
pitch. To premiere in January (FOX8).
- WAG Nation. ‘Real Housewives’ of Australian football to begin in March (Arena).
- The People Speak . Australian actors interpret the words that Australians have written, shouted or cried-out throughout the years. Based on a US format (History).
US titles include:
- Smash (pictured). Spielberg’s musical drama series about a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Features Debra Messing, Anjelica Houston, and American Idol graduate Katherine McPhee. To air same day & date as the US from February (W).
- Awake. Jason Isaacs stars as a man who tries to put the pieces of his life back together, after waking up from a car accident involving his wife and son. (W)
- Shameless. US adaptation starring William H Macy, Emmy Rossum and Joan Cusack.
- Grimm. Contemporary cop drama / fantasy inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Premieres in January (FOX8).
- Last Man Standing. Tim Allen returns to sitcom.
- The Bitch In Apartment 23. A girl buddy comedy which has a twist on celebrity cameos with James van der Beek. (FOX8)
- The Secret Circle. Kevin Williamson’s new teen drama about a circle of witches, includes Australian Phoebe Tonkin. (FOX8)
- Hart Of Dixie. Riches to rags story about a big time NYC doctor who is forced to move to country Alabama. (FOX8)
- Switched At Birth. Drama about two teenagers who were switched at birth and grew up in very different environments. (FOX8)
- Pretty Little Liars. Teen drama (FOX8).
- The Lying Game. Teen drama (FOX8).
- The New Girl. Zooey Deschanel stars as a woman trying to get over her breakup with her boyfriend after he cheats on her.
Previously announced US drama The Playboy Club didn’t make the cut after being axed in the US.
Foxtel also indicated two new local dramas are in development. It recently announced Spirited would not return, while there is no decision yet on a second season of SLiDE.
Highlights for other channels including Showcase, LifeStyle, Nickelodeon, SciFi, MTV, FOX Sports, Nat Geo, Discovery, Movie Extra, 13TH Street, STVDIO and TV1 were not revealed, but combined with this list plus Sports it arms the Pay TV provider with a sold line-up.
The presentation also included a giveaway of two return tickets to LA to see the season final of Rove LA in mid-November.