Nine has declared its hand on a week of blockbuster shows beginning Monday August 13 with Big Brother and rolling into Underbelly: Badness, Anger Management, The Farmer Wants a Wife and Howzat!: Kerry Packer’s War.
PREMIERES MONDAY, AUGUST 13, AT 7.00PM ON NINE
The original social experiment and Australia’s biggest reality television show returns to screens on its new home Channel Nine. Hosted by the vivacious Sonia Kruger, Australia will meet the 14 new Housemates selected from a nationwide search as they are locked away for up to 100 days; isolated from the outside world while every move they make is watched by cameras… and ultimately the viewer at home.nEvery week, Housemates nominate each other for Eviction in a secret ballot. The viewers then have the power to save their favourite Housemate and the least favourite Housemate each week will be Evicted. The last person left wins the major cash prize. The action unfolds in real time. Everyday living combines with friendship, arguments, love, betrayal and despair to become the stuff of a real-life soap opera. Big Brother is watching: a new House, new Housemates, new twists and a new host.
PREMIERES MONDAY, AUGUST 13, AT 8.30PM ON NINE
Jonathan LaPaglia stars as Anthony Perish and Matt Nable as Detective Sergeant Gary Jubelin in the thrilling new series UNDERBELLY: BADNESS that will premiere Monday, August 13, at 8.30pm on Channel Nine. A feared underworld figure, Perish, nicknamed “Badness”, ran one of the biggest criminal enterprises on the eastern seaboard for over a decade. He was charismatic and utterly ruthless and lived according to his own rules. But despite his five-star lifestyle and criminal reputation he slipped completely under the radar. He left no trace. He had no identity. He was invisible. A ghost. Anthony Perish made just one mistake in his criminal career – and it was his bad luck that a remarkable cop, Gary Jubelin, was watching. Jubelin led Strike Force Tuno and spent ten years gathering the evidence that finally saw Perish brought to justice. UNDERBELLY: BADNESS also stars Josh Quong Tart, Aaron Jeffery, Ben Winspear, Ella Scott Lynch and Jodi Gordon. UNDERBELLY: Badness is an eight-part mini-series produced by Screentime for the Nine Network.
PREMIERES TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, AT 8.30PM ON NINE
Charlie Sheen is back in ANGER MANAGEMENT, a hilarious new series that will premiere Tuesday, August 14, at 8.30pm on Channel Nine. Sheen stars as Dr Charlie Goodson, who runs a successful private practice as a non-traditional therapist specialising in anger management. Before Charlie became a therapist he was a minor league baseball player who, on the road to the majors, was side-tracked by his own anger issues. He finally made it to the majors where he had one successful season before his raging anger killed the dream. His life is extremely complicated. While still trying to manage his anger problems, he is dealing with his relationship with his own therapist and best friend, Dr Kate Wales (Selma Blair), his ex-wife Jennifer (Shawnee Smith) whose positive outlook on life frustrates him, and his teenage daughter Sam (Daniela Bobadilla) who has obsessive-compulsive disorder.
THE FARMER WANTS A WIFE – LOVE BITES
PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, AT 8.00PM ON NINE
EPISODE 2 – THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, AT 8.00PM ON NINE
Australia’s most successful reality dating show THE FARMER WANTS A WIFE is back, with more competition and more chances for love on every level. Our loved up 8th season includes new group makeovers, family selected intruders and one farmer’s million dollar secret. It begins with over 200 speed dates as Farmers Matt, Tom, Paul, Nikko, Sam and Todd not only date their favourites, but every girl who comes looking for love. The fun rolls on into the night and the girls grab one last chance to fight for their man – leading to snatched moments in the corner, bikini clad dating and one girl’s attempt to showcase her pole dancing skills. At the end of the night, the farmers will choose three girls each to take back to their farm. In the event that more than one farmer chooses the same girl, the power shifts and the decision is left in the girls hands. This year it’s not just about farmers looking for a wife, but which girl wants it the most.
HOWZAT! KERRY PACKER’S WAR
PREMIERES SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 AND SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, AT 8.30PM ON NINE
The most-antipicated drama of the year, HOWZAT! KERRY PACKER’S WAR is how legendary media mogul Kerry Packer, played by Lachy Hulme fought a cricket war by secretly signing up 50 of the world’s greatest players to form a breakaway tournament. Packer took on the Australian Cricket Board and MCCC in a war over TV rights and threw the cricket world into turmoil by creating ‘World Series Cricket’. He knew the players, who had been underpaid for years, were on the point of rebellion against the cricket authorities. His rebel games clashed head-on with official test matches, and the war was on. Polishing an idea by John Cornell (Abe Forsythe), Packer fought a bitter two-year battle against the cricket establishment doing its best to protect the hundred-year legacy of pride in the traditional nature of the poorly paid game. The result changed cricket forever. Howzat also stars Damon Gameau as Greg Chappell, Brendan Cowell as Rodney Marsh, Clayton Watson as Ian Chappell, Mathew Le Nevez as Dennis Lillee, Richard Davies as David Hookes and Alex England as Tony Greig.