Rebecca Gibney, INXS, Amazing Race Australia in Seven’s 2014 Upfronts

By David Knox on October 22, 2013 / Filed Under News, Top Stories 33

Luke ArnoldRebecca Gibney returns to Seven in a new drama, The Killing Field, announced tonight at Seven’s 2014 Upfronts at The Star in Sydney.

Gibney will play the head of an elite police team investigating a rural murder in the telemovie. Also new for 2014 are the INXS: Never Tear Us Apart miniseries featuring Luke Arnold (pictured) as Michael Hutchence, a new makeover series Bringing Sexy Back, documentary series Australia: The Story of Us and the return of fan favourite, The Amazing Race Australia.

Returning for 2014 are My Kitchen Rules, House Rules, The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars, A Place to Call Home, Winners and Losers, Home and Away, Million Dollar Minute, Deal or No Deal, Better Homes and Gardens, Border Security, Highway Patrol, The Force and new destinations for Anh Does….

New international highlights include fantasy drama Resurrection starring Omar Epps, cyber-thriller Intelligence starring Josh Holloway, nostalgic 80s comedy The Goldbergs, alongside returning dramas Downton Abbey, Revenge, Mr. Selfridge.

Seven Chief Executive Officer, Tim Worner, said: “The facts are, by the end of the year, we will have posted another record high share in total people, another record high share in 25-54s and also our highest ever share in people aged 16-39. All because of the ideas and all because we’ve kept challenging ourselves to keep them fresh.

“Our success reaffirms and underlines the power of broadcast television. And we plan to build on this success. We continue to invest in our people, in our businesses and in great ideas.”

“We firmly believe we are exactly where we are with House Rules as we were after the first year of My Kitchen Rules,” said Brad Lyons, Seven’s Director of Network Production. “We’ve added more homes and challenges for next year to produce great television moments – great real life moments – that will change one team’s life and future forever.”

Director of Network Programming Angus Ross said: “The only way you can be number one is to have shows that rate consistently across every hour of entertainment across the entire year. The only way to do that is with a combination of local and overseas content. Seven has a record and a power that is unmatched in launching overseas drama.”

On 7mate Outback Truckers returns and the irrepressible Paul Fenech gets his own series The Bogan Hunters.

Highlights for 2014 are as follows:

INXS. Never Tear Us Apart.
The must-see television event of 2014 is the ultimate tale of sex, drugs, rock’n’roll and tragedy. INXS. Never Tear Us Apart is the extraordinary, uncensored story of the most successful Australian rock band of the 80’s, INXS. It’s a no holds barred look at how six suburban Sydney boys conquered the world with their unique sound, on-and-off stage antics, and a work ethic that was legendary. Produced by Shine Australia and Seven, this is their story told with the full co-operation of the band and its manager, CM Murphy. It stars Luke Arnold (Winners & Losers) in a breakout role as Michael Hutchence, Damon Herriman (Love My Way), Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters) and Samantha Jade (The X Factor).

rebecca-gibneyThe Killing Field
Award-winning actor Rebecca Gibney (Packed to the Rafters, Mental) will produce and star in a new drama project The Killing Field. Gibney plays the head of a special police task force sent to a small country town to investigate a shocking crime. The team must delve into the closed lives of a seemingly quaint hamlet in order to find and outwit a killer. As inquiries progress, the pressure of the investigation turns neighbour on neighbour and long held secrets are revealed. But no one feels the pressure more than the head of this elite team of Homicide Detectives as she battles to bring a killer to justice.

Australia: The Story Of Us
More than 40,000 years in the making, Australia – The Story Of Us is an extraordinary narrative about the people, places and events which have shaped our nation from the first footprints on our continent to the present day. Using astounding visual sequences, the ground-breaking drama documentary series weaves together stories of our origins and offers an original thesis about how we came to create the homeland we inhabit today. Alongside amazing CGI and innovative filming techniques, the series features interviews with important thinkers, notable celebrities and iconic national figures who take us inside the stories that have influenced our history.

Bringing Sexy Back
The ultimate makeover series will transform ordinary Australians into something extraordinary. For anyone who has ever got stuck in a rut, is too busy to maintain a beauty regime or even an interest, this show will wind back the clock on life with inspiring transformations.

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The people of Arcadia, Missouri, are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to return. An eight-year-old American boy wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia and an immigration agent, Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps, House), takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by an elderly couple, Henry (Kurtwood Smith, That 70s Show) and Lucille (Frances Fisher, Titanic), who lost their son Jacob more than 30 years ago. While they look different, young Jacob recognises them as his parents. Those closest to the family try to unravel this impossible mystery, but this boy who claims to be the deceased Jacob knows secrets about his own death that no one else knows…secrets that will soon prove to be true.

2013-10-22_1942Intelligence
Josh Holloway (Lost) stars in this dramatic thriller that explores the unlimited possibilities of technology. Holloway is Gabriel Black, a high-tech cyber intelligence operative with a special microchip implanted in his brain. He has become the first super computer with a beating heart. Black can hack into any data centre and access key intel in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies. Leading the elite government agency created to support him is Director Lillian Strand (Marg Helgenberger, CSI), while Secret Service agent, Riley Neal (Meghan Ory, Once Upon A Time), is assigned to protect Gabriel from outside threats, as well as from his own appetite for reckless, unpredictable behaviour, and a blatant disregard for protocol.

2013-10-22_1944The Goldbergs
Set in the decade of big hair and bad attitude, The Goldbergs is a raucous coming-of-age comedy about growing up in the 80s in a loud, loving and slightly dysfunctional family. Narrator Adam looks back at life as an 11-year-old with his overbearing mother (Wendi McLendon-Covey, Bridesmaids), hot-tempered father (Jeff Garlin, Curb Your Enthusiasm), rebellious older sister, high-strung older brother and suave grandfather (George Segal, Don’t Shoot Me).

The Amazing Race Australia
The International Emmy Award-winning The Amazing Race Australia will return in 2014 with a surprising twist. Teams of two from all walks of life go head to head in this thrilling race around the world.

mkr_s3ep33_galleryRETURNING HIT SHOWS:
My Kitchen Rules
There are plenty of surprises in store when Australia’s favourite cooking show My Kitchen Rules returns to Seven in 2014. This year, it not only grew its audience for the fourth consecutive year but it took the mantle as the biggest show on Australian television screens this year with 3.27 million viewers nationally. Judges Pete Evans and Manu Feildel are back to guide contestants through the competition as teams battle it out to be kings of the kitchen.

House Rules
Australia’s number one new reality program House Rules is back with all new teams vying for one of the biggest prizes on national television: a mortgage-free home. Hosted by Johanna Griggs, the remarkable competition captured the country’s imagination with six houses completely transformed and revealed each week. The successful Seven franchise averaged over 1.8 million viewers and grew a massive 24 per cent on launch.

The X Factor
Now in its fourth year, the blockbuster TV music franchise created by Simon Cowell continues to excite audiences around Australia with the amazing musical talent it unearths. Responsible for discovering acts like Samantha Jade, Reece Mastin, Johnny Ruffo and The Collective, The X Factor has forged ahead in 2013 with massive ratings and will return for a fifth series in 2014.

autv_aptchA Place To Call Home
Australians were swept away by the 1950s period drama which premiered to a combined audience of 2.6 million people to become the number one local drama in 2013. Embraced by critics and viewers alike, the epic saga of Sarah Adams and the Bligh family showcases drama on a scale never before seen on Australian television. Starring Marta Dusseldorp and Noni Hazlehurst, series two sees Sarah move in to Ash Park and work to prove that she is a fitting fiancé for George, whilst Elizabeth plays a devious waiting game to see what Regina can unearth about Sarah’s mysterious past.

Home And Away
Reaching 2.3 million viewers every week, Home And Away continues its domination of the 7pm timeslot.

Winners And Losers
Averaging 1.1 million viewers and winning its timeslot across all shares this year, Winners And Losers will return in 2014. Australia’s favourite best friends will face some of their biggest challenges, in what promises to be the most compelling season yet.

Dancing With The Stars
Currently wowing audiences with its diverse and entertaining line-up of celebrities, Australia’s favourite dancing show Dancing With The Stars returns in 2014 for a staggering 14th series.

Better Homes And Gardens celebrates its 20th season in 2014 as Australia’s number one lifestyle program, continuing to offer viewers inspirational ideas for the home, garden and kitchen.

ANH DOES BRITAIN EP 1 - The Peel CarAnh Does…
Following on from the huge success of his first two specials – Anh does Vietnam and Anh does Britain – Australia’s favourite comedian returns with more specials delivering his unique brand of humour in different corners of the globe.

Downton Abbey
The number one overseas drama of 2013 returns next year. Season four sees the Crawley family reeling in the aftermath of terrible tragedy. But with new life, in the form of babies George and Sybbie, comes new hope, as the much-loved characters take tentative steps into the Roaring Twenties.

Revenge
The third season of the top-rating drama kicks off in summer in the Hamptons where Emily Thorne’s thirst for revenge is renewed and set against an unexpected timeline. Meanwhile, the return of Victoria Grayson’s son brings changes and complications to the all-powerful family. And a glimpse into the future reveals the wedding of the century may lead to Emily’s ultimate demise.

Mr Selfridge
The second season picks up the story of Harry Gordon Selfridge in 1914 as the store celebrates its fifth anniversary of trading. Harry is proud of the store’s success but there is no time to rest on his laurels. With World War One imminent and set to be the greatest and most devastating in history, it will inevitably affect the lives of everyone in the store.

Seven’s commitment to factual programming continues with the return of Border Security, The Force and Highway Patrol.

Million Dollar Minute
The new kid on the quiz show block has Australians gripped as three contestants face off in an unrivalled test of brainpower and bravery to win one million dollars.

Deal Or No Deal
Hosted by Andrew O’Keefe, Deal or No Deal continues to enthral as ordinary Australians are set against a Banker intent on thwarting their chances of walking away with $200,000.

News
This is the Network’s 10th consecutive year of leadership in breakfast television with Sunrise number one for breakfast. The Morning Show marked its seventh consecutive year as the leader in morning TV. 7 News led the way expanding its coverage across the day with additional bulletins. Today Tonight continued to deliver at 6.30pm with a national average of 1.4 million while Sunday Night proved a ratings powerhouse averaging 1.9 million a week.

Sport
Seven continues to deliver with a schedule reflecting strength and consistency. With AFL, the entire V8 Supercar season including Bathurst, the Australian Open, Wimbledon and Davis Cup tennis, every major horse race including the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Caulfield Cup Carnival, the Cox Plate and the Sydney Autumn carnival, the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, the Rugby League World Cup and the Australian Open and Masters Golf, Seven never misses a beat.

7mate
This year 7mate is again the dominant digital channel for males under 50 – as it was in 2012. It boasts more premium first run content than any other digital channel. This will continue in 2014 with a brand new series The Bogan Hunters from the twisted mind of Pauly Fenech, plus season two of the hugely successful Outback Truckers. 7mate will also be the home of Seven’s AFL broadcast in New South Wales, Queensland and for night games in Western Australia, while the V8 Supercars coverage will also air on 7mate as required when AFL is on Channel 7.

7TWO
7TWO enjoyed massive double digit growth in all key demos and Seven’s aggressive acquisition policy for 7TWO will deliver more first run programming in 2014 than ever before. Viewers will see more lifestyle, more adventure programming and more movies. In addition there will be more targeted sport including golf, all the major horse racing carnivals throughout the year, the entire Australian summer of tennis, Davis Cup and Wimbledon.

Please note Seven’s Upfronts is highlights only, not a full network slate.

33 Comments »

  1. carolemorrissey October 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm -

    Great news about The Amazing Race coming back and looking forward to Rebecca Gibney’s new show. Not sure about some of the others, some sound a bit weird.

  2. damo October 24, 2013 at 12:51 am -

    over selling home and away and deal or no deal aren’t they

  3. alvar October 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm -

    Looking forward to The Amazing Race Australia and A Place to Call Home.

    I would like to see dramas treated with a little more respect next year which means no 8.45 or later start times – with huge lead ins from shows like MKR there is no need for them to do this. Drama is underestimated and would perform better if it started at 8.30 rather than closer to 9.

    Seven could produce less Deal or No Deal next year now that its no longer in the profile 5.30 slot and just fill the gaps with repeats.

  4. catherine October 23, 2013 at 8:31 pm -

    Im looking forward to watching the INXS show and its nice to see Rebecca Gibney back on our screens in her new show.

    Glad to see DWTS back and I presume they will be keeping Edwina on.

  5. trustno1 October 23, 2013 at 6:17 pm -

    Amazing they mentioned Today Tonight, considering we haven’t had it in Sydney for almost a week.

  6. maxxdude October 23, 2013 at 6:15 pm -

    The Amazing Race…Yes But the twist sucks. Don’t screw with a winning formula) …Bringing Sexy Back…No.
    The Goldbergs sounds like a reboot of The Wonder Years.

  7. nik c October 23, 2013 at 5:03 pm -

    I am glad Revenge, Place to call home and W&L are back and I did enjoy HR, hope they keep the similar format. I was happy with watching 2 of the 4 eps a week, The reveal and the start of the next reno.
    @ Loz I agree it is part 2 of Season 3, not a ‘new’ season. If they much about too much they will lose viewers like PTTR did!
    The rest of the line up doesn’t really appeal. It is definitely steady as she goes.
    Consistency is the key to their success. They just need to program more effectively to not upset viewers and drama sequences!

  8. nik c October 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm -

    Lots of Love for TARA.
    Maybe we blogged and they listened?
    Or perhaps they had a three year deal with activeTV and wanted to produce inhouse?
    Or because The Mole flopped, they needed or wanted an action reality show?!?

  9. Ronnie October 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm -

    This is very much a study in steady as she goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, etc – with just a hint of extending the local drama offering. As I’ve said on this site before if it wasn’t for Ten taking up so much column space there would be much more focus on Nine’s content – or lack of it. I really hope after the IPO Nine get back to the business of creating a schedule someone actually wants to watch. Otherwise – Tim Worner is sitting very pretty indeed.

  10. David Knox October 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm -

    Yes already reported earlier today, thanks.

  11. tiger_tim October 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm -

    Reports suggests Amazing Race will be Australia vs New Zealand

  12. mason October 23, 2013 at 11:39 am -

    Great TAR is back and Rebecca Gibney in a role I will watch her in. I hope it is Broadchurch Aussie style, they could certainly do worse.

  13. Dave October 23, 2013 at 11:39 am -

    Nice to see Outback truckers making a return. My question is will 7 be in HD in 2014?

  14. victor October 23, 2013 at 11:18 am -

    It may not be what I watch, nor in fact what Seven executives prefer to watch but it is a very competent and professional line-up and a testament to Seven’s ongoing management expertise and its understanding of suburban Australia. The advertisers will be happy and revenue will flow.

  15. roaringdave October 23, 2013 at 10:39 am -

    They won’t be able to have a twist in TARA that hasn’t been approved by the creators so they can’t screw it up. It will be one of the twists that has already been used in TAR I would say. Looking forward to it.
    I do wonder what the recent casting call was all about though when they wanted single people. Maybe they will team up pairs of strangers? That would be interesting.

  16. Evan43 October 23, 2013 at 10:32 am -

    Great news about the Amazing Race Australia returning, and I look forward also to Rebecca Gibney’s new series.

  17. AllanPo October 23, 2013 at 10:30 am -

    Woohoo! TARA is coming back! Please, Seven! Don’t ruin it by giving it the same treatment as The Mole.

  18. Pertinax October 23, 2013 at 9:50 am -

    The synopsis of Resurrection sounds a lot like Les Revenants (The Returned) with the dead suddenly reappearing and a mysterious 8 year old boy.

    Though it traces its origin from a US graphic novel via a novel, and Les Revenants is based on a French film.

    It lists Epps as appearing in one episode in a large ensemble cast. He is the only well known actor though.

  19. Bogues October 23, 2013 at 9:46 am -

    Interesting they mention “the Rugby League World Cup” under Sport. It’s all over in about five weeks time, and is not scheduled for 2014.

    With a highlight reel like this, I can’t see Seven losing 2015′s ratings.

  20. J Bar October 23, 2013 at 7:41 am -

    Joining the chorus of people welcoming back Amazing Race Australia. The Killing Field and Bogan Hunters are the newbies I’m interested in and the INXS mini-series of course.

  21. Loz October 22, 2013 at 11:41 pm -

    Wooohoooo… TARA!!! Finally. :)

    Also new season of W&L…. do you not mean continuation of Season 3? as this season this year has been split in half.

    *Just shoot me (not don’t shoot me).

  22. Mac October 22, 2013 at 11:26 pm -

    Great news on The Amazing Race – let’s hope Grant Bowler is still available.

  23. Benji77 October 22, 2013 at 11:18 pm -

    Sorry, but The Killing Field sounds like Broadchurch Oz to me

  24. cronker October 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm -

    Is DOND just using up remaining content from its last production block, or are they really going back into the studio with it?

  25. tomothyd October 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm -

    Yes!! TARA is back! Lets hope this twist is not a screw over for the audience like they did with The Mole. I’d love to be a contestant.

    Brining Sexy Back sounds like a risk if its in the same low standards of Please Marry by Boy style of production. It could be a flop that moves to 10pm Thursdays.

  26. William October 22, 2013 at 10:22 pm -

    Can this actually happen during V8s and Aus Open is to choose which camera angle or shot and which match you will like to view it from. Which I think will be awesome. I hope there is a red button involved as per what Sky Sports F1 HD uses

  27. Guy October 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm -

    Awesome news about Amazing Race Australia! Seven really need to schedule this show properly and give it an Australian Open push for the first quarter. Thats what i’d do. Surprised there was no mention of The Blacklist though. I know its new but you would think it would get a mention at least. Yes i know you’ve said not all shows have been mentioned but nonetheless.

    Intelligence looks good from the promos i’ve seen and given its on CBS it might have some chance of getting off the ground. Another makeover show? Do we really need another one?

    Good to hear about Rebecca Gibneys new project too. That and INXS look like more quality drama from Seven. 2014 looks promising.

  28. stilesy October 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm -

    The Amazing Race Australia is returning, hooray!!

  29. par3182 October 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm -

    “The Amazing Race Australia will return in 2014 with a surprising twist.”

    First of all, Yay!
    Secondly, please don’t mess it up.

  30. aesthetic. October 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm -

    Good they’re making more Highway Patrol, Border Security and the Force, i actually find that fascinating viewing and 7 seem to produce those types of shows very well. Ten should look at creating brands like this that work and people associate with Ten, like they had with Aussie Idol and BigBrother.

  31. William October 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm -

    Rugby League World Cup? That is not on next year at all. Well that sucks for the V8s as I hope they lose the rights, I hate it how 7 is so inconsistent with their scheduling of the V8s whether it is on 7 or 7mate. Seriously DOND, I thought it was the end of it and MDM isn’t doing well either

  32. ryaneco October 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm -

    So, so, so excited that Amazing Race is returning, the rest I couldn’t care for though. I might check out Gibneys new drama but Seven doesn’t have much I’m overly interested in, its all very generic and inoffensive, it just doesn’t really stimulate my brain.

  33. c October 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm -

    Yesssssss! Amazing Race Oz is back! Let’s hope it doesn’t have the same schedule screwup that The Mole did. Please 7, do not screw it up and have good casting as well!

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