Network Ten this week unveiled an expanded program slate for 2011. Offering something for everyone, the line-up features the cream of local and international television content for the Network’s three channels and multi-platform extensions. In 2011:
TEN will be the home of entertainment for under 50s with a line-up of proven Australian and international favourites, five new US series, three new ‘big event’ TV franchises, new Australian drama, as well as a dynamic line-up of News and Current Affairs.
ONE will be the place for Australia’s sports lovers, offering more live and exclusive sport than ever before.
ELEVEN will be the destination for a distinctly youthful audience with first-run Australian and international content and a line-up of some of the most-loved US series of all time.
Network Ten chief programming officer, David Mott said: “So far this year, we’ve delivered three big new hits with Glee, Modern Family and Undercover Boss. We also remain the leader in ‘big event TV’ with the most talked-about program in Australian television history, MasterChef Australia, surpassing all previous records.”
“Next year will be even bigger and better with more bold formats in store. In 2011, we’ll create more ‘big event’ TV moments, deliver more laughs with the best local and international comedies, we’ll screen the most exciting light entertainment formats and we’ll have the best mix of drama from Australia and around the world,” Mr Mott said.
NEW TO TEN IN 2011 – International Line-up
Hawaii Five-O – featuring Australia’s own Alex O’Loughlin, Hawaii Five-O is a contemporary take on the classic series about an elite crime-fighting task force. Set and filmed on the picturesque Hawaiian Islands, this action-packed series promises to hook a whole new generation of fans.
Blue Bloods – from the writers of The Sopranos, and staring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, comes a multi-generational family drama about New York cops who’ll stop at nothing to see justice served.
The Defenders – a comedic drama staring Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell as two colourful Las Vegas lawyers who go all-in when it comes to representing their clients.
Raising Hope – after a one-night stand with a wanted felon, 23-year old Jimmy finds himself raising an infant daughter with the help of his flawed but quirky family.
Mixed Signals – a comedy about three friends and their attempts to reconcile the irreconcilable: to balance their relationships with their need for freedom. The series reveals how friendships and romances enhance – and complicate – the lives of these men and the women who love them.
NEW TO TEN IN 2011 – Local Line-up
Don’t Stop Believing – a spectacular entertainment show combining singing and dancing in a format never before seen on Australian television. Don’t Stop Believing will scour Australia for existing and first-time musical groups created by friends, colleagues, school mates or families. They’ll perform some of the greatest songs ever written in amazing never-before-heard arrangements.
The Renovators – a brand new ‘big event’ TV franchise. From Shine Australia comes the biggest home makeover show ever seen. Amateur home renovators, budding decorators and wannabe developers will battle it out through workshop and offsite challenges, skills tests and eliminations for the right to renovate one of six rundown houses. The ultimate winner will need to survive the Live Auction Finale to take the top prize.
Class Of – takes exemplary teachers and teams them with an underperforming class of kids to turn them into one of the best classrooms in the nation. This factual series will follow the kids as they deal with challenges and develop the skills that will equip them for future success. Class Of will be exciting, entertaining, engaging and definitely inspiring.
Inside Out – in the style of Bad Girls and Widows – this Australian thriller tells the story of an innocent woman thrown in gaol, who comes to realise getting even is the best revenge.
RETURNING TO TEN IN 2011
The darling of the cooking shows, MasterChef Australia returns in 2011 for its third and most exciting season yet. Matt Moran joins George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan in the kitchen as they lead a new set of cooking talents through their paces.
The 7pm Project is back for another ripper year. Dave Hughes, Charlie Pickering, Carrie Bickmore and their guests will dissect, digest and reconstitute each day’s news.
Fans of comedy are in for another uproarious year with more Modern Family, the return of everyone’s favourite show-choir, Glee and home grown favourites, Talkin’ ‘bout Your Generation and Good News Week.
TEN also welcomes back a winning line-up of light entertainment with the original beach rescue series, Bondi Rescue, more of Australia’s charismatic Bondi Vet, a third season of Recruits and a new and invigorated series of The Biggest Loser with The Biggest Loser – Families.
TEN confirms that 2011 will see the return of the must-watch Australian drama of the moment, Offspring as well as international favourites: NCIS and its successful spin-off, NCIS: Los Angeles. Also back for another season are Merlin, Lie To Me, Emmy award-winning The Good Wife and House. Fans of police dramas won’t be disappointed with all new episodes from the Law and Order franchise.
NEWS ON TEN IN 2011
In 2011, TEN will deliver a dynamic new News and Current Affairs line-up. At 5:00 pm TEN will continue to present Australia’s only hour-long commercial free-to-air evening news bulletin, TEN News at Five. With a mix of local, national and international stories, as well as the best sports coverage and the most detailed weather reports, TEN News at Five is set to continue its ride as an extraordinary ratings performer that consistently wins its timeslot in all key demographics and total people.
At 6:00 pm weeknights, TEN will introduce a 30-minute national news program targeting viewers seeking a smarter, more informed and insightful approach to the stories, issues, events and news-makers of the day. Stay tuned for news of our host in the not-too-distant future.
At 6:30 pm weeknights and 6:00 pm weekends, TEN will present a half-hour locally-presented and produced news service focusing on the day’s major news stories.
STILL TO COME TO TEN IN 2010
Junior MasterChef Australia – setting a record launch audience for the franchise of 2.2 million viewers, Junior MasterChef Australia is set to become appointment viewing for all Australians. Junior MasterChef showcases the outstanding cooking abilities of Australia’s best young amateur cooks. MasterChef judges George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston are joined by Anna Gare, as they face their most enthusiastic, gifted and unpredictable contestants yet.
Keeping up with the Joneses – Coming in October, this engaging new factual series is set on Coolibah cattle station, 600 km south-west of Darwin. It follows the daily lives of the Jones family as they muster cattle, fight fires, battle floods and even wrestle the odd croc or two. This raw and humorous snapshot of family life is a ‘must see’ for anyone who thinks they know what it takes to live in the outback.
Undercover Boss Australia – CEOs from some of Australia’s biggest companies take the opportunity to go on the ultimate undercover mission, working incognito in entry-level positions within their own organisations. Each week a different executive will leave the comfort of mahogany row to take up a job at the coalface within their own company’s operation.
Commonwealth Games – from October 3-14, TEN and ONE will broadcast all the colour, excitement and exhilaration of this year’s biggest sporting event, the XIX Commonwealth Games, live from Delhi. With commentators live on the ground in India and a team of Australia’s most experienced sports hosts anchoring the coverage from Melbourne, sports fans are in for more than 200 hours of non-stop sports action.
Following the Commonwealth Games, TEN has even more hits and big events lined up. Season two of Glee continues, Rush resumes with more breath-taking stunts and action than ever before and come November, television’s premiere music event, The ARIAs will be back on TEN. The ARIA Awards are the flagship event of the Australian music calendar and a fantastic celebration of Australia’s local popular music industry.
SAY HELLO TO ELEVEN
Launching in early 2011, ELEVEN will be the pre-eminent entertainment destination for a distinctly youthful audience. ELEVEN’s headline acts include Neighbours – the show that generations of Aussies grew up with, and The Simpsons – the world’s longest running comedy series. With its move to ELEVEN, Neighbours earns yet another place in television history as Australia’s first locally produced drama on a free-to-air digital multi-channel.
Unlike other entertainment multi-channels, the shows that play on ELEVEN will stay on ELEVEN. Network Ten confirms that from 2011, ELEVEN will be the home of all-new episodes of Futurama, The Cleveland Show, Supernatural, Stargate, Dexter, Smallville, The Office, Nurse Jackie and 90210.
ELEVEN will also become the home of some of the world’s best loved comedies and dramas including Everybody Loves Raymond, Sex and the City, JAG, Frasier, Judging Amy, Happy Days and MacGyver.
SPORT ON ONE
ONE has established itself as Australia’s leading sports network with exclusive and long-term rights for the sports Aussies love to watch. This summer, Australians will see more sports on ONE including more than 40 hours of Ironman action, the cream of international tennis with the Hopman Cup, matches from English Premier League giants Liverpool and Arsenal and the return of basketball to free-to-air television when the NBL season commences in October.
In 2011, sports fans can look forward to returning favourite shows MVP, One Week at a Time, World Football News, The Pro Shop and Before The Game. In 2011, sports fans can also look forward to more sports coverage including:
The AFL home and away season, finals and the 2011 AFL Grand Final
• all the action of the Formula One World Championship with every qualifying round and race live and exclusive
• the 2011 season of the ANZ Championship Netball, exclusively on ONE and TEN
• more domestic and international swimming events including the Australian Open Water Championships, the Telstra Australian Swimming Championship and the Australian Short Course Championships
• continued exclusive coverage of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship; and
• more golf tournaments than any other free-to-air network with the US Masters, US Open, Australian PGA, Australian Open and the Singapore Open.
In 2011, Network Ten will create an even bigger online hub where fans can immerse themselves in their favourite programs. There’ll be more purpose-built content, more interactivity, more video captured exclusively for the web and a whole host of extras like behind the scenes interviews, online applications, community forums, pictures and more.
Network Ten is the leading commercial network for catch-up TV, with the rights to stream over 60 programs. In 2011 we will expand on our catch-up TV service, www.ten.com.au/watchtv, giving fans even more opportunity to watch episodes they’ve missed or re-watch their favourite TV moments.
In 2011, the Network will launch onehd.com.au, building on the success of Australia’s leading sports channel. Onehd.com.au will feature all the latest news from the Network’s sports desks and will deliver live scores and stats for all major Australian and international sports.