Smash (W): There’s nothing more exciting than the opening night of a hit Broadway musical, except maybe what happens getting there. Smash celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of Broadway as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers, trying to create a musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe, all of whom have one common desire – to be a SMASH. Stars Debra Messing, Katharine McPhee, Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport with guest stars including Uma Thurman, Bernadette Peters and Nick Jonas. The series stems from an idea of Executive Producer, Steven Spielberg.
Grimm (FOX8): Grimm is a new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as ‘Grimms’, charged with keeping peace between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world. As he tries to hide the dangers of his new found calling from his fiancé, and his partner, he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries and alliances of the Grimm world.
The Walking Dead (FX): Zombie smash hit series, The Walking Dead will make its Australian debut on FX with ad-free, back-to-back screenings of the first and second seasons. Never before seen in Australia, the series about people trying to hold onto their humanity in the midst of a zombie apocalypse broke ratings records around the world on its premiere.
Conspiracy 365 (FMC): Conspiracy 365 is the story of a year in the life of teenager Cal Ormond, who is forced to go on the run and become a fugitive as he searches for the truth behind a deadly family secret. Adapted from the best-selling novels by Australian author Gabrielle Lord, Conspiracy 365 will broadcast on FMC – Family Movie Channel, with a unique multiplatform broadcasting strategy mirroring the release of the original novels: monthly instalments, commencing in January 2012. Movie Network Channels have invested $13 million dollars in the production of the new Australian series which has been filmed entirely on location in Melbourne and countryside Victoria.
Dripping in Chocolate (UKTV, Local Production): A delicious mix of love and mystery, Dripping in Chocolate is a contemporary crime drama set in the laneways of inner city Sydney starring David Wenham, Louise Lombard and Geoff Morrell. When Detective Bennett O’Mara finds a chocolate wrapper on a strangled girl, it leads him to enigmatic chocolatier Juliana Lovece. Just as this perceptive woman gets under his hardened skin, he suspects she may be at the centre of an increasing murder count.
Luck (showcase): Luck is a provocative look at horse racing – the owners, gamblers, jockeys and diverse gaming industry players. This one-hour drama centres on an intuitive tough guy named Chester “Ace” Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), who has always been involved with gambling, from bookmaking and money laundering to casino operations. Recently released from prison after three years, he teams with Gus Economou (Dennis Farina), his long time chauffeur and muscle, to craft a complex plan involving the Santa Anita Racetrack in California. As they plot out Ace’s strategy, the pair recruits Turo Escalante (John Ortiz), a successful trainer with a sordid reputation. In the meantime, an old trainer (Nick Nolte) nurtures a possible breakthrough thoroughbred, while a ragtag group of four racetrack groupies band together to try to catch lightning in a bottle – as winners of an elusive Pick Six bet.
Returning series include: True Blood (Season 5, showcase); Game Of Thrones (Season 2, showcase); Breaking Bad (Season 5, showcase); Boardwalk Empire (Season 3, showcase); Dexter (Season 6, showcase); Tangle (Season 3, showcase, Local Production); Mad Men (Season 5, Movie Extra); The Borgias (Season 2 for W); and Upstairs Downstairs (Season 2, UKTV).