Channel Ten in 2018: What’s new and what’s axed
The most intriguing thing about Channel Ten’s 2018 line-up is the shows they can’t announce. At least, not until CBS takes over.
The American company is close to finalising its purchase of ‘s third-ranked commercial network. Until the deal is done, CBS cannot specify its plans. But it makes sense that management is already considering program ideas.
Industry sources believes reality and entertainment formats are the likely starting point, with scripted content also a possibility. It is understood these programs will use local cast and crews.
On Thursday, Ten revealed several new prime time series for 2018. But first: which shows are returning, and which have been axed?
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“It’s too early to make a decision on Sisters because only two episodes have gone to air,” McGarvey says, “but there are some really [positive] signs. With The Wrong Girl, we’re still looking at where the series could potentially go. And it’s very unlikely we’re going to have a new season of Offspring on Ten next year – but we’re not saying you’ll never see the Proudmans on Ten again.”
Is an Offspring spin-off in the works? “Potentially, but we’re still in the early stages of looking at that.”
None of these dramas drew huge audiences this year – but McGarvey says overnight ratings are only half the story. Last year, 28 per cent of Offspring’s audience watched the show within a week of broadcast; this year, it was 41 per cent. When it comes to dramas that start after 8.30pm, many viewers prefer to binge-watch on weekends. “That’s OK, people watch show when they want to watch them … but perhaps a half-hour program will be more digestible at that time.”
Next year, Dr Chris Brown will co-host I’m a Celebrity, The Project and The Living Room – while new hosts are being considered for Bondi Vet.
Former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants (including Laurina Fleure, Keira McGuire, Apollo Jackson and Michael Turnbull) will look for love – again – with the help of Osher Gunsberg. “We’ve waited for eight seasons of The Bachelor and Bachelorette to get to Paradise,” McGarvey says, “because we wanted an all-star cast to populate it.” It’s filmed on a tropical island but Ten isn’t confirming the location, lest paparazzi try to spoil the results. Contestants who find romance get to stay; those who don’t are booted off the island.
had a version of Blind Date in the late 1960s, and that format was later adapted to Perfect Match – a hit on Ten in the ’80s. Now, the network will launch a fresh season of Blind Date, based on the UK game show of the same name. Hosted by Julia Morris, each episode features a single person quizzing three potential partners. “It’s an old school studio entertainment show.”
From the production company behind Underbelly – with writers from The Secret Life of Us and Offspring – comes a drama about “the women behind the men we barrack for on the footy field”. Storylines will address affairs, groupies, paparazzi and harassment.
Lisa McCune and Peter Helliar star in this drama about a couple, stuck in a rut after 12 years of marriage. Just as he is made redundant, she returns to work for the first time since their children were born.
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Based on a bestseller by James Patterson, it stars a former CIA operative (Alan Cumming) who is now trying to live a “normal” life.
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“When people talk about SVOD [subscription video on demand], they talk up the US content,” McGarvey says. “When it’s on free-to-air TV, suddenly international content isn’t flash. But there is still a significant place for it in our schedule. When you have the right show in the right timeslot at the right time of year, it can still do good business.”