Channel Nine held its 2012 programming launch yesterday, confirming what most people had already known about its plans for TV next year. As previously reported, talent search show The Voice will have Delta Goodrem, Keith Urban, Seal and Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden as its judges and mentors, and auditions have already kicked off. Sonia Kruger is leaving the Seven Network to join the Nine family, where she will host Big Brother: Secrets when the Olympics — also on Nine — are over. Reality success stories The Block and The Celebrity Apprentice Australia will be back, while a new show featuring celebrity contestants, Excess Baggage, has been added to the line-up. Natalie Gruzlewski will help more outback guys find love in a new series of The Farmer Wants a Wife, while comic duo Hamish Blake and Andy Lee will be back with more international adventures.
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Nine also announced new Australian dramas, including Tricky Business, a family drama starring Shane Bourne, Lincoln Lewis, Gigi Edgley and more. On the back of the success of ABC1’s Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, coming to the small screen next year is Howzat! – The Kerry Packer Story. Also added to the line-up are Beaconsfield, a three-hour telemovie about the rescue of miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb from the collapsed mine, and The Great Mint Swindle, a telemovie about the most famous gold heist in Australia’s history. Nine will also serve up another round of Underbelly.