Network Ten held its 2012 programming launch in Sydney last night to unveil its line-up of shows for the coming year. The big question on everyone’s lips was whether it would be bringing back The Renovators after what has so far been a less-than-impressive debut (it is), and whether rumours of a morning show would also prove to be true (it is). Ten is also bringing back Young Talent Time. Here are some more of the highlights:
Breakfast: Ten is introducing a morning show, Breakfast, to rival Sunrise on Seven and Today on Nine. The first of its hosts, Andrew Rochford, said at the launch, “Breakfast radio has taught me a great deal about how people want to start their day. They want the facts, but they want them in a light and entertaining way.” Sounds like the morning version of The 7PM Project, no?
Young Talent Time: Hoping to bank on the success of Glee and talent-finding programs, Ten is bringing back Young Talent Time, the show that introduced us to the likes of Dannii Minogue and Tina Arena. It will be co-produced by Mr. Johnny Young, the show’s original creator, and will be hosted by Rob Mills.
The Renovators: Ten’s chief programming officer, David Mott, said of their latest reality series, “So far the format has underperformed. But, it’s a brand we believe in so we are working directly with [production company] Shine to renovate The Renovators for 2011 and beyond.”
Puberty Blues: Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey’s popular coming-of-age book is coming to the small screen and will be filmed in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire.
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Reef Doctors: Lisa McCune is joining the Ten team to star in and co-produce a new Australian action-adventure drama set around the Great Barrier Reef.
New Girl: Zooey Deschanel’s upcoming sitcom about a girl who moves in with a group of guys to get over a breakup will find its home in Australia on Ten.
New and returning international shows: Terra Nova, Homeland (starring Claire Danes), The Graham Norton Show, The Finder, The 2-2, The Gifted Man, How to Be a Gentleman, Modern Family, Glee, Merlin, The Good Wife, Law & Order, NCIS, NCIS: LA.
New and returning Australian shows: MasterChef Australia, The Biggest Loser — Singles, Bikie Wars — Brothers in Arms, Underground — The Julian Assange Story, Bondi Rescue, Bondi Vet, The Circle, The 7PM Project, Offspring, Can of Worms.