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Fed: What's to come on the box in 2009


AAP General News (Australia)
12-30-2008
Fed: What's to come on the box in 2009

By Katherine Field, National Entertainment Writer

SYDNEY, AAP - Television entertainment in 2009 will be all about appealing to the emotions
of Australians.

There are a raft of new shows about the trials and journeys of everyday Australians,
whether they're in a cooking contest or training to become a police officer.

It'll be about reuniting families, and telling the stories of heroes and survivors.

Seven will do it through Find My Family and Sonia Kruger's 10 Years Younger in 10 Days.

Nine has Local Heroes, Random Acts of Kindness and Missing Pieces.

Network Ten will be banking on Masterchef Australia, a program based on a British show
to find the country's best amateur cook. It's the replacement for reality show Big Brother
which was axed in 2008.

Ten will also air a show called Recruits going behind the scenes of youngsters training
to become police officers.

Two of the most anticipated series of 2008 are back with second series' - Packed To
The Rafters and Underbelly.

Other old favourites like So You Think You Can Dance and the Biggest Loser are also back.

In the comedy stakes, viewers can look forward to the the Chaser boys returning to
the ABC, and Thank God You're Here on its new home at Seven.

Seven will also premiere its new current affairs show Sunday night which will go up
against the popular long-running 60 Minutes on Nine.

Australian Drama

Packed To The Rafters series 2

The hit family drama Packed To The Rafters will be back for a second anticipated series
next year. All cast members have signed up again including veterans Rebecca Gibney, Erik
Thomson and Michael Caton. The series follows a married couple, Gibney and Thomson, who
find themselves entwined in the lives of their three adult children.

Second Series of Underbelly

Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities is one of the most anticipated shows of the year.

The second series is a prequel to the first hit series which told the stories of Melbourne's
infamous gangland wars.

Next year's series will follow the booming illegal heroin and marijuana trade of the
1970s and 1980s in Sydney and Melbourne.

It'll be based around the lives of two infamous drug lords, including Aussie Bob Trimbole,
a marijuana and heroin dealer, played by Roy Billing.

Trimbole was one of the country's most notorious gangsters and is believed to have
organised the murder of Liberal politician and anti-drugs campaigner Donald Mackay in
Griffith in 1977.

The other main character, to be played by Matthew Newton, will be Terry "Mr Asia" Clark,
the head of a New Zealand drug syndicate, who was responsible for many deaths.

Competition reality

Masterchef Australia, Network Ten

Ten has high hopes for this reality TV series which will replace the long running axed
Big Brother from May.

Based on a British format, it will see amateur cooks compete to be crowned the country's
`masterchef'.

The program will air six nights a week.

10 Years Younger in 10 Days, Seven Network

Hosted by Sonia Kruger, this show will aim to transform the appearance of couples.

It'll look to update their grooming, fashion and beauty habits.

Project NEXT, ABC

Produced by respected talk show host Andrew Denton. The 10-part series will try to
find the next bunch of original thinkers, movers, mischief makers and cage-rattlers.

The program will then get them together to create an irreverent program about "serious things".

Australia's Hidden Genius, Network Ten

The program will give smart ordinary Australians the chance to turn around their lives.

Observational reality

Recruits, Network Ten

This program will go behind the scenes as young men and women train to become cops
at the NSW Police College in Goulburn.

Ten has gained rare access into the college for this show to document the recruits' travels.

It'll also follow fresh graduates on their first days on the beat.

Bondi Vet, Network Ten

Going behind the scenes of celebrity vet Dr Chris Brown's practice in Australia's famous
beachside suburb of Bondi. It'll show him saving animals and blend in human interest stories.

Guerrilla Gardeners, Network Ten

Six young upbeat gardeners "with attitude" will make over some barren and concrete-filled
spaces in Australian cities. Being touted as a lot more entertaining than your average
gardening show.

Undercover Boss, Network Ten

Bosses will go undercover working at the bottom levels of their companies. It will
see them cleaning toilets, waiting and doing late shifts. During their undercover time
they will seek to find a hard worker, a hidden talent.

Triple Zero Heroes, Seven Network

It will use original 000 emergency calls along with reconstructions and interviews
to retell stories.

Local Heroes, Nine Network

This show will reunite and tell the stories of heroic Australians and the survivors they rescued.

Random Acts of Kindness, Nine Network

Karl Stefanovic, Scott Cam and Simmone Jade Mackinnon will host this feel-good show
which will try to make dreams come true for "deserving" Australians.

Australian Ladette To Lady, Nine Network

The Australian version of this British makeover show, will see a bunch of rough young
Australian women put through their paces at the UK's finest finishing school Eggleston
Hall. The British version has been a ratings winner for Nine.

Missing Pieces, Nine Network

In much the same vein as rival Seven's Find My Family. this show will feature a team
of experts tracking down missing family members.

Game shows:

Talkin' 'bout my Generation, Network Ten

This half-hour comedy panel show will pit generation against generation as they talk
about a range of issues.

Comedy

The Chaser's War On Everything, ABC

After a year off the screens, the Chaser boys - Andrew Hansen, Chas Licciardello, Julian
Morrow, Craig Reucassel and Chris Taylor - will return for more laughs. They'll have a
new prime minister to poke fun at this time in the form of Kevin Rudd. Last time the boys
were on the screens they created a storm for getting past security checks in a fake motorcade
during APEC in Sydney.

Thank God You're Here, Seven Network

The comedy improvisation show is leaving Network Ten to air on its new home at Channel
Seven. Shane Bourne will remain as host of the show, which features celebrities walking
into an unknown situation and having to improvise. Seven has said they'll tweak the show,
but no word yet on what that will entail.

John Safran's Race Relations, ABC

Controversial comedian Safran returns to the ABC for his globe trotting adventure.

The eight part series will see Safran addressing controversial topics in his no-holds
barred approach.

Entertainment

Toasted & Roasted, Nine Network

Australian celebrities toasting and roasting some big Australian names.

When I Grow Up, Nine Network

Hosted by Bert Newtown, the show will feature kids having fun.

News/Current Affairs:

Sunday Night - Seven Network

Seven's new current affairs program will go head to head with the popular 60 Minutes
on Nine. Rumoured to be hosted by Natalie Barr. Reporters are yet to be announced.

Digital TV

From next year there will be 15 digital channels available.

Ten's 24-hour sports channel will be among them. It'll launch in the early part of next year.

Old Favourites returning.

Among them - Sea Patrol, City Homicide, So You Think You Can Dance Australia, Dancing
With the Stars, Australian Idol, Australia's Funniest Home Videos and US series such as
Two And A Half Men.

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