The Courier-Mail

NET­WORKS PRIME BIG GUNS

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SICK of the same old stuff on TV? For­tu­nately, the rest of the year is bring­ing some fresh new shows. We take a look at what you can ex­pect to be tun­ing into in the e fi­nal months of the year.

One of the most talked about shows of the year is Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Doorr on Chan­nel 7.

Fol­low­ing the life of Peter Allen from a boy to a star of the stage, in­clud­ing his tur­bu­lent mar­riage to Liza Min­nelli, the two-part se­ries looks set to be a rat­ings hit. Si­grid Thorn­ton could steal the show as trou­bled icon Judy Gar­land. But Joel Jack­son as Allen, Sara West as Min­nelli and Re­becca Gib­ney as Allen’s mother Mar­ion Wool­nough also look set to shine.

The X-Fac­tor will be back on Septem­ber 13. New judges Chris Isaak and James Blunt will add some star power to the judg­ing panel, and hope­fully a bit of con­tro­versy. Dan­nii Minogue is back, as is Guy Se­bas­tian af­ter a sea­son off. As far as tal­ent shows go, The X-Fac­tor has one of the best records, pro­duc­ing house­hold names such as Reece Mastin, Dami Im and Sa­man­tha Jade.

Think SeaChange, but in New Zealand and you have 800 Words with Packed to the Rafters’ Erik Thom­son as the star. Thom­son plays a wi­d­ower who quits his job as a colum­nist, buys a house in a re­mote NZ town and up­roots his fam­ily to start a new life.

Four fam­i­lies strug­gling with their weight head to the Big­gest Loser house in an ef­fort to change their lives. The Big­gest Loser: Familes brings back train­ers Michelle Bridges, Steve “The Com­mando” Wil­lis, Shan­nan Pon­ton and Tiffiny Hall to put them through their paces, start­ing Septem­ber 13. The ta­bles are turned when the jilted fi­ancee of bad Bach­e­lor Blake Gar­vey, Sam Frost, gets to choose from a group of el­i­gi­ble blokes to be the man of her dreams on The Bach­e­lorette.

Frost will make or break this. She came off look­ing great af­ter last year’s Bach­e­lor de­ba­cle, although ran the risk of be­ing over­ex­posed.

A for­mer ho­tel in Mel­bourne will be trans­formed into lux­ury apart­ments in the next se­ries of The Block. The show’s pro­duc­ers have openly de­clared this as their “back to ba­sics” sea­son, af­ter the last se­ries failed to set the rat­ings on fire.

On Celebrity Ap­pren­tice, 12 Aussie celebri­ties com­pete in a se­ries of chal­lenges, un­der the guid­ance of Mark Bouris. The promo claims this is the most out­landish group of celebri­ties ever as­sem­bled, and it’s dif­fi­cult not to agree. Con­tro­ver­sial cou­ple Ge­of­frey Edel­sten and Gabi Grecko, ra­dio host So­phie Monk and Real House­wife Gina Liano are just some of the stars. Ex­pect tantrums and cat fights.

 ??  ?? WATCH THIS: (Above) Sam Frost; (clock­wise from left), The Block’s Suzi and Vonni; Guy Se­bas­tian, James Blunt, Si­mon Cow­ell, Chris Isaak and Dan­nii Minogue; Joel Jack­son as Peter Allen; and The Big­gest Loser team.
WATCH THIS: (Above) Sam Frost; (clock­wise from left), The Block’s Suzi and Vonni; Guy Se­bas­tian, James Blunt, Si­mon Cow­ell, Chris Isaak and Dan­nii Minogue; Joel Jack­son as Peter Allen; and The Big­gest Loser team.

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