Re­al­ity hits line up for Ten slots

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CELEBRITY chef Kylie Kwong will spice up MasterChef and re­al­ity love hunt The Bach­e­lor will re­turn to Net­work Ten in 2014. The em­bat­tled net­work un­veiled its line-up for the next 12 months on Tues­day, al­though much of it is al­ready out in the pub­lic do­main, such as the re­vival of So You Think You Can Dance.

The re­al­ity dance se­ries is headed up by for­mer 1990s pop star and Emmy Award win­ning chore­og­ra­pher Paula Ab­dul.

Kwong’s ad­di­tion to the MasterChef team fol­lows a medi­ocre rat­ings year for the net­work and its de­ci­sion to dump all spin-offs of the cook­ing show and con­cen­trate on its main re­al­ity dish.

Be­sides serv­ing up re­al­ity shows, Ten will air new and re­turn­ing lo­cal drama se­ries.

The in­ter­ac­tive mys­tery se­ries Se­crets & Lies, which was made this year, has been held over un­til 2014 as has Pu­berty Blues.

The sec­ond sea­son of Pu­berty Blues was ex­pected to screen this year but has been strate­gi­cally held over so Ten can launch into 2014 on a high.

Off­spring Party Tricks, an spin-off of Off­spring fea­tur­ing Asher Ked­die and Rodger Corser, and the new drama se­ries Won­der­land, are also slated for next year while long-run­ning soapie Neigh­bours spear­heads Ten’s chan­nel 11.

One of Ten’s few rat­ings suc­cess sto­ries this year, the US sci-fi se­ries Un­der The Dome, re­turns for a sec­ond sea­son. Ten also has the rights to the new Steven Spiel­berg se­ries Ex­tant which stars Academy Award win­ning ac­tress Halle Berry in her first ma­jor TV role.

Other im­ported of­fer­ings are 24 Live Another Day, a new ver­sion of 24, and Cri­sis, which stars Aussie Rachael Tay­lor, about a hi­jacked school bus.

On the sports front, Ten will tele­cast the 2014 Sochi Win­ter Olympic Games and the Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth Games while lo­cally they have the rights to the T20 Big Bash do­mes­tic cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

– DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT

Kylie Kwong

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