Reality hits line up for Ten slots
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