RE­AL­ITY CHECK

Re­al­ity TV junkies are in for a treat over com­ing months, but they can ex­pect mixed ma­te­rial as net­works dust off their old faith­fuls

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV - DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT

There’s only a few months re­main­ing un­til the end of the of­fi­cial TV rat­ings year but there’s still at least six more re­al­ity shows to air. Not the least is a sec­ond sea­son of The Block for 2015 and the re­turn of The X Fac­tor which, this time around, boasts Chris Isaak and James Blunt as two of the judges.

The only new en­try into the re­al­ity stakes is Net­work Ten’s Bach­e­lorette which fea­tures last year’s dumped Bach­e­lor win­ner Sam Frost putting her heart on the line again. On the drama front, Seven will launch its new drama 800 Words, star­ring Packed To The Rafters ac­tor Erik Thom­son, while two minis­eries – one about song and dance man Peter Allen and the other about Mary, Crown Princess of Den­mark – will air be­fore the year’s out as well.

Re­al­ity shows to come in 2015:

(Net­work Ten): Once in fear of be­ing axed, Ten has re­pro­duced a fam­i­lies ver­sion be­cause, of the nine pre­vi­ous sea­sons, this edi­tion was one of the most pop­u­lar.

(Seven Net­work): It started to wane in 2014 and the net­work will be hop­ing the ad­di­tion of James Blunt and Chris Isaak will not be a bad, bad thing.

(Ten): Spurned Bach­e­lor win­ner Sam Frost re­turns to the des­per­ate and date­less re­al­ity show, only this time she’s in the driver seat and can kick guys to the kerb.

(Nine): The Scott Cam ren­o­va­tion hour re­turns with another se­lec­tion of cou­ples try­ing to ren­o­vate an old mo­tel in Mel­bourne. Nine has promised fewer and shorter episodes. (Nine): Re­turns af­ter three years with time-poor farm­ers dat­ing sup­pos­edly coun­try lov­ing sin­gles. New host is Sa­man­tha McC­ly­mont, a mem­ber of the coun­try singing sib­lings group The McC­ly­monts. (Nine): Another re­vived se­ries by Nine, this time with the likes of love-rat Bach­e­lor Blake Gar­vey and pub­lic­ity hun­gry so­cialite Gabi Grecko among the cast.

Drama/mini se­ries:

(Ten): A biopic on how Tas­ma­nian Mary Don­ald­son found love in a pub and then be­came the Princess of Den­mark.

(Seven): A two-part se­ries about Peter Allen’s rise to in­ter­na­tional suc­cess, his mar­riage to Liza Min­nelli and his early death.

(Seven): Packed To The Rafters star Erik Thom­son plays a man who moves his two teenage kids away from Syd­ney to a small New Zealand town fol­low­ing the death of his wife. Also re­turn­ing:

(Ten): A sec­ond sea­son of watch­ing peo­ple, watch­ing TV.

(Seven): A UK quiz show which has been re­made with An­drew O’Keefe fir­ing off the ques­tions in which con­tes­tants com­bine to beat a solo mas­ter­mind.

The X Fac­tor judges Guy Se­bas­tian, James Blunt, Chris Isaak and Dan­nii Minogue with Si­mon Cow­ell.

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