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