NETWORKS PRIME BIG GUNS
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.