Network Ten has used tonight’s Upfronts to unveil the network will be home to 13 new Australian shows, countless new shows from overseas, three of the biggest sporting events come 2019.
Cooking, dancing, dating, surviving, renovating, laughing, crying, learning, racing – Network Ten will deliver first-run, locally-produced content across 50 weeks of the year from mid-January right through to Christmas.
Chief content officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “We are ready to deliver a slate of new and returning hit shows that build on the success we’ve had this year and get to consumers wherever they are, whenever they want to watch.
“This year we successfully launched a number of new brands with excellent growth potential, including Bachelor In Paradise and Ambulance Australia, and we saw great growth with shows like Have You Been Paying Attention?, The Bachelor Australia and Australian Survivor recording their biggest audiences to date.
“We’ve had record-breaking catch-up numbers on 10 Play, with all of our major shows recording their highest video views ever. We also launched 10 Daily to a brilliant start. It is growing every month, with over 1.04 million visits in September alone,” she said.
“Next year we will strengthen our position as leaders in escapist entertainment AND we’ll have differentiated flagship content targeting people under 50s, 50 weeks a year, starting right now across all our platforms.
“We will also have more brilliant catch-up and bespoke long-form content for 10 Play and will continue to grow 10 Daily with a range of brilliant pieces and video content from our marquee talent and the brilliant 10 Daily team,” she said.
“And we’re getting into the fast-growing and commercially-maturing podcast business with 10 Speaks, which will include great 10 content plus bespoke, original content. More detail about 10 Speaks will surface next year.”
The new Network Ten year kicks off in mid-January with a supercharged season of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, as Julia Morris and Chris Brown step back into the jungle to taunt and terrify a whole new collection of celebrities.
Next year will bring a new Saturday night I’m A Celebrity show, live streaming on 10 All Access, more bespoke content for 10 Play, a massive marketing blitz – and much more.
There will be no rest for Chris and Julia: as soon as the King or Queen of The Jungle is crowned, the good doctor and his muse will be whisked home to present Chris & Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway on, yes, Sunday nights.
Based on the smash hit UK format, Chris & Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway has it all: entertainment, heart, surprises, celebrities, mountains of prizes. It’s “family entertainment” that will actually grab the whole family and keep them glued to their couches.
The top of the year will also see Dancing With The Stars twirl its way onto Ten. Fronted by Amanda Keller and Grant Denyer, Ten’s’s version of this global TV powerhouse will mix celebrities, sequins and stardust to create a show that will be fresh and engaging, while staying true to everything people loved about Dancing With The Stars.
Also waiting in the wings for the start of 2019 is Changing Rooms, hosted by Natalie Bassingthwaighte. The show that started the television renovation revolution and got Australians hooked on room makeovers and reveals is getting the Ten makeover, with more room reveals, big characters and a lot of inspiration.
Australia’s favourite bachelors and bachelorettes will be brought together on a tropical island for the second season of Bachelor In Paradise. It was one of the noisiest and most successful new TV shows of 2018 and the next instalment will deliver more drama, more romance and more tropical locations.
The first part of next year will also bring a strong line-up of proven local hits, including new seasons of Gogglebox (which will have two runs in 2019), Dave Hughes’ Hughesy, We Have A Problem and Rove McManus’ Show Me The Movie!.
Amanda, Chris, Barry Du Bois and Miguel Maestre will be back on the couch in April for another season of The Living Room, the heroes of Bondi Beach are back for more Bondi Rescue and there will be a second season of our heart-racing new hit Ambulance Australia.
After a decade on air, The Project continues to break news, make news and entertain and inform Australians in its own unique way – six nights a week. This year, 10 will roll out the biggest marketing campaign it has ever put behind a single program to spread the word about The Project.
As part of our new look, TEN Eyewitness News First At Five is being reborn as Ten News First, embracing the proud heritage of First at Five, while promising to deliver news and information first, when and where people want it. Studio 10 also has a new look and will continue to brighten mornings every weekday.
When winter starts to roll in, it’s time for MasterChef Australia. The show that made “plating up” part of the vernacular returns for its 11th season and it’s going to be delicious.
Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston will be back at the helm, joined by three new mentors (and MasterChef Australia alumni) Poh Ling Yeow, Billie McKay and Matt Sinclair. And the kitchen will be crammed with a dazzling array of international and local cooking stars, including the incomparable Nigella Lawson.
Soon after MasterChef Australia bubbles back on to screens, audiences will say hello to the new seasons of Have You Been Paying Attention? and Todd Sampson’s BodyHack.
Sport is a big part of Ten’s line-up for 2019, with three of the races that transfix the nation on 10: the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and the Formula 1 2019 Australian Grand Prix.
Network Ten’s’s landmark agreement with the Victoria Racing Club will change forever how the Melbourne Cup Carnival is seen by Australians.
All the thrills and excitement of the Melbourne Cup Carnival story will live on Network Ten across the entire year and will be showcased in new ways across various platforms, including those of 10’s parent company CBS.
The agreement comprises a suite of Melbourne Cup Carnival media rights, including free to air TV, internet, social media, mobile, OTT (Over-The-Top) and HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV). The thrills and excitement of the Carnival will live on Network 10 across the entire year and will be showcased in new ways across our various platforms, including CBS platforms.
And let’s not forget the other great sport on Network 10 in 2019, including Rugby, A- League and the MotoGP World Championship.