Nine has unveiled its 2019 line-up of shows at its gala upfronts in Sydney on Wednesday night.
A mix of old and a few new, probably the biggest surprise was news that the network had snared Aussie drama SeaChange – starring Sigrid Thornton and John Howard – that was last seen on the ABC in 2000.
The full list of shows are as follows:
Thornton and Howard are reprising their roles as Laura Gibson and Bob Jelly in the beloved drama series, SeaChange. Twenty years on, Laura (Thornton) returns to the beachside paradise of Pearl Bay. However, it seems that this time around Pearl Bay needs Laura just as much as she needs it. Original creator and head writer, Deb Cox, returns as executive producer alongside Sigrid Thornton, Fiona Eager and David Mott. SeaChange will commence production in 2019.
Bad Mothers follows five very modern women juggling the big issues of love, family, careers, infidelity … and murder. When their lives collide following a series of shocking events, the Bad Mothers will learn that life can get a whole lot more complicated, more outrageous – and a whole lot more fun – than they ever imagined.
Bad Mothers boasts a stellar cast including Mandy McElhinney (Love Child, Hyde & Seek), Daniel MacPherson (The Bill, City Homicide), Don Hany (East West 101, Devil’s Playground), Shalom Brune-Franklin (Doctor Doctor, Our Girl), Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek, Wonderland), Tess Haubrich (Wolf Creek, Pine Gap) and Melissa George (Grey’s Anatomy, The Slap).
Next year Nine will unveil a brand-new format, Lego Masters, where your only limitation is your imagination. Mind-blowing, brick-building brilliance will be on display, delivering family entertainment loaded with fun, action, drama and humour.
Lego Masters, hosted by Hamish Blake, will pit eight pairs of brickheads against each other in a quest to impress with their creativity, design and flair, driven by their unparalleled passion for the possibilities that will start with a single LEGO brick.
Hamish and Andy’s “Perfect” Holiday
Next year Hamish and Andy return to what they love best, travelling. Now the boys will embark on another action packed adventure, but this time with a slight twist, in Hamish and Andy’s “Perfect” Holiday.
Murder, Lies and Alibis
Nine’s new cutting-edge documentary crime series, Murder, Lies and Alibis, will dissect some of the most infamous criminal cases from here and around the world in a tenacious, gripping and confronting format. It’s true crime like you’ve never seen before.
A team of highly experienced investigators will re-examine cold cases police couldn’t solve – discovering fresh leads, unearthing chilling footage and audio, as well as securing crucial interviews with witnesses going on the record for the very first time.
Each episode is uniquely recounted through the eyes of the key players, such as victims, survivors, their families and friends, and in some cases, the persons of interest themselves.
Dynasties with David Attenborough
Sir David Attenborough will present a five-part landmark series called Dynasties. Each episode follows different animal families – lions, hunting dogs, chimpanzees, tigers and emperor penguins – at the most critical period in their lives. Each is a ruler, a leader of their family, their troop, their pride – each determined to hold on to power and protect their family, their territory and their dynasty.
New to Nine in 2019 is the US medical drama, New Amsterdam. Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, it follows the charming Dr Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold), the institution’s new medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care.
Dr Goodwin must disrupt the status quo and prove he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and under-appreciated hospital – the only one in the world capable of treating ebola patients, dangerous prisoners and the President of the United States under one roof – and return it to the glory that put it on the map.
ABBA: Let the Music Speak
It’s been 35 years since Sweden’s legendary disco group ABBA released their last single. In April 2018, after repeatedly stating that they would never reunite again, the four members of the group announced that they have recorded two new songs, revealing the first track titled “I Still Have Faith in You”. In 2019 comes a groundbreaking documentary on Nine that will explore the huge success that was ABBA, the incredible history of the band, why the famous four broke up and why they have decided to get back together to make music once again.
Married at First Sight
Australia’s most controversial and groundbreaking social experiment, Married at First Sight, will return for an explosive sixth series in 2019, with the promise of more love and drama than ever.
Relationship psychologist John Aiken, neuropsychotherapist Trisha Stratford and dating expert and psychologist Mel Schilling will pair 20 brave singles from across Australia, using a mix of neuroscience and psychology, with the aim to create 10 perfect matches.
Experts will put these relationships through the ultimate pressure test to determine whether science can really predict true love.
You’ll bear witness to spectacular weddings, romantic honeymoons, provocative dinner parties and captivating commitment ceremonies which will again lure you into this addictive reality TV juggernaut.
Every year Australia’s number one reality show gets bigger and better. Sixteen years since the record-breaking first instalment in 2003, The Block has cemented itself as a television phenomenon that remains as popular as ever.
Now The Block goes way back to the legendary days of the goldrush for the oldest Block ever. In 2019, contestants will take on The Olso in St Kilda – a Victorian gem built from goldrush cash in 1859. She went from five massive, stately homes to an $18 a night hotel nightmare.
Scott Cam returns with co-host Shelley Craft, judges Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer, foreman Keith Schleiger and his right-hand man, Dan Reilly.
The Voice Australia will be back for an enormous eighth series as superstar coaches Kelly Rowland, Boy George and Delta Goodrem return to the famous red chairs, to be joined by one more international superstar coach to be announced soon, as they discover the next wave of Australia’s most talented artists.
This follows a highly successful seventh season which saw millions tuning in to hear the amazingly unique sounds of Sam Perry as he took out the title of The Voice Australia, along with $100,000 in prizemoney and a recording contract.
Australian Ninja Warrior
Australian Ninja Warrior will be returning for a ground breaking third season.
In 2019, the worldwide phenomenon is set to invade Australia’s sporting capital with an all- new supersized course at its new home in Spotswood alongside the Scienceworks museum in Melbourne.
The stakes have never been higher. In 2019, the competitor that goes the furthest and fastest will be declared the winner of Australian Ninja Warrior and will receive a prize of $100,000. Climb Mount Midoriyama and the prize jackpots to $300,000 and be crowned Australia’s First Ninja Warrior
Rebecca Maddern, Ben Fordham and Freddie Flintoff will be back to take viewers through every jump, leap, heart-stopping victory and heart-wrenching fall. Fan-favourite Ninjas will return to compete alongside fresh faces inspired by those who have braved the course before them.
Family Food Fight
Still to come this year is Family Food Fight with an all-new look. Eight food-loving families from across the country will go head-to-head in the kitchen in the quest to find Australia’s number one food family for 2018.
The series will put the families through their culinary paces as they vie for the $100,000 prizemoney. The stakes are high in season two, where only the best cooking will be rewarded. The pressure is on from the get-go to deliver, or risk elimination.
Love Island Australia
We got a text! The show that got everyone talking, Love Island Australia returns in 2019 moving from 9Go! to Nine. Hosted by Sophie Monk, 10 new sexy, single islanders will play the ultimate game of love and lust in a series that has broken Australian viewing records and caused a tabloid sensation.
Temperatures soar as we follow heated arguments, fiery dramas and steamy hook-ups while they try to win the hearts of the public for a cash prize.
Dr Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser), and his marvellously dysfunctional family return for a fourth series of Nine’s sensational drama series, Doctor Doctor.
After serving out his probation in rural Whyhope and saving the family farm, life is about to go totally, disastrously wrong for Hugh. And this time, his friends and family won’t be making it any easier for him.
Doctor Doctor showcases an outstanding ensemble cast including Nicole da Silva (Charlie), Ryan Johnson (Matt), Tina Bursill (Meryl), Hayley McElhinney (Penny), Matt Castley (Ajax), Chloe Bayliss (Hayley), Charles Wu (Ken) and Belinda Bromilow.
Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation
Led by host Shaun Micallef, the weekly TV showgram Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation is a riotous, hour-long biffo between three of our most alphabetically delinquent generations – Gen X, Gen Y and Gen Z.
Each week our three regular captains – Andy Lee, Robyn Butler and Laurence Boxhall – team up with a trio of celebrity guests to put their lives and credibility in danger while answering questions and playing games that, like a rickety footbridge over an all-ages concert, span the generations.
On Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, everyone’s favourite memories and moments from the worlds of film and TV, music, news and current affairs, fads, advertising, sport and more are brought back to life … not as a zombie in unspeakable torment, but as a helpful ghost offering a guided tour of recent history. It’s a celebration of the generations and what defines them, in a bid to discover which really is the greatest generation of all time (for this week at least).
Nine is promising the biggest season of Travel Guides yet: more episodes, more frequent flyer miles and more incredible holidays than ever before.
Your favourite travellers like the Fren family, Kevin and Janetta and twin cowgirls Stack and Mel return, and they’ll be joined by some diverse new holidaymakers exploring new destinations at home and abroad, including Europe, India and South America.
Each week five very different groups of ordinary Aussies become travel critics, going on the same week-long holiday – sampling the food, the accommodation, and taking in the sights.
Their hilarious adventures will surprise you as they deliver no-holds-barred reviews and rate their stay out of five stars. But one person’s idea of paradise can be another’s idea of hell.
This Time Next Year
This Time Next Year is back for a highly anticipated second series in 2019.
A new group of everyday Australians will try to achieve monumental personal goals over the most challenging and rewarding year of their lives.
In each episode hosted by Karl Stefanovic, these ordinary people with extraordinary stories will make an ambitious pledge to change their lives by “this time next year”.
Get ready for triumph and heartbreak as the result of each pledge is revealed instantly in this unique time travel-style format.
20 to One
Nick Cody joins Erin Molan at the helm of 20 to One which returns for a fresh series in 2019.
The biggest ever lineup of local celebs and international A-listers assembled for the program includes Charlie Sheen, Kathy Griffin, Jimmy Carr, Sharon Osbourne, Mel B and Jane Fonda, adding their candid, hysterical and often provocative take on everyone and everything.
Erin and Nick are ready to tackle outrageous countdowns such as reality TV shockers, epic celebrity fails, viral mega hits, superstar families, all-star commercials, plus plenty more.
Paramedics, the compelling documentary series offering unprecedented insight into the daily lives of emergency service heroes, will be back for a second series next year. This program, produced with the help of Ambulance Victoria, features unrivalled access to paramedics, with vision captured from up to 60 cameras rigged in ambulances, helicopters and on motorbikes.
Narrated by acclaimed actor and philanthropist Samuel Johnson OAM, each episode tells the story through the eyes of the dedicated paramedics and their patients.
In its 12th season, this compelling Australian series on random breath-testing operations goes behind the lines of the South Australian Police Force for the first time.
From major roadside operations and mobile breath testing to high-speed pursuits and drivers under the influence, RBT, narrated by Andrew Daddo, will again capture all the drama and danger that police face every day in their relentless campaign against drink and drug-driving.
Australian Crime Stories
Australian Crime Stories examines some of the nation’s most captivating, controversial and mystifying crimes. We peel back the layers to reveal the secret desires, mysterious appetites and hidden hatreds, the seven deadly sins at the heart of all true crime. Australian Crime Stories will take the audience out of their comfort zone, leading them on a trail that outrages, shocks, informs and, above all, entertains.
This program goes behind the headlines to uncover new evidence. It will examine the accounts of the cops, crims and witnesses that were there to present compelling stories of good and bad, cops and robbers, heroes and villains.
World of Dance
Nine will be home to the hit US series, World of Dance, global superstar Jennifer Lopez, alongside celebrity dance experts Ne-Yo and Derek Hough, will judge, guide and mentor the world’s top dancing talent and troupes of all ages. Hosted by Jenna Dewan, competitors will showcase their skills, ranging from ballroom, Latin, contemporary and hip-hop, bringing their passion of dance to battle it out with the best of the best for the $1 million dollar prize, on the stage of World of Dance.
Millionaire Hot Seat
Since it premiered on April 20, 2009, Millionaire Hot Seat has become Australia’s longest running quiz show – and remains the only program on Australian television where it is possible to win $1 million.
The new, supercharged one-hour version, hosted by Eddie McGuire, starts with contestants going head-to-head in a rapid-fire battle of Fastest Finger First. All six contestants will face the same 15 questions, with the fastest and most accurate winning a cash prize at the half- way mark of the program. When the winner of Fastest Finger First makes it to the Hot Seat, he or she will have the option of keeping the cash prize or swapping it for one of three lifelines.
To coincide with the new series of Married at First Sight, fans will get an extra fix and the inside scoop when Talking Married returns to 9Life for a second series.
Hosted by Nine presenter and journalist Jayne Azzopardi and 9Honey’s lifestyle presenter and columnist Shelly Horton, this weekly half-hour chat show will bring viewers all the behind-the-scenes gossip, exclusive interviews and never-before-seen clips from Australia’s most talked about reality show.
Getaway, Australia’s longest running and most popular holiday and travel television program, will continue to take you around the globe in 2019, uncovering the most beautiful locations and tasting the most delicious food. And you won’t even need to leave your living room.