Network Ten has unveiled its television line-up for 2014, hoping to bounce back with "event TV", local Aussie dramas and sport after a disastrous year in the ratings.
Reality and "event TV"
Let's look at the "event TV" first. Reality dating series The Bachelor Australia narrowly escaped the bloodbath to be commissioned for a second series in 2014. Despite disappointing ratings early on, The Bachelor rose to a peak of 870,000 viewers last week, setting it in good stead for tonight's finale.
So You Think You Can Dance will also make a comeback, following its axing in 2010. Former American Idol judge Paula Abdul appeared for the first time as part of the new judging panel at Ten's 2014 upfront event last night (picture below).
MasterChef Australia will return with a new celebrity guest mentor: chef, cookbook author and TV presenter Kylie Kwong. Ten publicity claims that the sixth MasterChef season will be "less scripted, less predictable, more exciting and more focused on food than ever before".
Ten has also promised a new, yet-to-be-announced "6pm family entertainment show". Other returning series include The Biggest Loser: Challenge Australia and quiz show Have You Been Paying Attention?
As far as Aussie dramas go, Offspring is back for season five, Puberty Blues gets a second run, while new 2013 drama Wonderland has been given the green light for a second season.
Ten also has three new local dramas coming our way in psychological thriller Secrets & Lies, political drama Party Tricks (also starring Offspring's Asher Keddie) and an online-only series about teenage girls' lives called Lost With The Boys.
All the rest
For sports fans, there's the KFC T20 Big Bash League, summer cricket and the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Russia in February 2014.
Ten is also pinning its hopes on new morning shows Wake Up and Studio Ten, despite dire ratings since their launches earlier this month.
International series returning include Homeland, Modern Family, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Under The Dome, Elementary and The Good Wife. New shows on the roster include 24 spin-off 24: Live Another Day, comedy The Millers, drama Crisis (starring Rachael Taylor) and Halle Berry's new space thriller produced by Steven Spielberg, Extant.
Ten's focus is on the 25 to 54 demographic, while its sister channel ELEVEN is targeting the 13 to 29 market, with ONE continuing to cater to sports fans and men over 25. There's certainly no Being Lara Bingle or The Shire in the mix. Those days are long gone!
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