Australia’s free-to-air commercial TV broadcaster Network Ten has unveiled its content strategy for the year ahead with a series of local non-fiction programs slated to air across the channel.
Anchoring the new-look slate will be domestic projects including event series Bachelor in Paradise (pictured; Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia), which features fan favorites from past seasons of The Bachelor Australia and The Bachelorette Australia; and dating format Blind Date (Playmaker), in which romantic hopefuls ask three hidden suitors questions in order to find their match.
Further projects slated to air across the Aussie broadcaster are travel-adventure mockumentary Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures (Working Dog Productions), following the comedian on a cross-country journey; entertainment series Hughesy, We Have A Problem (Screentime), bringing together the biggest names in comedy to help people “get over life’s infuriating problems”; ob-doc format The Secret Life Of Four Year Olds (Screentime), following a group of four-year-olds as they meet at pre-school; and Playing For Keeps (Screentime), about the women behind the men playing on the footy field.
Also announced is a “pilot week” for mid-2018 on the Australian network, which will see several domestic pilots of varying genres airing across a single one week. The initiative represents Network Ten’s substantial investment in new local production.
Full details of the pilot week will be announced in 2018.
“We are now in the final stages of being acquired by CBS Corporation. This is a game changer for Ten and we believe a significant positive for the Australian media industry,” said Network Ten CEO Paul Anderson in a statement. “Broadcasting that great content across multiple platforms with leading edge technology in an ever-changing environment is crucial and what better way for us to take on that challenge than by being part of the global media powerhouse that is CBS.”