2007: ANOTHER BIG YEAR ON NINE

Channel Nine today announced a range of new programs for 2007, as well as renewing three hits from 2006.
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Channel Nine today announced a range of new programs for 2007, as well as renewing three hits from 2006.

Nine’s Director of Programming, Michael Healy, revealed a slew of fresh new series and specials for 2007, “We have been thrilled with the performance of our locally-created shows this year. In a very competitive market we have had significant cut-through, with pleasing results.”

“In 2007 we’re building beyond our strong and consistent stable of programs with a range of new series across all genres.” We think that viewers will welcome these additions to our schedule and also continue to enjoy all of their favourite shows on Nine.”

The Lost Tribes is a new one-hour series that follows three suburban families who are sent to live for a month as members of the last primitive tribes on Earth. Based on the successful European series, Ticket To The Tribes, and a joint venture with TVNZ, Nine’s embedded
cameras will see the laughter and tears as these few Australians discover what binds and divides us with people half a world and several centuries away.

Produced by Cornerbox, our cameras will present the gloriously beautiful footage covering African, Asian and South American tribal villages – and the eye-catching fish-out-of-water experience of three regular Australian families.

In the tradition of Airline and Airport, the Nine Network’s new series Jetstar goes behind the scenes of Australia’s newest international carrier as they deal with every type of Australian under the stressful conditions of airline travel.

Working in conjunction with Jetstar, Nine has been given unprecedented access to every aspect of the organisation. We will see how the company really works and in the process, discover how Australians measure up as travellers. Each week Jetstar will cram the pressure, emotion and jubilation of air travel into a primetime hour – baggage and all.

In February 2007 Nine will launch a dynamic observational factual series – Code Blue, from the producer of the Award-winning RPA.

“Code Blue is a groundbreaking new project. Australian audiences are embracing the factual genre like never before and this program won’t disappoint.” Healy said.

On the entertainment front, Dame Edna Everage will join Nine’s stable of stars in 2007 with a brand new series of The Dame Edna Experience. In a Nine co-production with UK producers Tiger Aspect, Australia’s favourite mega-star will interview celebrities from both here and around the world in a hilarious new one-hour program. In previous series the Melbourne-born housewife superstar has welcomed some of the world’s big name celebrities including Jane Fonda, Charlton Heston, Liza Minnelli and Sean Connery.

Australia’s number one network will also present a series of special events in 2007, including the TV Week Logie Awards in May and the 79th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

Nine will also screen Tsunami, starring Award-winning Australian actress Toni Collette. This compelling and powerful mini-series, on the Boxing Day tsunami and its latent events, is a tale of personal loss. Tsunami follows a group of fictitious characters whose lives are irrevocably transformed that fateful day in 2004.

Produced by the BBC and filmed on location in Phuket and Khao Lak, and collaborating with local communities, Nine’s special event returns to many of the locations and landmarks affected by the tsunami.

Following the successful debut of The Queens Castle in 2005 comes Monarchy – a special ‘royal’ television event. Granting unprecedented access to the life of Britain’s’ richest woman and the world’s most famous family, viewers learn how the Monarchy has come to exist and its role in the UK and Commonwealth.

Nine’s television event provides a valuable insight in to the work of the Queen and her royal family in modern society. Viewers will see a day in the life of the Queen as she acts as a focus for national identity, unity and pride.

Monarchy revisits the age-old question of relevance in today’s society and indeed relevance to Australians, who live thousands of kilometres away in a world far-fetched from the influence of the royal family…with all its grandeur and tradition.

From the makers of Walking With Dinosaurs and the top-rating Prehistoric Park comes a new big-budget six part drama, Primeval.

What would you think if you found a dinosaur in your home tonight? In Primeval, a zoologist specialising in the investigation of unexplained gaps in the evolutionary record discovers that prehistoric creatures are coming through to the present – millions of years after becoming extinct.

Featuring the latest CGI graphics, Primeval is the perfect mix of fantasy and family drama.

Three hit Australian programs that premiered this year, What’s Good For You, Missing Persons Unit and What A Year will all return for new seasons in 2007.

A third season of What’s Good For You, hosted by Sigrid Thornton, will be back with new health and well-being tips as well as uncovering some truth to old wives tales. In series three, Olympic swim champion Giaan Rooney will join Michael Slater, Leila McKinnon, Dr Andrew Rochford and Brooke Hanson on the reporting team.

In 2006, What’s Good For You was the number one infotainment/lifestyle program on Australian television, with an average Total People audience of 1.360 million. It was also number one in 25-54s and 16-39s.

Missing Persons Unit is currently in production on its second season, and in 2007, will air on Nine in a new one-hour format. This year, the first season attracted an impressive national average audience of 1.317 million viewers.

What A Year, which looks at one year each week, and the events in that year that shaped our lives, finished the year with a strong national audience of 1.255 million. It too will be part of Nine’s 2007 schedule.

These series will join the previously announced new drama Sea Patrol, starring Lisa McCune, and new worldwide quiz phenomenon 1 vs 100 as well as family-fun game show Show Me The Money. From the UK comes new factual show The Truth About Food and the second series of this year’s sexy hit Hotel Babylon.

These additions to Nine’s winning formula will join news and current affairs programs National Nine News, 60 Minutes, A Current Affair, Today and Sunday, as well as the locally-produced 20 To 1, Getaway, McLeod’s Daughters, Bert’s Family Feud, The Footy Show, RPA, Temptation and Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show. Home-grown series Mornings with Kerri-Anne, Fresh Cooking with the Australian Women’s Weekly and Hi-5 will remain an integral part of Nine’s daytime schedule.

Returning US series in 2007 will be Australia’s number one drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, as well as CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Without A Trace, Cold Case, ER and The Closer.

The Network’s commitment to rugby league will continue, broadcasting two games every Friday night and kicking off with a live game at 7.30pm. Sunday games remain, as will the Sunday Footy Show and The Sunday Roast.

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