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Throughout CV-19, Australia’s commercial broadcasters have kept audiences entertained with a plethora of locally produced content and they’re just getting started. Find out what’s yet to come in 2020.

CV-19 has seen a surge in TV audiences hungry for information and entertainment. At its peak, linear audiences were up 30% while BVOD saw more than 2 million hours watched in just one week. Viewing has now stabilised but remains up 15% right across the day. But even with all this TV consumption, there’s so much more to watch.

With a raft of shows already in the can and production underway for even more, there’s hours of engaging Aussie programming about to hit our screens. From the return of 10’s The Bachelor to the premiere of Seven’s Big Brother, Foxtel’s The Great Australian Bake Off Australia and Nine’s The Block back for a mammoth 16th season, there’s something for everyone in the line-up of shows to come.

So before you plan how to allocate spend for the rest of the year, here’s a handy guide to the Aussie programming on offer in the second half of 2020.

Foxtel

Selling Houses Australia
Selling Houses Australia is Lifestyle’s most successful locally produced renovation series with Gold Logie nominee and real estate expert Andrew Winter and design guru Shaynna Blaze transforming Australians homes and lives. Working with home owners to help them realise the true value of their homes, Andrew often has his work cut out for him. Shaynna and her team work tirelessly to produce incredible transformations that allow the unsellable to be sold.

Wentworth
Foxtel’s very own award-winning drama series set inside the world of Wentworth Prison. The series features an incredible ensemble cast made up of Australia’s leading actors and explores the gritty world of life on the inside. Set in modern day, the first season of Wentworth follows the early days of Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) and her rise to the top of the prison’s hierarchy.

Gogglebox Australia
Gogglebox Australia captures the reactions of ordinary Australians as they watch the news, cheer their favourite sporting teams and digest current affairs and documentaries. A cross section of modern Australia, each “Gogglebox Family’s” living room is rigged with cameras to capture every unpredictable moment. With an upcoming 12th season, Gogglebox Australia continues to captivate the nation by showing contemporary Australians cackling, cheering, cringing and crying through each week’s TV viewing.

Grand Designs Australia
Grand Designs is Australia’s most loved and trusted home design media brand. At the cutting edge of innovation and design for all Australians, it’s not about budget necessarily, but the way Australians live and want to live in the future. Grand Designs Australia unravels the fascinating journey undertaken by individuals inspired to create their perfect home. Hosted by leading Australian architect Peter Maddison.

Scott Pape’s Money Movement
A new four-part documentary series from the best-selling author and media commentator, best known as the Barefoot Investor. Scott Pape’s Money Movement follows behind the scenes as Scott launches a financial revolution that he hopes will change the nation – starting with kids in school.

Love It or List It Australia
When a house no longer feels like a home, homeowners are faced with the impossible decision–do they love it or list it? Andrew Winter and Neale Whitaker are here to help Australian homeowners decide.

Upright
Upright is an original Australian production written by and starring critically acclaimed musician, comedian, actor, writer and director Tim Minchin. When family outcast Lucky Flynn (Tim Minchin) learns that his mother is dying, he decides to drive to the other side of Australia to see her, packing nothing but an upright piano for the journey. But his plans are soon turned upside down when he meets the runaway teenager Meg (Milly Alcock), who’s dealing with some family demons of her own. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, as they embark on a road-trip adventure across the Nullarbor Plain in a race against time.

Great Australian Bake Off
Join judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran as they guide 12 passionate bakers through a series of gruelling challenges. Following a weekly theme, the bakers undertake three challenges each episode, in the hope of being crowned Australia’s best home baker.

Nine

The Voice
The Voice Australia returns for its biggest, boldest and most controversial season yet. For the very first time, all four superstar Coaches from the previous season – Delta Goodrem, Boy George, Kelly Rowlandand Guy Sebastian – are back by popular demand, more competitive than ever, and eager to turn one highly talented artist into The Voice of Australia, winning a coveted recording contract with EMI Music along with $100,000 in prize money. This season, The Voice will have a dynamic new hosting duo, Darren McMullen and Renee Bargh

Halifax
Multi-award-winning and critically acclaimed actress Rebecca Gibney reprises her role as forensic psychiatrist Jane Halifax in the gripping crime thriller mini-series HALIFAX: Retribution. Jane Halifax will face the most thrilling and dangerous case of her career when she hunts down a killer terrorising an entire city. As she is drawn into the killer’s web, has she put herself and her family in the firing line? 

Paramedics Season 2
The compelling factual series Paramedics returns to Nine for a thrilling second season. Season 2 delivers new teams, more drama and more inspirational patients as viewers get an unprecedented insight into the daily lives of our emergency service heroes over 20 hour-long episodes. With more than two million emergency calls made every year in Victoria, one every 12 seconds, cameras track the paramedics as they catch unguarded moments of compassion, love and laughter in the course of their life-saving duty. 

Travel Guides
Nine’s hilarious and addictive Travel Guides returns this year. Fasten your seatbelt and prepare for take-off as very different groups of ordinary Aussies become travel critics. Your favourites will return, along with some hilarious new travellers, to experience the same week-long holidays – reviewing the accommodation, food, culture and local sights. With more out-of-this-world experiences (and travel disasters) than ever before, different groups of ordinary Aussies will be delivering candid insights and rating their stay out of five stars as only they can.  

Australian Ninja Warrior Season 4
The show that celebrates everyday Australians with extraordinary abilities is set to explode to even greater heights with new obstacles, new Ninjas and a compelling new twist as competitors from all over Australia tackle the world’s toughest obstacle course. The competition will be set on fire with Ninjas more desperate than ever to be furthest fastest and take home the prize of $100,000. But the greatest prize of all awaits. Make it up Mt Midoriyama and the prize jackpots to $400,000 and the title of Australia’s Ninja Warrior.

The Block
After fifteen mammoth seasons, The Block continues to excite and inspire audiences across the country with incredible renovations, fascinating characters and nail-biting auctions. This year sees The Block move to the bayside suburb of Brighton in Melbourne, where five teams will be transforming five historic, run down homes. Host Scott Cam will welcome a new batch of eager Blockheads as they get ready for the ultimate renovator’s delight. Also returning are co-host Shelley Craft, judges Neale Whitaker, Shaynna Blaze and Darren Palmer.  

NRL
The 2020 NRL Premiership has kicked off, bringing with it Nine’s commitment to the best-in-class coverage and leading innovations. Fans can watch and stream every one of Nine’s NRL games, across Nine and 9Now, with supplementary streams for feature matches plus blogs, highlights and social takeovers all available through the Wide World of Sports digital and social channels. 

State of Origin
The biggest event on Australian TV each year, the State of Origin, returns exclusively to Nine. In 2019, Game 1 was the most watched and streamed program in Australia, with Games II and III also in the top four. Following the huge success of State of Origin’s first match in Perth in 2019, this national sporting phenomenon will continue to make its way to new markets, with the world-class Adelaide Oval hosting Game I for the first time. Games II and III will follow in Sydney and Brisbane respectively. 

Seven

Big Brother
In 2020, the world’s greatest reality show returns to shake things up. But if you think you know Big Brother, then think again. This time, everything has changed. The thrilling new era begins with a dynamic new house full of incredible surprises, new rules designed to create show stopping twists and a new generation of unique and ambitious housemates determined to outstay each other no matter what Big Brother throws at them. The only question is, when Big Brother returns… are you ready to play? 

Farmer Wants a Wife
Australia’s most successful relationship show Farmer Wants A Wife returns in 2020. These hopeful single blokes will put it all on the line as they search for “the one” – a life partner with whom they can share their hearts and their love of their land. History bodes well for these new farmers seeking a forever Farmer Wants A Wife has created more happily-ever-afters than any other dating show, with nine marriages and 19 babies in Australia (with another on the way) and 147 marriages and 280 babies worldwide. 

Plate of Origin
This international cooking competition will be on a scale that Australia has never seen before; reaching not just every corner of this country but also overseas. Showcasing teams of diverse cultural backgrounds who are passionate about their unique cuisine, this worldwide food fight will pit cuisine against cuisine, plate against plate, cook against cook. Which cuisine will reign supreme?  

Between Two Worlds
From master creator Bevan Lee comes this bold, seductive, glamorous new thriller featuring a world class ensemble cast led by British actress Hermione Norris. Norris stars as Cate Walford, whose harsh, vicious, business tycoon husband, Phillip fights to dominate his family as he faces his mortality. Through a shocking twist of fate, their dark and murky world collides with the seemingly disparate and disconnected, warm and loving world of widow Sophia Grey and her footy star son and musical daughter. Destructive secrets are soon unearthed proving nothing is quite as it first might appear.  

Extreme Weddings
A wedding is the most important day of a couple’s life. But for some, an ordinary celebration just won’t do. They want the extraordinary. Extreme locations, extreme themes, extreme expenses. Follow the journey from the initial planning stages through to the big day.  

Wife Swap Australia
In this dramatic and emotional series, two wives with opposing parenting styles swap lives in a bold, new social experiment. Morals and social behaviours are tested as the wives and their families are thrown into each other’s world. In one episode, a cashed-up mum of privately schooled children swaps lives with a dole-receiving, hippy mum of eight un-schooled kids who live a nomadic lifestyle on a bus. In another, a clinical, vlogging mum who lives her entire life online and in front of the camera, swaps lives with a rural farmhand mum who lives off the land, completely off the grid. 

Murder in the Outback
From the heart of the Australian outback comes the inside story of a terrifying murder that shocked the world. Murder in the Outback is a blockbuster True Crime series that investigates the 2001 disappearance of British backpacker Peter Falconio in outback Australia. In one of the most detailed re-investigations of the Falconio case ever mounted, this four-part series dives into the details and the dramas that have surrounded this extraordinary case from day one. 

AFL
The AFL season restarts with a bang on June 11 when traditional foes Collingwood and Richmond square off in a Thursday night blockbuster. This is the first of four marquee games fans can savour LIVE and FREE nationally on Seven in round two. The others will see: Geelong renew its long-time feud with Hawthorn under Friday night’s bright lights; Port Adelaide and Adelaide meet in a Saturday night Showdown; and the Sydney Swans and Essendon do battle in a Sunday afternoon clash at the SCG.

Network 10

MasterChef Australia
The iconic cooking program that rewrote the recipe for must-see TV, is already a ratings hit in 2020. With Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen at the helm, a delicious assortment of the world’s best chefs, including Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal and Curtis Stone are set to continue serving up the 12th helping of MasterChef Australia as the best of the best from the past 11 seasons return to the kitchen.

Have you been paying attention?
The TV Week Logie award-winning comedy quiz show, Have You Been Paying Attention? is back for its eighth season. The show that spins headlines into punchlines pits five well-known and well-informed news watchers against one another to see just how much they’ve been paying attention. A fast and funny look at all things news over the past seven days, join host Tom Gleisner, regular panellists Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang plus the biggest names in comedy and entertainment, as we cover off the who, when, where, why and what the…? of a busy week. 

The Bachelor
It’s official! We have found our latest Bachelor and he comes in the form of heart-stopping, jaw-dropping, tall drink of water, Locklan “Locky” Gilbert. An experienced cave diver, base jumper, mountaineer and athlete, there isn’t a lot this handsome and charming, 30-year-old adventure guide from Western Australia hasn’t done. All that’s missing is someone with whom he can chase waterfalls with. Having built a legion of female fans during his time on Australian Survivor, this successful CEO knows that with great risk comes even greater reward. 

The Masked Singer
The ratings smash of 2019 returns later this year. Part guessing game, part music extravaganza, The Masked Singer is a global phenomenon with over half a billion fans worldwide. Hiding behind elaborate costumes designed by Oscar, BAFTA and AFI-winning costume designer Tim Chappel, are ARIA award winners, Logie recipients, world champions and even a member of the Order of Australia. With each performance, clues about the celebrity will be revealed, but will they help you solve the riddle, or just lead you down the wrong path? 

Junior MasterChef
Young gastronomes aged between 8 and 13 compete for the title of Australia’s Junior MasterChef in the muchawaited series return.  

The Melbourne Cup
The 2020 live broadcast of the Melbourne Cup Carnival covers four huge days of racing – Victoria Derby Day, Oaks Day, Stakes Day and of course the race that stops the nation, the Melbourne Cup. With a multi-studio set-up across Flemington Racecourse, viewers will get unprecedented access to jockeys, trainers, owners, celebrities and, of course, all the fashions on the field over the Carnival’s four days. 

Bachelor In Paradise
Bachelor In Paradise Australia follows former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants on their second chance quest to find true love. With host Osher Günsberg in paradise welcoming every new arrival, romances will blossom, tensions will rise, love triangles will form, and friendships and relationships will be tested. Drama will build until the last remaining couples head off on secluded fantasy dates that will test the strength of their relationships. Finally, these couples must declare, if they have indeed, found lasting love in Paradise. Bachelor In Paradise is produced by Warner Bros. International Television Production for Network 10 based on the format created by Mike Fleiss and distributed by Warner Bros. International Television Production Limited. Bachelor In Paradise is a trademark of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

The Living Room
Get ready to welcome Australia’s most loved hosts back into your home when four-time TV Week Logie Award winning The Living Room returns to 10 in 2020. Amanda, Chris, Barry and Miguel are back and ready to reveal their most inspiring project to date. The Living Room returns with a fresh new look and a brand-new home, out in the real world. The awesome foursome have stepped out of the studio and upgraded their space to a home base Marie Kondo couldn’t compete with. Each episode will feature everyday Australians who have been facing difficult challenges in their lives and could benefit from a little TLC.

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