Foxtel 2012 to put Rove in Olympic hot seat but no word on local drama

Foxtel has unveiled the key elements of its programming schedule for 2012 with what appears to be a switch of emphasis away from local drama and towards the 2012 Olympics and US content in the coming year.

Rove McManus, who is already hosting chat show Rove LA for Foxtel will join the commentary team for the London Olympics, Foxtel announced.

There were no new local dramas announced at the event, in contrast to a year ago when Foxtel announced both Spirited and Slide. However, Foxtel’s director of television Brian Walsh said there would be a further announcement on drama early next year.  

Among the big US shows will be the Steven Spielberg-developed Smash, featuring the case of a Broadway Show about Marilyn Monroe.

Foxtel will also be launching male skewed reality channel A&E which will include shows such as Ice Road Truckers and Dog The Bounty Hunter.

Local reality programming will include a spinoff from Kalgoolie Cops – Territory Cops.

Australia’s Next Top Model – which held its live final at the Sydney Opera House last night – and Project Runway have also been recommissioned.

Foxtel also re-announced a couple of shows that featured in its 2011 upfronts 14 months ago. Got To Dance, produced by Shine, is now slated for 2011, and The People Speak Australia, based on a US format, will see actors perform historical texts.

New US comedies include The Bitch in Apartment 23.

Foxtel will also be airing the US teen witch drama The Secret Circle and the US version of Shameless.


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