Seven in 2020: Big Brother, Mega Mini Golf, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston, and a rebrand for 7Flix

Big Brother, Farmer Wants A Wife and Wife Swap will all be returning to Australian screens in 2020 on Seven, alongside former Masterchef judges Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston.

Mega Mini Golf, SAS: Who Dares Wins and the Rebel Wilson fronted Pooch Perfect are also all new to the slate, joining a returning Australia’s Got Talent, My Kitchen Rules, House Rules and The All New Monty – all of which have been reimagined for 2020.

Seven West Media managing director and CEO James Warburton said the injection of fresh programming is set to drive the growth of Seven in 2020.

“I’ve been clear from day one that we’re executing a content-led growth strategy. To that end, we’re investing 30% more in our tentpole programs and franchises,” said Warburton.

My Kitchen Rules is back with a new format for 2020

Australia’s Got Talent will return with The Champions, The All New Monty will see both male and females take part for a Guys and Gals season, and My Kitchen Rules will pit chefs and fans against each other in The Rivals, mentored by Manu Feildel and Colin Fassnidge, while Pete Evans serves as judge. House Rules is being given the High Stakes treatment, with the teams taking on a penthouse on the Gold Coast, and Kyly Clarke, Saul Myers and Abbey Gelmi joining the judging and presenting team.

Plate of Origin will combine MKR’s Feildel with Preston and Mehigan for an international cooking competition, championed as the ‘Olympics of cooking’.

Big Brother is back for 2020, 20 years after it first landed on screens, and in a new format to be announced soon. Mega Mini Golf is based on an ABC Network production from the US which sees mini-golf lovers take part in ‘the most epic course ever devised’.

Mehigan and Preston have joined the Seven ship, but there’s no sign of Calombaris

Aussie celebrities will be pitted against each other in the SAS selection process in SAS: Who Dares Wins, based on a UK format, and led by chief instructor Ant Middleton, who hosts the UK version of the program. Farmer Wants A Wife is also back, with a new crop of single farmers looking for love.

Seven also announced Mates On A Mission, starring Shane Jacobson, Todd McKenney, Kris Smith and Brian ‘BT’ Taylor who travel the world together for an ‘inspirational comedy series’. Justine Clarke, Rob Collins and Stephen Peacocke will front a new action-drama, RFDS, Packed to the Rafters creator Bevan Lee has a new drama, Between Two Worlds, and Falconio: An Outback Murder will add some true crime to Seven’s lineup.

Better Homes and Gardens, Wife Swap, BBC thriller Gold Digger, Reckoning, One Lane Bridge, Filthy Rich, 9-1-1: Lone Star, Miss Scarlet and the Duke, Billy Connolly’s Great American Trail, Regular Old Bogan and Desert Collectors season two were also all announced for Seven in 2020, with Fat Pizza: Back In Business, Zumbo’s Just Desserts and season three of The Good Doctor still to come in 2019.

After much speculation, Seven has confirmed it’s bringing Big Brother back to Australian screens

Championing the new lineup as Seven’s Sunday-Thursday 7:30pm strategy, the upfronts also saw Seven promote its news offering – which regularly tops the most-watched programs lineup – Sunrise, Home and Away, and its sporting offering for 2020.

With just an hour separating Australia and Tokyo, Seven’s ability to air the Olympics in much the same timezone as they are being played has led to the network promoting a reach of 21m Australians in broadcast and 5m digital. The coverage, which will run on Seven and 7Two as well as 35 live streams, joins Seven’s other sport offerings, including its 2020 AFL coverage and its second summer of cricket coverage.

For the 2019-20 season, Seven says a condensed Big Bash League season will deliver a better experience for viewers, with more prime-time finals and a strategic time-out. The sports coverage will continue with The Front Bar, hosted by Sam Pang, Mick Molloy and Andy Maher, returning for another year, and social sports show Armchair Experts expanding to cover the NFL as well as the AFL.

Lewis Martin, Seven’s head of sport, said: “2020 will deliver more engaged audiences and more of the sport fans want. Our clear focus is to grow sport on Seven and to bring our partners along for the ride.

“Dynamic scheduling of AFL matches, the condensed and engaging BBL schedule plus the new strategic time out, more Cricket in November, and of course the unparalleled reach of Tokyo 2020 with our Australia-first multilingual captioning offering will deliver unmatched results for our partners in 2020.”

Sport is a big focus for Seven in 2020, with a second summer of cricket joining the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

The other big content announcement from Seven was multi-channel 7Mate going HD in 2020. The number one multi-channel is aimed at the male 16-54 demographic and will mean more sporting coverage in HD.

Seven is also rebranding its 7Flix multi-channel, with very little revealed prior to publishing, other than it would be aimed at a “younger female demographic”.


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