Ten’s big thing for 2011 – The Renovators

Ten’s next “big event” format is to be The Renovators, the network has revealed as it kicked off a roadshow of Australia’s TV markets to promote its 2011 season.

Produced by production house Shine, the show is one of four local productions that Ten is pointing to as its standouts.

When Mumbrella talked to programming boss David Mott about the format a few weeks ago, he said: “We think it’s got immense value for media buyers. It’s a very different genre to what we’ve seen. It’s got all the beats that Masterchef has had and Biggest Loser had but a completely new genre. And we think that Australians should embrace it as well as advertisers.”

Despite Mott’s description of the format as unique, The Renovators may remind some viewers of Nine’s The Block which goes to air next Wednesday.

Ten describes The Renovators as:

“A brand new ‘big event’ TV franchise. From Shine Australia comes the biggest home makeover show ever seen. Amateur home renovators, budding decorators and wannabe developers will  battle it out through workshop and offsite challenges, skills tests and eliminations for the right to renovate one of six rundown houses. The ultimate winner will need to survive the Live Auction Finale to take the  top prize.”

Other local productions include talent discovery show Don’t Stop Believing, which has been described as “reality Glee”, and Class Of, which “takes exemplary teachers and teams them with an underperforming class of kids to turn them into one of the best classrooms in the nation. ”

And there will also be drama thriller Inside Out: “In the style of Bad Girls and Widows – this Australian thriller tells the story of an innocent woman thrown in gaol, who comes to realise getting even is the best revenge.”

Ten’s international lineup includes

  • Hawaii Five-O: “featuring Australia’s own Alex O’Loughlin, Hawaii Five-O is a contemporary take on the classic series about an elite crime-fighting task force. Set and filmed on the picturesque Hawaiian Islands, this action-packed series promises to hook a whole new generation of fans.”
  • Blue Bloods: “From the writers of The Sopranos, and staring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg, comes a multi-generational family drama about New York cops who’ll stop at nothing to see justice served.”
  • The Defenders: “A comedic drama staring Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell as two colourful Las Vegas lawyers who go all-in when it comes to representing their clients.”
  • Raising Hope: “After a one-night stand with a wanted felon, 23-year old Jimmy finds himself raising an infant daughter with the help of his flawed but quirky family.”
  • Mixed Signals: “A comedy about three friends and their attempts to reconcile the irreconcilable: to balance their relationships with their need for freedom.”

Other announcements are less of a surprise, including  the return of Masterchef and recommission of the 7PM Project, Talkin’ ‘bout Your Generation, Good News Week, Offspring, Bondi Rescue, Bondi Vet, Recruits and Biggest Loser with The Biggest Loser – Families.

Meanwhile, Ten said it still has programming to unveil later this year including doco Keeping up with the Joneses,  set on Coolibah cattle station, 600 km south-west of Darwin, Undercover Boss Australia and the Commonwealth Games. The ARIAs music award will also be back on Ten.

Ten also flagged: “In 2011 we will expand on our catch-up TV service.”


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