Entertainment

What's on 2013 telly

The Block All Stars host Scott Cam, centre, with couples, from left, Josh and Jenna, Phil and Amity, Dan and Dani and Mark and Duncan.
The Block All Stars host Scott Cam, centre, with couples, from left, Josh and Jenna, Phil and Amity, Dan and Dani and Mark and Duncan. Stuart Bryce - Nine/WIN

FREE-to-air TV is chock a block in 2013.

 

Nine

The Voice: The runaway hit of 2012 returns, with Ricky Martin replacing Keith Urban on the coaching panel.

The Block All Stars: Four teams from four previous series strap on their tool belts once again to renovate four Bondi properties.

Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story: This follow-up to the acclaimed Howzat mini-series tells the story of the clash between the Packer family and Rupert Murdoch.

Underbelly: Squizzy: The latest instalment in the crime franchise tells the epic story of Squizzy Taylor's relentless quest for power between 1915 and 1927.

The Celebrity Apprentice : First it was Deni Hines, then it was Tania Zaetta. Who will be the villain in the third series of this show?

The Great Australian Bake-Off: Shane Jacobson and MasterChef Junior's Anna Gare host this quest to find "Australia's best baker".

Australia's Got Talent: Nine will revamp the talent show after this year's series fizzled on Seven.

Big Brother: The revamped reality show returns with host Sonia Kruger.

Arrow: In this action-packed US import, a billionaire returns home with a mysterious agenda after being marooned for five years.

Return to Eden: Thirty years after the original series aired, Nine will air a six-part remake.

Schapelle: The telemovie goes beyond the headlines to tell the story of convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby.

Parade's End: Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch stars in this mini-series adaptation of the literary masterpiece.

 

Seven

My Kitchen Rules: The teams are more controversial than ever in this fourth series of Seven's hit cooking competition hosted by Pete Evans and dreamy Manu Feildel.

Downton Abbey: The British period drama returns for a third series with a wedding on the cards for Mary and Matthew.

Revenge: The Hamptons-set thriller is back with Emily Thorn (really Amanda) facing new foes.

A Place To Call Home: This big-budget period drama is being heralded as Australia's answer to Downton Abbey.

Red Widow: Aussie Radha Mitchell stars in this US drama about a Mob wife who has to protect her family after her husband's death.

Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS: Shine Australia will produce this two-part mini-series about the seminal rock band.

House Rules: Better Homes and Gardens' Johanna Griggs hosts this house-swap show, Seven's awaited entry into the reno genre dominated, so far, by Nine.

The X Factor: Casting has begun for the 2013 series a week after this year's winner Samantha Jade released her debut album.

Celebrity Splash: It's like Dancing With The Stars, but celebs trade dancing gear for togs and the dance floor for a high-dive platform.

The Mole - Culture Clash: The reality spy show will be revived, with rivals trying to figure out who is sabotaging weekly challenges.

Zero Hour: ER star Anthony Edwards returns to series TV as Hank Galliston, the publisher of paranormal enthusiast mag, in this drama.

Last Resort: Aussie Daniel Lissing stars in this US series about the crew of a nuclear submarine who are branded fugitives after questioning orders.

Mr Selfridge: Jeremy Piven stars in this seductive period drama set in glamorous London.

 

Ten

MasterChef: The Professionals: Renowned British chef Marco Pierre White puts 18 professional chefs through their paces with the help of co-host Matt Preston. This show and the regular MasterChef have moved to Melbourne.

Recipe to Riches: Everyday Aussies present their best recipes in the hope of scoring a Woolworths distribution deal.

The Biggest Loser: The Next Generation: The weight-loss reality series turns to families in desperate need of a lifestyle change.

Reef Doctors: Lisa McCune plays a marine biologist at the heart of a remote island community on the Great Barrier Reef.

Mr and Mrs Murder: Shaun Micallef and Kat Stewart star in this medical crime comedy.

Wonderland: This new romantic comedic drama comes from Packed to the Rafters producer and Winners & Losers writer Jo Porter.

Batavia: Screentime brings Peter FitzSimons' bestselling book to life in an eight-part series.

The Truth Is: Journalism meets Bear Grylls in this new current affairs show hosted by award-winning reporter Hamish Macdonald.

Secret & Lies: The Track: BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning company Hoodlum produces this psychological thriller about a young boy who becomes a murder suspect.

Elementary: This US reimaging of Sherlock Holmes is set in New York City and stars Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Watson.

Ripper Street: Matthew Macfadyen stars in this BBC mini-series recounting the terrifying story of Jack the Ripper.

The Americans: Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star as Russian spies living in the US during the 1980s.

Offspring: Asher Keddie and the rest of the cast of this superb Aussie drama will return for at least two more series.

 

ABC

Spicks and Specks: Australia's favourite musical quiz show is back with a major overhaul.

Paper Giants: Magazine Wars: The highly-anticipated sequel to The Birth of Cleo will tell the story of the golden years of the glossies.

Chris Lilley: ABC will air the new project from the comedic genius behind Summer Heights High and Angry Boys.

Upper Middle Bogan: This new comedy comes from the creators of The Librarians, Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope.

Tractor Monkeys: Merrick Watts and Monty Dimond star in a comedy game show.

Whitlam: The Power and the Passion: A documentary portrait of the former prime minister. Gough Whitlam.

Topics:  abc, channel 10, channel 7, channel 9, free-to-air tv



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