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Channel 10 looks to reality TV for 2015 ratings success

The Bachelor 2014's final three: Lisa Hyde, Louise Pillidge and Sam Frost.
The Bachelor 2014's final three: Lisa Hyde, Louise Pillidge and Sam Frost. Channel 10

ATTENTION all single ladies, you could be calling the shots on The Bachelorette.

Channel 10 confirmed at tonight's 2015 programming launch it will produce Australia's premiere season of the reality dating show following the success of the first two seasons of The Bachelor.

 "In 2015, our viewers' favourite franchises will be back, bigger and better than before," said Ten's Chief Programming Officer Beverley McGarvey.

"We are also adding new, proven and thoroughly researched shows that are guaranteed to get Australia talking, including I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, Shark Tank, Gogglebox, The Bachelorette Australia and a new, multi-night entertainment show we will announce in the new year."

Shark Tank host Sarah Harris, centre, with the Sharks, from left, Janine Allis, Andrew Banks, Steve Baxter, John McGrath and Naomi Simson.
Shark Tank host Sarah Harris, centre, with the Sharks, from left, Janine Allis, Andrew Banks, Steve Baxter, John McGrath and Naomi Simson. Channel 10

The Bachelorette and the third Bachelor are yet to be cast but the broadcaster clearly plans to build on the attention the franchise received following Blake Garvey's botched proposal to Sam Frost and his subsequent reconnection with second runner up Louise Pillidge.

Aussie funny woman Julia Morris and Ten regular Dr Chris Brown will co-host the local spin-off of the UK's popular I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, to be filmed in South Africa.

The 10 celebrities who will give up the mod cons to live in the jungle won't be revealed until the show's live premiere early next year.

Studio 10's Sarah Harris will host the Australian version of Shark Tank, which will see inventors pitch their ideas to a panel of successful entrepreneurs in the hopes of securing an investment.

Following in the footsteps of MasterChef's successful reboot this year, The Biggest Loser will get a makeover to return in the second half of 2015 as TBL Families.

Building on the momentum of a more consistent programming schedule this year, Channel 10 hopes to start 2015 with a roar following the Big Bash League.

The 5pm news, Family Feud and The Project will anchor the broadcaster's early evening schedule to be followed by an event TV-heavy primetime line-up.

One thing that was lacking was new Aussie drama. The futures of fan-favourite Offspring and Party Tricks are still in doubt, although Wonderland has been renewed for a third season.

Ten is producing two one-off dramas chronicling the lives of racecar driver Peter Brock and Danish Princess Mary as well as a series of "mini-documentaries" to commemorate the Anzac Centenary.

Topics:  channel 10 i'm a celebrity get me out of here the bachelor australia the bachelorette australia



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