So What's Pilot Week All About?
Pilot Week begins on Sunday, August 19, only on TEN and WIN Network.
Pilot week. You may have heard rumblings about this grand adventure we're about to go on here at ten, but today, we're ready to spill all the juicy deets on this massive line up of TV we've got in store for you.
Let's start with the most obvious question: What's Pilot Week?
Pilot week is a week where we'll be airing eight brand spankin' new shows. They're all Aussie shows, featuring some of our best homegrown talent, and they'll all premiere in the one week. We've got scripted and unscripted, funny and serious, the whole shebang.
But hang on a sec, 'coz there's a real twist.
If you love a show and want to see more, sing its praises from the rooftops, because your reaction to these new shows will be a major factor in whether you ever see it on your screen again.
That's right, we'll be creeping the comments on social media, as well as looking at ratings, to work out which of our new shows you want to see return to TV in 2019.
Here's what Beverley McGarvey, the Chief Content Officer here at ten, had to say about it all:
“We are excited to be broadcasting such a fantastic array of unique and entertaining programs under the banner of Pilot Week. “Involving Australian audiences in whether or not a program gets the green light via tenplay and other social initiatives provides a fantastic opportunity for Australian audiences to have their say in what they want to see on our screens in 2019. “Pilot Week for us, represents a substantial investment in unique and local production, and further cements Network Ten’s role as the innovator of Australian commercial television.”
Okay, so what shows are premiering?
Here's the full rundown of shows we've got coming up for you to check out and weigh in on:
Skit Happens: It's our first sketch comedy series in 12 long years!
The show will feature Australia's up-and-coming comedians riffing on anything and everything, and nothing is off-limits.
Dave: Get ready for a sitcom from Dave O'Neil where he plays himself, opening the doors to his messy life for us all to take a peek. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll thank your lucky stars that you're not in Dave's shoes.
Kinne Tonight: Another half hour of laughs, kick back after work and let comedian Troy Kinne help you forget the woes of your day in this fast-paced adventure in LOLs.
Drunk History: No, not the UK one. No, not the American one. Yep, that's right. We're getting our very own version of the beloved comedy series Drunk History. Pour yourself a cheeky bevvie and settle in for an education from Rhys Darby, Stephen Curry, and tons of other beloved Aussies.
Taboo: As funny as it is informative, get ready to watch comedian Harley Breen spend five days and nights with members of a disadvantaged group of society and then use those experiences to create a stand-up comedy routine about them. The kicker? The subjects will be front and centre in the audience. The show originated in Belgium, where it broke audience records.
Trial By Kyle: America has Judge Judy, we have Kyle Sandilands. Yep! We said it! Kyle is here and he's ready to pass judgement on you all. He'll be tackling the toughest cases and the biggest disputes, all with the assistance of our former Bachelor star, criminal lawyer Anna Heinrich. Are you ready for Trial By Kyle? Is the world? Who can say?!
Disgrace! Are you a disgrace? Have you been publicly shamed? Disgrace! is all about that life, combining shunned politician Sam Dastyari and the team behind Gruen and The Chaser to unpack whatever scandal has people outraged that week. Get ready for opinions and laughs, insight and scandal.
Bring Back... Saturday Night: Rove is live once again, but this time, he's a man on a mission. Promising nothing but feel-good moments, in the dumpster fire of a year we continue to exist in, Rove has set his sights on the reinvention of Saturday night entertainment. There'll be sketches. There'll be music. There'll be guests and laughs a-plenty! Although there's no word on whether What The? will be back yet, you can say hi to your mum for us when you're telling her that Rove is on aquest to reunite Australia’s greatest acts, bands, and television faces in a generation bending live television show.
When's it on, then?
Pilot Week begins on Sunday, 19 August, only on TEN and WIN Network. Feeling overwhelmed? Don't worry! We'll have our good mates Grant Denyer and Angela Bishop on hand and ready to talk you all through it throughout the week.
See you then, pals!
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