Ten Upfronts - The Bachelor's Heather Maltman to front new show; X Files returns and OzTam data push

Pippa Chambers
By Pippa Chambers | 19 November 2015

At Ten's Upfronts tonight, as well as boasting news of its returning top shows such as The Bachelorette and new US imports,  The X Files and Grinder, the network revealed that Bachelor contestant Heather Maltman will front a new show in 2016.

Maltman, who lost out in love in this year's Bachelor, will co-host I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now - an extension of its I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here program.

Network Ten also crowed about its cross-screen insights, set to be bolstered by the soon to launch OzTam VPM data that will give total audience figures across broadcast, online and mobile, which networks can access in "two weeks".

In terms of upping the amount of shows it makes available online, Ten CEO Paul Anderson said, somewhat vaguely, "we will add more content".

The network also announced a number of new shows to be added to its schedule including the return of the Survivor franchise with Australian Survivor and Long Lost Family which reconnects families after years of separation, to be hosted by Chrissie Swan and Anh Do.

Billed as the “television drama event of the year” a series on the life of car racer Peter Brock, entitled Brock, will air in 2016, starring Brendan Cowell and Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Another series newcomer is The Wrong Girl based on a book by Zoe Foster Blake.

The network also announced a new format version of hit game show Family Feud featuring celebrities called All Star Family Feud.

Ten emphasised its commitment to delivering consistency, further growth and momentum and as part of its strategy outlined several top returning shows. Among the list includes Bondi Rescue, Gogglebox, I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, The Bachelor Australia, The Bachelorette Australia, Family Feud and the sixth season of Offspring.

Hit food show Masterchef will also be making a comeback, with the announcement of Nigella Lawson joining as a new special guest chef.

International shows to be added to Ten's schedule include the new season of The X Files, American Crime Story, Life in Pieces and The Grinder, starring Rob Lowe.

Anderson took to the stage and personally welcomed MCN CEO Anthony Fitzgerald and chief sales and marketing officer, Mark Frain, in the wake of the company tie-up earlier this year.

Ten's Louise Barrett, who was promoted in September to the new role of executive general manager, Sydney, stressed how MCN was "streets ahead of rivals" in the programmatic space and the recent deal was a real "game changer", not just for the network, but for the TV industry.

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