Channel 7 unveils new master plan for 2016
JESSICA Mauboy and Rebecca Gibney will front new shows for Channel 7 next year.
The broadcaster unveiled its plans for the start of next year at its Upfronts event in Sydney today.
Several new Australian dramas, new sports deals and online streaming will add to Seven's established juggernaut My Kitchen Rules.
Gibney stars in and produces Wanted, a new crime drama currently filming in southeast Queensland, while Mauboy will star in her first major TV role in The Secret Daughter.
In a role written specifically for her, Mauboy will play a part-time country pub singer whose chance meeting with a wealthy city hotelier triggers a series of events that will change her life.
Seven will also wait until next year to air its Molly Meldrum biopic starring Samuel Johnson. There are hopes it will be a similar success to Seven's musical biographies on INXS and Peter Allen.
The network is also developing a version of the UK's popular variety show Saturday Night Takeaway, to be called Sunday Night Takeaway.
Seven is also entering the reality dating genre dominated so far by Channel 10 with Kiss Bang Love.
The series, from the creators of Married At First Sight, will see single Aussies choose a potential partner to take on a romantic holiday based solely on a kiss.
Sport will also be a major source of content for the broadcaster, which has signed long-term deals with the Australian Football League and the International Olympic Committee.
Seven will air next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as well as the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Today's announcement also included details of Seven's expanding digital offerings.
Viewers will soon be able to stream all of Seven's content, including 7TWO and 7MATE programs, across mobile devices in real time with live broadcasts or as catch-up viewing on PLUS7.
"We will continue our transformation and integration of our content businesses across broadcast television and publishing, subscription and advertising-funded video-on-demand, live streaming and other forms of content delivery," said Tim Worner, Seven We4st Media's CEO and Managing Director.
"What drives our business now and into the future is our ability and creativity in content and our ability to deliver our audiences to our advertisers."
Seven's traditional New Year offerings will also return with Australia's major tennis tournaments leading in to cooking show My Kitchen Rules.
Hosts Pete Evans and Manu Feildel will return, as will guest judges Colin Fassnidge, Guy Grossi, Liz Egan and Karen Martini.