SYDNEY — Nine Network announced on Thursday a slew of local series that will preem in the new year.
Nine’s programming topper Michael Healy, said he was pleased with how local skeins had performed on Nine and they were looking for new hits.
New local product includes: “The Dame Edna Experience,” which will see Barry Humphries as housewife/superstar Dame Edna return in a yakker for the first time in nearly 20 years. “Edna” is a co-production between Nine and Blighty’s Tiger Aspect. “The Lost Tribes” is based on reality skein “Ticket to the Tribes” by Netherlands Eyeworks. “Tribes” follows three families as they live with some of the world’s most primitive tribes. Skein is a co-production with TVNZ and is produced by Cornerbox.
“Jetstar” follows the staff of Oz’s newest low-cost airline; and “Code Blue” is a medical skein in the tradition of Nine’s popular “RPA.”
Web also tubthumped mini “Tsunami,” toplining Toni Collette, produced by the BBC and filmed on location in Thailand.
Returning skeins include “What’s Good for You,” and “Missing Persons Unit.”
Nostalgia skeins — a favorite in the year that Oz celebrated 50 years of TV — are still hot with Nine’s “What a Year” also finding a place in the 2007 sked.