Seven's 2011 highlights

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Winners and Losers

, The Amazing Race Australia


No Ordinary Family


Downton Abbey

 are all coming in 2011.

A new local drama, new cooking series, spin-offs from 

Law & Order


Criminal Minds

, as well as a landmark documentary series are all part of Seven's highlights for 2011.

While it hasn't trumpeted its slate to advertisers and media like Nine, TEN or even the ABC, Seven is no less thumping its chest over some of its key programs to air next year.

New local drama series Winners and Losers

, from the makers of 

Packed to The Rafters

, will seek to maintain the network's success with feel-good drama. Virgina Gay, Melanie Vallejo, Melissa Bergland and Zoe Tuckwell-Smith star as four twenty-something girls meet again at their 10-year high school reunion. It also features Denise Scott, Blair McDonough, Michala Banas and Francis Greenslade.

Get your passport ready for 

The Amazing Race Australia

, hosted by Grant Bowler, as Aussie teams take to the skies in this local version of the hit reality show -- and yes they do fly to foreign territories, and we don't mean Hobart.

It's another cooking show as 

Conviction Kitchen

 opens a restaurant in Brisbane. Chef Ian Curley employs ex-criminals to work as wait staff and apprentice chefs, as they try to turn their lives around.

Australia's Nicholas Bishop stars alongside Dana Delany in 

Body of Proof

, a drama about a top neurosurgeon turned medical examiner who investigates who or what killed the victims.

Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garafalo join 

Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,

 while Skeet Ulrich and Terrence Howard star in 

Law & Order: Los Angeles


The Sopranos

’ Michael Imperioli works the Homicide Unit in 

Detroit 1-8-7

. And we can't wait for Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz head up a family with superpowers in the comedy/drama 

No Ordinary Family


From the UK comes Downton Abbey, set in an Edwardian country house in 1912, portraying the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who work for them.

And National Geographic's stunning wildlife series 

Great Migrations

 is coming to Seven. Three years in the making, narrated by Alec Baldwin, with breathtaking cinematography, this is must-see television.

Seven is still to formally announce another new drama series, 

Wild Boys

, set in the 1850s while there is also no decision yet on 

The X Factor

. There are new episodes of 

City Homicide

 coming but Seven isn't saying if it will go back into production.

A slew of local favourite shows will also return, including 

My Kitchen Rules, 

Border Security, 

Sunday Night, 

Australia's Got Talent, 

Packed to the Rafters, 

Home and Away, 

Better Homes and Gardens, 

The Zoo and 

RSPCA Animal Rescue


And among other returning international shows for 2011 are 

30 Rock, 


Brothers and Sisters, 


Cougar Town, 

Beauty and the Geek, 

Dancing With The Stars, 
Deal or No Deal, 

Four Weddings, 

World's Strictest Parents, 


Highway Patrol, 

Criminal Minds, 

Desperate Housewives, 

Grey's Anatomy, 

How I Met Your Mother, 


Private Practice 

The Amazing Race, and more yet to be announced.

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Jan 09, 2011
Ok we really DON'T need The Amazing Race Australia version but I can't wait for Bones and Castle to start again.
Dec 10, 2010
I'm very much looking forward to 'The Amazing Race:Australia' and while I agree with VConn that the prizemoney won't be very large, I think they will go worldwide. I think thye'll probably go to one or two continents at least.
Dec 09, 2010
Agreed. Taking focus off the original Criminal Minds is a bad idea. Why ruin one good original show to make two not as good shows. I really found no appeal in the new team. Forest Whitaker sure didn't impress me. I'd take Thomas Gibson over him any day.
Dec 07, 2010
I can't believe they decided to create Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. The backdoor pilot was terrible! I would prefer if they focused more on Criminal Minds - recent episodes weren't very good.
Dec 07, 2010
I still predict TAR Australia won't get past New Zealand or Papua New Guinea at the furthest and the prize will probably be a pathetic $25000 certainly nowhere near the million on offer for the American contestants, Can someone explain why they purchased LOLA when they've shown no interest in the other LAO shows.

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