Ten's 2012 Line-Up Resurrects Young Talent Time

Ten is resurrecting Young Talent Time in an effort to cash in on the success of Glee.

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The network announced its 2012 line-up in Sydney on Wednesday night, which included the return of Johnny Young's '70s and '80s talent show.

The show, which launched the careers of Dannii Minogue, Tina Arena and Debbie Byrne, will this time be hosted by former Australian Idol finalist Rob Mills and produced by its original creator Johnny Young.

The network said the program, which will start in 2012, will be a contemporary take on the original format aimed at the Glee generation.

Ten's programming officer David Mott said the network will continue to focus on the younger demographics.

"2012 is shaping up as one of our most entertaining years ever," he said.

"We are firmly focused on dominating in 18 to 49 [year olds]."

The network will also take on Nine and Seven in the coveted breakfast slot next year.

Breakfast is scheduled to start screening in January and the 7pm Project's Andrew Rochford has so far been announced as one of the co-hosts.

"Breakfast radio has taught me a great deal about how people want to start their day," Rochford says.

"They want the facts but they want them in a light and entertaining way."

Ten's building reality show The Renovators is due to get a renovation of its own with the network announcing changes to its format, which will start in the current season.

The Renovators has had disappointing ratings so far, despite Ten's attempt to boost them by sandwiching an episode in the middle of the MasterChef Australia final or swapping timeslots with popular shows like Modern Family.

"So far the format has underperformed," Mott says.

"But it's a brand we believe in so we are working directly with Shine to renovate The Renovators for 2011 and beyond."

However, 6.30 with George Negus will return without any changes in the same timeslot next year despite also having underperformed in the ratings in 2011.

The Steven Spielberg science-fiction drama Terra Nova will start later this year, with episodes to run closely with the US screenings.

The US psychological drama Homeland, starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, will also start later this year.

Australian drama for 2012 includes Underground: The Julian Assange Story, which will focus on the WikiLeaks founder's activities as an 18-year-old computer hacker.

Ten will also produce a television adaptation of Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey's 1970s coming of age story Puberty Blues.

Lisa McCune will co-produce and star in Ten's new action series Reef Doctors, which will be filmed on the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest of northern Queensland.

British talk show The Graham Norton Show will move from the ABC to Ten next year and will join new international programs such as the Zooey Deschanel comedy series New Girl and the Bones' spin-off procedural show The Finder.

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Sep 08, 2011
Young Talent Time was a great show back then. Whether it will be again remains to be seen. So much went on back then, there are lots of memories and many people had many different experiences. Where i lived from 1978 - 1988 so did 4 of the ytt team members. Those times cannot be recreated. i hope if they go ahead with current plans for young talent time that now we are grown up somewhat that they don't have any singing puppets eg Waldo ( the dog) or clancy (puppet Koala).
Aug 19, 2011
I'll watch HOMELAND and TERRA NOVA but based on 10's past record I guess I'll have downloaded - Watched and Rewatched the both before 10 even thinks of airing them.
Aug 19, 2011
A rebooted version of Young Talent Time? I don't think so. I am looking forward to Homeland later in the year though.