The Pacific is set to be one of the biggest shows to explode on our screens in 2010.
The HBO drama, filmed in Victoria and Queensland, is one of Seven's main attractions this year. Produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, the same team behind Band of Brothers, the 10-part HBO series is epic in scale, and has been described by programming director Tim Worner as "the last of the great miniseries", due to shifts in economic models in television production.
Expected in March or sometime thereafter, the $200m series will also have a number of familiar Aussie faces including Gary Sweet, Isabel Lucas, Cariba Heine, Damon Herriman, Claire Van Der Boom and Ashley Zukerman.
Seven has announced a number of titles for the year including My Kitchen Rules. Super chefs Peter Evans and Manu Feildel will dish out advice to opposing teams in this new cooking reality series. ICU goes behind the scenes of the Intensive Care Unit of Melbourne's Alfred Hospital. Russell Crowe shifts from Nine to Seven for Damage Control, a factual series that looks at sports medicine experts and the athletes they keep on track. Rusty is even producing this one.
Seven will also produce a local version of Jerry Seinfeld's The Marriage Ref in which feuding couples are given advice, usually light-hearted in nature, from celebrities. Somehow we suspect it is likely to tell us more about the celebrities than the couples.
New international series will also include Cougar Town with Courteney Cox, Hung starring Thomas Jane as a broke teacher who tries his luck as a male escort in Detroit (it's currently airing on Showcase), and Royal Pains in which Mark Feuerstein plays a down and out surgeon who is given a chance to redeem himself as a small town physician in the wealthy beach community of East Hampton.
Meanwhile, Seven has also confirmed renewals of Airways, Better Homes and Gardens, Border Security, City Homicide, Dancing with the Stars, Find My Family, Gangs of Oz, Highway Patrol, Home and Away, Medical Emergency, Packed to the Rafters, RSPCA Animal Rescue, Surf Patrol, The Force and World's Strictest Parents. Returning from 2008 is Crash Investigation Unit.
Returning international shows include American Dad, Bones, Castle, Brothers & Sisters, Criminal Minds, Family Guy, FlashForward, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, The Amazing Race and 30 Rock, while Lost and 24 are set for 7TWO.