From homegrown heroes to epic events, TVNZ’s blockbuster line-up for 2021 has been announced with exciting new shows and iconic reboots packing the schedule.
Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick says: “Our Covid-19 recovery is tracking ahead of expectations and this has provided the confidence for TVNZ to increase investment in local news and entertainment content; free-to-air sports; and continued online streaming growth.”
Director of Content Cate Slater adds: “Viewers love local content and we’re excited to announce 2021 will be our biggest local content slate in over a decade.”
In the reality space, iconic series Popstars will be rebooted, where superstar mentor Kimbra will nurture New Zealand’s next singing sensations. In the boardroom, The Apprentice Aotearoa will search for the next titan of business. The Great Kiwi Bake Off is back, but this time on 1. It’s roses at the ready with more Bachelorette NZ and The Bachelor NZ. Celebrity Treasure Island will castaway a new batch of stars on home soil and Travel Guides NZ will also hit the road.
Clarke Gayford will transport homes from one end of the country to the other in Moving Houses. Carlos Spencer is picking up the tools in Carlos’ Reno Rescue. Scotty and Stacey Morrison will take an emotional journey behind Kiwis’ cherished objects in National Treasures. We’ll tag along with Stan Walker and whānau in The Walkers. Anika Moa will bring the band back together in Anika Moa Reunited. Fan favourites, Eat Well For Less NZ and The Casketeers will both be back with new seasons.
Vegas presents an action thriller about a young leader trying to free his people from the curse of meth, while The Panthers series is based on the rise of the revolutionary Polynesian Panther movement in the 70s. Brokenwood Mysteries is jumping over to TVNZ for 2021 and it’s Australia vs. New Zealand in new comedy panel show, Patriot Brains. On the returning front, Have You Been Paying Attention?, Wellington Paranormal, Kura, One Lane Bridge and Shortland Street are all back for more. Lucy Lawless will be back with My Life is Murder, which has a local take this season.
While the focus is local, hit international shows will sit alongside homegrown productions. TVNZ’s partnership with the BBC will see David Attenborough’s A Perfect Planet on TVNZ 1. Crowd-pleasers such as Beat The Chasers, Home and Away and Coronation Street will retain their pride of place in primetime.
2021 will kick off with one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar – the 36th America’s Cup. TVNZ’s action-packed sports portfolio also includes a summer of cricket, with a selection of matches from T20 international men’s and women’s series, as well as the Super Smash competition. The hugely entertaining T20 Black Clash will return in January, and Olympics and Paralympics coverage is scheduled for mid-2021.
And in 2021, TVNZ OnDemand will deliver an unrivalled slate of local content combined with a market leading selection of international shows.