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TVNZ announces new 2013 season

Published: 6:46PM Wednesday November 14, 2012 Source: ONE News

Television New Zealand has today announced its line-up of new and returning programmes for next year, including some highly anticipated dramas from around the world.

The 2013 season offers "a stronger and more exciting range of programmes than ever before", said Jeff Latch, head of TV ONE and TV2 at TVNZ.

Next year will see a new presenter on Breakfast, after Petra Bagust announced she was stepping down at the end of this year, as well as a rejuvenated format for weekday current affairs at 7pm with the end of Close Up.

Old favourites Sunday, Fair Go and 20/20 will also return next year.

Golden Globe winner Kevin Bacon will star in TV ONE's new thriller The Following, which has been described by the Huffington Post as "the most suspenseful, the most action-packed, the best new show of the season".

Read more about the new season line up here

Also new to TV ONE is the series Nashville which will lift the lid on the world of country music divas. Starring Connie Britton as legendary country music superstar Rayna Jaymes, as her fading career forces her to team up with rising teen star Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere.

And Sir David Attenborough continues his extraordinary exploration of the globe, narrating the spectacular new series, Africa.

Coming to TV2, the hard-hitting new action series Arrow reinvents the DC Comics superhero for a new generation.

And a bizarre twist of fate pulls a man into a race against time to save his missing wife and the human race in the ticking time bomb, Zero Hour.

Local favourites

The 2013 season of local content will serve up another series of New Zealand's favourite cooking show, MasterChef NZ, and for pure entertainment, New Zealand's Got Talent will renew its search for the country's best performers and top talent. 

New to TV ONE, comedy-drama Agent Anna stars Robyn Malcolm as embattled solo mum Anna Kingston, down on her luck and turning to the world of real estate to reverse her fortunes.

On TV2, Mitre Ten Dream Home will be in Christchurch, rebuilding the hopes and dreams of local families, and the much loved Go Girls will return for a fifth series, with a whole new gang of characters pursuing their destinies.

Next year will also see the return of popular primetime series Revenge, Once Upon A Time, My Kitchen Rules and Grey's Anatomy, as well as Call The Midwife, Mrs Brown's Boys, Person Of Interest and Miranda.

Latch said the strong local programme line-up, the new and returning news and current affairs programming and the extensive showcase of outstanding international content means TVNZ will continue to deliver the nation's most watched content.

"The 2013 new season offers a stronger and more exciting range of programmes than ever before," he said.

"The mix of leading international dramas, all the big comedies, the return of much-loved reality and entertainment shows, and the best of local programmes gives us confidence that in 2013, TV ONE and TV2 will continue to be the channels of choice for our key demographics."

Before Christmas TVNZ will launch a video on-demand app for Samsung Smart TVs, and from February next year will expand online content to gaming consoles, iPods, iPads, iPhones and other mobile devices.

"TVNZ Ondemand will be ushering in some major changes to how Kiwis access an expanded range of all the shows they love to watch, when they want to see them," said Latch.