MediaWorks announced a 2018 series of Dancing with the Stars, as well as changes to regional More FM breakfast shows, The Edge’s new line-up and the addition of Magic in the Manawatu. Also released today were the results from the latest GfK Total New Zealand Commercial Radio Survey, which can be found here.
A full line-up of 2018 content will be released in February next year.
DANCING WITH THE STARS
We’re excited to announce the return of Dancing with the Stars to Three in 2018, with hosts Dai Henwood and Sharyn Casey. The live show involves a range of Kiwi celebrities each competing for a charity of their choice, and the winner is decided by public vote.
“Today's announcements are a taste of exciting things to come in 2018. At Three we provide the broadest canvas of content of all the networks, and bringing Dancing with the Stars back with Dai Henwood and Sharyn Casey hosting plays a huge part in doing that next year,” said Chief Content Officer Andrew Szusterman.
Dai Henwood said of his new role: “2018 means that much more to me as I get to co-host the awesome show Dancing with the Stars with Sharyn Casey. We had to host because if we were contestants we would win.”
Sharyn Casey can't wait to spend another year watching our favourite Kiwis out of their element.
“And if the amazing celebrities and epic dancing isn't enough excitement for you - wait till you see which of Dai's 220 bow ties he busts out each week!”
OTHER SHOWS IN EARLY 2018
The AM Show - Back in mid-January so that you can stay informed on weekday mornings with Duncan Garner, Amanda Gillies and Mark Richardson.
The Project - Jesse Mulligan, Kanoa Lloyd and Josh Thomson are back in 2018 for your daily dose of news delivered differently.
7 Days* - The hit comedy show that delivers Three’s big Friday night ratings is back! Jeremy, Dai, Paul kick start your weekends alongside a lineup of NZ’s biggest comedians.
9JKL - This new US comedy comes to Three in January! The hilarious sitcom stars Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains and Prison Break) and is centred around a man living in an apartment sandwiched between his parents' place and his brother's apartment.
I am Heath Ledger - A feature length documentary celebrating the life of Heath Ledger: actor, artist and icon. The documentary provides an intimate look at Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey.
Modern Family - The Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan returns to Three in 2018 with all new episodes of popular US comedy Modern Family! The kids are older, the family is bigger, and the laughs keep coming in the new year.
SVU - The hit US drama, led by Emmy Award winner Mariska Hargitay, welcomes Calvin Klein model Brooke Shields to the cast, who takes on a pivotal role this season. The new season also features an episode inspired by 13 Reasons Why, and a highly anticipated episode that will tackle the Harvey Weinstein scandal that rocked the world in 2017.
The Graham Norton Show - Hot on the heels of the UK, Graham Norton presents a show focusing on the people, trends, stories and aspects of celebrity culture that interest him most, featuring big celebrity names and plenty of laughs.
“2018 is set to be an exciting year for MediaWorks radio,” said Leon Wratt, Group Content Director - Music, MediaWorks Radio. “From January 15, 2018, Polly & Grant’s breakfast show will be extending beyond More FM Wellington and Kapiti into four additional regions: Waikato, Rotorua, Whanganui and in a world first, More FM will broadcast on two frequencies in Dunedin, giving listeners the option to tune in to Si & Gary on 97.4FM or Polly & Grant on 100.6FM.”
Polly & Grant said: “It's been a big four months on-air in Wellington and Kapiti. It feels so good to be on More FM and even better to be waking up Waikato, Rotorua, Whanganui and Dunedin in 2018!”
The Edge’s new line-up launches in the new year with Dom, Meg & Randell’s Breakfast show on air from January 15, followed by The Edge Days with Guy & Sam, Jono, Ben & Sharyn in the afternoons and Steph & Marty back together every weeknight for The Edge 30.
Magic will continue to grow adding Manawatu on 104.2FM to the network with George moving up the dial.