Reality television tends to cop a lot of criticism, yet it’s one of the most popular genres on Australian television right now. It seems we, as the viewers, can’t get enough of watching new couples form relationships, talented home cooks whip up restaurant-quality creations or aspiring homeowners creating real estate masterpieces on Telstra TV.
Into its tenth season, the calibre of home cooks is seriously heating up, with any one of this years’ contestants worthy of MASTERCHEF status. Joined by the best in the culinary industry including Gordon Ramsey, Nigella Lawson and Heston Blumenthal on tenplay, viewers are guaranteed a generous dose of at-home tips, aspirational masterpieces and contestants pushing boundaries more than ever before. If you consider yourself a massive foodie, it’s hard to look past this year’s series with liquid nitrogen, and mystery boxes to boot.
Made in Chelsea (Hayu)
Following the traditional reality format of shows like The Hills and Geordie Shore, this drama-packed series follows the lives and loves of a tight-knit group of friends growing up in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods. Jammed full of designer bags, polo matches, invitation-only parties and tailored trench coats, hayu‘s MADE IN CHELSEA proves that money doesn’t always bring happiness. With a bunch of young, beautiful men and women all vying for each other’s attention, there’s no shortness of hook-ups and break-ups in this glamourous reality series.
Love Island Australia (9Now)
Based on the highly popular British series of the same name, LOVE ISLAND AUSTRALIA is sure to get hearts pounding and pulses racing as a handful of the nation’s most attractive, athletic singles are placed together to find love on a remote island in Mallorca, Spain. With a final prize of $100,000, the contestants must couple up to survive regular eliminations, whether that be for love, friendship or money. Hosted by ex-Bachelorette Sophie Monk for 9Now, there is no shortness of beauty, laughs and drama as this bunch of Aussies go head-to-head to take out the top spot.
Up to its twenty-third season, this hit true crime series is showing no sign of slowing down as it profiles fascinating cases of women accused of murder. SNAPPED on hayu explores the backstory of the accused women, what their motivation was behind committing murder, and whether they were really guilty. Edited in a documentary style, the captivating show features exclusive evidence and interviews with people involved first-hand, including law-enforcement officials, lawyers, journalists, family and friends of both the victims and the accused.
House Rules (7Plus)
Back for its sixth season with six new teams from around the country, we can expect more drama that ever before as the contestants travel to renovate each other’s houses. Handing over their homes for a complete interior, exterior and garden transformation, the teams all have one thing in common: a lack of space. With industry experts judging the makeovers, including Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Wendy Moore and Drew Heath, HOUSE RULES on 7Plus isn’t letting anyone off easy as they battle for the ultimate prize of $355,000.
Steering away from attainable, do-it-yourself housing and moving towards the aspirational, jaw-dropping real estate of your dreams, viewers will love following a group of Manhattan’s toughest brokers as they battle to hold onto their corner of New York’s multi-million dollar property market. With a generous dose of sass, MILLION DOLLAR LISTING NEW YORK on hayu provides a glimpse into the glamorous side of selling houses with featured agents including Fredrik Eklund and Ryan Serhant, who was an actor and hand model before pursuing his passion of selling huge, really expensive properties.
Southern Charm: New Orleans (Hayu)
Known for its hearty Southern cuisine, jazz music and cultural festivals, many wouldn’t associate New Orleans as a place of exclusive balls, traditions and massive wealth. But away from the buzz of Bourbon Street is an elite group of individuals born into prominent families, living a lavish lifestyle of exclusive parties where everyone knows everyone. SOUTHERN CHARM: NEW ORLEANS on hayu follows this glamourous social group, revealing that underneath a life of luxury exists shocking secrets that could rock the foundation of solid friendships.
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