Tracy Grimshaw’s surprise return, Olympics lead Nine’s 2024 slate

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Last November, the Nine Network delivered a fitting farewell to Tracy Grimshaw as she signed off after 17 years at the helm of A Current Affair. At the time, Grimshaw spoke of how hard it was to say goodbye, telling audiences: “This is such a good place to work.”

It seems Grimshaw must have been telling the truth because a little under twelve months later, she’s headed back to Nine.

Less than twelve months after saying goodbye to A Current Affair, Nine announced that Tracy Grimshaw will return to the network in 2024.Credit: Peter Brew-Bevan

At the network’s “upfront” presentation of its slate for 2024 on Wednesday afternoon, Nine confirmed Grimshaw would return to the network next year. Details of the new project were scarce, a Nine spokesperson said: “Tracy will host a new show, and we’ll have more details later this year or early next.”

Much of the upfront presentation hinged on Nine’s exclusive coverage of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Coverage will be led by Wide World of Sports with a raft of ex-Olympians drafted into the broadcast team, including Ian Thorpe, Steve Hooker, Andrew Gaze, Cadel Evans and Kerri Pottharst.

Nine will set up a dedicated Olympics HQ in the centre of Paris at the Trocadero, with the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop, and offer audiences two dedicated Olympic channels on Channel 9HD and 9GemHD, filled with Olympic content 24 hours a day.

Away from Paris, the line-up for Nine for 2024 will bring back established reality hits Married at First Sight, The Summit, Lego Masters, Love Island and The Block, plus new seasons of Parental Guidance, Snackmasters and Travel Guides. Nine is the owner of this masthead.

Front row: James Bracey, Mitch Tomlinson, Ellie Cole, Ryan Williams, Brooke Boney, Sera Naiqama,Alex Cullen and Drew Mitchell. Back row: Kerri Pottharst, Eddie McGuire, Leila McKinnon, Todd Woodbridge, Ally Langdon, Dylan Alcott, Sarah Abo, Karl Stefanovic, Georgie Parker, Kate Bates and Steve Hooker.

But much of the buzz will be focused on what’s new in 2024, with Nine banking on lifestyle and reality programming while only announcing one new original local drama.

Previously announced Tipping Point Australia will replace Millionaire Hot Seat as Nine’s weekday game show. Based on a British format of the same name, Tipping Point sees three players battle against a machine with prizes and a jackpot up for grabs and will be hosted by former tennis star Todd Woodbridge.

As well as Tipping Point, Australia will get its very own version of the hit international quiz show Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! Australia will be hosted by British comedian, actor and writer Stephen Fry, filmed in a regional production hub in Manchester and will feature Australian contestants, expats living in the UK.

Comedian Stephen Fry will host a local version of hit game show, Jeopardy!

Elsewhere, on the slate, Do You Want To Live Forever? tackles the age-old question: Is it possible to stop the clock? Hosted by Dr Nick Coatsworth, the series will guide six Aussies on a powerful journey to turn back time.

Meanwhile, three new series will tap into the national obsession with property and renovation.

Listing Melbourne appears to be Nine’s version of Amazon’s local hit, Luxe Listings Sydney, promising “six elite real estate agents who navigate Melbourne’s property market, showcasing opulent homes while juggling their complicated personal lives.”

Budget Battlers, hosted by The Block’s Norm and Jess, is a DIY renovation show in the vein of Backyard Blitz, teasing “incredible renovations for unsung heroes.”

Then there’s The Garden Hustle, a gardening makeover program hosted by Lisa McCune that challenges everyday green thumbs to overhaul their backyards.

Nine’s focus on lifestyle programming appears to come at the expense of investment in local drama. The 2024 slate only features one new title, Blood on the Tracks – The Platform Killer, a crime thriller that tells the story of a train commuter found dead during peak hour.

However, Human Error (announced in 2023) from the creative team behind Underbelly, Bump, Offspring, and Love My Way, will air in 2024.

Human Error follows a detective who stumbles upon a criminal conspiracy that threatens to destroy her career, with Stephen Peacocke, Leeanna Walsman, Rob Collins, Steve Bisley and Gyton Grantley starring.

Inspired by actual events, 9Network’s new drama series, Human Error, follows Detective Holly O’Rourke and her homicide team as a seemingly open-and-shut murder investigation threatens to destroy her career, her family, and her faith in justice.

The Nine slate also included a slew of shows that will debut later this year, including the curiously titled Australia’s Most Identical. The two-part special sees 100 sets of twins undertake fascinating tests and challenges in the hope of being crowned the nation’s most identical pair.

Nine’s sport offering will also include the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, broadcast live and free on Channel Nine, with every game also shown live on Stan Sport.

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