THE 2013 line-up of Australian pay-TV programs is shaping up to feature a host of new local programming.
A dozen new Australian series have already been commissioned to air this year, including the new original series Outback Coroner (CI), The Train: The Granville Disaster (The History Channel), Ask the Butcher (LifeStyle FOOD) and Wentworth (SoHo).
A 10-part reworking of the popular Aussie TV show Prisoner, Wentworth boasts an impressive ensemble cast playing out the rivalries, power struggles and heartbreak of prison life.
There's also the new Australian versions of international hits River Cottage Australia, antiques search Aussie Pickers and prank show Off Their Rockers.
Australia's Next Top Model returns for an eighth series with a new host, Jennifer Hawkins, after a year-long hiatus.
Also returning for follow-up series are Come Dine With Me Australia, Selling Houses Australia, Grand Designs Australia and Kings Cross ER.
New international shows debuting on Foxtel this year include White House-set family comedy 1600 Penn (Comedy Channel), high-profile fantasy series American Gods (Showcase), hot and sexy drama Chicago Fire (Fox8), Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries (Fox8), Renaissance period drama Da Vinci's Demons (FX), youth serial drama Hollyoaks (UKTV) and Mankind: The Story of All of Us (The History Channel), narrated by Jack Thompson.
Continuing series of critically acclaimed overseas productions, featuring a strong contingent of HBO series, are also returning to Foxtel.
Airing in 2013 will be the fourth series of Boardwalk Empire, the third series of The Borgias (starring Aussie Andy Irons), the fifth and final series final Breaking Bad, series eight of Dexter, the second instalment of Emmy-winning series Girls, The Newsroom series two, the fourth series of The Glades and Justified, the sixth series of True Blood, The Walking Dead series three and perhaps the most highly anticipated US show of the year - Game of Thrones series three.
The Guide's picks for pay-TV 2013:
- Aussie drama: Wentworth
- International drama: Game of Thrones
- Entertainment: Australia's Next Top Model
- Lifestyle: Selling Houses Australia
- Comedy: Off Their Rockers