Pictured in Rose Bay today is Keira Maguire, who is a Former contestant on The Bachelor. Picture: Tim Hunter.
Pictured in Rose Bay today is Keira Maguire, who is a Former contestant on The Bachelor. Picture: Tim Hunter.

Bachelor in Paradise cast announced

THINGS are about to get steamy in your lounge room because the Bachelor in Paradise is going to heat it up with some of your favourite contestants from seasons past.

The Bachelor spin-off is one of the most anticipated series on Ten's 2018 plate and the TV network has just announced the first six members of its cast.

First up is Laurina Fleur, who famously turned her nose up at the "dirty street pie" offered up by the season two Bachelor, Blake Garvey. She didn't win that year but, as we all know now, that's worked out really well for her. She should go back for that pie though because it really is excellent.

Season four "villain" Keira Maguire, who has been keeping busy with her various social media antics, is set to stir up more trouble. Apparently she called one of her compatriots a "peasant". Whatever nasty barbs she comes up with next better not be aimed at "Australia's sweetheart" Tara Pavlovic who'll bring her sunshine-and-roses spirit to the spin-off.

One the testosterone side, Sam Frost's almost-pick, Michael Turnbull, has signed up, as has magician Apollo, who is sure to bring his considerable muscles with him (otherwise, what's the point, right?). Joining them is prankster Davey Lloyd - he's the promised comedy relief among all the melodrama.

More contestants will be announced in due course.

More scandal, more catfights, more recaps!
More scandal, more catfights, more recaps!

Bachelor in Paradise is kind of like Temptation Island in that you throw a bunch of supposedly pretty people together, give them lots of indulgent things and see if sparks fly. And there's some altered, rotating version of the rose ceremony.

The goal? Love. Or a second dose of reality TV fame for those who didn't get enough the first time around. It's a thing.

Ten will be hoping that its version of the series will be less controversial than the latest US season which saw production suspended after allegations of inappropriate behaviour by one contestant against another.

Ten announced the cast during its annual "Upfronts" presentation, a showcase of the big shows it has coming for next year.

Given the current free-to-air TV trend towards all things dating and romance, the network also announced it has commissioned a modern update of Blind Date, to be hosted by Julia Morris.

Billed as a family show, Blind Date originally aired in Australia between 1967 and 1970. It was briefly revived in 1974 and then again in 1991 as Perfect Match.

Each episode will see one contestant ask three suitors questions to determine who their ideal match is. The catch is all three potential dates will be hidden from view.

Julia Morris wants to find your perfect match.
Julia Morris wants to find your perfect match.

Also new in 2018 is comedy series Street Smart from the co-creators of Here Come the Habibs and starring Tahir Bilgic of Pizza fame. The comedy will follow a gang of wannabe-crims who think they're smooth and hard but are actually bumbling fools. After all, their main nemesis seems to be a parking inspector - to be fair, whose main nemesis isn't a parking inspector?!

Rounding out Ten's new Australian content are Hughesy, We Have a Problem which will see Dave Hughes tackle everyday Australians' dilemmas, The Secret Life of Four Year Olds, which is exactly what it sounds like, Playing For Keeps, a female-oriented series about the women behind the men on the footy field and H ow to Stay Married, a series about a relationship stuck in a rut, starring Lisa McCune and Pete Helliar.

The long-awaited return of Russell Coight's All Aussie Adventures, which had originally been slated to air this year, has been pushed back until a 2018 premiere.

Reality TV fans will be well catered for with Ten's tentpole series returning in 2018, including MasterChef, I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Shark Tank, Gogglebox, and Australian Survivor.

Also coming back are Todd Sampson's Body Hack, Family Feud, Family Feud All Stars, The Living Room, Bondi Rescue and CRAM.

Happily, pretty much the best show on commercial free-to-air TV right now, Have You Been Paying Attention, will also be back on screens to leave us in stitches.

Thank god Have You Been Attention? is back. Picture: Channel 10
Thank god Have You Been Attention? is back. Picture: Channel 10

New American shows to debut in 2018, courtesy of Ten's new owners, CBS, include crime series Instinct, family comedy 9JKL and military drama SEAL Team.

Existing CBS shows such as NCIS and its various spin-offs, Madam Secretary, Bull and Wisdom of the Crowd will also be back.

No longer part of the Ten line-up are international deals that were previously part of a deal with 21st Century Fox, including The Simpsons and Modern Family, which was pulled from programming a few weeks ago.

The Big Bash League and Women's Big Bash League will both start next year while Ten still has the broadcast rights to the Formula One Australian Grand Prix (the other F1 races are now on Foxtel), the Bathurst 1000 and some matches of the A-League.

Neighbours continues to air on Eleven.

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