TV3 today launched their Autumn Schedule in the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin. The latest schedule, which sees the station aim to broadcast over one third of air time with Irish programming, completes the three year plan to create a new roster of programmes for the Irish channel.
David McRedmond CEO of TV3 commented: "We have stuck to our guns through the recession to deliver what we believe is the best schedule on Irish television. This is thanks to 200 of the hardest-working, most creative people in Irish media who, despite redundancies and pay-cuts, are delivering two channels and an online service, 1900 hours of Irish programmes and a growing share of the market."
The upcoming schedule will be anchored by TV3's daily studio output. ‘Ireland AM’ - will be celebrating its tenth birthday, and also included broadcasting will be ‘The Morning Show with Sybil & Martin’; TV3's recently launched personal advice show ‘Midday’, which will adopt an all-female line-up with regular guests such as Amanda Brunker, Fiona Looney, Jules Fallon and Mary O'Rourke joining Colette Fitzpatrick; the ‘News at 5.30’ with anchor Alan Cantwell; ‘Xposé’ (including new presenter Sean Munsanje) and ‘Tonight with Vincent Browne’.
Airing on our screens on TV3 in the coming months will be the second series from Screentime ShinAwil of the IFTA winning ‘The Apprentice’ followed by the new ‘The Apprentice: You're Fired’ show hosted by Brendan O'Connor in front of a live audience. Also in the lineup is ‘The Forgotten Irish’ (Animo, directed by Maurice Sweeney), a two-part programme on Irish emigrants in London; Donal MacIntyre's new six-part TV3 series ‘Ireland's Crime Capitals’; ‘Laura Windermere's Bag’ (Accomplice TV), a feature-length drama special which is a contemporary take on Oscar Wilde; the Irish ‘Deal or No Deal’, in association with The National Lottery, presented by magician Keith Barry; TV3's first two-part drama series ‘The Guards’ (Legend United); a weekly business show ‘Business Matters’ fronted by Ivan Yates; a major prime time current affairs show ‘Midweek’ hosted by Colette Fitzpatrick and the return of live ‘UEFA Champions League’ with anchor Matt Cooper.
TV3's production unit, launched last year, will produce over 180 hours of peak time programmes, with new series including ‘Nick's Restaurant’ (the opening of Nick Munier's Dublin venue), ‘Healers’ (the world of alternative therapies) and the return of the award-winning ‘Undercover Ireland’ series.
Also included in the line up will be a series of one-off specials such as ‘The Boyzone Story’, ‘The Westlife Story’, ‘Facing Death’ and ‘Surviving the Recession’.
A number of acquisitions on Irish TV return: family shows such as ‘The X-Factor’, ‘I'm a Celebrity’ and ‘America's Got Talent’; also returning to the line up will be the Irish filmed series ‘The Tudors’, ‘Fringe’, ‘Coronation St’, ‘Emmerdale’ and ‘All Saints’.
New acquisitions to the TV3 schedule are led by the top shows from the 2009 LA Screenings; ‘V’ (a remake of the classic series); ‘Glee’ (part comedy, part drama, part musical) and the highly praised new US comedy ‘Modern Family’.
TV3's Director of Programming, Ben Frow said, "We know what our viewers like - they like well made, intelligent programming - and this year we have produced a schedule that delivers this in abundance across all genres. We are taking risks with comedy, campaigning with our documentaries, experimenting with new ways to make drama and our entertainment shows are bigger than ever. It has been a fantastic year for TV3. I am proud and confident that this schedule signals a new standard for TV3 and reflects even greater things to come."