TV3 has committed its biggest ever investment to Entertainment with the launch of the brand new schedule which begins this September.
The Virgin Media-owned broadcaster will host several new shows including Ireland’s Got Talent, Heartbreak Hotel and Blind Date, which will be fronted by Tallaght man Al Porter, as well as new seasons of firm favourites Gogglebox Ireland, Living With Lucy and The Restaurant.
TV3 sent social media into a frenzy on Wednesday afternoon as it confirmed that outspoken American TV personality Michelle Visage of RuPaul’s Drag Race will be one of the judges for Ireland’s Got Talent alongside Louis Walsh, comedian Jason Byrne and West End star Denise Van Outen. The series will be hosted by Lucy Kennedy.
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The Ballymount-based station also announced a step-up in its sports coverage with exclusive rights to the Six Nations with Ireland legend Ronan O’Gara joining the panel as well as a new preview and highlights show.
TV3 will also continue to show the UEFA Champions League with Graeme Souness leading the team of experts alongside Neil Lennon, Kevin Kilbane and Brian Kerr.
The broadcaster will also offer UK horse racing coverage from some of the biggest meetings in the racing calendar including ‘The Cheltenham Festival’, ‘The Aintree Grand National Festival’ and ‘Royal Ascot’.
Increasing its News and Current Affairs output, TV3 will launch ‘3News Ireland Hub’ on Monday, September 4th. A multi-million euro investment, the 3News Hub will be Ireland’s “most technologically advanced News studio and will provide Irish audiences with enhanced news content and analysis” according to the broadcaster.
TV3 will also show a number of new ‘True Lives’ documentaries including Killer in the Family, a look at murder-suicide in Ireland; Baby Hater, which sees comedienne Joanne McNally question why people think she’s wrong to not want kids and Ireland’s Jihadis, presented by Paul Williams, takes a look at the threat of radical extremism in Ireland.
The new schedule also offers plenty of homegrown drama with a new six-part series, Darklands, a crime drama telling the story of Damien Dunne, a 16-year-old boy from the inner city who dreams of becoming a professional MMA fighter. Red Rock will also return early next year with 23 new episodes.
TV3 Group Director of Programming, Bill Malone said: “We are raising the bar higher than ever before with our most ambitious plans yet, with very significant announcements across every genre: Sport, News and Current Affairs, Drama, Factual and Entertainment.
“This New Season Launch is defined by Irish stories and Irish programming and is the result of great investment in studios, in content, in talent and in people.”
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