New shows from Seven and ABC

Some new shows from Seven.
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And the ABC is revamping ABC2, branding it a comedy channel. Which it sort of was, already, but now it’s official.
Kids’ programming will end half an hour later, at 7.30pm (shhh – don’t tell my five year old!).
Tom Ballard (who used to host a reality TV panel show for the ABC) now gets a regular gig with his own nightly show.
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Khoo joins Zumbo’s new show

The Khoo is back! After an all-too-short stint on MKR, Rachel Khoo is coming back to Australia to help pastry chef extraordinaire Adriano Zumbo with his upcoming show, Just Desserts, which sounds like MasterChef, but with sweets. How much it’s like GBBO remains to be seen.
She’s a great pick, as in past TV outings on MasterChef Zumbo has looked like he’d rather be in the kitchen baking than speaking in front of the camera. I’m looking forward to this one – no air date as yet.


Cannonball: New family show for Seven

There’s a new family-friendly show to screen on Seven later this year: Cannonball. It sounds like a cross between Wipeout and It’s a Knockout, and is based on the Dutch show of the same name. Cannonball was created by John de Mol, who is the guy we have to thank (or blame) for Big Brother.
The grand final of the Aussie version is being filmed today in Penrith, NSW, at the International Regatta Centre, but Seven has not announced an air date.
The hosts are Wonderland actor Ben Mongay, radio host Tim Ross (aka Rosso of Merrick and Rosso – pictured below) and Miss Universe 2009 entrant Rachael Finch.

Here’s the Seven media release:
In their first presenting roles, Ben Mingay (Home & Away, Wonderland, Packed to the Rafters) and Tim Ross (Wonderland) will co-host CANNONBALL, the family friendly competition where contestants aim to fly the furthest, slide the fastest and soar the highest – all
to win thousands in cash and prizes.
In addition, Channel Seven’s Rachael Finch will report from the sidelines capturing all the action from the arena as it unfolds.
Ben Mingay said “The best part about this show is that our contestants need no special skills, it all comes down to gravity in the end“.
Tim Ross added: “Ben and I are excited to work together again. We can’t wait to put our colourful contestants through their paces… and everyone loves a belly flop”.
Based on a Dutch format, CANNONBALL takes place in a giant water arena containing a slide over four stories high, a swing nine metres above water and an inflatable ‘blob’ cushion with the potential to send contestants up to 12 metres in the air.
Each episode, 12 teams of two will compete in a series of rounds to slide huge distances, fly across the water and launch into the air at giant speed.
Each episode will also feature a pair of Star Jumpers – well known personalities who will attempt to take on the challenges.