Network 10 announces Pilot Week to return for 2021

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• Last year the Covid-19 pandemic meant that Pilot Week was dropped

Network 10‘s Pilot Week will return later this year. Once again the network is on the lookout for a fresh crop of original unscripted local shows with an Aussie flair.

Now in its third season, Pilot Week will give local story tellers the opportunity to present programs to a prime-time audience.

The ideal formats will complement 10’s current slate of programs – a new show that can emulate the joy and authenticity of MasterChef Australia, the irreverence and humour of Have You Been Paying Attention?, the grit and intelligence of Australian Survivor, the passion and fun of The Bachelor Australia, the heroism and integrity of Ambulance Australia and the spectacle and wonder of The Masked Singer Australia. Or, it might be something entirely new to the viewing landscape.

Daniel Monaghan, head of programming, 10 ViacomCBS, said: “We are thrilled to see the return of Pilot Week this year. It is such a great opportunity to showcase creative projects from our talented production community, and then determine what resonates the most with our audience.

“Pilot Week has resulted in a number of the pilots being commissioned for full seasons, and we expect this season to be no different. We can’t wait to get started.”

Last year the Covid-19 pandemic meant that the showcase was dropped after the shutdowns badly impacted production companies. 

The return of Pilot Week in 2021 wasn’t always a certainty. In February this year, Daniel Monaghan said that “We haven’t ruled out yet but it’s a hard year for it.

“We’d really like to return to Pilot Week this year, but given the difficulties with production at the moment.”

Previously, the week has brought viewers shows like Taboo, Trial by Kyle, Kinne Tonight, Drunk History, Roxy Jacenko’s I Am Roxy, Part Time Private Eyes, Sydney’s Crazy Rich Asians, and My 80 Year Old Flatmate.

Pilot Week, returning in 2021. Only on 10 and 10 Play on demand.

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