ALMOST a new year, people.

You know what that means. New TV shows to get excited about.

Here's my pick for what's looking hot on the box in 2015.

Ok, so I might have bagged it in this column previously, but I will be watching I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
Julia Morris and Chris Brown are hosting this Ten show, billed as "noisy and highly interactive" and airing, ambitiously, five nights a week, live.

Apparently viewers will vote on which challenges the celebrities take part in, smack bang in the middle of the African jungle.

The trailer is well made and good fun. Hopefully there's some genuinely entertaining characters in the mix, even if half the audience may sit there asking themselves "why?".

 

If that trailer is well made, the one for How To Get Away With Murder is positively Oscar-worthy. Academy Award nominee Viola Davis leads this show, which will air on Seven and be one of the year's biggest hits (provided Seven do not piss off tennis fans with over-promotion during the Australian Open).

It's dripping with Revenge-style melodrama, danger, sex and intrigue. I can't wait.

Love it or hate it, Neighbours turns 30 next year and a whole heap of former stars are returning for reunion shows in March.

If the names Des, Lucy, Hilary, Sky Mangel and Janelle Timmins mean nothing, how about Delta Goodrem and Madge? They'll all be there.

I also hope Mary: The Making of a Princess (Ten) does not add further trash to the heaped pile of failed "royal romance" B-grade telemovies.

Seven also has local dramas premiering in Winter (Rebecca Gibney) and 800 Words (Erik Thomson). The ANZAC anniversary will feature heavily in small screen spin-offs in 2015.

I don't quite understand Gogglebox ("features people watching TV", righhttt) or Shark Tank (business pitch competition, both Ten) but they add variety.

And the ABC will trial a new Charlie Pickering show, while Gruen returns and Judith Lucy has a six-parter.
Also worthy of note is Netflix's launch in March and the possible subscription spike for Foxtel courtesy of A Place To Call Home fans later in the year.

In 2015, torrents will be like the naughty teenager graduating from uni with a business degree. Time for Australia to commercialise and sharpen its handling of online streaming, and for other traditional networks to shape-shift in response.


Battle of the bush in Emerald

Battle of the bush in Emerald

Pioneer Park will host the upcoming Battle of the Bush races.

Emerald gymnasts selected to represent Queensland

Emerald gymnasts selected to represent Queensland

Emerald gymnasts have been selected for the Queensland team.

Tearing up in dirt battle

Tearing up in dirt battle

Locals compete in Round 2 of the Central Queensland MX competition.

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