Foxtel is revolutionising its entertainment offering with four new and exclusive FOX-branded channels – FOX ONE, FOX FUNNY, FOX H!TS and FOX CRIME – launching on air in November.
These new channels will join Foxtel’s existing FOX-branded entertainment channels – FOX SHOWCASE, FOX8 and FOX CLASSICS – ensuring customers all the best TV and On Demand, all in one place.
Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, said: “These new channels are part of an exciting revitalisation of Foxtel’s entertainment offering, bringing an exclusive powerhouse of FOX entertainment brands to our subscribers. The four new channels, alongside the existing FOX-branded channels, are an unbeatable destination for the best range of premium TV.
“We know our customers enjoy a wide range of television from favourite dramas to classics, and the latest from around the world, as well as a mix of great comedies. The new FOX-branded channels will bring a diverse range of content that is aimed to ensure the best entertainment experience for our customers.
“These additional channels join a refreshed Foxtel Movies offering including a new family movie channel, Foxtel Movies Kids, and Australia’s first dedicated 4K Ultra HD movie channel.”
FOX ONE will be home to the world’s most addictive and entertaining dramas, and will launch on November 7 with the explosive mini-series War of the Worlds. Airing over two epic nights (Nov 7 & 8) and available to stream On Demand, this latest adaptation of H.G. Wells’ seminal tale is set in Edwardian England and follows George (Rafe Spall) and his partner Amy (Eleanor Tomlinson) as they attempt to defy society and start a life together, while swerving the ongoing chaos of an alien invasion.
Also premiering on FOX ONE in November are two of the hottest new series from the US – All Rise and The Prodigal Son. All Rise (Nov 12) is a CBS courtroom drama that looks inside the chaotic, hopeful and sometimes absurd lives of judges, prosecutors and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal process.
Prodigal Son (Nov 13) is a FOX crime drama starring Tom Payne as Malcolm Bright, a gifted criminal psychologist who uses his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, all while dealing with a manipulative mother, a serial killer father (Martin Sheen) still looking to bond with his prodigal son, and his own constantly evolving neuroses.
Returning favourites coming to FOX ONE include Magnum, P.I. S2 (Nov 10), Chicago Fire S8 (Nov 14) and S.W.A.T. S3 (Nov 17), as well as Strike Back S8, Burden of Truth S2, Blue Bloods, Sex & The City, The Mentalist, Hawaii Five-O and House.
FOX ONE will also be home to the long-running and hugely popular TV soaps Days of Our Lives, The Young & The Restless and Shortland Street, previously housed on Arena.
FOX FUNNY is the place to go for comedies and sitcoms that can be watched time and time again. The channel will celebrate world class comedies of the noughties and now, including The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Office, Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother and My Name Is Earl.
FOX CRIME is the ultimate destination for thrills, mystery and murder. It’s arresting TV for lovers of crime and suspense enjoyed from the safety of their own homes. Key programs appearing on FOX CRIME include CSI, CSI Miami, CSI NY, NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles, NCIS New Orleans, Bones, Cold Case, Criminal Minds and Without a Trace.
FOX H!TS will feature iconic comedies from the 80s and 90s such as Friends, Will and Grace, Frasier, The Nanny, Everybody Loves Raymond and Seinfeld.
These four new channels will complement Foxtel’s existing FOX-branded channels – FOX SHOWCASE, FOX8 and FOX CLASSICS.
FOX SHOWCASE continues to deliver the world’s most ground-breaking stories, from cutting edge international and original dramas to must-see special events. A huge upcoming line-up includes Catherine the Great (Nov 3), His Dark Materials (Nov 5), Britannia S3 (Nov 12), Ray Donovan S7 (Nov 24), Upright (Dec 1) and Mrs Fletcher (Dec 8).
FOX8, Foxtel’s flagship entertainment destination, features all the hugely popular DC Universe series including Batwoman, Supergirl, The Flash and Doom Patrol, alongside animation favourites The Simpsons, Family Guy and American Dad and reality series American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
FOX CLASSICS celebrates the greatest film and television of all time, with Saturday Night at the Movies with Graeme Blundell as well as classic American television and British comedy including M*A*S*H, Keeping Up Appearances, Jeopardy! and Hogan’s Heroes.
“We are proudly the home of FOX in Australia,” said Brian Walsh “and this exceptional channel collection will boast some of the best television of all time.”