Three Unveils New-Season Slate

Head High is one of four local dramas Three has commissioned for 2020.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it — and if you are broke, make the best of what you have.

That seems to be the strategy behind Three’s line-up for 2020, which leavens a slate heavy on returning reality and procedural hits with a handful of ambitious new local series, including two new dramas, the final season of Westside and a second season of The Gulf.

Most of these already have been revealed via NZ On Air funding rounds and not one new international series has been announced.

Says Ben Quinn, Director of Content – TV: “We’re delighted to be able to head into 2020 with such a diverse line of of both local and international shows in our programming schedule.

“We know we’re able to offer our audiences and advertisers consistently high performing shows across news, drama, reality, documentary and entertainment, while continuing to showcase our greatest asset – our people.

“And of course, there’s even more to come as we plough into a new year, and new decade for Three.”

Here’s the line-up so far confirmed for next year on Three:



A feel good action drama set in small-town Coromandel, where three happy-go-lucky kiwifruit workers stumble across a new strain of super weed and are plunged into the high-stakes global cannabis industry. Starring Lucy Lawless and Troy Kingi, it’s a high octane trip through the madcap hustle and mayhem it takes to keep their secret operation rolling.

Head High

Head High is an exciting gritty new drama series for Three told through the highs and lows of one family involved in the highly competitive world of secondary school rugby. Starring Craig Hall, Miriama McDowell, Joe Naufahu, and Jayden Daniels, this is must-see television for the whole family.

The Naki Hard

A real-life docu-drama series for Three, The Naki Hard will chronicle the lives of a group of young people growing up in small-town New Zealand. Based in Taranaki, the series aims to share their triumphs, challenges and tragedies.

David Lomas Investigates

Following on from the success of Lost & Found, David Lomas is back in this brand new series for Three, investigating New Zealand’s family secrets. David travels across the world to find the answers and to reunite families. Have a box of tissues at the ready!


Grand Designs NZ (Season 6)

Explore New Zealand’s most unique and inspirational homes and take an in-depth look at the processes and personal journeys behind them.

Westside (Season 6)

New Zealand’s favourite local drama Westside will return for a sixth season full of chaos, drama, criminal conquests, and good old Westie fun. After picking up the award for NZ On Air Best Drama Series at the 2019 Huawei Mate30 Pro New Zealand Television Awards, you won’t want to miss what the infamous West family get up to in this hit Outrageous Fortune prequel.

7 Days (Season 11)

Hosted by Jeremy Corbett, with team captains Dai Henwood and Paul Ego, 7 Days will come to Three later next year during the highly anticipated New Zealand and American election seasons. Top comedians will pit their wits against the week’s news and each other.

Mean Mums (Season 2)

Mean Mums is returning for a second season! From the award-winning team behind Westside and Outrageous Fortune, immerse yourself in the hyper-competitive world of passive aggressive primary school mothers in this laugh-out-loud comedy.

Golden Boy (Season 2)

Also renewed for a second season, Kiwi comedy Golden Boy sports an all-star local cast including Hayley Sproull, Kim Crossman, James Rolleston, and Dean O’Gorman. Follow the hilarious life of small town girl Mitch as she lives in the constant shadow of her famous rugby brother Tama.

The Gulf (Season 2)

German-New Zealand co-production The Gulf will return to Three next year. The dark drama set on picturesque Waiheke Island followed a detective (Kate Elliott) recovering from amnesia caused by a shocking car accident who began to suspect not everything is as it seems, following the reappearance of a young boy.

The Block NZ (Season 9)

Hit reality series The Block NZ returns for its ninth season. Hosted by Mark Richardson, a bunch of new teams will tackle a monstrous build with the aim of selling their house at auction for the highest profit – and the extra cash prize! Casting is now open for the new season and you can apply here.

Dancing with the Stars NZ (Season 9)

Fresh from its win at the 2019 New Zealand Television Awards for Stage & Screen Travel Services Best Format Reality Series, Dancing with the Stars NZ will feature an array of Kiwi stars and their professional dance partners as they battle it out to take home the coveted Glitterball Trophy and win for charity.

All-New “Patrick Gower On” Documentaries

Patrick Gower will present two new documentaries for Three in 2020, taking a second deep dive into the subject of weed, and a new topical issue that New Zealanders need to know about – in typical Paddy style.



The Project

The AM Show


Married at First Sight Australia (Season 7)

Lego Masters Australia (Season 2)

Australian Ninja Warrior (Season 4)

The Block Australia (Season 15)

America’s Got Talent: The Champions (Season 2)

Grand Designs UK (Season 17)

Zumbo’s Just Desserts (Season 2)

The Rookie (Season 2)

Magnum P.I. (Season 2)

9-1-1 (Season 3)

Hawaii Five-O (Season 9)

NCIS (Season 17)

NCIS: LA (Season 11)

SVU (Season 21)

The Graham Norton Show (Season 26)

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One Response to “Three Unveils New-Season Slate”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/ on line 66
    December 6, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    I hope whoever buys Three will be able to include more variety of shows 🙂

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