France's TF1 to Air More Than 20 New Shows in 2011

Local versions of hit formats among new slate spanning all genres.


PARIS -- ABC's Dancing with the Stars will bust a move in France when leading Gallic broadcaster TF1 airs a local version of the series in 2011 among more than 20 new shows spanning all genres, TF1's head of programs Laurent Storch confirmed.

TF1 will sink its teeth into Vampire Diaries and will air USA's Covert Affairs, NBC's Chase and Law & Order: Los Angeles and WB series Nikita.

The network is betting on a "Baby Boom" to boost its ratings in the New Year with a brand new documentary-style nonfiction program filmed 24/7 in the maternity ward of a hospital adapted from Shine's British format One Born Every Minute. Shine France will produce.

Speaking of mothers, comedian Florence Foresti's one-woman show titled Mother F**ker will also air for the first time on TF1. The network is also betting on Famille d'Explorateurs (Family of Explorers).

TF1 is also once again investing in homegrown fiction with doctor drama Doc Martin starring Thierry Lhermitte as a famous surgeon who suddenly develops a fear of blood and moves to a small town in Brittany, teenage mother series Clem,  and Bienvenue aux Edelweiss, a family comedy set in a ski resort among other French fictions.

"Audiences are very demanding of TF1. They expect us to offer them TV events that they won't find on any other channel," Storch said of the New Year's programs.

He added that the network also plans to focus on new forms of narration, plus "simple yet fundamental values: proximity and comedy, but also glamour and escape. That's one of audiences' expectations of TF1: we need to make them dream."