FOXTEL today announced Australia’s original music trivia show RocKwiz will return to television in 2023 featuring multi-talented host Julia Zemiro, supreme music aficionado and comedian Brian Nankervis, human scoreboard Dugald, and a new look RocKwiz Orkestra.
Following a six-year hiatus from Australian television the RocKwiz crew will once again bring their unique blend of trivia, comedy and live music to Australian screens with a fresh remix including new RocKwiz Orkestra, new look set and a shorter 30-minute format filmed in front of a live studio audience.
The new RocKwiz Orkestra will feature Peter Luscombe (Musical Director and drums), Clio Renner (keyboard and backing vocals), Bill McDonald (bass guitar), and Olympia (lead guitar and backing vocals).
Following the typical format, each episode will see RocKwiz hosts and Orkestra joined by contestants and two surprise musical guests who will each perform solo before finishing the episode in a duet, offering fans a truly unique musical experience.
Marshall Heald, Executive Director of Entertainment at the Foxtel Group said: “RocKwiz offers a clever combination of music trivia, comedy and live music that is inherent to its broad and long-lasting appeal. We are thrilled to be working with the team at Renegade to bring this beloved format back to Australian screens.”
Co-host Julia Zemiro said: “It’s not often you get a second bite at the cherry. RocKwiz hasn’t been on TV in a long time, but we will be back on screens to celebrate our music genius contestants.
“I can’t wait to welcome back new and established musicians to join in the quiz and surprise us with an unexpected duet.”
Co-creator and co-host Brian Nankervis said: “We’re delighted to be making brand new episodes of RocKwiz because we miss the excitement, the challenge and the sheer joy of recording new episodes. We’ve spent the last six years touring our live show and we've maintained and sharpened our skills, developed as performers and discovered fresh musical talent that we can’t wait to bring to our viewers.
“As always our musical guests will be a wonderful mixture of household names and exciting up and coming artists and our contestants will demonstrate staggering levels of knowledge.”
RocKwiz will add locally commissioned content to the diverse slate of licensed entertainment, animated and comedy content available on FOX8 including Superman & Lois, Pennyworth, Harley Quinn, Last Week Tonight, Young Rock, Taskmaster and Saturday Night Live.
RocKwiz will premiere on FOX8 in 2023 and will be available On Demand on FOXTEL.
RocKwiz is an eight-episode series produced exclusively for the Foxtel Group by Renegade Films. Co-created by Renegade’s Ken Connor and Peter Bain-Hogg along with comedian Brian Nankervis. Production will begin in Melbourne in November 2022. Register for tickets for the live studio audience at firstname.lastname@example.org.