RTE is firmly backing Eoghan McDermott, as he gets two new shows in the RTE2 schedule. He will front documentary series Drunk and comedy panel show You Choose You Lose.
Channel controller Bill Malone and the national broadcaster are bringing the culture of Ireland's travelling community to the forefront, with two productions: Norah Casey's Traveller Academy and Meet the McDonaghs.
The channel, aimed at the under-35s - launched a new look and identity with more than 24 new home-produced shows and 18 returning series.
The new season kicks off on September 22 when the new look will be revealed and several new series will be launched, including Damo & Ivor, new real life series Connected, documentary series Drunk, The Proposal and a new series featuring Kelly McDonagh, Meet the McDonaghs.
Connected is a 20 episode reality soap charting the lives of six women and filmed by themselves over the course of ten months. There will be extra exclusive content on the RTE iPlayer too.
Angela Scanlon and Bressie each front their own shows. Angela's Full Frontal examines the varied paths to happiness and perfection whilst Bressie's Teenage Kicks explores real life in some of Limerick's toughest estates.
Eoghan McDermott will host two shows. Drunk is a two-part science-based series which sees participants drink to excess, in a controlled enviroment, and attempt a range of challenges in an effort to demonstrate the effects of drinking on the body.
He will also rpesent new comedy panel show hosted by Eoghan McDermott. Two teams, captained by Alison Spittle and Keith Farnan, battle it out over a series of silly ‘would you rather’ dilemmas.
Jennifer Maguire and Darren Kennedy team up for The Unemployables, where they set out to help people get off the doel and on to a career path.
Darren will also present #Trending, a six-part show about fashion, street style, pop culture, celebrity trends, and red carpet.
Norah’s Traveller Academy sees Norah Casey mentoring four young Traveller women in the world of business, developing their skills and hopefully helping them succeed in their new business ventures in a country where they still experience prejudice and exclusion.
There will also be an Ed Sheeran Special, a one-off programme which includes exclusive interview and live footage with one of the most popular singer songwriters of his generation who has a soft spot for Ireland.
From the US, Vikings will return for a second series whilst Outlander, which stars Caitriona Balfe will also be broadcast. Homeland seson 4 will premiere just two days after the US transmission.
Aoibhin Garrihy arrives in Eden Bar and Grill on Dublin's trendy South William Street looking like she's just stepped out of a shampoo ad. Her long blonde hair is very swishy - it's the only word for it - and she looks fit and toned in an olive green wrap dress. She makes some protests about how she looks - she's been rushing around all day but it really hasn't put a dent in how beautiful she is.
Alan Bennett tells an instructive story about his late friend, the TV star Russell Harty. "He switched on Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective at the point where the naked Michael Gambon is having his psoriasis anointed by a nurse. In order to stop himself getting excited," writes Bennett, "Gambon recites a list of the most boring television programmes he can think of. Russell waited with bated breath long enough to make sure he wasn't on the list, and then switched off."