Chris Lilley is that stubble? you old dog, you!

Chris Lilley is that stubble? you old dog, you! Photo: Jason LaVeris

Chris Lilley will be back, the cut-off-in-its-prime Spicks and Specks will return with new stars, and a host of fresh local and international programming fill out a packed 2013 schedule announced by the ABC. ''As another year draws to a close, it's clear that the love affair Australians have with television is continuing,'' the ABC director of television, Kim Dalton, said. ABC1 has confirmed 24 new local productions, including the two big surprises - the as-yet-unnamed Lilley project and the return of Spicks and Specks - and four new international series. Fairfax reporter Scott Ellis reports that standouts from the announcements include the 13-part drama The Time of Our Lives starring Claudia Karvan, Justine Clarke, Shane Jacobson and William McInnes, a look at three generations of an Australian family; Paper Giants: Magazine Wars, starring Rachel Griffiths and Rob Carlton, the second chapter in the real-life publishing drama that started with Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo; the telemovie Carlotta chronicling the rise of the Kings Cross entertainer (starring Jessica Marais); and of course the Lilley project.