Channel Ten has revealed their programming line up for the rest of the ratings year, which will include shows like Celebrity Masterchef, The Spearman Experiment to be hosted by Magda Szubanski and the NCIS spin off NCIS LA.
Celebrity Masterchef is set to kick off on Wednesday nights from September and will be a one hour once per week, 10 show offering drawing on celebrities who have some idea how to cook from not just channel 10 but other networks as well. The final list of contenders will be revealed at a date closer to the air date.
Replacing Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation when the current season concludes shortly will be a pop culture trivia clip based show hosted by Magda Szubanski called The Spearman Experiment.
Despite suggesting we would have to wait until next year, 10 has decided to fast track the new NCIS spin off NCIS LA to air this year, just weeks after its US premiere. NCIS LA will air on Wednesday nights.
New to Sunday nights will be a show called Nurse Jackie which is about an overworked emergency nurse, starring Edie Falco. Also, on Sunday nights, Little Britain USA will air.
Returning to 10 on Thursday nights at 9.30 from August 20 is Burn Notice. Also back, is Numb3rs which returns Wednesday nights at 9.30 from August 19. Also Dexter is back, from 9.40 Monday August 10 with series 3.
New to 10’s line up from Wednesday August 12 at 9.30 is Law and Order UK, which follows the season finale of Law and Order SVU. This spin off features story lines adjusted to suit the British legal system. From Wednesday August 19, Law and Order UK moves to its regular time slot of 8.30pm.
Glee, which we were introduced to after the finale of Masterchef, is set to air on Thursday nights later this year.
Australian Idol starts on Sunday August 9 at 6.30pm, and Rove returns at 8.40pm, Sunday August 16 (previously I had indicated August 23 for Rove – it is definitely the 16th).
And finally, 10 has confirmed that the 7pm Project will air for the rest of the ratings year so it can build an audience. The show has not been performing too well so far, but they have been constantly tweaking the 7pm Project, making changes as they go and listening to viewers suggestions and feed back. Given a chance, it should settle with a decent audience of around a million a night. Ten’s programmer David Mott has even made comment that it is better to have a show like 7pm Project on rather than an American sitcom in that time slot.