UPDATED: Masterchef finale IS July 25!
Original post follows… now a bit out of date!
UPDATED: With the Thursday July 1 elimination round ending in a non-elimination, Ten contestants remain in Masterchef. At the rate of two eliminations per week, and assuming no more non-eliminations, then this would mean the Masterchef finale will now be Sunday August 1 – as they will need 4 full weeks to eliminate 8 to bring the comp down to the final two.
The Sunday after four full weeks is August 1. This, of course, assumes there are no other twists, non-elimination nights or other variations to the weekly format of the show.
Meanwhile – Hawke is now confirmd for Sunday July 18, at 8.30pm. The Good Wife is off that week and will either end in a double on July 25 or finish August 1 if the final two episodes are played one week at a time.
Question now would be – what will replace Merlin at 6.30pm from July 25? Maybe Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation – unless they hold that off for 7.30 Sundays from teh first Sunday after Masterchef finishes.
Original post (written June 29):
Channel Ten programming prediction.
The date of the finale of Masterchef is a big secret at this stage, but my guess is it will be Sunday July 25*.
With now ten contestants in the battle for 2010 Masterchef, they need at least three full weeks to eliminate the contestants down to the final few. Given the success of the show, it would not be a smart move to eliminate faster than they usually have in the series to date – so one must assume the rate of elimination will remain the same. Eliminations usually occur on the Monday and Thursday shows.
Sunday July 25 as a the night the Masterchef finale makes even more sense when you consider where other Ten shows on Sunday night are.
Merlin only has three more episodes to go in its second season, which means the season finale of Merlin will air at 6.30pm, Sunday July 18.
House only has two more episodes to go. As already reported and confirmed, the House season finale is at 9.30pm, Sunday July 11.
Then there is The Good Wife. The Good Wife has four episodes to go before its season finale. With House vacating the 9.30pm timeslot, The Good Wife could finish in a double on July 18.
Having Merlin, The Good Wife and House all finished, completely clears up Sunday programming on Ten for July 25, meaning a huge Masterchef finale event could dominate the night. A 6.30pm start could even be possible, with the result being announced after 8.30pm. Rumours suggest the final will be live, and it will most likely break all ratings records.
Then once Masterchef is over, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation may return to Sunday nights at 7.30 from August 1, and possibly the Hawke telemovie at 8.30pm that night.
There are other possibilities with the way Ten’s Sunday night programming could pan out through July which include the chance Masterchef does not finish until Sunday August 1, The Good Wife finishes July 25 or even has a week off for Hawke – but then again, who ever said Hawke was going to be on a Sunday night anyway? Not to mention the option of Hawke after Masterchef finale to make one mega -huge night for Ten.
* All commentary in this post is my own opinion only and should not be taken in any way whatsoever as actual news about Ten’s programming over the next five weeks. Season finale dates (other than House) are based on knowledge of what episode shows are up to and the total number of episodes in each season. What happens with Masterchef is based only on the assumption that the show will continue much the same was it has this season so far with two eliminations each week, and does not break any embargoes imposed by Ten in terms of any actual detail about the show. Your thoughts are welcome – either by comment below or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.