Underbelly – Final three weeks.
Australia’s highest rating drama show at the moment Underbelly: The Golden Mile has just three weeks to go before it concludes. The final episode of the third series of the franchise will air on June 27, at 8.30pm.
The conclusion of Underbelly prompts the question as to what Nine will schedule in its place from Sunday July 4. Possible candidates could be the second season of Rescue: Special Ops which aired in that timeslot last year or one of their new cop dramas like AFP or Cops: LAC.
Seven Sunday nights:
Seven could well be waiting for Underbelly to end before committing to any new Sunday night programming from 8.30pm. This Sunday June 13, Seven have the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall on, with next Sunday’s (June 20) programming at this stage still “to be advised” although looking at the timing on that night, it would appear a movie is most likely. Pitching new programming against existing high rating shows can generally result in a poorer result and potentially damage the long term potential of a new show.
One thing seems to be for sure though – Seven will not be launching Dancing with the Stars on Sunday June 20 although with the night of Tuesday June 22 filled with three hours of “to be advised” Dancing could make a move back to Tuesday nights to fill the timeslot vacated by Australia’s Got Talent. Sunday Night remains in the program on Sunday June 20, as does Border and The Force. Last year, Dancing started the first Sunday of July.
Hey Hey: extended first run
Back to Nine, and it appears the network are going to extend Hey Hey’s first run beyond the ten weeks it had previously planned for. The 10th episode of Hey Hey is due to air June 30, with the third State of Origin airing in the following week, July 7.
An extra five episodes of Hey Hey are to be played from July 14, meaning the first run will conclude (assuming no off weeks) August 18. This would give Hey Hey an opportunity to see how it rates without having master chef on Ten for its first hour.
A further five episodes would then air later in the year making up the complete order of 20. Surely it would be better for Nine just to keep going and play out the full 20 rather than filling Wednesday nights with alternative programming until Hey Hey returns?