Channel Nine are sticking to movies on Sunday nights – at least for those leading up to the NRL Grand Final on October 3.
On Sunday September 12, at 8.30pm, the movie is Iron Man. The following week, Sept 19, sees the free to air premiere of The Dark Knight, then on September 26, it’s The Incredible Hulk. The NRL Grand Final follows the week after on October 3.
The Throng guess for the two Sundays after The NRL (Oct 10 & 17) is that the two telemovies Nine have ready to go will air. One is from the Underbelly franchise – Tell Them Lucifer Was Here, while the other is Panic at Rock Island. This, of course, is all to be confirmed.
To Monday nights now, and the network will be split with the season finale of Rescue: Special Ops. To avoid conflicting with the Brownlow Medal, The season finale in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth will be seen at 8.30pm, Monday Sept 27, while in Sydney and Brisbane, it remains at 8.30pm, Monday Sept 20. In its place in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth is a special called The 10 Things You Need to Know About Sleep.
The season finale of Hot In Cleveland will be seen at 8pm, Monday Sept 27. The Secret Millionaire also concludes that night at 9.30pm.
While the one week delay for the finale of Rescue Special Ops in some markets puts the possible season return of the Mentalist back a week, the conclusion of Hot in Cleveland and Secret Millionaire paves the way for a night of new premieres – Nine, if they chose to, could – or rather should – fast track new episodes of Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and The Mentalist to Monday nights from October 4. Whether they do so or not, is to be seen.
On Tuesday nights, the mixed bag of programming at 9pm after Top Gear continues. On Tuesday September 14 at 9pm, the Real Hussle will be seen. Then on Sept 21, it’s a special called Darren Brown: The Events. 9pm Sept 28 is yet to be decided.
On Thursday Sept 30, Cops LAC will be a double episode in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth to make up for the missing episode from the previous week where the Grand Final edition of The Footy Show starts at 8.30pm. In NRL markets, the Grand Final Footy Show still starts at 9.30, so Cops LAC still remains at 8.30 every Thursday night.