Not even a digital channel is a safe place for a new show to be allowed a chance to air regularly … well at least not when it comes to the Nine network anyway.
Rizzoli & Isles – which returned to GEM last week on Tuesday (Jan 18) has been dumped from GEM’s schedule for the second time.
Instead, The Closer will air at 10.30pm Tuesdays, starting from the pilot this Tue Jan 25.
No idea what will happen to Rizzoli & Isles, or even if it will get a third chance.
Here’s a thought: If they (The Nine network) do not want to air shows like these in prime time, for fear of losing a few ratings points, then why not after midnight, when it no longer counts towards the ratings rat race? Why not even after 2am instead of having Home Shopping on three channels at once?
For the record, this was a new show I was going to give a go. When it first aired in December, I missed out due to an equipment failure. I then thought I could pick it up from the 2nd or 3rd episode, but it was taken off air. Then I saw it would be on Tue Jan 18. I recorded it to try again. Haven’t watched it yet – but what will be the point of watching it anyway, if the show is no longer airing?
Next week, and even more so the week after, we will suddenly be bombarded with so much first run content – season returns and new shows – that there will barley be time left to give new shows on digital channels a look in, let alone getting through all the new offerings on the main channels.