Seven have filled in most of the gaps in their programming, as their line up settles down with numerous new titles and readies the network for the last three months of the ratings year.
That TBA at 7.30pm on Sunday August 14 has been filled with new episodes Highway Patrol from 7.30pm and new The Force – Behind the Line at 8.00pm.
At 7.30 on Monday August 15, is another animal special – this one called Wild and Woolly – An Elephant and His Sheep. Body Of Proof follows at 8.30pm, then new series Suits premieres at 9.40pm.
Tuesday August 16 sees Hung return to Seven at 10.30pm, with the series premiere of season two. That is followed by the series three return of Parks and Recreation at 11.00pm.
Then on Thursday August 18, new factual series called Drug Bust which is a fast paced observational series that follows how New Zealand’s largest policies district battles the war against drugs premieres at 7.30pm. That is followed by Crash Investigation Unit with its series return at 8.00pm.
Moving to the following week, and there is a TBA at 7.30pm Monday August 22 while over on 7mate, No Ordinary Family will finish with a double episode from 7.30pm Monday August 22.
On Tuesday August 23, Winners & Losers is the season finale at 8.30pm – which almost 100% guarantees that the return of Packed to the Rafters will be at 8.30pm Tuesday August 30.
Now where does all this programming leave The X Factor – now being heavily promoted to return in August? Surely not just for an hour on Monday nights replacing the TBA that sits there on August 22?
My guess is it will premiere during the week of August 28 – September 3, most likely airing on Sunday and Monday nights, like it did in 2010, at 7.30pm. That could mean the factuals on Sunday night are only temporary. Another possibility is they play X Factor out on Monday and Thursday nights at 7.30pm as the 7.30-8.30pm programming on Thursday August 18 does not seem like a long term solution for the time slot.