If you love reality TV, then Nine will either become your new favourite channel or your nemesis as The Block, The Voice and Celebrity Apprentice all air over multiple nights on Nine from April 15.
If you are planning to watch The Voice, beware of the fact the show airs on three nights, with three different starting times and three different finishing times. No to mention the fact that we don’t know what will ultimately be the shows’ regular timeslots.
Other than those reality titles, new episodes of The Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist, Unforgettable and Top Gear air that week.
Sunday April 15
6.30 The Voice – Blind Auditions, Part 1
7.30 54th Annual TV Week Logie Awards
11.30 Kings of Comedy
Monday April 16
7.00 The Block 2012 – Elimination Night 1
8.00 The Voice – blind Auditions part 2
9.30 The Big Bang Theory rpt (NSW/QLD only)
10.00 The Big Bang Theory rpt (NSW/QLD only)
10.30 Alcatraz – Garrett Stillman NEW (9.30 in VIC) – This is the second last episode of Alcatraz.
Tuesday April 17
7.00 The Block 2012 – Elimination Night 2
7.30 The Voice (yep 7.30 for this night) – blind auditions part 3
9.00 The Big Bang Theory – NEW – The Transporter Malfunction
9.30 Top Gear – new
11.00 Kitchen Nightmares
Wednesday April 18
7.00 The Block 2012 – Elimination Night 3
8.00 Celebrity Apprentice Australia – season 2 premiere.
9.30 The Mentalist – new
10.30 Unforgettable – new
Thursday April 19
7.00 The Block 2012 – Elimination Night 4
8.00 Celebrity Apprentice Australia
9.30 The Footy show
Friday April 20
7.00 The Block 2012 – week 1 recap episode
7.30 NRL (NSW/QLD) / Big Bang repeats (VIC)
Correct as at April 6. Subject to change. NSW, QLD and VIC only. Others check local guides closer to air dates.
Note also – regionals that air ACA at 7pm will have programming pushed back half an hour on weeknights with The Block at 7.30pm for example.
Another important fact to note is that reality on Nine almost NEVER finishes on time. Late finishes as long as 17 minutes past that advertised were observed last year for both The Block and Celebrity Apprentice, pushing all subsequent programming late without notice other than the EPG.
With two reality shows on Mondays to Thursdays, will Nine manage to have them finish on time, or will the combination of two late finishing reality shows result in subsequent programming being as late as half an hour behind what is shown in advanced guides?
Be aware – be very aware – set extra time on your PVRs and be flexible with when shows finish.
I can see the new episode of The Big Bang Theory scheduled for Tuesday night at 9pm not starting until something like 9.25pm. Really not a good timeslot for the show. We are now only two episodes behind the US – glad Nine managed to find a slot somewhere with all the reality on, but Tuesday after The Voice will mean many viewers will struggle with the timeslot, and ratings will suffer.