In anticipation for the new series to air soon, A Once Upon a Time special airs in place of Grey’s on Tuesday Nov 6, while Once Upon A Time plays during the day (other than Cup coverage days). Criminal Minds, Surveillance Oz and Brynne all have finales this week. Continue reading »
New Castle turns up on Monday nights, after the X Factor. Scandal and The Amazing Race fall back. Continue reading »
Border Security and Airways return to Sunday. Killing Time becomes a double episode. Grey’s and Smash back on Tuesday. Continue reading »
The AFL Brownlow Medal on Monday 24th sees the X Factor pushed back to a Tuesday performance show and Wednesday Elimination show. And in case we can’t get enough X Factor, there is a special on Thursday night featuring One Direction and a behind the scenes look at the UK’s X Factor. GCB and Winners & Losers have a week off. Continue reading »
This week, The X Factor reaches its live rounds in which the Top 12 will perform and one will go home on the Tuesday night. On Friday and Saturday night is the last night time AFL games for 2012. Continue reading »
It’s a whole bunch of specials next week for Seven – the first of two Easter non-ratings weeks.
On Monday April 2, at 7.30pm, is Unlikely Animal Friends 2. What happens when a sheep befriends an orphaned baby elephant? Do dogs get along with polar bears? Can a leopard and a golden retriever grow up together? Find out what makes these unlikely animal friendships so unique.
A new episode of Revenge follows at 8.30pm.
Then at 9.30pm, another special: McDonald’s Gets Grilled.
Fast food is full of fat, sugar and preservatives. It’s slowly killing us, contributing to a worldwide epidemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. This documentary targets one of the world’s most famous but equally controversial companies, McDonald’s. Six members of the public are given an all-access pass to McDonald’s, set out to ask the tough questions about what goes into the food they eat, including the use of pesticides and preservatives, as well as issues surrounding staff exploitation, hygiene, holding periods and how the food tastes. As we follow this intriguing journey it will be more than a program about fast food. It’s a social experiment. One that tests whether people, when faced with overwhelming evidence challenging their long-held prejudices, can ever accept the truth.
Tuesday April 3 at 7.30pm sees World’s Strictest Parents (UK) return in a new episode: Barbados. Tonight spoilt Nicole and school dropout Nathan, both 16, get new parents in Barbados. For a week they will be living under the strict rules of the Harris family. They have prepared a set of rules including no smoking, no drinking, no swearing and respect at all times for the parents. But on the first night Nathan refuses to hand over his cigarettes and Andrea orders him out of the house until he complies with her rules. Things get worse when the teens skip school forcing Dad Kenrick to leave work to search for them. Will one week of tough love help to tame these wild teens?
Movies return to Tuesday nights, with The Boys are Back at 8.30pm – a premiere for Seven.
On Wednesday April 4, at 7.30pm is the special 5 Days in the Red Zone. Follows the unlikely Rural Drink Drive Team from Alexandra who were unexpectedly called into Christchurch after the February 22 earthquake. Sergeant Bruce Martin and two Constables made their way to Christchurch’s red zone with documentary-maker, Pip. What emerges is a unique view into the disaster – of the new population of the of Christchurch’s central city; rescue crews, emergency services and military. They occupy a broken world that once belonged to the thousands who worked and lived in the central city. These rural officers hoped they would be saving lives and rescuing people but what they discover is an eerie place full of strangeness, sadness, bizarre moments and the challenge of dealing with the dead, not the living.
At 8.30pm is a double episode of Criminal Minds from season 6 – episodes 17 and 18 (Valhalla and Lauren).
To Thursday April 5, and the movie The Queen plays at 8.30pm in non-AFL markets.
Good Friday April 6 has Gosford Park as the movie at 8.30pm.
Movies on Saturday April 7 include Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit at 6.30pm and Dante’s Peak at 8.20pm in non-AFL markets.
On Easter Sunday, April 8, Sunday Night remains at 6.30pm, followed by Border Security and the Force, then Bones and Castle repeats from 8.30pm.
Easter Monday April 9 sees Revenge have a week off, with a yet to be named movie to air in the 8.30pm timeslot.
The Amazing Race continues at 9.30pm Wednesday April 11, followed by a Titanic special at 10.30pm, called Words of The Titanic. Marking the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s fateful voyage, voices from that infamous journey are brought back to life in this special program. Famous faces join with relatives of survivors to read the words of original letters, diaries and memoirs in this powerful landmark documentary. Richard E Grant, Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll paint a fresh and vivid picture of the events building up to the fateful night in April 1912. From the engine room hands to the ships commanders, from the plight of the third class passengers to the stories of the first class state room passengers, their testimonies combines to create a colourful and deeply moving account of the doomed voyage and its effect on the lives of the survivors. Narrated by CHARLES DANCE.
Then, on Thursday April 12, Seven’s regular Thursday night line up returns. Better Homes and Gardens at 7.30pm in AFL states, Property Ladder elsewhere, followed by Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and Private Practice.
There are still a number of TBA’s for the second Easter non-ratings week, which should be updated early next week.
Programming correct at March 29, 2012
I only watch the stories I am interested on Sunday Night on Seven – which sometimes, is none, sometimes is one, but hardly ever the whole show. Last night, it was the first story. Border Security – really don’t watch anymore as it is too much of the same. The Force – never got into. Bones and Castle – nothing wrong with both shows actually, but one can only watch so much TV in a week, and not everything we would like to watch ends up being watched.
On Ten – of course it is YTT at 6.30 – uplifting and full of energy! (our recap here). Although not as good as it used to be, new Modern Family still gets a look in. As for New Girl – we defy the ratings trend as we gave up after the second episode. Same with Homeland, while the Concordia Special didn’t grab our attention either – having seen enough new on the disaster when it happened.
To Nine – the first session of the cricket ran late, meaning it flicked over to GEM at 6pm (Sydney market) – I turned over around 6.15 after seeing the main stories on the news to see what target Australia had set the Indians. Later in the night – around 9.30 – I was back to see that Australia would win – and they did. All over soon after 10. The movie on Nine after the cricket has been on GO! so many times over the past few years, I’d be amazed if there was anyone left who would be choosing to watch it first time on Nine last night.
ABC1 – Definitely not into Grand Designs, nor Midsomer Murders – but my parents are! Wonder if Seven is eying off Midsomer Murders for 7TWO – would really fit in with all those other British mysteries! Have been recording The Code on SBS ONE but yet to watch any of them.
Not sure how I missed this one – as I check every few days online TV guides and EPGs of Nine, GO! and GEM for programming changes – seeing that Nine do not send out amendments to those of us who write for TV – but Suburgatory was on GO! as two episodes last night (and next Sunday as well). Thankfully my series link on IQ caught the second episode – BUT – with recording The Code on SBS ONE from 8.30-9.30, and Suburgatory now on GO! 8.30-9.30, that meant Shameless on W – which we could not wait for last night – with a 9.20 start had its first 10 minutes chopped off. We went to watch it after seeing where the cricket was up to – only to see the start was missing. If I knew that before hand, either The Code or Suburgatory would have been moved to TIVO to record.
We then decided to re-record Shameless from W+2 from 11.20pm, and watch it another night – only to have Foxtel satellite lose signal from an hour from 11pm-midnight thanks to a huge storm up our way. Thankfully, it is Foxtel and there are many repeats to chose from!
That’s Sunday night – what did you watch? Your thoughts?
Wednesday nights on TV is one of those nights that is yet to find its ground for 2012. When you think of Tuesday nights, there are certain shows you just know will always be on Tuesday night – such as NCIS on Ten, Packed to the Rafters on Seven and Two and a Half Men on Nine.
But this is not the case on Wednesdays. Please Marry My Boy on Seven had its first Wednesday night airing, after playing on Mondays for the past two weeks. That was followed by two new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, and then two repeats – a show this week competing against Nine and GO!’s multiple airings of The Big Bang Theory on the most-played sitcom on free to air TV of the week stakes. Please Marry My Boy is only a short series, so 8.30 Wednesdays on Seven will change soon, while the new season of The Amazing Race (US) settles into 9.30 Wednesday from next week leaving new How I Met Your Mother to settle into Monday nights after Revenge.
A classic episode of My Kitchen Rules on Seven last night (our review here) which saw QLD couple and villains Peter and Gary cook off a marathon three course meal last night was one of the best episodes of the series so far – if you missed it, watch it on catch up TV or on the weekend assuming Seven encore the week of MKR. As for Please Marry My Boy – I personally can’t see the attraction of the show – perhaps a fan of the show could please explain!
The talk of the night would have to be Sherlock – with rave reviews so far from those who have seen it. Sherlock is also a short series – just three two hour offerings, meaning Nine’s Wednesday nights will also change is a few weeks time – hopefully 8.30 Wednesday is where The Mentalist will settle in this year – we are now plenty of episodes behind the US to give The Mentalist and uninterrupted run.
RBT on Nine reminds me of Border Security on Seven. Sooner or later you have seen all possible scenarios then some start to stand out. I can’t help feeling, that every time I watch Border Security, there is someone who can barely speak English trying to bring food across the border and don’t understand why they have to declare it or what to do with the form they fill out prior to landing. With RBT, there are two stand out scenarios for me: 1. A person usually with a blurred-out face is drunk, caught, and then abusive to the police or 2. a person is drunk, but so happy to be on national TV, they don’t care about the repercussions.
Ten are out of phase with the other networks on Wednesday night – opting to air Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation at 8pm right after Biggest Loser (featuring The Walk and more Temptation last night), then The Good Wife – one of those shows that has aired on a few different nights since its premiere a few years ago – which now starts at the odd time of 9.10.
Ten had the same out of phase scenario on Thursday nights with A Gifted Man playing from 8-9 but have changed the line up so Law & Order: SVU starts at 8.30 instead, after a repeat of Modern Family. So far, Wednesday remains “different”.
Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight – yes everyone, it is back, and has been back since last week – ratings last week suggest that noone really knew it was on – is part of ABC1′s Wednesday night comedy night. Last night, it followed Absolutely Fabulous – the 20th anniversary specials. According to one die-hard Ab-Fab fan I know, the series should have been left alone where it finished – back in the 1990′s. Same jokes 20 years on just don’t work now!
Lost in the depths of digital channel programming was a new episode of The Simspons on ELEVEN last night – who else forgets its on because they are too busy watching or recording shows from the main channels? While on ONE – new Burn Notice continues Wednesday nights at 8.30pm – it it wasn’t for my TIVO season pass, it too would be forgotten about! This is one show that really doesn’t get the attention it deserves, and should air on Ten on a weeknight at 10.30pm.
7TWO – aka free to air’s version of UK TV – keeps Heartbeat alive at 7.30, but after 9.30 it seemed to be Hetty Wainthropp night. Meanwhile 7mate kept the Pawn alive last night with Hardcore Pawn and Pawn Stars from 7.30.
Can you believe the movie The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert is now nearly 20 years old? An interesting movie choice for GEM last night, while GO! had Zombieland at 9.30 – a free to air first – the first five minutes of which either got you hooked or had you diving for the remote looking for something else!
The stand out for SBS ONE last night was the final of From Sydney to Tokyo By Any Means, followed by a documentary that looked at the conflict between Russia and Georgia several years ago.
TV 4ME had the H2O Mop infomercial at 9.30pm – which makes the product look so good, that anyone who has dirty floors, walls or just about anything else on the house needing cleaning, is very tempted to buy one. If you are thinking of buying an H2O mop – do yourself a favour and go and see one for yourself at a Danoz store – then make your decision.
On Pay TV, FOX8 was the place to be from 7.30pm (or 9.30 via FOX8+2!) with Cricket Superstar (our review here), followed by new Grimm. At 9.30 It’s a Brad, Brad World premiered on Arena – what is that about I hear you ask? Read more on that one here.
What did you watch last night? What did you enjoy? What did you think of what you watched? Feel free to share your thoughts – now that our commenting system on Throng is a 100 times easier than it used to be – thanks to DISQUS!
Wasn’t hard to predict this line up.
Seven’s first Sunday after the tennis is a very familiar line up.
Public affairs program Sunday Night returns at 6.30pm. It is followed by Border Security and The Force at 7.30 and 8.00pm respectively.
Then, at 8.30 is new Bones, followed by new Castle at 9.30pm.
And if you want to see the last episode of Castle’s previous season, it airs tonight (Jan 29) after the Australian Open Men’s Final – the guides say 10.30pm, but when it ends up starting depends on how the tennis goes.