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Charity: Australia’s Children’s Music Foundation
Nick “Carbo” Karandonis from “Packed To The Rafters.”
Dancing with the Stars is returning soon to Seven with a talented line-up of celebrities ready to light up the dance floor.
All those “to be advised” gaps are filling up in Seven’s schedule now, although the closest day – Sunday June 20 – still shows on EPGs and internet guides as “to be advised”. It will be a movie: National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Free to air first (updated).
Already announced is that Hung will air at 9.30pm Mondays, following Desperate Housewives. The double episodes of Hung run to 11.00pm as each one is 30 minutes without ads. Minute to Win It is at 7.30 Tuesdays.
Mondays at 7.30 will continue to be Breaking the Magician’s Code: The Secrets of Magic Revealed while Wednesday’s from 7.30 will be the new night for Border Security and the Force – at least for now.
The two factuals move away from their Sunday night timeslot to make way for Dancing with the Stars which will premiere on Sunday June 27 at 6.30pm (updated: now confirmed for June 27 return). Public affairs show Sunday Night will be rested while Dancing with the Stars is on – like it was in 2009. The week leading up to Dancing’s premiere will be the usual Dancing with the Deals cross promotion as Deal or no Deal features some of the “stars” from Dancing with the Stars.
Back to Wednesdays – this Wednesday June 16, the movie Schindlers’ List is on. Next Wednesday, June 23, at 8.30 is another Police Under Fire special – this time focussing on Brendan Berichon who shot at two police in Victoria, resulting in a chain of events.
9.30 Wednesday June 23, is a special called “I Married a Stranger”. This show is essentially about an arranged marriage but they call it a social experiment where the bride and groom do not meet until the day of their wedding. The family of the bride have chosen her groom. At the alter, the bride can chose to say no to the wedding.
It is likely that Seven won’t settle on regular programming on Wednesday night until after the State of Origin series is over, and July school holidays in most states conclude. Wednesday July 14 should be an indication as to what Seven will do for Wednesday nights for the rest of the ratings year. I would expect to see City Homicide return then.
The new season of True Beauty comes to Seven, at 10pm Thursdays following Cougar Town from June 24. This is the second season of the show and has only just started airing in the US.
With Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy finishing over the next two weeks, Tuesdays on Seven from June 29 remain “to be advised” from 8.30pm. Rafters will most likely return to 8.30 Tuesday, but probably not until July 13 or later.
Now we know Minute to Win It will take over the Australia’s Got Talent timeslot, what about all the other timeslots about to be vacated by finishing shows in Seven’s prime time programming? With the amount of one off programming coming up on Seven, it would be easy to think there is a winter non ratings period coming up in time for the June/July school holidays.
Australia’s Got Talent, Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers and Sisters and Find My Family will all finish over the next two weeks. Desperate Housewives a few weeks later. So far – with Bones and Castle finished on June 6, no definite programming has been planned for Sunday nights other than movies.
As for Wednesday night, last Wednesday – the first week since the Pacific concluded – saw Seven offer two factual specials which did not rate very well at all. Next Wednesday – against the State of Origin – Seven will play the movie Schindler’s List – which will be a four hour ordeal, thanks to ads in what is already a long movie without breaks.
On Monday June 14, 7.30pm, there is a special called Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Secrets Revealed – which essentially is one of these shows that appear every now and then discussing how magicians perform certain tricks and illusions.
On Wednesday June 16, 7.30pm, another one off Medical Emergency, billed as a one hour special episode called Rescue Special.
The following week is still filled with “to be advised” timeslots. Timeslots yet to be confirmed include: 8.30pm Sunday June 20 (2.5 hours), 9.30pm Monday June 21 (1.5 hours), 7.30pm Wednesday June 23 (1 hour), 8.30pm Wed June 23 (2 hours) and 10.30pm Wed June 23 (1 hour).
8.30pm Tuesday June 22 also shows as “to be advised” but should be confirmed as the two hour finale of Grey’s Anatomy.
With school holidays in many states spanning June 27 – July 11 or July 4 – July 18, there may be more on off specials in some of these timeslots as Seven may chose to launch new shows in one big week in July. Packed to the Rafters will definitely return in July but a date is not yet set (I tip Tuesday July 13). Other shows almost certainly likely to return to Seven in July include City Homicide and Dancing with the Stars.
Shows still to come on Seven this year include:
Beauty and the Geek Australia (probably not until September)
Hung (now being promoted, so could be soon)
Beat the Star (another game show)
Australia Versus (new comedy show announced this week)
World’s Strictest Parents (rated well last year, so expect it back probably soon on Wednesdays)
Highway Patrol (Most likely to return to Monday nights)
RSPCA Animal Rescue (Most likely to double up with Highway patrol on Monday nights)
My Kitchen Rules season 2 (most likely a September return but being held until 2011 is also a possibility)
Criminal Minds (new episodes)
Underbelly – Final three weeks.
Australia’s highest rating drama show at the moment Underbelly: The Golden Mile has just three weeks to go before it concludes. The final episode of the third series of the franchise will air on June 27, at 8.30pm.
The conclusion of Underbelly prompts the question as to what Nine will schedule in its place from Sunday July 4. Possible candidates could be the second season of Rescue: Special Ops which aired in that timeslot last year or one of their new cop dramas like AFP or Cops: LAC.
Seven Sunday nights:
Seven could well be waiting for Underbelly to end before committing to any new Sunday night programming from 8.30pm. This Sunday June 13, Seven have the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall on, with next Sunday’s (June 20) programming at this stage still “to be advised” although looking at the timing on that night, it would appear a movie is most likely. Pitching new programming against existing high rating shows can generally result in a poorer result and potentially damage the long term potential of a new show.
One thing seems to be for sure though – Seven will not be launching Dancing with the Stars on Sunday June 20 although with the night of Tuesday June 22 filled with three hours of “to be advised” Dancing could make a move back to Tuesday nights to fill the timeslot vacated by Australia’s Got Talent. Sunday Night remains in the program on Sunday June 20, as does Border and The Force. Last year, Dancing started the first Sunday of July.
Hey Hey: extended first run
Back to Nine, and it appears the network are going to extend Hey Hey’s first run beyond the ten weeks it had previously planned for. The 10th episode of Hey Hey is due to air June 30, with the third State of Origin airing in the following week, July 7.
An extra five episodes of Hey Hey are to be played from July 14, meaning the first run will conclude (assuming no off weeks) August 18. This would give Hey Hey an opportunity to see how it rates without having master chef on Ten for its first hour.
A further five episodes would then air later in the year making up the complete order of 20. Surely it would be better for Nine just to keep going and play out the full 20 rather than filling Wednesday nights with alternative programming until Hey Hey returns?
Survivor heading to Nicaragua
Emmy-winning series Survivor will head to Nicaragua for the next two seasons after spending the last two in Samoa. Shooting on the granddaddy of all reality shows will take place on the island of San Juan del Sur where the local terrain consists of volcanoes and ferocious wildlife.
The axe has fallen on drama series FlashForward after only one season with ABC cancelling the show for good. Waning interest in the US is to blame for the cancellation as the show has performed strongly in international markets. Word is the first season finale will leave a lot unexplained.
Dancing with the Stars line-up named
The latest batch of celebrities who will be wowing us with their dance moves have been named as Seven kick-starts the PR for the new series of Dancing with the Stars. Check out the full line-up of stars here.
Reality show for Courtney Love
Courtney Love has reportedly signed on for a new TV show which will focus on her life and music. Despite the fact the Hole singer has slammed other celebrities for turning their private lives into reality shows, Love says she has “caved” because she was bored and couldn’t get hold of the self-help books she wanted.
Doctor Who on stage
BBC series Doctor Who is set to appear live on stage in the UK
with a new theatre production of the celebrated show set to tour the country. However the new Doctor (Matt Smith) and his assistant (Karen Gillan) will not be appearing on the in the flesh, but the production will include flashy pyrotechnics and special effects.
Criminal Minds spin-off
American network CBS has picked up the new Criminal Minds spin-off series in which Forest Whitaker will star. The actor featured in an episode of the original show last month in the States to test the waters and will take on leading man duties in the spin-off series.
MasterChef judge wins award
MasterChef Australia judge Matt Preston has scored himself an award he probably doesn’t want from the Australian public. The TV food critic has picked up the annual ‘W**ker of the Year’ award from Ralph magazine due to his food snobbery. The magazine’s editor explains the choice: “Have you heard the way the guy talks about food? I think the guy needs to chill out and eat some cheese on toast once in a while.”
Bret Michaels new series
Reality star Bret Michaels has a new series ready to drop in the US called Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It. The docu-series will give viewers an insight into the rockers home life when he’s not on tour with his band and when he’s not shooting his various reality shows.
Hawaii Five-0 reboot
A reboot of classic TV series Hawaii Five-0 is in production at American network CBS. The original show, which ran for 12 seasons between 1968 and 1980, centred on a fictional Hawaiian police force and made a star out of leading man Jack Lord. The rebooted series will feature Alex O’Loughlin and Lost’s Daniel Dae-Kim.
The Bachelor video game
Reality show The Bachelor is releasing a video game based on the series this coming June. Exclusively for Wii and DS, the game will allow players to compete against other characters for the love of the Bachelor or Bachelorette over several “episodes”. Real life contestants Jason Mesnick, Trista Sutter, Jillian Harris and Andy Baldwin will all voice versions of themselves in the game.
“Dancing with the Stars” is returning for its 10th season with an all new line up of celebrity contestants. Daniel MacPherson and Sonia Kruger will return as co-hosts of the show expected to start on Seven Sunday June 20.
The celebrities are:
Tamara is the former pop-singer of “Australian Popstars 2” group Scandal’us and wife of now channel 7 favourite, Kyle Sandilands. Popstars is currently airing on Seven after midnight Tuesday nights.
The 30 year old gold Logie nominee and former model is “Home and Away’s” favourite policewoman.
Nick “Carbo” Karandonis from “Packed To The Rafters.”
Jo Beth Taylor:
Jo Beth is a former “Hey Hey it’s Saturday” presenter, pop star and ex wife of tennis player Thomas Muster.
Wife of Brendan Fevola, an AFL player for the Brisbane Lions. Brendan is the man accused of sending the Lara Bingle photo of her in a shower during their 5 week affair, while he was married.
The 3rd runner up in the “Celebrity Masterchef” series and Miss Universe Australia.
David is an Indigenous Australian ex West Coast Eagles AFL player and heads the “David Wirrpanda Foundation” that promotes strong role models and healthy choices to Indigenous children.
This “Better Homes and Garden” carpenter and presenter started off on “House Calls To The Rescue”.
A country singer with 5 CMAA awards.
This 29 yr old who is best known for his stint on “Neighbours” and “Big Brother” was last seen in “Sea Patrol.”
The former St. George then Cronulla Sharks player in the NRL is now an author.