Seven are set to start the 2011 ratings year with a bang.
After the tennis, there are numerous titles returning to Seven, including the second season of My Kitchen Rules, the new series Conviction Kitchen, Border Security as well as season premieres of Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Parenthood, and more.
Please note, that this post was written BEFORE Seven starting promoting the fact that Grey’s Anatomy and Desperate Housewives would be airing on the same night. That obvioulsy chnages what follows, and suggests Seven will be trying something different in 2011. We will find out when programming is released Jan 21. Original post and specualtions follow…
Desperate Housewives returns with season seven, which sees Vanessa Williams joining the cast, and Austin Green guest starring. Brothers and Sisters returns with its season five premiere which picks up one year after the tragic multi-car pile up which ended last season. Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters will most likely return to Monday nights.
Parenthood returns to continue season two, with a double episode. Parenthood will most likely return to Tuesday nights. Packed to the Rafters will also be returning to Tuesday nights, but that will most likely be some time in February.
Grey’s Anatomy is back for their 7th season. The staff of Seattle Grace Mercy West deal with the physical and emotional trauma in the wake of the deadly rampage of a vengeful gunman. Private Practice is back for season four. These two have usually aired on Thursday nights, and is likely to be the same for 2011.
New episodes from season six of Criminal Minds are set to return to Seven after the tennis. Last year, only four episodes of the new season were aired.
Also returning to Seven, is season five of City Homicide, with an episode called the Business of Fear. Season five is reported to be a six part mini-series. Criminal Minds and City Homicide may land on Wednesday nights.
New episodes of How I Met Your Mother will return to Seven after the tennis. Season six will kick off with a double episode premiere, which will probably end up as a new and repeat episode together in later weeks (how I wish they would not do that!). Possible Thursday 7.30pm timeslot for Mother.
It doesn’t rate well, but Seven will be airing season two of Cougar Town. Most likely in a late timeslot, it too will return with a double episode season premiere.
Then there is 30 Rock’s season five return. A show guaranteed to get a late night timeslot, even though it really deserves to be on earlier. If Cougar Town goes to 10.30 Thursday, then 30 Rock may end up at 11.30pm Thursdays.
Then there are Sundays. Sunday Feb 6 – the first night of ratings for 2011 will most likely include the return of Sunday Night at 6.30, Border Security at 7.30, New Bones at 8.30 and new episodes (currently being promoted) of Castle at 9.30.
My Kitchen Rules will most likely land on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7.30pm, while Conviction Kitchen is a possible Wednesday 7.30pm timeslot. Also somewhere in the mix, will be the new reality series, Fat Family Diet.
New to daytime on Seven, at 2pm weekdays from Mon Jan 31, is Dr Oz. A talk based show that discusses health matters. The show is currently seen on Pay TV on (the channel) W.
Seven will officially release details of timeslots for all of these new and returning shows this Friday, January 21. There may be surprises in timeslots, but, as we all know, moving shows around to different nights does not help in ratings. No reason why Seven would not keep all these shows on their usual nights in 2011.