With just two months of the ratings season left, there are still several key shows promised by our three Free to Air commercial networks that are still waiting to launch.
When it comes to promising us the new programming, it’s the Nine Network that still has the longest “To Do” list.
Nine has two months worth of new Temptation episodes sitting on the shelf. There are eight episodes of the UK drama Rock Rivals (pictured). We were promised Toasted and Roasted specials, The Irwin Family Zoo and game shows Jingles and Amnesia (since cancelled in the US). It’s elbowed Chuck and Pushing Daisies out to December and The Young Doctors back to 2009. A number of titles announced by Nine won’t even make it before the cameras.
Seven meanwhile has the George Michael-inspired drama Eli Stone from Greg Berlanti, Reaper with its pilot directed by Kevin Smith and Christian Slater’s My Own Worst Enemy -it premieres October 13 in the US.
TEN has fulfilled its wish list better than its rivals. Most of its new shows, including Californication and Download, have slated airdates with the exception of Pussycat Dolls and The Informant telemovie starring William McInnes. Only 13 eps of Mike Kelley’s Swingtown have been produced, following declining ratings. Out of the Blue, the locally produced drama is chockful of much-needed Australian content, and bound to pad out the summer schedule.
Here’s a sample of the remaining list…
Knight Rider (series)
My Own Worst Enemy
Super Skinny Me: The Race to Size Double Zero
Surgery Saved My Life
The Young Doctors (now 2009)
Big Shots (cancelled)
The Waiting Room
Weddings (10 years on Special)
Heroes and Villains
The Irwin Family’s Australia Zoo
‘New Gameshow’ from National IQ Test producers
Toasted and Roasted Specials
Here Come the Newlyweds
The Million Dollar Salon (cancelled)
The Chopping Block series 2
Swingtown (future uncertain)
Friday Night Download
Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search For The Next Doll
Out of the Blue