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Nine’s “first quarter” in ’09

Underbelly, Crusoe, For Richer for Poorer, Wipeout Australia, Sea Patrol, and Ladette to Lady will be coming sooner rather than later on Nine.

Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, Wipeout Australia, Aussie Ladette to Lady, Sea Patrol, Flashpoint, Crusoe (pictured) and Local Heroes are some of the shows Nine intends to air in the ‘first quarter’ of 2009.

Also due early in the new television year are the Jules Lund-hosted For Richer For Poorer, which seeks to find the perfectly wedded couple. Amongst the contestants on this show are a gay male couple.

What’s Good For You is back, now with new host Dr Andrew Rochford (The Waiting Room).

Also in the first quarter Nine will also screen the US version of Who Do You Think You Are?, Secret Millionaire (an Aussie version is due), and Bert Newton hosting both When I Grow Up and 20 to 1. Others due soon include Farmer Wants a Wife, Domestic Blitz, The Mentalist, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Crime Investigation Australia, CSI, CSI: NY, Without a Trace and Cold Case.

And there is still more Two and a Half Men coming in the first quarter, meaning Home Run, Nine’s new 7pm reality show is unlikely to launch before April.

Other shows expected after April will likely include Eleventh Hour, Singing Bee, RPA, Little Britain, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Trouble in Paradise, The Unusuals, Seven Deadly Sins, Missing Pieces, CSI: Miami, Rescue Squad, Toasted & Roasted, Hell’s Kitchen, The Gift, Animal Emergency, Random Acts of Kindness and Missing Persons Unit.

65 Responses

  1. @Kevin: There is absolutely no “variety” in the “dramas” on that list. The majority are monotonous CBS cop shows, excluding ABC’s The Unusuals which will most likely be axed after a few episodes. The Aussie ones are different though. Seven have a lot more variety, shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers and Sisters, Desperate Housewives, etc may not be a bloke’s cup of tea but at least they target a different audience. And if a good serial drama like LOST, Heroes or 24 ended up on Nine it would be axed within 2 weeks. Its a good thing they axed Canal Road and The Strip though, 2 more horrible shows. Hopefully they gave Underbelly 2 a bigger budget.
    BTW, you forgot The Big Bang Theory, Old Christine and Til Death, all of which are more of Nine’s “comedies”. Pity none of them are particularly funny.

    As for this paltry lineup, the only show that remotely interests me is The Mentalist, but I’ll be downloading that as Nine already have screwed that over with 3 timeslot changes and horrible handling of the series. And you can be sure that half those new shows will be bumped or axed after 2 or 3 weeks in favour of more bloody 2.5 men and CSI spinoffs.

  2. How boring!! I will be watching Underbelly and Farmer wants a wife but thats it the rest of the shows on there are just rubish!

    And for me Nine has already failed 2009 because my faavroute show McLeod’s daughters has gone.

  3. Zambora in defence of Kevin… 9’s scheduling wasn’t above board, BUT… 7 and 10 were just as bad in offending!

    7 never fully aired Ugly Betty, nor did they with Samantha Who?, Outback Wildlife Rescue, Outdoor Room, Kath and Kim (US) or Dirty Sexy Money and they’re just the tip of the icerberg! They shifted and changed the timeslots of The Apprentice, Prison Break, Lost, Bones (when it went to 9.30 Mondays) So 7 weren’t above board (even though everyone makes it out that they were, as they’re our #1 network for the 2nd time) and as far as 10 goes don’t even get me started!!

  4. Here’s diversity for you:
    – Cooking: Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Hell’s Kitchen
    – Family: Singing Bee, Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show, Crusoe
    – Lifestyle: Getaway, Domestic Blitz, What’s Good For You
    – Comedies: Two and a Half Men, For Richer For Poorer, When I Grow Up, Little Britian, (Comdedy and Drama) The Unusuals
    – Competitions / Game Shows / Reality: Wipeout Australia, Aussie Ladette to Lady, The Farmer Wants a Wife III, Home Run
    – Dramas: Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Underbelly II, Sea Patrol III, CSI, CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, Flashpoint, The Mentalist, Without A Trace, Cold Case, Eleventh Hour, Rescue Squad, a new show announced recently on TV Tonight currently in development which I can’t remember the name of…
    – Crime / Documentaries: Who Do You Think You Are?, Missing Persons Unit and Crime Investigation Australia
    – Factual: Secret Millionaire, Animal Emergency, RPA, The Gift, Local Heroes, Missing Pieces, Random Acts of Kindness, Seven Deadly Sins

    As far as I’m concerned, that spells Diversity! 9 never confident to try something new – Underbelly, Sea Patrol, The Farmer Wants a Wife to name a few weren’t something new now were they?! Although flops, Power of 10, Monster House, My Kid’s a Star again to name a few weren’t something new either?!

  5. Jerome: Nine did air Monarchy – The Family at Work in February and March, and actually asked Cate Blanchett to narrate the program for local audiences. The DVD is now available from ABC Shops.

  6. Lol @ Kevin, do you work for Nine’s advertising agency perchance ?
    Just had second look at promised schedule and got to love name of shows, perhaps quite apt for Nine.
    Wipeout Australia, What’s Good For You, Who Do You Think You Are?, When I Grow Up and 3 shows well suited to Nine’s programmers –
    Missing Pieces, , Toasted & Roasted & Random Acts of Kindness .
    C;mon Channel 9 if you serious with this lineup, tell us now whether you will leave a show for 2 or 3 weeks before moving it.I need to know now to avoid disappointment later.
    Kevin, if you are dead serious that Nine is the one with the bloody brilliant lineup (your words), how much will Ramsay,20-1 and 2 and a half men get thrown in to schedule and even worse how many of the promised shows will actually get their full series run at same time each week.

  7. I was looking for Terminator – channel 9 still have the rights to that don’t they?

    Oh and Survivor would have been cool too.

    But I’ll check out Crusoe at least, other than that – I’m a bit unimpressed.

  8. Here’s hoping Nine can finish screening the original series of Underbelly in Victoria before the second starts up. I’m sick of hearing how Underbelly was so great, and a great show and all like it has been and gone.. when Channel 9 is still yet to officially play it in Victoria past the first few episodes.

  9. @kevin…

    you are entitled to you own opinion of 9. but to say they are the one for diversity i must disagree. first of all “emotion, entertainment, love, romance and passion” 4 of those 5 genres are the same (not exactly variety) and “entertainment” is very broad.

    in 2008 all we saw on 9 was cop shows and 2.5 men. in 2009 we will see cop shows, 2.5 men, feel goods and unoriginal factuals. all crap IMO, very far from “most diverse”. on the odd occasion that they do try something new we get trash like hole in the wall, my kids a star, monster house, or the chopping block.

    where are the non-cop dramas, lifestyle, comedys (sorry 10x 2.5men doesn’t count) gameshows, sci-fis, family shows, and competitions all of which we see on other networks. 9 only airs shows that follow suit of other sucesses, never confident to try something new.

  10. Ladette to Lady was my guilty pleasure this year, so I can’t wait for the Aussie version. Other than that nothing particularly sparks my attention, but nice to see What’s Good For You returning, and I might have a go at Underbelly 2.

    Nine seems to have a good balance of “feel-good” shows, reality, crime, and factuals. Don’t really see any lighter serial dramas, but other than Desperate Houswives and Grey’s (on 7) dramedys don’t really rate spectacularly (eg. Ugly Betty, Eli Stone…).

    Also, I wonder what’s going on with the new Claudia Karvan show? Perhaps it’ll be on later in the year, or in 2010.

  11. i just checked david’s article that announced 9’s 2008 lineup back in 2007

    so many of them never aired:
    Amnesia, Jingles, gameshow from the producers of the National IQ Test, Here Come the Newlyweds, Million Dollar Salon, Pushing Daisies, Chuck, (well we know where they are) Big Shots, Canterbury’s Law, Rock Rivals, Extraordinary Animals, Monarchy – The Royal Family at Work, Heroes and Villains, Hunted, The Irwin Family’s Australia Zoo, Toasted and Roasted Specials, “Unnamed reality sitcom”, Hotel Babylon, Damages, Primeval. (correct me if some of these did make it that i missed)

    so just because 9 promise them doesn’t really mean much. don’t get too excited.

  12. Well I for one will definately be choosing 9 in ’09! – They have a bloody brilliant lineup and one which comes second to none!

    They have the most diversity of any of the networks in progamming, from emotion and entertainment, to love, romance and passion.

    As Anna said, 9 looks promising and I too hope to see 9 regain #1 status in ’09 – All the best!

  13. All these shows people have mentioned that were not mentioned such as Survivor and Hotel Bablyon, have you all thought of the possibility NIne will air these on their second channel next year. They do have to have something to air on it and why not stick some of these shows that do have a core following. WOuld be a great way to kick off their new channel. They could call it the loyal viewers channel. 😀

  14. Travis, I doubt Andrew is the sole on air talent on the show, so I’d say no change.

    Tommyk, probably UB2 for Melb before UB1 yes. 60 Mins is back, I haven’t included ‘core programming’ like 60 Mins, ACA, Today, Getaway, KAK etc….

  15. Key comment there is “Nine intends to air”
    Does not mean they will ..sorry Gyn but your network rarely kept promises in past so why should we believe you now.

    Will Underbelly be shown in Vic ?
    Wipeout Australia & Aussie Ladette to Lady look like flops but “only those fewsouls with people meters get to decide”\Looking forward to Sea Patrol & Flashpoint but what time/promotion will show get.,
    Nine’s new Local Heroes plus all their other factual type shows do not interest me one bit.And for goodness sakes Jules Lund and Bert hosting more shows – no thanks.
    The big hit could be Farmer wants a wife – depends on the editing and people though.
    The big question is will Nine deliver on their promises or is it as I expect more spin…Oops they only intended to show this or that never ever did we promise.
    *fingers crossed*

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