Thank God You’re Here switches to Seven

Thank God You’re Here is switching from Network TEN to Channel Seven.

It will return in 2009 with Shane Bourne as host and Tom Gleisner as judge.

The hit improvisation show has previously enjoyed three seasons on TEN.

The shift from networks, which follows Seven’s acquisition of Kath & Kim from the ABC, is a major coup for Seven and a huge blow to the TEN Network. It was sorely missed as part of TEN’s Sunday line-up.

“Having taken a year off it felt right to try some new things with the show,” said Tom Gleisner, “including a different home. Moving will give us the opportunity to expose Thank God You’re Here to a whole new audience, while also allowing Shane to continue using his City Homicide parking space.”

Seven CEO David Leckie said, “We see this as being the first of many shows in a long term relationship with Working Dog. They are the best in the business at what they do and that’s why they’ll fit in just perfectly at Seven.”

TV Tonight hears March is a potential starting date…

Press Release:
The sensational comedy series Thank God You’re Here is poised to join Australian TV’s best prime time line-up on Channel Seven.

Thank God You’re Here, an award-winning creation from Working Dog Productions, will join Channel Seven’s 2009 schedule for its fourth season of unscripted mayhem.

Shane Bourne will remain the show’s host in addition to his role on the hit Channel Seven police drama City Homicide.

Judge and co-creator Tom Gleisner:

“Having taken a year off it felt right to try some new things with the show – including a different home. Moving will give us the opportunity to expose Thank God You’re Here to a whole new audience, while also allowing Shane to continue using his City Homicide parking space.”

Thank God You’re Here is a huge hit locally and overseas.

Channel Seven chief executive David Leckie is ecstatic to add another Aussie hit to the network’s stable:

“I have wanted to work with the Working Dog team for years and I’m happy that we waited long enough for it to be for the right show – Thank God You’re Here is a fabulous show and it will be even more fabulous on Seven.

“We see this as being the first of many shows in a long term relationship with Working Dog. They are the best in the business at what they do and that’s why they’ll fit in just perfectly at Seven.”

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119 Comments:

  1. pfft carefactor zero, but I really doubt that Channel 7 has the “Best Prime Time” lineup I’ll leave that title to the cable guys who have a bigger better lineup then any of the free to air rubbish that is around.

  2. Can’t wait for this to start!

    C’mon Josh Lawson, Shaun McAllef, Peter Rowsthorn, Angus Sampson, Frank Woodley, Tony Martin and David Koch, please be on it!

    Okay I’m kidding about Kochie, chances are seven will not put guests on that will not provide that same comedy we are looking for in Thank God Your Here.

    What does everyone think about the “during the week segments?” they’re hilarious in my opinion & should stay a part of the show.

  3. Can we all just please show a little faith in Working Dog. They will ensure that their product is delivered with all boxes ticked. Funny, entertaining and uniquely Australian. Have they ever tried to not do that? The rants on this blog compares to the back and forth between rival football team supporters except that loyalties between TV stations is ludacris. Its like disliking Kate Moss cause she wore clothes from the wrong designer . . . . . . . . what about the clothes?
    Go TGYH . . . . . and go Josh Lawson . . . funniest guest everytime!

  4. I hope they keep the same guests – especially Shaun Micallef, Josh Lawson and Tony Martin but I doubt it as channel 7 doesn’t seem as relaxed about cross-channel guests as channel ten was, this would definately rule Shaun out and they’d probobaly get rid of the rest for some talentless Home and Away fools. Oh well, at least I have the previous seasons’ DVDs.

  5. How did 7 kill K&K? Last I saw of their ratings when they were 1st run episodes it was the #1 show on a Sunday. I think people are being a tad dramatic.

  6. Totally agree Chris M. If you genuinely like the show it wont matter what network it’s on. If you dont watch simply because of the network it’s on, firstly that is pathetic, and secondly you are in the minority. To the majority of viewers it will make no difference what so ever as the content will be exactly the same, only differnce is they will be pressing a 7 on their remote instead on a 10.

    Sure, on occassion there may be a few 7 personalities, Glenn Robins, Fifi Box, possibly Gina and Jane as previously mentioned. But this is nothing new, I seem to recall ten personalities Andrew G and Mark Holden appearing once upon a time…

  7. I say who cares if its on channel seven or ten… if ur a true fan of the show you will watch it no matter what network it is as it is still the same show, same producers, same host, etc…

    I don’t see what the big deal… Sure it started on Ten, but there is no law saying it must stay there… Good News Week started on ABC, and its now on Ten…

  8. I’m saying that in one case a network couldn’t care less about a show (such as futurama, when it is on as late as it was), and in this case, 10 obviously still wanted the show. I’m talking purely from what the networks want, not what the production companies want.

  9. And how do you think that there is a difference benno? At the time TGYH’s run was done for the current season it was in. The owners of the format then re negotiated a deal with 7.

    Futurama finished its run, and a new deal was negotiated with 10. Simple. And this is only Good for television. Would you rather Working Dog not renew it at all? Ten wouldn’t be able to do what they wanted so they went elsewhere. Again, Simple.

    Well Done Seven, Poor Luck Ten. But on the positive side, lets hope this kicks Ten in the balls and they actually start giving us something worth watching, and maybe even running there business properly again.

  10. There’s a difference between a network actively looking for a new seller or the other way round (eg. futurama from 7 to 10 if i recall), and this case.

  11. Sits back and remembers when Hey Hey it’s Saturday moved from Nine to Ten (or was it 0 then), stuff like this happens all the time, just have to think of Seinfeld, Cheers, Smallville, One Tree Hill and etc first being on Nine, Futurama went from Seven to Ten (as did Neighbours as has been pointed out), D-Generation went to 7 and on it goes.

    Way back when Temptation started it’s life on 7 as the Great Temptation before going to Nine as Temptation/Sale Of The Century, ’tis the way it always goes on TV, who knows Big Brother may pop on Nine yet.

  12. i heard this on the radio and knew i had to come strait to TVtonight:

    IMO: sad for TEN, great decision for the show, better to be in a position where the results could go either way(depending on -ve reaction of move) than stay on 10 and have an almost definate downfall. the fact that it was on 10 and a change of host are a recepie for disaster, just look at DWTS, big brother, chopping block, whats good for you; they all had a change of host and all had a major ratings drop.

    and to all the people that are predicting a home and away take over. i hope this never happens but if it did it would not make 7 any worse than 10, 10 put andrew G and the unfunny wedge actors on it. (although that fat chik was quite good)

    at the end of the day i guess there will not be much of a difference to us, why are people being so dramatic and saying they won’t watch it.

  13. Wow I take one day away from the internet and look what happens..! Do love Tom Gleisner’s justification for the move “Moving will give us the opportunity to expose Thank God You’re Here to a whole new audience”… Funny that Jane and Gina used the same “whole new audience” line when moving K&K across from ABC. Are the people that watch Channel 7 in some parallel universe that don’t have access to any other channel?? Bizarre.

  14. I cant believe the posters on here that wont watch a show because of what network its on..geez…personally, I prefer seven and like to see them do well, nine dominated the TV landscape for so many years, its nice to see the under dog on top for now, but im not that much of a fan that I simply wont watch nine if something they have on appeals to me, its like people are taking the change as some kind of a personal insult, TEN is such a mess at the moment, I dont blame working dog for not wanting anything to do wiith them

  15. Obviously it was a case of, either have a new host or change networks. To viewers it makes no difference. If it stayed on 10 everyone would complain about whoever the new host was.

    I wonder if 10 regrets cancelling big brother as that had a guaranteed audience, now that more of their programming is slipping through their fingers.
    They’re 6 night a week cooking show will fail miserably when that starts, then what will they do?

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