TEN locks in big shows
Nurse Jackie, Celebrity MasterChef, NCIS: LA and The Spearman Experiment. TEN hints at what's going where.
TEN has released major details of several new shows to launch in coming weeks.
Celebrity MasterChef will be slated as a Wednesday night programme. The one hour show is set to roll over 10 weeks.
Despite words to the contrary from programmer David Mott, NCIS: LA will be fastracked from the US, also to screen on Wednesday nights. Maybe TEN didn’t warm to the advice of many readers here who were urging for a quick turnaround. Still, it is the prerogative of network programmers to move their wares around -especially when it is in advance of print guides.
Glee will also be fastracked from the US, to screen Thursday nights on TEN. Earlier this week in the US it was announced that the show would now launch one week ahead of previous plans (Sept 9).
Most excitingly, TEN is planningNurse Jackie on Sunday nights. This half hour cable drama starring Edie Falco as an overworked emergency nurse is attracting quite a buzz. Little Britain: USA also has its free to air premiere on TEN, to screen Sunday nights.
And the secretive new pop-culture quiz show The Spearman Experiment is to become a Tuesday night show -no doubt to replace Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation. This local show will launch in September with ‘an iconic host’ -expect confirmation of the big name this weekend.
As it did at the top of the year, TEN is very bold in throwing down the gauntlet on its programming so publicly. Nine and Seven always keep their cards very close to their chest. TEN’s strategy appears to be to ‘claim’ the nights and make other networks work around them…