TEN has wised up to the fact that we’re not really interested in seeing repeats of Rules of Engagement, which it had planned to continue on Thursday nights after the finale airs this week. Bow bow. Dumb idea, and not really much help to Rush either.
So those plans are now shelved as it brings in specials in its place.
At 7:30pm on Thursday August 13th it has Jon & Kate Plus 8: Surviving Sextuplets & Twins. These two Pennsylvanian parents are getting a lot of press in the US after Kate fell pregnant with sextuplets (she already had 3-year old twin girls). This one-hour special follows the family through their daily lives, focusing on the challenges of raising multiple children.
While this is a special, it was filmed a year beforeJon & Kate Plus 8 became a reality cable series in the US. How well this translates here remains to be seen.
A week later TEN has The 45 Stone Virgin, a one-hour special in which 31-year-old David Smith recounts his journey from’ chunk to hunk,’ after losing a massive 29 stone and having more than 30lbs of excess skin removed. Might not want to be eating your dinner over this one.
While it uses specials as fillers, TEN still needs to give Rush a firm lead-in.