Seven ready for grand slam

Seven’s Australian Open season begins today, and with it major promos for its upcoming big shows.

Most will premiere in the week of January 31, ahead of official ratings on February 7th.

Coming soon are new episodes of favourite international shows including Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, Family Guy, A Touch of Frost and How I Met Your Mother.

It will also premiere Cougar Town and Royal Pains.

Heroes will return to 7TWO along with the new season of 24. Lost is also set for February.

The shows will spearhead Seven’s push against Nine’s Winter Olympics and TEN’s reality big guns. More titles are yet to be announced.

Here’s what’s coming up on Seven’s key shows. May include some Spoilers.

Cougar Town
Courteney Cox stars as Jules, a recently divorced single mother exploring the honest truths about dating and aging in our beauty and youth obsessed culture. While most women in their twenties go through life experiencing the challenges and often humorous pitfalls of meeting men, Jules took on the responsibilities of marriage and raising a son. Now in her forties, she embarks on a journey to self-discovery whilst surrounded by fellow divorcees and singletons eager to live or re-live a time gone by. Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Spin City) serves as executive producer/writer/director, Kevin Biegel (Scrubs) as writer/co-executive producer, and Courteney Cox and David Arquette are executive producers.

Royal Pains
Premiere: Royal Pains centres on the young and talented doctor Hank Lawson (Mark Feuerstein – “Defiance”, “What Women Want”, “In Her Shoes”) who had it all – thriving career, beautiful girlfriend and swank NYC apartment – but loses everything fighting for the life of a patient. After one fateful and principled decision in the ER, he is fired by his hospital and blacklisted by the New York medical establishment. Months later, Hank’s younger brother Evan (Paulo Costanzo – “Road Trip”) convinces Hank to head out to the Hamptons for the summer season kick-off weekend. After they crash a party at a mega-mansion on the beach, Hank jumps into action when a guest requires medical attention that only he is able to diagnose. The next morning, Hank is summoned to another mansion… and then another as word of the “hot new doctor in town” spreads like wildfire. Hank’s career is revived, but in a way he’s not exactly happy about, as he becomes a “doctor for hire” to the rich, famous and infamous. When the attractive administrator of the local hospital asks him to treat the town’s less fortunate, he finds himself serving both the privileged community and the town’s working-class residents, walking the line between doing well for himself and doing good for others.

Desperate Housewives
Season 6: A colorful new housewife moves to Wisteria Lane with her family, bringing along secrets shrouded in mystery. Angie Bolen (Drea de Matteo) and her husband, Nick (Jeffrey Nordling), have moved into the perfect house in the perfect neighborhood. But when their peculiar son, Danny (Beau Mirchoff), causes a stir, they risk the threat of revealing their shameful past.

Brothers and Sisters
In the 4th season Sarah (Rachel Griffiths) struggles to allow herself to experience real love again with a mysterious Frenchman while dealing with a family business in deep financial crisis. Kevin (Matthew Rhys) has decided to take the next step to expand his family with Scotty Wandell (Luke Macfarlane) through surrogacy. Justin (Dave Annable) has finally found love with fiancée Rebecca (Emily VanCamp) and has made the decision to attend medical school. Kitty (Calista Flockhart) and Robert McCallister (Rob Lowe) continue to work on keeping their marriage alive in the wake of Robert’s Gubernatorial campaign. Saul Holden (Ron Rifkin) has finally chosen to live his own life as an openly gay man and Nora Walker (Sally Field) continues to hold them all together.

Criminal Minds
Season 5: The BAU team follows a trail of murders that seems to align with the tour schedule of a rock star. Singer Gavin Rossdale plays a Goth performer who has become lost in the frightening alter-ego he portrays on stage – an alter-ego the BAU team suspects may be a brutal serial killer.

Family Guy
Season 9: During the upcoming season, Stewie and Brian travel through alternate universes in an homage to a sci-fi series; spies Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase (guest-voicing as themselves) move into Cleveland’s old house; Stewie scores tickets to a sold-out concert; and the Griffin family enters the Star Wars universe again in a parody of The Empire Strikes Back.

Grey’s Anatomy
Season 6: After a long, hard struggle, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) and Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey) may have finally won the battle for each other’s hearts, sealing their love with vows written on, of all things, a blue post-it note. Tough-loving Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) is fighting her own battles. She faces the very real possibility of losing her husband over her extreme dedication to her career. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) is fighting her relationship fears while her on-again-off-again boyfriend Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) fights the emotional scars that he brought home from Iraq. Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) is fighting for her family’s respect and support as her new relationship with Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) blossoms into the healthy romance she needs. Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) is trying to overcome his past life as a lothario and become a better man – with or without the help of Lexie Grey (Chyler Leigh). Perhaps Lexie is too young for him after all. And Richard Webber (James Pickens, Jr.), The Chief, is fighting to keep his hospital together and to find some way to forgive himself for his past mistakes.

How I Met Your Mother
Season 5: In the season premiere, Robin and Barney are unsure how to handle their mutual attraction after sharing a kiss at the beginning of the summer. After some consideration they tell the gang they have decided to remain just friends, but secretly continue seeing each other. When the gang finds out that Barney and Robin are hesitant to define their relationship, Lily forces them to confront their biggest fear: becoming boyfriend/girlfriend. Meanwhile, Ted is anxious about his first days as a professor at Columbia, which is made worse when he shows up at the wrong class and starts his lecture.

A Touch of Frost
There are two new episodes of the UK crime series with David Jason. In “Mind Games,” an unsolved case is re-opened when the remains of 14-year-old Harriet Collingham, who went missing almost 20 years ago, are finally found. The second episode, “Dead End” sees Frost frustrated as he finds himself working alongside DS Marsh (Cherie Lunghi), a former colleague who got him suspended from duty after she made a formal complaint about his handling of a case.


  1. thanks paul i thought that was the case. judging from the episode descriptions ch7 aired episode 3 of season 14 after an episode of dancing with the stars back in 2008. so after these 2 episodes which are ep1&2 of season 14 ch7 should be up to date.

    doubt they would air these unless they were going to repeat earlier episodes on 7two or something. probably on Monday. Judge john deed must be running out of episodes soon, not many were made.

  2. These episodes of Frost are not the last ever. The final two-part one is called If Dogs Run Free, and has not yet been scheduled in the UK.
    By the way, Mind Games and Dead End were both shown in the UK in October.

  3. Any word on whether 7TWO will offer catch-up episodes for us regional Prime viewers that missed out on the launch? I caught up on some Heroes episodes online, but they only kept them up there for a week.

  4. Here’s a suggestion to Seven – stop onselling shows to Foxtel (like The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Legend of the Seeker) and give them to the 7TWO channel, since 97% of the shows being currently screened on 7TWO are garbage. Also put The Jay Leno Show on at 11 pm on 7TWO.

  5. @Jerome: Those two episodes of Frost are the last ever. Sir David Jason decided to pull the plug on the role. Still waiting for them to show here in the UK (ITV made then about a year ago), so it is unknown whether Frost retires gracefully or meets a worse fate.

  6. DH, B&S and, depending on the timeslot, Cougar Town for me. Although I’ve successfully been avoiding spoilers for these shows since September so obviously I didn’t read the synopses you included.

  7. so we will be getting 2 weeks of these flogs puting embarassing ads on during the tennis in a break of play to promote these shows. just like they do every year.

    that’s the only reason why they cover the aus open. just flog their own crap

  8. Everything on that list except A Touch of Frost is what i’ll be watching. May even start watching Grey’s Anatomy again because it looks like it’s improved past the soap opera it was turning into.

    Cannot wait for Lost to begin.

  9. a touch of frost is a curious addition but have i read that right? only 2 episodes will air. probably as a plug for it’s move to 7two.

    no mention of city homicide, ghost whisperer, private practice, bones, 30rock or hung. there haven’t been any ads so looks like it is anyones guess.

    @craig; no, it’s the highest rating new drama on american basic cable.

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