MKR, Rafters, Sunday Night: update

Changes to next week on Seven also include the Working Dog movie "Any Questions for Ben?"

2013-03-26_2250A number of changes next week to Seven’s schedule, but it’s still Easter non-ratings.

Out: Sunday Night, Downton Abbey, Packed to the Rafters, Parenthood
In: MKR, Revenge, Castle, How I Met Your Mother, Last Resort, Mighty Ships, RSPCA Animal Rescue, Better Homes and Gardens and the Working Dog film Any Questions for Ben?

Sunday March 31
6:30pm Mighty Ships
7:30pm Border Security (RPT)
8:00pm The Force (RPT)
8:30pm Castle

Monday April 1
7:30pm My Kitchen Rules.
With just $10 to create a meal for four, the teams will form groups and combine their money to increase their purchasing power. But in a special twist, the teams in the opposite group will taste and score the dishes in a blind tasting. The team with the highest score will be safe from the next elimination, with the weakest team being sent straight to the next Sudden Death Cook-Off.

8:45pm Revenge
Nolan is confronted with a skeleton from his past, and Daniel’s leading role is challenged as Emily and Aiden weave their way through the company. Meanwhile, the christening of baby Carl brings new concerns to light for Jack and Declan.

9:45pm How I Met Your Mother
Bad Crazy
Ted is reluctant to break up with his crazy girlfriend Jeanette. Meanwhile, Robin becomes attached to Marvin after finally holding him for the first time.

10:15pm The Mindy Project
10:45pm Private Practice

Tuesday April 2
7:30pm My Kitchen Rules
With winter just around the corner, teams are tasked with creating a winter warming dish in just 30 minutes. The bottom four teams will move into the Showdown, where they will have the opportunity to create their ultimate chocolate creation.

8:45pm Movie: Knocked Up (RPT)
Alison Scott is an up-an-coming entertainment journalist whose life is on the fast track. But it gets seriously derailed when a drunken one-nighter with slacker, Ben Stone, results in an unwanted pregnancy. Faced with the prospect of going it alone or getting to know the baby’s father, Alison decides to give the lovable doof a chance. But she quickly discovers that building a relationship from scratch isn’t nearly as easy as making a baby.

11:25pm Against the Wall
Boys Are Back
Abby and Lina are sent to investigate when a young girl is trampled during a brawl that broke out among cops at a wedding being held at a nearby hotel during the annual and debaucherous Midwestern Homicide Convention. After arriving at the hotel, Abby and Lina are dragged into another unusual investigation as they witness a detective falling from a balcony.

Wednesday April 3
7:30pm My Kitchen Rules
It’s elimination night at Kitchen HQ and the pressure is mounting as two teams battle for survival. Having to impress guest judges Colin Fassnidge, Guy Grossi, Karen Martini and Liz Egan as well as Pete and Manu means getting it right will be even tougher.

8:45pm Last Resort
Damn The Torpedoes
Sam is mourning the perceived loss of his wife, Christine, causing him to take his anger out on Sophie. Meanwhile, Sam stumbles into a meeting where a number of Colorado crew members are plotting a mutiny and the U.S. government sends a destroyer to intercept the supply ship China is sending to island.

Thursday April 4
8pm RSPCA Animal Rescue
The RSPCA raids a rural Queensland property and discovers five neglected dogs living at what turns out to be a marijuana plantation. Police join the RSPCA in pursuing the owner for questioning. The RSPCA spearheads an inter-agency rescue to save a dairy cow from drowning in Queensland’s South Pine River. Whilst investigating a report of a dog unable to walk, RSPCA Inspector Claudia Jones stumbles across a well-loved pet that’s suffered a debilitating injury, and devises a unique solution to save her.

8:30pm Movie: Any Questions for Ben (pictured)
Ben has it all – great job, cool apartment and no shortage of girlfriends, parties and holidays. But an invitation to speak at his old school triggers his first feelings of self-doubt, leading him to wonder if he really has it all.

Friday April 5
7:00pm Better Homes and Gardens

Downton Abbey, Packed to the Rafters, Parenthood all return in the week of April 7.

13 Responses

  1. @danny.
    OK call it a serial drama about the relationships within a family then.

    It’s not an episodic show like the Castle or Bones where you can just watch any episode. I would be totally lost trying to watch an episode of Parenthood now, having not seen any since the 2nd episode.

  2. @ Pertinax, “People are unlikely to jump into a soap like Parenthood”.

    Seriously? You class “Parenthood” as a soap? I don’t know if you and I are watching the same program.

    @ Jel, yes, there’s only two more first-run episodes left. Smash is doing terribly in the ratings and is being shunted to Saturdays. Season 2 only has 13 episodes, not 22. One episode requires at least 12 days of principal photography.

  3. Yeah, it’s strange how they do their programming. They are still showing Revenge, but take Rafters off. Reading the US recaps of Downton Abbey, it was a double ep over there, but we only got a single one. Most annoying, as I was reading it, I kept thinking, I don’t remember that, how did I miss that. Then realised it must have been a double over there. I thought I was going mad or had fallen asleep and missed bits. At least the digital channels don’t take a break so we will still get Amazing Race & Survivor.

  4. Patenthood has only two eps to go I think; from what I’ve heard from the US; it only got a 15 episode order for the fourth season, because they gave the 22 eps to Smash which tanked. Last night’s ep would have been episode 13. So that means two more to go and if they show a double on April 7 then hopefully Grey’s can come back in it’s place after that.

  5. What I don’t get is why did they air rafters last night instead of next week, knocked up should have been on last night, it is a waste of the MKR leadin.

    Surely it makes more sense to load the 2nd week of Easter leading into the 2nd quarter of the year instead of spreading out the content and having 2 half baked weeks.

  6. A lot of people going away for the Easter weekend will be back on their couches Monday night. Seven want to get momentum for MKR and Revenge to keep pressure on TBL, The Voice and Channel 9’s after Easter lineup. Last year Revenge lost 400k live viewers because of its Easter Break and the start of The Voice.

    People are unlikely to jump into a soap like Parenthood in the middle of the 4th season just because it on an hour earlier at Easter. So why mess with a winning formula. Knocked up will probably do OK against repeats and Seven have the rights to use up sometime.

    The question is why they spelled Rafter next week. Presumably they have to spell it one week to keep the episodes they want for ratings and figure it will have no trouble bouncing back the following week.

  7. @ lulu

    Just two episodes left in the previous season before we get to the current season – I assume it will continue as it has been rating really well for Seven.

    Interesting with Parenthood, they are happy to show episodes that finish close to midnight in ratings but don’t bother showing it during a non ratings week when it could air at 8.30 and draw in a larger audience.

  8. Not sure why 7 need to rest Rafters! Unles they deem the next to be really worthy and want higher ratings?
    This makes me question if we will get the rest of the season and the shorter 6th one consecutively??!

  9. Interestingly, according to TV Week; BH&G on Fri 5/4; is playing (in Melb) 7-7.30pm on Seven, and contuining 7.30-8.30 on 7Two; With AFL from 7.30 on Seven. Seems like a risky programming decision for the BH&G brand…

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