TV battle set to heat up
4 more weeks until ratings return, but some shows will be back before then.
The Biggest Loser kicks off next Sunday and Monday on TEN, with its “Challenge Australia” season. 14 locals from Ararat will be selected from the Victorian town back to the Biggest Loser house. The remainder of TEN’s week is dominated by the Big Bash League. American Idol is on ELEVEN from Thursday. The Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics is February 8th, and the Closing is February 24th. A full suite of shows probably won’t be with us until then.
Seven’s annual Australian Open kicks off tomorrow. My Kitchen Rules is likely to return on Monday January 27. Seven also has Downton Abbey, Winners and Losers, Revenge, Parenthood, Smash and Tricked waiting in the wings. INXS miniseries Never Tear Us Apart is also expected to show up the network’s strong slate in February.
The Block: Fan vs Favourites is tipped to go head to head with MKR on the same night, while Nine has Love Child and Schapelle -originally expected later in the year- up its sleeve. Sherlock premieres in Perth next Sunday and will soon air around the rest of the nation. There are already promos running for new current affairs series Inside Story. The One Day International cricket series starts today.
ABC has Doc Martin plus The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Rake, Spicks and Specks and The Moodys coming while SBS has Rectify and Orphan Black -the latter starts on Tuesday night on SBS 2.
On Foxtel over the next few weeks there’s Tricked, Looking, Girls, Nashville, Helix, The Michael J. Fox Show, Perception, Banshee and House of Cards.