Think some of the TV we’ve been offered lately is a below standard?
You’re not wrong.
Networks are staring at the calendar with all eyes on tomorrow, July 1st. Then the only way is up with new shows on the horizon.
For some networks the airdate launch is directly tied to the funding of the show.
Where a title screens before June 30 it is ‘on the books’ as 2016-17 financial year. But where a show screens from July 1 it falls into 2017-18 financial year, even though it was produced some months earlier.
That leaves some programming treading water in the final weeks of the financial year and it’s why we have some cheap, filler shows.
From next week a wave of new shows begin including Ninja Warrior Australia, Common Sense, Yummy Mummies, Behave Yourself, while Little Big Shots, Hell’s Kitchen Australia, The Block, This Time Next Year, Doctor Doctor, The Bachelor & Survivor Australia are on the way thereafter.
….of course nobody ever said cheap filler was confined only to June!