Show Me The Shows

By David Knox on December 3, 2007 / Filed Under News 21

Just before everyone starts packing up their files and shutting down their PCs now the ratings year is over, how about a little reminder of the shows that were promised for 2007, but never delivered?

All year TV Tonight has hosted a 2007 Show Watch which has slowly shrunk as shows premiered throughout the year.

You thought we’d forgotten about shows like Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Kidnapped from Nine, Michael Palin’s New Europe from Seven and Double the Fist from the ABC?

Wrong.

At the end of 2006 Nine even promised a gameshow called Show Me the Money. So where is it? Hotel Babylon was also promised. Last week it featured in Nine’s 2008 programme launch, but we’re still waiting for the 2007 episodes, and it’s the same story for Monarchy.

So, for the record, here are the promised shows that according to my calculations still haven’t aired:

ABC
Double the Fist
Stuff
Lightning City

Seven
The Real Seachange
Michael Palin’s New Europe
American Dad (starts Thurs)

Nine
Show Me the Money
Kidnapped
Monarchy
The Truth About Food
Hotel Babylon
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
The Nine

TEN
Raines
Rules of Engagement (now for 2008)
Jamie’s Chefs: Cutting the Apron Strings.
3 Pounds

SBS
Major Crime (renamed East West 101 airs Thursday)
A Bit of Black Business
Night
Chainsaw
Heirlooms
Real Top Guns (airs in Dec)

Foxtel
Satisfaction (airs Wed)
Stupid, Stupid Man (airs in Dec)

21 Comments »

  1. David Knox September 24, 2008 at 10:16 am -

    No no…. this post was written in December 07 so it remains an archive for when it was written. What I need to do is bring back Show Watch & Missing in Action.

  2. Ianblair23 September 24, 2008 at 10:01 am -

    David, I guess you can now finally remove Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip from the list.

  3. Anonymous December 3, 2007 at 11:34 pm -

    Studio 60 was great but got axed. Most of the actors from the the west wing ended up on that. Same creator and writer as the west wing. Brilliant writer. The last couple of shows turned in to a west wing show which made it even better. Wish they kept it going.

    The Nine only made it to 9 shows before it was axed.

  4. rossmac December 3, 2007 at 10:22 pm -

    “Jamie’s Chef’s: Cutting the apron strings”- I think this show was screened, just under the title “Jamie’s Chef”. At least I had assumed that was it. Ross

  5. Anonymous December 3, 2007 at 4:52 pm -

    studio 60 was a fantastic show… proberbly one of the best dramas that has aired in a long while. But, as mentioned above, is available on dvd overseas, so if you can get ahold of it… watch it!

  6. David Knox December 3, 2007 at 2:33 pm -

    Thanks for spotting the Rules Of Engagement error.

    Hotel Babylon screened in 2006. The promised 2007 season did not eventuate.

  7. Maxx December 3, 2007 at 2:06 pm -

    Rules Of Engagement and Unhitched are two different shows. The first stars David Spade and Patrick Warburton, the second is produced by the Farrelly Brothers and hasn’t aired in the US yet.

  8. Mike December 3, 2007 at 1:50 pm -

    Hotel Babylon aired on Nine, it was like watching a worse version of Mile High (if that’s possible).

  9. David Knox December 3, 2007 at 1:41 pm -

    Raines hasn’t aired in Oz yet and it won’t.

  10. Dan Barrett December 3, 2007 at 12:52 pm -

    Ten aired all of the Tench episodes last year, likely against any logic and wisdom.

    I seem to recall seeing Raines at least appear on a schedule for a few episodes.

  11. David Knox December 3, 2007 at 11:25 am -

    Tench was conspicuously absent in the 07 launch.

    http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2007/04/tench-axed-so-whats-new.html

  12. Lexx-2 December 3, 2007 at 10:57 am -

    Well, for those who just have to see them, both Kidnapped and Studio 60 are already on DVD in the states. As for the rest, meh.

    Also, didn’t Ten originally commit to 26 eps of David Tench Tonight, but only air like 11? Did the remaining eps ever get made, let alone aired? Not that I liked it, I just have a morbid need to know… :-)

  13. David Knox December 3, 2007 at 10:26 am -

    These shows were based on what networks promised in 2007.

    - Nine’s Monarchy differs from the ABC’s yes.

    - Whilst there was speculation about more (abba)Mania specials it never formed part of Nine’s official announcement for 07.

    - Packed to the Rafters wasn’t promised for 07. It was announced in 07 as going into development. that’s not the same thing.

    - Certainly several shows (eps for Nine and TEN) fell over with only a handful of eps. Too bad. This is a look at what was promised and not delivered. Interestingly even those with minimal eps haven’t been slated in summer.

    - As for The Real Seachange, yes it aired in 2006. Seven promised a new series for 2007 and hasn’t delivered. Original press release is as follows:

    “Seven unveils first phase of 07 programming.

    Australian Football League and V8s lead Seven’s assault on 07.

    The biggest new programmes on American television: Heroes, Ugly Betty, Shark, Brothers and Sisters, What About Brian and Shark join Desperate Housewives, Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Bones and Prison Break.

    Seven’s leadership in Australian programming delivers Australia’s Got Talent and new series for Dancing with the Stars, It Takes Two, Border Security. The Real Seachange and The Force.”

    This is the time of year when networks are crowing about what’s coming in 2008. As history shows, they will likely include shows that won’t even make it to air.

  14. Anonymous December 3, 2007 at 9:43 am -

    I recall The Real Seachange as well I think. As for the rest meh. Most of those Nine shows flopped so they didn’t bother. Though would like to see Michael Palin’s Europe which sounds very interesting and very ABC.

  15. Neerav Bhatt December 3, 2007 at 8:00 am -

    I’m disappointed that 7 hasn’t shown “Michael Palin’s New Europe” after buying the rights to it

    I wish they’d let ABC TV buy it instead because it’s the kind of show ABC viewers like to watch

  16. TelevisionAU December 3, 2007 at 7:57 am -

    I could be wrong but i think The Real Seachange appeared early in the year?

  17. Oliver Peterson December 3, 2007 at 7:56 am -

    I also remember seeing Nine’s ‘Sneak peak’ with Livinia Nixon and Richard Wilkins advising that they would show more “…MANIA”. Remember this time last year, Nine broadcast ABBAMANIA with Bec Hewitt and Richard Wilkins as hosts where the likes of Jaynie Seal were doing covers of famous Abba songs.

    If my memory serves me correctly then the show actually was the highest rating 8.30PM show on that Sunday evening.

    Also David, are there any unaired episodes of Justice that Nine plan to show over summer?

  18. Anonymous December 3, 2007 at 7:10 am -

    Presumably the NINE “Monarchy” is different from the one showing currently on the ABC?

    Interesting that 7 has the Michael Palin “Europe” as it sounds like one the ABC would want.

  19. Jeffrey Miles December 3, 2007 at 6:31 am -

    David – didn’t The Real Seachange aired last Summer (06/07), meaning that it has aired?

  20. Neon Kitten December 3, 2007 at 4:38 am -

    Didn’t “The Real Seachange” go to air to complete viewer indifference? I’m sure I remember seeing it, though perhaps that was just a bad dream.

    Studio 60? Pah, care factor zero. Anyone interested has seen the entire series already. Nine relaly dropped the ball on that one.

    “The Nine”, meanwhile, will likely end up as filler because (a) it’s really not very good at all, and (b) it got axed at lightning speed in the US.

  21. Anonymous December 3, 2007 at 3:06 am -

    There was also “packed to the rafters”

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