Airdate: Hell’s Kitchen: Bumped: Canal Road, My Kid’s a Star

By David Knox on April 28, 2008 / Filed Under News 6

UPDATE: Bumped Hell’s Kitchen / Canal Road
Channel Nine has just announced it is revamping its Wednesdays, beginning this week. Try to concentrate as we work our way through this mess…

Nine will premiere Hell’s Kitchen (season one) in the line-up, where would it be without Gordon Ramsay?

The show will screen at 9:30pm this Wednesday night. It makes three consecutive nights for the swearing cook. In Melbourne the show will air at 8:30pm followed by CSI: Miami (rpt).

The failed reality series My Kid’s a Star is moving to Saturday at 12pm immediately. It is replaced by another episode of Two and a Half Men from Wednesday. This means two new eps from 7:30pm following the 7pm repeat this week.

But from May 7 observational series Fire 000 and Search & Rescue screen at 7:30pm / 8:00pm instead.

But the really bad news is the resignation of local Aussie drama Canal Road, which in its third week is bumped to 10:30pm across all Nine affiliates, including its hometown. Nine has moved the show effective immediately.

This bumps Sensing Murder out of schedule and wipes out plans for Blue Murder to air from May 7.

Wed April 30
7:30pm Two and a Half Men (2 eps new)

8:30pm Underbelly

9:30pm Hell’s Kitchen

10:30pm Canal Road

GTV:
7:30pm Two and a Half Men (2 eps new)

8:30pm Hell’s Kitchen

9:30pm CSI: Miami rpt
10:30pm Canal Road

Wed May 7
7:30pm Fire 000

8:00pm Search and Rescue

8:30pm Underbelly

9:30pm Hell’s Kitchen
10:30pm Canal Road

GTV:
7:30pm Fire 000

8:00pm Search and Rescue

8:30pm Hell’s Kitchen

9:30pm CSI: Miami rpt

10:30pm Canal Road

‘Search and Rescue’ indeed…. a bit like Nine programming? The only positive here is that My Kid’s a Star was not axed entirely, allowing the kids a little self-respect in at least having their final performances air. It moves to a midday weekend timeslot, the same fate TEN delivered Teen Fit Camp. Clearly Aussie audiences do not like seeing kids so young in reality genres.

Don’t be surprised to see more tweaks to this erratic schedule… Victoria really needs to fall in line with other states now Underbelly is ending, but this line-up still separates Hell’s Kitchen in different time zones, and that’s particularly tricky for a show affected by classification changes from M to MA at 8:30pm / 9:30pm. Nine rates the first 3 eps as M across all affiliates.

Nine is also now in danger of overdosing on Gordon Ramsay at the expense of those Nine viewers who don’t enjoy his style. Three nights in a row? F***!

Press Release:
Wednesday, April 30 on Channel Nine
8.30pm – Melbourne
9.30pm – Sydney , Brisbane , Adelaide and Perth

A tasty extra serving of Gordon Ramsay is dished up in Hell’s Kitchen, with the colourful king of cuisine ready to roast a batch of aspiring American restaurateurs in a new series commencing this Wednesday night, April 30.

Hell’s Kitchen will follow Underbelly at 9.30pm and screen at 8.30pm in Melbourne .

Ramsay the perfectionist is guaranteed to deliver more liberal sprinklings of real-life drama, high emotion and culinary passion as he attempts to instil his love of all things food in 12 restaurant contestants.

The contestants are introduced to Hell’s Kitchen in Red and Blue teams. Ramsay immediately throws all the normal food rules into the fire as he orders up the dozen’s signature dishes, before giving the chefs a rude awakening with his withering critique.

With Ramsay’s international reputation on the line, he drives them to achieve their best. But who will have what it takes to survive the special trial by fire in Hell’s Kitchen and win the prize of their own restaurant?

With the premiere of Hell’s Kitchen, Canal Road will move to the 10.30pm.

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6 Comments »

  1. AS6 May 1, 2008 at 7:38 am -

    I agree with craigiej. Nine really need to be careful about over-saturation. I know I love my Ramsay but if he’s on too many times a week they’ll either end up diluting the “brand” or annoying the shit out of viewers.

  2. J Bar April 28, 2008 at 12:58 pm -

    I know Canal Road wasn’t brilliant but it deserves a chance to prove itself past one bad week. They give American shows like Moment of Truth, Cashmere Mafia and Terminator weeks to establish an audience, when their ratings were much worse. But Aussie shows like Canal Road are ripped out after two weeks and only the second episode dipped really. That’s disgusting.

  3. KnoxOverstreet April 28, 2008 at 12:39 pm -

    Smart moves by Nine. HK prolly won’t do KN like numbers but will get around 1.3m IMO.

    Also any ideas when Blue Murder will eventually air? Looking forward to seeing this!

  4. craigiej April 28, 2008 at 11:58 am -

    mmm, Nine need to be careful not to kill the goose thats laying some Golden Eggs for them at the moment with Gordon Ramsay..Supernanny anyone? : )

  5. paintingtheview April 28, 2008 at 11:47 am -

    So do we know what’s happening with Sensing Murder then? Is it just completely gone or are they going to try and fit it in somewhere else? I know it’s not outstanding television or anything like that, but I do enjoy watching it.

  6. Bolo April 28, 2008 at 11:39 am -

    About Hell’s Kitchen…

    This ain’t gonna work. Kitchen Nightmare’s works because of the idea behind the show – Ramsey helping out a dud restaurant and improving it. HK is just another crappy reality show where people get eliminated and Ramsey shouts at them because that’s what he’s paid to do.

    With the axing of Moment of Truth and the rescheduling of My Kid’s A Star, I think Australia has already proved that we don’t like TV that humiliates people. Which is what HK does.

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