Airdate: Out of the Blue. Bumped: TEN Late News

By David Knox on November 3, 2008 / Filed Under Programming 47

As tipped by TV Tonight, TEN has now slated the Aussie soap Out of the Blue into its schedule.

But unlike many who were expecting it as an early evening soap, it will instead be stripped at 10:30pm weeknights. The series begins with the reunion of old school friends in Manly, but soon leads to murder.

That pushes TEN Late News with Sports Tonight to 11pm with The Late Show with David Letterman set at 11:45pm.

The Aussie-made soap, recently got a second lease on life when it was picked up by Five in the UK, following a disappointing reception on the BBC. TEN screening it over summer will pick up some much-needed local content points from the show.

The first episode airs on Monday November 17.

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  1. Rosmary Nesek January 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm -

    Out of the Blue should be on Sunday late afternoon 4.00pm or 4.30pm or a weeknight no later than 9.30pm. I really enjoyed the show. I missed some of the early episodes I would like the show to start over & be available to buy on dvd for under $40 for season 1. Thanks Rosmary

  2. andy December 5, 2008 at 11:35 am -

    I’m sorry this show is utter crap and i predict the axe will fall very shortly. I couldn’t sit through the entire first episode, lame storylines, bad acting, bland cinematography. where is the appeal? looks like another Canal Road!

  3. marymay November 20, 2008 at 6:48 pm -

    Anyone know what 10.30 ten news ratings are ? (ie. slot average ratings ?)

  4. Hayley November 20, 2008 at 4:47 pm -

    I’ve starting watching OOTB and really like it, but it’s on just too late, if it was on earlier I’d definitely watch this rather than 7. Yes, why can’t they replace W&G.

  5. thrillhouse November 19, 2008 at 8:07 pm -

    Letterman was great at 11:15, just after the news. FFS TEN, just can this rubbish and restore order to the universe by putting things back the way they were.

  6. Tanz from UK November 19, 2008 at 6:40 am -

    The timing is rubbish but make the effort to record this as it really is worth it! The storylines can be a little far fetched but does seem more realistic than Neighbours or H&A. I hope this doesn’t mean the end of OOTB if tv execs in the UK and Australia aren’t appreciating its awesomeness! Enjoy xx

  7. Karl November 7, 2008 at 11:05 pm -

    It’s a shame Ten are airing the show so late. It currently airs at 1pm here in the UK on BBC Two. However, the BBC said it was too “adult” to be aired after Children’s BBC.

    Channel Five in the UK have picked up the repeat rights for the show, so there’s still hope for the show. It is fantastic and people should set the Video for it.

  8. Justin November 6, 2008 at 12:06 am -

    How many weeks (or days) until 10 swaps it with the news, at it ends up at 11:15pm?

    Ten has tried a nightly late night soap in the past, Breakers

    Although at least that was replayed mid afternoons the following day, at 3:30pm or 4:30pm. (IIRC Bold was moved to 1pm for a while to allow for it).

  9. ryan November 5, 2008 at 7:01 pm -

    god dam it this move is ridiclous!!! and i doubt the classification is the problem considering californication was on at 9.40 a few weeks ago!! i dont want to wait till 11 to watch my news with sandra!!! how can they seriously think a show like that which teens would watch, that they would be up that l8??? Get your head out of your ass Ten! David you should send all these to Ten!

  10. ComeOn November 5, 2008 at 10:50 am -

    This is quite funny. Noone knows how to burn a show due to scheudling like Ten!!

  11. John November 5, 2008 at 9:29 am -

    Well Ten had a similiar thing going in the early 90’s with Breakers.It had an afternoon timeslot,an evening timeslot,here a slot there a slot…and it was’nt a bad little show.What on earth is Neighbours still doing on?H&A for that matter.These shows are vile & embarrissing…honestly they are.I caught a few glimpses of Neighbours yesterday & it just hasn’t gone anywhere.Get out of that street,you idiots!Time to pull the plug & get something a little jucier,realistic.Something that doesn’t,still look like it is shot in a studio.The sets are dreadful.Ten should have chopped N’bours & took over Always Greener,made it a half hour stunner at 7pm.This was a great show with a great cast & great storylines…until the Dr Love shite (one day your gonna get caught) Matt.
    To dream……….
    Thank goodness for Eastenders.

  12. Brekkie November 5, 2008 at 8:45 am -

    It aired early afternoon here in the UK – but flopped spectacularly. Neighbours used to get over 2m in the slot, but Out of the Blue fell to less than 100,000 at times.

    And what I saw of it wasn’t that great – whether Aussie audiences will appreciate it more I don’t know, but it’s certainly not gritty enough for a late night slot.

  13. Zambora November 4, 2008 at 11:11 pm -

    would have thought Ten could use the pm slot to try ‘another soap as lead in for neighbours.

    Haven’t we seen enough Simpsons ?

    P.S. David, what is latest time slot networks can use for local content – 10.30 pm i guess

  14. Earthquake November 4, 2008 at 9:37 pm -

    What an awful timeslot for a first run Australian drama. This reminds me of when Ten put Echo Point on at that time, but at least it was given a chance at an earlier timeslot. Ten seems to be trying to kill this show before it is shown.

    Or in the words of Mr KB Wilson “It was over before it began”!

  15. marymay November 4, 2008 at 6:19 pm -

    Ive seen some episodes of OOTB & have been looking forward to it starting (primarily as Im sick of having to watch gore just for a good storyline, so its great to have a G / PG ? rated murder mystery without quite so much gore), but 10.30 is so past my bedtime (young kids) ! & as a 30 something soap addict I would have thougt I was prime target audience!

  16. Andrew November 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm -

    And then if you have 10 airing late running live shows like Idol, etc, news will be on even later than 11. OOTB start time will also fluctuate. Agree with comments above. Put on at 7pm and edit.

  17. Ianblair23 November 4, 2008 at 12:14 pm -

    This is an absolutely ridiculous move Network Ten. I would really love to hear their rationale for this truely absurb timeslot.

    But now that it has been announced, what odds will give me for Out of the Blue to air every weeknight at 10:30 pm uninterrupted for its entire run of 130 episodes from Monday 17 November 2008 through to Friday 15 May 2009?

  18. Tomothy November 4, 2008 at 11:04 am -

    How dumb is this idea? If they do say they are showing it late for classificaiton reasons, then thats a damn lie. They edit Freinds and Simpsons and air it earleir.

    In the UK, they show OOTB in early evening, and they even edit Neighbours which is G rated in Australia. So what are TEN thinking, that we are all stupid and dont realise these things?

  19. Tom November 4, 2008 at 10:36 am -

    Pathetic move by Ten. OOTB is an absolutely fantastic show and deserves much better. Hope people give it a chance – we’re coming to the end of the run here in the UK now but it’s still as gripping as ever!

  20. J Bar November 4, 2008 at 9:46 am -

    You would think that they might have at least tried it in an earlier spot for a couple of weeks before putting it on at 10.30pm. Especially since Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader is ending next week, Jamie Oliver has finished, The Simpsons is in repeats and Download has been axed.

    I would have moved The Simpsons/Kennys World to Thursdays and tried out double episodes of Out of the Blue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7.30pm.

  21. Sillygostly November 4, 2008 at 9:24 am -

    If classification is such an issue, then would someone care to explain how Bold and the Beautiful has been getting away with a G rating for all these years? (and yes, I know that some episodes/storylines have been cut; however, the series still deserves a PG).

  22. Russell November 4, 2008 at 5:03 am -

    Absolute craziness.

    Another stupid move by Ten.

    A teen soap at 10.30pm? WTF? Who has ever heard of a nightly soap at 10.30pm.

    In a slot where Ten News has been for over 15 years.

    What are they thinking? This move will keep any chance the soap had. I agree – put it at 6.30 or 7pm over summer. And if it takes off – keep it at 6 into the ratings season with neighbours at 6.30.

    As for classification (if it couldnt air at 6 or 7) ummm, well EDIT it! Like thy do with movies all the time

  23. Saga November 4, 2008 at 3:25 am -

    looks like this show could get some quiet support. Im willing to give it a shot.

  24. David Knox November 4, 2008 at 2:00 am -

    SYTYCDA would always pre-record guest bands for the verdict show.

  25. George November 4, 2008 at 1:28 am -

    If TEN put it on 7PM after H&A finishes there is a chance they could get a little ratings winner for them.. Why not take the risk? It’s not as if they could get any worse..

  26. tai November 3, 2008 at 11:15 pm -

    WTF? ten news does so well for its timeslot, god ten you are idiots.
    seriously, why do you put out of the blue on at 10:30 and don’t axe will and grace already, the ratings are shocking. 500k sad

  27. David Knox November 3, 2008 at 9:41 pm -

    I did say I was guessing as I’d heard some talk of this previously…. TEN hasn’t advised classification yet.

  28. Mike Beckham November 3, 2008 at 9:27 pm -

    How could it not meet classification? PG can run at 7pm, surely this would be PG not M otherwise not that hard to edit but it would meet PG if it aired at 5.30 in England.

  29. Dave November 3, 2008 at 9:13 pm -

    Any “chance” I meant sorry…..

  30. Dave November 3, 2008 at 9:05 pm -

    Any change of TEN recognising the fan outrage and reconsidering the airtime David?

  31. Bogues November 3, 2008 at 8:32 pm -

    Watching ten news and lettermen is usually the way I spend watching tv before heading to bed. With both showed bumped by thirty minutes, that won’t happen any more. Bad move ten. Good for ABC’s Lateline :-)

  32. Johnson November 3, 2008 at 8:23 pm -

    I agree. Why is OOTB scheduled for 10.30pm? Does Australia and Britain have different TV classifications? Maybe when the ratings season is over, OOTB can be put back at 7pm.

  33. Craig H November 3, 2008 at 7:45 pm -

    how on earth could there by classifcation issues when it was shown in the middle of the afternoon in the UK? Absolute stupidity, why they didnt put it in H&As 7pm slot when it ends for the year is beyond me….

  34. Cameron November 3, 2008 at 7:43 pm -

    Good to see it finally air but 10:30pm is a little late. It isn’t another Number 96 is it?

    At least there is less and weaker competition on at 10:30pm. It may help with increasing Ten’s ratings post 10:30pm though but it probably won’t. It would probably be fatal if it aired at 7pm or even 6pm.

    Strange move but at least we finally see it in 2 weeks.

  35. TT November 3, 2008 at 7:19 pm -

    Don’t worry Brandon.. After channel 10 axe it after 2 or 3 weeks, Raymond will be back! hahaha!

  36. Kuttsywood November 3, 2008 at 7:17 pm -

    David, I guess that timeslot choice was out of the blue…

  37. aussiebum November 3, 2008 at 7:11 pm -

    David, if they wanted to screen it at 7pm lets say, would they have to edit it for content in that case?

  38. Andrew November 3, 2008 at 7:01 pm -

    In the UK, OOTB was shown at 5.30pm (replacing Neighbours on BBC) wasn’t it? So it can’t be too risque for a 6pm or 7pm showing here? Ten News at 10.30 has been there for 18 years now and has outlived all competition fired at it from Seven and Nine, so why bump it to later in the evening?

    They might have been better to even run it as double-eps at 8.30pm or 9.30pm one or two nights a week over summer, let the viewers get to know it. 10.30 is too late.

  39. David Knox November 3, 2008 at 7:00 pm -

    Raymond is out, straight from Letterman to Home Shopping.

    Once again guys, it sounds like there may have been some classification issues for early evenings. And any later TEN wouldn’t get local content points. Clearly they couldn’t see it working at 8 / 9 / 9.30 every night etc.

    If you’re not happy with our classification or local content rulings that’s a matter to raise with government.

  40. brandon November 3, 2008 at 6:52 pm -

    hi david do you know what time everybody loves raymond will be on cos usually it is on at midnight but now what time will it be on.

  41. George November 3, 2008 at 6:36 pm -

    Why TEN why!?!? I wanted to watch Out of the Blue… But at 10:30 I’m generally getting ready for school the next day.

    Well.. Another show to record to watch the next day. Thanks a lot TEN. You guys had a good show that could’ve helped fix your early-night lineup, but you guys screwed it up once again.

  42. Craig November 3, 2008 at 6:32 pm -

    Guess I’ll have to record Letterman from now on…

  43. Swanny November 3, 2008 at 6:27 pm -

    I agree, shocking move. Why couldn’t they trial it at 7pm? At least it’d be something new for a change and something which we know has had positive reviews already. Should’ve waited til the Neighbours 2009 premiere, start it at 7 then without H&A as the rival and let it build an audience. They can’t exactly do anything worse than that (apart from this).

  44. amir November 3, 2008 at 6:14 pm -

    WTF. Why don’t they just take off Will & Grace with the horrible ratings it’s receiving and replace it with this, instead of putting it at 10:30pm without even knowing how it would do. Crazy move by Ten.

  45. David Knox November 3, 2008 at 6:11 pm -

    I’m guessing TEN is boxed in between classification and content limitations.

  46. ryan November 3, 2008 at 6:06 pm -

    ten are idiots ten news is the only timeslot they consitently win, why change it???
    also ten news rates terriblely at ll as proved when it followed big brother and mark love sharron earlyer this year

  47. seanie November 3, 2008 at 6:05 pm -

    What a shocking move. With the state ten are in right now, this could have become a breakout hot over summer in a primetime slot.

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