It’s finally happened.
Channel Nine plans to fill an (entire) prime time evening with its 3 staple shows: Two and a Half Men, Underbelly and 20 to 1.
Nine has just dumped AFHV World’s Funniest Videos and Commercial Breakdown, clip-show ideas that haven’t worked in other versions, and replaced them with Bert Newton hosting 20 to 1 next Tuesday.
That means aligned up with it’s other scheduling, Two and a Half Men and repeats of Underbelly’s first season, the network has effectively pooled wall to wall programming of 3 recycled brands from 7pm to 11:30pm.
And we’re in ratings.
Tue April 28
7:00pm Two and a Half Men rpt
7:30pm 20 to 1 new
8:30pm Two and a Half Men new
9:00pm Two and a Half Men rpt
9:30pm Underbelly rpt
10:30pm Underbelly rpt
Bert Newton, Charlie Sheen and Vince Colosimo deserve gold watches for the way Nine resorts to pulling them off the interchange bench. No doubt Gordon Ramsay would have some stern advice for them.
So too would a certain Nine executive who admitted the network would have been “F***ed” without Gordon Ramsay last year. Now he doesn’t even rate.
The clip shows hosted by Shane Crawford, Lyndsey Rodrigues and Darren McMullen are now out of schedule after 3 weeks.