More details ready to GO!

By David Knox on July 23, 2009 / Filed Under News 44

survivorMore information emerged on GO! in the last week when critic Andrew Mercado told MediaWeek about some of the programming plans he had seen as part of his chat for A Current Affair.

Sunday night is sitcoms and movies, Monday includes male-skewed reality such as Dog the Bounty Hunter and Bad Lads Army; Tuesday is female-skewed reality such as Survivor, The Bachelor and Bachelorette; Wednesday night is Sci-Fi; Thursday is Gossip Girl, The Hills; Friday and Saturday is aimed at CSI when the target audience is out.

The programming is designed to win audiences that attract a differ from Nine, such as female dramas on Thursday while Nine has its Footy Shows.

Updated: The channel will be designed on a 12 hour block system. Prime time viewing will be aired the following day on GO! daytime, with some limitations.

As GO! must still adhere to classification rules, some programmes will not be able to re-run during the day.

Daytimes will also have classic entertainment including The Flinstones, The Jetsons, Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie.

After a soft opening in August, the main launch will follow with The Vampire Diaries, expected to be in October.

Shows that do not attract an audience on Nine will be shifted to GO! and continue uninterrupted.

The trend to on-sell shows to Foxtel and other broadcasters will no longer continue.

Source: Mediaweek

44 Comments »

  1. David Knox August 30, 2009 at 5:02 pm -

    Coming to GO! Not sure if it will be accessible on Foxtel platform by then.

  2. vampire addict August 30, 2009 at 5:02 pm -

    is vampire diaries going to com on Foxtel 1q2

  3. Andrew B July 24, 2009 at 3:16 pm -

    GO is confirmed to be on both WIN and NBN from Aug 9 – so unlike ONE, most regional areas will not miss out on GO from day one.

    The new Optus satellite should allow it to come to Foxtel soon after the launch in August, hopefully.

  4. Russell July 24, 2009 at 1:09 am -

    I think most of us are surprised at how strong Go!’s lineup actually is.
    And I think it probably took Seven by surprise too.
    Knowing the fierce rivalry between the two – I suspect Seven will come out and try and trump Go! in terms of quality of lineup.

  5. Neil July 23, 2009 at 9:29 pm -

    I am thinking that the remake of V will go straight to GO!s sci fi night, anyone else think this ?

  6. Michael July 23, 2009 at 9:14 pm -

    Go sounds better every day, looking forward to go launching. speaking of launching,
    when are seven going to announce their 2nd sd channels’s launch?

  7. bindi July 23, 2009 at 9:03 pm -

    i’ll be watching wednesday, bit of thursday and sunday plus whenever vampire diaries is put on. why are people complaining that we are finally getting to see the shows 9 axed, people complained and said they made a mistake when they were axed, now we get to see them and you wish they were still gone. as if ratings and the decisions of 9 programmers are actually indicators of a quality program, i know i don’t believe that, sometimes the ratings get it right, but often they don’t. GO is just what 10HD was and people weren’t complaining about it in this manner. i didn’t watch fringe on 9 purely because i knew it would get axed, but i will watch it now that it is on GO because i am expecting it will be in the same timeslot each week now that the ratings pressure is off. although if 9 screws us on this yet again they will be dead to me. plus right now 9 seems to be having trouble launching new shows, but with a GO as a backup people will be willing to take a chance on new shows again because they will still be able to see them on GO even if they get axed off 9.

    the 12 hour block thing sounds good, maybe something like mid-day to midnight and then repeat it all again to the extent that classification requirements allow, this will be especially handy because i was worried about programming conflicts with other channels, it was ok when the only channels i watched were 7 and 10 but adding a 3rd is more than i can record with my pvr.

  8. Kuttsywood July 23, 2009 at 8:10 pm -

    The Crawfords library would be easy filler, pre-prime time, As for Seven… the wait for a decision is boring everyone rigid.

  9. Fraggle73 July 23, 2009 at 7:38 pm -

    Um how about E R? Waiting waiting waiting …impatiently

  10. Kenny July 23, 2009 at 7:21 pm -

    Curtis, WIN own the Crawford library and run their programs overnight. Division 4, Skyways, Matlock Police, Flying Doctors, Carson’s Law, etc., so, like Ellen DeGeneres Show, there should be no problem in Nine acquiring those programs from WIN.

  11. astrogirl July 23, 2009 at 7:05 pm -

    do we know what sci-fi will show on sci-fi wednesday?

  12. Curtis July 23, 2009 at 6:24 pm -

    Now we have to see what Seven will offer, if anything soon. Seven is so so slow off the blocks which is disappointing for Australia’s leading network – I am only hoping that it will offer a good balance of entertainment like Nine’s GO!! seems to be. (Hoping they show the Crawford’s library though).

  13. kyall July 23, 2009 at 5:32 pm -

    Meh. I’ll stick with Foxtel.

  14. Chris July 23, 2009 at 5:27 pm -

    Thanks David, I wish Ten had done that with One. Often I will see a good movie on Ten but alas no HD option :(

  15. David Knox July 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm -

    SD

  16. Chris July 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm -

    Will GO! be SD or HD?

  17. Dan July 23, 2009 at 4:53 pm -

    What is this 12 hour block limit they are talking about? Certain times of the day will be available for GO to be airing?

    Woo , I wouldn’t mind watching the Jestsons and Flinstones, haven’t seen them in years! I’m now looking forward to this channel. :)

  18. Andrew B July 23, 2009 at 1:14 pm -

    @RichoTB – most of those shows have been listed in earlier stories about GO. So hopefully they’ll appear in the program somewhere. Hoping for ER too, but not really GO!’s demo unless they put it late weekend nights maybe.

    Can’t wait to see the program. Hoping good alternative FTA programming in the mornings, especially 9am -11am or so when FTA is essentially useless, a good 6.30-7.30pm alternative and 1-4am has shows liek ONE does, not infomercials even if its simply a repeat of 7.30 – 10.30pm of even 9 or GO.

  19. Mac July 23, 2009 at 12:39 pm -

    It’s been so flipping long since I watched the ‘lost’ Survivor seasons I might actually make an effort to watch them again on Go! 9′s advertisers win after all!

  20. ozzzie July 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm -

    wow, for the first time in a long time there are favorable comments about nine.

  21. sam July 23, 2009 at 12:08 pm -

    Finally survivor Hooray!!!

  22. Kirben July 23, 2009 at 11:43 am -

    I’m hope the Kids WB hosted cartoon series currently exclusive to Nine HD, are moved to Nine Go! too.

    Nine doesn’t have a large library of cartoon series from Cartoon Network / Warner Brothers anymore, since they let the rights to many cartoon series (Duck Dodgers, Justice League Unlimited season 1- 2, Krypto the Superdog season 1, Teen Titans season 1-4, Xiaolin Showdown season 1-2) expire, before actually showing them.

    The worse part, is we missed out on seeing the widescreen versions of many of those cartoon series (Teen Titans season 1-4, Xiaolin Showdown season 1-2), which I don’t think have even been shown on TV elsewhere.

  23. David Knox July 23, 2009 at 11:33 am -

    Actually Brad, aside from Vampire Diaries being new, there are a load of new eps of shows we haven’t seen (ie Survivor, Bachelor, etc.)

  24. mac July 23, 2009 at 11:32 am -

    sound like a solid line up, unlike with their main channel nine seem very organised and have put a lot of though into the schedule, also good to see confirmation that any show cancelled on nine will show up on GO!, hope they keep to their word. looking forward to GO!

  25. mac July 23, 2009 at 11:29 am -

    sound like a solid line up, unlike with their main channel nine seem very organised and sure about their line up, also good to see confirmation that any show cancelled on nine will show up on GO!, hope they keep to their word. looking for to GO!

  26. brad July 23, 2009 at 11:28 am -

    Lets not forget one thing: These are all repeats. There is no new content mentioned here.

  27. RichoTB July 23, 2009 at 11:19 am -

    And where will Flashpoint, Without a Trace, ER, Eleventh Hour, Hidden Palms, Aliens in America, etc pop up? Seems that they’re going to keep these on the shelf while reality crap like Bad Lad’s Army will get a primetime slot. All up better than their normal channel but I’d take Fox8 over this any day.

  28. sc July 23, 2009 at 11:06 am -

    I just hope that they keep the structuring and dont do a “channel 9″ and move it all around after 2 weeks.

    I would be more likely to tune in if i know that a certain show is on the same day every week and grouped together with shows that are similar…. :)

    Survivor and Fringe for me please…..

  29. Jed July 23, 2009 at 11:05 am -

    What ya mean Survivor is female-skewed??? I love Survivor. Probably the only show i’d watch on this Channel. And that’s the same amount of shows i watch on Nine’s normal channel.

  30. henry July 23, 2009 at 10:45 am -

    Survivor skews to everybody!

  31. Regan July 23, 2009 at 10:18 am -

    What is a “soft opening”?

  32. Daniel July 23, 2009 at 10:08 am -

    How is Survivor ‘Female-skewed Reality’??

    Anywho, Survivor!!!

  33. Kuttsywood July 23, 2009 at 10:06 am -

    So the HD breakaway with classic programming was a test run for GO?
    I guess the only announcement that hasn’t been made is concerning the Kids WB breakaway on 9 HD, and whether it will move to GO!.

    But for that to happen, (which it probably will, due to the limitations of a rerun primetime schedule) Nine has to try the same formula that has made the Saturday version work, since it was bumped two hours, earlier this year to make way for Weekend Today. Nine has a goldmine from WB, and a lesser extent Cartoon Network, that can be used for that very challenge, which has not been seen on FTA.

    They can also try and blur the line. Also Nine needs to consider getting the FTA rights for kids stuff that Ten holds onto with a iron fist.

  34. slydoggie July 23, 2009 at 9:55 am -

    Sounds great…the only CH9 program I watch at the moment is the Sunday Footy Show!!

  35. Dirk July 23, 2009 at 9:13 am -

    Does anyone know if GO! will be simulcast on Foxtel Satellite?

  36. TVTonightKiiD July 23, 2009 at 8:20 am -

    I’m so excited about Flintstones :D.

  37. Danness July 23, 2009 at 8:19 am -

    This looks like it may be the best thing Nine has done in years. I really cannot wait for this channel to start.

  38. mikeys July 23, 2009 at 8:12 am -

    So does that mean (as much as possible) the previous nights prime time shows will be replayed, in order?

    If not, what do they mean by 12 hour block system?

  39. Nathan from The Extra Source July 23, 2009 at 7:49 am -

    This sounds great! Definitly looking forward to it! I wonder if GO! will appear on Foxtel down the track. Hope so!

  40. Craig July 23, 2009 at 7:38 am -

    I like the idea of “Encore’ showing of prime-time the next day, in case you miss something but apart from The Vampire Diaries nothing else is really. Speaking of, it starts Sept 10 in the US so are they going to be a month behind? you know what that mean!

  41. Andy July 23, 2009 at 7:01 am -

    Will you be able to get this channel on Foxtel, in particular, on Iq2? Has any announcement been made about this as yet?

  42. RYAN July 23, 2009 at 6:08 am -

    i bet you tens next channel will feature things like movies, docos and wiccid new series.

  43. David @ Green Point July 23, 2009 at 5:39 am -

    “Shows that do not attract an audience on Nine will be shifted to GO! and continue uninterrupted”???? Sounds like wall-to-wall Nork Network failures and rejects! Is this where they got the name for the new channel… ‘just GO’?.

  44. itsross July 23, 2009 at 5:21 am -

    haha sounds like foxtel shoved into a tightly contained box.

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