Gone: The Spearman Experiment

By David Knox on November 2, 2009 / Filed Under Programming 35

magda (2)No more songs you’d never want on your iPOD or favourite underdogs -well not unless Magda returns in summer (and don’t rule it out).

After being shunted from Tuesdays by The Simpsons, now The Spearman Experiment is being replaced by…. The Simpsons.

Last Friday the show managed 541,000 viewers. The interesting point is The 7PM Project took 487,000 on the same night and it’s staying put. TEN committed to the show for 2010 last week.

The switch for Friday’s line-up is effective immediately with double eps of Homer & co. from 7:30pm.


  1. Skeezo November 13, 2009 at 2:49 pm -

    So is it still running on another night, or is it gone for good? I liked the show.

  2. Josh November 4, 2009 at 7:16 am -

    7pm is good, and they’ll get the day when they get more than 800,000+ don’t get me wrong,I like the odd New episode of 2.5 men, but people are becoming stupid in watching the 1000000 repeat of one episode

  3. franz chong November 3, 2009 at 3:40 pm -

    I think they show the Simpsons just as much as 2.5 men.

  4. Pab November 3, 2009 at 2:36 pm -

    great news. good riddens.

  5. Allie November 3, 2009 at 1:16 pm -

    The Spearman Experiment was always doomed to fail, being a clone of the uber-abysmal 20 to 1, a program that is close to unbearable.

    Ten are going to regret keeping The 7PM Project. It is not resonating with viewers and is rarely higher than number 20 in the ratings. Its Friday ratings, in particular, are shameful. I understand their golden child, Rove, is behind it, but unless it is dramatically re-tooled with different hosts and better writing, its just going to flounder.

  6. gerry November 3, 2009 at 11:04 am -

    Is it just me or is The Simpsons on more than Two and a Half Men?

  7. vinny aka tvaddict0909 November 3, 2009 at 10:32 am -

    @leon – It is called The Spearman Experiment not The Spearman Project , that sounds like a cross between the 7pm project and the spearman expirement.

    With a great name like that (The Spearman Experiment) I was expecting a game show or something.

  8. silvercloud November 3, 2009 at 10:20 am -

    More simpsons? i’m with bella – put ANTM on instead. A mindless guilty pleasure on a friday night sounds perfect to me.

  9. Leon November 3, 2009 at 9:24 am -

    Smart move from Ch10 to remove 20 to 1… err i mean The Spearman Project, It’s very easy to get them confused since Spearman Project was an Obvious 20 to 1 clone..

  10. Anthony Sullivan November 3, 2009 at 3:53 am -

    Will it be repeats of Simpsons on Fridays-with new episodes on Tuesdays?

    Glad to see The Spearman Exroperiment dropped-never was a fan.

  11. Nathan B November 2, 2009 at 11:46 pm -

    The funny thing is they get rid of this even though it rated slightly more than the 7pm project and it probably costs cents to do by comparison.

    Now this just shows that the it was really there just to make the most profit with the least amount of dosh.

  12. John November 2, 2009 at 11:15 pm -

    Hooray for The Simpsons!

    Friday nights now have something worth watching.

  13. Bella November 2, 2009 at 11:08 pm -

    I’m fed up with The Simpsons, but I was never a fan. I wouldn’t mind America’s Next Top Model on at that time. I know it’s already aired on Foxtel, but it’s still good to watch. Otherwise even a repeat of CMC would be better than The Simpsons IMO.

  14. Tepee November 2, 2009 at 11:01 pm -

    Oh the irony. I actually watched the last episode aired (my 2nd after having watched the premiere) on Friday about ‘Reality TV Moments’, being the reality TV junkie I am. It was doomed from the start for being a cheap copy of 20 to 01. Poor Magda.

  15. Paull November 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm -

    This show was even worse than Twenty To One, and I think that’s because they pretty much copied the show and tried to convince australia that “we voted” for the results.

    It’s one of the few shows to fail on ten this year, and the reason clearly is because it was a clone.

  16. Amir November 2, 2009 at 10:11 pm -

    Instead of more The Simpsons, why don’t Ten actually try something new and put The Office on Fridays? It can’t do worse than this surely, can it? I just wish they’d try it.

  17. mikeys November 2, 2009 at 9:13 pm -

    Sorry to see Magda’s show fail, but 20-1 in a different skin – c’mon, the original is bad enough ffs.

    As for 7PM, good on TEN for letting in find it’s spot, but honestly, it’s doomed to failure due to the poor, thinly spread hosts and comedic value it offers, and lets face it, the hosts have next to nothing in terms of actual insight on the issues of the day… Jon Stewart these guys ain’t (even without his massive team of writers).

  18. Sillygostly November 2, 2009 at 9:10 pm -

    @ Regan

    Repeats, of course. It would be a waste to air them on Fridays, plus, come tomorrow (Tuesday) night, Ten would have exhausted the current batch of new episodes as we’ll be up-to-date with the U.S.

  19. Doctor Ry November 2, 2009 at 8:50 pm -

    @GuanoLad – the fact Magda had the bare-faced audacity to tell Dave Hughes that it was nothing like 20 to 1 whe he asked her on 7PM Project, is probably a testimony to her skills as an actress.

  20. GuanoLad November 2, 2009 at 7:39 pm -

    I always find it strange when Networks publicly pretend that shows on rival Networks don’t exist, and everything they’re coming up with is original and unique to them. Which is how Ten behaved when they began promoting Spearman.

    Everybody else saw through it immediately, but Ten had their fingers in their ears, apparently thinking we’d be “fooled” by their cunning subterfuge.

    The mind truly boggles.

  21. John W November 2, 2009 at 7:33 pm -

    Why does Magda accept hosting roles on pitiful clip shows when they clearly don’t suit her talents?

  22. Harry November 2, 2009 at 7:23 pm -

    I didnt mind the countdowns.. even though it was the poorest show Ive ever seen.

  23. vinny aka tvaddict0909 November 2, 2009 at 7:04 pm -

    I am waiting for the headline

    Gone: 20 To 1

    I don’t get why 20 to 1 draws a million viewers….. the show is not that good.

  24. Neon Kitten November 2, 2009 at 7:03 pm -

    Hooray for the death of this, one of television’s most shameful moments of 2009. I’m amazed it lasted this long.

    Boo, though, to Ten, at the total lack of imagination with the replacement show. Even my 80 year-old mum was complaining yesterday that “all they show on channel Ten is that annoying Simpsons show”.

  25. Bazza November 2, 2009 at 6:49 pm -

    And nothing of value was lost….

  26. Brodie November 2, 2009 at 6:40 pm -

    Well there goes the pathetic imitation, now we just need 20 to 1 to roll over and die.

  27. Axel November 2, 2009 at 6:30 pm -

    Here’s an idea for a show…..

    Let’s call it “Network Programmers”.

    It’s a reality show running once a week, where viewers watch the Ten Network’s Programmers and ideas department.

    At the end of each episode, viewers select who gets fired.

    The winner at the end of the series receives direct entry to Australian Idol and a Happy Meal or keeps their job paying a cool $30,000 per year.

  28. Andrew B November 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm -

    It only had 2 weeks to go anyway. For those who cared, I wonder if they will show the remaing two eps late at night or summer at some stage?

    Yes, Simpsons will do better, but not much.

  29. AJ November 2, 2009 at 6:15 pm -

    No more songs you’d never want on your iPOD or favourite underdogs… unless you turn over to Channel 9 and watch that terrible show Bert Newton hosts, that is close to the same thing.

  30. Regan November 2, 2009 at 6:01 pm -

    New Simpsons or repeats?

  31. Kuttsywood November 2, 2009 at 5:57 pm -

    How much do’h did Ten pay for this turkey? Probably came out of the “New Brisbane News set” fund…

  32. ryan November 2, 2009 at 5:47 pm -

    ten are complete idiots to have a show that turns in 500,000 and return it for the 2010 slate where it will be a lead in for their biggest rating shows! they could do a million changes to this show and it still won’t work

  33. chris November 2, 2009 at 5:36 pm -

    Please commercial telly.. No more cheap and nasty clip shows. What a waste of Magda!

  34. Patrick November 2, 2009 at 5:35 pm -

    Poor old Madga, she can’t get any luck the dear.

    Hopefully she’ll find a vehicle more suited to her talents – she definately has potential.

    As for the 7PM Project still going – that’s what happens when you have a person having plenty of clout being behind it – ie: Rove.

  35. vinny aka tvaddict0909 November 2, 2009 at 5:21 pm -

    yay more simpsons, finally something to watch on fridays before torchwood

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