7mate: First week Guide

The Guide for new digital channel 7mate has been largely revealed by the Seven Network, with a mix of daytime classic titles and primetime premieres.

The channel is aimed at males aged 16-49 and begins with the AFL Grand Final on Saturday September 25.

Amongst the highlights in the first full week are the Australian premiere of Caprica (pictured), new episodes of Parks and Recreation, American Dad, Family Guy, Fifth Gear, Mighty Ships.

It also schedules sci fi series Warehouse 13, reality series Monster Garage, Nitro Circus, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, The Boneyard, Ax Men, Mega Disasters and science series The Universe.

The daytime schedule includes such shows as McHale’s Navy, Magnum PI, Rockford Files, Knight Rider, The A Team, Quincy ME, Situation Critical many of which are also repeated after midnight.

Interestingly, NBC Today show airs at 9am – midday weekdays.

Some primetime shows are yet to be revealed.

Highlights are as follows:

Monday Sept 27
6pm Monster Garage (Ep 12)
7:30pm Fifth Gear (S9E8)
10:00pm Parks and Recreation (S2E6)

Tuesday Sept 28
10:30pm Nitro Winter Wonderland. (Ep 1)

Wednesday Sept 29
8:30pm Family Guy (S9E11)
9:00pm American Dad (S6E6)

Thursday Sept 30
7:30pm Gene Simmons Family Jewels (S1 E2 / E3) (premiere Sept 25)
8:30pm Warehouse 13 (S1E1)
9:30pm Caprica (S1E1)

Friday Oct 1
7:30pm The Boneyard (Ep 1)
8:30pm Ax Men (S2E1)

Saturday Oct 2
7:30pm Mighty Ships (Ep 5)
8:30pm Mega Disasters (Ep 1)
9:30pm The Universe (Ep 1)

A Guide (with several TBAs) is now available for download at TV Tonight‘s Advance Guides.

This post updates.

65 Comments:

  1. I still think it’s ridiculous that 7 are sacrificing their HD channel for this. A lot of the shows aren’t, or won’t be shown in HD and those that watch regular 7, which is arguably the best of the 3 channels, will be seeing the low quality versions of their favourite shows.

  2. @Pete

    As you probably know Caprica is set before BSG. You don’t have to have watched all of BSG to be able to watch Caprica. Although it does help to have some knowledge of the BSG universe.

    The second part of season 1 returns in the US on October 5 when it will air behind new episodes of Stargate Universe. No confirmation yet on a 2nd season.

  3. David, any chance to do an interview with the big boys of Foxtel. I reckon they’d be starting to worry with the emergence of all of these new free channels.

  4. To Earthquake ,

    I agree , there is not enough Australian shows.
    A Country practice finished repeating on Hallmark channel a few months ago , now it could be 7TWO’s turn I think. Sons and Daughters / Home and Away are already repeating on 7TWO.
    All the others you mention are worth a rerun too somewhere on freeview. Cop Shop , The Sullivans , Prisoner , The Flying Doctors , Altogether Now , Richmond Hill and many more…
    Wouldn’t it be good if there was a rule that they can’t screen 3 American shows in a row ??

  5. Ehhhh!!!!

    I am a male viewer and there is not one program in this prime time line-up that I am interested in watching ….. so I guess 7mate won’t be watched in my house ….

  6. In the confusion regarding HD vs SD and 70 vs 73 ….this is from the original announcment in early august (on TV Tonight website)

    To receive 7mate from 25 September, viewers will need to tune into channel 73 on an HD capable Digital TV, PVR or set top box. If you have an analogue television you will need to connect your old TV to an HD capable Digital set top box, PVR, or Digital recorder and tune in to channel 73.
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    A spokesperson from Seven told TV Tonight: “7mate replaces 7HD, as this is all we can fit in our spectrum until 2013 or the end of Analog.

  7. Hmmm, with all those TBA’s the shows outside of primetime don’t look that wonderful.

    Where are all the old Aussie shows? I’m sure some time in the last 50 years there was an Australian programme made and that it just didn’t disintegrate once it was shown on TV. Why are our multi-channels still littered with these old American shows when our history and our identity could be on display to those who haven’t seen the break through Australian programmes from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 00’s. Is it going to take an ABC channel or SBS channel to show retro Australian series?

    Where are the repeats of A Country Practice, Sons & Daughters, Neighbours, Home & Away, E Street, Secret Life Of Us, Police Rescue, Wildside, Hey Dad, Newlyweds, Acropolis Now, The Comedy Company, Fast Forward, Full Frontal, Micallef Programme, Roy & HG, etc? Surely you don’t have to rent a set top box off Rupert Murdoch to watch the likes of those programmes?

    Those are just a selection. I’m sure others can/will add to the Australian programming that Australian viewers deserve to watch.

  8. i’s definately very blokey
    the main show i was looking forward to was jersey shore, hope that takes one of the TBA’s. why is parks and rec on so late? that is a really good show that i thought might get a 7:30 slot.

    and ax men seems like a good show too i quite like that genre like ice road truckers, man vs wild ect. it aired in the UK under the name axE men (australian spelling) looks like 7mate are going for the US speling of the word axe.

    • Newtaste. TV Tonight did not announce a new channel from Nine. The AFR did. That’s why there are Sources used in aggregated stories here.

      Quote: “But the Australian Financial Review says Nine has set a date for the launch of its second digital channel, five or six days before Seven launches 7mate.”

      Lucy: a gay channel was offered by SelecTV at one stage but I never thought it would work and it didn’t.

  9. Boring and it’s supposedly aimed at me. It would have been wiser to either keep 7hd and have 7mate breakaway programming, or have 7mate with some material from 7 simucast. No more news in HD.

  10. While 7mate does offer overnight programming on most nights, it is not entirely free of Home Shopping – at 2am Wednesday night.

    Why oh why can;t we have juts one channel free from this disease?

  11. 7HD (ch70) will become 7Mate, there will no longer be a HD simulcast of the main Seven channel.

    What I think they should do is like the BBC model and air selected shows on the HD channel from the other channels, so things like the AFL and Rafters can still be shown in HD, maybe not at the same times but at least you have the option to see them in HD if you want to.

    ABC, Nine and TEN should all do this IMO.

  12. One question(and apologies if this has been answered already elsewhere), but If you have the Foxtel Iq2(Hd) and already getting 7HD, will 7Mate be on foxtel HD?

  13. From 20 & Male…
    There is only one thing in the entire program that interests me… Parks & Recreation… I can’t believe how boring the schedule is! Not that I can complain.. It’s better to have a crappy extra channel than to not have one at all.

  14. R U sure that 7mate is HD – I thought that only Chl 70 is in HD, the others, 71, 72 (7two) and 73 (7mate) are all SD. But then I could be wrong

  15. Looking forward to Caprica, I hope they can add some more Sci-Fi in the future. It’s a genre that doesn’t get much coverage on the main channels these days. Saw a bit of Warehouse 13 on Foxtel, but it didn’t grab me. Still at least 7Mate seems to be interested in giving SciFi a go, so they have my vote.

  16. As Ms Krabappel would say, “Pretty lame Milhouse, pretty lame”.

    Maybe a couple of shows I would watch in primetime, however as they are old, I have seen them elsewhere. They should have got the premier shows on this channel and put them on 7Two, and then used the 3rd channel for something else. That way 7Two could be less terrible, and have more ‘new’ shows.

    Hands up who will be watching the 1966 movie ‘When We Were Kings’…

    What annoys me about FTA channels is the on screen guide says rubbish like “7mate Sunday Movie” or “Tuesday Night at the Movies”. Just show the name of the movie, we know what day it is.

  17. Well the daytime schedule doesn’t set the tv guide alight. Primetime is where the viewers will flock. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights look decent. The Universe is great and can’t wait for Warehouse 13 and Caprica. :)

    NBC Today is an interesting piece of programming. Those from PRiME land will like this news as it previously aired infomercials instead of the US morning show. Not sure if this is still on 7 before Sunrise?

  18. Just checked the advanced guide for 7 mate at tv tonight great range of old classics and there are some interesting documentaries to be screened. Looking foward to it commencing.

  19. glad warehouse 13 and caprica are on thursday, I was just thinking about how there isn’t much on thursdays these days. I’m re-watching battlestar galactica right now in preparation for caprica.

  20. I wonder if some shows like Gene Simmons Family Jewels , if Seven have bought all seasons ? I know on Seven Two they only bought 2 seasons of Escape to the Country….

  21. This is a fantastic schedule, best one since GO! better then 7Two just about every show I’m interested in watching can’t wait to see Warehouse 13 and Caprica. The only negative thing i can think of is NBC Today at 9am-midday weekdays.

  22. Whose idea is it to screen NBC Today as a morning show? Is that one of Seven’s incentives to attract female viewers? (Only the 4th hour, hosted by Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, is like a morning show, with topics including entertainment and fashion) Unless news and weather updates during each 30 minutes of the US version are cut to make it a 3-hour show? I still think NBC Today should be shown at midnight, which in summer will mean Sydney and Melbourne will see the program one hour behind the US east coast due to the 16-hour time difference.

  23. NBC Today isn’t really male oriented viewing, however, it should still be competitive against Kerri-Anne, Morning Show etc. Otherwise, the channel in general seems promising.

  24. Caprica, The Universe, and Warehouse 13 in HD – fantastic.

    And please Seven, give these shows some time to prove themselves! Show your viewers you have patience on this channel.

    And King of the Hill for those primetime schedule gaps please! There’s still nearly a season to go, so it’ll be worth it.

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