Gone: Beat the Star. Bumped: Four Weddings. Returning: Border Security, The Force.

By David Knox on September 10, 2010 / Filed Under Programming 26

Seven will dump Beat the Star from Tuesday nights after next week.

The game show, which pulled 955,000 viewers, failed to replicate Minute to Win It. Despite Seven’s enthusiasm for the show, it attracted average reviews.

Seven moves Four Weddings to 7:30pm Tuesdays from September 21st, to screen before Packed to the Rafters.

In its place on Wednesdays will be new episodes of Border Security and The Force.

Next week basketball champ Andrew Gaze Seven will appear in Beat The Star.

It isn’t clear yet where Seven plans to run its other completed episodes.


  1. Wimp September 13, 2010 at 8:26 pm -

    Channel 7 u r spineless. Beat The Star was fun in a corny sort of way. No other station has a show which is captiavting for the whole family. Hey already after 1 show u axe it!. The kids tried the toast popping . We all lost !

  2. Mr. chandler September 12, 2010 at 6:54 pm -

    nnot the surprised it got the boot. it looked a bit sus when a trained prefessional chef could get how long it would take a couple of pieces of toast to pop up

  3. Chris N. September 11, 2010 at 3:10 pm -

    I have to add though, that although it was a bad show, I hope Seven won’t be discouraged from taking risks in the future. I don’t want Border Security every night.

  4. Saz September 11, 2010 at 2:05 pm -

    Beat the Star was terrible – it was clear it was rigged for the family to win. If you want light entertainment for the family, Talkin about your Generation is on at the same time and wins hands down.

  5. J Bar September 11, 2010 at 11:37 am -

    I think we’ve all had more than enough of the ‘celebrity’ competition shows. I also thought it was a bizarre move to screen Four Wedding before City Homicide. The factuals are a better match.

  6. chk chk September 11, 2010 at 7:20 am -

    Wednesday week, I will tune on the first ep of The Block and see how it goes, will record Glee and quite excited for the Boss Coming to Dinner. I’ve given up on House a long time ago unfortunately.

  7. Jerome September 11, 2010 at 12:27 am -

    that is how the schdule should have been from the beginning. if beat the star was ever goin to find and audience it would no be against top gear and TBYG. atleast 4W won’t clash with top gear and might have a similar audience to PTTR, and if anyhing can hold up against glee and the block the factuals should do ok.

  8. Secret Squïrrel September 10, 2010 at 10:15 pm -

    Well, I didn’t watch Beat the Star as it sounded like a lame idea made lamer by not actually having any real stars, but I have to agree with Jon and koverstreet – WTF Seven? Less than a million ain’t flash but you’ve got to give a show a little bit of leeway to try and build an following.

    It’s not like it’s expensive to make and you’re just burning a big pile of cash, altho’ now that I read that back, maybe that’s an argument for shifting it to 72 where a small audience will still permit them to make an acceptable return on their investment. They should at least see how it rates with Gazey as he is at least a former star from not too long ago.

    Seven only need to look at Ten and The 7pm Project. Lots of people dismissed it as being a terrible idea, blah blah, but Ten gave it a chance and now it’s holding it’s own.

  9. Natasha September 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm -

    @JB-totally agree!

  10. Chris N. September 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm -

    Beat the Star was basically ‘Celebrity Minute to Win It’. I think they were pushing it a bit with this one, given the source material isn’t even that good. Although, it did rate almost a million which isn’t bad? Definitely higher than I would have thought. They made the right decision boning the show. If only they had taken that step before making it.

  11. catherine September 10, 2010 at 7:09 pm -

    Yeah new episdoes of Border Security. This used to rate well sundays. Hope it does the same.

  12. philm September 10, 2010 at 6:16 pm -

    Should have been like this from the get go.

    Border rpts were getting close to 1.3 last year so new eps of it and The Force should provide a half good lead-in for City Homicide and also make a few people choose between The Block and the factuals which is no doubt the reason behind this decision.

  13. Zambora September 10, 2010 at 6:12 pm -

    Nice summary Trix & JB.
    I did not watch purely based on promos and premise of shows.
    Looked like tacky stuff and who thought a “promo” saying the contest will come down to seeing if family XYZ can guess within 10 seconds when bread wil pop in toaster ??? Gee whiz, not even a game that a 3 year old would find amusing.

    Who makes these decisions ?
    How much do they get paid ?
    Who in network approves these decisions – or is it work experience kid..

  14. Ruth September 10, 2010 at 5:56 pm -

    We watched ‘Beat the Star’ for three parts of an hour hoping or expecting it to improve. It didn’t, , just boring and seemed be rigged…not for me.

  15. Jon September 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm -

    but didn’t Minute to Win It start off poorly and then pick up or have I lost the plot? hahaha
    I was surprised Minute to Win It was a reasonable hit, but don’t see why Beat the Star couldn’t do the same, given more than “5 minutes”.

  16. koverstreet September 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm -

    Good the less we see of Daniel MacPherson the better :) Seriously though boning a show that rates around 1m what is going on at Seven?????

  17. Jellyman September 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm -

    Get Ready for the Return of Grant Bowler to our Screens.

  18. MillerT1 September 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm -

    Now Seven has something bigger for 7:30 Wednesdays.

  19. Selma September 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm -

    7’s light entertainment curse continues….

  20. vinny September 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm -

    I saw an ad for this and a team of people were having a competition to catch the toast when it popped up geesh.

  21. Knowfirst September 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm -

    Another Tim Worner invention?

  22. vinny September 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm -

    Why not air the rest of Beat the Star on Seven Two after The Magicians Code show finishes?

  23. Craig September 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm -

    Yes more changes, makes me worried for any fast tracked shows that under perform one week.

  24. PD September 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm -

    It’s a good thing they have 7mate and 7TWO because those three fans of Beat The Star will be worried sick if 7 don’t show the rest of the episodes.

  25. JB September 10, 2010 at 5:05 pm -

    LOL that was quick. Seven lift your game. You can’t just put any old crap on tv and think it will rate. May i suggest watching the shows you plan to put on tv first to see how awful they are. And aslo sack whoever is in charge of choosing these shows.

  26. Trix September 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm -

    You have to wonder why they bothered with Beat The Star to begin with. Anyone with a passing interest in television watching could see it had the smell of poo about it.

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