TEN is set to kick off its new-look Sunday nights on January 22nd, a full three weeks ahead of the start of official ratings.
The revamped Young Talent Time will premiere at 6:30pm followed by new episodes of Modern Family at 7:30pm, Zooey Deschanel sitcom New Girl at 8pm and new US drama Homeland at 8:30pm.
It’s a solid line-up from TEN in a bid to get the jump on Seven and Nine -but it will have to square off against the Men’s final of the Australian Open a week later. It also reveals Sunday line-ups to rivals, who now have a chance to tweak their schedules.
TEN’s chief programming officer, David Mott, told News Limited said the move was all about leading not following this year.
“We’ve regained our focus and this shows our confidence in our slate, as well as its depth,” he said.
“It’s the first of a few announcements we will be making.”
It’s not the first time TEN has thrown down the gauntlet at the start of the ratings year.
In 2009 it declared a full three week schedule in mid-January.
Updated: Merlin and Terra Nova will conclude next Sunday, January 15 (the latter has not yet been renewed by FOX) while It’s a Knockout ends at the special time of Friday January 20.
A second judge for Young Talent Time is still to be announced.