Airdate: Gruen Sweat. Bumped: Randling, Life’s Too Short.

By David Knox on June 25, 2012 / Filed Under London Olympics, Programming, Top Stories 11

In February I was tipping Gruen would return with an Olympics-themed series this year and that’s exactly what’s happening.

ABC1 will launch Gruen Sweat, Olympic-themed edition of Gruen Transfer to run for 45 minutes across 4 weeks.

Wil Anderson and regulars Todd Sampson and Russel Howcroft, will examine the ”marketing machine that underpins, underwrites and over-exploits the Olympics”.

The series airs from 8:30pm Wednesday July 25 which sees Randling, bumped to 9.15pm. Life’s Too Short will move to 9.45pm.

ABC1 Channel Controller, Brendan Dahill told the Sydney Morning Herald, ”Obviously, the numbers haven’t quite worked out the way we hoped they would [but] the important thing to remember is no show is born perfect.”

Gruen Sweat will be followed by the second season of Gruen Planet.


  1. Timbo June 26, 2012 at 12:14 am -

    Randling is really struggling

  2. A. June 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm -

    By the way I do see why they did it as the Olympics start on July 27 so it’s two days before. It’s just a bit awkward. I do want to add I’m interested in it. If SBS doesn’t tempt me away I’ll be watching Gruen.

  3. Alessandro June 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm -

    LTS is great but Randling is terrible

    ABC i would do this

    8:30 LTS
    9:00 Gruen
    9:45 The Chaser

  4. Nick June 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm -

    Why not bring back a refreshed Spicks and Specks? It doesn’t have to feature the same cast…

  5. Secret Squirrel June 25, 2012 at 11:51 am -

    Think I would’ve put Life’s Too Short on before Randling to better hold the numbers after Gruen. Actually, I would do what A. suggests and wait a week until LTS has finished. As it is now, I’m going to have to find something to do betw Gruen and LTS.

  6. TM June 25, 2012 at 10:40 am -

    @A. – I agree, ABC could re-establish Wednesday nights off the back of Mad As Hell. They are wasting it on a Friday night.

  7. A. June 25, 2012 at 9:54 am -

    OK if I’ve worked it out correctly it would probably be the last episode of Life’s Too Short. They couldn’t of waited a week? Also the Indian Ocean series will be over. I wonder what’s next?

    By the way I hope next year they put Mad as Hell on a Wednesday. As that’s funny and intelligent. Plus pretty darned good.

  8. Clarence June 25, 2012 at 8:45 am -

    8:30pm Wednesday July 35? Oh dear how will I program that one into the TiVo? ;-)

  9. steve sydney June 25, 2012 at 8:11 am -

    Can’t wait for all the Nick D’Arcy jokes.. you just know they’re coming.

  10. Woody June 25, 2012 at 8:02 am -

    What date does it start again?
    Do we not get an August this year?

  11. A. June 25, 2012 at 8:00 am -

    July 35?

    I’ll admit I’m watching Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve until the end.

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