2012: The shows they missed

By David Knox on December 31, 2012 / Filed Under News, Top Stories 20

reefdoctorsEvery year networks announce the shows they intend to screen, but by the end of the year we’re still waiting for some to surface.

Sometimes it’s understandable -shows get delayed or postponed in the US.

Sometimes the show is a stinker and they avoid them entirely. Or maybe they push them out to the following year.

For whatever the reasons, here is a list of new seasons that were touted but (as best I can ascertain) never actually made it to air this year.

Please Like Me*
Next Stop Hollywood*

Pan Am
Parade’s End*
Sinbad (aired on ABC1)
Treasure Island
The Following*
Golden Boy
The Great Australian Bakeoff*

Reef Doctors*
Ripper Street*
Come Date with Me
The 2-2
How to Be a Gentleman

Off Their Rockers*
Got to Dance Australia
Australia’s Next Top Model*

Seven originally promised Wild Boys but then cancelled it before the year began.

It seems all of the shows SBS announced made it to air….

*confirmed for 2013.


  1. niac March 1, 2013 at 3:44 am -

    It’s the last day in February 2013 and still no Reef Doctors. Lisa McCune is good actress and missed since Sea Patrol. Believe Reef Doctors will be as good of show. So what happened to Feb. 2013 air date?

  2. Sharpy January 2, 2013 at 6:55 pm -

    Should I still be holding my breath for The Marriage Ref? No?

  3. Craig January 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm -

    I agree Nine should have shown Pan Am over the summer, maybe on GEM or GO!

  4. HardcorePrawn January 2, 2013 at 1:34 pm -

    During 2012 SBS did announce that Lillyhammer would be broadcast soon, only for it to then not materialise.
    Admittedly, they never said exactly when it would be shown, just that it was coming up at some point, so could still be planned for the near future.

  5. Carta January 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm -

    Pan Am did well internationally, but its US network wasn’t happy with ratings over there, so they pulled the plug (in spite of strong interest from its international networks). The DVD is being released this month over there. I don’t understand why Nine isn’t showing it over the summer break.

  6. Nate January 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm -

    A good example to never trust 9 – they promise shows they know they can never deliver them in the period they’re promising them for. Why?

    Because they’re mid-season (2013) US shows like the Following and Golden Boy and they’re announced as such in the US before 9 make their own PR announcements, so the only reason I can think to announce them is just to tout that they’ve got the rights to them, period.

  7. mr darcy January 1, 2013 at 7:12 am -

    Parade’s End is BBC’s answer to Downton Abbey which 9 will no doubt flog as the next big series. However, it’s only a mini series.Still great cast and touted as a solid piece of TV.

  8. 4heartman January 1, 2013 at 1:52 am -

    What happened to Weeds in 2012?? Channel 9 have butchered this show!!!

  9. jonasboi December 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm -

    S1 of betty whites of the rockers aired on comedy, it was terrible.

  10. HeyHey_Variety December 31, 2012 at 3:17 pm -

    Do you think Australian Idol will come back after American Idol?

  11. PJs Ronin December 31, 2012 at 2:25 pm -

    Just going by the titles of at least 70% of the shows listed I’m pretty sure they would have crashed and burned anyway.

  12. Samuel123 December 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm -

    Ten also haven’t played Come Date with Me.

  13. Swanny December 31, 2012 at 1:03 pm -

    I’m assuming Off Their Rockers is an Aussie version, not the US Betty White version?

  14. Lee-Roy December 31, 2012 at 11:55 am -

    Didn’t Warwick Capper announce that he was going to have his own TV show on GO! in 2012? “A cross between Wayne’s World and the Kardashians” I believe he said

  15. johnjet December 31, 2012 at 11:39 am -

    Got to Dance Australia (Foxtel), was cancelled after 10 announced it’s own dance show.

  16. jonasboi December 31, 2012 at 11:22 am -

    got to dance Australia was canned after it flopped in the US.

  17. Mr. J December 31, 2012 at 9:54 am -

    Come date with me?

    I’m pretty sure A Place to call home was going to be a 2012 show.

  18. J Bar December 31, 2012 at 8:49 am -

    Wasn’t Ten supposed to screen reality show “Come Date With Me” in 2012 too?

  19. Daniel December 31, 2012 at 8:40 am -

    ABC/ABC2: Please Like Me
    Ten: Come Date With Me

    Hope we never have to see the latter one! Can’t wait for the first one when it airs in 2013.

  20. Craig December 31, 2012 at 7:28 am -

    This is a list of reasons many don’t trust the FTA networks, especially want it comes to imported shows.

    BTW Hasn’t ‘Off Their Rockers’ already aired S1 on Comedy?

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