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  1. NQ Resident

    I watched last night’s episode of Hawaii Five-0 this morning. It had an Australian flavour, with Grant Bowler in a supporting role.

    His American accent wasn’t too bad.

  2. As of next week, new episodes of ‘Criminal Minds’ will now air twice a week on 7: The usual Wednesday 8:45’ish slot and also on Thursday at approximately the same time.

  3. I have been watching the ”Spooks” repeats on GEM, there are 3 episodes tonight ( the end of series 2 ) but I just noticed on next weeks program guide there is a movie on instead, I hope they aren’t going to leave us at the end of S2

  4. 7 has failed to post the full double episode of last nights / this mornings greys anatomy to plus 7. It appears that the second episode of the double episode is on therefore its currently unwatchable on plus 7. Also plus7 has a promo for the final episode of greys stating it was to air at 9,45pm but there was a timeslot change to 10.53pm. Its really poor when networks don’t update timeslot changes on their own sites. 7 has treated greys anatomy viewers very poorly this season.

    • It’s taking 1 to 3 days for stuff to be posted on catch-up sites for all three networks. They want them to be for catch-ups not the prefered viewing platform.

      • Secret Squïrrel

        It’s pretty funny that they’re trying to force people to watch TV at midnight instead of their catch-up service at a time that’s convenient for you. The obvious sol’n is to PVR the show but even adding an hour buffer to the end of the recording sometimes isn’t enough.

        • Greys Anatomy was a late change so if you set the pvr a week in advance and didn’t know about the change you may have missed part of the double episode. This makes the fact that 7 stuffed up posting to plus 7 even worse.

          Just a general observation that a household may only have one pvr on a main television shared by multiple people which means its not always available when convenient to use whereas many individuals may have their own pc, tablet or smartphone which can mean for some people catch up sites can offer more flexibility.

          • Elizabeth H

            I also can’t believe GA, HTGAWM & Revenge are not available on iPads anymore. Very frustrating. I missed the last HTGAWM on TV because I forgot it was on. Two weeks passed before I got around to sitting at my desktop. The iPad is so much more accessible. When 7 stuffs around timeslots for these three shows it’s very frustrating. Thank goodness I have a PVR but like other readers have said its no good if 7 move things around.

          • Has 7plus fixed the Greys Anatomy episodes yet?
            @Elizabeth yes the iPad thing is very annoying. I only discovered it after downloading the 7plus app on my iPhone only to find I couldn’t watch the Revenge episode I wanted. I’m guessing it is an ABC studios rights issue as it only seems to affect their programs.

          • jezza the first original one

            I also have an issue with ch7 catch up site…revenge not available on laptops and also last nights ep of Lewis (28th May) not uploaded at all at the time of writing this. Do they not realise what will happen if their online service declines?

  5. Another repeat of Kitchen Nightmares again 7?? are they really that unsure of themselves they can’t put something better up against Love Child than a show from 2007?? I have found over the last few weeks FTA has gotten to its lowest point, oh unless you enjoy watching endless episodes and ‘encore’ editions of Masterchef, the Block, House Rules & that ridiculous wedding show!

  6. There’s a late change to tonight’s greys anatomy. Its starting at the later time of 10.53pm and finishes at 12.39am according to the EPG. Its the final episode of the season.

  7. I’m doing a uni assignment about commercial consideration bias in television news/current affairs and really need to find a few more examples of how different channels report things to basically slam a rival channel/tv show. They have to be 2015 stories. I already have A Current Affair’s attack on Paleo Pete from MKR and the Channel 9 Footy logo story. Would anyone be able to suggest a few more stories that represent a biased viewpoint against another network? Thanks

  8. It is looking more and more likely that foxtel won’t be fasttracking Season 3 of Hannibal, and will begin airing it early July, at least 4 weeks after US premier, from what I have read online, I thought the FTA networks were bad, but come on foxtel, why are they not showing it within 24 hrs of US date, No wonder people look for other means to watch their shows, I would even consider signing up to one of the streaming services If I knew they were going to show Hannibal S3 faster than foxtel will be.

    • According to the Hannibal Australia FB page “the Australian broadcast for ‪Hannibal‬ Season 3 will be on Thursday 2nd July at 8:30pm AEST on Showcase (Foxtel).
      The Season Pass will be available from Friday 3rd July via iTunes and other digital platforms.”
      I don’t have Foxtel so will be buying a season pass again but avoiding spoilers is going to be a fun game.

      • I would love to know the reasoning for foxtel not fasttracking Hannibal S3. They didn’t S2 either, I guess they don’t have alot of importance for them(foxtel) to shell out the extra bucks to fasttrack it, unlike say, GoT or TWD.

        • Hannibal would have a smaller audience than either of those shows so it wouldn’t be worth it to Foxtel to pay any extra to fast track. Same for Penny Dreadful.

          • I’ve never heard that networks have to pay extra money to fast track a show. Do networks have to pay extra to fast track a show? I hope not.

        • In the past, Foxtel has sometimes forward planned for pre-empting in the U.S., so that may be a reason. That way, they can run an episode every single week. Even still, this doesn’t bother me a great deal. In fact, the only show that is troublesome with spoilers imo is G.O.T.

          • Generally I’m happy to wait, but part of what I love about Hannibal is the great social media interaction from the Fannibals and everyone involved in the show that I’ll now have to avoid.
            GOT doesn’t worry me because I’ve read the books so I’m not too upset if I stumble over something. Unfortunately like the Greys Anatomy death the other week showed, once main stream media run with a story it’s almost impossible not to be accidentally spoiled.

    • Thanks Pete for your notices over the last few weeks. I don’t watch much reality TV and prefer to watch something new rather than repeats. NYC 22, Common Law and Do No Harm have all been worth watching.

  9. Hooray, Person of Interest is back Monday 01JJUN15 at 2315 (or not), this is how we saw Channel 9’s disgraceful performance with POI using our programming tracker.

  10. Are we (wife & self) the only viewers who eagerly await the return of S2 of the Blacklist to 7?

    All the eps have been screened in the states so what’s holding back 7 from scheduling them?

    Still no DVD release date (USA) but it’s likely to be available over there well before aussie viewers get the chance to watch.

    And Person of Interest is back on 9 for the last 6 eps? I thought they’d given up on it. I can’t keep up with the way 9’s stuffed this (mostly) enjoyable show.

    • Yes still waiting patiently. Castle, Greys and Revenge as all finishing in the next few weeks so there should be a free time slot available soon.

    • Double episodes of Gordon Ramsay, Criminal Minds and repeats of movies we can see on DVD or on the secondary channels. That’s what holding Seven back.

      • Ramsay eps aired on Nine 4 years ago or so. Feels like they are treading water for either Winners & Losers or DWTS (the latter is still some weeks away given no cast announced and HR is in the way).

        • Yeah, I think “treading water” is the worst you could call it. While I agree with your general point Nathan, I wouldn’t say it’s “holding 7 back” since they’ve basically won every ratings week for the entire year. In fact, you could say that their programming decisions have been borderline masterful, since they’ve won a couple of weeks they had no right to win. EG: 2 of the last 3 weeks with ‘Catching Milat’ perfectly placed. They may intentionally throw a week or two now with State of Origin upcoming.

  11. The on-again, off-again screening of Person of Interest is back on next Monday night around 10.40pm. Ep 17 shown in US in March – only six to go in the current series so shouldn’t be hard for Nine to show them for the next six weeks without interruption.

    • Secret Squïrrel

      Thanks Pete, you’re a legend but I jumped aboard the stream-boat a long time ago ‘cos I got tired of being stuffed around by 9 and 7 holding on for ages (for no good reason) to eps I wanted to watch.

    • In Melb/Adel/Perth/Tas its screened every week bar one at 10.40ish. Not sure what ep we are up to in Tas, its a rainy day show we binge watch.

      • Yes NSW is four episodes behind the AFL States. Stupid programming. Not holding my breath that we get a straight run to finally finish the season.

    • Nine are determined to wring whatever is left in their old WB output deal. When they don’t rate they switch to repeats, then try new eps on in some obscure timeslot and expect viewers to track them down and watch them live, and they they don’t they just repeat the cycle.

      Now Nine has dropped the deal new shows will likely go straight to cable, hopefully they will either burn of the rest in a regular timeslot on secondary channels e.g. Arrow or sell them to cable.

      • I’m wondering if the midday movies screened on GEM over the past four years – you must have noticed that it’s the same 130 titles (mostly old English B-graders from 1940-70) repeated every six months – will continue to be recycled.

        Surely 9 wouldn’t spend any money to freshen up their GEM & GO schedules, would they?

    • Screening after Gotham / Arrow, not really the same audience, except for a few of us. I would think most of the younger audience keen to see this already will have.
      Just put it on somewhere and let it run or let it go to Foxtel, with The Vampire Diaries. At least it gets shown and those of us without Fox can get get a season pass.

  12. Dumb question but what happened to The Odd Couple on TEN, I know it’s being shown just before the F1 tonight but there is nothing else listed that I can find for the next 2 weeks and they haven’t finished the season yet.

  13. Ch.10’s HD channel, ONE, it seems is repeating earlier episodes of Scorpion, tonight they are showing the 2nd episode which has already aired on it’s main channel in 2014, are they going to show the rest of the season(including the episodes which have still yet to air here)?

  14. And the ‘news’ media sometimes ask why celebs shun us. I felt so disappointed seeing the key NewsCorp piece offer a type of blog timeline for the Eurovision finale and essentially – and sarcastically – pull every contestant apart except of course for Guy. How pedestrian and pathetic that is and how typical. Guy did really well and Australia were guests. What a way for some of our media to treat a host. I feel so ashamed reading it. I hope Media Watch pick it up.

  15. For reasons best known to Nein, tonight’s episode of the Originals has been bumped…they’ve really outdone themselves – it lasted a whole week. Sell it to Foxtel and be done with it.

  16. Maev....Sydney

    Reading SMH….I am ticked of with Graham Nortons remarks about our inclusion in Eurovision….’Nonsense’ he said….
    As someone commented…Sorry Graham! When did the UK last win?…
    It appears betting odds have Australia running at 3rd…but dont take that as gospel…just what I read.

  17. Catching up on Outback Truckers today and can tell the show is made for international audiences. One of the truckers say “See Ya mate” and the subtitle on the screen says “See you later, buddy”!

  18. Maev....Sydney

    Just read the TV Tonight newsletter…..
    Sorry you missed out on voting…I did also…too early for me…
    What was more amazing…you were asleep…I was not sure you found time to fit that into the your life….

  19. Just saw a promo on Eleven for “The Late Late Show with James Cordon” airing from this Sunday night – about time we’re getting this program as it has been on for a little while now in the States

      • I thought they might have started with the latest ep, that followed Letterman’s final show and featured a few tributes. They have said Corden won’t be doing the typical late show stand up current events monologue so the delay shouldn’t matter much.

        They started with the usual 5, (2 filmed on Thursday?), during sweeps but then dropped back to 4. There have been 34 eps aired in the US.

  20. Re your comments in the newsletter David, about not having to go into self-imposed media blackout this Sunday to avoid Eurovision final spoilers… that was the first thing I thought when I heard SBS were broadcasting the final live this year. Even when you turn the internet off for the day until 7:30pm, I still accidently hear it on the 6pm news, or a friend mentions it to you on the phone. So glad there’s no worries this year (just the early morning alarm!)

  21. Someone is telling fibs about this A League TV deal on one hand Fairfax has Ten as favourite and now News Corp has Nine is favourite. For me it would have to be Ten as favourite. Apparently back in March FFA favours a Network Ten and Fox Sports partnership. I wonder what will the outcome be.

    • Secret Squïrrel

      “For me it would have to be Ten as favourite. ”
      No surprises there.

      Given how Ten have treated other sport which I used to watch on their network, I would rather that Nine get the gig, or shared with Foxtel with different matches on each, live not delayed.

    • Shoudy Chen

      ‘I wonder what will The outcome be’ – I heard on SMH and noticed that Ten is keen to win the rights to broadcast A-League Matches live. Network Ten is keen for football although they have never broadcasted any Soccer matches in its history.

  22. As said on another page last week re Quickflix and their issues – “The Interview” is still showing in my Quickflix queue as ‘coming soon’ – or it was until I deleted it just now. Picked up the DVD from my local Council-run library this morning. And the rental is free. 7 of the 14 movies in my QF queue are “Long Wait”- but these are really OLD titles – Great Race, Man Who Knew Too Much, Firefox, Fantastic Voyage, My Girl…- How much did Quickflix lose last year? $$$$$$$$$$$$$

  23. As is we don’t have enough screen graffiti already, SCTEN (Sthn NSW) is back to pop-up commercials. Latest are 10-15 seconders for Furniture One, covering the bottom 20% of the screen – in primetime. How is this calculated into their max. ad. content (if such as theory does exist)?
    Yesterday I accidentally caught something called “The Daily Show” (which apparently is Not on “daily”). After a 3-mins ad. for a juicer the host said something like “we’ll take a break now and be right back”. A break from the commercials for more commercials?

    • I loathe those pop up ads! I didn’t think the screen clutter could get any worse, but now you’re saying they’re being expanded to include outside commercials? Talk about treating the viewer with contempt!

      • It’s not a contest or a promo. It’s a straight out “Sale” commercial for a local furniture shop. At least it blocked out the permanent program promo graphic (it’s not a “watermark” as it’s a solid yellow) for 20-secs. This from the same network that calls 20-seconds containing three sentences mentioning three local news items, from yesterday’s local paper and ABC radio, their “Local News”.

  24. Here is something I stumbled across while channel flicking on Foxtel. Suits current season stopped with the mid season final on Seven and now Universal Channel on Foxtel returns next Tuesday at 8.30pm with the remaining unseen eps in double eps for next three weeks…….the remainder of the season that was shown in US in January.

    • It looks like Foxtel is faster at showing the episodes than Seven.

      I’ve only watched Suits on Seven where it’s ruined by screen clutter. Does Foxtel show it without the hugely annoying pop-up ads and on-screen advertising next to the logo?

      • I pay for the privilege of ad breaks but there are no pop ups. Only a watermark channel ID bottom right hand of screen and this channel is broadcast in HD. I am sure Seven will get around to showing them this year, where and when is anybody’s guess.

        • Seven still had the first run rights to Suits after they dropped their NBCUniversal output deal. They may have dropped them. While have to keep an eye on what happens with Covert Affairs and Royal Pains too. Universal are keen to use whatever first run and repeat rights they have for their own shows on their cable channel.

          Thanks for the heads up, I’d assumed Universal were still running old eps.

    • If this is correct, this will be your best ever pick-up Pete… and you’ve had many. Like Pertinax thought, I didn’t think a Foxtel channel could do this, since they would have had to wait for 7 to screen it first.

      • Pick up Pete…. got a certain ring to it…..thanks DaveyBoy. The ad for Suits on Universal Channel says ‘First Time on Australian TV’ so they would be unaired on Channel Seven.

      • Secret Squïrrel

        Sometimes the FTA networks on-sell first-run rights to somebody else, usually Foxtel. I’m guessing that is what’s happened here.

        “Pick-up Pete”, yeah!

  25. virtualmatt

    Does anyone have any idea how the VFL is rating on seven as opposed to ABC? it was a good double line up on Sunday of the Richmond v Collingwood matches.

    • It better have rated well, since they changed the initially agreed upon match-up with only a few days notice! They may as well go back to calling it AFL Reserves.

  26. So I was looking up some stuff and read this from Bill Lawrence of Scrubs/CougarTown/SpinCity fame:

    If a Nielsen Family is watching American Idol and they turned the channel right before every commercial break, and turned it back on right after, what would that rating be?

    “The answer is zero, because the Nielsens monitor how many people watch the commercials in a given half hour, not how many people watch the show,” Lawrence revealed. “The Nielsen ratings are an advertising tool! That, and the small sample, makes you realize it’s not gauging, empirically, what’s being watched.”

    David, is this the same with Oztam? Just interested to see if we value the same as the US or if we are focused on the show itself. Fascinating though, when you consider that fact!!

    • Lawrence is wrong. The published Overnight Nielsen figures are what viewers are watching for the total period. So flicking away during ads just reduces the ratings by the 28% of the the typical Network TV hour that are ads and promos. Nielsen also provide viewing breakdowns just for the ads, which is what media buyers look at. In those figures Lawrence’s hypothetical family would generate zero.

      Because so few viewers <50 are watching TV live ad rates in the US are based on Live plus Same Day and +3 time shifting figures. But in the end advertisers measure how much they boost sales or brand recognition and status, and will only pay for what is worthwhile.

      Oztam provides per minute figures, the troughs are the ad breaks the peaks are the most interesting bits in the show.

      Oztam does per minute so you can tell the figures for ad breaks from the troughs and programme from…

  27. What happened to how to get away with murder on seven ? It was returned last Tuesday night but not shown this week? Has it changed nights or taken off air?

  28. I have to say i am super impressed with Netflix. For only around ten dollars a month compared to what Foxtel charge (i have that too) i am getting some great shows. Bloodline starring Ben Mendleson was great, should have been told in 8 eps, dragged out to 13 eps and loving Grace and Frankie … What a cast…jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterson and Martin Sheen. Is Netflix available as an app on TVs bought now?

    • Loving it too!!! Orange is the New Black is my fave and I can’t wait til the new season lands!! Was discussing it at work today and I convinced 2 people to subscribe!! No exaggeration – told them the facts, they were going home to set themselves up!!

  29. Maev....Sydney

    Enjoying the Giro d’Italia….I do not really understand cycling…but love to watch it…and the scenery is spectacular…also the commentary on various sites of interest….
    Those young men with such thing bodies and thin clothing…going at such speeds is also very scary.

    • Secret Squïrrel

      I’m also enjoying it. If you’re keen, you should be able to stream it via SBS’s Cycling Central from about 10:30pm your time. Annoyingly, the SBS TV broadcast is not live here in Perth despite it being noted as “Live” in all the TV guides. Not the first time SBS has done this.

    • Wait till the Tour de France in July. The coverage is like a continuous French tourism ad.

      Keenan and McKenzie chat personably enough, (and it stops Keenan just filling with stats), but they don’t cover what’s happening in the race very often. I put it on in the evening and drop in an out and it hard to find out what is happening.

      • Secret Squïrrel

        Yeah, I’m not watching SBS’s coverage. Eurosport is much better.

        I have enjoyed prev Td’Fs on SBS when Phil and Paul start up, and don’t mind the helicopter shots and potted history of the chateaus and churches, but I have no time for Gabriel Gaté rustling up some regional recipe or the other guy waffling on about matching cheese to wine on behalf of one of the sponsors, while there is actual racing going on. At least it has been broadcast live in Perth in prev years. Hopefully it will be this time around otherwise I’m off.

    • Slight brag – I’m off to Le Tour this year to fulfil Mr Beckala’s bucket list!! Look for a pair of Aussies with an inflatable kangaroo!!!

  30. Just saw an ad on TEN for the Monaco F1 this Sunday ‘Live and Exclusive’ um no it’s not, it’s on Foxtel also without ads and including all practice sessions and the qualifying live and in HD.

    How can TEN promote this as ‘Live and Exclusive’ when it clearly isn’t?

  31. Name and shame Channel 7’s Revenge started about 13 minutes & 11 seconds late last night, one angry little vegemite in the household, changed her viewing habits, punched up two recording devices for Revenge, (backup for any failure to record), took the ads out this morning and will do that for the remainder of the season (however long it takes she said), the rest of us snuck out 😀

    • I regularly record programs with ads onto a DVD hard drive and remove the ads before watching the program.
      When you do it all the time you get very good at it, and it takes no time at all.
      It is just so good to be able to then enjoy a show without constant inane interruptions.

    • Gotta set up the recording the day of – networks adjust the times on the day so technically they aren’t behind their timeslot… The printed TV guide vs the online one is very different!!!

  32. Shark Tank is out of the schedule again which will be replaced by The Odd Couple. In fairness to Ten if they decided to play Shark Tank they would have missed the start of Monaco Grand Prix. Hopefully it will return the week after

    • Hate how TEN cuts to the F1 just minutes before the race, not that it’s an issue this season with half the rounds not airing live on TEN. Much rather watch it on Foxtel in full with decent pre race coverage and live with no ads during the race! It will be interesting to see how the ratings go for TEN and Foxtel this weekend.

      • Secret Squïrrel

        Yeah, also peed off that Ten aren’t even showing qualy this season. Have arranged to watch all qualies and races on Foxtel. Have been enjoying the pre-race pit walks – lots more interviews, news, and info than we ever got from Rusty and AJ. Ten can get stuffed.

  33. Peter van Onselen tweeted that his Sky News primetime show ‘PVO NewsHour’ is moving to daytime as ‘PVO NewsDay’ from June, with Kristina Keneally (whose Friday show on Sky was dumped last month). He added it was his request to change shifts. Will be interesting to see what they fill the 7pm hour with.

  34. Just saw an Ad on Nine for British series ‘Life on the Dole’. Are they trying to make money off the success of Struggle Street?

  35. Sad case that TV Week is virtually a Home & Away fan mag these days and barely covers anything else that’s happening on other Aussie shows now. We have to turn online to TV Tonight or Digital Spy. Incredible that UK website Digital Spy covers Neighbours casting news better than TV Week these days. Good to see Zoe Cramond (Packed to the Rafters) join the cast.

    • Secret Squïrrel

      I thought it was a tween mag. Pretty sure nobody over the age of 14 would buy it. About the same level of credibility as the Logies.

      • @J Bar … I noticed that too. It’s really disappointing. It should cover all shows equally.

        @Secret Squirrel … I’m well over 14 (many times lol) and I still buy it. :)

  36. The Late Late Show with James Corden isfinally airing on Eleven, starting this Sunday (May 24) night at midnight (technically Monday I know). Appears that it is airing every night too around 11pm-midnight. Not sure why it couldn’t have aired when it started?

      • Thanks David. I guess the Ten Network fail to see that allowing you to have programming info could actually assist in getting viewers to their Network. Hope it all sorts itself out soon.

        • It is a disappointing move and not fully explained. TEN is the only network to not supply this info and it has already resulted in incorrect Programming info being published here (and furthered by other journos on radio) -so there is a ripple effect. Some convos I have had raise alarming questions about how they perceive online media. I’m very comfortable with recent editorial for TEN, plenty of stories and features on their shows. Hope it can be resolved sooner rather than later.

          • Secret Squïrrel

            That is a bit odd. You’d think that with Ten’s current market pos’n and (lack of) exposure they’d be happy to make it easier for trusted sources such as yourself to help get correct programming info out there. Even more so with regard to the internet given that Ten’s overall demographic tends to skew younger.

            I recall that for a while it was Nine that wasn’t advising of scheduling changes but they presumably saw the value of including you in the loop.

            I’ve said this before, for people supposedly working in a communications industry, all three commercial networks are often very poor at communicating with their potential audiences.

  37. Crazy news for fans of TARUS who are watching this season (it’s not a spoiler for the show, don’t worry)
    Blind Date couple, Bergen & Kurt (Who left the race in a very dramatic fashion in Germany this season) have just got engaged.

    • Season 1 of CSI Cyber has already aired in the US. Its 13 episodes all up. Not a fan of networks airing first look promos when they have episodes available to air. That goes for madam secretary too.

  38. chivasssimo

    TEN running 20 minutes late tonight. I get the success of MasterChef, but really no excuse. On another note, I will be said to see Shark Tank go in a few weeks. I am hoping for a renewal.

    • Ask yourself are they? If MasterChef finishes according to the EPG then no its not running late as they are in fact ‘on time’ rather than ‘late’. Shark Tank was always going to start at 9pm tonight but later/sooner depending on when MCA finishes

      • chivasssimo

        Yes I should clarify – I meant late according to advertised times. In fact, I think any show should be classified as late based on when it was advertised to start. Excluding live shows. But MC is not one of those.

      • So we’re not allowed to complain tonight when HYBPA? doesn’t commence at 8.30pm? It’s been advertised as 8.30pm on TV by Ten all week. It’s also in print today as 8.30pm. My EPG currently begs to differ (8.48pm).
        I, for one, am sick and tired of people thinking that it’s OK for Networks to treat us like morons. I’m fine with 8.48pm, just bloody tell us. It’s not good enough and people suggesting it is because the EPG is right (it rarely is anyway) is merely encouraging them to continue it!

    • According to the epg last night masterchef was scheduled to finish at around 9.15pm. It wasn’t listed as 9.15 but not far off as I can’t remember the exact minute. 1hr and 45 minutes is far too long for one episode of masterchef.

        • I actually thought that was a mistake in the EPG and expected for something else to be at 9pm.

          We are watching Masterchef and enjoying the food inspiration it gives but am frequently these days finding myself asking – is it over yet – or how long to go until we can watch something else? That’s despite recording and fast fwding through ads.

          I remember the short quick episodes in season 1 (apart from the last few – which even then weren’t so long compared to now) and wish we could go back.

          • Extended eps did not serve The Block well. MasterChef hasn’t hit that kind of tipping point yet, but hopefully 2.5hrs is the exception rather than the rule.

  39. On Thursday night 7 appears to have factuals scheduled between 8pm and 11pm
    8pm Surveillance Oz: Dashcam
    9pm Terror in the Skies
    10pm Worlds Most Extremes
    So 7 doesn’t have not one drama sitting on their shelves that they could schedule on a Thursday evening?

  40. With Hulu picking up The Mindy Project for a fourth season, does that affect Seven’s broadcast rights or not?

    Will Seven have to do a deal with Hulu & their international distributor for their produced shows?

    Season 2 currently is airing.

    Some Hulu produced seasons or shows have been sold to Australian broadcasters like a season of The Thick of It, The Awesomes & Deadbeat.

      • With so few sitcoms making to Syndication it had to be worth making at least another 22 eps. Normally they’d lower the price to get another season out of Fox, but now they can get a higher price from Hulu.

        Seven got it under their old NBCUniversal output deal. If the production is continuing then Seven’s options will still apply. If it is cancelled, triggering termination of all contracts, then it would be a new production with new distribution.

        Not that it matters much. Seven has sat on S2 for nearly 2 years and it’s not like anybody else wants it.

  41. harrypotter1994

    Must say 10 putting up shows that aired as double episodes on TV as double eps on the tenplay can be rather annoying if you have seen the first part..understood it with Wonderland being Australian but not sure the need for Empire.

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