It’s getting very serious in TV land now, peeps. Last week before ratings proper, and Channel 10 have jumped early to show off their wares (and a great idea too), while the ABC, SBS, Channel 7 & Channel 9 may drip feed some sneak peaks through the week or quickly slot in a surprise airing of the show. In a few instance, the networks dragging their feet are slotting a recent repeat of the show they’re about to drop into that slot so we know what’s coming.

No matter what it is, it means that the PVR/IQ/VCR is gonna get a workout this week in preparation for ‘the big show’ starting next week. Buckle up, hang on…


  • Modern Family (two eps) – Sun 7:30pm, Ch10
  • Hawaii Five-O – Sun 8:30pm, Ch10
  • Glee – Mon 7:30pm, Ch10
  • Southland – Mon 11:15pm, GEM
  • Raising Hope – Tue 7:30pm, Ch10
  • The Office (US) – Tue 8:30pm/9pm, Eleven
  • Californication – Tue 10:05pm, Eleven
  • Blue Bloods – Wed 8:30pm, Ch10
  • Fringe – Wed 9:30pm, GO!
  • Party Down – Thu 8:30pm, ABC2
  • The Shield (rpt) – Thu 10:30pm, 7mate
  • Chopper Rescue – Fri 8pm, ABC1
  • Movie: No Country For Old Men – Sat 10:05pm, SBS One


  • Airwolf (rpt) – DAily 1pm, 7mate
  • Cheers (rpt) – Daily 3pm, Eleven
  • Mork & Mindy (rpt) – Daily 4:30pm, Eleven
  • Black Books (rpt) – Tue 8pm, ABC2
  • Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares Revisits – 10:30pm, Ch9
  • Bob’s Burgers – Wed 8:30pm, Eleven


  • NZ’s Next Top Model – Sun 7:30pm, Eleven
  • 6pm with George Negus – Weeknights 6pm, Ch10
  • The 7pm Project – Weeknights 7pm, Ch10
  • Undercover Boss (USA) – Mon 8:30pm, Ch10
  • The Trophy Room – Wed 8:30pm, ABC1
  • The Simpsons – Wed 8:30pm, Eleven
  • V – Wed, 8:30pm, GO!
  • CSI – Thu 8:30pm, Ch9


  • My Kitchen Rules – Mon/Tue/Wed 7:30pm, Ch7
  • $#*! My Dad Says – Mon 8pm, Ch9
  • Dexter – Mon 9:30pm, Eleven
  • Fat & Fatter – Wed 8:30pm, ABC2
  • Bionic Vet – Thu 8pm, ABC1
  • Move: TMNT – Fri 7:30pm, GO!


  • Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention – Sun 6:30pm, ABC1
  • The Late Session – Tue 10:05pm, SBS1
  • High Road, Low Road – Wed 8pm, Ch7
  • Big J’s place – Sat 11:30am, 7mate


  • Cougar Town – Tue 10:30pm, Ch7
  • Deperate Housewives – Thu 9:30pm, Ch7
  • 30 Rock – Thu 11:30pm, Ch7
  • The Gadget Show – Sat 6:30pm, Ch10
  • The Cube – Sat 7:30pm, Ch9

I can indeed barely contain myself. There’s at least two times this week where my PVR is set to record 4 shows at one – it’s gonna be even harder next week.

A very welcome return to all of Channel 10’s programming – including new eps of Modern Family, Glee & The Biggest Loser: Families. The new eps of Hawaii Five-O and Blue Bloods also bode well for the network. Channel 7 starts in with a new season of My Kitchen Rules (which still has a long way to go to compete with Ch10’s MasterChef but will likely try hard), and Channel 9 returns new episodes of CSI & CSI:New York to Thursday nights.

I’m holding hope that $#*! My Dad Says is good, however this first season we’re seeing is now a year old and pilloried by the critics in the US means it’s likely on a short leash. Ch9 have given it the best lead in they can with a new ep of Two and a Half Men… but how it will perform is now in our hands. Watch or don’t – your choice. And that will be the challenge for the networks this year.