By Week 24 you could expect we’d have trends. Trends in viewing and trends in programming. We do – just they aren’t what you think they should be… Viewing trends are erratic, while programming continues to compete to be the most amazing piece of confusion possible. Shows cut early (not all a bad thing), shows continually running long (which is amazing when they are pre-recorded shows and they KNOW they have 75 minutes instead of 60 – why not just schedule it like that?), shows bouncing in and around schedules like they’re on trampolines.
If you can keep up, you’re better than I am. Thus this guide is offered as is, with the best of intentions, with no allowance made for slack or inept programming. Oh, and how do you know there’s a new Harry Potter film coming out? One of the digitial multi-channels starts playing the film series from the start once a week, starting this week.
- Dancing With The Stars – Sun 6:30pm, Ch7
- 60 Minutes – Sun 7:30pm, Ch9
- MasterChef Australia – Sun/Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri 7:30pm, Ch10
- Downton Abbey – Sun 8:30pm, Ch7
- The Kennedys (part 3 of 4) – Sun 8:30pm, ABC1
- The Mentalist – Sun 8:30pm, Ch9
- MOVIE: Good Will Hunting – Sun 8:30pm, GEM
- Mythbusters – Mon 7:30pm, SBS one
- The Amazing Race Australia – Mon 8:30pm, Ch7
- Bondi Vet – Tue 8pm, Ch10
- The Office (US) – Tue 8:30pm, Eleven
- Californication (rpt) – Tue 10:05pm, Eleven
- Spicks and Specks – Wed 8:30pm, ABC1
- Glee – Wed 8:30pm, Ch10
- Angry Boys – Wed 9pm, ABC1
- Hungry Beast (season final) – Wed 9:30pm, ABC1
- Fringe (season final)– Wed 9:30pm, GO!
- The Defenders – Wed 9:30pm, Ch10
- Sons Of Anarchy – Wed 9:30pm, Eleven
- RocKwiz – Sat 9:20pm, SBS one
- Fawlty Towers – Sun 6:30pm, 7Two
- MOVIE: The X Files – Sun 8:30pm, Eleven
- MOVIE: Iron Man – Sun 9:30pm, GO!
- Compass – Sun 10pm, ABC1
- Truckers – Mon 7:30pm, GO!
- Deadwood (rpt) – Mon 9:30pm, ABC2
- Warehouse Comedy Festival (series final) – Tue 9pm, ABC2
- Eastbound and Down – Tue 10pm, 7mate
- The Sopranos (rpt) – Wed/Thu/Fri 12am (midnight), 7mate
- Detroit 1-8-7 – Wed 10:30pm, Ch7
- Arrested Development – Thu 8:30pm, ABC2
- MOVIE: The Dark Knight – Sat 8:30pm, GO!
SECRET TV PLEASURES
- 6:30PM with George Negus – Weeknights 6:30pm, Ch10
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Weekdays 5:30pm, ABC3
- The 7pm Project – Weeknights 7pm, Ch10
- An Idiot Abroad – Mon 8:30pm, Eleven
- Media Watch – Mon 9:15pm, ABC1
- Q & A – Mon 9:35pm, ABC1
- Good Game – Tue 8:30pm, ABC2
- Heston’s Feasts (rpt) – Thu 8:30pm, SBS one
- The NRL Game Plan – Thu 8:30pm, One
- NRL – Fri 7:30pm/9:30pm, Ch9
- A Quiet Word With… Carrie Fisher (rpt) – Sat 9:30pm, ABC1
AT YOUR OWN RISK
- MOVIE: Street Fighter – Sun 8:30pm, Ch7mate
- Come Fly With Me – Mon 8pm, Ch9
- Bones – Mon 8:30pm, Ch7
- Everyday Gourmet – Weekdays 4pm, Ch10
- Rescue Special Ops – Mon 8:30pm, Ch9
- Offspring – Mon 8:30pm, Ch10
- CSI: Miami – Mon 10:30pm, Ch9
- Australia’s Got Talent – Tue 7:30pm, Ch7
- Winners & Losers – Tue 9pm, Ch7
- Sea Patrol: Damage Control – Tue 8:30pm, Ch9
- BIG: Extreme Makeover – Wed 9:30pm, Ch9
- Grey’s Anatomy – Thu 8:30pm, Ch7
- Hawaii Five-O – Sun 9pm, Ch10
- No Ordinary Family – Mon 7:30pm, Ch7
- Jamie’s Food Revolution – Fri 9pm, Ch10
DO. NOT. BOTHER.
- Cougar Town – Tue 11pm, Ch7
- Between The Lines – Thu 8:30pm, Ch9
- Desperate Housewives – Thu 9:30pm, Ch7
- NRL Footy Show – Thu 9:30pm, Ch9
- 30 Rock – Thu 11:30pm, Ch7
There’s nothing much new this week in the schedule, although Channel 7 will be keen to see a big audience turn back to Downton Abbey on Sunday night. So will Channel 10 to MasterChef Australia for that matter.
Hungry Beast and Fringe have their season finals this week, and A Quiet Word With… wrapped last week so they’re replaying the interviews starting with Carrie Fisher this week – such a great series, well worth the watch.
If you’ve not connected with Sons of Anarchy it’s still not too late, and it’s very good drama out of the US (quite surprising given some of the other dross we’ve been getting of late.
Still no sign of Mr Sunshine from Channel 9, but given it’s been cancelled in the US I wouldn’t hold my breath.
The count down to Top Design with Jamie Durie, The Block and The Renovators is on, with only the Block with a certified launch date (5 nights a week at 7pm, from Monday June 20). Look for more clones to come.