Can you tell it’s the last week of the summer non-ratings period? No? Neither can the programmers at the networks, to be fair, though the best indication is that the ABC bring back a host of their regular programming in the week before the ratings season starts proper – so here we are. There’s a dribble of additional Ch10 shows returning, but still no sign of a proper schedule from Ch9… because the cricket is still in the way, which rates pretty good, though the other networks get the jump of forming viewer habits with their shows.


  • Sunday Night (series return) – Sun 6:30pm, Ch7
  • Young Talent Time – Sun 6:30pm, Ch10
  • Video Killed The Radio Star (U2) – Sun 7pm, ABC2
  • Grand Designs – Sun 7:30pm, ABC1
  • Border Security (series return) – Sun 7:30pm, Ch7
  • 60 Minutes – Sun 7:30pm, Ch9
  • Modern Family – Sun 7:30pm, Ch10
  • The Force – Sun 8pm, Ch7
  • New Girl – Sun 8pm, Ch10
  • The Tall Man – Sun 8:30pm, SBS one
  • Homeland – Sun 8:30pm, Ch10
  • MOVIE: Mystery Men (rpt) – Sun 8:30pm, 7mate
  • Suburgatory (series premiere) – Sun 8:30pm, GO!
  • The Real Graham Kennedy – Sun 10pm, ABC1
  • Mornings (series premiere) – Mon 9am, Ch9
  • Grandstand (series premiere) – Mon-Thu 6:30pm, ABC1
  • Excess Baggage – Mon-Thu 7pm, Ch9
  • Mythbusters – Mon 7:35pm, SBS one
  • My Kitchen Rules – Mon 7:35pm, Ch7
  • Australian Story (series return) – Mon 8pm, ABC1
  • Bondi Rescue (series return) – Mon 8pm, Ch10
  • Four Corners (series return) – Mon 8:30pm, ABC1
  • Please Marry My Boy – Mon 8:45pm, Ch7
  • Media Watch (series return) – Mon 9:15pm, ABC1
  • The Mentalist (series return) – Mon 9:30pm, Ch9
  • Q&A (series return) – Mon 9:35pm, ABC1/8:35pm AEST ABC News 24
  • The Glades – Mon 10:30pm, Ch10
  • Santo, Sam & Ed’s Sports Fever – Mon 10:45pm, Ch7
  • Bondi Vet – Tue 8pm, Ch10
  • The Office (US) – Tue 9pm, Eleven
  • Commercial Kings – Tue 9pm, ABC2
  • Absolutely Fabulous (20th Anniversary Specials) – Wed 8pm, ABC1
  • Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation – Wed 8pm, Ch10
  • Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight (series return) – Wed 8:30pm, ABC1
  • Outland (series return) – Wed 9:30pm, ABC1
  • At The Movies (series return) – Wed 10pm, ABC1
  • Zumbo (rpt) – Thu 7:30pm, SBS one
  • The Straits – Thu 8:30pm, ABC1
  • CSI – Thu 8:30pm, Ch9
  • Grey’s Anatomy (series return) – Thu 8:35pm, Ch7
  • 24 Hours in Emergency – Thu 9:35pm, SBS one
  • Private Practice (series return) – Thu 10:30pm, Ch7
  • Planet America (series premiere) – Fri 6:30pm, ABC1 (rpt 9:30pm ABC News 24)
  • Glee – Fri 7pm, Ch10
  • Better Homes and Gardens – Fri 7:30pm, Ch7
  • LA Hard Hats (series premiere) – Fri 7:30pm, ONE
  • Last Man Standing (Trobriand) – Fri 8:30pm, ABC2
  • MOVIE: Get Smart – Sat 7:30pm, Ch9
  • Undercover Boss (series return) – Sat 7:30pm, Ch10
  • Accused – Sat 8:35pm, ABC1
  • RocKwiz (rpts) – Sat 8:35pm, SBS one
  • An Idiot Abroad 2: Karl’s Bucket List – Sat 9:30pm, Ch10


  • Dragon’s Den – Sun 7:30pm, ABC2
  • Animaniacs – Weekdays 6:30am, GO!
  • The League – Wed 1am, ONE
  • Lawrence Leung’s Choose Your Own Adventure (rpt) – Wed 11:30pm, ABC1
  • Hardcore Pawn – Wed 8:30pm, 7mate
  • Arrested Development – Thu 8:30pm, ABC2
  • 30 Rock – Thu 11:35pm, Ch7


  • The Project – Sun-Fri 6pm, Ch10
  • Whoose Line Is It Anyway? – Mon 7:30pm, ONE
  • Hell’s Kitchen (season finale) – Mon 9:30pm/10:30pm, GEM


  • Freddie Flintoff Versus The World – Mon 8:30pm, SBS one
  • NCIS:LA – Mon 8:30pm, Ch10
  • Hawaii 5-O – Mon 9:30pm, Ch10
  • Outnumbered – Wed 8pm, ABC1
  • From Sydney to Tokyo By Any Means – Wed 8:30pm, SBS one
  • The Good Wife – Wed 9:10pm, Ch10
  • A Gifted Man – Thu 8pm, Ch10
  • Desperate Housewives – Thu 8:30pm, Ch7
  • The Graham Norton Show – Sat 8:30pm, Ch10


  • The Biggest Loser – Mon-Thu 7pm, Ch10
  • Lewis Black’s Root Of All Evil – Tue 10:25pm, ABC2


  • Two and a Half Men – Tue 8:30pm, Ch9
  • Phoneshop – Tue 8:30pm, ABC2
  • The Marriage Ref – Wed 11:05pm, Ch7
  • Top Gear USA – Sat 6:30pm, GO!

Homeland continues to be the MUST WATCH show of the week, and fans should prepare themselves – next week it’s a double episode (up against the cricket). Settle in and extend your recording devices accordingly.

Adam Hills is back for a brand new season of Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight and has a great starting line up of guests, including Rob Sitch and Josh Lawson promoting their new film Any Questions For Ben. Hannah Gadsby returns also, and audience involvement is imperative.

Outland will delight, scare, entertain and tickle your funny bone in the best of ways. Absolutely worth staying tuned in for on Wednesday night after IGST.