2010: Aussie shows under the gun

Not long to go before the end of official ratings in Oz: November 28th. That means networks will soon reveal their hand on which shows might not get renewed for 2010.

TEN will be announcing its Program Launch in the next two weeks.

TV.com takes a look at some shows which may have question marks over their heads.

Australian Idol
Let's face it, it hasn't been a stellar year for TEN's reality series, which is now seven seasons long in the tooth and showing. Ratings have slumped under the one million mark. Despite changes in hosting, judging, formats, musical director and dumping the Monday "Verdict" show it still isn't resonating. If it returns in 2010 (and that's a long-shot) TEN would need to communicate to the audience that it is a completely different show. How? Big Brother dumped Gretel for a last-ditch. Is it time for Andrew G, Dicko & Marcia to end their Idol journey?

The 7PM Project
This is still drive-time radio on telly but TEN is determined to stick with this through summer. Will it find renewed supporters when there is less competition? Not without some major format changes including spending more time with guests and dropping its news headlines. But it's worth a shot in summer if they are prepared to make some tough decisions. Summer was famously kind to Two and a Half Men and Frasier -- both of which built an audience at 7pm when they had died elsewhere.

9am with David and Kim
TEN's morning format rates miles behind The Morning Show and even Mornings with Kerri-Anne because it has no lead-in. It's true these shows generally pay their way with advertorials, but on such slim figures its ad rates would be modest. Meanwhile, David Reyne has announced his exit. On these points it is unlikely to return, with Kim Watkins potentially being utilised elsewhere.

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
Another Roving Enterprises show with middling ratings, which despite its likeable host and big cash, it feels like it is 30 minutes too long. TEN can be pleased its version lasted the distance longer than the US network original.

TV Burp
Ed Kavalee's comic look at the best and worst in the week of television was moved around with three different time slots. This would work better in a late night slot where it could perform better as a cult show ... and it doesn't need a studio audience.

Rescue: Special Ops
Nine's expensive local drama rates around 1.1 million with so-so reviews and not much buzz. Admittedly, it has struggled on a competitive Sunday night. But are viewers exhausted from too many emergency-style dramas? Probably. After flunking out with The Strip and Canal Road last year, Nine would need to look for another new drama to sustain its local drama points if it let this go.

Top Gear Australia
Still SBS' biggest local show, but it costs a packet to produce. Some fans are content to watch the local version as well as the UK original, but there are some who simply won't look anywhere that doesn't have Clarkson, Hammond and May. Bringing James Morrison on-board didn't seem to rectify that.

And there are questions too regarding The Spearman Experiment, Sunday Arts, The Phone, Football Superstar, 10 Years Younger in 10 Days, Beyond the Darklands and What's Good For You.

Which shows should stay and which should go? Comment below or discuss your opinion in the forum now!

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Oct 21, 2009
Sorry but these are the prime reasons why I choose to use Hulu here in Australia.

None of these shows are good.. If you can't create something good bring back the sitcoms.. it's much better than the crap Regular TV airs. WTF happened to the networks the past 7 years? did they think "Holy crap!! Reality shows are the way to go!"

I feel so sorry for my dusty tv.
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Oct 21, 2009
BTW Canal Road should come back. I really liked that show and never saw all the episodes.
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Oct 21, 2009
I love TV Burp. The name is stupid but that show makes me laugh and it is better than that comedy thing that was after it.
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Oct 21, 2009
Get rid of the reality shows and bring in some drama or action shows. There are some really good aussie actors out there.
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Oct 21, 2009
get rid of 7pm and tv burp both crap
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Oct 21, 2009
Im tv obsessed so TV Burp really appealed to me but i got tired of it quickly coz it felt like i was watching play school - waaaayyy too over the top. They need to dial it done and make it more an 'adult zone'. I like 7pm Project but agree they need to spend longer with guests rather than cram too much in the one show - and the news headlines r unnecessary. Outside of that i think its gr8 - they've got a good mix of hosts (except Ruby Rose - she's rarely on and i think the show wouldn't miss her)
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Oct 20, 2009
I was cynic at the start but kinda got used to 7pm project and would not mind it continuing. Also like TV Burp but it needs to be revamped and not so over the top.
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Oct 20, 2009
TV Burp and 5th Grader should be saved. I thoroughly enjoy these shows.
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Oct 19, 2009
Australian Idol GO!
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Oct 19, 2009
Australian Idol should GO!
Top Gear Australia should GO!
Football Superstar should GO!
Two ans a half Idiots d\should GO!
Big Brother should GO!
10 Years Younger in 10 Days should GO!
Deal or No Deal should GO!
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Oct 19, 2009
I hope they keep rescue special ops. Its usually at 10th spot for the evening in ratings.
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