Aussie News Briefs

Here's this week's TV news, dissected channel by channel for your convenience!


Suburgatory is coming to free TV! The show follows a father and his 16-year-old daughter, who move away from their home in New York City to a house in suburbia. Judging by the title of the show, said 16-year-old daughter hates said suburbia.

Airs: Sunday, 5 February, 8.00pm

Movie Extra

For once, Australia is not too far behind American TV, with season 5 of Mad Men coming to pay TV only two and a half weeks after it first airs in the US.

Airs: Thursday, 12 April, 8.30pm (AEDST)


My Kitchen Rules, which this year includes a New Zealand team (we're telling you in case you haven't been beaten over the head with this fact enough in the TV ads), averaged 1.5 million viewers last season, and so, of course, is having another season. Hosted and judged by Pete Evans and Manu Feildel (who also won last season's Dancing with the Stars), it will be on four nights a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday).

Airs: Monday, 30 January, 7.30pm AEDST

Sky News

Sky News wants you to know that it will be covering Australia Day thoroughly. Its highlights:

Airs 26 January:

10-11am: live coverage of the flag-raising citizenship ceremonies in Canberra

5-8.30pm: coverage of Australia Day celebrations from all around Australia

8.30-9.30pm: the Australia Day fireworks in Darling Harbour


Ten has plenty of ratings news: its new show Young Talent Time debuted on Sunday night with 1.05 million viewers; the new Modern Family episode drew 1.13 million viewers; the premiere of New Girl had an audience of 1.28 million; Homeland's premiere had 1.22 million viewers; The Project, in its new 6.00pm daily timeslot, had an average audience of 493,000 viewers; and The Biggest Loser Australia had an average audience of 836,000 (1.13 million at its peak).

Fox 8

The Stafford Brothers, an Australian show about two DJ brothers just trying to make it in the big, bad music industry, is back with a second season. Matt and Chris Stafford will this time be taking their talents to clubs, parties and festivals in the US, Canada, Germany, Holland, Thailand and Hong Kong.

Airs: Friday, 27 January, 8.30pm AEDST


The very first Samsung Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards will be broadcast on Starpics this year.

Airs: Saturday, 4 February, 4.00pm (AEDST)


Ten's new breakfast show will be hosted by Kathryn Robinson, Paul Henry, Andrew Rochford and meteorologist (read: weathergirl) Magdalena Roze.

Airing: mornings ... sometime soon

Comments (1)
Jan 25, 2012
How is it that Mad Men goes from SBS to off air for eternity to Movie Extra. Do they really expect anyone to stay in sync.

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