Aussie programmers back with a bite

It's only the second week of 2009 and already we have our work cut out just to stay on top of programming changes.

It may be "non-ratings" period but there have been plenty of changes in our schedules, and more to come before the return of official ratings on February 8th.

Still smarting over the loss of 90210 and Fringe? You better sit down for this.

Channel Nine has dropped Gossip Girl from its current schedule.

Nine was screening the first series, which has already aired on FOX8, in December. Considering the show's younger audience the 10:30pm timeslot was a rather odd choice, even more so when paired with ER which preceded it. The show was paused with both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve falling on a Wednesday with plans to resume it. Sadly, those have gone out the window in favour of double ER eps. So far, there is no indication if or when the show will return.

TEN has also been very busy in the programming department. It has removed America's Next Top Model from Sunday and Monday nights -- another season that has aired on pay television. Now the show will resume very late on Saturday nights at about midnight, beginning 12:15am Sunday January 18.

TEN will replace the Sunday edition with a movie and on Mondays it plans Simpsons/Rules of Engagement repeats.

Out of the Blue will also disappear after Thursday January 16th as TEN Late News returns to its 10:30pm timeslot. If you've been hooked on late night soap, so far there isn't any news of where the remaining episodes will land.

The Bold and the Beautiful is to return to 4:30pm from Monday January 19th, replaced by -- you guessed it -- The Simpsons.

Both Blue and Bold were something of a summer trial by TEN, considered fairly daring slots for the soaps.

TEN will even return Taken Out back to a late night slot for about two weeks, screening after midnight from Monday January 12.

And Seven, which hasn't been quite so frenetic as its rivals, will also return Britannia High to Saturday afternoons beginning 12pm January 31st. It will start the series from episode one -- the only one it aired.

Of course, by the time you read this there's every chance it could have changed all over again. It's gonna be a long year.

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Jan 13, 2009
australian tv really does suck.. the networks over here have no idea..
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Jan 13, 2009
there is seriously nothing on television anymore.
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Jan 13, 2009
grr i'm so sick of the Simpsons!!
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Jan 11, 2009
Really not surprised that they dropped Gossip Girl,who would seriously wait up till 10:30pm and watch it anyway, and considering Fox8 has the new episodes...commercial television is almost a lost cause!
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Jan 09, 2009
Ih they show one more of those ab-king pro or leg magic ads or whatever anywhere, I will write a formal complaint. They go for like 5 minutes each time. I've seen those things in shops anyways. Who's gonna buy them? I think they should cancel Bold & the Beautiful, its been going on wayy too long :lol:
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Jan 08, 2009
Should this not just be visible to people in Austrialia?
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Jan 08, 2009
ha ha, The Bold and the Beautiful, this TV show is miserable, and they're still shooting new episodes. Does anyone watch it? XD
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Jan 08, 2009
I've already seen all of Gossip Girl, so it doesn't bother me THAT much. But what pisses me off is that commercial channels keep screwing their viewers around like that. Everything is always 5-10 minutes late (or, in the case of one GG episode, 30 minutes) and goes for about ten minutes longer than it should. Maybe they should cut some of their commercials and we wouldn't have this problem. It's not like anyone cares about the actors that apparently swear by Lite 'N Easy as a weight-loss solution anyway.
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Jan 08, 2009
What are they thinking with so many changes?
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Jan 08, 2009
Out of the blue was crap. Gossip Girl was on too late anyways, so I dont really care. I have foxtel anways. Stop movie TB&TB! My mum is gonna get annoyed now :lol: kidding but theyve changed it so many times.



Air boes seaons 3&4 please =D BRING BACK HEROES! I' not even sure if it's still on a hiatus, or they've stopped airing it.
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Jan 08, 2009
I'm surprised it took TEN so long to axe Out of The Blue. I've tried to watch it but become bored after 5 minutes and cringe at how bad the acting is.
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