Summer TV on free-to-air

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We rifle through what's on offer this summer from ABC, Seven, Nine, TEN and SBS.

Just a few days of ratings to go and then it's all but over for 2010.

The Aussie ratings year ends on November 27 with 10 weeks of summer to follow.

This summer will be an interesting one from a programming point of view because we have never had so many channels on offer before. That's a positive and a negative. It means shows that networks would have stored for summer have already been playing on multi-channels.

Here's some of what's on offer:

ABC
Season three of Kerry Armstrong's Bed of Roses; the free-to-air premiere of lavish US miniseries The Tudors; Jessica Mauboy in the feature film Bran Nue Dae; former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston in the British telemovie Lennon Naked; factual series Chopper Rescue; John Foreman again hosts the annual Schools Spectacular; Peter Helliar hosts new sports quiz show The Trophy Room plus new kids' game show What Do You Know? and a new season of Prank Patrol. There are also Christmas specials for Doctor Who (yes, it's fast-tracked), Review with Myles Barlow, Spicks and Specks, Good Game, Kung Fu Panda and Shrek.

Seven
Jimmy Smits stars in NBC's legal drama, Outlaw; true stories of human survival feature in I Shouldn't Be Alive; James Tobin hosts No Leave, No Life with overworked Aussies on an unforgettable holiday; Tom Williams and Rachael Finch host new travel series High Road, Low Road. There are new episodes of Under the Hammer, Medical Emergency, ICU, Border Patrol, Coastwatch and Beat the Star plus Minute to Win It and British RSPCA series Animal Squad. 7TWO adds more British lifestyle to Sunday nights. 7mate has The Shield from its pilot episode plus new episodes of Australia Smashes Guinness World Records and Engineering Disasters.

Nine
Kelli Giddish and Jesse Metcalfe appear in Chase, Jerry Bruckheimer's drama about US Marshalls in Texas; US sitcom Better with You features Joanna Garcia and Jennifer Finnigan as two sisters at different stages in their relationships; Shane Warne's new chat show Warnie and the Ashes Test series; Without a Trace, Cold Case and Celebrity Singing Bee return; Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds; Survivor: Nicaragua; AFI Awards; GO! has the premiere of Pretty Little Liars; a new series of Community, continuing new episodes of Hellcats, Drop Dead Diva, Human Target, Gossip Girl, Survivors, Nikita and Fringe. GEM has the premiere of Southland, Rizzoli and Isles; a new season of Hotel Babylon; continuing new episodes of The Big C and Weeds.

TEN
New episodes of Rush, Raising Hope, Recruits, Undercover Boss, White Collar, Rules of Engagement, Neighbours and Go Girls -- even a new episode of Glee. Eleven will launch on January 11 headed up by Neighbours, The Simpsons, and many favourite titles including Dexter, Nurse Jackie, Supernatural, Futurama, The Cleveland Show and The Office.

SBS
New episodes of Who Do You Think You Are?; the documentary series SAS: Search for Warriors; new seasons of Inspector Rex, Luke Nguyen's Vietnam, Coast plus Immigration Nation which looks at our immigrant beginnings; factual series Amazon with Bruce Parry, Faces of America, Apocalypse: The Second World War; 2011 Santos Tour Down Under; reruns of East West 101 and RocKwiz.

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