2011 in Australian television

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This is a list of Australian television events and premieres which occurred in 2011. This year will be the 56th year of continuous operation of television in Australia.

Events[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Channels[edit]

New channels
  • 11 January – Eleven
  • 29 May – Disney Junior
  • 28 July - 7TWO, GO!, GEM, ONE, ELEVEN & 7mate (Albany/Bunbury)
  • 11 November - February 2012 - 7TWO, GO!, GEM, ONE, ELEVEN & 7mate (Mount Gambier/Riverland)
Renamed channels
  • 16 January – Prime7 (replacing Prime)
  • 16 January – GWN7 (replacing GWN)
  • 1 May – ABC4 Kids (replacing ABC For Kids on 2, but shared with ABC2)
  • 8 May – One (replacing One HD)

Ratings[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Domestic series[edit]

International series[edit]

Telemovies[edit]

Domestic telemovie premieres on Australian television in 2012
Telemovie Original airdate(s) Network Ref
Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer was Here 7 February Nine Network [10]
Underbelly Files: Infiltration 14 February Nine Network [10]
Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away 21 February Nine Network [10]
Blood Brothers 8 May Nine Network [11]

Miniseries[edit]

Domestic
Program Channel Debut date Reference/s
Cloudstreet Cloudstreet Showcase 22 May [12][13]
International
Program Channel Debut date Reference/s
Collision United Kingdom Collision ABC1 7 January [14]
Murderland United Kingdom Murderland ABC1 28 January [15]
Kennedys, The United States The Kennedys ABC1 22 May [16]

Documentaries[edit]

Domestic
Program Channel Debut date Reference/s
Living the End Living the End SBS One 25 January [17]
Irish in Australia, The The Irish in Australia The History Channel 17 March [18]
Secret History of Eurovision, The The Secret History of Eurovision SBS One 6 and 13 May [19]
International
Program Channel Debut date Reference/s
Madagascar United Kingdom Madagascar Nine Network 4 May [20]
Madagascar United Kingdom Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice Nine Network 9 and 16 June [21]
Shadow of the Moon, The United Kingdom The Shadow of the Moon SBS One TBA [22]
Teenage Paparazzo United States Teenage Paparazzo ABC2 23 October [23]

Programming changes[edit]

Changes to network affiliation[edit]

This is a list of programs which made their premiere on an Australian television network that had previously premiered on another Australian television network. The networks involved in the switch of allegiances are predominantly both free-to-air networks or both subscription television networks. Programs that have their free-to-air/subscription television premiere, after previously premiering on the opposite platform (free-to air to subscription/subscription to free-to air) are not included. In some cases, programs may still air on the original television network. This occurs predominantly with programs shared between subscription television networks.

Domestic[edit]

Program New network Previous network Date
Neighbours Neighbours Eleven Network Ten 11 January
Animation Fixation Animation Fixation Eleven Network Ten 12 January
The Chaser's War on Everything The Chaser's War on Everything 7mate ABC1 28 August

International[edit]

Program New network Previous network Date
Diagnosis Murder United States Diagnosis Murder Eleven Nine Network 11 January
JAG United States JAG Eleven Network Ten 11 January
MacGyver United States MacGyver Eleven Network Ten 11 January
Cheers United States Cheers Eleven Nine Network 11 January
Roseanne United States Roseanne Eleven Seven Network 11 January
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch United States Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Eleven Network Ten 11 January
Mork and Mindy United States Mork and Mindy Eleven Seven Network 11 January
Happy Days United States Happy Days Eleven Nine Network 11 January
The Brady Bunch United States The Brady Bunch Eleven Nine Network 11 January
Family Ties United States Family Ties Eleven Nine Network 11 January
Everybody Loves Raymond United States Everybody Loves Raymond Eleven Network Ten 11 January
The Simpsons United States The Simpsons Eleven Network Ten 11 January
Futurama United States Futurama Eleven Network Ten 11 January
The Office United States The Office Eleven Network Ten 11 January
Nurse Jackie United States Nurse Jackie Eleven Network Ten 11 January
Californication United States Californication Eleven Network Ten 11 January
Touched by an Angel United States Touched by an Angel Eleven Seven Network 12 January
7th Heaven United States 7th Heaven Eleven Network Ten 12 January
The Love Boat United States The Love Boat Eleven Nine Network 12 January
The Cleveland Show United States The Cleveland Show Eleven Network Ten 12 January
King of the Hill United States King of the Hill Eleven 7mate 12 January
Stargate Universe United States Stargate Universe Eleven Network Ten 13 January
90210 United States 90210 Eleven Network Ten 14 January
So You Think You Can Dance United States So You Think You Can Dance Eleven Network Ten 14 January
Get Smart United States Get Smart Axed after 3 episodes Eleven GO! 15 January
Hogan's Heroes United States Hogan's Heroes Axed after 2 episodes Eleven GO! 15 January
Smallville United States Smallville Eleven Network Ten 16 January
Angel United States Angel Eleven Seven Network 16 January
Supernatural United States Supernatural Eleven Network Ten 17 January
Dexter United States Dexter Eleven Network Ten 17 January
Star Trek: The Next Generation United States Star Trek: The Next Generation Eleven GO! 20 January
The Golden Girls United States The Golden Girls GEM Seven Network 3 February
MegaStructures United States MegaStructures 7mate Ten HD (now defunct) 3 February
Sex and the City United States Sex and the City Eleven Network Ten 4 February
Frasier United States Frasier Eleven GO! 5 February
The Nanny United States The Nanny GO! (second run) GEM 28 March
Spin City United States Spin City GO! Nine Network 2 May
24 United States 24 One Seven Network 11 July
The King Of Queens United States The King Of Queens Eleven Seven Network 17 July
Buffy the Vampire Slayer United States Buffy the Vampire Slayer Eleven Network Ten 13 August
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! United Kingdom / Republic of Ireland I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! GO! Network Ten 23 November
Mad About You United States Mad About You 7Two Network Ten 28 November
Who's The Boss? United States Who's The Boss? 7Two Network Ten 28 November
Step By Step United States Step By Step 7Two Nine Network 4 December
M*A*S*H United States M*A*S*H One Seven Network 19 December
Get Smart United States Get Smart One Eleven 19 December

Free-to-air premieres[edit]

This is a list of programs which made their premiere on Australian free-to-air television that had previously premiered on Australian subscription television. Programs may still air on the original subscription television network.

Program Free-to-air network Subscription network Date Reference/s
The Gadget Show United Kingdom The Gadget Show Network Ten LifeStyle 15 January [24]
Jersey Shore United States Jersey Shore 7mate MTV 11 May [25]
Sons of Anarchy United States Sons of Anarchy One Showcase 11 May [26]
Penguins of Madagascar, The United States The Penguins of Madagascar Network Ten Nickelodeon 13 May [27]
Power Rangers Samurai United States Power Rangers Samurai GO! Nickelodeon 17 July
Teen Mom United States Teen Mom GO! MTV 2 October
Jeopardy! United States Jeopardy! One W 24 October
Britain's Next Top Model United Kingdom Britain's Next Top Model Eleven Fox8 31 October
Beyblade: Medal Masters Japan Beyblade: Medal Masters Network Ten Cartoon Network 8 November
The Glades United States The Glades Network Ten W 28 November
Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge Japan Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge Network Ten Cartoon Network 14 December

Subscription premieres[edit]

This is a list of programs which made their premiere on Australian subscription television that had previously premiered on Australian free-to-air television. Programs may still air on the original free-to-air television network.

Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date Reference/s
Cleveland Show, The United States The Cleveland Show Fox8 Network Ten / Eleven 13 March [citation needed]
Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors Japan Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors Cartoon Network Network Ten 10 September
In the Night Garden United Kingdom In the Night Garden CBeebies ABC4 Kids November
Merlin United Kingdom Merlin UKTV Network Ten 26 December
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! United States The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! KidsCo Nine Network / ABC Kids Channel (now defunct) December

Ended this year[edit]

Program End date Network Debut date Reference/s
Ben Elton Live From Planet Earth Ben Elton Live From Planet Earth 22 February Nine Network 8 February [28]
City Homicide 30 March Seven Network 27 August 2007 [29][30]
Conviction Kitchen 12 April Seven Network 22 February [30]
East West 101 1 June SBS One 6 December 2007 [31][32]
Between the Lines Between the Lines 2 June[note 1] Nine Network 12 May 2011 [33][34]
Video Hits Video Hits 6 August Network Ten 15 February 1987 [35][36]
Rescue: Special Ops 5 September Nine Network 2 August 2009 [37][38]
Top Design Australia 7 September Nine Network 13 July 2011 [30][39]
Top Gear Australia Top Gear Australia 13 September Nine Network 29 September 2008 (on SBS) [40][41]
Sports Tonight Sports Tonight 30 September Network Ten / One 30 August 1993 [42]
Ten Late News Ten Late News 30 September Network Ten 21 January 1991 [42]
6.30 with George Negus 6.30 with George Negus (previously 6pm With George Negus) 28 October Network Ten 24 January [43]
Wild Boys 20 November Seven Network 4 September [44][45]
Spicks and Specks Spicks and Specks 23 November ABC1 31 January 2005 [46]
Kerri-Anne Kerri-Anne (previously Mornings With Kerri-Anne) 25 November Nine Network 28 October 2002 [47]
RPM 16 November One 22 March (second run) [48][49]

Returning this year[edit]

Program New Network Previous network Debut date End date Return date Reference/s
Good Chef Bad Chef Network Ten Seven Network 2006 2007 3 January
This Is Your Life Same Nine Network 1995 2008 28 February [citation needed]
RPM One Network Ten 1997 2008 22 March [citation needed]
It's a Knockout Same Network Ten April 1985 September 1987 27 November [citation needed]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Originally, the fourth episode of Between the Lines was due to be the final episode broadcast on 2 June 2011;[33][34] the Nine Network then decided to air the sole remaining episode produced the following week on 9 June 2011,[34] however, they reversed this decision screening the first part of Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice.[21] The final episode is therefore yet to air.

References[edit]

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  5. ^ a b Knox, David (28 April 2011). "Not amused. Chaser’s Royal Wedding commentary cancelled". TV Tonight. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
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  11. ^ Knox, David (28 April 2011). "Airdate: Blood Brothers". TV Tonight. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  12. ^ Knox, David (14 December 2010). "Foxtel: 2011 slate". TV Tonight. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
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  14. ^ Knox, David (3 January 2011). "Airdate: Collision". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 January 2011. 
  15. ^ Knox, David (16 January 2011). "Airdate: Murderland". TV Tonight. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  16. ^ Knox, David (29 April 2011). "Airdate: The Kennedys". TV Tonight. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  17. ^ Knox, David (21 January 2011). "Airdate: Living the End". TV Tonight. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  18. ^ Knox, David (23 February 2011). "Airdate: The Irish in Australia". TV Tonight. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  19. ^ Knox, David. "Airdate: The Secret History of Eurovision". TV Tonight. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  20. ^ Knox, David. "Airdate: Madagascar". TV Tonight. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
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  28. ^ Knox, David (23 February 2011). "Axed: Ben Elton Live from Planet Earth". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  29. ^ Knox, David (30 March 2011). "City Homicide... it’s a crime". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
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  31. ^ Knox, David (31 March 2011). "The end for East West 101". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  32. ^ Knox, David (28 May 2011). "Gallery: Farewell to East West 101". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  33. ^ a b Knox, David (27 May 2011). "Axed: Between the Lines". TV Tonight. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  34. ^ a b c Vickery, Colin (3 June 2011). "Final episode of Eddie McGuire's Between The Lines to be aired". Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
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  38. ^ Knox, David (5 September 2011). "Farewell: Rescue Special Ops". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  39. ^ Knox, David (8 September 2011). "Top Design picks its winner, but...". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
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  42. ^ a b Sandra Sully replaces Deborah Knight and joins Bill Woods in Ten news revamp at 5pm, late news cancelled, The Daily Telegraph, 21 September 2011
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  44. ^ Knox, David (8 November 2011). "Seven not renewing Wild Boys". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  45. ^ Byrnes, Holly (8 November 2011). "Wild Boys won't return to Channel Seven in 2012". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
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  47. ^ Knox, David (25 November 2011). "Kerri-Anne: “I sincerely believe I will see you in the future, Thankyou...”". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
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