2000 in Australian television

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List of years in Australian television

Television[edit]

  • 1 January – The Seven Network introduces a new logo, the first one not to have the 7 inside a circle, which is still in use as of today.
  • 7 January – American sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond airs on Seven Network for the very last time before changing broadcasts to Network Ten which won't happen until 28 November.
  • 10 January – American supernatural fiction, fantasy, action, horror series Buffy the Vampire Slayer airs on Seven Network for the very last time before changing broadcasts to Network Ten which won't happen until 30 November.
  • 17 January – Australia soap opera Something in the Air premieres on ABC. It was the very first Australian television series to be filmed in widescreen.
  • 20 January – American animated series Rugrats airs on ABC for the very last time before changing broadcasts to Network Ten which won't happen until 2 December.
  • 31 January – American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit makes it debut on Network Ten.
  • 31 January – Dragon Ball Z premieres on Network Ten as part of Cheez TV. Originally using the censored Ocean dub before switching to the uncut Funimation dub.
  • 1 February – Popstars becomes the first Australian reality talent show, earning massive ratings for the Seven Network, leading to Bardot, the end product of the show. It becomes the first Australian act to debut at the number 1 position with both its debut single and debut album.
  • 8 February – Due to GTV-9's Burgo's Catch Phrase losing its ratings, the Seven Network's smash-hit puzzle show, Wheel Of Fortune changes the new cash values on the Wheel. The changes to top Dollars were from $500 to $750 in Round 1, $1000 to $1500 in Rounds 2 & 3 and $2000 to $2500 in Round 4. The Proton car Wedge is introduced on the wheel. The show's highest-rating 4000th Episode was screened on 13 June, then the Battle Of The Champions special was screened in September, before it followed with the Sydney Olympics.
  • 8 February – Australia's Funniest Home Video Show returns and starts in 2000 with a new look format, a new theme song and a relocation from Sydney to Melbourne. Also on that month, it moved to "Every Saturday Nights" at 6:30 PM.
  • 21 February – Nine Network's Australian game show Sale of the Century returns by rebranding their name to Sale of the New Century and celebrates 20 years on air.
  • 26 February – Nine Network debuts a brand new Saturday morning Warner Bros. themed wrapper program for children called The Cool Room as a replacement of its previous program What's Up Doc? which had been axed on Christmas Eve 1999.
  • 27 February – The first ever reality TV show to debut in Australia, The Mole debuts on the Seven Network. Five more seasons follow.
  • 6 March – Australian sports based talk show The Fat premieres on ABC.
  • 3 April – American children's television series Bear in the Big Blue House is broadcast on ABC airing on free on air television in Australia for the first time two years after its Australian debut on the Disney Channel.
  • 24 April – Australian comedy series Pizza makes its premiere on SBS.
  • 24 April – Jan Moody wins the first season of The Mole, taking home $115,000 in prize money. Alan Mason is revealed as the Mole, and Abby Coleman is the runner-up.
  • 1 May – Digimon makes it debut on Network Ten.
  • 27 May – Network Ten broadcasts the final episode of the Australian satirical panel game show Good News Week.
  • 18 July – Former Hey Hey It's Saturday team member/Red Faces gong master judge Red Symons, became the first celebrity to miss the $500,000 question on the three-hour celebrity special on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.
  • 27 August – Australian drama series SeaChange returns for a third season on ABC.
  • 28 August – Then-58-year-old Brisbane resident Trevor Sauer becomes the first person to win $500,000 on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.
  • September – The Sydney Olympics earn record ratings for Channel 7 with the Olympic Opening & Closing Ceremonies, and its continuous coverage.
  • 18 September – Australian breakfast program Sunrise returns to Seven Network after a very long absence since its final episode in 1999.
  • 9 October – Rove McManus's weekly talk show Rove Live makes its debut on Network Ten after it was axed by Nine Network in 1999.
  • 6 November – Australian media analysis television program Media Watch is axed by the ABC as the host of the program Paul Barry had been sacked by the network's managing director Jonathan Shier.
  • 28 November – American sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond switches over to air on Network Ten.
  • 30 November – American supernatural fiction, fantasy, action, horror series Buffy the Vampire Slayer switches over to air on Network Ten.
  • 2 December – American animated series Rugrats switches over to air on Network Ten as part of Cheez TV.
  • 9 December – Final episode of the Australian drama series SeaChange is broadcast on the ABC.
  • TV stations conduct test transmissions in digital.

Channels[edit]

New channels[edit]

Free-to-air[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
The Human Journey ABC 4 January
Something in the Air ABC 17 January
Popstars Seven Network 1 February
Above the Law Network Ten 1 February
The New Adventures of Ocean Girl Network Ten 11 February
Download Nine Network 14 February
The Cool Room Nine Network 26 February
The Mole Seven Network 27 February
The Fat ABC 6 March
Backyard Blitz Nine Network 9 April
Pizza SBS 24 April
Going Home SBS 22 May
Grass Roots ABC 1 June
Unreal Ads Network Ten 8 June
AMV Seven Network 17 July
Dreamhome Nine Network 18 July
The Dream with Roy and HG Seven Network 16 September
Sam and The Fatman Nine Network 5 October
Rove Live Network Ten 9 October
Search for a Supermodel Network Ten 11 October
Surprise Surprise Nine Network 17 October
Eugenie Sandler P.I. ABC 30 October
Gloria's House Seven Network 25 November
Cushion Kids Nine Network 28 November
Fresh Nine Network 2000
Li'l Horrors Seven Network 2000
Pepsi Live Network Ten 2000

International[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United States Mercy Point Network Ten 2 January
United States/Canada Vor-Tech: Undercover Conversion Squad Network Ten 3 January
United Kingdom Painted Lady Seven Network 7 January
United Kingdom/Isle of Man/Germany Space Island One Nine Network 7 January
France/Italy The Count of Monte Cristo (1998) ABC 7 January
Spain Basket Fever Seven Network 21 January
Canada More Tears SBS 22 January
United Kingdom Donovan Quick ABC 23 January
United Kingdom The Cops ABC 26 January
United Kingdom Living Britain ABC 29 January
United States Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Network Ten 31 January
Japan Dragon Ball Z Network Ten 31 January
United Kingdom Smack the Pony ABC 3 February
United Kingdom Country House Nine Network 5 February
United States Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show Seven Network 5 February
United States Mickey Mouse Works Seven Network 5 February
United Kingdom David Copperfield (1999) ABC 6 February
United Kingdom Playing the Field Seven Network 17 February
United States Angel Seven Network 20 February
United Kingdom Kid in the Corner ABC 20 February
United States Roswell Nine Network 21 February
United States Power Rangers Lost Galaxy Seven Network 21 February
United States/Canada Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy Seven Network 21 February
United States Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century Seven Network 8 March
United Kingdom Maisie Raine ABC 11 March
United Kingdom Oliver Twist (1999) ABC 12 March
Canada Daring and Grace: Teen Detectives ABC 14 March
United Kingdom Escape from Colditz ABC 22 March
United States Busted on the Job: Caught on Tape Seven Network 1 April
United States Bear in the Big Blue House ABC 3 April
United Kingdom Nature Boy ABC 9 April
United States Silver Surfer Network Ten 10 April
Canada The Adventures of Sam and Max: Freelance Police Network Ten 27 April
United Kingdom Monarch of the Glen ABC 30 April
Japan Digimon: Digital Monsters Network Ten 1 May
Australia/United States Farscape Nine Network 20 May
United States Storm Force Seven Network 29 May
United States Conrad Bloom Seven Network 5 June
United States I am Weasel Seven Network 8 June
United Kingdom Great Military Blunders ABC 9 June
United Kingdom Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned SBS 12 June
United Kingdom Second Sight ABC 18 June
United Kingdom Stella Street SBS 26 June
United States Max Steel Network Ten 30 June
United Kingdom Little Monsters ABC 3 July
United Kingdom Tweenies ABC 4 July
Canada Franklin ABC 6 July
United Kingdom Babes in the Wood Seven Network 20 July
South Africa/United Kingdom Game Park SBS 23 July
Canada Da Vinci's Inquest Seven Network 31 July
United Kingdom Animal Stories ABC 31 July
United Kingdom Sophie Grigson's Herbs SBS 11 August
United Kingdom Sounds of the Eighties SBS 25 August
United Kingdom/France Pablo the Little Red Fox ABC 30 August
United Kingdom The Royle Family ABC 1 September
United Kingdom The Vanishing Man Nine Network 7 September
United Kingdom Animal Minds SBS 10 September
Republic of Ireland/United States Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog Network Ten 18 September
United States/New Zealand Young Hercules Network Ten 18 September
Canada/United States Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension Network Ten 18 September
United Kingdom Tales of the Little Grey Rabbit ABC 18 September
United Kingdom Deceit ABC 24 September
United Kingdom Bad Girls Seven Network 3 October
United States/Canada Beggars and Choosers Seven Network 3 October
Canada First Wave Seven Network 5 October
United States Grown Ups Network Ten 6 October
United States Harsh Realm Seven Network 6 October
United Kingdom L.A. 7 Seven Network 7 October
Canada Relic Hunter Network Ten 7 October
United Kingdom City Central Seven Network 11 October
France Walter Melon Network Ten 20 October
United States The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs Network Ten 20 October
United Kingdom Invasion: Earth Nine Network 23 October
United States Mortal Kombat: Conquest Nine Network 26 October
United Kingdom Sheeep ABC 3 November
United Kingdom City of the Wildcats ABC 21 November
United States Hope Island Network Ten 25 November
United States Jack and Jill Nine Network 27 November
United States The West Wing Nine Network 28 November
United Kingdom Ken Hom's Travels with a Hot Wok SBS 28 November
United States Young Americans Network Ten 28 November
Canada Bad Dog Network Ten 29 November
United States The Avengers: United They Stand Network Ten 29 November
United States Judging Amy Nine Network 30 November
Germany SimsalaGrimm ABC 6 December
United States Freaks and Geeks Nine Network 9 December
United Kingdom Rex the Runt SBS 11 December
United States Clerks: The Animated Series Seven Network 13 December
United Kingdom/Canada/Germany Lexx Seven Network 17 December
Japan Willow Town Network Ten 18 December
United Kingdom/United States Gormenghast Seven Network 23 December
United States Odd Man Out Nine Network 30 December
United States Detention Nine Network 2000

Subscription Television[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
Gloria's House Oh! 16 October

International[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd United States 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd[2] Nickelodeon 3 March
Rotten Ralph United Kingdom/Canada Rotten Ralph[2][3] Nickelodeon 4 March
SpongeBob SquarePants United States SpongeBob SquarePants[2][3] Nickelodeon 6 March
Just A Kid United States Just a Kid[4] Nickelodeon 7 April
United States Highlander: The Raven[5] Fox8 20 November
Grange Hill United Kingdom Grange Hill[6] Nickelodeon December
Radio Active Canada Radio Active[6] Nickelodeon December
Pelswick Canada Pelswick[6] Nickelodeon 1 December
Noah Knows Best United States Noah Knows Best[6] Nickelodeon 15 December
Canada Mega Babies Fox Kids 2000
Malaysia Kampung Boy Nickelodeon 2000
Canada Dogs with Jobs National Geographic Channel 2000
Canada Mona the Vampire Nickelodeon 2000
United Kingdom/Canada/United States Anthony Ant Nickelodeon 2000
United States Courage the Cowardly Dog Cartoon Network 2000
United States Mission Hill The Comedy Channel 2000
United States Mike, Lu and Og Cartoon Network 2000
United Kingdom Foxbusters Nickelodeon 2000
United States Sabrina: The Animated Series The Disney Channel 2000
South Korea/United States/Canada Milo's Bug Quest Fox Kids 2000
United States Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot Fox Kids 2000
Japan Monster Rancher Fox Kids 2000
United Kingdom Holby City UKTV 2000
United States The Avengers: United They Stand Fox Kids 2000
United Kingdom Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids Oh! 2000
United States Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles Fox Kids 2000
Canada Maggie and the Ferocious Beast Nickelodeon 2000
United Kingdom The Grimleys UKTV 2000
United States Poochini's Yard Nickelodeon 2000
United States Max Steel Fox Kids 2000
United States Open Sesame Nickelodeon 2000
Canada Insectia National Geographic Channel 2000

Specials[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United States 2000 American Comedy Awards[7] The Comedy Channel 6 August
United States Latin Grammy Awards 2000[5] Arena 4 November

Documentary Specials[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
Africa's Deadly Dozen[8] National Geographic Channel 4 November
When Dinosaurs Ruled: At the Ends of the Earth[8] Discovery Channel 16 November
Destination Space[8] National Geographic Channel 20 November
Wings: Hindenburg: Fire in the Sky[8] Discovery Channel 26 November

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.

International[edit]

Program New network(s) Previous network(s) Date
United States The Littles Network Ten Nine Network 26 July
United States Everybody Loves Raymond Network Ten Seven Network 28 November
United States Buffy the Vampire Slayer Network Ten Seven Network 30 November
United States Rugrats Network Ten ABC TV 2 December

Programming Changes[edit]

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.

Domestic[edit]

Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
Popstars[6] Nickelodeon Seven Network December

International[edit]

Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
Moonlighting United States Moonlighting[9] TV1 Nine Network 4 February
Miami 7 United Kingdom Miami 7[2] Nickelodeon Seven Network[citation needed] 3 March
United States Frasier[10] TV1 Nine Network 3 July
Angela Anaconda Canada Angela Anaconda[4] Nickelodeon ABC TV[citation needed] August
United States Futurama Fox8 Seven Network November
United States Buffy the Vampire Slayer Fox8 Seven Network
Network Ten
13 December
Japan Pokémon Cartoon Network Network Ten 2000

Ending This Year[edit]

Program Channel End date Debut date
Chuck Finn Seven Network 25 December 18 October 1999
SeaChange ABC 9 December 10 May 1998
Wipeout Seven Network 24 November 1999
Eugenie Sandler P.I. ABC 15 November 30 October 2000
Media Watch ABC 6 November 8 May 1989
Pig's Breakfast Nine Network 22 October 5 July 1999
Murder Call Nine Network 9 October 11 August 1997
Thunderstone Network Ten 8 September 12 February 1999
The New Adventures of Ocean Girl Network Ten 5 August 11 February 2000
The Big Breakfast Seven Network 14 July 2 August 1999
The 10:30 Slot ABC 16 June 20 August 1999
Lizzie's Library ABC 29 May 6 November 1995
Good News Week Network Ten 27 May 19 April 1996
Recovery ABC 29 April 20 April 1996
Sunday Night Football (AFL) Seven Network 9 April 28 April 1991

Returning this year[edit]

  • 18 September – Sunrise (Seven Network)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CNN Financial Network makes Asia-Pacific debut on Optus TV.". BusinessWorld. 15 November 1999. p. 26. 
  2. ^ a b c d Nick Nooze. Nickelodeon (Australia). Autumn. 2000. 
  3. ^ a b "What's New On Nick? – March 2000". Nickelodeon (Australia). 2000. Archived from the original on 12 March 2000. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Nick Nooze. Nickelodeon (Australia). Winter. 2000. 
  5. ^ a b "FOXTEL Highlights (Entertainment)". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 9 December 2000. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Nick Nooze. Nickelodeon (Australia). Summer. 2000. 
  7. ^ "FOXTEL Highlights (Entertainment)". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 22 August 2000. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d "FOXTEL Highlights (Documentaries)". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 9 December 2000. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Everton, Denise (4 February 2000). "Bickering allies". Illawarra Mercury. Illawarra, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 42. Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  10. ^ Gray, Ellen (30 June 2000). "Shrink rapt". Newcastle Herald. Newcastle, Australia: Fairfax Media. p. 5. Retrieved 27 December 2009.