2002 in Australian television

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List of years in Australian television

Events[edit]

  • 4 February – Nine cast members from All Saints participate in The Weakest Link: All Saints Special to mark the first and only anniversary of The Weakest Link in Australia. Erik Thomson wins the special, but his winnings are unknown.
  • 11 February - The Nine Network's post-Sale Of The Century replacement, Shafted hosted by former Hey Hey It's Saturday member Red Symons premières. After dismal ratings the show is cancelled in April the same year. On the same day the network's post-Burgo's Catch Phrase replacement Pass the Buck, a new game show based on the UK game show containing a word association premieres leading into Nine's most-watched 6pm news bulletin, After dismal ratings the show is cancelled in May the same year.
  • 11 March – The Seven Network's Docklands studios in Melbourne open, with the first Seven News Melbourne news bulletin being broadcast from the centre. This leads to a national relaunch of the Seven News brand with new sets and graphics in most cities. Also on that day, the nine remaining contestants from the third season of The Mole take part in a special episode of The Weakest Link for a chance to add $100,000 to the prize kitty. Against expectations, they only achieve $14,100, which is touted as the lowest amount ever won on the Australian version of the show. On The Mole, this figure is rounded up to $15,000. The Weakest Link was cancelled in one month later after dismal ratings.
  • 6 March – Foxtel introduces a new sports channel called Fox Footy Channel. It runs until 1 October 2006.
  • 20 March – Tim Lane resigns from the Nine Network following a disagreement in regards to commentating AFL matches with Eddie McGuire involving the Collingwood Football Club. Lane defects to rival Network Ten in 2003, where he has remained since.
  • 24 April – Crystal-Rose Cluff wins the third season of The Mole, taking home $108,000 in prize money. Alaina Taylor is revealed as the Mole, and Marc Jongebloed is the runner-up.
  • 16 May – Kath & Kim premieres on the ABC and is a surprise hit. It was picked up by the Seven Network in 2007.
  • 1 July - Peter Corbett wins the second season of Big Brother.
  • 26 July - Mixy ends after 4-year run and it will be replaced by children's weekday morning and afternoon blocks on the ABC.
  • 12 August – After being cancelled in 2001, Burgo's Catch Phrase relaunches on the Nine Network and is a surprise hit, with new graphics, new theme music and new prizes with the contestant backdrop increased to three people with the game show been produced by Grundy Television, leading into Nine's most-watched 6pm news bulletin.
  • September – SBS launches its first Digital channel, the SBS World News Channel.
  • 29 November – Brian Henderson retires from reading Sydney's National Nine News after 4 decades.

Channels[edit]

New channels[edit]

Defunct channels[edit]

Premieres[edit]

Domestic series[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
Kath & Kim ABC TV 16 May
Old Tom ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 6 June
Creature Features [1] ABC TV 9 September
Fairy Tale Police Department Seven Network 18 October

International series[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United Kingdom Merlin the Magical Puppy ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 4 February
United Kingdom Busy Buses ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 4 February
United Kingdom The Hoobs ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 4 February
United Kingdom North Square[2] ABC TV 20 February
Japan Digimon Tamers Network Ten 26 February
Canada United Kingdom Don't Eat the Neighbours ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 7 March
Canada Rescue Heroes Network Ten 6 May
United States The Legend of Tarzan Seven Network 18 May
United Kingdom Angelina Ballerina ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 27 May
United States Teacher's Pet Seven Network 22 June
Canada United States Queer as Folk ABC TV 1 July
Canada United States Cyberchase ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 15 July
Canada Caillou ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 15 August
United States Baby Blues Nine Network 31 August
United States Band of Brothers [3] Nine Network 2 September
Japan Medabots Network Ten 14 September
United Kingdom Pongwiffy ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 16 September
Canada Olliver's Adventures ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 16 September
United Kingdom Engie Benjy ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 16 September
Japan Zoids: Chaotic Century Network Ten 17 September
United States Curb Your Enthusiasm[4] Nine Network 23 September
Japan Beyblade Network Ten 14 October
Canada Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series Network Ten 12 October
United States The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Network Ten 18 October
United Kingdom Andy Pandy (2002) ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 7 November
United Kingdom Mr. Bean: The Animated Series ABC TV 3 December
United States Archie's Weird Mysteries Seven Network 7 December
United Kingdom Teletubbies Everywhere ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 9 December
France Canada X-DuckX ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 23 December
United Kingdom Canada Anthony Ant ABC Kids (digital only) 1 April
United Kingdom Canada Upstairs, Downstairs Bears ABC Kids (digital only) 11 September
France Canada United Kingdom Blazing Dragons ABC Kids (digital only) 7 November
New Zealand Buzz and Poppy ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 11 December
United Kingdom Oscar Charlie ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 11 December
Spain Connie the Cow ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) 17 April
United Kingdom Fourways Farm ABC Kids (digital only) 6 June

Subscription television[edit]

Domestic[edit]
Program Channel Debut date
A Day in the Life[5] Arena 20 February
International[edit]
Program Channel Debut date
Osbournes, TheUnited States The Osbournes[6] MTV 4 April
Japan Shinzo Fox Kids 8 April
Time Squad United States Time Squad[7] Cartoon Network 3 May
Justice League United States Justice League[7] Cartoon Network 8 June
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius United States The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius[8] Nickelodeon 26 July
Zoids: Chaotic Century Japan Zoids: Chaotic Century[9] Cartoon Network 2 September
Story of Tracy Beaker, The United Kingdom The Story of Tracy Beaker[10] Nickelodeon 18 October
United Kingdom Fun at the Funeral Parlor[11] UKTV 22 October
Anna Nicole Show, The United States The Anna Nicole Show[12] Arena 5 November
United Kingdom Lenny Henry In Pieces[13] UKTV 9 November

Specials[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United States 2002 Country Music Association Awards[13] Main Event 7 November

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.

International[edit]

Program Free-to-air network Subscription network Date
United States The Osbournes [14][15] Network Ten MTV 1 July

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.

International[edit]

Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
Saved by the Bell: The College Years United States Saved by the Bell: The College Years [10] Nickelodeon [citation needed] 5 October
Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action! United States Mary-Kate and Ashley in Action! [10] Nickelodeon [citation needed] 14 October

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
Japan Sailor Moon Network Ten Seven Network 12 April
United Kingdom Percy the Park Keeper ABC TV, ABC Kids (digital only) Nine Network 1 August
United States The New Adventures of Madeline Seven Network ABC TV 22 December

Ending / Resting this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
26 July Mixy ABC TV 16 February 1998

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hassall, Greg (9 September 2002). "Review of Creature Features". The Sydney Morning Herald's The Guide: 14–15. 
  2. ^ Courtis, Brian (20 February 2002). "Silky briefs and stolen Y-fronts". The Age (Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 12. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Molitorisz, Sacha (28 August 2002). "The best war series ever made". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 14 December 2002. Retrieved 28 December 2002. 
  4. ^ Schembri, Jim (17 October 2002). "The man behind Seinfeld is back with a new side-splitter". The Age (Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 20. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Day in the life reveals sweet surprises". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia: News Limited). 17 February 2002. p. X03. 
  6. ^ Adams, Cameron (14 March 2002). "Last Word All the News That Fits". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia: News Limited). p. 64. The Osbournes starts on MTV Australia from April 4 at 7pm. 
  7. ^ a b "Toon Watch". Toon HQ (Cartoon Network (Australia)) (1): 6. 2002. 
  8. ^ "What's New On Nick? – July / August 2002". Nickelodeon (Australia). 2002. Archived from the original on 4 August 2002. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "Toon Watch". Toon HQ (Cartoon Network (Australia)) (2): 5. 2002. 
  10. ^ a b c "What's New On Nick? – July / August 2002". Nickelodeon (Australia). 2002. Archived from the original on 4 December 2002. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "UKTV Highlights". UKTV (Australia and New Zealand). 2002. Archived from the original on 19 October 2002. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  12. ^ Miller, Kylie (30 October 2003). "NETWORKING". The Age Green Guide (Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 12. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "FOXTEL Highlights (General Entertainment)". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 6 November 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  14. ^ Melloy, Neil (22 June 2002). "Ozzy-speak defies bleeper". Courier Mail (Brisbane, Australia: News Limited). p. 18. 
  15. ^ Farrer, Gordon (28 June 2002). "Unholy and mundane". The Age (Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Limited). p. 17. Retrieved 17 December 2009.