It’s almost here. Network Ten’s digital channel Eleven makes its debut at 11.00am tomorrow, 11 January.
The channel starts with a special daytime screening of its signature late night show, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, from America’s CBS network – the network that Ten has partnered with in launching Eleven and from which much of its content will be sourced. The program will then continue to air on Eleven at 10.30pm weeknights from tomorrow.
Eleven is aimed at the 13-29 age bracket, though its daytime line-up is likely to appeal to a broader age group with classic US dramas and sitcoms including The Love Boat, The Brady Bunch, Diagnosis Murder, Cheers, Roseanne, Mork And Mindy, JAG, 7th Heaven, Touched By An Angel, Happy Days and MacGyver. It appears that there is little variation when comparing weekends to the weekday line-up.
Saturday nights also see an emphasis on classic fare, with Get Smart and Hogan’s Heroes re-runs in prime-time.
Eleven is clearly putting the focus on its premium and first-run shows in the evenings – with Neighbours maintaining its long-held 6.30 timeslot and Eleven’s big-ticket titles from 7.30pm through to The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. The first week’s prime-time line-up looks like this:
Tuesday 11: 6pm Family Ties, 6.25 Couch Time, 6.30 Neighbours, 7pm Everybody Loves Raymond, 7.30 The Simpsons, 8pm Futurama, 8.30 The Office, 9.30 Nurse Jackie, 10pm Californication, 10.30 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (repeat of 11.00am screening), 11.30 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.
Wednesday 12: 6pm Family Ties, 6.25 Couch Time, 6.30 Neighbours, 7pm Everybody Loves Raymond, 7.30 The Simpsons, 8pm Futurama, 8.30 The Simpsons, 9pm The Cleveland Show, 9.30 King Of The Hill, 10pm The Cleveland Show, 10.30 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, 11.30 Cheers.
Thursday 13: 6pm Family Ties, 6.25 Couch Time, 6.30 Neighbours, 7pm Everybody Loves Raymond, 7.30 The Simpsons, 8pm The Simpsons, 8.30 SGU Stargate Universe, 10.30 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, 11.30 Cheers.
Friday 14: 6pm Family Ties, 6.25 Couch Time, 6.30 Neighbours, 7.30 90210, 8.30 So You Think You Can Dance, 10.30pm The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, 11.30 Cheers.
Saturday 15: 6pm Family Ties, 6.30 Everybody Loves Raymond, 7.30 Get Smart, 8.30 Hogan’s Heroes, 9.30 Movie: I Spy (2002), 11.30 Cheers
Sunday 16: 6pm Family Ties, 6.30 Everybody Loves Raymond, 7.30 New Zealand’s Next Top Model, 8.30 Smallville, 10.30 Angel.
Monday 17: 6pm Family Ties, 6.25 Couch Time, 6.30 Neighbours, 7pm Everybody Loves Raymond, 7.30 Futurama, 8.30 Supernatural, 9.30 Dexter, 10.30 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
Curiously, there is no Simpsons at 6pm which might cause some disappointment to the show’s fans that are now losing it from that timeslot on the main Ten channel. And there will be a ‘catch-up’ screening of Neighbours at 8.30am weekdays – an awkward timeslot and such a repeat screening might be better slotted in on a weekend morning or afternoon similar to the ‘omnibus’ format popular in the United Kingdom.
At this stage there are no local content requirements for the digital multi-channels so, as with other digital channels GO!, GEM and 7mate, Eleven has a strong reliance on US content with Neighbours being the only Australian product to feature on the channel – though a Brisbane-based segment, Couch Time, will appear in between programs in the late afternoons as a means of connecting to viewers.
Eleven will be broadcast on the digital signal of Network Ten (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth), Southern Cross Ten (Regional Queensland, New South Wales/ACT and Victoria), Tasmanian Digital Television and Southern Cross Television (Spencer Gulf/Broken Hill).
Source: TV Tonight