HD Heads-Up: Holy Sitcom Shake-Up

KA-POW! Take that, TV3.

As predicted, TV2 is employing the latest seasons of The Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls as its new Sunday night weapon.

They will provide an hour-long lead-in to the network’s struggling Batman prequel, Gotham, from February 15.

But the surprise is they will anchor not the 7.30 hour but the 8.30 hour, with Gotham shifting back to 9.30.

No word yet on where Gotham’s original stablemate Agents of SHIELD will air (it resumes next month in the US).

But chances are it could be 9.30 Wednesday, after Agent Carter ends its eight-episode run.

TV2’s savvy Sunday scheduling extends to a new Sunday Treasures movie slot at 6.30, which will launch with the network movie premiere of Wreck-It Ralph.

The strategy means TV2 can effectively lock in viewers ahead of TV3’s powerhouse line-up with blockbuster family movies, and keep most of them until 9.30 with two of TV’s most popular comedies.

Meanwhile, several other previous primetime staples have been sidelined, with the latest season of The Amazing Race slated for 5.45 Saturdays from February 14, and new episodes of Suburgatory and Hot in Cleveland destined for Sunday afternoons from February 15. (Another sitcom that’s been virtually a perennial re-run for the last 10 years, Friends, ends its latest run on February 19.)

TV2’s first-run cup runneth over even further with new seasons of Switched at Birth and The 100 screening back-to-back on Saturday mornings from February 14.

Coming attractions in HD for that week include the network movie premieres of Moneyball (TV1, 10.40 Saturday) and Celeste & Jesse Forever (TV2, 11.00 Saturday) plus:

  • Pirates! Band Of Misfits (TV2, 6.45 Saturday) 
  • Valentine’s Day (TV2, 8.30m Sunday),
  • Poison Ivy (TV2, 10.30 Sunday)
  • What Women Want (TV2, 8.40 Friday).
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