1996 in Australian television

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List of years in Australian television

Events[edit]

  • Australian television celebrates its 40th birthday with celebrations lasting throughout the year. The actual birthday was on 16 September.
  • Jessica Rowe joins Ten News Sydney in January to co-anchor with Ron Wilson for the next nine years.
  • 1 January – To celebrate the start of the new year, ABC-TV debuts a series of new idents featuring people doing various activities using inspiration and fun. As they do so, they draw the ABC's famous worm logo. The logo then fades before the video fades to black and the words "it's your abc" appear.
  • 12 February - Midday With Kerri-Anne (12pm, Nine) marks the return of the traditional variety format to the Midday brand, with Kerri-Anne Kennerley taking over from last year’s co-hosts Tracy Grimshaw and David Reyne. More tributes to Hey Hey It’s Saturday‘s talent quest Red Faces continues with The Best And Worst Of Red Faces No.7 (7.30pm, Nine), featuring more classic acts prior to 1995. Nine’s new police drama Water Rats (8.30pm, Nine) debuts with a two-hour episode, starring Colin Friels, Catherine McClements, Sophie Heathcote and Aaron Jeffery.
  • 16 February – A brand new state-based news and currents affairs program titled Stateline premieres on ABC at 6:00 pm and was shown every Friday evening. The show focus on issues concerning different states of Australia.
  • 19 February – Australia's favourite koala Blinky Bill returns to the ABC for a brand new series titled Blinky Bill's Extraordinary Excursion at 4:30 pm. The series follows the adventures of Blinky and the gang who were lost while on an excursion and helping other animals in a situation while trying to find their way back to Greenpatch.
  • 18 March - 40 Years Of Television airs on the Seven Network, hosted by entertainers Garry McDonald and Magda Szubanski.
  • April – Constable Wayne Patterson, portrayed by Grant Bowler, is killed in a car crash on the Blue Heelers episode An Act of Random Violence. Bowler departed the series.
  • 3 April – The Ferals return to the ABC with a five-minute sequel series titled Feral TV at 5:25 pm. The series also introduces new characters such as Kerry the Cane Toad and Rodney the Cockroach and follows the mischievous animals and their mishaps at a pirate television station.
  • June – Liz Hayes quits the Today Show after 11 years and joins the 60 Minutes team, Tracy Grimshaw replaces Hayes on Today to co-host for the next nine years before leading up to A Current Affair from 2006 onwards.
  • 28 May – The Animals of Farthing Wood, a British children's animated series based on the books by Colin Dann premieres on ABC at 5:00pm.
  • 3 June – Australian children's comedy series The Genie from Down Under a co-production between ACTF, the ABC (Australia) and the BBC (UK) begins screening on ABC every Monday at 5:00 pm.
  • 12 July – After 12 years John Burgess retires as host of Wheel of Fortune. The following Monday, former Sale of the Century quizmaster, Tony Barber returns to TV and begins hosting a failed run which lasts for the remainder of the year. WOF relocates from Adelaide to Sydney during this time. Wheel of Fortune was nearly cancelled at the end of 1996 after dismal ratings, but the show continued its long run instead.
  • 18 July – Australian long running children's television series Play School celebrates its 30th birthday with a one-hour special on ABC at 4:00 pm.
  • August – After a stand-off over who would air the show first with Seven owning the rights to the early seasons and Nine the current seasons, despite Seven not renewing the Warner Bros. output deal,[1] the first season of Friends screens on the Seven Network, almost two years after it premiered in the United States. Season two begins on the Nine Network in December.
  • 14 September - Sale Of The Century begins its 40 years of television celebrity challenge special, then at 8.30pm the two hour special 40 Years Of Television — The Reel History goes to air on the Nine Network.
  • 18 September - The Nine Network at 8.30pm airs another 40th Anniversary tribute special to Australian Television 40 Years Of Television — Then And Now, presented by Don Lane.
  • 19 September – 1.9 million watch Kerri-Anne Kennerley and treasurer Peter Costello dancing the Macarena live on the Midday Show.
  • 1 December – Grant Piro presents the final episode of Couch Potato for 1996 on ABC with reruns of the Australian children's educational TV series Lift Off and the American children's mystery TV series Ghostwriter. This also marks his very last day as presenter of the series since 1991.
  • 10 December – Final episode of the Australian drama series G.P. screens on ABC.

New channels[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
Pacific Drive Nine Network 29 January
Better Homes and Gardens Seven Network 1 February
Water Rats Nine Network 12 February
Who Dares Wins Seven Network 14 February
Stateline ABC 16 February
Blinky Bill's Extraordinary Excursion ABC 19 February
Feral TV ABC 3 April
Good News Week ABC 19 April
Recovery ABC 20 April
Crocadoo Nine Network 31 May
The Genie From Down Under ABC 3 June
The Music Shop Network Ten 5 August
Time Masters Seven Network 1996
House Gang SBS 1996

International[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
Canada Road to Avonlea Network Ten 6 January
United States The Mask Seven Network 6 January
United States The Wizard of Oz Network Ten 6 January
United Kingdom Goggle-Eyes ABC 17 January
United Kingdom Teenage Health Freak ABC 22 January
United States King Arthur and the Knights of Justice Network Ten 27 January
United States Cro ABC 4 February
United States JAG Seven Network 5 February
United Kingdom The Biz ABC 9 February
United States Hudson Street Network Ten 11 February
United States The New Adventures of Speed Racer Network Ten 11 February
United Kingdom Pride and Prejudice (1995) ABC 3 March
United States Phantom 2040 Seven Network 9 March
United States Extreme Network Ten 16 March
United States 3rd Rock from the Sun Seven Network 20 March
United Kingdom Mortimer and Arabel ABC 5 April
United States Little Mouse on the Prairie Network Ten 6 April
Canada Stickin' Around (minisodes) ABC 12 April
United Kingdom Out of the Blue Seven Network 13 April
United States Tales from the Crypt Seven Network 13 April
United States The Maxx SBS 13 April
United States American Gothic Network Ten 17 April
United Kingdom Bugs Seven Network 19 April
United Kingdom Elidor ABC 28 April
United States The New Adventures of Madeline ABC 1 May
United Kingdom Monty ABC 1 May
United States Flipper (1995) Network Ten 4 May
United Kingdom The Thin Blue Line ABC 6 May
Japan Sailor Moon Seven Network 16 May
Canada Madison ABC 17 May
United Kingdom The Animals of Farthing Wood ABC 28 May
United States Aaahh!!! Real Monsters ABC 29 May
United States The Single Guy Network Ten 6 June
United Kingdom TV World: Time Traveller SBS 16 June
United Kingdom Kavanagh QC ABC 21 June
United Kingdom Hamish Macbeth ABC 23 June
United States The Secret Life of Toys ABC 1 July
France Insektors ABC 1 July
United States Fudge Network Ten 8 July
United Kingdom Wales Gogs ABC 12 July
United States Action Man (1995) Network Ten 12 July
United States The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys ABC 17 July
United Kingdom Just William ABC 21 July
United States The Secret World of Alex Mack ABC 22 July
United States The Brain: Our Universe Within SBS 28 July
United Kingdom Cardiac Arrest ABC 29 July
United Kingdom My Good Friend ABC 3 August
United States Friends[1] Seven Network 4 August
France Mot ABC 5 August
United States Kirk Nine Network 20 August
United Kingdom Black Hearts in Battersea ABC 1 September
United States VR Troopers Network Ten 2 September
United States Savannah Network Ten 8 October
United Kingdom William's Wish Wellingtons ABC 22 October
United States Bump in the Night ABC 5 November
United States M.A.N.T.I.S. Network Ten 20 November
United Kingdom The Dreamstone ABC 22 November
United States Canada Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Nine Network 25 November
United States Earthworm Jim Network Ten 29 November
United States 7th Heaven Network Ten 30 November
United States The Drew Carey Show Nine Network 3 December
United States Kindred: The Embraced Network Ten 4 December
United States Canada The Sentinel Network Ten 4 December
United States Boston Common Network Ten 5 December
United States The Wright Verdicts Network Ten 5 December
United States Muppets Tonight Seven Network 6 December
United States Brotherly Love Seven Network 6 December
France United States Iznogoud Seven Network 7 December
United States Caroline in the City Nine Network 9 December
United States Santo Bugito ABC 19 December
United States Wishbone Nine Network 23 December
United States Duckman Seven Network 23 December
United Kingdom Space Precinct Seven Network 23 December
United States Dexter's Laboratory Seven Network 28 December
United States Street Sharks Network Ten 1996
United States The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show Seven Network 1996
United States Jin Jin and the Panda Patrol Seven Network 1996
France The Bots Master Seven Network 1996

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(s) Previous network(s) Date
Hey Dad..! Network Ten Seven Network 1996

International[edit]

Program New network(s) Previous network(s) Date
United Kingdom Count Duckula Network Ten ABC 22 August
United States Friends[6] Nine Network Seven Network 9 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.

Domestic[edit]

Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
Blinky Bill's Extraordinary Excursion Fox Kids ABC May

International[edit]

Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
United States Droopy Dog Cartoon Network Seven Network 1 January
United States H.R. Pufnstuf Nickelodeon Nine Network
Network Ten
March
United States Mickey Mouse and Friends Disney Channel June
United States Donald's Quack Attack Disney Channel June
United States The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Disney Channel Seven Network June
United States The Muppet Show Disney Channel Seven Network
Nine Network
Network Ten
June
United States Muppet Babies Disney Channel Network Ten June
United States Dumbo's Circus Disney Channel June
United States DuckTales Disney Channel Seven Network June
United States TaleSpin Disney Channel Seven Network June
United States Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Disney Channel Seven Network June
United States Gargoyles Disney Channel Seven Network June
United States Bill Nye the Science Guy Disney Channel June
United States Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous[7] TV1 [citation needed] 4 November
United States United Kingdom Where's Wally Nickelodeon ABC
United Kingdom Dr. Zitbag's Transylvania Pet Shop Nickelodeon
United States Mother Goose and Grimm Nickelodeon
Japan Astro Boy Nickelodeon ABC
United Kingdom Rockliffe's Babies UKTV
United States Captain Planet and the Planeteers Cartoon Network ABC
Canada Groundling Marsh Fox Kids
United States The Tracey Ullman Show Fox8 ABC


Changes to network affiliation[edit]

This is a list of programs which made their premiere on an Australian television network that had 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 having premieed 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 Tom and Jerry Cartoon Network Max 1 January
United Kingdom Tales from Fat Tulip's Garden Nickeldeon Max 8 February
United States The Baby Huey Show Nickelodeon Max 1996
Canada United States ReBoot Nickelodeon Max 1996

Television shows[edit]

ABC TV

Seven Network

Nine Network

Network Ten

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
10 December G.P. ABC 1989

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Browne, Rachel (3 August 1996). "Friends for life". The Sun-Herald. Sydney: Fairfax Media. p. 9. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Elder, Bruce (2 June 1996). "Disney to the rescue". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. p. 1. Retrieved 21 December 2009. The Disney Channel, which kicks off with the TV premiere of Aladdin at 6.30 pm on Saturday, June 8 
  3. ^ Eliezer, Christie (25 May 1996). "Oz to get 2nd music TV channel.". Billboard. 108 (21): 64. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 21 December 2009. Australia's second 24-hour music TV channel is set to roll out June 14. 
  4. ^ Freeman, Jane; Andrew Conway (30 June 1996). "The Joke Stops Here". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. p. 2. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Browne, Rachel (4 August 1996). "Sex on TV". The Sun-Herald. p. 4. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Mitchell, Lisa (28 November 1996). "Summer in the sitting room". The Age. Melbourne: Fairfax Media. p. 5. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  7. ^ BROWNE, RACHEL (12 October 1996). "In a bit of a stew". The Sun-Herald. Sydney: Fairfax Media. p. 100. Retrieved 27 December 2009.