Fast Tracking Getting A New Emphasis From TV Networks

Australian TV networks like to boast about how they “fast track” shows after their overseas broadcasts, but in practice that fast track process can still take days or weeks. However, it does look like the commercial networks are making more effort with some prominent new US series.

TV Tonight notes that Channel Ten is fast-tracking both Glee and new Steven Spielberg-backed series Terra Nova, while Nine is rushing new Charlie Sheen-free episodes of Two And A Half Men to air.

As ever, the test will be in network consistency. Last year, Ten did fast-track Glee initially, but then took an extended break over summer and completely lost that advantage. Summer is typically a low-rating period for commercial networks, but continuing to mess with broadcast schedules is arguably even more dangerous given the ease with which disgruntled viewers can download torrents.

Fast-tracking back on track [TV Tonight]

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