Ten to broadcast Netball World Cup in Sydney
ON the third week of holidays, my true love gave to me: a sport-heavy shedule of summer TV.
Summer in Australia means one thing and one thing only: cricket on the box. Endlessly.
That's fine if you love the game, but if you are not a fan of a five-day sporting event involving men in pyjamas standing in a sun-drenched field, sometimes not moving for hours on end, the pickings are slim.
But before we get to some of my picks for the non sports-lovers among us, let me get some congratulations out of the way for Network Ten for taking on the broadcast rights to the Netball World Cup in Sydney in August.
Ten will broadcast all of the Diamonds' matches on TEN or ONE, with their pool match against the New Zealand Silver Ferns, their predicted semi-final clash and potential gold medal match to be shown live.
Women's sport, as we saw in the culling of women's football and basketball from the ABC recently, is a tough sell on free-to-air. I am a huge netball fan, despite the game costing me my left anterior cruciate ligament a decade ago, so this makes me happy.
But if you prefer your summers sport-free, on the couch, under the air-con, what do you do?
Flashdance for one! Or eleven, actually. It's on Eleven on January 15 and is always flashback-tacular. ONE has some good movies in that January 11 - 17 week too, with Prometheus, Star Trek, Nick of Time and Hitchcock.
ABC launched an interesting feature on iView this month, putting 14 complete comedy series up for free. That's 108 episodes from classic shows like Frontline, It's A Date and Agony Aunts.
While you're in this frame of mind, each network's catch-up service is a good source of shows you might have missed this year and now have time to watch.
Also this month
What the? Waleed Aly has been named as permanent co-host of The Project from Monday, January 26.
Waleed, I love ya, but I much prefer Rove.
I know comparing a Walkley-winning journalist with a goofy guy who voiced the crab in Finding Nemo is like comparing apples with Himalayan pomegranates. But for a show with the tagline 'news, but not as you know it', I think we need a goofball making us laugh on the desk, not a smart intellectual bringing gravitas to the news of the day.
We get enough of that already.