In a move that surprises no one who has been paying attention to the Channel 9 schedule the past few weeks, Joy of Sets will premiere on September 20 in the Tuesday 9pm timeslot. I’d somewhat expected that it might be early to mid October before we saw the show launch (taking the show through to the final week of ratings), but thankfully we’ll see it before this month is out.

Scheduled against Packed To The Rafters and NCIS, is nicely counterprogrammed. Joy of Sets should do well to find a niche audience seeking something a bit different. It’ll also likely haemorage viewership for twentysomething on ABC2. The decision to use Two and A Half Men as a lead-in seems a little dubious at first. After all, in terms of Channel 9 filler, The Big Bang Theory makes for a much more suitable lead-in.

That said, the episode of Two and A Half Men leading in to Joy of Sets appears to be the first post-Charlie Sheen episode of the show that introduces Ashton Kutcher into the series. Airing just a few hours after its screening in the US, I’d expect to see some very healthy numbers for this and Joy of Sets. Nine are also being pretty clever in fast-tracking the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, which is also airing here just a few hours after its US screening.

Bad timeslot? Or The Best timeslot? I’d be leaning toward the latter.

SERIES PREMIERE

THE JOY OF SETS
Tuesday, September 20 at 9.00pm

Following All New Two and a Half Men

The Joy Of Sets, a unique take on television – the good, the bad and the gloriously misguided – premieres Tuesday, September 20 at 9.00pm on Channel Nine.

Written and hosted by Tony Martin and Ed Kavalee, The Joy of Sets will take you to parts of the television universe you never knew existed. By the end of the series keen viewers will have learnt enough to create their own smash hit TV format – or their money back. *

In the premiere episode, Tony and Ed start their tutorials at the very beginning – opening titles or, as it’s known in the trade, “selling the meat”. What’s the best way to hook an audience – sex, freaky weirdness or cheesy headshots? Joining the boys to help explain are Peter Phelps, veteran of title sequences from Sons and Daughters, Baywatch and Rescue Special Ops, and for some unknown reason Warwick Capper.

Throughout the series Tony and Ed teach the audience things about television that they probably would have already noticed if they hadn’t wasted so much of their lives watching television. How do cooking shows turn peeling potatoes into ratings gold? Why does every third cop on American TV seem to be called “Ramerez?” Who killed Warwick Capper? All these questions, and more, will be answered on The Joy Of Sets.

New Zealand-born comedian Tony Martin first appeared on Australian TV and radio as part of the D-Generation comedy troupe and was part of their Logie-winning cult hit, The Late Show. He has made multiple appearances on Kath & Kim, Thank God You’re Here, The 7PM Project and Spicks and Specks. Most recently he directed episodes of The Librarians and Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey, and has hosted two series of A Quiet Word.

Ed Kavalee has appeared as a TV regular on Thank God You’re Here, Out of the Question hosted by Glenn Robbins, Good News Week, and Santo Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever during the 2010 World Cup. He currently anchors Hughesy and Kate on radio for Nova.

Tony and Ed first worked together in 2006 on Triple M’s radio program, Get This.

From Andrew Denton’s production company, Zapruder’s Other Films, The Joy Of Sets is an affectionate and funny journey through the world of television.

*Offer applies to free-to-air television only

All New Two and a Half Men: Tuesday, September 20 at 8.30pm
The Joy of Sets: Tuesday, September 20 at 9.00pm
Charlie Sheen Roast: Tuesday, September 20 at 9.30pm