RTÉ unveil the Autumn Schedule
In fairness to RTÉ TV its been a big year for them with 1916 celebrations, the general election, the Euro's 2016 and Rio 2016. A summer of sport and a year of celebration and change. In fairness to the national broadcaster they delivered and Autumn on both channels seems to try to keep up. RTE, like other broadcasters are suffering, and you'd have to ask if their autumn line up really works.
RTÉ played up their drama output but it doesn't really speak volumes. RTÉ are missing that big Sunday night drama. Love/Hate has yet to be replace and its return to Rebellion (while not as bad as many have said) is a good sign for Drama. RTÉ however have only announced 10 hours of drama with the sequel to Rebellion, Resistance, only heading into product. Striking Out is a 4 part court room drama with Amy Huberman, while Elaine Cassidy returns with Acceptable Risk a 6 part thriller.
RTÉ are part of the production of 3 BBC drama's, the EastEnder's spin off (which surprisingly has the backing of the BAI) Red Water, the 3rd season of Belfast based The Fall and period drama My Mother and Other Strangers. Again RTÉ are missing Mrs. Brown's Boys from the line up of shows.
Over on the other side RTÉ2 features a new Comedy Drama series taking up 3 more hours of scripted content on the broadcaster. Stefanie Preissner, Seána Kerslake and Nika McGuigan are being asked for "da shift" in coppers.
RTÉ ONE has already aired Keeping Ireland Alive a fly on the wall documentary about Irish Hospitals, which met with critical acclaim. But unfortunately non-Political/Social documentaries are not welcome on RTÉ. No science or nature. While The Naval gazing of youth retains its centre stage position on RTÉ2 with social documentaries which discuss life as a Gay teen in "da Country", sure they'd never get "da Shift" in the only Gay in the Village.
Entertainment is well more social reality type programming. Daniel and Majella head back to the B&B's, Des Bishop talks Ireland, with The Rubberbandits' Guides to something socially/historically significant.
Chat shows are top draw with Tommy Tiernan, Nathan Carter and Ray D'Arcy all getting The [Enter The Name of the Presenter Here] Show. Even Former The Saturday Night Show host Brendan O'Connor gets his name in his new-ish round table chat show. Tubrity Tonight continues as The Late Late Show, but he has a radio show with his name in it so don't feel to sorry for him.
Winning Streak returns and RTÉ aren't producing any other game shows or quiz shows. Though they are trying to bring back an RTÉ Question of Sport, it will be as successful as the previous versions.
RTÉ ONE continues with its coverage of the GAA Championship with RTÉ2 returning to Live Soccer with Champions League and Rugby with the Six Nations.
Overall its a bad mix of TV. Lacking as usual intelligence, art, talent or well anything worth watching.