Back to school: what’s new in the programs this year?

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The television channels are back on Monday August 30. Several hosts and journalists changed channel or program during the summer. La Dépêche takes stock of the main novelties awaiting us at the start of the school year.

A few days before the students, TV makes its comeback. It is on Monday August 30 that most television channels will resume their usual programs after the summer holidays. Viewers will be able to find their favorite shows because there are few changes. The flagship shows of the big private channels are or will be back in a few days or weeks (“Koh-Lanta”, “The Voice” or “Dance with the stars” on TF1, “Love is in the meadow” or “The best pastry chef” on M6). The faithful of TF1 will however have to change their habits since “Koh-Lanta” went from Friday to Tuesday for its 20th anniversary and “Dance with the stars” will return on Friday to leave Saturday evening to “The Voice”.

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The only two real novelties of this TV season will see the light of day on the public service. Nagui will go in search of “The artist” on Saturday evening on France 2 – an author who is both composer and performer – while Thierry Ardisson will interview deceased personalities in “Hôtel du temps” on France 3.

Many new fictions

There will be more novelties in the field of fiction. On the strength of the tidal wave of the house series “HPI” (more than 11.5 million viewers taking into account the replay), TF1 will broadcast the second season and once again call on the actress Audrey Fleurot for other series. The front page will also retrace the case of the death of little Grégory in six episodes. On the side of France 2, we put a lot on “Germinal”, the adaptation of the novel by Emile Zola in series, and the adaptation of other literary works.

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The TV season which begins will inevitably be marked by the presidential election of 2022. The news channels have changed their schedules to launch new programs in the evening from the start of the school year. The historic channels will not be outdone with “Elysée 2022” and “20:22” on France 2, “An intimate ambition” on M6 and the many meetings, debates and interviews expected between now and the presidential election.

3h58 a day watching TV

While there have never been so many channels available, some viewers regularly complain that there is “nothing on TV”. Another recurring complaint: the programs start too late at night. However, many viewers remain faithful to their television sets. In 2020, the French spent 3.58 hours a day in front of television (live or in replay whatever the screen), according to Médiamétrie. This is a record figure in a year marked by two confinements to protect against Covid-19.

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A period that allowed streaming platforms (Netflix, Prime Video, Salto …) to fill up with subscribers in France. They offer new or preview series and even in-house creations. Their audience has increased by 37% in one year, according to a Médiamétrie study. The leader Netflix – which claims nearly 8 million subscribers in France – has also just increased its subscription price from 1 to 2 euros additional per month depending on the chosen formula.

These American streaming giants, which have colossal resources, represent a real threat to our historic channels. To continue to attract viewers, they must continue to surprise them, move them, make them laugh, inform them or make them vibrate with sport.