What to Watch: December 6 - 12

By David Knox

Dec 05, 2010

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TV.com's pick of the best TV shows on Aussie screens this week.

Oprah: The Sound of Music Reunion
Whatever happened to Maria, Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta, Gretl and Captain Von Trapp? Or rather, what happened to the cast who brought to life one of the world's favourite movies? Here is a prime time play of a rare reunion, the first for all the cast in 45 years. These days Nicholas Hammond, who played Friedrich, is a Sydney resident. Oprah might be keen to hear more from him.

Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday on TEN

SAS: The Search for Warriors
Premiere. The Special Air Service Regiment, officially known as the SASR has never allowed cameras to have this kind of camera access before. Filmed at a base in Perth, this documents the selection process for its new recruits, and it is seriously tough both physically and mentally. This is so sensitive to our national security, the officers are forced to wear face masks to protect their identities. Punishing but intriguing stuff.

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on SBS ONE

Bored to Death
New series. Not only is this HBO comedy with Jason Schwartzman as a novelist turned investigator diverting fun, but it's easily one of the most handsomely filmed shows on the box at the moment. This week Jonathan (Jason Schwartzman) is hired to erase the hard drive of an S&M; dungeon computer, but when our hero winds up running down the streets of New York wearing bondage gear you know this is a show with a lot of risks.

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on Showcase

Late night with Jimmy Fallon
Series return. He's been off our screens for too long but finally Jimmy Fallon returns with new episodes, hot off the satellite. Firsts guests are Martha Stewart, Gary Dell'Abate, R. Kelly and on Wednesday it's Michael C. Hall. Fallon has been tweeting about his return, genuinely excited to be back on Aussie screens. The Comedy Channel is even rebranding for Tuesday night as "The Jimmy Channel" hosting from 6.30pm onwards and ending with a repeat of Best of Saturday Night Live: Jimmy Fallon. He even promises to try liking Vegemite.

Airs: 10:30pm Tuesday - Friday on Comedy

East West 101
While there's not so many temptations on offer, summer is an ideal time to sample an critically acclaimed series like this, with Don Hany, Aaron Fa'aoso and Susie Porter. This is a repeat of the second series which again centres on the major crime squad in western Sydney. It begins with the National Security Organisation forming a joint task force after the explosion of a car bomb many believe is the work of Islamic extremists.

Airs: 8:30pm Wednesday on SBS ONE

The Trophy Room
Premiere. Peter Helliar hosts this new Spicks and Specks-style panel show that tackles sports, with team captains Adam Spencer (Sleek Geeks) and ABC sports presenter Amanda Shalala. Combining sports chat and trivia with parlour games and physical sporting challenges, it sounds like the perfect summer diversion. Filmed only the night before it airs, we haven't laid eyes on this one yet, but may the best team win.

Airs: 8:30pm Wednesday on ABC1

The Big C
Still one of the most under-appreciated dramas on the box with a glowing performance by Laura Linney as the woman who re-evaluates her life after being diagnosed with cancer. Far from being maudlin, it is actually an affirmation of life. This week after getting a lecture from her angry student Andrea (Gabourey Sidibe) she visits her parents and discovers a big surprise. Meanwhile her secret dalliance with a painter could become public news.

Airs: 9:30pm Wednesday on GEM

Rush
It's the penultimate episode of the season and Josh (Callan Mulvey) is arrested for corruption whilst girlfriend Tash (Jane Allsop) is having doubts about whether she and her daughter can endure his risky occupation. Meanwhile Shannon (Jolene Anderson) and Lawson (Rodger Corser) are coming to terms with the fact Michael (Ashley Zukerman) knows about their moment of passion. Guest stars Steve Bastoni and Mat Stevenson.

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on TEN

Rake
Rachel Griffiths guest stars as a female shock jock whose racial vilification outburst incites gang violence (it's not quite the Cronulla riots, but you can see the link), and that lands her in trouble with the law. Cleaver (Richard Roxburgh) is coerced into becoming her defence lawyer, but there are ripples of sexual tension between the two. Nice to see Ms Griffiths in an Aussie drama -- we'd almost forgotten she has a local accent.

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on ABC1

Who Do You Think You Are?
This week it's Tina Arena's turn to trace her ancestry as she heads off to Sicily to learn that her mother had a groomless wedding because her father was busy fighting in the war. Amazing stuff. But it is maternal grandmother Filippa Giulivo who intrigues her so much because Arena knows nothing at all about her. Is she related to Sicilian nobility? Another intriguing episode. Next week: City Homicide's Shane Bourne.

Airs: 7:30pm Sunday on SBS ONE

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