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Aussie News Briefs

We take a brief look at this week's Australian TV news.

National Geographic

Finding the Lost Da Vinci

A scientist and his team attempt to find a Da Vinci painting that's been lost for 500 years. Like a real-life Da Vinci Code story! Except it's not really like that at all.

Airs: Sunday, 18 March, 8.30pm AEDST

Arena

WAG Nation

Are you ready to see the "glamorous" (ie, superfluous) lives of Aussie WAGs (ie, wives and girlfriends of sportsmen)? Join Terry Biviano (a "shoe designer" ie, shoe fetishist), wife of Sydney Roosters player Anthony Minichiello; Lynette Bolton (an "event planner" ie, she plans her own parties), wife of Sydney Swans player Jude Bolton; Jana Peterson (a "promotions manager" ie, she promotes herself), girlfriend of Cronulla Sharks player John Williams; Jackie Spong (a "boutique owner" ie, has a big wardrobe), wife of Carlton Blues player Jarrad Waite; and Chantelle Raleigh (a "model" ie, stands around doing nothing), the (now ex-)girlfriend of Gold Coast Blaze player Adam Gibson.

See every waking moment of these fame hogs when WAG Nation premieres on Arena!

Premieres: Wednesday, 18 April, 9.30pm AEST

Seven

Dancing With the Stars

The rest of 2012's Dancing With the Stars cast has been announced. Joining previously announced cast members Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Vogue Williams, Johnny Ruffo and Brendan Fevola, and co-hosts Daniel MacPherson and Mel B, are Danielle Spencer, Erin McNaught, Zoe Cramond, Shannon Noll, Jessica Watson, Brian Mannix and Caine Eckstein.

Airs: later this year

Fox 8

Cricket Superstar

The inaugural season of Cricket Superstar ended with 21-year-old Ian Holland announced as the winner. He gets a "rookie" (benchwarmer?) contract for the 2012-13 Australian cricket season, and a four-month scholarship at the Cricket Australia's Centre of Excellence in Brisbane.

Aired: Tuesday, 14 March, 7.30pm AEDST

Show of the Week

Gossip Girl: Episode 100

Gossip Girl's 100th episode followed the royal wedding of Blair Waldorf to Prince Louis of Monaco. The will-they/won't-they (get married) storyline played out interestingly and unexpectedly, although the wedding wasn't nearly lavish enough (did Blair even brush her hair? Why was it in Manhattan and not in Monaco? How did Dan Humphrey manage to become the best man at a royal wedding? Where were all the former guest stars from the previous four seasons? Where were all the royal guests? Surely royal impersonators aren't that hard to find).

Aired: Monday, 12 March, 8.30pm AEDST on Fox 8

Ratings

Let's look at the digital channel ratings, shall we? Since My Kitchen Rules apparently won't be beaten anytime soon.

We thought you might be interested to know that Australians like Heartbeat, a British crime drama that's set in the 1960s, more than Aussie soap Neighbours. On Monday night, it had 25,000 more viewers, and on Wednesday night, it had 44,000 more viewers. Interesting!

Airs: Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, 7.30pm AEDST on 7 Two

What to Watch Tonight

Slumdog Millionaire

Jamal Malik, an orphan from the slums, takes part in the Indian edition of TV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and is extremely close to winning 20 million rupees. The movie tells the story of his life, and how he came to know the answers to all of the quiz show's questions.

Airs: tonight, 9pm AEDST on Seven

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