New shows before ratings end

What's coming after the Commonwealth Games? Plenty.

When the Commonwealth Games wrap up on Thursday we'll begin the home stretch of the 2010 ratings year.

Ratings end at the end of November, but with seven weeks remaining we will still see some new product coming, including Australian shows. There are also a number of US favourites returning.

TEN has the biggest slice of local new shows beginning with Keeping up with the Joneses. The new observational series features a family working at their Coolibah cattle station 600km south of Darwin. With helicopters, bulls, horses and spectacular scenery this is an engaging look at outback life.

The localised Undercover Boss Australia will do exactly as the US and UK versions do, with CEOs working alongside their frontline staff. It begins with Domino's boss Don Meij and will also feature bosses from Boost Juice, Veolia Environmental Services Australia and Toga Hospitality Group.

TEN will also bring us brand new episodes of the hilarious Modern Family, plus NCIS and The Good Wife. Shows that have paused for the Commonwealth Games also resume including Glee, House, Neighbours, Offspring, Rush and 7pm Project.

Junior MasterChef Australia will go into overdrive with its finalists and three episodes a week: Sunday, Monday and a Friday masterclass.

Seven, which hasn't suspended its programming during the Games, will roll out both Iron Chef Australia and Beauty and the Geek Australia. Iron Chef Australia is hosted by Grant Denyer and will include former MasterChef Australia contestant Chris Badenoch going up against one of the three local Iron Chefs. It begins 7:30pm Tuesday, October 19 while Beauty and the Geek returns to 8:30pm Thursdays from October 21 with a 90-minute premiere.

Seven also returns Highway Patrol to Wednesday nights followed by sports injury series Damage Control.

Bones also resumes at 9pm Sunday, October 17 and new 30 Rock will be seen at 10:30pm Thursday, October 21.

Nine's local series Top Gear Australia and Hey Hey it's Saturday (now rightfully on Saturdays) will return. It will also screen the UK drama Sherlock, re-imagined by Doctor Who writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. You will also see new The Mentalist, CSI, CSI: Miami and Two and a Half Men.

The ABC will unveil its new local drama Rake, starring Richard Roxburgh as a self-destructive barrister. It boasts a great guest cast including Rachel Griffiths, Hugo Weaving, Sam Neill, Lisa McCune and Noah Taylor. A third series of The Librarians plus Spooks and New Tricks are imminent.

In November, SBS has William Shatner's Weird or What?, Comedy School and new factual series Warriors.

The Aussie ratings season ends at the end of November.

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