What to Watch: April 5 - 11

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

Dead Gorgeous
This Australian-British co-production is one for kids who enjoy a bit of ghostly fun. Three teenage sisters from 1861 find themselves living in the present day, and their old family estate is now a private school. The performances are big with lots of silly faces as the girls adjust to their world of new fashions, hot boys, computers, television and a stuffy principal played by Gerry Connolly. Also features Tangle's Blake Davis.

Airs: 5:20pm weekdays on ABC1

Do we blame Tiger Woods for this one? SBS's forum show this week discusses the subject of infidelity. Why are some couples able to survive infidelity while for others it's the end of their relationship? Does it matter if it was just sex? Should you always tell your partner if you have strayed, or is it better to keep it secret? Couples from all walks of life will talk about how they have worked through infidelity in their own relationships. Do not attempt at home!

Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday on SBS ONE

Let's face it, Day 8 hasn't exactly been Jack Bauer's most enthralling adventure. So it was no real surprise to learn that FOX is shutting down CTU and shipping Bauer off to the big screen for a feature film which will see him travel to Europe. In the chase for missing nuclear rods, this week Jack (Kiefer Sutherland) has to save another hostage, while Dana (Katee Sackhoff) feels the walls closing in after abetting her criminal ex-boyfriend. The good news is the climax of the episode is a return to form, so next week should be worth catching.

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on 7TWO

So You Think You Can Dance Australia
Not long to go until the finale, and the show has already had the surprise exit of Jessica Prince, replaced by previous evictee Jessica Stokes. Now vying for the final four places are Robbie & Jess S, Phillipe & Jessie H, Nick & Ivy -- one will be crowned winner on April 21. Meanwhile, how many more creative frocks can Natalie Bassingthwaighte wear to conceal her expectant tummy? Be proud, Nat!

Airs: 8pm Wednesday on TEN

Family Guy
Peter Griffin becomes head of Peterschmidt Industries, owned by his father-in-law, and subsequently fires everyone and hires Glenn Quagmire and Brian. Business doesn't look like his specialty, particularly when his company produces the African-American heart monitor and "Scream in a Box". Look out for cameos by Hugh Laurie as House and The Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons.

Airs: 10:30pm Thursday on Seven

Underbelly: The Golden Mile
New Series. The third series, set in King's Cross in the late 1980s, finally arrives. The first hour spends most of the time setting up the character of John Ibrahim, dynamically played by Firass Dirani. A mix of schoolboy energy and ambitious entrepreneur, Ibrahim charms his way to George Freeman (Peter O'Brien) where he can learn fast. The second hour focuses on country girl Kim Hollingsworth (Emma Booth). Naive in the big smoke, and Inspector Gerry Lloyd (Sigrid Thornton) who is determined to erase gang culture. There are too many montages, but this is always a fascinating exercise in performances, urban myths and storytelling.

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on Nine

Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Premiere. Another BBC costume drama, this time based on the classic Thomas Hardy novel, stars Gemma Arterton as the country girl who learns she has noble heritage. ABC screens two of the four parts tonight, making this a lingering exercise in English countrysides and the plaintive love. But Arterton is splendid in the title role, as an alluring milk maid with a secret in her past. Builds to a satisfying, dramatic finale which might just bring you back next week.

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on ABC1

The Good Wife
Still proving the best new drama of the year, this week the more interesting plot isn't the legal case in which she defends senior partner Jonas Stern (Kevin Conway) from a drink driving charge. It's actually the family drama triggered by an interview from the "other woman" given to TV's Chelsea Handler and how it impacts on Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Peter (Chris Noth). Meanwhile Alicia's snooping son Zach (Graham Phillips) continues to accrue evidence on his father's secret life.

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on TEN

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Apr 06, 2010
Only Family Guy, oput of this list. Maybe The Good Wife as well, but I still c)ould go either way on that one.
Apr 05, 2010
24, The Good Wife,etc

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