What to Watch: August 2 - 8

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

Letters and Numbers
Premiere. A brand new game show comes to SBS five nights a week. Based on a long-running French format, this is for anybody who likes their maths, language and logic games. Hosted by veteran Richard Morecroft, it doesn't seek any of the shine of commercial game shows, so don't expect too much. Just sit back and see if you can beat the two contestants at the puzzles.

Airs: 6pm weeknights on SBS ONE

Pineapple Dance Studios
Premiere. We're still not sure whether to take this seriously, or whether it's a brilliant mockumentary -- either way it's entertaining. Pineapple Dance Studio is an elite space in London, a hub for dance students, music theatre rehearsals, auditions and pop stars such as Kylie, Madonna, Beyoncé and Janet Jackson. But you've never quite seen anyone like artistic director Louie Spence, the most over-the-top, hilariously extrovert choreographer on the planet. It follows pay TV's premiere of Glee.

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on FOX8

With most of the media attention given to Labor and Liberal, SBS turns its attention to the Greens. With many expecting his party to hold the balance of power in the Senate, Senator Bob Brown will join in a forum hosted by Jenny Brockie. A panel of swinging voters will also respond to Green policies. Insight will keep up election smarts right up to the big day.

Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday on SBS ONE

Modern Family
When Jay (Ed O'Neill) introduces Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) to his pals as a "friend of my son Mitchell" (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), Mitchell is offended. But when Jay hears that one of his pals might be in the closet it triggers a much bigger mystery he is determined to clumsily resolve. Fans of Flight of the Conchords should also look out for Kristen Schaal who makes a guest appearance in an awkward situation.

Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday on TEN

The flirt episode. Party girl Nat (Kat Stewart) encourages the widowing Ally (Justine Clarke) to let down her hair and meet some new men at a party, where she meets a sexy guy. Meanwhile, Christine (Catherine McClements) finds herself uneasily attracted to Spiros (Don Hany) who is working alongside her husband running for the premier's job. But really, we're all just waiting for Gabriel (Matt Day) and Ally to get together.

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on Showcase

HBO's 2004 western set in South Dakota in the 1870s has already aired on pay TV but now you can see it on the ABC. Starring Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane this is critically appraised even though other shows such as The Sopranos and Six Feet Under won the lion's share of the attention at the time. Its slice of western life is part-factual and part-fiction. But be warned, the language is very extreme. Not for the easily offended.

Airs: 9:30pm Tuesday on ABC2

Gruen Nation
Last week Wil Anderson and the Gruen team cut a swathe through the rubbish we're being bombarded with this election. And they did it with such an entertaining style. Who would have thought they would vote the Nationals campaign better than Liberal and Labor? Together with Yes We Canberra! and Spicks & Specks, Wednesdays are now must-see television.

Airs: 9pm Wednesday ABC1

She's perfection as a lawyer, but a disaster as a mother, so watch for the moment when Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) tells Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) that she's now about to become a grandmother too. It's one of the reasons why Close is so darned mesmerising in this intelligent drama. This week Ted Danson makes a return as Arthur Frobisher, the billionaire who was the target of a class action in the first series. The good news for fans is the show has been approved for two more seasons.

Airs: 7:30pm Thursday on W

Movie: La Vie En Rose
If you haven't seen Marion Cotillard's performance as French singer Edith Piaf you are in for a treat. No wonder she won the Academy Award (the first time the Actress award had been given to a Foreign Language film), Golden Globe and BAFTA for this portrayal, it is absolutely magnetic. The production itself is impressive and director Oliver Dahan even blurs the line between truth and fantasy. A significant tribute to the tragic but talented "French sparrow".

Airs: 10:10pm Saturday on SBS ONE

The Good Wife
Final. This has been a quality series, and the best new drama from last year's fall season. So we're expecting big things of the season finale. Last week Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) was released from his home imprisonment, which didn't necessarily seem to be what Alicia (Julianna Margulies) was wanting. Ex-colleague Cary (Matt Czuchry) was hell-bent on taking his former law firm down. And then there is the unresolved romance with Will (Josh Charles). Plenty of storyline bombs ready to detonate.

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on TEN

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Aug 04, 2010
I'm really enjoying 'Letters & Numbers'! I would highly recommend this show! :)
Aug 03, 2010
Love Modern Family, Tangle, Damages and The Good Wife. Also loved La Vie En Rose. Such a deserved win for Marion Cotillard, but I think she is not the first Best Actress Oscar winner in a foreign language film. Check Sophia Loren for Two Women in 1961 ?
Aug 02, 2010
Love Damages!