What to Watch: August 30 - September 5

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

62nd Primetime Emmy Awards
Special. Jimmy Fallon hosts TV's very own awards night, which can be seen live in Australia once again on FOX8. It will be repeated on TEN at 10pm, but with one hour less. There's some Red Carpet action happening on E! from as early as 8am. Expect the big winners this year to be a battle between Glee, Modern Family, Mad Men, Lost, Dexter and The Pacific. Australia's best chances lie with Toni Collette and Rose Byrne.

Airs: Live 10am Monday on FOX8

A Current Affair
Normally we wouldn't be recommending a show like this, but tonight Bert and Patti Newton sit down for a face-to-face interview with Tracy Grimshaw to discuss their son Matthew. This is the first detailed interview they have ever given and it could be excruciating and moving all at the same time.

Airs: 6:30pm Monday on Nine

The X Factor
Premiere. Luke Jacobz steps in as sudden host of Seven's enormous talent quest, which begins an audition week with this 90-minute episode. Regretfully, watching how this has been re-edited could be half as much fun as the auditions themselves. Seven has assembled an impressive judging panel of Kyle Sandilands, Ronan Keating, Natalie Imbruglia and Guy Sebastian, and Simon Cowell is said to be keeping a close eye on every detail. Follows Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Airs: 7:30pm Monday on Seven

Modern Family
Inspired casting as Fred Willard guest stars as the father of Phil (Ty Burrell), making an unexpected visit on the family -- but what is he hiding? Jay (Ed O'Neill) takes Manny (Rico Rodriguez II) to a horror movie, but the kid freaks at what he sees. The funniest plot is once again left to Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) who fills in as drummer on a teen band, as a favour to Haley (Sarah Hyland) and totally rocks it out.

Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday on TEN

How to Make it in America
Premiere. This is an enjoyable first episode of this HBO series about two guys trying to make their mark in the New York fashion scene. What makes it most interesting is that the guys are actually straight and deal like gangsters with their determination to succeed. This has an indie-film feel, which is no surprise given it is produced by the team from Entourage.

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on Showcase

Packed to the Rafters
This week we focus on the 'kids" as Rachel (Jessica Marais) gets a tempting work offer, and in the process of relating her good news she manages to offend Julie (Rebecca Gibney). Meanwhile, Ben (Hugh Sheridan) and Melissa (Zoe Ventoura) are already toying with the idea of becoming parents -- that was fast. Nathan (Angus McLaren) gets a firm date for his kidney donation operation. Is he really going ahead with this?

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on Seven

United States of Tara
Series return. Now where were we before that election so rudely interrupted us? Ah yes, Tara (Toni Collette) has adopted the persona of shrink Shoshana Schoenbaum, and is analysing her own husband Max (John Corbett). But a tornado is bearing down on the family, throwing them all together in the household basement. And you don't want to be cooped up with Tara when she's on the edge.

Airs: 9:30pm Wednesday on ABC1

Cops L.A.C.
Premiere. Nine's newest local drama applies a hierarchy of police to a contemporary, inner Sydney police station known as Seaview Local Command with Gary Sweet as the boss, Roy Billing as the genial, seasoned sergeant and Denise Roberts as station manager. But it's Kate Ritchie and Martin Dingle Wall as detectives who do the heavy lifting following a car accident that isn't all that it seems. As a first episode this is pretty routine, looking for oxygen in a crowed genre.

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on Nine

True Blood
Sookie (Anna Paquin) heads to Mississippi to find Bill (Stephen Moyer), while Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) tries his best to win her loyalty. But Bill is on a bit of a vampire bender, reliving old memories that plague him. Tara (Rutina Wesley) has a fling that she comes to regret and Sam's (Sam Trammell) family pay him a visit at his diner. Not much this week for Ryan Kwanten, but Grant Bowler makes another appearance as a werewolf with attitude.

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on Showcase

A "naming" ceremony for Cherie's baby turns into another neurotic calamity for Nina (Asher Keddie) when Chris (Don Hany) is invited, right after he has been caught in a compromising position with Zara (Jane Harber). Billie (Kat Stewart) faces a rental client with a past. But the real treat is Eddie Perfect's blues rendition of Guy Sebastian's "Angels Brought Me Here". It's never been sung like this before.

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on TEN

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True Blood and The United States of Tara