What to Watch: August 9 - 15

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

Neighbours
This week Neighbours moves into rare territory as one of its teenage characters comes out of the closet. While it isn't a Ramsay Street resident it is a young male, which is a change from the last time it happened here (Home and Away recently included a young lesbian role too). Good to see a bit of diversity being reflected on the screen, hopefully it's handled with some sensitivity.

Airs: 6:30pm weeknights on TEN

Rescue: Special Ops
Tonight it's all about parenting, after Dean (Les Hill) learns that Michelle (Libby Tanner) is expecting -- and the baby could be his. Rescue has never shied away from giving its central characters soapie stories while interrupting them with an action scene or two. But the plot this week veers into silly scenes that leave it trailing the standard of other local dramas. Nine is hell-bent on keeping its drama too broad, which is a shame given the level of talent involved.

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on Nine

Parenthood
Premiere. This is the second series to be based on the movie directed by Ron Howard, and it's a pretty good start. Peter Krause (Dirty Sexy Money) and Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) are just two of the names making up this extended family. It's light on laughs but the characters are warm and this promises a lot. It follows on from Packed to the Rafters with pretty perfect synergy.

Airs: 9:30pm Tuesday on Seven

The Simpsons
In the first episode Bart kisses a girl at school causing a bit of an uproar among parents, while Lisa earns an "F" on a test that oddly makes her instantly cool among her peers -- but it doesn't last long. The episode includes guest voice roles from Sarah Silverman and Angela Bassett. Enjoy the double first-run episodes because TEN is about to slip back to just one from next week.

Airs: 7:30pm Wednesday on TEN

Spicks & Specks
What on earth is Adam Hills doing in a Lycra bodysuit, while Alan Brough is channelling Demis Roussos and Myf Warhurst resembles Nana Mouskouri? We must be in Europe, or at least a Euro-themed episode. Guests this week include music conductor Richard Gill, Swedish singer songwriter Jens Lekman and comedians Meshel Laurie and Joe Avati. And wait for a Spicks & Specks take on A-ha's classic 80s hit "Take On Me".

Airs: 8:30pm Wednesday on ABC1

Burn Notice
New series. TV's sexiest spy returns as Michael (Jeffrey Donovan) returns to Miami to help Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) and Sam (Bruce Campbell) protect a lawyer against the city's most dangerous outlaw biker gang, "The Breakers". But first he'll have to get out of one of his many sticky situations.

Airs: 9:30pm Thursday on TEN

Sunday Night
Series return. Seven was somewhat caught with its pants down when a federal election was called. So Mike Munro and Chris Bath return for the network's public affairs/magazine show. This week Jamie Durie interviews the woman who survived a Grizzly Bear gnawing on her arm by pretending to be dead, while Alex Cullen meets a 21-year-old woman with a condition that may hold the key to the world's obesity crisis.

Airs: 6:30pm Sunday on Seven

Offspring
Premiere. Check out TEN's new drama series in which Asher Keddie stars as a successful obstetrician but a hopeless romantic. Competing with her aggressive sister (Kat Stewart), dealing with her reckless father (John Waters) and going weak at the knees for her new colleague (Don Hany), she is at the centre of this playful, female-skewed drama. Nice to see a change from all the procedural crime shows.

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on TEN

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