What to Watch: December 13 - 19

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

Family Confidential
This week, we get an inside look at Australian fashion and property tycoons, The Hemmes family. Known for their fashion labels House of Merivale and Mr John, and nightclubs such as the Merivale group, there's more to the flashy family than glitz and glamour, and an incurable illness in the family proves that money can't buy everything.

Airs: 8pm Monday on ABC1

Eastbound & Down
Premiere. Season two of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's irreverent comedy sees the return of former professional baseball player turned substitute gym teacher, Kenny Powers (Danny R. McBride). Assuming the alias of Stevie Janowski (Steve Little) -- whose credit card he has been using -- Kenny escapes to Mexico to start over anonymously, but of course nothing goes to plan. Between a failed career in cockfighting, locals running off with all his possessions, befriending a Mexican family in his new neighbourhood, finding a new love interest in the form of Vida the sexy bar singer and joining the local Charros baseball team in hopes of a comeback, there's no shortage of laughs or drama.

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on Showcase

Glastonbury 2010
Celebrating its 40th year, you can catch all the action of Glastonbury Festival without the mud! Performers include Stevie Wonder, Jack Johnson, Kylie Minogue, Scissor Sisters, Jackson Browne and Norah Jones.

Airs: 10pm Monday on ABC2

What Makes a Genius?
Professor of Mathematics, Marcus du Sautoy explores how the brains of geniuses work and whether they are fundamentally different from the norm. Throughout the program, du Sautoy meets various gifted people, including a scientist who has discovered a "learning" gene and a blind, autistic pianist who may be a prodigy.

Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday on SBS ONE

Better with You
Despite everyone loathing the Putney family Christmas card photo, Ben (Josh Cooke) gets jealous when he is left out and Casey (Jake Lacy) is asked to be a part of the tradition. In an act of revenge, he and Maddie (Jennifer Finnigan) decide to create their own greeting card.

Airs: 8pm Wednesday on Nine

Final. After enduring eight long months of Police College, Australia's newest law enforcement officers are about to discover how different life as a cop can be. From the red light district of Sydney's Kings Cross, to under-age drivers and drunken accidents, the series will literally go out with a bang! Followed by the season finale of Rush.

Airs: 8pm Thursday on TEN

Final. As our favourite Neighbours wrap up their 25th season, things are heating up between Summer (Jordy Lucas) and Andrew (Jordan Smith), but not if Lynn (Janet Andrewartha) can help it. Prepare for a classic soapy cliffhanger as things literally get hot when the Scully's faulty Christmas lights cause the house to catch fire ... who will survive the Ramsay Street inferno?

Airs: 6:30pm Friday on TEN

Carols in the Domain
Special. Grant Denyer and Kylie Gillies will host Carols in the Domain's 28th anniversary with a varied line-up of Australian performers, including Georgie Parker, Jay Laga'aia, Australia's Got Talent winners Mark Vincent and Justice Crew, plus The Wiggles.

Airs: 8:30pm Saturday on TEN

Who Do You Think You Are?
This week, actor and comedian Shane Bourne (City Homicide, Thank God You're Here) is searching for his paternal grandfather AP Freeman -- a significant journey given the history of absent fathers in his family. The program also explores the background of his grandmother Dorothy who was a model and actor during the early days of Australian cinema.

Airs: 7:30pm Sunday on SBS ONE

Comments (1)
Dec 14, 2010
Hmm, probably won't watch any of it, though maybe some of Carols In The Domain if nothing else is on.