What to Watch: July 19 - 25

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

Criminal Minds
Returning series. Brooke Smith, best known as Dr Erica Hahn before she was booted from Grey's Anatomy, plays the mother of a child who is abducted. What's ironic is that Smith played a kidnap victim in Silence of the Lambs many years earlier. These are finally new episodes on Seven and this one is directed by actor Matthew Gray Gubler who plays Dr Spencer Reid.

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on Seven

7pm Project
They said it would never last, but Charlie Pickering, Dave Hughes and Carrie Bickmore tonight celebrate their first birthday on air (with a Logie Award to show for it). While we're not really sure what happened to James Mathison and Ruby Rose along the way, it's still keeping us up-to-date with topical subjects and some good chuckles.

Airs: 7pm Tuesday on TEN

Australia's Next Top Model
New series. Sarah Murdoch returns to host and produce the sixth series of FOX8's most popular local series. This year there are 16 girls aged 16-20 years old, all vying for the coveted title and the swag of prizes that goes with it. We hear the show will be less "bitchy" this year -- a wise move in this era of feel-good television. Joining judges Charlotte Dawson and Alex Perry is new mentor Josh Flinn.

Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday on FOX8

New series. It's finally time to learn whether Vince (Ben Mendelsohn) survived the road accident that left us dangling at the end of season one -- and we're not about to spoil it for you. Suffice to say that it is truly wonderful to have these glowing characters back on our screen, with Justine Clarke at the helm as Ally Kovacs. If Packed to the Rafters is too neat for you, then this should be just the ticket.

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on Showcase

My Own Worst Enemy
New series. Don't blink or you might miss this short-lived action-comedy-drama in which Christian Slater stars as a dual-personality dad who has no idea that he has also been trained as a spy who speaks 13 languages, runs a four-minute mile and is trained to kill. Twilight fans take note, his son is played by hunky Taylor Lautner.

Airs: 11:40pm Tuesday on 7TWO

Hey Hey it's Saturday
Final. It's been a while since they've boasted a big name, but the show is wrapping up its first block of episodes with none other than Kylie Minogue, singing two numbers from her new album, judging on Red Faces and having a chat with Daryl Somers. Kylie is a big fan of Hey Hey and years ago sang live on the show as a way of proving her critics wrong.

Airs: 7:30pm Wednesday on Nine

United States of Tara
We're still reeling from the revelation that Tara (Toni Collette) has a new alter: psychiatrist Shoshana Schoenbaum and poor Max (John Corbett) doesn't know where to turn after this shock. However, it is still her family that is just as engaging, and this week Marshall (Keir Gilchrist) faces up to his sexuality and the girlfriend he has been trialling.

Airs: 9:30pm Wednesday on ABC1

ABC News 24
Launch. If you've never had SKY News, then ABC News -->24--> is here to help, with around the clock news from Australia and overseas. It begins with an overview of the new channel and analysis of the political, social and economic trends that will impact this election year and beyond. It will feature Chris Uhlmann, Kim Landers, Phil Williams, Paul Lockyer and many more. The HD-only channel can be seen on digital channel -->24--> and on Foxtel 202 HD. It will also be streamed live at abc.net.au/news and available via www.abc.net.au/iview and initially simulcast on ABC1.

Airs: 7:30pm Thursday on ABC News -->24-->

New series. Season Three kicks off with a bang in this very entertaining episode, with explosions, planes, choppers, heists and at its heart one very determined Tactical Response team. But Stella (Nicole da Silva) has been demoted to rank and file, while new team member Christian (Kevin Hofbauer) proves too reckless. Energetic and unsettling, it's the best drama on commercial TV.

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on TEN

Review with Myles Barlow
New series. He's straight-faced but very dry; television's harshest critic returns with his satirical review of life. This week he tackles wanderlust, addiction and starting a cult -- in the latter he can be seen leading a Waco-style cult, which even includes recruiting Dieter Brummer and his Underbelly weapons. Barlow has picked up a number of awards along the way, so how could we not give him anything other than five stars?

Airs: 9:30pm Thursday on ABC2

MasterChef Australia
Final. At the time of writing there are still six left standing, but by Sunday night there will be just two remaining, and we're hoping it will include either Callum, Claire, Adam or Alvin. On Thursday night the contestants cook-off for the governor general, but Sunday's finale will see TEN film the winning announcement just hours before it airs. Will it manage to top 4 million viewers again? Either way, the biggest show of the year.

Airs: 7:30pm Sunday on TEN

Undercover Boss
New series. This reality series has been a big hit in the US, but here it may have its work cut out. The premise, of CEOs working alongside rank and file employees anonymously, is interesting enough but it is so American that it's a bit of a turn-off. We don't know who the bosses or the companies are, and without a regular character each week it's difficult to connect.

Airs: 9:30pm Sunday on TEN

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Jul 20, 2010
Australia's next top model! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr79BxZLX3Q
Jul 19, 2010
Finally Channel 7 brings new Criminal Minds back and we have to watch it on analogue because the great digital is off the air again..So much for promises

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