What to watch: June 1 - 7

First up we welcome the new channel from SBS, which is a re-branding of the former SBS World News Channel on Ch 32. Launching from 6pm with a replay of the Oscar winning animation Harvie Krumpet, the channel will offer alternatives in drama, documentary and foreign language movies. Weeknights at 8:30pm is the German drama 112 Emergency and two "arthouse" films screening back-to-back from 9pm every night. Daytime programming will be a rebroadcast of foreign language news and a simulcast of World News Australia. So, like ABC2, it offers a bit more choice if you keep your eye on the TV Guide.

Airs: 6pm Monday on SBS2.

Missing Persons Unit
Nine's popular factual series is back, but at the expense of Eleventh Hour, which surprise, surprise didn't pick up a big enough audience to stay put. Add it to the list of Fringe, Flashpoint and all our long lost faves like ER, Survivor, Nip/Tuck and Weeds. None of this should detract from what is a well-made show in its own right if this is a genre that interests you. This season it also has a new narrator, actor Steve Bastoni. Well, they could hardly keep Mike Munro on the case given he switched networks, right? Bastoni is still with Neighbours a little while longer even though he has finished filming.

Airs: 9:30pm Monday on Nine.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
And here is the last ever Tonight Show for Mr Leno, who was been hosting since 1992, following Johnny Carson. Now he's headed off to prime-time in the US, as part of a major programming move by NBC, to a new show at 10pm later this year. Conan O'Brien will take over his chair, and is fittingly a guest on this final show, as is singer/songwriter James Taylor. On Tuesday, of course, you can catch The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and his first guests Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam.

Airs: 10:30pm Monday on The Comedy Channel.

The Jonathan Ross Show (aka Friday Night with Jonathan Ross)
Speaking of chat show hosts, here's one of Britain's most successful, and occasionally controversial, guys. These are episodes from Season 14 in 2008, so a little dated, but with big name guests including Tom Hanks, Chris Rock and Sylvester Stallone. Next week he has Ashton Kutcher, Ronnie Corbett, The Cortinas and Russell Brand -- the Ponderland star who got into a heap of trouble with Ross for a misfired radio prank call last year.

Airs: 10:30pm Monday on Seven.

It's the second part of the two-part finale (which Seven rather naughtily split across two weeks). If you know this show well, you'll know it's season openers and closers that are packed with reveals and big action sequences. This one is no different when Jack is at odds with many of his marooned castaways. But it's actually Sawyer who will stare down the face of his worst fears -- to tell you any more is, of course, a spoiler. Great fun for loyal fans who have persisted despite Seven's lame timeslot.

Airs: 11pm Wednesday on Seven.

This will definitely be one to catch with Gordon Ramsay dropping into the Rove studios. Seal also sings A Change is Gonna Come. Must see TV!

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on TEN.

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Jun 01, 2009
Smallville is the best show, everyone should be watching that or of course Supernatural
Jun 01, 2009
i cant believe they took off Eleventh hour for that crappy show how dare they if there going to take something off they can atleast replace it with something good like Crusoe they said that is goin to be on later in the year well let me tell you ITS LATER IN THE YEAR they better be putting it on when the mentalist finishes ARGHHH I CANT BELIEVE THIS