What to Watch: June 21 - 27

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

The Mentalist
Final. For the season finale, the world of Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) is plunged back into his family's killer, Red John, once more. Psychic Kristina Frye (Leslie Hope) goads the real killer with a message on live television, following a copycat killing. There will be moments when the always-cool Jane looks like he is about to lose it.

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on Nine

Premiere. If you enjoy character-based, thinking dramas with flawed individuals this is one for you. Thomas Jane stars as Ray Drecker, a Detroit single dad who is struggling to keep his head above water and his teenagers in line. When he joins a motivational session that encourages him to focus on his best asset, he decides that that rests in his manhood -- and becomes a male gigolo. This one is up there with Californication as a sometimes racy drama with a well-meaning heart.

Airs: 9:30pm Monday on Seven

Outrageous Fortune
New series. New Zealand's most reckless family finally return with lively characters and a boisterous mix of comedy and drama. We pick up halfway through Season Five when Van's blow for freedom causes a serious unravelling for the Wests and their associates. The US adaptation Scoundrels premieres in America this week.

Airs: 10:10pm Monday on TEN

Minute to Win It
Premiere. Seven's new game show is based on the US format where competitors face up to 10 challenges, each of which escalates in difficulty. With names like Bite Me, Hanky Panky and Caddy Stack it sounds pretty trite, but there's $1 million up for grabs. By the looks of the promos the crowds are very pumped. Hosted by MTV's Darren McMullen.

Airs:7:30pm Tuesday on Seven

Ultimate School Musical: Fame
Final. After last week's public performance, two students were chosen for roles in the professional production of Fame. Excited beyond belief, they both now prepare for their debut with the adult cast (several of whom appeared in So You Think You Can Dance Australia). But a high school show is one thing, now before director Kelley Abbey the pressure is really on.

Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday on FOX8

Grey's Anatomy
Final. Hold on, this double episode finale really packs a punch. There's a shooter on the loose in Seattle Grace, sending the hospital into Lockdown. Nobody is safe as this unhinged man takes out people without a thought. The end result is that the lives of favourite characters are hanging by a thread, and there are some excellent performances throughout. Dangerous, thrilling stuff.

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on Seven

Final. This is it. The last two episodes ever for Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). The Peace Deal being signed by President Taylor (Cherry Jones) is about to be derailed, by Bauer, or possibly another threat. The ever-loyal Chloe O'Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) is desperately trying to save an angry Jack from himself, while the hell-bent President Logan (Gregory Itzin) will stop at nothing.

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on 7TWO

United States of Tara
New series. Tara (Toni Collette) is back and now a picture of health. This series kicks off with her dumping the wardrobe of her alters and looking forward to stability. So the episode focuses a lot on her kids, sister and even the neighbours. Of course, nothing lasts forever. Despite her positive demeanour at not transitioning for six months, old habits die hard.

Airs: 9:35pm Wednesday on ABC1

Tough Nuts
Premiere. There has been a slew of documentaries that analyse Australian true-crime lately, and the latest is fronted by crime fiction writer Tara Moss. What gives it an edge is the access to former police and associates of this week's subject, hitman Christopher Flannery. The re-enactments are a little theatrical, but if this genre interests you it's worth a look. Next week it plans to reveal the name of Flannery's own killer, a mystery which remains unresolved.

Airs: 7:30pm Thursday on Crime and Investigation

Ugly Betty
Final. And here is the last ever episode of an affectionate dramedy that was once must-see TV. This was one of television's most colourful hours, bursting in design, championing the inner beauty in us all, and embracing camp like no other. This finale includes plenty of familiar faces. Thanks Betty Suarez, we're gonna miss ya.

Airs: 6pm Friday on 7TWO

Dancing with the Stars (Australia)
New series. Billed as Seven's "sexiest" version yet, the dancing variety show is back with such names as Esther Anderson, Jo Beth Taylor, Rachael Finch, George Houvardas and Blair McDonough. Upstaging them all for the premiere episode is the one and only Pamela Anderson, who was totally hot in the US series.

Airs: 6:30pm Sunday on Seven

MasterChef Australia
Tonight the show reveals a "massive twist", which presumably isn't just learning how to cook bread twists. Last year the series returned eliminated contestants, with Poh Ling Yeow going on to become the 2009 runner-up. If it happens again, watch out for the likes of Skye, Matthew, Peter, Jake and Phillip.

Airs: 7:30pm Sunday on TEN

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