TV.com's pick of the best TV shows on Aussie screens this week.
2010 MTV Movie Awards
Special. Parks and Recreation's Aziz Ansari hosts this year's awards, which introduces three new categories: "Biggest Bad-Ass Star", "Best Scared-As S**t Performance" and "Global Superstar". Presenters include Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Steve Carell, Miranda Cosgrove, Shaun White, Vanessa Hudgens, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Russell Brand, with performances from Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg. Repeated at 8pm.
Airs: 4pm Monday on MTV
Australia's Got Talent
This is billed as the -->Grand--> Final but it's actually the -->Grand--> Final: Part One. A winner won't be announced until next week. Still, the line-up is pretty strong, including Bobby Andonov, Rolling Entertainment, Justice Crew and Adam Murby. Two more acts will join them. It's been a strong season for AGT in both ratings and execution.
Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday on Seven
Shelley Long guest stars this week as DeDe, the former wife of Jay (Ed O'Neill). Her arrival causes upheaval to the family as she tries to patch up her former outburst at Jay's wedding to Gloria (Sofia Vergara). Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) tries valiantly to serve as peacemaker, a tall order within this clan.
Airs: 8pm Tuesday on TEN
New series. The fourth and final season of the lavish court conquests -- conquests usually more sexual than political -- of -->King--> Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) sees him wedding a teenager, Katherine Howard (Tamzin Merchant). But while her precocious nature raises eyebrows, she also has dark secrets that an old friend utilises to their advantage. Looks like another season of romps and regal drama with stunning costumes they can't wait to get out of.
Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on Showcase
Law and Order: SVU
A woman claims to have been raped in her apartment block. Is she telling the truth or is she an attention seeker? But the initial crime on this show is regularly a smokescreen for a deeper issue. Stabler and -->Benson--> will soon find themselves championing a much bigger cause in this very strong episode.
Airs: 9pm Thursday on TEN
The Amazing Race
Final. We're down to Dan & Jordan, Jet & Cord, Louie & Michael and Brent & Caite -- the last girl standing. Seven has raced through these episodes in a late slot, overdosing the fun for us, ironically while Nine has returned Survivor to form. We begin in China before heading to the finish line in the US. If you're a Star Wars fan you might want to tune in this week.
Airs: 9:30pm Thursday on Seven
Santo, Sam and Ed's Cup Fever!
Premiere. Are you ready for the World Cup? To get you into the mood SBS has a live, nightly show analysing the matches before a studio audience. Jointly hosted by Santo Cilauro, Sam Pang and Ed Kavalee (we still miss TV Burp), the show will air every night of the Cup season. It is followed by the opening ceremony at 10pm in South Africa and the first game live at 12am.
Airs: 8:30pm Friday on SBS ONE
Being Human: Unearthed
Special. Ahead of their second spooky season, actors Aidan Turner (Mitchell), Russell Tovey (George) and Lenora Crichlow (Annie) reveal all about this spirited UK dramedy about a vampire, ghost and werewolf sharing house. Creator Toby Whithouse also shares his insights on the upcoming series and teases us with what's round the corner. The show returns next week!
Airs: 8:30pm Friday on ABC2
This comedy series comes from the Denton camp as a result of his association with advertising execs in making The Gruen Transfer. It's a fairly dry, satirical look at the advertising industry and has a formidable cast including Joel Tobeck, Kat Stewart (both of whom appear in Tangle), Gyton Grantley, Peter O'Brien, Stephen Curry and Jenna Lind. It has previously aired on pay TV.
Airs: 10:05pm Friday on ABC1
2009 winner Julie Goodwin returns to the show that made her famous tonight, to lead a Mystery Box challenge with her signature ingredient: lamb. We've now crossed the halfway mark with ratings so high it is giving other networks a real headache. Marion is currently considered the front runner -- do you agree?
Airs: 7:30pm Sunday on TEN