What to Watch: March 1 - 7

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

2010 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Live. And so after two weeks of the white stuff we return to BC Place Stadium once more, to farewell Vancouver. The athletes are the stars here, letting down their hair and called upon by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to meet in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Expect another spectacular show staged by Australia's own David Atkins, with commentary by Eddie McGuire, Leila McKinnon, Ken Sutcliffe, Alisa Camplin and Cameron Williams. It will be repeated at 10:30pm.

Airs: 12:30pm Monday on Nine

Desperate Housewives

After proving to be a hopeless babysitter, Gabby is told she is a lousy mum, so she lays on a super kids party but nothing goes as planned. Katherine interrupts a Neighbourhood Watch meeting and humiliates Susan. Worse is to follow for Katharine later when Susan's typically-haphazard style causes a calamity. But the best two scenes see Tom having a heart to heart about Lynette with an elderly handyman while Bree gets a life lesson from a motel maid.

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on Seven

Premiere. This Canadian sci-fi is created by Melbourne-born Damian Kindler. Amanda Tapping stars as Dr Helen Magnus who tracks down and protects the strange creatures that most of us would consider monsters. Visually, this is all very impressive with handsome production values, but the set-up is awfully slow with a number of extraneous characters. It's already aired on pay TV, but might be worth checking if you are a fan of the genre.

Airs: 9:30pm Monday on ABC2

Criminal Minds
Lee Tergesen (who was so impressive as Beecher in the prison series Oz) guest stars as an ex-convict on the run this week and begins to settle old scores with a killing spree. But the profiler team can't work out why his reign of terror has been assisted by a seemingly-good man. Is there more than meets the eye here?

Airs: 8:30pm Wednesday on Seven

Sleuth 101

Comedian Adam Richard proves the most entertaining detective so far in a format that perfectly suits his biting wit, as he investigates the murder of a bride (Caroline Craig) at a hair salon. Look out for an appearance by former Prisoner star Anne Phelan as a bikie and future mother-in-law of the victim. These crimes are pretty difficult to solve, so it might be easier to just sit back and enjoy Richard's caustic barbs.

Airs: 8pm Friday on ABC1

Waking the Dead
New series. What is it about UK crimes that makes them so grim? This new series for the Metropolitan Police's Cold Case Unit features four new unsolved crimes each told over two episodes. It begins with a woman running naked along a country road, but when she awakens later in hospital she has no idea who she is. In this series the squad has new offices in an eerie basement, a new team member who has secrets of her own and a leader seemingly more reckless than ever.

Airs: 8:30pm Saturday on UKTV


 Premiere. The remake of the 1983 miniseries is a broadly entertaining sci-fi that wastes no time getting into the action. The Visitors are here but do they really come in peace or will they be swallowing rodents again like they did in the 80's? Starring Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), Scott Wolf (Party of Five) and Morena Baccarin (Firefly), it's not especially intellectual but it comes with a good dose of fun.

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on Nine

The Good Wife

Martha Plimpton puts in a taut performance here as a straight-shooting lawyer defending a railroad company being sued over the death of three engineers. Meanwhile, Diane (Christine Baranski) has Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) privately getting the dirt on a colleague -- but why? And Alicia (Julianna Margulies) takes her mother-in-law to task after she meddles in family affairs.

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on TEN

Glenn Martin, DDS

 Premiere. In this animated series, Glenn the Dentist (Kevin Nealon) takes his family on a Winnebago road trip through middle America leaving his accidentally-burned-down-house in his wake. This stop motion series isn't laugh out loud but it's a bite-size diversion and the sometimes-adult jokes give it a bit of zing. The poor family dog with the hot pink backside is an eye-popper. The racier Archer animation also premieres at 10pm.

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on FOX8

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Mar 06, 2010
I'll watch V tomorrow.
Mar 01, 2010
loveing the good wife but already watched criminal minds like two months ago on the web
Mar 01, 2010
Good Wife is OK, but I will probably only watch Desperate Housewives and Criminal Minds, both of which are awesome!
Mar 01, 2010
V and Sanctuary = loveeeee
Mar 01, 2010
The Good Wife and Walking Dead