TV.com's pick of the best TV shows on Aussie screens this week.
My Kitchen Rules
Final. This is it. Australia has really taken to Seven's newest reality series and the couples that have battled it out in their kitchens across the country. After two weeks of semi-finals we are down to Victorian surfer boys Clint & Noah and Queensland's childhood sweethearts Veronica & Shadi. Tonight they have to cook a full three-course meal for a full restaurant of guests to see if they can take home the $100,000 prize money. Who are you cheering for?
Airs: 7:30pm Monday on Seven
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala 2010
Last week's opening event of the 24th Melbourne International Comedy Festival at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda features home-grown and international comedians including Arj Barker, Dave Hughes, Jimeoin, Frank Woodley, Wil Anderson and Josh Thomas. It's all for a good cause in aid of Oxfam and the tickling of your own funny bone.
Airs: 8:30pm Monday on TEN
New series. Nine's AFL-analysis show returns to kick off a week of new sports entertainment shows. This one is a more serious affair with news and discussion, led by Garry Lyon and Craig Hutchison. But it is Age sports journo Caroline Wilson that gives this some real oomph, as a news-heavyweight in her own right. Screening only in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
Airs: 10:30pm Monday on Nine
Premiere. In this single-cam comedy Joel McHale (The Soup) stars as a dubious lawyer who has lost his licence and is forced to go back to class and get a degree. So he mucks in at a community college with a bunch of other misfits who are returning to education too. Their study group parallels The Breakfast Club (the episode is even dedicated to the memory of John Hughes) and it's not without a few chuckles. Directed by Arrested Development's Russo Brothers, McHale is the pick of the pilot, but look out for Chevy Chase.
Airs: 9pm Tuesday on GO!
Premiere. Hands down one of the funniest new shows around is this 2008 UK comedy, which sees Will (Simon Bird) shift from private to public school after his parents divorce. But he his ridiculed by his new classmates for carrying a briefcase and being forced to wear a "Hi, I'm Will" badge. As he befriends three local lads, he tries to impress them by buying beers at the local pub. This is rude (and possibly offensive) stuff but it's also laugh-out-loud funny, and there is real heart in these characters. Two episodes, don't miss out.
Airs: 9:30pm Tuesday on GO!
Premiere. Seven gets on the AFL entertainment bandwagon with another attempt at a show combining sports commentary, variety and comedy as Peter Helliar, Matthew Richardson, Leigh Matthews, Peter Rowsthorn, Dave Lawson and Catherine Ellis. The show will benefit from a live band and access to AFL game footage. In this family-friendly time slot, it will no doubt have a point of difference to Nine's long-running Footy Show; however, it isn't live to air. Produced by Kath & Kim's Rick McKenna it will air at 12:30am Friday, March 25, in Sydney and Brisbane.
Airs: 7:30pm Wednesday on Seven
Final. It's the season finale for the boys this week, as Matt Damon guest stars, issuing a charity call to Vince (Adrian Grenier) before he heads off to his next film in Italy. Meanwhile, Drama (Kevin Dillon) looks like he is about to give up acting. Which soap will he end up on?
Airs: 8:30pm Wednesday on Arena
New series. Window dresser Simon (Luke Ward-Wilkinson) now returns to Reading from New York for more theatrical stories reminiscing about his youth in working class suburbs during the 1980's. When he learns his parents never married it becomes an excuse for a cheap and cheerful wedding, and a whole lot more camp scenes. Nothing ever goes to plan with this boisterous family and a boy whose dreams can't be suppressed. Look for the fantasy scenes mimicking Kylie and Jason's "Especially For You" and the pub singer doing Enya, referred to as "Orinoco Ho".
Airs: 9:30pm Wednesday on ABC1
The Matty Johns Show
Premiere. By contrast with The Bounce , Seven dips its toe into NRL without any of the rights to the footage. Not only has it taken a risk with the disgraced Johns at the helm, it has even titled the show after him. Johns will also appear in comedy sketches, but there's a lot riding on this one. Has the audience forgiven him? Can he cut it as a comedian? Joined by Shane Webcke, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth will have to wait until 12am on Friday, March 25, to catch it.
Airs: 7:30pm Thursday on Seven
Movie: Not Quite Hollywood (2008)
Probably the definitive documentary on the cult wave of "B-grade" Aussie films in the 1970's and 1980's. This film references the best and worst in "Ozploitation" films that were slammed for having too much sex and violence at the time: Alvin Purple, Barry McKenzie Holds His Own, Dead-End Drive In, Patrick, Razorback, Roadgames, Stork and Turkey Shoot. But they attracted a legion of fans including respected industry names who are interviewed here including Jamie Lee Curtis, Dennis Hopper, George Miller, Barry Humphries, Stacy Keach, cinematographer John Seale and Quentin Tarantino who helped get this doco off the ground.
Airs: 10pm Saturday on SBS ONE
Movie: An Englishman in New York (2009)
In 1975 John Hurt portrayed the flamboyant British gay pioneer Quentin Crisp in the bio-telemovie The Naked Civil Servant. It became so successful that the elderly Crisp began appearing as a raconteur in theatrical one-man shows, including being lured to New York City where his eccentricity was celebrated. Now 35 years later, Hurt returns to the role to tell the sequel that the original film triggered. He is again magical as the wise, camp Crisp, but the story isn't over just yet. Also features Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon as performance artist Penny Arcade.
Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on ABC1