What to Watch: May 17 - 23

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

Desperate Housewives

Julie Benz (Dexter) begins a guest role as a stripper who is befriended by Susan (Teri Hatcher), and she looks dynamite. Lynette and Tom reluctantly agree to attend an amateur theatre performance by life-coach Dr Graham (Frasier's Jane Leeves) but get a performance to remember. Bree (Marcia Cross) tries to lift the spirits of a depressed Orson (Kyle MacLachlan), which climaxes in an emotional scene.

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on Seven

Modern Family

Premiere. Here comes one of the funniest new shows from the last US fall season. It's taken a while to get here but it's worth the wait. The mockumentary-style series looks at three different LA families which have different structures: the traditional nuclear family, a blended remarried family and a gay male couple. The performers hit the right note as they awkwardly open up about their lives to a "doco" camera. Features Ed O'Neill and offers plenty of laughs.

Airs: 8pm Tuesday on TEN

Can you contain yourself? This is the second-last episode ever of this most thrilling, mesmerising and dazzling of dramas. Last week we were spellbound by the flashback episode that revealed Jacob had a brother -- but we wouldn't mind a few more pay-offs before the end, either (starting with those polar bears!). There are so many loose ends still to tie up. Can't wait for next week for a huge 2.5-hour finale!

Airs: 8:30pm Wednesday on 7TWO, 1:40pm on Seven

Spicks & Specks

This year the team is on a "world tour" hosting-themed show and kicking off with "Britannia". Check out Adam Hills as a punk, Myf Warhurst as Amy Winehouse and Alan Brough also as Amy -- the nerve! You'll have to tune in to see what Jamie Cullum, Hamish Blake, journalist Ritchie York and comedian Sarah Millican dress up as. Cover act Elton Jack closes the show with a medley of three classic songs a la Elton John-style.

Airs: 8:30pm Wednesday on ABC1


The latest episodes have been hot -- first with the Madonna songs, then with the wondrous Kristin Chenoweth and now, make room for a guest appearance by none other than Olivia Newton-John. It all begins when somebody posts an embarrassing old video of Sue Sylvester performing Physical on YouTube. As if that's not enough the songs also include Ice Ice Baby, U Can't Touch This and Total Eclipse of the Heart. Bonus.

Airs: 8pm Thursday on TEN


Premiere. Catch this comedy quick -- it may not last because it's so unusual. Imagine turning up to a Spanish holiday resort and finding yourself surrounded by the worst in British tourists. They are elderly, overweight, obnoxious and pretty darn funny too. This is written by one of Catherine Tate's scriptwriters and is so offbeat it will probably baffle the wider audience (hopefully we're wrong). For now this will screen in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth (Sydney and Brisbane may follow if it performs well).

Airs: 8:45pm Thursday on Seven

The Amazing Race

This week we're in Germany and France in one of the most theatrical detours the show has ever staged. It's a too-terrifying recreation of a World War I battle, complete with overhead planes and bombs going off in the trenches. Teams that make it through will have reason to celebrate when they pop the champagne corks at a French winery.

Airs: 9:30pm Thursday on Seven (9:45pm in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth)

Eurovision A – Z

Premiere. Not long to go now until Oslo puts on its grand show, but SBS hosts Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang first look back on the history of this colourful event with classic clips, songs and special guests including Adam Richard and Les Murray. For true Eurovision tragics don't miss rare interviews with former entrants Gina G., Johnny Logan and Dima Bilan while he was in Australia.

Airs: 8:30pm Saturday on SBS ONE

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