What to Watch: May 23 - 29

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

The Amazing Race Australia
Following last week's premiere, things get a bit heated as the teams battle to find flights out of Indonesia. After rave reviews about the Aussie teams helping each other and "playing nice" -- it hasn't taken long at all for their competitive nature to surface.

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on Seven

Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
Premiere. Stephen Hawking hosts this four-part miniseries dubbed the "ultimate guide to the universe". In the first episode, Aliens, he combines science and imagination to explore the possibility of intelligent life outside Earth. Using CGI, viewers journey from neighbouring Mars to the moons of Jupiter and galaxies beyond the Milky Way. He also theorises about what alien life forms might look like, and the likelihood of making contact with them. The series will continue each Tuesday for the next four weeks, with part three -- The Story of Everything being broadcast over two weeks.

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on SBS One

Cloudstreet
Premiere. The highly anticipated miniseries of Tim Winton's best-selling novel begins with Sam Pickles (Stephen Curry) losing his fingers and the son of the Lamb family almost drowning. Told in three parts, Cloudstreet is the story of two Australian working-class families who come to live together at 1 Cloud Street over a period of twenty years between 1943 and 1963. The impressive cast features Emma Booth, Geoff Morrell, Kerry Fox, Essie Davis, Todd Lasance and Hugo Johnstone-Burt.

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on Showcase

QI
Jimmy Carr, Johnny Vegas, Phill Jupitus and Alan Davies join Stephen Fry at the QI grill for the Eating episode -- each with their own food-themed buzzer!

Airs: 9:25pm Tuesday on ABC1

Rugby League State of Origin
Game 1. The annual east coast battle between Queensland and New South Wales kicks off tonight with Peter Warren, Phil Gould, Peter Sterling, Andrew Johns and Wally Lewis providing commentary, analysis and interviews as the Blues fight for a win after five straight losses in the Origin series. If you're not a sports fan, stay away from the pub during this one because it will get rowdy.

Airs: 7:30pm Wednesday on Nine

The Comedy Awards
Premiere. The inaugural awards ceremony were held at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City two months ago, celebrating the most talented writers, directors, actors and stand-up acts in television, as well as film, stand-up and even viral videos with two of the most notable awards being the Johnny Carson Award For Comedic Excellence and the Comedy Icon Award which honoured Eddie Murphy. Presenters and attendees include Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Tracy Morgan, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry, Andy Samberg, Kristen Wiig and many more. Nominated programs include Modern Family, South Park, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The Office, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live.

Airs: 8:30pm Friday on The Comedy Channel

Outcasts
Premiere. Starring Liam Cunningham, Hermione Norris, Daniel Mays, Jamie Bamber and Eric Mabius, this eight-part UK sci-fi drama comes from one of the Spooks writers. Set in 2040, the show focuses on a group of pioneers that have left doomed Earth to settle on Carpathia, a new, life-sustaining planet with the hope of creating a better world.

Airs: 8:30pm Saturday on ABC1

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