What to Watch: May 31 - June 6

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

Dance Academy
Premiere. An energetic new teen drama set in the National Academy of Dance in Sydney. Tara Webster (Xenia Goodwin) dreams of a life beyond life on the farm, so she auditions for a new dance course where she meets a tough instructor, Miss Raine (Tara Morice), some cute boys and competitive females. This has success written all over it. A great mix of dance, drama and youthful aspirations.

Airs: 5:20pm Monday on ABC1

The Mentalist
When a clown kills a man and cuts off his finger the CBI team is thrown into a world of games, puzzles and magic tricks, which Thomas Jane (Simon Baker) relishes -- it's just that with his deadpan face he never particularly shows it. At the end of the game is a very valuable cybertech device, worth millions and murder.

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on Nine

Premiere. Five rebellious youths assigned to community service fall victim to an unusual storm cloud that bestows them with odd super-powers. This has none of the big budget effects of Heroes but don't let that put you off. Instead it feels like an indie film, with scenes of gory mayhem, renegade characters and a guerrilla shooting style. It will be fun to watch how these five handle their new powers.

Airs: 9:30pm Monday on ABC2

Top Gear
This is the last premiere Australian episode in Nine's library and at 90 minutes, for the first time it is the unedited BBC edition. Despite being told by the producers to keep to a budget, he decides to take a BMW to all corners of the globe on one of the most expensive road tests in the show's history. As the season finale it also includes the annual Top Gear awards including Injury of the Year and Car of the Decade.

Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday on Nine

Ultimate School Musical: Fame
Just two days to go before this rather long reality series takes to the stage for a public performance. And, of course, the kids aren't quite up to scratch. In come big gun experts to inspire them in the form of David Campbell, Nacho Pop and return visits from Kelly Abbey and producer John Frost. The kids remain the heart of the show.

Airs: 7:35pm Tuesday on FOX8

A dead body found in a car boot has been found with its feet amputated. The crime becomes the B-plot this week as Abby (Pauley Perrette) is sent on assignment to Mexico to give a lecture. But she stumbles onto a bigger case of a drug cartel murder, which kinda comes with the territory for procedural crime dramas.

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on TEN

Football Superstar
New series. Kris Smith, Dannii Minogue's other half, joins Lee Furlong as this year's hosts. But they barely appear in this episode clearly filmed before they began work. Furlong narrates the try-outs, which take place across the country and conclude in Brisbane. To its credit there are actually few other shows that embrace such diverse casting, with many boys having Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and African backgrounds.

Airs: 7:30pm Thursday on FOX8

Westall '66
Premiere. This is the first Aussie production for the Sci-Fi channel and it is a documentary on an amazing incident in 1966 in a Melbourne suburb when 200 people, mostly school children, witnessed a UFO. But despite a media frenzy all of them were told not to talk about it by the school. Now over 40 years later they speak out about it in this fascinating re-opening of the files.

Airs: 8:30pm Friday on Sci Fi

Final. Are our heroes about to separate? Booth (David Boreanaz) is approached to return to work for the military in a training role, while Brennan (Emily Deschanel) has her dreams set on a landmark anthropological opportunity in Indonesia. Meanwhile, there is still a case to be solved, when the remains of a hoarder come crashing down on an apartment tenant who lives below them. What was it that killed him?

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on Seven

The Good Wife
Someone has been using Twitter to undermine Alicia (Julianna Margulies), divulging all her secrets onto the internet. She becomes suspicious of all those around her. The solid cast gets a boost with the inclusion of Alan Cumming as Peter's (Chris Noth) campaign manager Eli Gold -- a conniving master-hand at manipulation. Could he be the culprit or will he shut it down?

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on TEN

The last few weeks have been pretty disappointing. Episodes laden with montages and vacuous scenes are lacking in turning points. This week is an improvement as the cops begin to turn on themselves and scramble for a lifeline as the Wood Royal Commission bears down on them. But wasn't this always a show about the crims?

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on Nine

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Jun 02, 2010
hey guys, where is Burn Notice? That premiers on the 3rd of June? Burn Notice has been renewed for a 4th, 5th, and 6th season; before the 4th season has even aired (airs 3/6/2010)
May 31, 2010
Simon Baker plays Patrick Jane, not Thomas Jane.