TV.com's pick of the best TV shows on Aussie screens this week.
The Apprentice Australia
Reality fans get a double dose this week in the lead up to next week's finale. As a result two contestants will be sent packing. The first challenge sees finalists having to select, produce and market a new musical act. Do they have the ear and eye to pull it off? But the second challenge that sees them become instant presenters on the Television Shopping Network is sheer delight. Mr Bouris has one more week to make up his mind...
Airs: 9:30pm Monday on Nine
A maternal episode as Jackie's daughter Grace tugs at her mother's heartstrings right before she has to start another shift. But this week we see behind the stone-face of hospital administrator Mrs Akalitus whose permanent frown has been melted by the orphaned baby who has been under her care in her office.
Airs: 10pm Monday on TEN
Premiere. Jonathan Welch (The Choir of Hard Knocks, Battle of the Choirs) returns with a new series in which he teaches prisoners from a low-risk jail to sing in harmony. The women have a lot more spirit than talent, but it doesn't detract from an engaging look at life on the inside. No sooner have they managed to sing their first feeble attempt at a song, than Welch tells them they have just days before their first public performance.
Airs: 8pm Tuesday on ABC1
Being a cop has its quiet days too and most of this week's crimes are a lot less dramatic than previous incidents, but no less interesting. While Leon has his suspicions about a pattern of robberies, the team is distracted by Kerry's birthday and can't decide what to give her. It finishes with a chase for crims at a major sporting event.
Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on TEN
This week we have three crossover episodes that sees Dr Ray Langston (Laurence Fishburne) following a single case from Miami to New York and Las Vegas. It begins with the discovery of a severed arm and leg in the Florida Everglades that links back to an unsolved case in Vegas. Should be fun watching Fishburne alongside David Caruso and Gary Sinise.
Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on Nine
Special. Eddie Perfect hosts the film awards voted by the movie-going public at Sydney's Luna Park. Seen as an "indie" counterpart to the industry's AFI Awards, it has quite a list of TV names as presenters including Tangle's Kat Stewart, Matt Day and Justine Clarke, Underbelly's Peter O'Brien and Gyton Grantley, Satisfaction's Alison Whyte and Dustin Clare plus Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Deborah Mailman and Nick Giannopolous. It replays later on Showcase 11:30pm Friday.
Airs: 10pm Thursday on SBS ONE
Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation
Xmas special. Sure it's November, but Shaun Micallef never does things by the book, so why not have an early Christmas? The questions all pertain to the festive season and team players include Denise Scott, Dylan Lewis and Ruby Rose. There are also several celebs in the games but why spoil the surprise?
Airs: 6:30pm Sunday on TEN
Final. Stan Walker and Hayley Warner face off for the title of 2009's Idol before a crowd of fans on the Sydney Opera House forecourt. Expect to see all of this year's Idols back, plus guest performances by Michael Buble, Mika, Jordin Sparks, Guy Sebastian, Ian Moss and Wes Carr. It hasn't been the strongest year for the talent quest, fingers crossed it finishes with a bang. And hopefully no rain.
Airs: 7:30pm Sunday on TEN
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