TV.com's pick of the best TV shows on Aussie screens this week.
New series. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are back in a double episode premiere, to find Lucifer has been released from his prison, archangels are wreaking havoc and an obsessed fan can't take her hands off Sam. It's a gritty look to the fifth season, and one which will see an appearance from Paris Hilton and the boys winding up in a parody of Grey's Anatomy.
Airs: 8:30pm Monday on TEN
New series. Hurrah, Jeff Probst and his reality contestants are finally back on Nine. This time in Samoa, thankfully before the tsunami hit, the series is also back beside a ferocious ocean and tropical setting. It looks terrific in high definition too. Defining this season is Russell, one of the sneakiest players ever, who has nothing more in mind that manipulating everyone in his path. Meanwhile Survivor: Tocantins ends on GO! tonight.
Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday on Nine
New series. It's been two years since we last saw Drew Ellis (Aaron Pedersen) in the Kimberley as he tackles legal cases that differ markedly from those we usually see on television. At the heart of this tale is his need to fit in and he still finds himself convincing the locals that he isn't completely from another walk of life. Amid its visual backdrop, and a sense of isolation, this series opens with a tragedy that will no doubt resonate for its central characters. It gets easier after that....
Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on SBS ONE
New series. It's finally time to go back to Upper East Side where they dress immaculately in designer clothes, play polo, get around being chauffeured and spend their weekends in the Hamptons. Nate (Chace Crawford) finds a new romantic interest in Bree Buckley (Joanna Garcia), a Texan girl whose Republican family counts the Vanderbilts as political rivals. Serena Van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) returns from Europe with the paparazzi in tow. And what on earth is going on between Blair (Leighton Meester) and Chuck (Ed Westwick)? This season expect threesomes, same sex kisses, Hilary Duff, Tyra Banks and Lady GaGa. And cat fights.
Airs: 8.30pm Tuesday on FOX8
Final. It's been a ripping second series as Sookie, Bill and Jason contend with Bon Temps in meltdown. Now in the final episode Maryann offers her sacrifice to her god, staging a wedding that would fit Greek goddesses better than Southern vampires. But with its diabolical plotting, you just know this is going to have high stakes (pardon the pun) and it doesn't disappoint. Can't wait until series three!
Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on Showcase
Parks and Recreation
Premiere. Well, it owes an awful lot to The Office, but if you love mockumentaries this is definitely worth checking out. Amy Poehler (Mean Girls) stars as the deputy director of the Parks & Recreation Department in the USA small town of Pawnee. Think big fish, small pond. Along with her other municipal pen pushers she is very much like Steve Carrell's "Michael Scott", talkin' the talk without much of the walk. No surprise it is written by Greg Daniels (King of the Hill, The Office). It's not laugh out loud, but it's subversively entertaining.
Airs: 11pm Tuesday on Seven
The Cleveland Show
Premiere. He's movin' out from Family Guy and he's headed to LA, but Cleveland Brown may not make it that far when he meets an old high school flame in Virginia. This spin-off from Seth MacFarlane comes with the usual gags expected from Family Guy, but with African-American characters. Comedies like this have historically struggled in Australia but so far there's some fun to be had here.
Airs: 8pm Wednesday on TEN
New series. Dex (Michael C. Hall) is back and this time he's now the proud father of baby "Harrison". But be careful what you wish for, he's dog tired, stressed and distracted -- all of which is bad news for any serial killer. This season his arch nemesis is the "Trinity Killer" (John Lithgow), a ruthless psychopath with a master plan that ensures this drama keeps delivering, right up until its first final scene.
Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on Showcase
Special. David Tennant fans don't have to say goodbye to the tenth Doctor just yet, as he makes one of his last appearances in The Waters of Mars. Acclaimed actress Lindsay Duncan co-stars as Adelaide Brooke, his oldest and "most strong-minded companion" who raises the alarm on the aliens while Underbelly's Peter O'Brien guest stars as Ed, her second-in-command.
Airs: 7:30pm Sunday on ABC1