What to Watch: October 12 - 18

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

The Simpsons
New series. Written by Seth Rogen, the first episode of the 21st season sees Homer become a movie star as a superhero named "Everyman". The creation of Comic Book Guy, he absorbs the powers of other superheroes. Rogen also plays a personal trainer to Homer, who even gets abs in the process. Maybe he could "do a Marge" and pose for Playboy? But in Homerworld, you just know nothing lasts forever.

Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday on TEN

East West 101
New series. SBS' impressive crime drama is back on the streets of Western Sydney, with its foot planted squarely in a diverse society. Directed by Underbelly's Peter Andrikidis it kicks off with an explosive bang and leads to the disappearance of a young Muslim boy. Gritty and unsettling, it stars Don Hany, Aaron Fa'aoso and Susie Porter. One of our better local dramas.

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on SBS ONE

Packed to the Rafters
Lots of rifts need mending tonight in the wake of Nathan's infidelities. There's anger on all fronts, not just between Nathan and Sammi but Dave and Nathan too. It will take a few Rafter peacemakers to try and sort through the dramas -- a pity Julie Rafter is given a lightweight scene. But overall there is much emotional investment here for fans.

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on Seven

True Blood
Having found the only other Telepathic she has ever encountered, Sookie compels Barry the bellhop to share more of his knowledge with her. But Barry is wary of revealing his skills for fear of the Dallas vampires. Jason continues to show his dedication to the Light of Day Institute -- but aren't we all just waiting for him to get it on with Sarah? Amen to that…

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on Showcase

Three Rivers
Premiere. Pittsburgh's most glamorous, hi-tech hospital lights up like the Starship Enterprise. Hate to think what their medical fees are. Things kick off with a histrionic opening sequence that would be better suited to a cop show. But the cast including Alex O'Loughlin (Moonlight), Katherine Moennig (The L Word) and Alfre Woodard (Desperate Housewives) gives this some much-needed gravitas. This drama set in a transplant ward could be in need of the defibrillator if it doesn't give us more character and less bells and whistles.

Airs: 9:30pm Wednesday on TEN

United States of Tara
Final. It's been a great first season of Toni Collette's cable drama and tonight she finally faces the man who apparently wrecked her life during her college years. If she can get to the bottom of what triggered her alters maybe she can turn her life around. But a bitter Max will not make mediation so easy. Meanwhile, Kate tries to force a payout from her employer over her boss' indiscretions. And can Marshall finally forgive Tara for Tee hitting on Jason? Lots to resolve for this jigsaw family.

Airs: 9:30pm Wednesday on ABC1

Deborah Mailman guest stars as a psychologist talking Josh (Callan Mulvey) through his workplace issues, and she's pretty quick to hone in on Shannon (Jolene Anderson) as the focus of his attention. For the Tactical Response Unit, the weekly crime cast involves crossbows, university students and a campus in chaos. Rush is usually known for its realism, but a few more extras might have helped this look a tad more believable.

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on TEN

A boys' weekend to the snowfields is sidelined by Vince (Ben Mendelsohn) taking his girlfriend along for the ride. Gabriel (Matt Day) is less than impressed, especially when he harbours feelings for Vince's wife, Ally (Justine Clarke). Meanwhile, the police find the dead body in the bushlands and Max (Blake Davis) is worried he will be in trouble with the law for not reporting his finding.

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on Showcase

Mornings with Kerri-Anne
1500th episode. None other than Ms Liza Minnelli will visit KAK for a milestone episode. What a coup. A live studio audience will include Tara Moss, Tom Burlinson, Christine Anu, Amanda Keller and Gretel Killeen. And while we're at it, Liza will also appear as guest judge on Australian Idol on Sunday night as the Idols sing stage and screen themes.

Airs: 9am Friday on Nine

New series. After last season's fantasy-like finale we are back in the real world with Booth (David Boreanaz) recovered and dealing with his emotions for Temperance (Emily Deschanel). It's only taken him five seasons to realise it? There's unresolved sexual tension all over the shop here. Elsewhere, Cyndi Lauper guest stars as a clairvoyant who leads us to a number of skeletons buried under a fountain. She's pretty convincing as a Tarot-card believer, but is she telling everything she knows? Followed by a new series of Castle.

Airs: 8:30pm Sunday on Seven

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