What to Watch: October 26 - November 1

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

Jamie's American Road Trip
Premiere. Jamie Oliver will visit six US cities in this cooking-travel show in an attempt to prove American cuisine is more than fat foods and take away. It kicks off in New York and he cleverly gravitates away from the five-star restaurants to the heartland of the city: its immigrants. Oliver meets some charismatic folk from Egypt, Peru, China and Colombia who share their best dishes including an "illegal" restaurant and an "anti-restaurant supper club".

Airs: 7:30pm Monday on TEN

Criminal Minds
New series. It's series five of the crime drama that owes an awful lot to Silence of the Lambs as America never seems to run out of serial killers, psychos, stalkers, mad bombers and people going postal. It's such a fun ride you are well advised not to look too closely at the show's logic, but just enjoy the adrenaline. While the team is focused on saving a doctor's family, there's another jeopardy for one of the team as The Reaper takes another victim. Guest stars C. Thomas Howell.

Airs: 9:30pm Monday on Seven

Nurse Jackie
This week Jackie (Edie Falco) faces a decision on whether to help a former colleague, now in the final stages of cancer, end her life or not. While Zoey (Merritt Wever) tries to have a conscience, Jackie is far more pragmatic. But boss lady Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith) isn't about to have a bar of it. Still one of the most underrated shows on the box.

Airs: 10:35pm Monday on TEN

Final. It's a bit of a marathon in this two-hour episode followed by the one-hour reunion, which reveals the winner. We are down to Ken, Matty, Bob, Sugar and Susie, for what has been an enjoyable season with plenty of blindsides. But are they over? This time Survivor will go out with its first ever three-way in the final Tribal Council. More good news for fans as Survivor: Tocantins will launch next week on GO!

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on GO!

All Saints
Final. After 11 years and 12 seasons, the doors finally close on the All Saints Western Genera. Arguably cut short before being allowed to work towards a respectful exit, this 70-minute episode feels like a one hour episode with 10 minutes to wrap. The irony is it shows how well it was knuckling down and getting on with the job. The closure is built around the departure of the wonderful "Von" Ryan (Judith McGrath), the only original remaining character. Its legacy will be the terrific actors this has showcased: Georgie Parker, Erik Thomson, Libby Tanner, Wil Traval, Jolene Anderson plus Belinda Emmett and Mark Priestley -- all of whom are remembered in a closing montage. Thanks for the memories!

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on Seven

City Homicide
This week it's a bit of a girl's affair as Jennifer Mapplethorpe (Nadine Garner), Allie Kingston (Nadia Townsend) and Bernice Waverley (Noni Hazlehurst) re-open an investigation into a hit and run. This plot will have particular resonance for Waverley when she finds it leads back to the department which suspended her at the same time as her son was murdered. There could be scores to settle here.

Airs: 8:30pm Wednesday on Seven

John Safran's Race Relations
It's a better episode this week as John decides to change his skin tone and spend time in Chicago, in order to appreciate whether we can really see the world through the eyes of another. To do this he has "Benjamin Button's" make-up artists transform him. The result on screen is a rather unconvincing glow, but apparently in real-life it looked more authentic, which possibly explains why some African-Americans seem to go along with the idea. Unlike the Hey Hey debacle, this one is in context, but that doesn't mean there won't be some who will take cause for offence.

Airs: 9:30pm Wednesday on ABC1

Las Vegas
Final. It's a bit of a miracle this show ever made it to five seasons, but here you will see this drama finally reach its conclusion -- sort of. The final episode "Three Weddings and a Funeral" sees the usual array of hot guys and girls in a glamorous setting with more plot than character. Alas, it's much ado about nothing save for the fact that its cliffhanger that says "to be continued" was never actually continued after the show failed to be renewed. The chips are down on this one. Guest stars James Blunt.

Airs: 10:30pm Sunday on Seven

What are you watching this week? Let us know below or discuss your picks in the forum now!

Comments (1)
Oct 26, 2009
a) I don't think this is the first time that Survivors has a 3 way final tribal council. Perhaps the first time they showed it in Australia though.
b) I hardly call it good that they are showing Tocantins 6 months after it completed. With all the stuff on the internet there is a huge chance for spoilers! I mean its easy to see how spoils for Tocantins could be Just Too easy to come out! ;-)