What to Watch: September 13 - 19

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

MTV Video Music Awards
Chelsea Handler hosts MTV's annual gongfest, shown just hours after its US staging. Performers include Justin Bieber, Eminem, Linkin Park, Usher and Kanye West. Set to present are the cast of Jersey Shore, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Cher, Kim Kardashian, Jane Lynch and some of the kids from Glee. Expect Lady Gaga to walk away the big winner.

Airs: 4pm Monday on MTV

Hellcats
Premiere. This new cheerleading dramedy from the CW network has been described as "Election" meets "Bring It On". Created by former Desperate Housewives writer Kevin Murphy, the cast includes Alyson Michalka and Ashley Tisdale. Sounds like fun. It will be followed by a new series of The Vampire Diaries plus Ladette to Lady and the third season of Gossip Girl finally on free-to-air TV.

Airs: 7:30pm Monday on GO!

Foreign Correspondent
As cute a story as you will ever see, as Eric Campbell ventures into the jungles of the Congo to come face to face with bonobos, pint-sized apes who are frisky, fun-loving primates that have sex dozens of times a day. Bonobos are thought to be the only species other than humans that have sex for fun. But their average day makes the Playboy Mansion look like a retirement home.

Airs: 8pm Tuesday on ABC1

Packed to the Rafters
Dave (Erik Thomson) makes a concerted effort to bond with his father (John Howard) in prison, but Julie (Rebecca Gibney) isn't so convinced he is on the level. Chances are one will eventually be proven right. Poor old Carbo (George Houvardas) accepts what he thinks is a date, only to learn he is being set up with a gay guy. Nathan (Angus McLaren) pulls a meddling Ted (Michael Caton) into line after his words with Chel (Gillian Jones).

Airs: 8:30pm Tuesday on Seven

QI
You will always learn something from the great Stephen Fry who begins this week with trivia about aeroplanes and flight. Who would have thought flying was more healthy when smoking was allowed? On the panel tonight are Alan Davies, Rich Hall, Peter Serafinowicz and Australia's Julia Morris.

Airs: 9:30pm Tuesday on ABC1

The Simpsons
When Homer and the kids take a day trip to Weasel Island, he receives a letter from Moe telling him and Apu and Reverend Lovejoy that he is running off with one of their wives. Suddenly all three despair, and take us on flashbacks to see where they mucked up. Best line of the night goes to an angry Apu yelling at his wife: "If only that mark on your forehead was an off button!"

Airs: 7:30pm Wednesday on TEN

Catalyst
ABC's flagship science show celebrates 10 years in the first of this two-part retrospective, by looking back at the advances that have been made in the last decade. This week, astrophysicist Dr Graham Phillips, provides his perspective on what we've learnt about the universe; palaeontologist, Dr Paul Willis examines the evolution theories that our ancestors came out of Africa; and Mark Horstman dares to tackle the divisive subject of climate change.

Airs: 8pm Thursday on ABC1

Rush
A plan to bust a drug syndicate is under threat when a fragile infiltrator insists on seeing his boyfriend before assisting the Tactical Response team. But what's going on with Josh (Callan Mulvey)? When an intruder breaks into his home he comes under attack. Is something more malevolent going on?

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on TEN

Modern Family
Final. Claire (Julie Bowen) wants to take a family portrait with the clan all dressed in white -- and you just know that's never going to work. Meanwhile, Phil (Ty Burrell) has an awkward outing at a sports game with Gloria (Sofia Vergara), but hands down the funniest moment of the night is reserved for Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) who has a personal war with a wayward pigeon. Classic stuff.

Airs: 7pm Sunday on TEN

The X Factor
Live. Finally, tonight we find out what all the fuss is about as the show begins its live performance shows from Sydney's Fox Studios. Host Luke Jacobz will also get his chance to show us what he's made of as the top 12 sing for a pumped audience. To be followed by The Xtra Factor, hosted by Natalie Garonzi at 9:45pm on 7TWO.

Airs: 7:30pm Sunday on Seven

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