What to Watch: September 28 - October 4

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

FlashForward
Premiere. Honestly, has there ever been a bigger week than this? It kicks off with the sprawling disaster drama starring Joseph Fiennes as an FBI agent who blacks out -- along with the rest of the planet -- and gets a glimpse of his future. The action scenes are the best part of the fun here as the world goes haywire (there's even a kangaroo hopping down the street). The dramatic scenes are less convincing, with cardboard characters and cliche dialogue. But there's a great tease at the end of the episode.

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on Nine

The Vampire Diaries
Premiere. This teeny horror series knows exactly what it wants to be when it grows up and makes the most of its attributes -- which is a very dashing cast led by Lost's Ian Somerhalder. It doesn't have the edge or originality of True Blood but it does have romance, teenage angst and spooky surroundings. If you loved Charmed and Supernatural these sexy vampires will be to your liking.

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on GO!

The Apprentice Australia
Premiere. Businessman Mark Bouris takes the role forged by Donald Trump but doesn't quite match his presence in television's ultimate job interview. Produced by FremantleMedia this is shot rather nicely and thankfully it doesn't stray far from the premise of ambitious corporate-hunters, determined to win at any price. In their first assignment they have to work as gardeners, which sees tempers fray as the hard yakka starts.

Airs: 9:30pm Monday on Seven

Mercy
Premiere. Another medical drama from the US? This one centres around three nurses, including Veronica Callahan (Taylor Schilling) who arrives at Mercy Hospital after a tour of duty in Iraq. This is an uneven debut, with some positive choices (less glamorous than Grey's Anatomy; Veronica has an alcoholic family) together with some rather silly, soapy scenes. Nurse Jackie upstages this at every turn (also back tonight on TEN).

Airs: 9:30pm Monday on Seven

Hey Hey the Reunion
Special. Daryl Somers, Molly Meldrum and many of the whacky gang are back to remind us why we loved them for 28 years. Expect nostalgia, some revived segments and big name celebrities to drop by (just not Ossie Ostrich yet). Make no mistake, this is a long party, clocking in at 2.5 hours of live TV. Can the gang still show they are relevant in 2009? For a once-off -- or a two-off -- it shouldn't really matter that much.

Airs: 7:30pm Wednesday on Nine

Celebrity MasterChef Australia
Premiere. The biggest show of the year is back in a new format with its first celebrities Josh Thomas, Indira Naidoo and Kirk Pengilly competing against each other, and only one of which will graduate to a semi-final. They will have to show that they have the culinary skills for two challenges. But it's spirit they will need if they are to come anywhere close to winning our hearts like Julie and Poh.

Airs: 7:30pm Wednesday on TEN

Hungry Beast
Premiere. There are seven fresh faces on air and another 19 behind the scenes in this new, topical series that throws established news and current affairs to one side as it promises to "tell us something we don't know". Produced by Andrew Denton & co this will be a fascinating on-air experiment in discovering new media voices, while tickling our funny bone along the way.

Airs: 9:00pm Wednesday on ABC1

Tangle
Premiere. From the producers of Love My Way comes an excellent new drama series with a formidable cast including Justine Clarke, Ben Mendelsohn, Catherine McClements, Kat Stewart and Joel Tobeck. In this contemporary look at flawed families, there are lives and loves who will be compromised, splintered and celebrated. Unlike Packed to the Rafters, this has an undercurrent of unease driven by powerful performances. Highly recommended.

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on Showcase

RocKwiz
New series. Julia Zemiro and Brian Nankervis return for the seventh series of this pub trivia night, with guest panellists Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale (performing a brand new Wolfmother song, New Moon Rising) and Bridezilla's Holiday Sidewinder (performing Magnetic Arrest).

Airs: 9:20pm Saturday on SBS ONE

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