What to Watch: September 6 - 12

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

Hot in Cleveland
It's still Betty White who gets all the best lines and scenes in this comedy that wants to be The Golden Girls when it grows up. Fans of TV history tonight should look out for cameos by veteran comedians Tim Conway (McHale's Navy) and Carl Reiner (The Dick Van Dyke Show).

Airs: 8pm Monday on Nine

The 10th Annual Helpmann Awards
Live. Australia's top theatre awards are hosted by David Campbell at the Sydney Opera House. The ceremony will include performances by the casts of Jersey Boys, Avenue Q, The Wizard of Oz, The Drowsy Chaperone, West Side Story and Mary Poppins. Presenters include Kelley Abbey, Cate Blanchett, Chloe Dallimore, Nancye Hayes, Steven Heathcote, iOTA, Shane Jacobson, Todd McKenney, Sharon Millerchip, David Williamson and The Umbilical Brothers.

Airs: 8:30pm Monday on STVDIO

Beat the Star
Premiere. Network host Daniel MacPherson again shows he is an accomplished front man in this boisterous game show that feels like Gladiators meets Minute to Win It. Chef Manu Feildel is the first celeb to fight for his reputation against a family of four, who are competing for $50,000. The games are unashamedly silly and everyone has probably drunk a lot of red cordial. If you still miss It's a Knockout this might be up your alley.

Airs: 7:30pm Tuesday on Seven

9/11 State of Emergency
Special. As the ninth anniversary of the World Trade Centre disaster nears, this two-hour documentary produced by the History Channel includes a minute-by-minute account of that fateful day and how key government officials of how the drama unfolded, including National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Acting Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card.

Airs: 9pm Tuesday on Nine

Party Down
New series. Here begins the second and final season of Rob Thomas' comedy, where out of work actors struggle to make a living as caterers. Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) joins this season as a spectacled, earnest employee. The tone of the show is very cynical, from the outside looking in at Hollywood. It begins at a rock concert where the Marilyn Manson-style singer wants to swap roles with one of the team and live like the rest of us for one night.

Airs: 10:30pm Tuesday on Movie Extra

Four Weddings
Premiere. Fifi Box hosts this new factual series as four Aussie brides judge each other's weddings as they vie for the chance to win their ultimate honeymoon. Tonight's episode features a medieval fancy dress ceremony, a modern day fairytale, a black-and-white extravaganza and a traditional Cambodian wedding. Think Come Dine with Me Australia for weddings and you're probably close to the mark.

Airs: 7:30pm Wednesday on Seven

Suzy (Claudia Karvan) is quietly rebuilding her self-esteem via tips from forthright ghost Henry (Matt King) as she fends off the pleas from ex-hubby Steve (Rodger Corser). Tonight there's a Shetland pony, some nitrous oxide, a medical emergency and a party thrown by Suzy's gay neighbours. The series could do with a little more turning points for its characters, but it is certainly unlike anything else we're being offered.

Airs: 8:30pm Wednesday on W

Final. When this was filmed the cast and crew had no idea if the show would be renewed (it was), so it ends on a conclusive note. But before it gets there all the plot threads are woven together in a finale of Shakespearean proportions. Damages always keeps you guessing with its twists and turns and dynamite performances to boot.

Airs: 7:30pm Thursday on W

Another impressive episode, this time as the Tactical Response team boards a runaway country train with a group of passengers who have been knocked out with gas. This premise sets it apart from the usual suspects in the police drama genre. Lawson (Rodger Corser) still has a personal vendetta with a crim named Cronin. Will his bias get in the way of doing the job properly?

Airs: 8:30pm Thursday on TEN

Junior MasterChef Australia
Premiere. Get ready for 50 kids aged 8-12 who all cook better than the rest of us, as the juggernaut returns for this ankle-biter version. Unlike Celebrity MasterChef Australia it looks genuinely feel-good and should do what the original series does so well: champion the little guy. Anna Gare joins as judge for this version, which will run for three Sundays before breaking for the Commonwealth Games on October 3. Expect it to rate through the roof.

Airs: 7:30pm Sunday on TEN

Comments (1)
Sep 07, 2010
Party Down and Damages.