CHAN­NELLING THE

From home­grown dra­mas to big US block­busters and ev­ery­thing in be­tween, TV lovers can ex­pect an on­slaught of new pro­grams over the next month

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The race to the end of the rat­ings year is well and truly on. En­ter “Su­per Septem­ber” and the push to get some last big viewer num­bers un­der their col­lec­tive belts.

So what should you be watch­ing? Read on for our take on the cream of the new sea­son’s small-screen crop. with these char­ac­ters,” says Carter, who plays Turner’s late wife’s best friend as well as his boss. “The writ­ing is beau­ti­ful … There’s a light­ness and a comedic el­e­ment but a lot of heart as well.” While the spotlight will ob­vi­ously turn to Joel Jack­son, the break­out star of this hotlyan­tic­i­pated two-part minis­eries about the life and work of en­ter­tainer Peter Allen, two of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing ladies will also de­liver un­miss­able per­for­mances.

Re­becca Gib­ney plays Peter Allen’s mother, Mar­ion Wool­nough, and has been singing the praises of Si­grid Thorn­ton as Judy Gar­land since the cast gath­ered for the first ta­ble read­ing in Fe­bru­ary.

The Sea Change favourite is re­mark­able as Gar­land, the showbiz icon who took Allen un­der her wing as his US man­ager and then as his mother-in-law when he wed her daugh­ter, Liza (played by Sara West).

And Thorn­ton has re­turned the love. “We’re ac­tu­ally a part of a mu­tual ad­mi­ra­tion so­ci­ety,” she says. As Thorn­ton ex­plained, it was Gib­ney’s range which im­pressed. “She has to play her from quite a young woman to quite an el­derly woman. It’s been ex­tra­or­di­nary to watch that trans­for­ma­tion.” Big­ger and bet­ter may well be the slo­gan this year for The X Fac­tor.

With an over­hauled judg­ing ta­ble that brings in in­ter­na­tional su­per­stars James Blunt and Chris Isaak as well as the tri­umphant re­turn of Guy Se­bas­tian, Seven are bet­ting on a big win.

“You’ve got to With Fox­tel hav­ing re­vived the pe­riod drama, ac­tor Sara Wise­man says to ex­pect a change in pace when sea­son three be­gins in its new home.

“They’ve upped the ante for ev­ery­one,” Wise­man says.

“That’s how it goes. It can’t all be smooth sail­ing be­cause that’d be bor­ing. And as they say, boats aren’t made for sit­ting in the har­bour.”

Wise­man’s char­ac­ter, Carolyn Bligh, gets a heavy sto­ry­line. The scenes were “con­fronting and ter­ri­fy­ing” at times, but sat­is­fy­ing to play, she says.

“It has a bit of a whiplash re­sponse that comes from it,” Wise­man hints. “Her out­look on the world, her opin­ions and self-belief ... how she han­dles her­self — ev­ery­thing is im­pacted. There’s quite a sur­prise in store.” bring fresh­ness to shows when they come back,” says Seven’s di­rec­tor of net­work pro­duc­tion Brad Lyons. “We cer­tainly have with this.”

Fi­nally it’s a girl’s turn to try hav­ing a dozen or so boyfriends on for size. Sam Frost (the girl Blake Gar­vey picked and then re­jected) is in the driver’s seat, hop­ing to find the elu­sive “one”.

“I thought, ‘Well I’m still sin­gle — what have I got to lose’,” she says of her de­ci­sion to sign on the dot­ted line.

While keep­ing very quiet about the out­come of the show, she prom­ises that the men who will com­pete for her fi­nal rose are not only the gen­uine ar­ti­cle, but they ex­ceeded her ex­pec­ta­tions. back fans of the orig­i­nal for­mat.

“We kept adding el­e­ments to it and we de­cided, ‘Let’s stop do­ing that and let’s go back to ba­sics,” says host Scott Cam. “It’s just good old fash­ioned ren­o­vat­ing and peo­ple hav­ing a go.”

Hav­ing bought an iconic eight-floor mo­tel in South Yarra, the team have gut­ted it from the in­side out. Now the chal­lenge will be get­ting five live­able — and prof­itable — apart­ments done. There’s a new host, a new (well, a re­turn­ing one any­way) trainer and new con­tes­tants.

But this year The Big­gest Loser has re­turned to the for­mat which was its most suc­cess­ful — round­ing up fam­i­lies ready for a big life change. Tiffiny Hall says she’s ex­cited to come back to a show re­vis­it­ing its core val­ues.

“TBL Fam­i­lies goes back to ba­sics fo­cus­ing on the con­tes­tant’s sto­ries, their trans­for­ma­tions and the im­por­tant life chang­ing role of health and fit­ness in fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties,” she says. Big ri­val­ries, big chal­lenges and a few sur­prise un­der­dogs are com­ing up this year on Celebrity Ap­pren­tice, prom­ises Mark Bouris.

And the girls lead the charge , with beauty queen Te­gan Martin la­belled one to watch. “Te­gan is a great com­mu­ni­ca­tor, en­er­getic, cre­ative and knows how to get a job done,” says Bouris.

In ad­di­tion, this sea­son TV queen Kerri-Ann Ken­ner­ley and ModelCo founder Shel­ley Bar­rett join as ad­vis­ers.

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