Ten out of Ten
CHANNEL Ten has really won my loyalty on Sunday nights with its excellent summer line- up.
While Seven and Nine are still being a little guarded about their programming, Ten just came out of the blocks hard and, well, I’m impressed.
The Sunday line- up on TDT is an example of Ten doing what it does well.
The return of Young Talent Time has been interesting. The revived show, hosted by Rob Mills with original YTT member Tina Arena as judge/ mentor ( both pictured) has all the hallmarks of a high- school rock eisteddfod with delusions of grandeur, and even the trainwreck factor couldn’t entice me to sit through any more than 10 minutes of it. But I suspect it just might secure a loyal fan base among the tween set.
Following that is the new Modern Family, which is a solid performer and a worthy occupant of the juicy prime- time spot of 7.30pm on Sunday.
This finely crafted series always manages to sneak up on you with a perfectly timed and not- too- saccharine moment of heartfelt warmth hiding behind the snappy comedy.
At 8pm, in a tidy programming shift towards the more adult end of the night, is one of the best new comedies I’ve seen in quite a while – New Girl.
Zooey Deschanel stars as the kind adorky Jess, who has moved in with three male housemates after a relationship break- up.
Between Jess’s decidedly odd personality quirks and the meathead cluelessness of the guys, New Girl is a very funny look at the way the two sexes see and interact with one another. It also delivers some old- fashioned silliness.
The real grit starts at 8.30pm with the Golden Globe- winning drama series Homeland, starring Claire Danes as an American intelligence analyst trying to uncover a suspected terrorist plan in the US. The plot is heavily character- driven and Danes’ performance as the emotionally damaged analyst Carrie is deserving of the Golden Globe she won.
At 9.30pm there’s new episodes of House, the rampantly popular series that made British actor Hugh Laurie a household name all over again.
With new seasons of Talkin’ ‘ Bout Your Generation and The Good Wife on Wednesdays, A Gifted Man and Law & Order: SVU on Thursdays, and Glee on Fridays, Ten is definitely making the most of the nights now being ignored by the other networks.
I expect Seven and Nine will retaliate by stacking the schedule against Ten pretty soon, which will make decision- making difficult again.
But it looks like TDT will be holding on to Sunday night pretty tightly for the forseeable future.