Ten out of Ten

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - 18 Eguide Television - TIM MARTAIN

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.

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