All packed and ready to rock

Host Ju­lia Zemiro and are set to re­turn, writes

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tour Aus­tralian cities and re­gional and cen­tres, land­ing in Bris­bane in Septem­ber.

Zemiro re­turned from Europe and got straight back to work on a new se­ries of the mu­sic rock trivia RocK­wiz; a new se­ries is in the can. It will be launched on SBS this

Zemiro, how­ever, isn’t in­ter­ested in games of one­up­man­ship. She wishes the cast and crew of the ri­val show nothing but the best.

‘‘You can make all sorts of plans but the truth is that in tele­vi­sion, no one re­ally knows what will hap­pen next,’’ she says.

‘‘ Spicks and Specks and us ( RocK­wiz) have been go­ing for the same num­ber of years, it’s true, but they filmed twice as many shows as we did. If we’d made that many shows, maybe peo­ple would be say­ing it was time for us to go as well.’’

The new se­ries con­tin­ues the RocK­wiz model, which films be­fore a live au­di­ence in Mel­bourne, team­ing con­tes­tants from the au­di­ence with two guest mu­si­cians who per­form a duet when the show ends.

The new sea­son launches with an episode that fea­tures folk mu­sic leg­end Judy Collins with The Whit­lams’ lead singer Tim Freed­man, ‘‘a match made in heaven’’, Zemiro says. Other guests in­clude Missy Hig­gins and Ju­lia Stone, who end their episode with the show’s first all-girl duet.

Satur­days, 8.30pm, SBS ONE.

2009. Ec­cen­tric in­ven­tor comes up with a ma­chine that con­verts wa­ter into food and makes his town a tourist Mecca when it be­gins rain­ing food. Mi­das-like mayor im­plores him to do more which cre­ates chaos. Witty and in­ven­tive an­i­mated fea­ture will have the kids grin­ning, but par­ents had bet­ter have some pizza ready for hun­gry stom­achs. 9pm, Seven, Prime7

M. 2008. In­fer­tile busi­ness­woman Tina Fey de­cides to have a child through the good of­fices of Amy Poehler, a hill­billy, chain-smok­ing sur­ro­gate. A com­edy preg­nant with ideas doesn’t give birth to more than the odd chuckle, even though Fey gives it her all and Steve Martin and Sigour­ney Weaver add some polish. But the Fey/ Poehler re­la­tion­ship, the ba­sis for the screen­play, never goes full term. 9.30pm, Nine, NBN

M. 2004. Direc­tor Sam Raimi man­ages the im­pos­si­ble – to give us a se­quel as much fun as the orig­i­nal – with the geek­ish Tobey Maguire in love with the lithe­some Kirsten Dunst. Loads of fun and lots of ac­tion that you and the kids will en­joy.

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