Sun­day Su­per Line-up

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, from 6.30pm, Ten Net­work Ten is com­ing in hard as the net­work fac­ing obliv­ion. As view­ers we feel let down by the chan­nel that used to be the friendly, happy place to visit. But as they say of re­la­tion­ships when be­trayal be­comes a prob­lem: you never re­ally make up, just get used to the way you dis­ap­point each other. Tonight there’s a packed pro­gram of sea­son pre­mieres, award­win­ning dra­mas and come­dies, plus new shows ‘‘ fast-tracked’’ (trendi­est ex­pres­sion in TV-land this week) from the US. Sea­son five of Mer­lin kicks it off. It’s darker this time around, ap­par­ently, but with the same com­bi­na­tion of ac­tion, magic and ad­ven­ture. Joy­fully for fans, Mod­ern Fam­ily re­turns at 7.30pm, hav­ing re­cently walked away with five Em­mys. It’s fol­lowed by The New Nor­mal, a com­edy about two gay men who de­cide to rear a baby to­gether. Tired gay tropes and overt stereo­typ­ing or out­ra­geous new hit? We’ll see. Se­ries two of Home­land also starts tonight and a new crime se­ries, Ve­gas, set in the desert in the 1960s with Den­nis Quaid and Michael Chik­lis, in­spired by the true story of for­mer Las Ve­gas sher­iff Ralph Lamb.

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