“Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at,” said the great advertising man Leo Burnett of his sometimes spurious trade. It could be a definition of this always memorable show returning tonight, in which Wil Anderson, Russel Howcroft and Todd Sampson analyse and critique an advertising landscape that gets more intrusively sophisticated every year. In case you’ve forgotten, the title refers to the way in the 1950s an Austrian-American architect called Victor Gruen invented the shopping mall, designed to lure shoppers into a store regardless of their interest in anything on display. In its many incarnations since 2008 the show has garnered various awards, including a Logie and an AFI. Host Anderson says, “Yes, we missed the election — but, knowing Australia. we will have another one by the end of the series.” Nick Boshier, return to TV bringing their comic mayhem, surreal satire and wonderfully preposterous character acting to the ABC’s main channel. Outrageous, profane and violent, the Hipsters have big plans to find underground success as they open a “closed” theme cafe, while the Kiwi Assassins reclaim Phar Lap’s heart for New Zealand. Meanwhile in ancient Egypt, the bastard son of the pharaoh gets a new slave. All is clear — well, reasonably clear — when you see the show. A middle-aged husband’s life changes dramatically when his wife requests a divorce in Crazy, Stupid, Love (Saturday, 9pm, Nine). So Cal (Steve Carell) seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a new friend, Jacob (Ryan Gosling), including learning to pick up chicks at cocktail bars. Funny, sweet and romantic. Well-made, exciting, locally produced action-adventure Tomorrow, When the War Began (Tuesday, 8.30pm, Eleven), written and directed by Stuart Beattie, is based on the novel of the same name by John Marsden. A group of teenagers return from a camping trip and find themselves in the middle of a foreign invasion and wage a guerilla war against an invading power in their fictional hometown of Wirrawee.
Robert Altman directed the classic M*A*S*H (Tuesday, 8.30pm, One), the anti-war comedy set during the Korean War about the wonderfully assorted characters, located three miles from the frontlines. With no strictly linear storyline, Altman simply orchestrates them in and out of each other’s lives so they don’t become numbed by the insane bloodshed they encounter. Great performances from Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould and Tom Skerritt.
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