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The Voice is set to kick off its sixth sea­son with Des­tiny’s Child alumna Kelly Row­land as its fourth and fi­nal judge, join­ing Boy Ge­orge, Seal and Delta Goodrem. The new ad­di­tions are a mas­sive coup for the show; apart from the un­ques­tion­able value that Row­land and Ge­orge bring to the ta­ble with their vis­i­bil­ity, both artists, as men­tors, have sto­ries that will res­onate with the con­tes­tants. Kelly Row­land found fame as an 11-year-old while the Karma Chameleon emerged as part of the trans­for­ma­tive new ro­man­tic mu­sic move­ment of the late 70s, with a sub­se­quent ca­reer marked by as much no­to­ri­ety (heroin ad­di­tion, bank­ruptcy) as suc­cess. Phe­nom­e­non son Cosimo (Richard Mad­den, Game of Thrones) in­her­its the bank that bears the fam­ily name. Among those with whom he must deal are his brother Lorenzo (Stuart Martin, Bablyon) and var­i­ous of­fi­cials, fam­ily mem­bers and cour­te­sans. Cre­ated by the seem­ingly odd-cou­ple team of Frank Spot­nitz ( The X-Files) and Ni­cholas Meyer ( Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), Medici: Masters of Florence is an ex­pe­ri­ence for view­ers who like byzan­tine and sprawl­ing sto­ries, cloaked in plush pe­riod pro­duc­tion val­ues and stir­ring lo­ca­tions. Among the lesser-re­mem­bered but more sat­is­fy­ing films in the long ca­reer of John Tra­volta is the 1996 ro­man­tic fan­tasy Phe­nom­e­non (Tues­day, 12pm, Seven). The ac­tor plays Ge­orge, a north­ern Cal­i­for­nia me­chanic whose life is changed when a ball of light hits him in the head. To the as­ton­ish­ment of friends Kyra Sedg­wick, For­est Whi­taker and Robert Du­vall, Ge­orge de­vel­ops an acute in­tel­li­gence, es­chews sleep and trans­forms their lives. The film was con­sid­ered a hit and has some in­ter­est­ing ideas about small-town life and the lure of the un­ex­plained. The score fea­tures Eric Clap­ton’s Change the World. The team­ing of ac­tor Si­mon Pegg and di­rec­tor Edgar Wright has paid dividends in such in­spired come­dies as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Their so-called Three Flavours Cor­netto tril­ogy con­cluded with the 2013 com­edy At World’s End (Satur­day, 2:15am, SBS), in which a clutch of child­hood friends must sur­vive an alien in­va­sion while on a pub crawl. Though hard to as­cer­tain just what went wrong with the 2012 fan­tasy John Carter (Satur­day, 10pm, Seven), since it is based — loosely — on Edgar Rice Bur­roughs’s A Princess of Mars, it is time more or less well spent.

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