Sunday May 1 marks the return to ratings season, and as a result, a host of new and returning shows screening across the networks this week.
The Biggest Loser Families, Ten, 6.30pm.
The last episode before the big Grand Final. The contestants had their fun last week with train the trainers last Thursday – by far the funniest moments of the series, and perhaps in Biggest Loser history! Now, down to business. Last chance training has never been so important. This is the contestants’ very last opportunity to make it to the final four ahead of the massive grand finale.
Masterchef, Ten, 7.30pm.
It’s back and it’s bigger than ever, kicking off with the top 50 arriving on Cockatoo Island to officially kick off this year’s competition. Judges Gary Colambaris and Matt Preston have been doing the rounds last week, promoting the show’s return spruiking new challenges, more enthusiasm and a promise that this year, there will be NO second chance contestant returns – once a contestant is eliminated, they are eliminated with no chance of coming back. Masterchef continues Sunday to Friday at 7.30pm on Ten.
The 53rd Annual TV Week Logie Awards, Nine, 7.30pm.
Who will win what this year? Will the gold go to Rebecca Gibney as most expect, or will Asher Keddie pull through off the back of the success of Paper Giants two weeks ago? Or will it be Karl Stephanovic after an aggressive campaign on Nine. Chrissie Swan maybe? Adam Hills – in with a chance even though the ABC forbids advertising to vote for him? And there’s another Rafter as well – Jessica Marais.
The Logies are a bit of a marathon – running for four hours plus possible overrun on top. Throng will be busy live blogging and tweeting the results as they happen. As for Masterchef, thank goodness for a PVR tonight!
Cutting Edge: Gasland, SBS ONE, 9.35pm.
It is happening all across America – rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the Saudi Arabia of natural gas.
And there are a number of well known movies tonight vying for our attention:
Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 7mate, 8.30pm.
Airs in HD. In the final chapter, Frodo and Sam, the hobbits with the task of returning the all-corrosive Ring to its origins in the molten rock of Mount Doom, have been joined by Gollum, who offers himself as their guide. Meanwhile, Sauron’s growing evil forces continue to attack against all of Gandalf best efforts. All hope is placed with Aragorn, who must take the lead to unite the scattered remains of men against this devastating enemy and lead them as their King. Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Miranda Otto, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Ian McKellen.
Movie: The Shawshank Redemption, GEM, 8.30pm.
Airs in HD. Soft-spoken, respected Maine banker Andy Dufresne is convicted for the murders of his unfaithful wife and her lover and receives a double life sentence. Stars: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, James Whitmore, William Sadler, Clancy Brown
Movie: Mr and Mrs Smith, GO!, 9.45pm.
The movie that led to the break up of Brad and Jen all those years ago. Seemingly ordinary couple John and Jane Smith are stuck in a marriage rut until the truth behind their secret identity comes out. They are both lethal and highly paid assassins working for rival organisations. Stars: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Greg Ellis
Movie: Kenny, ELEVEN, 8.30pm.
It’s all about the poo. Kenny Smyth, part philosopher, part comedian and all heart. Kenny installs porta-loos at music gigs, church fairs, race meets; wherever a ‘poo-ticket’ is required, Kenny’s on the job. Cast: Shane Jacobson, Simon Scott, Eve von Bibra, Ronald Jacobson