True Blood Season 4, showcase, 8.30pm, August 18th
If you have not already seen this cult called True Blood, this show is not a Vampire Diaries or Teen Wolf like show. True Blood is a lustful look at the supernatural that features gore, nudity and sexy love triangles. In Season four we pick up from Sookie vanishing into the distance. Witches, according to creator Alan Ball, will feature in this season – already we have werewolves, vampires, fairies and shape shifters – obviously witches was the next step! This season promises “more blood and more sex” says Aussie star Ryan Kawnten.
Australia’s Next Top Model Season 7, Fox 8, 7.30pm, August 8th.
Season 7 is about to start with Sarah Murdoch back for the third time as host and mentor with Alex Perry and Charlotte Dawson returning as judges. Starting with 100 models (down to 99 after the first day as a girl “lost it” to quote Murdoch) the top girls will strut it out for the chance to win a car, modelling contract and a cover shoot and spread in Harpers Bazaar magazine plus $20,000.
SLiDE, Fox 8, 7.30pm, August 16th.
This Aussie drama follows the lives of five 17 yr olds in Brisbane, and tracks the highs, lows and dilemmas they face. Starting on August 9, 7.30pm with a behind the scenes look, the show actually starts the week after on the 16th at 7.30pm on Fox 8. Filled with witty one liners and a fast paced plot, it shows/reminds us of the angst of being a teenager, set to a great Aussie soundtrack.
The Borgias, W, weeknights 8.30pm, August 29th.
The Borgias is an extravagent look at the 15th century Iatlian Rennaisance. Airing on W, commercial-free, the story will follow the Spanish Borgia family at a time when the head of the Catholic Church was the leader of the Western World. The ruhtless patriac, Rodrigo, and hos equally corrput children, bribed, bullied and murderd their way to become one of the most infamous dynasties in western history. Apparently, the inspriation for the movie the Godfather, the show features Acedemy Award winner Jeremy Irons and is a fascinating series about power, religion and influence.
Also this month:
Hawke, History, 7.30pm, August 7th.
Starring Richard Roxburgh as 1980′s Prime Minister Bob Hawke, the show delves into Hawke’s relations with extra marrital affairs, unions, and struggle and turmoil with his wife and children. A ratings hit on Ten last year, we now have the opportunity to see it again, especially after the recent comflict between Hawke’s now wife Blanche and his daughter, that apperently rose from the creation of this telemovie. Roxburgh gives, as usual, as brilliant performance.
Hawthorne – Season 3, Universal, 7.30pm, August 9th.
This medical drama featuring Jada Pinkett Smith is back – Smith plays Christine Hawthorne, trying to get her hospital up to scratch, control her daughter and find love.
Eat Yourself Sexy – Premiere, Lifestyle You, 8.30pm, August 25th
Sarah Wilson, who came to fame on the first season of Masterchef Australia is here to prove that what is on the inside is just as important as what is on the outside. Eaight Aussie ladies will go on a journey of self love over eight weeks, tranforming their figures and habits along the way.
Masterchef 2011 – UK, Lifestyle Food, weeknights 7.30pm, August 29th.
Judges Gregg Wallace and Australian born chef John Torode chose who will stay and who will go in the original version of our hit show. Even though not as spectacular as ours, and without the flare, it is still entertaining viewing.
Helpmann Awards, August 1, STVDIO, 7.30pm, August 1st
On STVDIO are the Helpmann awards that honour the Australian performing arts. Our version of the Tony Awards will feature the likes of Cate Blanchett, Jacki Weaver and the elite of the theatre industry. Nominees include Mary Poppins and Hairspray.
The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, LIVE Monday August 29th 11am, on MTV
With the 2011 Billboard Music Awards being shown on FOX8 at 7.30pm Monday August 1st, we then follow it up with this more decandent ceremony. With Gaga winning eight awards last year, expect her to sweep up again. A must watch for all who are fans of the latest music.
Real Housewives of New York City season 4, Arena, 9.30pm, August 9th.
The ladies are back to bitch, claw and fight their way for supremacy as top dog in this addictive reality franchise that has captivated millions world wide.
Mob Wives, Lifestyle You, 8.30pm, August 31st
If you love the dysfunctionality of Jersey Shore and drama of the Real Hosewives franchise, mixed with Growing Up Grotti and the movie Goodfellas, this is the show for you. Four women, proud of their mobster connections, bond with their fate, and show us compelling viewing in this ten part series that shows how the women left behind do as much hard time as those who are behind bars. It is a rare insight into Mafia life as fascinating as is surprising.