Jessica Marais in a scene from the TV series The Wrong Girl.
Jessica Marais in a scene from the TV series The Wrong Girl. Channel 10

What's on the small screen this week

FOOTY finals fever reaches its climax this week as fans of both codes prepare for their grand finals.

But if sport's not your thing then there's the return of popular US sitcom Modern Family and the premiere of the new Aussie romantic comedy series The Wrong Girl.

You can also peak inside the amazing houses of the rich, and obscenely rich, in the new show Unreal Estate.

Here are this week's highlights of the small screen and why you should see them:
 

Sunday September 25: Modern Family, Ten, 7pm

The cast of the TV series Modern Family.
The cast of the TV series Modern Family. Channel 10

 

SUMMER holidays have sent the Pritchett, Dunphy and Tucker clans in three different directions. The Dunphys have wrapped up an awesome week in New York and while the kids are flying home, Claire and Phil are going to drive cross-country to get home.

Jay, Gloria, Manny and Joe visit Juarez, Mexico, where Jay is forced to play referee when Gloria and her sister Sonia renew their feud at a family wedding. In Missouri, Mitch is losing patience with Cam's family as they hold a vigil at their 95-year-old grandmother's deathbed.

Why you should watch: This blended family sitcom has become a comedy staple on many screens around the world thanks to its talented cast. Finally viewers have new episodes to watch rather than repeats.

 

 

Monday September 26: Have You Been Paying Attention?, Ten, 8.30pm

Celeste Barber stars in the TV series Have You Been Paying Attention?
Celeste Barber stars in the TV series Have You Been Paying Attention? Blueprint Studios

 

FUNNY ladies Celeste Barber and Anne Edmonds join Mick Molloy and show regulars Sam Pang and Ed Kavalee as they attempt to outwit and outsmart each other to the top of the leader board.

Host Tom Gleisner will also be joined at the podium by quest quizmasters Georgia Love, from The Bachelorette, and Paralympic cyclist and bronze medal winner Jessica Gallagher.

Why you should watch: If you're not in the mood for reality TV or the seriousness of Q&A, then relax with Ten's popular quiz show which makes you laugh and informs you of the news from the past week. A quiet performer for Ten, this show has built up a loyal following.

 

 

Tuesday September 27: Unreal Estate, Nine, 8.40pm

Glen and Deb Watson's Sunshine Beach home Azure will feature on the TV series Unreal Estate.
Glen and Deb Watson's Sunshine Beach home Azure will feature on the TV series Unreal Estate. Channel 9

 

HOSTS Kate Langbroek and Cam Knight offer viewers an all-access pass into some of Australia's most breathtaking, luxurious and unique properties, and meet the intriguing people who live in them.

They explore everything from Queensland's most expensive home, with his and hers helipads, to a rotating house where the view changes with every turn, a rainforest retreat complete with a private disco and a seven-level beach house inspired by a whale.

Why you should watch: This is voyeurism at its best because let's be honest, most of us will never step foot in homes like these - let alone own one. It's like window shopping for mansions, without having to commit to one.

 

 

Wednesday September 28: The Wrong Girl, Ten, 8.30pm

The Wrong Girl star Jessica Marais, centre, with co-stars, from left, Cecelia Peters, Hamish Blake, Christie Whelan-Brown, David Woods, Madeleinne West, Craig McLachlan, Robert Collins and Doris Younane.
The Wrong Girl star Jessica Marais, centre, with co-stars, from left, Cecelia Peters, Hamish Blake, Christie Whelan-Brown, David Woods, Madeleinne West, Craig McLachlan, Robert Collins and Doris Younane. Greg Noakes

 

LILY Woodward's (Jessica Marais) career as a breakfast television producer is always challenging, her love life endlessly complicated and her family always on the brink of implosion. Becoming entangled in the hope of finding her soul mate, Lily is caught between two men: her best friend, Pete Barnett (Ian Meadows), and her new dreamy work colleague, Jack Winters (Rob Collins).

Why you should watch: This series, based on Zoe Foster-Blake's novel, will fill that Offspring-shaped hole in your viewing schedule. It's refreshing to see Jessica Marais, usually a romantic lead, play a more light-hearted character who can be goofy and awkward.

 

 

Thursday September 29: Grand Final Footy Show, Nine, Nine, 7.30pm

The Footy Show's Erin Molan, Paul Vautin, Darryl Brohman and Beau Ryan.
The Footy Show's Erin Molan, Paul Vautin, Darryl Brohman and Beau Ryan. Channel 9

THE Living End, The Veronicas and Bernard Fanning will all perform during The Footy Show's three-hour grand final extravaganza. There will also be the Grand Final Revue and interviews with this year's final team coaches.

Why you should watch: The lead-up to the NRL grand final is the perfect time for The Footy Show's antics as fans, players and coaches celebrate another season of hard work on the field. This is the time of year when the team goes all out and it should make for some entertaining viewing.

 

Friday September 30: The Living Room, Ten, 7.30pm

Chris Brown pictured in the US state of Nevada in a scene The Living Room.
Chris Brown pictured in the US state of Nevada in a scene The Living Room. Channel 10

 

DR Chris Brown takes a road trip to find out what happens when you leave the city limits of Las Vegas  and encounters the incredible red rock canyon, before venturing onto the Extraterrestrial Highway past Area 51 to visit the Little A'Le'Inn, a small motel where alien spotting is part of normal, everyday life.

Why you should watch: Travel the world from the comfort of the couch with Ten's Logie-winning lifestyle show. There's also the regular Hot or Not segment and de-cluttering expert Peter Walsh returns for another project.

 

Saturday October 1: AFL Grand Final, Seven, 2pm

Vance Joy will perform at the 2016 AFL Grand Final.
Vance Joy will perform at the 2016 AFL Grand Final. Contributed

 

AFTER a hard-hitting season of highs and lows, the AFL's top two teams meet one last time in their Grand Final clash, broadcast live from the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Preview coverage starts from 9am.

Why you should watch: If you can't be there in the stands then watching from the comfort of home surrounded by friends, food and drinks is the next best thing. This display of athleticism will appeal to all footy fans even if your team didn't make it to the championship match. Vance Joy and The Living End are this year's musical acts.


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