So-called 'B-list captain' George Bailey: tell your story walking, pal. Photo: Getty Images
Cricket: Twenty20 - Australia v Sri Lanka, Channel Nine, 7.30pm
ON THE one hand, with February just around the corner, school going back and - most importantly - the ratings year about to get under way, we're a bit tired of the cricket. We're especially a bit tired of watching Australia play Sri Lanka. That said, there's something to like about the energy and the informality of the shortest form of the game.
Hawaii Five-0: series return, Channel Ten, 9.30pm
IT'S hardly been a blockbuster hit in Australia but I have a real fondness for this glossy remake, in large part because it so faithfully adheres to the vibe of the original. Five-0 was always eye-candy with likeable characters, simple plots and even simpler dialogue and characterisation. Tonight's ep is a perfect example, theHawaii Five-0 version of the Christmas special. It's Christmas Eve, and in a profoundly unconvincing exchange at the local cop shop, Steve McGarrett discovers a young boy who fears for his missing father. Naturally, McGarrett instantly co-opts the crack Five-0 team to solve the mystery, and I don't think it counts as a spoiler to say the whole adventure ends in gruff words of affection and manly hugs all round.
Supernatural, Channel Eleven, 8.30pm
AND speaking of gruff words and manly hugs, as Supernatural swings back into action after its Christmas hiatus, I thought initially it was going to be another of those turgid, scowling emotional exchanges between the brothers that we had way too much of last season. Thankfully, while there's certainly an element of that, this ep delivers a whole lot more - like a guy getting needles driven into his brain to tap the angel within. Some of the ideas are starting to feel a little tired, but wonderful characterisation and a reliable quotient of fun touches make this quirky, creepy fantasy series an enduring pleasure.
My Kitchen Rules: series return, Channel Seven, 7.30pm
REMEMBER the past season of MKR? Then you'll have no problem jumping right in here with this long but pacy opening episode. The characters are pretty much the same as last year, the exception being a change in age for the catty flamboyant guy and ethnicity for the younger, catty female contestant. Otherwise, the format and tricks employed are so far the same. Which makes sense: if ain't broke, don't fix it.
The Mindy Project: series premiere, Channel Seven, 9.30pm
TONIGHT, a promising sitcom from Mindy Kaling makes its debut. Kaling is one of the key creative forces behind the US version of The Office. The Mindy that Ms Kaling plays in the show is Dr Mindy Lahiri, a fledging doctor who is also a mess. Although not a massive success when it was shown in the US last year, there's plenty to like in this opening episode. The show is quirky and Kaling is something of an acquired taste, so let's hope Channel Seven gives it a chance.