Tennis: Australian Open, Channel Seven, 10.30am
WITH the tournament now well into its second week, the competition is reaching its climax. But whatever the results on court, Channel Seven has worked itself into a winning situation with Lleyton Hewitt. Either he'll attract viewers keen to watch a tenacious Australian competitor moving through the rounds to the finals or, if he's eliminated, he'll offer viewers the benefits of his expertise as a commentator. Since assuming a position in the commentary booth three years ago, Hewitt has proved a real asset with his insightful analysis. With or without him, the commentary team will feature anchor Bruce McAvaney and Jim Courier, who's been a key player in the booth since 2005, although he continues to divide viewers and has yet to master the art of the post-match interview. The on-air team will also include John Newcombe and Todd Woodbridge, as well as recent Seven recruit Giaan Rooney and Sunrise sports presenter Mark Beretta, a new addition.
Wedding Band, Channel Ten, 7.30pm
IT PROBABLY seemed like a high-concept bull's-eye, a canny combination of music, mateship and romantic entanglements. With a nod to the 2005 movie Wedding Crashers and a few cues from The Hangover films, this twee series focuses on the misadventures of a band of pals who play functions. Their work seems ideally suited to a TV series, with each episode enabling easy access to a fresh situation and bunch of guest characters. The band consists of a handsome lead singer (Brian Austin Green), a sweet married guy (Peter Cambor), a bouncy black guy (Harold Perrineau) and a knockabout Jack Black type (Derek Miller). In the penultimate episode of the 10-part first season, they down beers at a Rocktoberfest bash, suffer a ''sweet 16'' party debacle and befriend Declan Horn (James Marsters), a faded rock idol. At best, their exploits are mildly engaging; at worst, they're blandly predictable.
My Big Fat Operation, ABC2, 8.40pm
AT SOME stage in the not-too-distant past, Aunty appears to have acquired a big batch of B-grade documentaries from Britain. Not deemed sufficiently exciting or accomplished to warrant space on the primary channel, they've been shunted to ABC2. They're all real-life programs, series and one-offs about a range of subjects: large people, small-statured people, people on diets, freakishly smart kids etc. When these programs have some merit, we might be treated to Louis Theroux's explorations. But when they don't, we find ourselves watching Dawn Porter experimenting with lesbianism and staging male beauty pageants in a lame effort to find her perfect mate. My Big Fat Operation, made in 2012 for the Bio channel, fits comfortably into the aforementioned batch of mildly engaging yet rudimentary productions as the series chronicles the experiences of a range of people categorised as morbidly obese who opt for surgery as a solution to their life-threatening condition. This episode follows Julie and Yvonne, from the despair that leads them to bariatric surgery to the aftermath six months later.