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7:30pm – Friday, February 1 on TV 3

It all comes down to this! This week we find out which team will win The Block Australia when the series concludes its season on Friday, February 1 st at 7:30pm on 3. For the past couple of months, four renovation teams, Sophie and Dale, Mike and Andrew, Brad and Lara, and Dan and Dani, have put all their effort into fixing up four dilapidated properties in Melbourne.

Now the homes are being put to auction, deciding which of the four couples will walk away the victor!

Make sure not to miss this when The Block Australia concludes on Friday, February 1 st at 7:30pm on 3.

5:30pm – Monday, January 28 on TV 3

As Home and Away continues its action-packed 2013 season, this week see the arrival of brother and sister duo, Spencer and Maddie, in Summer Bay. Home and Away screens Monday, January 28 th to Friday, February 1 st at 5:30pm on 3. Series star Lynne McGranger, who plays Irene Roberts, recently spoke about these Summer Bay newcomers, promising “intrigue” from their arrival.

“They arrive with a secret. That’s all I can tell you – that there’s a secret that is revealed within a couple of weeks,” McGranger says. “They’re both terrific actors.” “Andrew [who plays Spencer] is playing much younger than what he is – I think he’s about 23 and he’s playing 17. Kassandra is playing Maddie, and I think they’ll be a terrific addition to the Home and Away family with the intrigue and the secret they have.”

“Much later on down the track, their brother Chris turns up and there’s a bit of drama there, too,” McGranger continues.

The arrival of Spencer and Maddie comes after Home and Away producers promised to feature more fostering storylines and increase the number of scenes at Summer Bay High.

Asked whether Home and Away’s writers are trying to take the show back to its roots, McGranger says: “Oh, absolutely. I think there’s a few things that are important to the success of a show like Home and Away. I think the viewers like the stalwarts, they like the lynchpins – the Alfs, the Irenes, the Leahs… and of course, the Marilyns, the Roos and the Harveys.

“Those characters are important, but the young ones are the ones who, if you like, life happens to! They circle around the lynchpins, and I think the more young people you have on the show, the more opportunity there is for that kind of drama.” Make sure not to miss the arrival of this “drama” when we get our first introduction to Spencer and Maddie in Home and Away, screening Monday, January 28 th to Friday, February 1 st at 5:30pm on 3.

3:00pm – Monday, January 28 on TV 3

The Biggest Loser Australia is back and it’s bigger than ever before – this year’s series features the heaviest contestant in the history of the show’s franchise anywhere in the world. The Biggest Loser Australia premieres on Monday, January 28 th at 3pm on 3. Ryan Preuss, a 29-year-old insurance salesman from Brisbane, is expected to weigh in at 240kg in this week’s premiere of the weight loss reality series.

Preuss says that his weekly shopping list consists of 12 bottles of soft drink, four large pizzas, sausage rolls, chips and four family-size chocolate blocks, together with regular fast food and takeaway.

“It’s not rocket science to realise how someone can get to this point,” The Biggest Loser Australia trainer Shannan Ponton explains. “The way he expresses himself is by eating and he has never done anything athletic in his life because his pain tolerance is virtually nonexistent.”

Preuss lost 65kg when he was a student and believes he can achieve weight loss again.

“I want to feel happy about myself again,” he says. “I know inside my head if I stick to it I can do it again. I don’t want to be just sleeping, I want to have more energy.”

Will he be able to achieve his dreams? Find out when The Biggest Loser Australia premieres on Monday, January 28 th at 3pm on 3.

1:00pm – Monday, January 28 on TV 3

This week sees the welcome return of everyone’s favourite doctor when a brand new, 11 th season of Dr Phil screens weekdays at 1pm, premiering on Monday, January 28 th on 3. Since it began in September 2002, Phil McGraw’s Dr Phil has been rated No. 2 in daytime talk television, behind only the show that got him started, The Oprah Winfrey Show. His appearances on her program in the late ’90s were so well-received that they led to his own show.

Now with The Oprah Winfrey Show ending its long-running series in 2011, Dr Phil has moved up to that all important No. 1 spot.

But what does the kind of daytime television have in store for his first week back? “Our first week sees one of the most debated topics: The shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by neighbourhood-watcher George Zimmerman,” Dr Phil explains. “We hear an exclusive Zimmerman defense that stunned our LIVE audience.”

“Later in the week I even have the first in-depth sit-down with Trayvon’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, along with their older son, Jahvaris,” Dr Phil continues. Make sure not to miss this and so much more when Dr Phil enters its 11 th season on Monday, January 28 th at 1pm on 3.

8:30pm – Saturday, January 26 on TV 3

After 10 seasons, this week sees CSI: Miami coming to an end when the series screens its final ever episode on Saturday, January 26 th at 8:30pm on 3. The instalment, titled “Habeas Corpse”, opens with Ryan Wolfe (Jonathan Togo) bloodied and unconscious in a strange place. When he comes to, he sees the dead body of Assistant State’s Attorney Joshua Avery (Ryan McPartlin) and instantly becomes a suspect in the murder.

“We find out quickly that Ryan is exonerated… but as we dig deeper into the evidence and what transpired, another one of our own falls under suspicion,” executive producer Barry O’Brien explains.

“Horatio and Co. follow this evidence, regardless of where it leads – even if it’s a painful place. There’s a chance one of our own has crossed the un-crossable line.”

Could this see the very foundation of the CSI: Miami family rocked? Find out when the series concludes its 10-season run on Saturday, January 26 th at 8:30pm on 3.

9:30pm – Thursday, January 17 on TV 3

Entering its milestone 10 th season, Project Runway returns to our screens on Thursday, January 17 th at 9:30pm on 3. Filmed in New York, Project Runway’s 10 th season will showcase the talent of the designers on the runway and the drama of the competition behind the scenes. Similar to previous years, this season will end with a finale show at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week.

The winning designer will receive a grand-prize package featuring $100,000 from L’Oreal Paris to start his or her own line, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, a brand new Lexus vehicle, a $50,000 technology suite from HP and Intel to create his or her own vision and a business, and the opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection at Lord & Taylor.

Lord & Taylor will also host a challenge during one of the season’s episodes that will allow consumers to purchase a designer’s work in the store’s Fifth Avenue flagship site. In addition, the model paired with the winner of Project Runway will also appear in the designer’s editorial feature in Marie Claire and receive $25,000.

Make sure not to miss all of this when we get our first introduction to the series’ 16 brand new designers in the Project Runway season 10 premiere, screening on Thursday, January 17 th at 9:30pm on 3.

Bones

8:30pm – Thursday, January 17 on TV 3

Three months after the events of last season’s finale, this week sees the Jeffersonian team reunited in the Bones season eight premiere, screening on Thursday, January 17 th at 8:30pm on 3.

Displaced and uneasy, as a result of Brennan (Emily Deschanel) going into hiding after being framed for murder, this week’s season premiere, titled “The Future In The Past” finds the Jeffersonian crew close to figuring out a way to bring her back into the fold.

As Angela (Michaela Conlin) works to prove the incriminating security footage of Brennan was fabricated, it’s Booth (David Boreanaz) who has to track down his partner and their infant daughter.

“At the end of last season, we just wanted to blow that apart, that everyone was kind of comfortable,” Bones show-runner Stephen Nathan explains.

“This season is going to be trying to repair what was blown apart. It’s going to be a little darker, a little bit bleaker in parts.”

Make sure not to miss this when Booth and Brennan reunite for the first time in three months in the Bones season eight premiere, screening on Thursday, January 17 th at 8:30pm on 3.

9:30pm – Tuesday, January 15 on TV 3

The wait is finally over! This week sees the highly anticipated return on NCIS: Los Angeles when the series enters its fourth season on Tuesday, January 15 th at 9:30pm on 3. NCIS: Los Angeles fans have been eagerly anticipating season four ever since NCIS Agent G. Callen (Chris O’Donnell) shot and killed The Chameleon aka Marcel Janvier (Christopher Lambert) in front of cameras and witnesses, and Henrietta “Hetty” Lange (Linda Hunt) resigned her position.

So what will all these mean for the team? “Callen has just shot somebody point blank and is being hauled off in a police car,” series star Chris O’Donnell explains about this week’s premiere.

“So he’s in a little bit of hot water, but we shall see. I’m sure Hetty will find a way to get him out of this mess.”

As for Hetty, “We’ll get to see what Henrietta thinks of politicians, and it’s not nice,” adds executive producer Shane Brennan. Make sure not to miss all this when NCIS: Los Angeles returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, January 15 th at 9:30pm on 3.

NCIS

8:30pm – Tuesday, January 15 on TV 3

Last year’s NCIS season finale left fans with two major questions – what happened after the Navy yard bomb exploded? And will Ducky survive his heart attack?

Now, as the series enters its latest 10 th season, these burning questions will finally be answered! NCIS returns to our screens on Tuesday, January 15 th at 8:30pm on 3. “We have a lot of cleaning up to do,” Rocky Carroll, who portrays NCIS Director Leon Vance, explains. “It was great to go out on a cliff-hanger that way. So many loose ends need to be tied up… It’s a real mess right now.” As for whether everyone will survive, Carroll says: “There could be some casualties… No characters are really expendable. Everybody loves the characters. I’m hoping everybody makes it out in one piece.”

The actor also suggests that the focus on the characters is what makes NCIS such a hit. “These characters are kind of loose and having fun with each other, then all of a sudden it’s a life and death situation,” he says.

“It’s a small element that really makes a big difference as far as how people invest in the characters.” Make sure not to miss the return of NCIS when the series screens on Tuesday, January 15 th at 8:30pm on 3.

8:30pm – Saturday, January 12 on TV 3

This week will see R&B singer Ne-Yo guest starring in CSI: New York when the hit series continues its latest season on Saturday, January 12 th at 8:30pm on 3. The instalment, titled “Smooth Criminal”, will sees Ne-Yo portraying a professional hit man with elegant, yet violent, efficiency.

“Ne-Yo will be playing a professional hit man who doesn’t fit the usual image of a hired killer,” series star Gary Sinise explains. “This guy carries himself with elegant style but a violent efficiency.”

Make sure not to miss this when CSI: New York screens on Saturday, January 12 th at 8:30pm on 3.