What's on the small screen this week

Mike Colter, Krysten Ritter and Charlie Cox in a scene from Marvel's The Defenders.
Mike Colter, Krysten Ritter and Charlie Cox in a scene from Marvel's The Defenders. Jessica Miglio

SOME interesting moves are being made early on Australian Survivor, and things are only going to heat up more tonight with Harry in risk of his cover being blown.

Rodger Corser returns to our screens in season two of Australian romantic dramedy Doctor Doctor, and Annabel Crabb shows you another side to Parliament House in her new four-part documentary.

But the most anticipated show premiering this week is Marvel's The Defenders, an Avengers-style Netflix series in which Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist combine forces to fight crime in New York City.

All of these superheroes have had success in their own shows, but how will they go being team players?

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


Sunday August 13: Australian Survivor, Ten, 7.30pm

Jonathan LaPaglia in a scene from Australian Survivor.
Jonathan LaPaglia in a scene from Australian Survivor. Nigel Wright

Blatant lies and a blindside at Tribal Council the night before has put everyone on edge at one camp. With distrust running rife among the remaining tribe members and supposed tight alliances, emotions are at an all-time high. With a gas barbecue and cooking utensils on the line in the reward challenge, both tribes must rally to win the delectable offering.

Why you should watch: Viewers have long known that Harry is lying about being a yoga instructor. Will he finally be outed as a fake by a suspicious Sam?


Monday August 14: This Time Next Year, Nine, 8.40pm

Karl Stefanovic interviews Jamie in a scene from This Time Next Year.
Karl Stefanovic interviews Jamie in a scene from This Time Next Year. Channel 9

After a horrific car crash, a father-of-three is determined to get back in the saddle and ride his horse again. A 16-year-old has a prominent birthmark removed after years of bullying, and an osteopath's dream of running away to the circus.

Why you should watch: Amazing stories of determination and resilience make this one of the most heartfelt shows on TV at the moment.


Tuesday August 15: The House with Annabel Crabb, ABC, 8pm

Annabel Crabb in a scene from The House With Annabel Crabb.
Annabel Crabb in a scene from The House With Annabel Crabb. Josh Flavell

Annabel investigates the peculiar pitfalls of a workplace where it all comes unstuck if 76 people can't sprint to a designated point within four minutes. She also reveals something deeply unnerving about the coat of arms.

Why you should watch: This entertaining and quirky show reveals a lighter side to our democratic engine room, celebrating the unsung heroes who keep Parliament ticking along.


Wednesday August 16: Doctor Doctor, Nine, 8.40pm

Rodger Corser in a scene from season two of Doctor Doctor.
Rodger Corser in a scene from season two of Doctor Doctor. John Platt

Disgraced surgeon Hugh Knight faces his biggest crisis yet when his love life, career and family are all in desperate need of a miracle cure. Charlie plays dirty to win back her husband, while Meryl's election as town Mayor is overshadowed by fraud.

Why you should watch: Rodger Corser returns as lovable rogue Hugh in this all-Aussie production.


Thursday August 17: The Bachelor, Ten, 7.30pm

Matty Johnson in a scene from The Bachelor Australia.
Matty Johnson in a scene from The Bachelor Australia. Channel 10

Jealousy sets in as one lucky Bachelorette is chosen for a second single date. Spending a romantic day in the wilderness, away from the prying eyes of the other Bachelorettes, Matty J drops the bombshell that they will stay overnight at the retreat. As night falls, the couple share a kiss at the door, but does the passion end there?

Why you should watch: Yes it's trashy TV, but The Bachelor is entertaining. As if the overnight date wasn't juicy enough, a shock exit paves the way for a brutal rose ceremony where another two girls leave the mansion.


Friday August 18: Marvel's The Defenders, Netflix

Defenders assemble: Krysten Ritter, Finn Jones, Charlie Cox and Mike Colter in a scene from Marvel's The Defenders.
Defenders assemble: Krysten Ritter, Finn Jones, Charlie Cox and Mike Colter in a scene from Marvel's The Defenders. Sarah Shatz

DAREDEVIL, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist form a quartet of singular heroes with one common goal - to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realise they just might be stronger when teamed together.

Why you should watch: Combining its much-loved heroes and anti-heroes into one show, Marvel is sure to be on a winner here. The chemistry between Jessica Jones and Luke Cage is already well established, but the addition of Daredevil and Iron Fist should make for some interesting action scenes as they kick some criminal butt.


Saturday August 19: Bledisloe Cup, Ten, 7.30pm

Are the Wallabies prepared to take on the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup?
Are the Wallabies prepared to take on the All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup? SMP IMAGES

The Wallabies line up for the first of three highly-anticipated Bledisloe Cup Test matches against the All Blacks. With only one Australian team in the Super Rugby play-offs this season, the Aussies are in real danger of being underprepared heading into the Bledisloe Cup opener.

Why you should watch: The Kiwis are in form and this will be an unprecedented challenge for the men in gold at ANZ Stadium. A win on home turf would be a major confidence boost.

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