Hooray for the return of the TV ratings season


It has been a hot wet summer.  Actually, it’s frequently been a cold and wet summer too – what is with that?  February means that autumn, my favourite season, is only a few weeks away.  It also heralds the return of the TV ratings season.  At long last.

Yes, I know we should be out there enjoying the extra sunshine and family time that daylight saving time provides – you know, walking the dog (we would have to borrow one), picnicking in the park, hanging out at the beach … but I’m woman enough to admit that I actually quite like curling up at the end of the day and watching something entertaining on TV.

You know, like something that hasn’t already been cancelled – I loathe enjoying a program and then discovering it didn’t make it through the pilot season.  Something that makes me laugh – and not from disbelief at the plot.  Something dramatic that makes me shiver – and not from horror at the scenery-chewing overacting.

Here’s our family’s top picks from the new TV season.


Elementary – 8.30 pm Sunday on Ten

Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Holmes and Watson, respectively, in a clever re-imagining of Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary classics.  Holmes is tattooed and sexy and a recovering drug addict, with Watson as his “sober companion” post rehab.  It’s set in modern day New York.  After two episodes, it’s a definite must see in the Kimba Likes household.  Both the Welshman and I are fans.


Downton Abbey – 8.30 pm Sunday night on Seven

OK, we know that Downton Abbey is a big old soap opera dressed up as cultured drama, but who cares?  It’s fantastic viewing, with fabulous costuming and a lovely way to while away an hour snuggled up on the sofa.  Hugely popular, but best recorded and watched a day later to avoid the increasingly intrusive and frequent ad interruptions.  The other benefit of this is that the Welshman doesn’t miss the bits I chatter through.  Sorry about that, honey.


Revenge – 8.45 pm Monday night on Seven

Seriously cheesy drama but oh so fabulous.  Double crossing, terrorist plots, family fortunes, adultery, drug and alcohol abuse, spying, homicidal maniacs and scratch the double crossing, it’s more like quadruple crossing – all set in the glamorous Hamptons.  Safe to say this is Kimba only viewing.


The Walking Dead – 8.30 pm Tuesday night on Foxtel’s Showtime

I watched the first two seasons virtually back to back on my iPad over the summer holidays and I freely admit that I’m totally addicted.  I love that the sweet loser from the Love Actually love triangle (all of his own making), Andrew Lincoln, is a kick arse American small town cop, defending a small bunch of survivors against the zombie apocalypse.  It’s definitely not family viewing, but it is suspenseful, entertaining and scary too.  Based on graphic novels, it is essential viewing for me.  Haven’t converted the Welshman yet but I’m working on him.  Who doesn’t love a good zombie apocalypse dystopian drama?


Monty Halls’ Great Irish Escape – 7.30 pm Friday night on SBS

The Welshman loves this program, starring the very charismatic Monty Halls.  He is a former Royal Marine, now diver, BBC TV presenter, marine biologist, public speaker … he’s the ultimate slashie!  Bit more interesting than “model, actress, whatever”.  This is another in his Great Escapes series, where he works and lives in remote communities around Ireland and the United Kingdom with his best mate, a dog named Reuben.  It’s charming viewing and goes perfectly with pizza and beer.


Australia’s Funniest Home Videos – 6.30 pm Saturday night on Nine

In the interests of inclusiveness, this is Boyo’s pick for new season TV.  There are only so many times you can view some poor kid fall off their trike, or an unfortunate bloke take a direct hit in the family jewels, but Boyo is an 8 year old and an 8 year old boy at that, so this is essential family viewing on Saturday  nights.  It’s safe to say that this return has been eagerly anticipated.  I have to say even I’m looking forward to seeing different blokes and kids mashing themselves.


What are you watching at the moment?   What am I missing out on?  I don’t think I’ve got time in my life for more TV but I’m easily persuadable.



  • Sonia@ LIfe Love and Hiccups - 26 February 2013 - 2.48 pm

    Amen Sister – I too LOVE This time of the year, Revenge, The Block, My Kitchen Rules … totally addicted to them all xReplyCancel

  • EssentiallyJess - 13 February 2013 - 5.39 pm

    You’re the second person to mention the walking dead, so I really must check it out. I want to know when Grey’s Anatomy will be back!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 15 February 2013 - 3.48 pm

      I do so love it! I haven’t watched Grey’s for years. I wasn’t actually aware it was still on.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Barton-Collins - 13 February 2013 - 4.10 pm

    I love Elementary, I think it’s really clever. SO many people have been raving to me about The Walking Dead, I need to watch it very soon!

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 15 February 2013 - 3.49 pm

      It is really clever, you’re right. He’s a bit easier on the eye than Benedict Cumberbatch too! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Veronica @ Mixed Gems - 13 February 2013 - 12.34 am

    Oooo, thanks for the tip about Elementary. Sounds right up my alley! Problem is I never get to watch TV in real time anymore so Channel 10 better put it up for online viewing! I think I’d like Downton but I’m a long way behind to catch up, like I’ve only seen one episode and I’m not even sure it was the 1st! I’ve a bunch of other faves I can’t wait to watch like Castle, NCIS, New Girl….just hope they all show on line else I’ll be very mopey! p.s: Lovely to see you on Saturday.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 13 February 2013 - 8.06 am

      Hi Veronica, I really enjoyed meeting you. I have a little thing for Jonny Lee Miller too – he’s quite the tortured pretty boy in this. We record stuff and watch it later. I am loving the new Foxtel app though.ReplyCancel

  • Robomum - 12 February 2013 - 9.41 pm

    Have gone back and rewatched Breaking Bad in anticipation the final series. I think it could be my favourite show of all time. Epic.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Have a laugh on me - 12 February 2013 - 9.40 pm

    So I’m completely up to date with all of them (I’m a naughty girl who DL’s them) But haven’t tried the Walking Dead – but you’re the millionth person to say it’s great so I am going too!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 13 February 2013 - 8.07 am

      Oh, I’m too nervous to do that! (Also a technical gumby who actually isn’t quite sure how to!). I absolutely loved The Walking Dead. I got hooked when the first series was the TV show of the week on iTunes and then had to watch them all!ReplyCancel

  • ColoursofSunset - 12 February 2013 - 8.15 pm

    The only show I watch out of all them is Revenge! I’m really interested to see how far they can take this show. We DL all ours from the States. I am curious about Downton Abbey too and might have to see what I can do about getting those to catch up on.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 13 February 2013 - 8.08 am

      Revenge is one of those shows that you have to suspend belief to watch but that’s half its appeal for me! xReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style - 12 February 2013 - 7.12 pm

    I just watched the latest Revenge, loved it. Yet to watch the latest Downton Abbey, have download Elementary and can not wait until Walking Dead TONIGHT!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rhianna - 12 February 2013 - 5.51 pm

    I don’t really do much TV, but everyone seems to be going on about this Downtown Abbey and The Walking Dead so I am thinking I might just have to look into it. The only show I have watched religiously is Spicks and Specks, which sadly is no more, though most shows on a Wednesday night on the ABC don’t seem to be too bad. (Man how old did that sentence make me sound?)ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 13 February 2013 - 8.10 am

      Um, we spend most Wednesday evenings watching cooking shows on SBS. Is that worse?! Heston, sadly, is off air at the moment (a little eye candy for me!).ReplyCancel

  • Leigh V - 12 February 2013 - 4.50 pm

    Im thinking of jumping on the Downton Abbey bandwagon, sounds really good! I love some trashy TV, its the best! xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 13 February 2013 - 8.10 am

      Oh hell yeah. And trashy TV with gorgeous costuming? Bring it on. Series 2 really wasn’t as good but is still worth watching.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Purtell - 12 February 2013 - 4.21 pm

    I too have been looking forward to the new season shows starting, its about time! My fave show of the mo is definitely The Walking Dead. Word of warning though, the new episode airing tonight (on FX) is episode 9 of season 3 so if you haven’t watched the first 8 episodes of season three I wouldn’t tune in tonight until you have. For some strange reason they had a mid-season break and showed the first 8 eps late last year and made us wait until now for the rest! So annoying!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 13 February 2013 - 8.12 am

      Sorry, I wasn’t clear about that. Yup, I downloaded some of them from iTunes and caught up with the rest of them from the Foxtel app. All up to date!

      The reason there was a delay was because there was a delay in the States. NFI why. Xmas holidays? We watch them 33 hours later than they’re viewed there.ReplyCancel

  • Sophie Allen - 12 February 2013 - 3.51 pm

    Oh man I am a sucker for reality cooking shows, and The Block. I know..

    I watched the first series of the Walking Dead, but it’s too creepy for me, I am a BIG sooky la la.

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 13 February 2013 - 8.14 am

      Oh, I loathe reality cooking shows. The drama, competition and faux suspense and all those “journeys”. I also loathe reality competition shows like dancing and singing competitions. But I secretly love reality TV shows like Grand Designs, Say Yes to the Dress and Four Weddings. I think I win the dreadful TV competition! xReplyCancel

  • Emily - 12 February 2013 - 2.31 pm

    I’m not watching any of these! I must get on board Elementary, it looks fabulous.
    I’m still loving Person of Interest. I don’t think anyone else is, though – it seems to be getting later and later every week!
    Homeland is a fave. Glee was a guilty high-school-reliving (if only!) pleasure that is becoming less pleasurable each season. And… that’s about it! I must pick up my TV-watching game.
    Hopefully the new hosts behind the new Spicks and Specks are good.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 13 February 2013 - 8.15 am

      I haven’t even heard of Person of Interest. Love Homeland – you just can’t believe how quickly the plot progresses!

      Glee is so not me.ReplyCancel

  • Lara at This Charming Mum - 12 February 2013 - 2.31 pm

    Oh gosh it’s been a long summer! I’ll definitely be watching Downton Abbey – perfect Sunday night fodder for when I’m doing the ironing. I can’t stand Funniest Home Videos, but admittedly it keeps the kids entertained. I’ll pretty much watch anything to avoid another repeat of Big Bang Theory!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 13 February 2013 - 8.16 am

      I’ve never watched an episode of BBT. Is that weird?! Unfunniest Home Videos is awful but it does appeal to children. What exactly are we raising?! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Emma - 12 February 2013 - 1.35 pm

    been enjoying elementary! And my kids do love funniest videos.ReplyCancel

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