What's on the small screen this week
FOOTY fans will be mourning the end of the NRL and AFL seasons as of tomorrow, but that means a raft of new shows are launching for viewers.
Seven and Nine are both launching their new Aussie dramas The Secret Daughter and Hyde & Seek tomorrow night and the revamped X Factor also debuts.
There's also Todd Sampson's new science series and SBS's landmark mini-series Deep Water, which is set in contemporary Bondi and will be followed by a feature-length documentary.
Here are some of this week's highlights of the small screen and why you should see them:
Sunday October 2: NRL Grand final, Nine, from 6.30pm
THE Cronulla Sharks take on the Melbourne Storm for the 2016 NRL Premiership live from Sydney's ANZ Stadium. The voice of Rugby League Ray "Rabs" Warren will lead Nine's NRL commentary team and this year's pre-game and half-time entertainment features Keith Urban, Richie Sambora and Orianthi.
Why you should watch: This will be a hard-fought grand final as the Sharks try to unsettle the unflappable Storm for the club's first ever premiership title.
Monday October 3: The X Factor, Seven, 7.30pm
HOSTED by Jason Dundas the new season of The X Factor features a revamp of the reality singing competition. The three judges will build their categories unaware of the impending arrival of a fourth Underdog Judge who will lead a new category of contestants originally let go during the Three Seat Challenge.
Why you should watch: There some great young talent on the show this year and the last performer in tonight's episode is guaranteed to blow you away. The new trio of judges - Guy Sebastian, Iggy Azalea and Adam Lambert - also seem to have great chemistry.
Tuesday October 4: Todd Sampson's Body Hack, Ten, 9pm
GRUEN'S Todd Sampson takes on the biggest challenges of his life to investigate some of the world's most extraordinary people and try to unlock their secrets. To truly understand them, Todd will not just observe them, he will hack into their lives and try to become them.
In the first episode, Todd travels to the best Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight camp in the world - the Jackson Wink gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico - where he'll train for his first fight.
Why you should watch: This compelling series builds on the foundations of Sampson's successful ABC series Redesign My Brain. Combining his loves of adventure sports and science, Sampson looks at the secrets to unlocking human potential by putting himself to the test.
Wednesday October 5: Deep Water, SBS, 8.30pm
TORI Lustigman relocates from the country to her childhood suburb of Bondi with her teenage son Will, to put the past firmly behind her and start life over. Partnered with Detective Nick Manning, they're assigned to investigate the brutal murder of a young man whose mutilated corpse is found in an apartment. Is this brutal murder a domestic, a robbery gone wrong, or something far more sinister?
Why you should watch: This excellent crime drama stars two of Australia's most exciting acting exports: Orange is the New Black's Yael Stone and Game of Thrones' Noah Taylor. The subject matter may be dark but this is an important exploration of real-life crimes that didn't get the investigations they deserved.
Thursday October 6: Silvia's Italian Table, ABC, 8pm
SILVIA Colloca hosts this new cooking and celebrity chat series. In the series premiere author Kathy Lette, actress Lisa McCune and comedian Tom Gleeson join Silvia as they cook a meal together and sit down to chat.
Why you should watch: This is like a better, funnier version of Annabel Crabb's Kitchen Cabinet where stuffy politicians are replaced with an array of interesting and well-known Aussies.
Friday October 7: Martin Clunes - Islands of Australia, Seven, 8.30pm
MARTIN Clunes, star of TV series Doc Martin, is on a quest to discover the islands of Australia. On this journey he shakes his hips with the hula girls of Norfolk Island, shins up Queen Victoria's favourite tree on Lord Howe Island and gets friendly with a castaway dingo on the remote Restoration Island.
Why you should watch: Even if you're well-travelled, Clunes is likely to introduces places and people you've never seen before in this light-hearted travel series.
Saturday October 8: MacGyver, Ten, 7.30pm
TWENTY-something Angus "Mac" MacGyver (Lucas Till) is a different kind of hero. He does not use weapons and he is afraid of heights. But under the aegis of Phoenix, MacGyver takes on the responsibility of saving the world, armed with resourcefulness, bubble gum and a paper clip.
Why you should watch: While I'm always skeptical of remakes, it is promising that Golden Globe Award winner Henry Winkler and creator and executive producer Lee Zlotoff are returning from the original series to executive produce this new version.