HD Heads-Up: December 14-20

While Sky continues to offer only SD feeds of cable documentary channels like National Geographic and Discovery, increasingly more of these channels’ commissions are turning up in HD on free-to-air.

TV2 will end its season-one run of Duck Dynasty on Saturday and TV One will screen in its 8.30 wildlife slot on Tuesday National Geographic’s Australia’s Deadliest Shark Coast (which was first seen in HD on Foxtel’s NatGeo channel).

imagesIt features world-first wetsuits dubbed “invisibility cloaks” that have been designed to protect surfers on Australia’s western shoreline from shark attacks.

Meanwhile, fishing fans will have to wait a little longer for the HD premiere of TV One’s Fishing Adventures.

The Adam Clancey series was meant to have started 4pm on Saturday but at the last minute has been pre-empted by an episode of River Monsters With Jeremy Wade, Lair of Giants.

Duck Dynasty’s departure is one of several season finales, with others including Australian Federal Police (TV3, 7.30 Tuesday), The Mentalist (TV2, 8.30 Tuesday), The Life and Times of Temuera Morrison (TV One, 7.30 Wednesday), Project Runway: All Stars (TV3, 9.30 Thursday), Nikita (TV2, 10.35 Thursday) and The X Factor USA (TV3, 7.30 Friday).

Also going off air is Hawaii Five-O, after only two episodes into season three.

This will frustrate fans, who have had to endure some of the most haphazard scheduling in TV3’s history, but should be viewed as the network’s vote of confidence in the series: having revived it in primetime after numerous false starts, it’s presumably holding back further fresh episodes until after the summer holidays.

Expect the networks to replace many of their regular series with movies over Christmas/New Year, such as TV One’s network HD premiere of Dear John at 8.30 on Wednesday.

Scheduled the same week in HD are The Last Samurai (TV One, 9.40 Saturday), Burlesque (TV2, 10.10 Saturday), The Parent Trap (TV2, 3.20 Sunday), The Holiday (TV3, 8.30 Sunday), What Women Want (TV2, 8.55 Sunday), Carriers (TV2, 11.30 Sunday) and Men in Black (TV3, 8.30 Monday).

Also of note in HD for the week starting December 14 are re-runs of Missing Christmas (TV2, 6.30 Sunday), which TV critic Jane Clifton called “a witty blend of simple Christmas capers for children, and sidelong satire to keep the adults grinning, this half-hour cartoon packed in the treats”, The Reckoning (TV One, 11.20 Tuesday) and season seven of Supernatural (TV2, 3.20am Saturday).

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4 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: December 14-20”

  1. Whenever I look at the programme listings for National Geographic and Discovery, the more they look just another group of reality channels. In the US they have multiple channels catering for different tastes.

  2. I figured TV3 would stop Hawaii Five O two episodes into the third season, leaving two weeks’ space before Christmas programming. I didn’t think they would show another episode on Christmas Eve. I’m willing to wait till late January for the new season to start, question being will it be in that line-up? If it’s back after new year, I’d be left thinking they don’t have confidence in the show; if it isn’t, then they do. Personally, I think over the summer period that TV channels screen their less confident shows just to fill the time slots, as usually not all are watching TV, being away on holiday and such…

  3. Since Australia’s Got Talent has not been mentioned I guess it’s not in HD? Still as a Geri Halliwell fan, YAY 🙂

  4. As bizarre as it seems, it will be in SD — which is a shame given the judging panel sounds to be the most entertaining yet for the franchise.

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