HD Heads-Up: July 5-11

TV One will screen in HD a British thriller with a NZ link the same week TV3 reschedules an improving Hawaii Five-O to Tuesdays.

The Widower is a three-part, partly fictionalised dramatisation that TV One will premiere as a double-episode on July 6 at 8.30 and conclude 24 hours later.

It stars League of Gentlemen’s Reece Shearsmith (left) as Malcolm Webster, an indebted gambler who tried to kill several wives to cash up their insurance polices, including Aucklander Felicity Drumm (Kate Fleetwood).

The Telegraph thought it “satisfyingly clammy” and praised Shearsmith’s “quietly depraved, just about plausible central performance”.

The Independent quipped “Shearsmith is in a whole league of his own” and said the Jeff (Appropriate Adult, Lucan) Pope dramatisation “conforms to all the best conventions of genre, including the comforting certainty that the villain will eventually get his comeuppance”.

But The Guardian thought it “thin gruel … The Widower is not sufficiently compelling a story to stand alone, and without a proper sense of motivation or evidence of the surely more subtle manipulations the man engaged in, it is hard to believe in Mr or any of the Mrs Websters.”

With Sunday movies back in vogue on TV3, the network is returning Hawaii Five-O to 9.30 Tuesdays, just in time for its fourth season.

The move, from July 8, starts with the season three finale and it will be interesting to see how the series rates on the back of newcomer Crisis, which won’t be as a strong a lead-in as The Blacklist.

The week starting July 5 is notable for a swag of season finales, including Breathless, Mom, The BorgiasRevenge, Once Upon a Time, Arrow (double-episode), The Originals and The Vampire Diaries.

HD premieres for that week are limited to Code 1 (TV2, 8.00 Thursday) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (TV3, 8.30 Sunday) while other coming attractions include Tron: Legacy (TV2, 7.00 Saturday), Knowing (TV2, 9.30 Saturday), Taking Woodstock (TV3, 10.30 Saturday), The Other Man (TV2, 11.50 Saturday), The Rite (TV2, 11.10 Sunday) and X-Men: The Last Stand (TV3, 8.30 Monday).

Finally, an extra-long The Voice Australia on Sunday will push TV2’s Agents of SHIELD back to 9.10 and The Tomorrow People to 10.10 while a double-episode of House Rules on Friday will pre-empt The Graham Norton Show on TV3.

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2 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: July 5-11”

  1. I see that FOUR will be airing season 2 of American Horror Story late on Mondays, which is a little confusing considering they were abandoning large amounts of their programming from Fox. Does this mean that MediaWorks has free to air rights to some of the shows appearing on SoHo?

  2. No, only to Fox content it’s already aired. For instance, and for reasons beyond my comprehension, it’s abandoned Modern Family to Prime (which has yet to schedule season five) but still has re-run rights for season four (5.30 Saturdays).

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