HD Heads-Up: May 3-9

TV One at last will debut the acclaimed HD drama series Nashville the same week TV2 resumes Grey’s Anatomy and TV3 premieres season three of The Borgias.

Also new for the week starting May 3, and screening here for the first time in HD, is My Kitchen Rules, which TV2 will launch 8.00 Monday on the back of an hour-long episode of Shortland Street.

MKR will air Monday-Wednesday and go to air ahead of TV3 reviving its Aussie reality hit House Rules on multiple nights.

But at least the networks aren’t selling out to stripped reality entirely, with Nashville taking over Hostages’ 9.30 Wednesday slot.

The duelling country divas drama stars Friday Night Lights’ Connie Britton and Heroes’ Hayden Panettiere and is nearing the end of its second season in the US.

People Weekly hailed it as “the best new show of the fall” in 2012 while TV Guide called it “both sassy and smart, singing a tune we can name in three words: It’s a winner.”

The Los Angeles Times thought it “big, bold, wildly ambitious and great fun, with top notes of Robert Altman’s Nashville, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and All About Eve.”

And the New York Times said, “The depiction of the modern country music business in Nashville feels reasonably authentic, and when the story stays within that realm, it has the mix of hardheadedness, sentimentality and honky-tonk come-on you can get from a good country song.”

Fans of TV3’s late-night Monday must-see The Borgias won’t be disappointed in the third and final season, which went to air this time last year in the US.

“The intrigue continues and The Borgias remains one of TV’s more reliable potboilers,” Newsday argued.

“By episode three, things are roiling up and rolling around,” the New York Post said.

“And at last the rotten Borgias may find happiness — in each other’s arms.”

Grey’s Anatomy replaces Kitchen Nightmares in TV2’s 9.30 Monday slot, a demotion from the 8.30 hour it commanded for its first nine seasons.

But that’s not surprising given how its ratings nosedived last season. Viewership’s also down in the US, although the show has been renewed for an 11th year.

In the meantime, season 10 picks up where the ninth left off, with the doctors dealing with the devastation of the storm, and includes the series’ 200th episode milestone and Isaiah Washington’s return as Dr Preston Burke.

In other HD programming news of note for the week starting May 3:

  • The ITM Fishing Show returns on a new channel — TV One — in a 5.25 Saturday slot, along with new seasons of Border Security (TV One, 7.30 Monday) and The Force (TV One, 8.00 Monday)
  • Season finales include Masterchef Masterclass (TV One, 7.30 Saturday), CSI: NY (TV3, 8.30 Saturday), MasterChef New Zealand (TV One, 7.30 Sunday), Step Dave (TV2, 8.40 Tuesday) and The Art of the Architect (TV One, 7.30 Thursday) 
  • Movies include State of Play (TV3, 9.30 Saturday), Away We Go (TV3, 12.10am Sunday), The Dirty Teacher (TV2, 12.10am Monday) and Transporter 2 (TV3, 8.30 Monday)
  • Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx guest on Friday’s The Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.30).
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6 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: May 3-9”

  1. “Fans of TV3′s late-night Monday must-see The Borgias won’t be disappointed in the third and final season, which went to air this time last year in the US.” Does that mean we will see series 3 after series 2 has finished or do we have to wait another year or two again?

  2. It starts May 5, directly on the back of series two. The good news about MediaWorks restructuring its Fox and Universal deals is great series like The Borgias and The Good Wife, which used to languish in the vault, are now in catch-up mode.

  3. Finally, Nashville arrives and I hope it rates well with adequate promotion, despite its lead-in not providing much of an audience to sample the new show. Fingers crossed this show finds an audience.

  4. Have you heard anything about whether we will get to see the new 24 in NZ Philip? 🙂

  5. I imagine Sky will pick it up for The Box. I doubt if MediaWorks will want it given the original series never rated well on TV3 and the last couples of seasons wound up on Four. Regardless of whether it lands on The Box or Four, it will be in SD (sigh).

  6. AW, oh well, at least it will be released on Blu-ray 🙂

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