HD Heads-Up: April 12-18

Good news for fans of The Good Wife: TV3 will premiere season four on the back of the third-season finale.

It will go to air on April 15 and will help to narrow the ridiculous gap between screenings in NZ and the US (where the fifth has just taken a shockingly dramatic turn).

It’s a week of drama series tweaks on the network, with Hannibal being rescheduled from 9.30 Saturday to 10.30 and double-episodes of CSI: NY screening from 8.30 Saturday, ahead of the crossover CSI and CSI: NY episodes airing later this month.

And unlike FX in the US, TV3 is splitting the explosive two-hour season finale of Sons of Anarchy into two episodes, with part one screening on April 16.

New York magazine called the bloodbath “both shocking and predictable” while HitFix’s Geoff Berkshire said: “I’m still working through my stages of grief over this Sons of Anarchy finale.

“I’m currently on depression, and hoping that writing this will move me toward acceptance.”

The same week TV3 will premiere season two of Kings Cross ER (8.00 Monday) and The Three Day Nanny (7.30 Thursday).

“Nanny Mewes’s spit-spot shtick is pretending she’s from the Second World War,” The Telegraph said.

“She pedals in from the film unit round the corner in a checked tweed two-piece toting a carpet bag in the basket of her sit-up-and-beg bicycle.

“The no-nonsense tone and firm but fair face are her own. Whatever, she has the remarkable knack of civilising not only children but also parents.”

The Guardian dubbed her “Mary Poppins’ evil stepsister, without either the magic or the joy.”

Coincidentally, Mary Poppins is one of Good Friday’s HD movies (TV One, 8.30am), along with Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (TV2, 9.50am), Where the Wild Things Are (TV2, 2pm),  Arthur and the Revenge of the Maltazard (TV2, 3.40pm) and Hop (TV3, 7.00).

Other HD attractions for the week starting April 12 include Dolphin Tale (TV2, 7.00 Saturday), Macgruber (TV2, 9.15 Saturday), Appaloosa (TV2, 11.05 Saturday), Notorious (TV3, 11.25 Saturday), Fanboys (TV2, 1.05am Sunday), Apollo 18 (TV2, 10.30 Sunday), Forbidden Kingdom (TV2, 12.10am Monday) and Paul (TV3, 8.30 Monday).

TV One is re-running the Inspector Morse telemovie prequel Endeavour on April 12 at 8.30, ahead of the series’ debut the following weekend, and on April 15 will premiere in its 7.30 Tuesday wildlife slot Super Giant Animals.

It’s also re-running Planet Dinosaur (5.20pm Sunday) and will launch series two of Citizen Khan (10.00 Thursday) in HD.

Other highlights include a 9.00 Good Friday re-run of The Beatles: The Night That Changed America – A Grammy Salute opposite Dominic Cooper, Miriam Margolyes and pop star Lily Allen guesting on The Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.35).

Easter Weekend pre-emptions start early on Thursday, with TV2 usurping Police Ten-7, Motorway Patrol, Arrow and 20/20 for the SD movie Eight Below and the HD special The Year That Was, in which Jarred Christmas rediscovers 1986.

Other HD casualties of the holiday weekend include Friday’s Shortland Street, The Simpsons and How I Met Your Mother.

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