HD Heads-Up: April 13-19

The Good Wife has just been renewed for a fifth season in the US but NZ fans will have to wait until late this year to see the third in HD.

TV3 is repeating season two of the legal drama late-night Tuesdays from April 16 and is expected to succeed it with season three in October.

It’s adopted the same strategy with Hawaii Five-O, with new episodes due to debut in the third quarter.

“We have multiple runs on these shows and  feel that repeating previous series, as opposed to only playing new episodes, allows us to establish the slot going forward,” a spokesman says.

He also confirms another quality drama, the Tom Selleck  police drama Blue Bloods, which has just been renewed for a fourth season, is likely to debut late-night in the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately, there’s no word on when season two of The Borgias will air.

The third season of the period Vatican drama goes to air next week in the US and creator Neil Jordan says it could be the last (he’s mooted the possibility of wrapping up the series with a two-hour movie).

Also of note in HD for the week starting April 11:

❑ New seasons of Revolution in a new late-night Wednesday slot (TV2, 10.50) and The Voice Australia in a two-hour premiere on Friday (TV2, 7.30)

❑ The season finale of House Husbands on Sunday (TV One, 9.30)

❑ The network HD movie premieres of Elegy on Saturday (TV One, 10.30) and Greenberg on Sunday (TV3, 10.40)

❑ Jeremy Irons guests on Sunday’s The Simpsons (TV3, 7.30), and Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko and Gerard Butler on Friday’s Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.30).

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5 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: April 13-19”

  1. Still no X Factor NZ? Oh well, can’t be too far away 🙂

  2. “Unfortunately, there’s no word on when season two of The Borgias will air.” I knew I should have downloaded it in April last year. I see that season three starts in the US this month as well.

  3. TV3 is run by morons. By the time they finally get around to showing new episodes there won’t be any audience as people will have already seen them by means other than broadcast TV.

  4. X Factor NZ launches April 21 on TV3 and possibly will signal TV3’s return to Sunday night drama with the strong lead-in that X Factor NZ will undoubtedly provide.

  5. Thanks, Leo. I’d be amazed if the network went head-to-head with MasterChef NZ as it starts to whittle down the 10 finalists. Then again, MasterChef NZ would be weaker competition than My Kitchen Rules, which blitzes the competition 7.30 Monday-Wednesday, and TV3 wouldn’t waste such a high-profile commission any later in the week. Your speculation re the re-introduction of Sunday night drama on the network may not be quite as informed, as at this stage the HD premiere of a NZ movie is scheduled for April 21.

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