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The heroic bogans of TV2's new Thursday night line-up.

The heroic bogans of TV2’s new Thursday night line-up.

Normal service has resumed. Apologies for the dearth of posts this week but I have been empanelled on a jury.

As someone who’s self-employed, I was not only reluctant but pretty darn grumpy about having to give up several days of my working week to sit in judgment.

However, the experience was enlightening and enriching, with the rewards of participation far outweighing the inconvenience and hardship.

Of course, it means I can never view The Good Wife in quite the same light again, although I can hardly wait for season seven after the series ended its run this week on a humdinger of a twist.

Alas, TV3 has nothing of note to rival Wife for the week starting July 25, with the only newcomers being MasterChef NZ (7.00 Sunday), an Oprah Winfrey special, Oprah Down Under: The Next Adventure (10.30 Sunday), and a repeat of the documentary Playground Murder Plot (8.30 Monday).

TV1 has the final of Puberty Blues (9.30 Saturday), the return of Purina Pound Pups to Dog Stars (8.00 Tuesday) and another Mrs Brown’s Boys special (8.30 Thursday).

Stand-outs on TV2 include the season finales of The Big Bang Theory (8.50 Wednesday) and Once Upon a Time (9.50 Wednesday), and a new-look Thursday with a Police Ten 7 special, Drunk Driver Hall of Shame (7.30 Thursday), screening ahead of the return of Neighbours at War (8.30 Thursday) and the premiere of Bogans (9.00 Thursday), in which David Snell, who has a PhD in boganism, explores the Kiwi sub-culture.

Dancing With the Stars competitor Ben Barrington joins Shortland Street as a disruptive new doctor while making his debut on the soap next week is Max Apse, a young newcomer with star potential.

TV2 also has the network movie premiere of Pacific Rim (8.30 Sunday), as well as HD re-runs of Inkheart (7.00 Saturday), Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (9.05 Saturday), Sherlock Holmes (11.25 Saturday), The Son of No One (1.55am Sunday) and The Haunting in Connecticut 2 (11.10 Sunday) while TV3 has Martha Marcy May Marlene (11.00 Sunday) and Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (8.45 Wednesday).

By the way, I jumped the starting gun on The Amazing Race last week — it turns out TV2 is premiering season 24 at 4pm on July 18 and not the latest (s27), which may yet get a primetime run.

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