HD Heads-Up: October 11-17

The Walking Dead and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation are the latest US series to be fast-tracked here.

The former will screen the same day as the States from October 13 (TV2, 9.30 Mondays) while the latter will return here within three weeks of its US season premiere from October 16 (TV3, 8.40 Thursdays), opposite TV2’s new superhero hour The Flash.

They join an unprecedented number of FTA series screening here in HD within days or weeks of the US.

Gotham, Agents of SHIELD, Sons of Anarchy and The Blacklist already are on air while Arrow and The Flash start on October 9.

CSI’s 15th season will be the first without two of its originals: showrunner Carol Mendelsohn and cast member Paul Guilfoyle.

In the premiere, which will push back low-rating Motive to 9.40, Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue) guest stars “opposite himself ” as twins: one’s a serial killer, the other’s a pillar of the community.

Buzz about the return of The Walking Dead suggests it may be more gruesome than ever.

“It goes way beyond the notion of hell on Earth in the season premiere of The Walking Dead, which proves living through a zombie apocalypse is a fate worse than death,” the New York Daily News observed.

Concurs Variety: “After the (rather too) long and winding road to Terminus, The Walking Dead opens its fifth season in spectacular fashion, a dazzling adrenaline rush filled with suspense, righteous violence and, before it’s all over, genuine emotion.

“Imbued with cinematic touches, the only downside to this breathtaking episode is pondering what the creative brain trust can do for an encore.”

The week’s other new HD drama is Love Child, an Australian variation on Call the Midwife set in a 1960s Kings Cross hospital and home for unwed mothers starring Packed to the Rafters’ Jessica Marais.

The Channel Nine drama will screen 8.30 Thursdays on TV One from October 16 in the former Rafters slot.

The show’s been renewed for a second season despite mixed reviews.

Love Child has been talked up big time by Nine, and it does have good looks on its side, and a strong cast,” The Age said.

“But it suffers from a severe lack of originality and its habit of bashing us over the head – with the music and period detail, with the Big Social Themes, with the awfulness of authority figures – and, unless it improves mightily, it’s hard to see it joining the annals of the greats.”

The Australian was kinder in its assessment: “While it’s not completely successful, it’s a delight to look at, with classily cinematic direction from set-up director Shawn Seet, characterised by an arresting visual formalism, and superb period design by Tim Ferrier.

“It’s also fun to be dragged back to a 1969 Kings Cross, where the series is set, a time it was easy to be fascinated by the way freedom and debauchery could be pursued at the same time, in the same impulse.”

Another HD newcomer from Oz is The Bogan Hunters, which will anchor a three-hour Tuesday reality block on TV2 at 8.30 from October 14.

Creator Paul Fenech dubs its “car crash TV” while the Sydney Morning Herald wondered: “Is this the greatest or the worst thing you’ll see on Australian television?”

In other HD news for the week starting October 11:

  • Girl vs Boy returns on Sunday (TV2, 6.00)
  • The 200th episode of Criminal Minds airs on Monday (TV One, 8.30)
  • Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Luke Evans and Lenny Kravitz guest on Friday’s Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.40)
  • Ending their runs are Army Wives on Tuesday (TV2, 10.30), Sullivan & Son on Wednesday (TV2, 11.25) and Lights Out on Friday (TV3, 1.10am)
  • All of the week’s HD movies are re-runs: Limitless (TV2, 9.10 Saturday), Taking Woodstock (TV3, 10.20 Saturday), The Reader (TV One, 10.30 Saturday), Crazy on the Outside (TV2, 12.45am Sunday), Meet the Robinsons (TV2, 6.30 Sunday), Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (TV3, 8.10 Sunday), Nightmare on Elm Street (TV2, 11.30 Sunday) and Bad Boys 2 (TV2, 9.30 Friday).
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One Response to “HD Heads-Up: October 11-17”

  1. With Criminal Minds turning 200, will there be a birthday party? Will there be a big cake? I wouldn’t trust any of the guest stars with a knife or matches to light the candles!

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