HDTV Heads-Up: May 5-11

✮ The networks are resorting to HD movies to patch up mid-season programming holes: TV3 will use a season of action movies to shore up Monday nights, starting with a re-run of Taken on May 7 — two days after repeating AVP: Alien vs Predator — and Oscar-winner The Hurt Locker (above) will have its network HD premiere, with 5.1 audio, on May 10 (TV One, 8.30).

✮ Sundays will be a double-happy night for fans of The Big Bang Theory when TV2 adds a second season-one re-run to the schedule — the low-rating Happily Divorced is being ditched, one week into its second season, for the extra post-Mike & Molly episode from 8pm on May 5.

✮ Shortland Street’s winter season of hour-long Monday episodes begins May 7, when Hayley’s true colours are revealed — and ahead of several 20th anniversary specials slated for later in the month (TV2, 7.00).

 Shorty stablemate Go Girls has its fourth-season finale on May 8 (TV2, 8.30).

TV3 will build on its 7 Days stable of hits with Funny Roots, a series about stand-up comedians mining their comic ancestry that starts 8pm on May 8 with Steve Wrigley chewing over his Dutch genesis.

TV One’s scheduling shake-up continues with Harry’s Law being dropped from 9.30 Wednesdays, three episodes shy of the season-two finale, and replaced by Castle — which is being bumped from 8.30 for a new run of Undercover Boss on May 9.

Life After Death, the episode of The Finder that Bones star David Boreanaz directed, will air on May 10 (TV3, 8.30) — the same night Fringe returns for its fourth season (TV2, 10.30).

Jeff Goldblum and Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell will make their debuts as Rachel’s gay dads on the May 11 episode of Glee (TV3, 7.30).

✮ Sherlock will screen here in HD for the first time when season two starts on May 11 (TV One, 8.30) — only days after TV2 airs Sherlock Holmes as its Sunday Premiere Movie (alas, in elementary SD which the network now says will be in HD, too).

The same night Zac Effron, Matt Le Blanc and Not Going Out’s Lee Mack will be on the couch with Graham Norton (TV3, 8.30).

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One Response to “HDTV Heads-Up: May 5-11”

  1. YIPEEEEE Fringe is back … about time, too. :)

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