HDTV Heads-Up: Wimbledon, NCIS, Supernatural, Chuck, The Deep End, The Pacific

It may not be in 3D, like the BBC’s, but at least TV One’s live overnight coverage of Wimbledon will be in HD.

The broadcaster will complement its exclusive, midnight-to-dawn telecasts, starting Monday, with an hour of highlights weekdays at 3pm.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Wimbledon and the 3D coverage of the men’s and women’s singles finals will require six cameras and a separate commentary team.

“During our 75 years of televising the Wimbledon Championships the BBC has continually broken new ground in broadcasting techniques,” Paul Davies, BBC executive producer, sport, said in a statement.

“This unique 3D transmission is the latest innovation to bring to life all the tension, drama and excitement on one of the most iconic sporting arenas in the world.”

TV2 will up its HD commitment later in the month, too, with new seasons of Chuck and Supernatural screening for the first time in 1080i.

The former will open its fourth season in a new slot, 8.30pm Thursdays, from June 30, while the next night at 10.30, Supernatural will start its sixth season in HD.

Other HD newcomers that week include an encore season of The Pacific (TV One, late-night Sundays), a new, short-lived legal drama, The Deep End, that TV3 will run out late-night Sundays, too, and the return of NCIS to TV3 (8.30pm Tuesdays).

There’s no word on when the last six episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles’ second season will air.

A TV3 spokesman told ScreenScribe.tv: “At this stage NCIS: LA has not been rescheduled, but we will be playing the remainder of the episodes later in the year.”

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