TV One First to Launch HD Shows of Interest in 2012

TV One will be the first of the networks to roll out its new season shows.

In the week starting January 14, it will launch two new series in HD and new seasons of returning HD hits Criminal Minds, Rapid Response and Piha Rescue.

One of the HD newcomers also is local: Primeval New Zealand, in which Peter Elliott unearths new facts about the origins of our native species.

The other is a police procedural from producer JJ Abrams (Lost) and Dark Knight screenwriter Jonathan Nolan.

Person of Interest stars The Passion of the Christ’s Jim Caviezel as an ex-CIA agent who teams with an enigmatic millionaire (Lost’s Michael Emerson) to stop crime before it happens using hi-tech tools.

Newsday dubbed it “a gritty, almost plausible winner, and distant reflection of Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report” and the US TV Guide “the rare crime drama that revels in actual mystery, its dark, paranoid tone embodied by two damaged heroes”.

But The Washington Post thought it “a whole lot of techno-hooey, relying on screenwriter-friendly leaps of logic. Emerson turns out to be a one-note actor, but Caviezel is appealing in a particle-board sort of way”.

Person of Interest will screen 9.30pm Mondays, after new episodes of Criminal Minds, which will be preceded by Piha Rescue and Rapid Response, providing TV One with a three-hour block of HD content.

TV One also will resume Winners and Losers and Harry’s Law in their 8.30/9.30 Wednesday slots and will premiere other new-season series the same week.

But the likes of Ocean Giants (7.30 Sundays), Frozen Planet (8.30 Tuesdays), Absolutely Fabulous (9.30 Thursdays), Above Suspicion (9.30 Fridays) and Hung (11.05 Fridays) won’t be in HD.

Sister channel TV2 is starting the new year more slowly, with the return of Shortland Street on January 16 and, in a new late-night Friday slot, The Vampire Diaries, ahead of the rest of season two of Human Target.

Also new that week, from January 21, is American Idol but, unlike TV3’s X Factor USA, it won’t be in HD.

TV3 also is holding back its key 2012 attractions until late January/early February but expect to see prominent in its new schedule Terra Nova and Homeland, and new episodes of Glee and Sons of Anarchy.

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