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HD Heads-Up: July 13-19 Three HD dramas that have been waiting in the wings are poised to at last make their debuts this month while screening within weeks of the US will be a Desperate Housewives-lite. The Tom Selleck police drama, Blue Bloods, will succeed CSI: NY 9.30 Saturday on TV3 from July 13, where it will overlap TV One’s new Aussie whodunit Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, while TV One belatedly will open the doors…

HD Heads-Up: July 12-18 Top-flight NZ fare and a raft of HD newcomers and returning series signal a mid-season overhaul on TVNZ. TV One will launch a three-week, NZ Sunday Theatre season on July 13 with award-winning documentary Erebus: Operation Overdue – the same week it airs new episodes of Vera, starting from Young Gods, in a new 9.30 Saturday Murder Mystery slot, and resumes Criminal Minds from season nine (8.30 Monday) and Dallas from…

HD Heads-Up: Die Hard 4, The Good Wife, Lie to Me “Yippie-ki-yay!” won’t be the first word that springs to mind when watching the network HD TV premiere of the latest in the surprisingly enduring but increasingly risible Die Hard franchise (TV3, 8.30pm Monday). Fourth time around, John McClane (Bruce Willis) is a middle-aged dinosaur of a cop who tries to thwart cyber-terrorists led by Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood). What ensues is a lot like one…

HD Heads-Up: December 7-13 November 28, 2013 2 Comments TV One will screen in HD a British documentary about Her Majesty’s prisoners serving life sentences. Lifers (9.45 Tuesday) was filmed over six months at Gartree Prison in Leicestershire, where the inmates describe their crimes and how they feel about spending the rest of their lives in prison. “Essentially, this documentary is an effective, in-depth study into the moral capacity of ‘lifers’ and whether they are…

HD Heads-Up: December 6-12 November 27, 2014 0 Comments T’is the season for season finales. Ahead of the networks’ Christmas specials rush comes a raft of HD finals. Exiting the week starting December 6 are Nashville, Our Big Blue Backyard, Happy Valley, Secrets and Lies, Hannibal, Motorway Patrol, The Bogan Hunters, The Flash, Arrow, Neighbours and, in an hour-long cliffhanger on Thursday, Shortland Street. Tuesday’s Sons of Anarchy also is longer than usual, with the…

HD Heads-Up: December 28-January 3 December 19, 2013 2 Comments TV3 will strip new HD comedy/drama series The Defenders 1.30 weekdays from New Year’s Eve. It’s one of four series debuting in HD during the dismally programmed first week of the new year, the other being Malibu Country (TV2, 6.30 Sunday), The Block: All Stars (TV3, 7.30 weeknights) and Meet the Frockers (TV One, 8.00 Wednesday). The Defenders sounds to be the most entertaining. About…

HD Heads-Up: December 21-27 December 12, 2013 2 Comments The networks’ Christmas schedules are decked wall-to-wall with movies and specials, mostly re-runs but many in HD, including the spin-off Toy Story of Terror! (TV2, 7.00 Monday). It aired as a Halloween special in the US, where Variety praised the “first-rate” animation. “At roughly 21 minutes sans commercials Toy Story of Terror! is about a quarter the length of the average animated feature but everything else…

HD Heads-Up: April 20-26 TV3 will use the first NZ version of The X Factor to give Sunday nights a tune-up. The 90-minute premiere will screen, as ScreenScribe.tv contributor Leo Styles predicted, on April 21, from 7.00-8.30, ahead of the network HD premiere of Sione’s 2: Unfinished Business. X Factor will screen twice weekly, with the second episode airing 7.30 Monday. The competition on both nights will be fierce, with TV One’s MasterChef NZ counting…

HD Debut for White House Drama Fans of The West Wing will be able to see it in HD for the first time when Sky’s SoHo channel strips it at 6.40 weeknights. The White House hit replaces Mad Men from January 16 and precedes another iconic drama of the last decade, Six Feet Under, switching to HD with the start of season three in April. The West Wing had its inauguration in 1999 and ran…

HD Boosts Sky’s Profit, Limits Churn February 19, 2010 0 Comments Sky TV’s reluctance to add HD channels in the short term seems at odds with its latest profit results. In a shareholders statement, chief executive John Fellet attributes a 19% jump in net profit, to $50.8 million, for the six months ending December 31, to uptake of its MySky HDi. He also reported churn of 13.8%, with Sky losing fewer HDi customers than SD…