HDTV Update: Fringe, No Ordinary Family, City Homicide
TV2 will screen the episodes of Fringe and No Ordinary Family it pre-empted because of the Christchurch earthquake but TV One won’t be resuming HD transmissions of City Homicide.
The Australian police drama was acquired in HD for seasons one and two, when the network anticipated it would be a hit.
But when the ratings failed to materialise, and the series was consigned to the late shift (11pm Monday), it opted to take seasons three and four in SD.
That’s because SD tapes are cheaper than HD tapes, a cost factor the network feels it has to consider when a series like City Homicide can no longer command top ad rates.
Hopefully the same fate won’t await season three of Fringe, now that HD series has switched from 9.30pm Tuesdays to 10.30pm Thursdays.
TV2 is nearing the end of season two quicker than expected because it’s skipped episode 15, Jacksonville, as Disgruntled Fringe Fan points out.
According to an IGN review, it opens with a Manhattan office worker waking up after a violent earthquake with “more than the usual number of body parts, including an extra set of arms and legs, and a head growing out of his torso (not to mention the steel beam merged with his shoulder)”.
It was out of sensitivity to the impact of the earthquake in Christchurch that TV2 pre-empted Jacksonville and the No Ordinary Quake episode of No Ordinary Family.
If you wondered what you missed, the AV Club has one of the best summaries.
TV2 has confirmed both Jacksonville and No Ordinary Quake will screen as part of the current seasons.