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V on TV2

10:35pm Wednesday, October 26 on TV2

It’s the season two premiere of TV2’s hit drama V, tonight and the action continues from last season’s finale when Anna (Morena Baccarin) unleashed Red Sky on the planet.

With the world on the brink of war and chaos all around, is there anyone who can stand up to Anna?

Meanwhile, Ryan (Morris Chestnut) has been kept in isolation on the mothership, so that Anna can experiment on his hybrid baby, and Chad (Scott Wolf, Party Of Five), seeking redemption for being used by Anna, now wants to fight with the Fifth Column.

Plus, Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell) goes on a journey to find Dr Sidney Miller (Bret Harrison), a scientist who can give her the answers to what Red Sky is. There, she learns the horrifying secret of what the Vs are doing on our planet.

Recurring guest star Jane Badler (Neighbours) appears as Anna’s mother, Diana.

Missed an episode of V? Full episodes are available online. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the Ondemand link.

Seems Friday the 13th was unlucky as ABC (US) announced that Brothers & Sisters, V, No Ordinary Family, Better With You and Off The Map, all of which screen on TV2, have been ofiicially cancelled.

The woman who played the visitor queen in the original V series has confirmed she will have a role in the reboot’s second season.

Badler will return to the screen as Diana, the same name her original character had, but will play Anna’s mother who has been imprisoned in a Vistor homeworld habitat on one of the V ships.

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8:30pm Wednesday, July 28 on TV2

New Zealander Charles Mesure (soon to be seen in TV ONE’s This Is Not My Life) commences his ongoing role in V, tonight on TV2.

Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell), Father Jack (Joel Gretsch) and Kyle Hobbes (Mesure) realise that the Visitors know names and addresses of the Fifth Column members and must take drastic measures to protect them. Ryan (Morris Chestnut) finally reveals to Val (Lourdes Benedicto) that he is a Visitor and Chad (Scott Wolf), with the camera rolling for Prime Focus, begins the process aboard the Mothership’s Medical Bay to have his aneurysm removed.

Meanwhile, Anna (Morena Baccarin) gives Tyler (Logan Huffman) his invitation to the Live Aboard Program.

8:30pm Wednesday, July 14 on TV2

The invasion continues on TV2 tonight, as V returns for a new run of feature length episodes.

As the story continues, Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell) finds her life in danger when she’s attacked at home, and, as the Visitors build up their defences, a dangerous new member is recruited for the resistance. Meanwhile, Anna (Morena Baccarin) wonders why Chad (Scott Wolf) hasn’t followed up on his diagnosed aneurysm and Ryan’s (Morris Chestnut) concerns grow over Val’s (Lourdes Benedicto) abnormal pregnancy.

Elsewhere, Tyler (Logan Huffman) learns a secret about his mother, and a sacrifice is made to save Ryan.

Elizabeth Mitchell says one of the things which attracted her to her character was Erica’s bravado in the face of imminent danger.

“Here is this insignificant woman with a little bit of combat training, and she’s going up against people who are far, far superior in every way. Intellectually, their weapons are more superior, their technology is more superior. I think it’s neat.”

Mitchell explains that despite Erica not being as strong as the V’s, her determination makes her a force to be reckoned with.

“She’s somebody who spends every second trying to protect her world, trying to protect her people. She puts herself in harm’s way. And I like the fact that she’s tough – you don’t want to mess with her.”

As her on-screen son becomes increasingly enthralled with the extra-terrestrial visitors, Mitchell says she can understand the V’s appeal to the human race.

“Yes, Tyler’s fallen in love with the Visitors, and who wouldn’t? They’re curing diseases, they’re beautiful, they’re peaceful. They’re going to take away all our pain. So of course you love that. But the sad thing is there’s a horrible price to pay for that.”

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of V will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.

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8:30pm Wednesday, December 2 on TV2

The ‘Visitors’ have arrived, as the highly anticipated premiere of the thriller, V lands on TV2.

In the first of two feature-length episodes ahead of a full series next year, the world is on the verge of its first encounter with an alien race. The ‘Visitors’ (or V’s) are initially viewed with fear, but they quickly become a source of fascination to the human race. To Chad (Scott Wolf, Party Of Five), a career-hungry news anchor, his exclusive interviews with Anna (Morena Baccarin, Firefly), the leader of the V’s, are crucial to his dominating the airwaves.

However, when FBI counter terrorist agent Erica Evans (Elizabeth Mitchell, Lost) discovers the dark secret lurking beneath the alarmingly human exterior of the V’s, resisting this new world has never been more important – and never has there been more at stake.

Scott Peters, executive producer, took the original show from the 80s and re-imagined the story for a modern audience.

“A lot has happened in the last 25 years, and in the post 9/11 world, there’s a lot of paranoia, the economy has tanked, and every time we seem to turn on the news it seems to have become worse,” Peters says. “It’s an interesting concept to think, ‘Wow! Wouldn’t it be great if 29 alien ships turned up and these beautiful people said, ‘Hey, we’re going to take care of all your problems?'”

Peters reveals that the most important aspect of revisiting the show was to make it relevant for contemporary viewers.

“The trick was to try to find our own voice, and not simply remake the old characters or the old themes – but bring it forward and look to resonate with audiences today with what’s going on in the world.”

For Peters, the overarching theme to all of the show’s interwoven plots is the idea of blind devotion, whether it’s to your partner, or your work, or your religion, as he explains:

“Father Jack’s (Joel Gretsch) big question at the beginning is, ‘How can I reconcile the reality of spaceships outside my window with what I know of the Bible’,” Peters says. “This is a guy who used to step outside, look up at the sky, and where in his mind, God would be, now there’s a spaceship. So, it’s those themes that are [explored] across the board.”

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of V will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.

It was TVNZ’s turn to show off which series they’ll be screening in 2010 at their new season launch today in Auckland.  As you’d expect, there’s a fairly solid line-up.

TV One has a new goal:  to be a little edgier.  One might assume: a little less safe.  It will be interesting to see how this transcribes into ratings.

TV One should dominate Mondays with The Pacific, an HBO series from the makers of Band of Brothers.  This will be followed by the multi-Emmy award-winning series Generation Kill. However, as it aired in the US in 2008, it can be bought on DVD here for about $40.

On TV2 Monday night kicks off with Supernanny followed by Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters.

Before Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice screen, Tuesday nights on TV2 will have New Zealand’s version of The Apprentice.  No doubt Terry Serepisos should do quite well now that some of the boys from his club are heading to the World Cup.

Speaking of which, unlike other major sporting events, TVNZ has chosen not to relinquish the free-to-air rights for the football World Cup in South Africa which will screen on TV One.

Wednesday will see the local version of Masterchef New Zealand on TV One, confirming that the format won’t follow the highly successful Australian version.  This will be followed by the second season of Packed to the Rafters that is about to finish in Australia.

The final season of Lost has been promised to be aired as close to its US release as possible. The word simulcast was used but no one expects the show to air at 2pm.  TV2 has it listed in a Wednesday timeslot which means the best we can hope for is that ABC in the US move the show to a Tuesday so that it will air here within hours. If not, one can only assume that New Zealand internet traffic will be incredibly low for the six days post the season finale in the US as kiwi fans avoid websites spoiling the mystery.

The lead in to Lost is the new sci-fi thriller Flash Forward.

Coming to TV One on Friday nights is Leigh Hart’s Mysterious Planet which will be up against a tough comedy line up on TV3.  TV2 will screen the ninth season of American Idol after Two and a Half Men and The Middle, a show that is scarily reminiscent of Malcom in the Middle.

TV One is bringing the Bond-a-thon to Saturday nights with all 22 Bond movies.

Marcus Lush will be back with South, as will Matthew and Marc’s Rocky Road and the Amazing Race for Sunday evenings.  Sports fans will also be introduced to a new show on TV One for Sunday’s lineup.

The spaceships were shown but the cult remake of V wasn’t mentioned specifically.

The show of the preview though had to be This is Not My Life from the makers of Go Girls and Outrageous Fortune.  It looks hot.  The brief snippet made me think of Minority Report and the cult series Nowhere Man from the nineties.  It stars Charles Mesure (Gerard from Outrageous Fortune – does this mean he’s dead and not in Season 6?) and Tania Nolan (Angelina from Go Girls).  Of everything I saw, this was the one I’m most looking forward to.  Hopefully we’ll get a copy of the trailer soon.

New Shows
Flash Forward



The Middle



The Forgotten



The Vampire Diaries



Human Target



Drop dead Diva



Cougar Town



Hawthorne



Hung



Castle



Generation Kill



The Pacific



Past Life



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Local
The Apprentice New Zealand
Masterchef New Zealand
Leigh Hart’s Mysterious Planet

Real Life: Are You My Tribe

Returning
Shortland Street
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares
Packed to the Rafters
Beyond the Darklands
Gangs of Oz
Criminal Minds
Sunday Theatre
South
Medical Emergency
Piha Rescue
Border Patrol
Animal House
The Politically Incorrect Parenting Show
Inspectors
Cold Case
The Zoo
Desperate Housewives
Brothers & Sisters
American Idol
Go Girls
The Big Bang Theory
Chuck
The Mentalist
Scrubs
Rescue 1
Fringe
Two and a Half Men
Gary Unmarried
Grey’s Anatomy
Private Practice
Police Ten 7
Neighbours at War
America’s Funniest Home Videos
The Amazing Race
Matthew and Marc’s Rocky Road
One News
Fair Go
Sunday
20/20
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