New TV starting this week (and last)

Last updated 11:02 01/03/2013

Since I missed last Friday at the blog - helping out at a fishing competition, no less - I thought I'd give you a special edition of New This Week today. Here is what's coming up in the next seven days, plus a few shows that started last week, and a quick gaze into the future too ...

SATURDAY
TV One is rejigging their Saturday night again, with repeats of Billy Connolly's Route 66 (One, 7.30pm), the always entertaining Come Dine With Me (One, 8.30pm), and repeats of Masterchef NZ (One, 9.30pm). Meanwhile, did you realise the second season of Face Off - in which visual effects gurus compete; it's like Project Runway for folk who want to do movie makeup - is under way (Four, 9.30pm)?

SUNDAY
Top Chef: Masters comes to an end for this season (Four, 6.30pm), before another new episode of Survivor Caramoan: Fans vs Faves (Four, 7.30pm). Prime is showing rugby documentary Weight of a Nation (Prime, 8.30pm) before the second episode of Monroe's fantastic new season (Prime, 9.30pm). Meanwhile, SoHo is showing 2005 mini-series Empire Falls over the next two Sundays (SoHo, 8.30pm), with a cast including Paul Newman, Helen Hunt and Ed Harris.

MONDAY
Iwi Anthems is back (Maori TV, 8pm), and the new series of My Kitchen Rules is ticking along (TV2, 7.30pm). Jim Broadbent-led series Exile, about a drug-addled journalist forced to live with his Alzheimer's-suffering father, gets under way (UKTV, 8.30pm). Christina Applegate/Will Arnett comedy Up All Night continues (Four, 8.30pm) before the final episode ever of 30 Rock (Four, 9.30pm). The big news is that The Blue Rose and The Americans have moved timeslots - now airing at 9.30pm and 11.15pm on TV3, respectively. If you aren't watching these shows, you absolutely should be.

TUESDAY
New episodes of RPA are the order of the day (One, 7.30pm), while prison series Lockdown gives way to Dangerous Roads later on the evening (One, 9.35pm). Just quietly, I reckon Go On (TV3, 8pm) is the pick of the night here - the premise is funny, the ensemble are great and Matthew Perry is charming. I'm loving it.

WEDNESDAY
Te Radar is back on our screens for another series of Global Radar (One, 8pm), before Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner take their bromance to new heights on TV3's new current affairs series 3rd Degree (TV3, 8.30pm). Elementary is up against it on Prime (8.30pm); my review ran yesterday. Also, I've been watching the second series of 2 Broke Girls (TV2, 9pm) and I have to say ... it's still bloody terrible. But it's not as bad as last year. And, surprisingly, I'm enjoying it more than The Big Bang Theory (TV2, 8.30pm), which is just horrifically bad at this point.

THURSDAY
Agent Anna comes to a close this week (One, 8.30pm), and the second season of Strike Back (Prime, 9.30pm) gets a run on free-to-air after a new episode of Vegas (Prime, 8.30pm). My Thursdays are all about Once Upon a Time (TV2, 8.30pm), which has started strongly in its second season. Jolly good show, that.

FRIDAY
Nothing to report here ... other than I'm still loving Sunny Skies (TV3, 8.30pm).

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
The week after next sees a few new shows joining the schedule: Four is going straight from Top Chef: Masters into Top Chef: Just Desserts and National Geographic has feature-length Killing Lincoln (both March 10), while new season comedy The Mindy Project takes over from 30 Rock on Four (March 11). Beyond that, we only really know what the Sky channels are doing - SoHo has Holy Grail-centric miniseries Labyrinth (March 17), new episodes of United States of Tara (March 28), the third season of Game of Thrones (April 1, airing a mere 3.5 hours behind the USA), new seasons of Mad Men (April 14) and Veep (April 18), and British drama Blackout (April 30), which vaguely sounds like a British version of Boss ... so it'll instantly be better than Boss. Meanwhile, UKTV has Jane Campion's Queenstown-shot series Top of the Lake (March 25), which has been getting great reviews around the world.

What are you looking forward to seeing in the coming week, and beyond?

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