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WEEK 13: Saturday 27 March - Friday 2 April 2010

TV2 has an action-packed week in the gear up towards Easter, starting with The Amazing Race, on Sunday at 7.30pm. One team finds that time is not of the essence for a shopkeeper who hinders their movement, and others discover that a hurried pace doesn't always equal victory.

On Monday at 8.30pm, Desperate Housewives sees Wisteria Lane caught up in a guessing game of who Julie's (Andrea Bowen) attacker was. Susan (Teri Hatcher) believes Katherine (Dana Delany) may be Julie's assailant, and Lynette (Felicity Huffman) has her own suspicions. Elsewhere, Gaby (Eva Longoria) struggles to home school Juanita (Madison de la Garza) and Angie (Drea de Matteo) confronts Nick (Jeffrey Nordling) about a secret.

20/20 Special Edition continues on Thursday at 9.30pm, with this week's feature focusing on a woman who was stalked mercilessly by an ex-boyfriend, resulting in a dramatic turn of events that threatened to ruin her life.

Local Reality - Matthew & Marc's Rocky Road To Bollywood, Sunday 28 March, 7pm: Ridge and Ellis are back for another hilarious road trip - this time to the home of the world's largest movie making industry, in Matthew & Marc's Rocky Road To Bollywood.

This year, the boys' mission is to travel to Mumbai and attempt to become Bollywood movie stars, competing in everything they do along the way - with the loser of each challenge facing some humiliating consequences. Ellis and Ridge experience the fun and the madness of Mumbai and beyond, learning Bollywood skills along the way.

Julie Christie, who produced, wrote and directed the series, says viewers can look forward to the full spectrum of Indian culture in the show, as well as a trip to the location of a recent hit film.

"At one point, they visit the Mumbai slums and meet the child stars of Slumdog Millionaire," Christie says. "But it's India, so they also try out some of the weirdest pursuits in the world. They're searching for Bollywood stardom, so they're involved in dancing, playback singing, acting and stunt-fighting."

Years may have passed since the boys' last trip down the Rocky Road but, as Christie reveals, they have lost none of their enthusiasm for the show.

"They are three years older than the last series, but they have lost none of their love for beating each other up - even if their bodies sometimes scream at them to stop."

It's also the more boisterous moments from filming that most stand out in Christie's mind as the funniest.

"Seeing them dressed in nothing but flimsy loincloths for khusti wrestling (it was winter so there were no tans to be seen) was very funny," she says. "But the boys would say they loved the snake charming from tonight's episode most - Matthew had to kiss the head of a deadly, erect cobra so there was real fear there."

It's not just the challenges themselves that prove tricky for Matthew and Marc - the forfeits for losing were often worse, as Christie explains.

"The consequences they face after losing a challenge are some of the best moments. In one of the episodes, Marc conjures up the hottest curry in the world for Matthew to eat, and you can almost feel his pain as you're watching it."

As they travel across the country, these sporting greats are as determined as ever to make it to the big time, and even more determined to win against each other.

In tonight's first episode, the boys attempt to become action heroes, learning to fight Indian-style with the godfather of Bollywood movie stunts, Parvez Khan.

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Matthew & Marc's Rocky Road To Bollywood will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the 'ondemand' button.

Movie - The Invasion, Sunday 28 March, 8.30pm: Nicole Kidman (Cold Mountain) and Daniel Craig (Quantum Of Solace) star in TV2's Sunday Premiere Movie, The Invasion, a gripping thriller about a psychiatrist who unearths an alien epidemic.

When the space shuttle, Patriot explodes into pieces, stories emerge about a strange substance found clinging to the wreckage, and the first to come in contact with it are the first to change. Though Carol Bennell (Kidman) and fellow doctor, Ben Driscoll (Craig) know something is wrong, they don't realise the weight of what's happening, and Carol lets her son Oliver (Jackson Bond, Into Temptation) spend the weekend with his estranged dad, a high-level official with the Centre for Disease Control, who is in Washington investigating the crash and was one of the first people on the scene.

As the epidemic spreads, Carol discovers the very people in charge of inoculation against it are spreading something far worse - a spore of unknown origin that attacks human DNA while the host sleeps, removing character and emotion from the person. Carol embarks on a desperate journey into a changed world to stay alive long enough to find her son. To hide among them, she will have to remain calm, betray no emotion, and, most of all, not fall asleep.

Published in 1955, Jack Finney's classic novel The Body Snatchers has become widely regarded as one of the most resonant examples of the power of science fiction to explore social and political paradigms of a given era.

Producer Joel Silver says this adaptation puts a marked twist in the very notion of alien invasion, touching on contemporary cultural issues stemming from fear of pandemic to social and political unrest.

"The film poses the idea that an invasion can occur without ships, without the physical presence of aliens. We're at a time now in which the notion of a pandemic is a real and present threat. What if our destruction could come not at the hands of invaders but through the introduction of microbes? What's scariest is being confronted by something that could just creep in and take over without anyone knowing until it's almost too late."

In a contemporary world, what happens when the people charged with protecting the public are the first to be changed? "If you sense something is wrong but the government, the news, the scientist in charge of stopping a disease - everyone is telling you everything's okay, people tend to think it's just paranoia," says Silver.

"That's how power can slip away - power to stop it or warn people on a mass scale. The main characters in this story have to learn to trust what they're seeing with their own eyes before it goes past the point of doing anything about it."

Local Drama - Shortland Street, Weekdays, 7pm: Hunter McKay (Lee Donoghue) fears for his future this week on Shortland Street, after being jabbed with a used syringe. Faced with the possibility of contracting HIV, Hunter's outlook on life suddenly looks very different. How will he deal with his uncertain future?

When Hunter's attempt to help an HIV positive junkie backfires on him, he's shocked to realise that his life may now take a very different path.

"Hunter has a really bright future ahead of him," says Donoghue. "He's busy working as an ambulance driver and studying hard at medical school. So it's a very scary thought that everything could change so quickly."

Set to take anti-HIV medication for several weeks, Hunter's life will be in limbo until the final results come back. With such a heavy burden on his shoulders, Hunter finds it difficult to carry on as if nothing has happened.

"Ben (Shaun Edwards-Brown) convinces Hunter to come out for a drink to take his mind off things, but it quickly becomes apparent that's easier said than done," says Donoghue. "Ben encourages Hunter to talk to an attractive woman, but Hunter has to grimly remind him that romance will be taking a back seat for now."

Donoghue says that playing this storyline has been an interesting experience.

"It really opened my eyes to the level of rejection and judgement faced by people in that situation," Donoghue explains. "We all need to stop judging."

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

Local Reality - The Apprentice New Zealand, Tuesday 30 March, 7.30pm: Number 8 and Athena face their toughest challenge yet, and a bad decision has far reaching consequences for one of the teams, tonight on The Apprentice New Zealand.

This week, 'The Boss' introduces the contestants to celebrity interior designer Hamish Dodd, who tasks them with renovating identical million-dollar apartments in the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland. Supplied with furniture from Homebase, the teams must execute a renovation which will achieve the maximum rental return for the apartments.

Later, tensions reach boiling point for Catherine and Meena, and an attempted cover-up leads to devastating consequences in the boardroom.

For more information, eliminated contestants' thoughts on their firing and Terry Serepisos' behind the scenes blog, head to the official TVNZ The Apprentice New Zealand site www.tvnz.co.nz/apprenticenz. If you have missed an episode, full episodes of The Apprentice New Zealand will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the 'ondemand' button.

Drama - Grey's Anatomy, Tuesday 30 March, 8.30pm: Cristina (Sandra Oh) is desperate for a new 'cardio God', but Teddy Altman (Kim Raver, 24) is not quite what she had in mind, in tonight's Grey's Anatomy.

As Cristina has been pining for a new cardiothoracic mentor, Owen (Kevin McKidd) surprises her by recruiting his fellow Iraqi war veteran and old friend, Teddy. However, Cristina begins to question Teddy's abilities in the operating room when it becomes apparent that her techniques are not quite as up-to-date as they could be - plus, there's lingering uncertainty about the nature of Owen and Teddy's past relationship.

Raver admits that she was a huge fan of the medical drama before winning the part as Teddy - and she has a soft spot for one couple in particular.

"I love Cristina and Owen together," she tells TV Guide USA. "They're so unbelievably cute. They have such great chemistry. And I really want Cristina to find happiness."

The actress was therefore slightly reticent about the role, as Teddy looks set to stir things up between the pair.

"I was concerned how this was going to work, but the writers do a great job of introducing my character in a very clever way," she says. "I have to shut down the fan part of me and come to this with new eyes."

The actress, who previously starred in Lipstick Jungle and Third Watch says she feels "lucky to be the new kid on the block, coming onto a highly successful show".

Raver is also keen to point out that her character is a warmer person than the last two cardiothoracic surgeons on the show, Burke (Isiah Washington) and Hahn (Brooke Smith).

"She does her job - but she's not mean spirited," she says.

Elsewhere tonight, Izzie (Katherine Heigl) returns to Seattle Grace with her high school mentor (played by Oscar winning actor, Joel Grey, Cabaret) seeking treatment for his dementia, and the stress of Richard's (James Pickens Jr) responsibilities, post-merger, begin to take their toll.

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

Local Drama - Go Girls, Thursday 1 April, 8.30pm: This week on Go Girls, newcomer Esther Stephens joins the cast as Olivia Duff, the new girl in town who's about to shake things up.

An old school friend of Amy's (Anna Hutchison), Olivia returns home from a high-profile career in New York to find a plethora of problems awaiting her.

Stephens comments: "Olivia kind of ends up in Go Girls land by accident. She is confronted by a drama with her parents, which becomes the catalyst for a bunch of other events that lead her to discover she actually has a lot of unfinished business at home to take care of."

A UNITEC Performing Arts School graduate, Go Girls marks Stephens' television debut. "Prior to landing Go Girls, I'd never actually done any professional screen work, so this has been a big learning curve," she says.

Stephens' theatre and musical theatre credits include: She Stoops to Conquer, Twelfth Night, Spelling Bee and The Threepenny Opera.

A trained singer, Stephens performs regular gigs with her band, Motor City Family Funk, and also works part-time as a drama teacher.

"At first when I came into Go Girls, I had this idea that because it's screen production, everything needed to be much smaller and to a certain degree that's kind of true. But also I'm learning a lot watching the other actors work - it's not about the size of the performance, it's about truthfulness I guess," Stephens explains.

Dying her hair dark brown for the character, Stephens says she has also taken some style tips from Olivia. "In terms of style, Olivia is very current. The labels she wears are all designer and fancy from overseas. I've noticed my own style morphing, all of a sudden I'm buying jackets with shoulder pads which is something I've never done before!" Stephens laughs.

So just how will Olivia shake things up for the Go Girls gang? Stephens hints it may be Olivia's tendency to put her foot in her mouth constantly. "I think Olivia accidentally offends people and says the wrong things but she's a genuine person and she's got a good heart."

"She can just sometimes be a bit oblivious, I think that's probably the best word to describe her. She's in such a hurry and going for what she wants that she's inadvertently stepping on people's toes or changing the course of their lives."

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

Movies - Good Friday Movies, Friday 2 April, from 10.15am: TV2 kicks off the Easter festivities with an eclectic line-up of family movies to enjoy throughout Good Friday.

First up at 10.15am is Rugrats Go Wild, which finds the loveable babies on a deserted island when their holiday goes awry. Featuring the voice talent of Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons), and Bruce Willis (Die Hard).

Later in the day, at 12.45pm, a baseball team receives some angelic help thanks to a young boy's prayers, in the comedy movie Angels In The Outfield, starring Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon).

At 3pm, the Scooby gang are back in a premiere adventure, as the sleuths take a mystery-themed cruise through the Bermuda Triangle, in Scooby Doo: Pirates Ahoy!, featuring another voice from The Simpsons, Dan Castellaneta. However, what starts out as staged hi-jinks on board the boat soon turns into the real thing.

Screening at 4.40pm, Zathura: A Space Adventure follows two young brothers who are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurtled through space by a magical board game. Starring Kristen Stewart (Twilight), and Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption).

Acclaimed director Tim Burton brings his vividly imaginative style to TV2's Good Friday Movie, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, screening at 7pm. Charlie is a good-hearted boy from a poor family who lives in the shadow of Willy Wonka's extraordinary factory. Starring Johnny Depp (Alice In Wonderland).

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