HD Heads-Up: December 1 – 7

➢➢ It’s a vexing indictment of TVNZ’s schedules when its best prospects are online. TVNZ OnDemand has invested in a 100-hour slate of 12 British shows — some new, some ancient — that will stream from December 3. The undoubted highlights are the Sean Bean drama, Broken, about a Catholic priest in northern England, and the delightful Dickensian, which at last will be available to view in HD after its original SD run on UKTV. Dickensian is like a Victorian Coronation Street teeming with iconic Dickens characters and is simply brilliant, even though the BBC axed it after only one season. TVNZ OnDemand will complement it with Bleak House and the 2009 dramatisation of Little Dorrit starring The Crown’s Claire Foy …

➢➢ The package also includes A Bit of Fry and Laurie but the six-part Broken is the stand-out. “It sometimes seems as though Jimmy McGovern named his latest show Broken because his aim is to break his viewers into pieces every week,” observed The Guardian. “We are now halfway through this series about Catholic priest Father Michael Kerrigan and the small flock he attempts to bring succour to in the north west of England – and every week has ended with me blubbering incoherently on the sofa.” The Telegraph dubbed it “timely but tough to watch” …

➢➢ Also streaming next month will be box sets of Nip/Tuck and Mike & Molly (from December 1) and the expose of World Health Organisation corruption, TrustWHO (from December 4), while graduating from TVNZ OnDemand to TVNZ 2 will be the John Lithgow comedy, Trial & Error, which will air late-night Fridays from December 7 …

➢➢ Hawaii Five-O fans will have to say “Aloha” earlier than expected, with Three cutting short the show’s season-seven run. It will end next week with episode 20, five short of the full season. Three is revamping Wednesday nights with what looks like a Die Hard movie season. H5O’s into its ninth season on CBS and having managed to at last turn it into a hit here, it’s baffling why Three jeopardises a proven performer’s prospects by changing slots, as it’s done for the past couple of weeks, and now resting the series just as it was starting to close the gap with US broadcasts …

➢➢ Prime is pulling new episodes of Ross Kemp: Extreme World even before it starts. From November 30, re-runs of NCIS: New Orleans will air 9.30 Fridays in its place and new episodes of Australia’s Border Security will screen 7.30 Fridays. The same week it will premiere a two-and-a-half-hour Prime Rocks special, Oasis – Supersonic (8.30 Wednesday), and continue its Louis Theroux season with his take on Jimmy Saville (9.35 Sunday) …

➢➢ Wait For Me Hollywood is the title of a TVNZ 1 Sunday special that will air 8.30 on December 2. It chronicles James Rolleston’s recovery from the car crash that nearly killed him on the eve of taking the exit for Hollywood …

➢➢ Will & Grace will resume 8.00 Wednesdays on TVNZ 2 from December 5. It will replace The Big Bang Theory and will be hammocked between Young Sheldon and Australian Survivor. No word on when “old” Sheldon and the gang will return but typically TVNZ 2 rests new episodes of TBBT between December and February …

➢➢ Also returning in the week starting December 1 will be Serial Killer With Piers Morgan (Three, 9.40 Tuesday) while ending their runs will be 9-1-1Great Rail RestorationsThe 2000s and Seven Year Switch

➢➢ Appearing on the December 7 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 9.00) will be Steve Carrell, Dawn French, Michael B. Jordan, Ruth Wilson and Cheryl …

➢➢ The only free-to-air movie premiere for the week starting December 1 will be Hidden Figures (Three, 8.30 Sunday). Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Shrek 2 (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Karate Kid (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Interview (TVNZ 2, 8.45 Saturday)
  • Anaconda (Duke, 9.25 Saturday)
  • 21 (Three, 9.45 Saturday)
  • Dangerous Minds (TVNZ 2, 11.05 Saturday)
  • Delivery Man (TVNZ 2, 1am Sunday)
  • GI Joe: Retaliation (TVNZ 2, 8.35 Sunday)
  • Charlie Wilson’s War (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Rock (Duke, 9.30 Sunday)
  • Hell Baby (TVNZ 2, 10.45 Sunday)
  • I Spy (Prime, 8.30 Monday)
  • The International (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Die Hard (Three, 8.45 Wednesday)
  • GoldenEye (Three, 7.30 Thursday)
  • Double Team (Duke, 8.30 Friday)
  • Ant-Man (TVNZ 2, 8.35 Friday).
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6 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: December 1 – 7”

  1. Just read your latest heads up, and I have 2 comments:
    1) isn’t it a bit of a running joke that EVERYTHING Sean Bean stars in, he dies usually in some grizzly “final destination” type demise, so it will be interesting to see if he can make it to the end of a season, but even priests have enemies!! haha!
    2) What a stupid and frustrating decision by Three to drop H5O, just five eps short of the full season? As you have reported, it’s doing quite well here now, and to do this again like last season, is beyond annoying. I try not to download unless I’m forced to … but well done Three, you forced me to!

  2. Hawaii Five-O fans will have to say ‘Aloha’ earlier than expected, with Three cutting short the show’s season-seven run. It will end next week with episode 20, five short of the full season.” This is the reason that I stopped watching it on Three and watch it from other sources. Now watching season 9.

  3. TVNZ could easily put a lot of the British shows it has on demand onto the Duke channel or use one of their + channels for British and European drama that’s OnDemand as I’m Sure that there’s a number of older people that don’t yet have the technology to even watch TVNZ OnDemand. The ratings for Bravo, Three Life, The Edge Music Channel, Choice TV, & Prime: I haven’t seen any weekly shares for any of these so really we have no idea how the channels are rating unlike Australian TV ratings.

  4. TV3 is run by morons. They could at least continue H50 as an on-demand series.

  5. And also Prime TV. Both channels don’t care at all.

  6. To be fair, no broadcaster cares about the viewer. They care about the advertiser. The viewer is just the means to the end. And if the content (whatever quality or whatever genre) generates the right ratings for the right cost, then that’s all that matters. Nothing has changed since the advent of broadcasting (whether it be audio or television).

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