HD Heads-Up: January 12 – 18

Butterfly’s Emmett J Scanlan, Callum Booth-Ford and Anna Friel.

➢➢ TVNZ 2 will start to roll out its new season schedule mid-January with the return of Shortland Street and the premiere of Bride and Prejudice Australia. Shortland Street will open with an hour-long episode on January 14 and initially will air Monday to Thursday. B&P will be its lead-out on Mondays and Tuesdays, and also will screen 7.00 Sundays in the slot SS eventually will assume. Inexplicably, TVNZ 2 has opted to fill SS’s 7.00 Friday berth not with new episodes of The Simpsons but re-runs of season 28, from episode 6. D’oh!!!

➢➢ TVNZ 1 will continue to cement its new-season line-up with the January 16 premiere of the three-part Butterfly (8.30 Wednesdays). The Guardian hailed it as “an important, truthful drama about a transgender child … While there is a sense of touchstones being arranged, Tony Marchant’s drama is delicate, compassionate and moving”. The Telegraph thought it “a well-intended pushback against lazy prejudice” …

➢➢ The network also will premiere Prince Harry’s Story: Four Royal Weddings (8.05 Saturday) and liven up Mondays with the return of Casketeers at 8.00 ahead of the 8.30 Tuesday double-bill of World’s Worst Flights and Police Tapes. The latter is a well-reviewed ITV series. “The crime at the centre of [the first episode] was so numbingly grotesque that Susanna Reid’s documentary about the killing of the Bristol teenager and the hunt for the perpetrators made for inevitably powerful viewing,” was The Telegraph’s verdict …

➢➢ World’s Worst Flights will screen opposite arguably the worst presenting job on TV: Prime’s Fatberg Autopsy: Secrets of the Sewer, in which Rick Edwards joins a team of scientists and sewer workers to perform the first ever fatberg autopsy on a five tonnes of congealed fat and human waste. “Edwards dons a protective suit to join the flushers of Thames Water as they investigate in the unspeakable depths,” reports the Financial Times. Its advice? “Watch this well after you’ve eaten” …

➢➢ Also new the same week will be Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Duke, 7.10 Sundays), The Great Australian Bake Off (Prime, 7.30 Tuesdays), Dads Make You Laugh Out Loud (TVNZ 2 7.30 Wednesday) and Dara O Briain: Crowd Tickler (Duke, 8.30 Thursday) while ending their runs will be Paul & Nick’s Big Food Trip NZBig Cats and Extreme Cake Makers …

➢➢ New to TVNZ OnDemand will be The Passage (from January 15) and Roswell, New Mexico (from January 16). The latter is described as a “semi-reboot” of ’90s series Roswell, which was an adaptation of the Roswell High novels by Melinda Metz. From The Originals’ Carina MacKenzie, its focus is on the books’ slightly older characters, including the daughter of undocumented immigrants. The Package is a dramatic new take on vampirism about the top-secret creation of a virus that could cure all diseases but could also kill humanity …

➢➢ HD coming attractions for the week starting January 12 will include:

  • Flubber (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Night at the Museum (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Aviator (TVNZ 1, 9.00 Saturday)
  • 8 Mile (Three, 9.10 Saturday)
  • The Hollow Man (Duke, 9.20 Saturday)
  • The Spectacular Now (TVNZ 2, 10.30 Saturday)
  • Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem (Three, 11.20 Saturday)
  • Yoga Hosers (TVNZ 2, 12.15am Sunday)
  • The Hunger Games – Catching Fire (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Bourne Supremacy (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The East (Maori TV, 8.45 Sunday)
  • Visions (TVNZ 2, midnight Sunday)
  • Spider-Man 2 (Prime, 7.30 Monday)
  • Girl in the Box (TVNZ 2, 8.20 Monday)
  • The Replacement Killers (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Bad Grandpa (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Skyfall (Three, 7.00 Thursday)
  • The Island (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Thursday)
  • The Karate Kid Part III (Three, 7.00 Friday)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Friday)
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember (Duke, 8.30 Friday).
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12 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: January 12 – 18”

  1. Hi Phil. Any sign of the final season of Gotham starting today in the US?

  2. Hey, Brian. No sign yet, I’m afraid, which is a pity for fans given in 2017 Duke fast-tracked season 4 — although it split the season in half and didn’t resume it until April 2018 (the same season will air late-night Wednesdays on TVNZ 2 from January 16). Given Duke’s shift away from drama series programming, you might have thought TVNZ OnDemand would fast-track it in the meantime but it’s not on that platform, either. It may be a rights issue now that the first four seasons can be streamed on Netflix. Will see what I can find out …

  3. Hey thanks Phil. It’s actually on TVNZ OnDemand now.

  4. I see Three have got Designated Survivor coming soon. I hope it gets the ratings it deserves as it’s a darn good show 🙂

  5. Cheers, Brian. That is weird — I searched for it yesterday and found nothing.

  6. Three’s pick-up of Designated Survivor is strange to say the least. Not because it’s a bad show but because it’s nearly three seasons old and the first two already can be streamed on Netflix. So Netflix subscribers who ‘discover’ it on Three won’t hang around for dated drip-fed instalments when they can binge out online … although, based on my experience with S1, it’s the kind of drawn-out conspiracy thriller that plays better as a weekly series. And that’s another surprise: the genre that 24 popularised rarely rates well on Three. Hopefully, the MediaWorks deal won’t stop NZ fans being able to watch S3 on Netflix, where the first two were available to stream as soon as they aired in the US.

  7. I was actually quite surprised as well Philip but still at least it’s not another reality TV show. I also hope season 3 will still appear on Netflix here 🙂

  8. Hi Phil. Wonder if you’re any closer to publishing a review of the new Freeview A2 recorder (https://www.freeviewnz.tv/product/?id=135) which I recall you discussed pre-Christmas? Keen to hear your experiences and see some of the menu’s, how smooth it is, how the series links work, and (most importantly for me with my Panasonic frustration) how it copes with recording 2/3 HD programs. Does it fall over and knock one back to +1hr or can it cope with a reasonable level of HD programme overlap?

  9. Thanks for your patience, Rosco. Hopefully it will be up by this time next week. The PVR has had a few teething problems, from hard drive glitches to recording quirks. Most of these have been sorted but I’d like to wait a few more days before delivering my verdict. The concept is brilliant but I think the unit needed more comprehensive testing before it went on sale. The good news is updates have been prompt and Freeview/Dish have responded to feedback from early users like me.

  10. Any sign of the new season highlights that you were going to post for TVNZ and Prime?

  11. Hey, Leo. Prime has yet to reveal its new season highlights. Will keep pushing for details but at this stage it looks as if the channel may not announce a 2019 slate. However, one newcomer to watch for shortly is the latest Dick Wolf drama, FBI.

  12. Ok, let’s start again. When will we be gaining the up and coming to TVNZ that has series of prime time dramas, newer sitcoms, newer entertaining better quality stuff to entertain NZ? We need no rubbishy repeats and please dump Big Bang from 6pm and Neighbours from 6.30. We need a stronger line-up to help Shortland Street.

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