HD Heads-Up: January 27

➢ TVNZ 2’s latest reality strip, I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! (Australia), will premiere on January 29, a day after its live Channel 10 launch across the Tasman. It will air post-9.00 Monday-Thursday and, because of its topicality, should rate much better than TVNZ 2’s Love Island strip. The Aussie version of the UK warhorse got off to a rocky start three years ago with woeful ratings but rebounded to become one of that market’s most popular reality shows. Contestants for season four, who will undergo excruciating challenges for charity in a South African jungle, have yet to be a announced …

➢ The season finale of TVNZ 2’s Friday night flop Bromans is being pushed back an hour tomorrow night, from 9.50 to 10.45, and replaced by an extra episode of Instant Hotel. The latter premiered Tuesday, where it lost to Three’s repeat of Lost & Found, and will permanently air Tuesdays and Fridays. Tomorrow’s rescheduling will pre-empt the re-run of 2 Broke Girls

➢ In other rescheduling news: Prime will screen live coverage of the Wellington Cup’s JR & N Berkett Telegraph Handicap on Saturday, from 3.30, which will push Indian Dream Hotel back to 2.30 (where it will pre-empt Storage Hunters). But the bad news for Cup fans is the previously scheduled Thorndon Mile race is being dropped for ITM Fishing Classics at 5.00 …

➢ And Duke’s having to replace previously scheduled episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine with Travel Man on January 25 and February 1. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine is definitely coming back, just not as early as we had anticipated,” a spokesman says. “It will be back later in February.” Meanwhile, Duke’s January 29 episode of Family Guy (S16, E12) is being replaced by a re-run (S11, E15) —  new eps of Family Guy don’t resume in the US until March 11 …

➢ TVNZ 2 will screen the 2018 60th Annual Grammy Awards live from 2pm on January 29 and Duke will repeat it at 8.00. But the curtain-raiser TVNZ 2 intended to air, Grammy’s Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special (3.15 Sunday), has been replaced by the movie The Game Plan

The Woman Who Ate a House is the title of another TVNZ 2 special, which will air 8.40 on January 31. The Channel 5 documentary investigates what could be the ultimate eating disorder — pica syndrome — that’s caused one woman to eat more than a ton of plaster in the last 15 years and another to literally devour novels …

➢ The same week Prime will premiere two specials — David Blaine: Beyond Magic (8.30 Monday) and  Flights From Hell: Caught On Camera (9.30 Monday) — and the sequel to CNN’s The Nineties, The Eighties (8.35 Tuesdays), which opens with a review of ’80s TV, from prime time soaps (Dallas, Dynasty, Knots Landing) and groundbreaking dramas (Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, LA Law) to a surprise sitcom renaissance (The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Married With Children) …

➢ Prime’s Louis Theroux season continues that week with Dark States – Trafficking Sex (9.35 Thursday), when he travels to North America’s “number one hub for human trafficking”, Houston, to explore the complex dynamic between prostitute and pimp. Interviewees include an unrepentant pimp imprisoned for trafficking a 15-year-old. “Theroux’s avuncular manner is sorely tested,” said The Guardian …

➢ Returning for its latest season on January 28 is Hyundai Country Calendar (TVNZ 1, 7.00) while ending their runs that week are Wild Patagonia, Wild Kingdom – The Great British Year, Animal Super Parents, The Extreme Cake Makers, Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year, Rookie Cops and Sleepy Hollow

➢ Guesting on the February 2 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 9.00) will be Dame Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson, Jamie Dornan and Sigrid …

➢ Appearing this week and next on Prime’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Ricky Gervais, Matt Czuchry and a musical performance by Jon Bon Jovi (10.50 tonight); Sharon Stone, Rob Riggle and a musical performance by Fall Out Boy (10.30 tomorrow); Rob Riggle and J.K. Simmons (10.50 Monday); James Corden, Ann Curry and Deon Cole (10.35 Tuesday); John Dickerson, Eugene Levy and a musical performance by Midland (11.10 Wednesday); Willem Dafoe, RuPaul Charles and Roy Wood Jr. (10.50 Thursday); and Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben McKenzie and a musical performance by 30 Seconds to Mars (10.30 Friday)  …

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3 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: January 27”

  1. TVNZ’s promos department is yet to get the message about Bromans being bumped. An ad on just a moment or two ago advertised it at 9:45pm

  2. TVNZ publicity advised media only this afternoon, so presumably the on-air promos are locked in much earlier. Still, it’s not a good look …

  3. Now, would you know if TVNZ will change its appliance logo-wise or not?

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