HD Heads-Up: January 5

SoHo will premiere the documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds on Monday at 7.00, pre-empting Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and Olive Kitteridge (the final episode of the latter will move to January 16). Kudos to Sky for getting the doco to air within a day or so of HBO, which is screening it earlier than planned because of Fisher and Reynolds’ recent deaths. The bad news is Bright Lights’ January 18 encore screening will pre-empt the premiere of another HBO doco, Marathon: Patriots Day, which has yet to be rescheduled …

Bright Lights is billed as “an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity”, complete with vintage family films and extensive vérité footage. “At the one end of the family compound in Beverly Hills lived Debbie Reynolds, star of Singin’ in the Rain, with Dorothy’s red slippers from The Wizard of Oz on the mantelpiece,” directors Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens told People magazine. “Adjacent was Princess Leia, in a house where Bette Davis once lived. You don’t get more Hollywood royalty than that. Storytelling magic lived around them … They had what Carrie called ‘rampant empathy’ for each other” …

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s latest catchphrase could come back to haunt him. As Donald Trump’s successor on The New Celebrity Apprentice, he gets to say, “You’re terminated,” instead of, “You’re fired.” But he could find himself terminated if ratings for Apprentice don’t improve after a soft start in the US on Monday, when it “opened poorly, with a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and just 4.93 million viewers in Nielsen’s preliminary ratings. That was down more than 43% from the last premiere in 2015,” Variety reports. Apprentice starts January 12 on TV3 …

TVNZ 2 is picking up in HD the Duke dud, Agent X (12.25am Fridays from January 20). Sharon Stone’s secret agent drama lasted only one season and was dubbed “a Yankee version of James Bond,” by Variety. “And wonder of wonders, it mostly works, at least initially, combining a sense of playfulness with bountiful action and, less successfully, a sweeping conspiracy.” Agent X will follow new episodes of Hell’s Kitchen while Grannies Make You Laugh Out Loud (7.30 January 18) is yet another TVNZ 2 YouTube clips special. LOL …

TVNZ 1 is dusting off from 2014/15 another season of Richard Ayoade’s Gadget Man (8.00 Mondays from January 16) while TV3 will delve even deeper into the archives with its premiere of the 2010 BBC series, Expedition Tiger, which originally was broadcast as Lost Land of the Tiger (4.55 Saturdays from January 14) …

The only network movie premieres for the week starting January 14 are TVNZ 1’s The Imitation Game (10.30 Saturday) and TVNZ 2’s Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (8.30 Wednesday) …

TVNZ 2’s other coming attractions in HD for that week include: The Time Traveler’s Wife (7.00 Saturday), Man of the House (9.00 Saturday), Year One (11.00 Saturday), The Social Network (12.55am Sunday), Wreck-It Ralph (6.35 Sunday), The Hangover Part 2 (8.30 Sunday), Scream 2 (10.30 Sunday), Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (9.00 Monday),  Wrath of the Titans (8.30 Thursday) and Captain America: The First Avenger (7.30 Friday) …

TV3 has Back To The Future II (7.00 Saturday), The Patriot (8.30 Sunday), The Rum Diary (11.35 Sunday), Stardust (8.10 Monday), The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (8.10 Tuesday) and What Happens in Vegas (8.10 Wednesday) …

TVNZ 1 will repeat in HD the NZ movie, White Lies (9.30 Sundays), while Prime has Million Dollar Baby (8.30 Sunday) and Dark Tide (8.35 Monday) …

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