HD Heads-Up: July 28

TV2 gets Real … New home for classic Homer … Middle-season comeback … TV3 rediscovers Lost & Found … Never seen an embarrassing body? … 


TV2’s newest addition to its comedy stable, The Real O’Neals, will premiere on August 9. It stars Raising Hope’s Martha Plimpton as the mother in a tight-knit Catholic family that liberate home truths about themselves when her gay son comes out. “The Real O’Neals has some fun with Catholicism, but faith isn’t the butt of the joke in the show, which is ultimately an endearing story about a family that loves and supports one another,” The Washington Post said …

The McCarthys covered similar ground — gay son coping with outrageous Roman Catholic family — but The Real O’Neals freshens the premise with a more irreverent, fantastical approach,” TV Guide argued while The New York Times pointed out: “The Catholic League has denounced the show and Dan Savage, the sex advice columnist who drew on his childhood for the idea (he’s an executive producer), but really anyone who values subtlety and sophistication in their humor is eligible to be dismayed” …

TV2 at last will strip 6pm re-runs of classic Simpsons from August 12. The network will continue the remastered-in-HD season 10 episodes that TV2 launched in a 6.30 Sunday slot. They will replace re-runs of The Middle, which TV2 will resume from midway through season seven in a 7.30 Tuesday slot from August 9 as the lead-in to The Real O’Neals

TV3 will team the return of Lost & Found on August 11 with How the Rich Live Longer, a Channel 4 documentary about “extreme methods used by the super-rich to defy mortality”. According to The Daily Mail, Embarrassing Bodies’ Christian Jessen visits health clinics “that force you to eat stale bread and promise to turn back the clock with ‘Dracula’ therapy, in an attempt to explore the science behind treatments promising to halt the ageing process” …

Rich will air opposite the premiere of an Embarrassing Bodies successor on TV2, Never Seen a Doctor. The Guardian says it occupies similar territory, “shedding the healing light of television on what presenter Katie Piper calls ‘Britain’s medical shut-ins'”, yet manages “to rise above its reality TV trappings” — despite subjects like a woman so afraid of going to the dentist she “uses chewing gum as teeth” …

The network movie premiere of controversial comedy The Interview will screen on August 7 (TV2, 8.30). Other HD coming attractions that week will include The LegoMovie (TV2, 7.00 Saturday), Mrs Doubtfire (TV3, 7.00 Saturday), Inception (TV2, 8.55 Saturday), Double Jeopardy (TV3, 9.25 Saturday), Killer Elite (TV2, 11.40 Saturday), People Like Us (TV2, 1.50am Sunday), Limits of Control (TV3, 10.35 Sunday), Tusk (TV2, 12.35am Monday) and The Heat (TV3, 8.30 Monday) …

Monday’s 60 Minutes (Prime, 8.30) profiles Lauititi Tualima, “Samoa’s most dangerous criminal“, visits some of America’s angriest and most racially segregated communities, and interviews Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine …

Also of note in HD: Guesting on Prime’s Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon are Matt Damon, David Feherty and Sturgill Simpson (10.30 tonight) and Will Smith, Ellen Page and Usher (10.30 tomorrow) … TV One will premiere another Mrs Brown’s Boys special, Mammy’s Widow’s Memories, on August 7 … The Block NZ: Unlocked (August 11, 7.30) is a behind-the-scenes special about the TV3 hit … Season two of TV One’s The Hard Stuff With Nigel Latta will be rolled out first on TVNZ OnDemand from August 9 …

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2 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: July 28”

  1. I looked at a series 10 remastered Simpson this week episode and it looked like a 4×3 aspect program “ZoomoVisioned” to 16×9.

  2. Yes, it’ an appalling butchering of the original 4:3. While the bolder, brighter colours and more stable image represent a big step up in PQ, cropping the image to fit 16:9 displays makes the show almost unbearable to watch. I’m all for HD reformatting where feasible and when properly done, as with HBO’s sterling Blu-ray release of The Wire, but Fox would have been better simply to up-spec The Simpsons’ original 4:3 broadcasts.

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