HD Heads-Up: July 5

➢ TVNZ 2 will launch a Grey’s Anatomy spin-off the same week it resumes Young Sheldon, The Middle, Travel Guides, Booze Patrol and Sensing Murder. Station 19 is a firefighting drama that will screen 9.30 Mondays from July 16. Variety thought the pilot “really good — a refreshingly gimmick-free character drama about the heightened atmosphere of a fire station, centred on the tough woman at its centre”. But USA Today quipped: “Station is more a cheap facsimile of what made Grey’s tick than a successful spinoff. It tries to ignite something new for the Grey’s world, but just ends up flaming out” …

➢ Replacing Heartbreak Island that week will be new episodes of Travel Guides (7.30 Mondays), The Middle (8.00 Tuesdays, on a 7.30 double-bill with season eight re-runs), and Young Sheldon (7.30/8.00 Wednesdays). Young Sheldon’s mid-season premiere will be preceded by a marathon re-run of the first nine episodes from 7.00 Saturday …

➢ Also new will be My F-ing Tourettes Family (9.30 Tuesdays) and a Thursday double-bill of Booze Patrol (8.00) and Sensing Murder (8.30), which features a new team of psychics. The Guardian said the Channel 4 doco series about a family with two Tourettes siblings experiencing the real world “would melt a heart of stone – and offers some much-needed lessons in how we should treat each other” …

➢ Madeleine Sami, Hayley Sproull (Hayley’s Kitchen), Dean Brettschneider (New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker) and Sue Fleischl will front TVNZ 2’s The Great Kiwi Bake Off when it starts filming next week. Comedian Chris Parker (Jono and Ben, Hudson and Halls Live!) will present the weekly behind-the-scenes spin-off,The Great Kiwi Bake Off: An Extra Slicewhich will highlight “the good, the bad and the soggy bottomed from each episode” …

➢ Three will premiere season seven of Hawaii Five-O on July 18, but the network will still be two seasons behind the US. The good news for fans is the series rated unexpectedly well when it returned last week …

➢ The Hateful Eight (TVNZ 2, 10.35 Saturday), Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (TVNZ 2, 12.45am Monday) and Big Game (Duke, 8.30 Friday) will have their network movie premieres in the week starting July 14. Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Ratatouille (TVNZ 2,  5.00 Saturday)
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Debt (Three, 10.30 Saturday)
  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Duke, 7.00 Sunday)
  • Man of Steel (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • High Noon (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Romeo Must Die (Prime, 9.30 Monday)
  • American Sniper (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • The Departed (Duke, 9.00 Wednesday)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (Three, 8.30 Thursday).
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2 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: July 5”

  1. I have read elsewhere some fairy positive and encouraging reviews of Station 19. It’s likely to be pretty procedural, but it may find its way into my Freeview planner. After all, it’s still likely to be far better than the constant cycle of cooking/home makeover/dating/cheesy US sitcoms that seem to saturate the Freeview channels.

  2. Will you keep up with newer seasons now is now happening but we do need more of this of entertaining series of shows instead of all these rubbishy repeats of boring 6 pm Big Bang plus please dump Neighbours and bring, say, The Mayor, Celebrity, The Voice UK

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