HD Heads-Up: May 17

 

➢ TVNZ 2 is using Queen’s Birthday Weekend to dump its low-rating Friday line-up for the network premiere of Pan and a re-run of 2004’s King Arthur. Last week the network rejigged its schedule to better combat Three’s light-ent juggernaut but to no avail while its previously solid 7.30 duo The Simpsons and The New Legends of Monkey suffered season lows. Adding another Big Bang Theory re-run at 8.30 lifted the slot’s 18-49 viewership, from 1.0% to 1.9%, but Super Rugby on Sky Sport 1 and Three’s Graham Norton Show7 Days and Funny Girls were too powerful. Even TVNZ 1’s Call the Midwife out-rated Monkey and TBBT in the 18-49 and 25-54 demos. So don’t be surprised if TVNZ 2 refreshes Fridays again from June 8 …

➢  Three’s miniseries Olivia Newton John: Hopelessly Devoted To You will air post-Dancing With the Stars on May 27 and 28. Australian critics and viewers thought Delta Goodrem was miscast as ONJ and the dramatisation of the pop star’s life too bland. “The show functions mostly as a visual equivalent of a greatest hits collection,” the Sydney Morning Herald said. “In fact, its main achievement is to remind us how good a singer ONJ was …  It is the TV equivalent of what was said of Olivia by one American reviewer in her early days: ‘If white bread could sing, it would sound like this.’ And if white bread had its own biopic … ”

➢ The Express described The Queen’s Green Planet (Prime, 7.30 May 27), in which Her Majesty and Sir David Attenborough take “a gentle stroll around the monarch’s many and wonderful acres” in central London, as “a documentary that clearly had its heart in the right place but felt like a corporate video with an eye-popping cast list” …

➢ From May 27, TVNZ will screen a poorly reviewed sci-fi conspiracy series, Beyond, days apart on Duke (10.00 Sundays) and TVNZ 2 (12.30am Tuesdays). It lasted two seasons despite reviews like Variety’s: “Beyond fails to create the kind of suspenseful atmosphere or complex relationships that would cause a viewer to be patient with its lesser qualities, and is weighed down by dull dialogue and a pace that leaves much to be desired” …

➢ Said The Guardian of TVNZ 1’s 2017 documentary The Philpott Fire: Five Years On (9.00, May 27): “Sometime reality TV star and father of 17 Mick Philpott was jailed for manslaughter in 2013, after six of his children died in a fire. Along with his wife and a friend, Philpott had apparently planned to frame his ex-lover for starting the blaze, but things went horribly wrong. In this documentary, his son Michael says he believes his father is innocent, while friends and neighbours weigh in. Grim” …

➢ TVNZ 1’s Kirstie And Phil’s Love It Or List It returns for a 7.30 Wednesday run on May 30, the week Prime launches Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes (7.30 Saturdays), in which the List It star explores period properties …

➢ Also new that week will be World’s Wildest Flights (Prime, 9.30 Tuesday) and the latest seasons of Major Crimes (TVNZ 1, 11.00 Tuesday) and Jono and Ben (Three, 7.30 Thursday) while ending their runs will be Coast NZ, Seven Types of AmbiguityMind Over Money With Nigel Latta and The Big Bang Theory

➢ Three’s three-hour season finale of Survivor: Ghost Island will pre-empt The GoldbergsCome Dine With Me and Grand Designs from 3pm on May 26 …

➢ Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum and Jake Shears will appear on June 1’s Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.00) while guesting this week and next on Prime’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will be: Chadwick Boseman and Erik Bergstrom (10.30 Thursday); Jake Tapper and Liam Payne (10.30 Friday), and Benedict Cumberbatch and Mary Gallagher (12.05am Tuesday) …

➢ HD coming attractions for the week starting May 26 include:

  • Big Hero (TVNZ 2, 5.10 Saturday)
  • Jumanji (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Titanic (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Ocean’s Twelve (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Saturday)
  • If I Stay (Three, 10.40)
  • Seeking Justice (TVNZ 2, 11.30 Saturday)
  • Olympus Has Fallen (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Blue Jasmine (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Silent Hill: Revelation (TVNZ 2, 11.30 Sunday)
  • The Last Boy Scout (Prime, 9.30 Monday)
  • Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (Three, 7.30 Wednesday)
  • Mission: Impossible (Three, 8.30 Thursday)
  • Pan (TVNZ 2, 700 Friday)
  • King Arthur (TVNZ , 9.00 Friday).
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5 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: May 17”

  1. Why doesn’t TVNZ admit defeat over Friday nights? They are making themselves look ridiculous 🙂

  2. Something will work for them. I think they should just air The Voice Australia like they did years ago to offer a point of difference.

  3. Personally, I think TVNZ 2 should be offering an all-action alternative to the soft dramas and light ent on its chief HD rivals. Fridays should have been used to develop viewership of good but not gang-busting shows like Lethal Weapon, The Exorcist, The X-Files, 24: Legacy and Gotham — series it tried to make work in primetime Sunday-Thursday slots they weren’t strong enough to sustain. They were then jettisoned to off-peak or Duke, damaging action as a genre brand for the channel. A similar case could have been made for the superhero properties TVNZ’s since relinquished to Sky (which are being wasted in SD as the key anchors for Sky5).

  4. Hi Phil. Q – Just wondering why cant I find Mrs Brown’s Boys as a catch up on TVNZ on-demand? I’ve checked online and via my ATV, but nothing. Does TVNZ have a selectivity process when it comes to shows they put online? I naively thought they chucked everything online??!! Just curious and wondering if you could shed any light? Cheers.

  5. Not sure, Rosco, but I presume it’s because the most recent MBB ‘specials’ were re-runs. So TVNZ’s streaming rights probably would have been just for the first four weeks following their original broadcast. That’s been the standard practice. Also: the re-runs replaced what were meant to be first-run broadcasts, but the programmes couldn’t be delivered in time. So that may have been a complicating factor — ie. even if TVNZ wanted to negotiate streaming rights for re-runs, it may have been too late in this case. Moreover, presuming the MMS specials were streamed after their initial broadcast, TVNZ probably wouldn’t have seen much value in negotiating new digital rights after a second airing.

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