HD Heads-Up: November 2-8

With the dust having all-but settled on another season of The Block NZ, TV3 is rolling out new reality shows to replace it.

But first, there will be the special, The Block NZ: Unlocked (7.30 Monday), in which the teams debrief on their experiences.

Launching in The Block’s 7.30 Tuesday slot are the return of Australian Federal Police and a re-run of Kings Cross ER while being double-billed on Wednesday are two new Kiwi half-hours: Family Secret and Prison Families.

The former has Missing Pieces’ David Lomas solving family mysteries and the latter explores how families cope with their loved ones locked up.

Prison Families will premiere opposite a new TV One series, The Life and Times of Temuera Morrison, which follows the ups and downs of an actor who’s had his share of both.

Also new in HD is World’s Scariest … Drivers (TV3, 8.35 Tuesday), a self-explanatory series from Britain’s Channel 5 that will screen after a new escapologist series, The Incredible Mr Goodwin (TV One, 7.30 Tuesday).

According to the publicty, “The Incredible Mr Goodwin follows Jonathan as he emulates his childhood heroes, the great American sideshow acts and comic-book characters, to create spectacular feats of bravery, agility and physical strength.”

US reviews were  mixed: “There doesn’t seem to be any trickery here, no video sleight-of-hand,” the Boston Herald said. “Goodwin is upfront in his methods … The situations he places himself in are right out of a Saw film.”

But the New York Post claimed the show is “packed with more danger than you could ever have hoped for.

“And that’s the problem. Too many stunts, too tightly packed together, and none of it live.”

Quipped the New York Daily News: “It’s guys doing dumb things, and at a certain point you’d think viewers would say to themselves, “Why? And why am I watching?”

In other HD programming news of note for the week starting November 2:

❑ Disaster strikes the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital in the two-hour season finale of Grey’s Anatomy (TV2, 8.30 Monday)

❑ Struggling HD comedy Suburgatory is being replaced mid-season with SD sitcom Hot in Cleveland, starting from episode eight of season three  (TV2, 8.00 Monday)

❑ Also resuming from season three (episode 18) is Mike & Molly in The Neighbors slot (TV2, 8.00 Wednesday)

❑ Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Saunders and Cher are guests on The Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.30 Friday)

❑ Network movie premieres include Unknown (TV2, 8.30 Saturday), Stone (TV3, 12.50am Sunday) and Your Highness (TV3, 9.35 Sunday) while being re-run are Dorian Gray (TV2, 10.40 Saturday), The Mummy Returns (TV3, 7.00 Sunday), and Star Trek (TV3, 8.35 Monday).

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5 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: November 2-8”

  1. Hey, Phil, what will be launching in 7.30 Monday slot the following week when The Block NZ has finished airing for the year? Is it comedies like TV2 do? I believe Last Man Standing season 2 should screen, with some other comedy. Do you agree or have your own idea?

  2. Also, I have a feeling that Friday night comedies are changing a little, with the ratecards. S#*! my dad says looks like it’s being yanked with Big Bang at 8pm. Maybe Suburgatory should sit there in the middle of the stronger comedies, which do perform better. Happy Endings I guess would stay at 9pm.

  3. I don’t know what they’re planning. The advance schedules they provide ad agencies list the 7.30-8.30 hour as being “local” post The Block. Chances are The GC could go in at 7.30, as I don’t think TV3 has strong enough comedies to challenge TV2’s The Middle and Hot in Cleveland.

  4. Actually, Happy Endings should be the first to go as it’s the lowest rating of the four back-to-back comedies. As you say, it looks like Big Bang will shift to 8pm and there will be a new comedy block from 8.30-9.30. Not sure if Suburgatory is strong enough to anchor 8.30 but could sub for Happy Endings.

  5. That’s why Happy Endings only lasted three seasons in the US. Yeah, GC was coming back sometime, so it makes sense now, hmm wonder when Last Man Standing will return. I wonder what other comedies they will show, could it be repeats of Two and a Half Men? It seems Hell’s Kitchen is being put in the 10.30 slot.

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