HD Heads-Up: November 22

Upstart Windsors … Big Bang fades … Room UK’s back … Last rites for The Exorcist


TVNZ 1 will launch a two-hour British comedy block on December 8. It will open at 8.35 with The Windsors, continue at 9.10 with Upstart Crow and conclude at 9.45 with Mountain Goats. The Windsors reimagines the lives of that family. The Guardian dubbed it “caricature to the max” but the Mirror declared Channel 4’s royal spoof “so bad… that it just looks deliberately bad”. The Telegraph quipped Ben Elton’s Shakespearian spoof, Upstart Crow, “not too bard” and The Guardian called it “a knockabout, well-researched take on the working and domestic life of Shakespeare” …

Mountain Goats is a sitcom about a mountain rescue team in the Scottish Highlands that critics thought fell far short of being a so-called cross between Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Father Ted. “The writing is sometimes sharp and funny but the acting is hammy,” said The Observer while The Guardian thought it “broad, shouty, defiantly old-fashioned” …

As expected, fans of The Big Bang Theory will fall further behind US broadcasts after TVNZ 2 airs the “mid-season finale” on December 7. It will be episode 10 of season 10. While CBS will continue the series over Christmas/New Year, Kiwis will have to settle for re-runs that TVNZ 2 will strip 7.00 weeknights as the summer fill-in for Shortland Street

TVNZ 2 will screen new episodes of Black-ish from December 4 (6.00 Sundays). The same night it will resume You’re Back in the Room UK ahead of the season finale of The Exorcist, which will air earlier than normal at 10.30. Also new that week will be season two of The Last Ship (11.30 Tuesday) — season three’s already streamed on TVNZ OnDemand and the drama’s been renewed for two more seasons  …

TVNZ 2 will screen two HD specials in the first week of December — Dumb Delinquents Make You Laugh Out Loud (7.30 Monday) and World’s Worst Storms (9.30 Thursday) — while ending their runs on TVNZ 1 will be Around The World With Manu Feildel and Our Big Blue Backyard

TVNZ 2 has only one network movie premiere scheduled for the week starting December 3 but it’s a humdinger: Zombeavers (11.25 Sunday). “Zombeavers obviously isn’t high art, but it delivers just enough of the gory insanity promised by the title to earn a recommendation for genre fans,” was the Rotten Tomatoes consensus while Film School Rejects hailed it as “funny, smart, consistently entertaining” …

Other coming attractions in HD that week in TVNZ 2 will include: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (7.00 Saturday), The Guilt Trip (9.35 Saturday), Paycheck (11.30 Saturday), Tommy Boy (1.55am Sunday) and Shanghai Knights (7.30 Friday). One premiere that should be in HD instead is bypassing TVNZ 2 for Duke: The Judge (8.30 Monday) …

Monday’s 60 Minutes (Prime 8.30) will feature the belated interview with Donald Trump as President-elect and the controversial interview with Gable Tostee, who was acquitted of murdering New Zealander Warriena Wright after she fell 14 floors to her death (Prime warns this story features explicit and confronting content that viewers may find disturbing) …

Appearing this week on Prime’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon are: Jason Sudeikis, Kristin Chenoweth and musical guest DNCE (10.45 tonight); Sarah Jessica Parker and Frank Pellegrino Jr (10.45 Wednesday); Leslie Mann, Jonathan Groff and musical guest Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello (10.45 Thursday); and Kevin James, Tim Gunn and musical guest The Weeknd 11.35 Friday) …

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5 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: November 22”

  1. Hi Philip, any idea if any of the networks will air Hairspray Live and if possible are you able to confirm that TVNZ has the rights to LGBT mini series When We Rise and will it get a primetime run or express on TVNZ OnDemand?

  2. Hey Phil, any reasons why TVNZ 2 have pulled The Simpsons all new episodes from 8pm Sunday from December 4th. Only 2 episodes would have screened. Are they starting season 28 next year or something?

  3. That appears to be the case, Richard. They’ve cleared up a couple of episodes left over from s27 and hopefully will launch s28 in February. The Simpsons is an important signature show for the network but isn’t the hit it used to be — and isn’t likely to be with haphazard scheduling like this!

  4. Good news and bad, Leo: When We Rise will stream on TVNZ OnDemand in February, the same day as the US, but neither TVNZ nor MediaWorks has acquired Hairspray Live!

  5. Thanks Philip for the info, always appreciate you answering our viewer questions. Fantastic news we get to see When We Rise same day as the US. I guess you win some and lose in regards to Hairspray Live not having a NZ broadcaster. Cheers Philip.

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