HD Heads-Up: November 23

TVNZ is increasingly using its on-demand service to platform top-notch documentaries that once would have aired in primetime. Now available for streaming, alongside Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War, are a clutch of docos that probe America’s political pulse, including:

  • President Trump, which reveals the key moments that shaped Donald Trump and why he sought the presidency
  • Trump’s Road to the White House, or the inside story of how Trump overcame bigly odds to gain his seat at the Oval Office
  • Ivanka Trump: America’s Real First Lady?: How much political influence does the First Daughter wield?
  • Divided States Of America investigates the causes of America’s intense polarisation during the Obama presidency, and questions how Trump and Congress can govern in an era of complex challenges
  • Gunned DownThe Power Of The NRA: Despite the national trauma over gun violence, why haven’t politicians acted?

Trump’s Road to the White House is a PBS Frontline documentary that The Hollywood Reporter described as “a stomach-churningly scary look back on the president’s unlikely rise to power” while The Guardian reckons Channel 4’s Ivanka Trump: America’s Real First Lady? gives her “a reasonably easy ride“. Variety praised the “brutal clarity” of the four-hour Divided States and the Chicago Tribune thought Gunned Down a “fine and even-handed production” …

A Dragon’s Den for do-gooders — thats the premise of Big Life Fix, which TVNZ 1 will screen 9.30 Tuesdays from December 5. The Telegraph dubbed it “a rare example of TV making itself useful … The format of this energetic and affirmative programme is that big life problems can be fixed by inventors” …

Delayed Formula E Hong Kong Race coverage will pre-empt December 2’s Coronation Street but TVNZ 1 will try to appease Weatherfield fans with a two-hour edition the following Thursday and a 90-minute edition on the Friday. Live Formula E racing will screen in SD on Duke …

Good news for Grey’s Anatomy’s fans: TVNZ 2 will screen all 24 episodes of season 13 in primetime. Earlier this month it announced What Really Happens in Bali would take over the 9.45 Tuesday slot from next week, after only 22 eps, but the network has since confirmed Grey’s will continue for two more weeks …

Returning in the week starting December 2 are MasterChef Junior USA (Prime, 7.30 Saturday), House Rules (Three, 7.00 Sunday) and Silent Witness (Prime, 8.30 Thursday) while ending their runs are Trust Me, ITM Hook Me Up! and The Nineties …

December 8’s The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.00) will feature Sir Elton John, Stephen Fry, Carey Mulligan, Robbie Williams and Pink ahead of Bruno Mars: One Night at the Apollo (Three, 9.45) …

HD coming attractions for the week starting December 2 include:

  • The Lion King (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Hook (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Wedding Date (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral (Three, 9.40 Saturday)
  • A Cinderella Story (TVNZ 2, 5.10 Sunday)
  • Charlie’s Angels (Three, 8.10 Sunday)
  • Thor: The Dark World (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • 27 Dresses (Three, 10.15 Sunday)
  • Spiders (TVNZ 2, 10.45 Sunday)
  • The Art of War (Prime, 9.30 Wednesday).
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8 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: November 23”

  1. Hi Phil, I’ve been asked by Mrs Rosco to enquire if you know TVNZ is scheduled to show Season 2 of The Exorcist? We have literally binged watched Season 1 off our planner so keen to hear is Season 2 is on its way to us … it’s well under way in the USA.

  2. … oh and the next season of Chicago Med?

  3. Hi Rosco (and Mrs Rosco): Neither has been scheduled yet. Chicago Med is looking like mid-2018 at best. The bad news for Exorcist fans is one of the best-looking HD productions on FTA TV is switching to Duke, where it will air in SD.

  4. Thanks, Phil. Appreciate the feedback. Well, I know how I’ll be watching The Exorcist (and it won’t be on Duke). After all, quality is everything …

  5. Hi Phil, talking of Chicago, are we ever likely to get Chicago Fire back?

  6. Not on Three, Aiden. It dropped the show back in 2014, after restructuring its output deals with distributors. I’d have thought it might have resurfaced on Sky’s The Box but don’t believe it has.

  7. @ Aidan: Chicago Fire is good, I’ve stuck with it, just into season 6 at the moment. It sucked when Three dropped it, as it was nearly the end of the 1st season.

  8. Thanks Phil & Rosco 👍🏻

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