HD Heads-Up: November 3

Aussies desert Desserts … Shotgun fate for WeddingsBig Bash is back …


TV3 will replace House Rules, which ends its season on November 13, with Zumbo’s Just Desserts, in which patissier Adriano Zumbo tests Australia’s most passionate dessert makers — despite the show turning sour for Channel Seven. “Zumbo’s Just Desserts featured some amazing dishes but the reactions online were nowhere near as sweet,” News.com.au reported after its premiere in August. The Daily Mail concurred it was “off to bitter start as viewers take to social media and call it a ‘slow, boring, unoriginal mess'”. And marketing website B&T called it “achingly boring” before noting: “Seven’s heavily promoted Zumbo’s Just Desserts appears to be deflating quicker than an underdone chocolate souffle and must now be a major headache for Seven bosses as viewers desert the dessert program.” TV3 will air Zumbo 7.30 Mondays and Tuesdays from November 14 …

The Sydney Morning Herald dubbed another TV3 newcomer, Australia’s Cheapest Weddings (7.30 Wednesdays from November 16), “Australia’s cheapest time slot filler … It’s not the content of Australia’s Cheapest Weddings I object to. There’s plenty of great stuff in there: conflict, tension, unexpected twists, people different to myself who I can point and laugh at; all the essential elements of drama … No, it’s not the show itself that’s the problem: it’s the title. Australia’s Cheapest Weddings is flagrant false advertising – these weddings aren’t even close to being as cheap as they could be. Sure, the average Australian wedding might cost $65,000, but I don’t think we should be chucking superlatives at these people just because they’re not stupid enough to spend that much”. The show was pulled after only three weeks because of “heavy traffic” at 8.30 …

TV3 will screen another Big Bash Boxing bout from 9.30 on November 12, featuring a Super Middleweight title fight between Jordan ‘The Terror’ Tai and Jonathan Taylor. The last BBB scored knockout ratings on a Friday night for the network and it desperately needs the live event to improve its Saturday ratings after back-to-back episodes of The X Factor Australia have tanked. Last weekend’s episodes averaged only 1.5% and 1.3% of 25-54 year-olds, and 1.8% and 1.6% of 18-49s …

Also airing live that week on TV3 will be the 2016 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards (8.30 Thursday) while ending their TV3 runs will be Grand Designs NZ (8.35 Sunday) and NCIS: LA (8.35 Tuesday). Guesting on The Graham Norton Show will be Rosamund Pike, Michael McIntyre and Coldplay (8.30 Friday) …

Coming attractions in HD for the week starting November 12 include: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday), Taking Lives (TVNZ 2, 11.45 Saturday), Celeste & Jesse Forever (TVNZ 2, 1.50am Sunday), Cradle of Lies (TV3, 11.40 Sunday), Clown (TVNZ 2, 12.20am Monday), Crazy, Stupid, Love (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Tuesday) and Lethal Weapon 4 (Prime, 8.35 Monday) …

Appearing on Prime’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon are: Whoopi Goldberg, Zoe Lister-Jones and Lecrae (2.00 today); Vince Vaughn, Patton Oswalt and Erykah Badu (11.00 tonight); and Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Maddow and Jim James (11.30 Friday) …

Monday’s 60 Minutes (Prime, 8.30) tracks Hillary Clinton’s path to make history as the first female president of the United States, reviews how legalising marijuana has worked in Colorado, and meets the “Mum-preneurs” – super-smart mothers that are making millions online by targeting parents in China …

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3 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: November 3”

  1. I’m really loving Longmire on Netflix but sad to hear season 6 will be the last, are there any other Longmire fans here? 🙂

  2. There sure are, Trevor. It’s a great show — and being able to stream it in 4K is a bonus. Don’t even try watching it in SD on Sky’s The Box.

  3. Yay, before I watched a episode now and again but I’m absolutely totally hooked now and watching season 4, it’s better with longer episodes 🙂

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