HD Heads-Up: September 12 – 18

Emmy-nominee American Crime makes its criminally belated free-to-air HD debut the same week TV1 launches two other top dramas and TV3 premieres The X Factor UK.

American Crime will screen 11.00 Tuesdays from September 15, six months after its TVNZ Ondemand SD run and just ahead of it possibly winning up to 10 Emmy Awards, including best miniseries.

Moreover, it’s not a cable TV drama from the likes of HBO or Showtime but a network TV commission from 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley.

About the courtroom aftermath of a home invasion that goes awry, it “deals heavily with racial themes, religion, class and sexuality”.

Acclaimed the San Francisco Chronicle: “With grit, guts and some of the best performances you’ll see on TV this year, American Crime aims for truth and pulls no punches getting there.”

The Los Angeles Times agreed: “With its frank examination of race, gender and class, American Crime is a gratifying breakthrough for television and a truly golden child of the age.”

But clearly TV1’s programmers are readers of The Huffington Post, which thought it “predictable and lacking in depth”, and IndieWire: “Rather than let human connections on screen create naturally empathetic feelings in the audience, each scene is driven home with a blunt force too heavy for the story’s strengths.”

Also new on TV1 will be the Sunday night combo of Winter and Ordinary Lies.

The former has been dubbed a “Broadchurch lite” spun off the Rebecca Gibney telemovie, The Killing Field (the cast includes Antonia Prebble); the latter, from the writer of The Driver and Clocking Off, is set in a car showroom and concerns a white lie that turns disconcertingly dark.

While The Telegraph thought the first episode of the six-part Ordinary Liesimplausible“, the Mirror reported (spoiler alert) “it’s safe to say it thrilled viewers [who] flocked to Twitter in their droves to praise the interwoven BBC drama”.

Other newcomers for the week starting September 12 include a behind-the-scenes preview of season three of The Blacklist (TV3, 10.30 Sunday) and the return of Benefits Street (TV1, 8.30 Wednesday), Highway Patrol (TV2, 8.00 Thursday), and, for the first time in HD, Allan Carr: Chatty Man (TV1, 9.30 Thursday).

TV3 will screen The X Factor UK Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7.30 — re-runs of The Simpsons will shift to 7pm Saturday — and X Factor’s September 16 launch will precede the network movie premiere of World’s End.

The week’s other coming attractions in HD include: The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (TV2, 7.00 Saturday), The Other Man (TV2, 11.45 Saturday), End of Watch (TV2, 1.35am Sunday), Death Clique (TV2, 3.25am Sunday), Water for Elephants (TV3, 8.00 Sunday), Click (TV2, 8.30 Sunday), Hostel Part III (TV2, 10.40 Sunday), Inglourious Basterds (TV3, 11.00 Sunday) and She’s Out of My League (TV3, 8.35 Thursday).

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7 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: September 12 – 18”

  1. Fantastic news that X Factor UK is finally airing in NZ. It’s been a long wait, hopefully some superstars with longevity are discovered this season. Just out of curiosity, Philip, are MediaWorks airing the companion show The Xtra Factor as well? Good to see American Crime scheduled but what a terrible slot, at least 9.30 Sunday or Tuesday. TVNZ is overloaded with drama and many are discarded to late-night, they should make better use of TVNZ Pop Up when sports coverage ends.

  2. It’s a shame X Factor UK will be a few weeks behind the UK unless they are planning to catch up 🙂

  3. I am sure we will hopefully be a week or fingers crossed within hours of the UK broadcast once the live shows start.

  4. That would be great Leo, fingers crossed 🙂

  5. Good news and bad, Leo and Trevor: TV3 will screen the live shows closer to the UK transmissions but isn’t picking up The Xtra Factor UK.

  6. Thanks Philip for getting back to us. Great that the LIVE shows will be closer to the UK broadcasts. It would of been even better to have The Xtra Factor UK but I suppose you can’t have it all.

  7. Thanks Philip, good to know 🙂

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