HD Heads-Up: August 23


➢➢ September 1-2 will be a blockbuster weekend for free-to-air movie premieres on TVNZ 2, Three, Prime and Duke. TVNZ 2’s Father’s Day double-bill of Daddy’s Home (7.00 Sunday) and Bad Moms (8.50 Sunday) will overlap Three’s Jason Bourne (8.30 Sunday). And on Saturday, Prime’s Richie McCaw: Chasing Great (8.30) will kick off against TVNZ 2’s The Duff (8.30) and Duke’s Z for Zachariah (9.00). Other HD coming attractions that week will include:

  • Toy Story (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Beverly Hills Cop (Three, 8.50 Saturday)
  • Savages (Three, 10.55 Saturday)
  • Getaway (TVNZ 2, 12.25am Sunday)
  • The Wrestler (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (TVNZ 2, 12.35am Monday)
  • Knockaround Guys (Prime, 9.30 Monday)
  • Deep Impact (Three, 8.30 Thursday)
  • Young Adult (Maori TV, 8.30 Friday) …

➢➢ Premiering in the week starting September 1 will be Unchartered With Sam Neill (Prime, 8.30 Sunday), in which the actor journeys in the wake of Captain James Cook; Eat Well for Less spin-off Shop Well for Less (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Tuesday); and Talkin’ ’bout Your Generation (TVNZ 2, 9.30 Wednesday), an intergenerational game show from across the Tasman …

➢➢ On September 3 at 8.30, Maori TV will premiere SECTION 501. The documentary follows displaced New Zealanders deported back here under Australia’s controversial law. Filmmakers Prisca Bouchet and Nick Mayow spent more than two years working with Auckland prisoner rehabilitation organisation PARS (People at Risk Solutions), filming deportees and the men and women working alongside them …

➢➢ Also new that week will be the documentaries The Truth About Sleep (Prime, 7.30 Sunday) and Millennium Teens (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Tuesday), and The Laughing Samoans: Fink About It (Maori TV, 8.00 Tuesday) while ending their runs will be The ExorcistTravel Guides, Emergency Helicopter Medics, Death in Paradise, A Place to Call Home and Unforgotten

➢➢ Returning the same week will be season six of Blue Bloods (Three, 10.55 Sunday). The previous season aired 9.30 Mondays to ratings that were better than its new slot suggests. Like its stablemate, Chicago Med, the network has given up on its primetime prospects, even though persistence with historically low-rating Hawaii Five-O at last has paid off, with the crime show regularly winning its 9.30 Wednesday hour …

➢➢ Also resuming will be Car Crash TV (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Friday). It will replace Japan-demonium from September 6 as TVNZ 2’s latest attempt to foil the enduring appeal of Three’s 7 Days

➢➢ New to TVNZ OnDemand from September 3 will be In The Long Run, a 1985 London-set comedy about family, community and what home really means to first-generation immigrants. Created by and featuring Idris Elba in an ensemble cast that includes Bill Bailey, it was dubbed a “joyful portrait” by The Guardian but The Telegraph thought it “too meek and mild to be anything more than a good soundtrack with pictures”. Exclusive to OnDemand from September 6 will be Edgewalkers, a 10-part gritty docu-soap about what it’s like to be young, African or Muslim in Auckland …

➢➢ New to stream from today are season two of Mr Mercedes on Lightbox, Netflix’s newest Nordic noir Deadwind and its fly-on-the-newsroom wall of Buzzfeed documentary, Follow This. If only someone in NZ would pick up Showtime’s superb New York Times series, The Fourth Estate.

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4 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: August 23”

  1. Hi Philip, it appears Bravo is dumping The Tonight Show to afternoons after its brief run at 5:30pm. Is it ratings related? Surely it can’t be that bad.

  2. Thanks, Leo. I hadn’t heard that. The latest programming info I have from Bravo, for the week starting September 1, is it’s still 5.30 weekdays. Have asked Bravo about your query and will look into the ratings.

  3. Hey, Leo. The only reply I received from Bravo was: “Our programming strategy has changed, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will return to Bravo in daytime.” The channel made the change without alerting media (or at least not me) and despite TTS being competitive at 5.30. Ratings have been inconsistent but it typically finished behind the competition on TVNZ 1 & 2, Three and Prime and ahead of the rest. The most recent ratings I’ve seen show on Tuesday it had a 2.5% channel share of 18-39 year-olds, 1.7% channel share of 18-49 and 1.6% channel share of 25-54 — much higher than the last Tuesday night episode of its predecessor, Masters of Flip.

  4. Thanks Philip, appreciate you asking this info. It’s interesting that it did have a following especially in the competitive pre news slot. I wonder if they will strip it to 10:30 weeknights in the future as well as its daytime slot. I guess only time will tell.

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