HD Heads-Up: December 2-8

➢➢ Three steps up its peak-hour stripping mania post-The Project. It is replacing the axed newsmag with The Block Australia, which airs half-an-hour earlier Monday-Wednesday and is being double-billed with season four of SAS Australia. On Thursday, SAS Australia follows The Graham Norton Show (guests include Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Saunders, Daisy Haggard and Take That). A new season of Beach Cops airs 7.00 Thursdays and Fridays …

➢➢ Scheduling The Block Australia at 7.00 gives the reality hit a half-hour head-start on the latest MasterChef spin-off, Dessert Masters (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Monday-Wednesday). It went to air November 12 on Channel 10 and this week generated headlines over “claims a shock TV moment was faked” …

➢➢ Returning on a new night is World’s Most Dangerous Roads (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Wednesday). It opens with Sue Perkins and adventurer Charley Boorman hurtling down Alaska’s notorious Dalton Highway amid Arctic weather and the threat of avalanches. But whereas the previous season that aired on Mondays was made last year, the ‘latest’ dates to 2011, when the show first hit the road …

➢➢ Capitalising on TVNZ 1’s abandoning of premium Saturday night drama for reality, Sky Open is pairing  the second and final season of Perry Mason (9.30) with Steven Soderbergh’s intriguing kidnapping caper Full Circle (10.30), an acclaimed Max series that never quite delivers on its dynamite start …

➢➢ Live sport abounds on TVNZ, with Cricket: White Ferns v Pakistan (TVNZ 1, 12.30 Sunday and Tuesday), Extreme E (Duke, 1am/7am Sunday and Monday), and The King in the Ring 8 (Duke, 7.30 Saturday). Sky Open, meanwhile, has live NBL: S.E. Melbourne v Breakers (7.30 Saturday) …

➢➢ Comedy Central Roast: Charlie Sheen (Duke, 9.25 Monday) features Seth MacFarlane, Anthony Jeselnik, Jon Lovitz, Patrice O’Neal, Amy Schumer, William Shatner, Steve-O, Mike Tyson and Kate Walsh …

➢➢ Tapuwae – Footprints The Ultimate Guide to Indigenous Tourism (Whakaata Māori, 7.30 Tuesday) has Pio Terei exploring indigenous connections and shared values through tourism …

➢➢ Ending their runs are South Seas SpearoAfter the PartyWorld on FireDeep Heat and Chemistry of Death 

➢➢ HD coming attractions include:

  • Luis and the Aliens (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • 17 Again (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Saturday)
  • How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (Three, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Penguin Bloom (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (Whakaata Māori, 8.50 Saturday)
  • Ride Along 2 (TVNZ 2, 10.20 Saturday)
  • Dunkirk (TVNZ 2, 12.15am Sunday)
  • August: Osage County (TVNZ 2, 2.05am Sunday)
  • The Boss Baby (TVNZ 2, 4.00 Sunday)
  • Life of the Party (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • Stockholm (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Rams (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Identity Thief (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Sunday)
  • Promising Young Woman (Three, 9.50 Sunday)
  • The Hunt (TVNZ 2, midnight Sunday)
  • Olympus Has Fallen (Sky Open, 8.30 Monday)
  • He’s Just Not That Into You (TVNZ 2, 8.45 Monday)
  • Inferno (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Kumiko the Treasure Hunter (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Red Dog (Sky Open, 7.00 Friday)
  • Batman Returns (Three, 8.30 Friday)
  • Police Academy 4 – Citizens on Patrol (Duke, 9.30 Friday).
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4 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: December 2-8”


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    November 23, 2023 at 1:07 am

    Guess who I met tonight? Oh the guy who plays Nick on Fear the Walking Dead, he seems like a nice guy or not depending on the character. Anyhow, the hospital had its fun moments but back home Friday YIPPEE. What a wild ride 😁

  2. Just noting that during One News the ad breaks are between 50% and 75% TVNZ promos. That’s a lot of valuable inventory that’s not being sold. Hard to sell something that very few people are watching. The transition to a fully Govt funded public broadcaster (a la RNZ) can’t be far away. Hard to justify buying overseas commercial content with that model, though …

  3. That is an alarmingly high ratio, especially in the run-up to Christmas. But I don’t see a non-commercial model on the cards under the new government.

  4. If they’re doing that much self-advertising, they can cut the ad slot times by 50% makes the viewers happier.

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