HD Heads-Up: February 12 – 18

➢➢ Three’s new-look 7 Days will face off against Dog Squad: Puppy School when the latter returns on a new channel on February 17. Season two will switch from TVNZ 1 to TVNZ 2, where it will air at 7.30 opposite the rejuvenated Kiwi panel favourite. The overhaul is overdue, with the long-running half-hour format steadily shedding viewers since it moved from 9.30 Fridays to 8.30 Thursdays. The earlier hour will see not only an expanded line-up of comedians, including Mel Bracewell, Urzila Carlson, Angella David, David Correos, Rhys Mattheson and Pax Asadi, but also a change in tone, with family-friendlier language and jokes. Early this week the NZ Herald reported “there will be a larger female cast and the show will be a lot less blokey, with revolving captains and cast week to week” …

➢➢ Dog Squad: Puppy School is one of a raft of TVNZ 2 premieres as the network rolls out its new season. Others include:

  • an Australian spin on TVNZ 1’s popular The Dog House (7.30 Wednesday)
  • the final season of Wellington Paranormal (8.30 Wednesday)
  • the return of The Simpsons in a new slot (6.00 Monday), Travel Guides (7.30 Wednesday), StarStruck (9.00 Wednesday, full season OnDemand), I Can See Your Voice (7.30 Friday) and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (8.30 Friday)
  • S1 of CSI: Vegas (8.30 Tuesday), which will anchor a crimefighting double-bill with another franchise spin-off new to the network, FBI: International, and tawdry reality newcomer Undercover Girlfriends (9.30 Friday)
  • the Motorway Patrol compilation special, Facepalm (8.00 Thursday) …

➢➢ TVNZ 2 also will refresh its weekend afternoon line-ups. Saturdays will lead off with S16 of America’s Got Talent (11.55am) ahead of newcomer The Good Witch (1.45), S6 of Junior Bake Off (2.45), the belated linear premiere of Superman & Lois (3.40), and new UK reality series The Pet Show (5.00). New on Sundays will be the comedy United States Of Al (2.25), S3 of Bob Hearts Abishola (2.55), and reboots of Punky Brewster (3.50) and The Weakest Link: USA (6.05) …

➢➢ TVNZ 1 will consolidate its new-season schedule with the latest Sir David Attenborough epic, The Green Planet (8.00 Monday), which is billed as “Planet Earth from the perspective of plants”, and new seasons of Border Security (9.20 Monday), Q+A (9am Sunday), 20/20 (9.50 Monday) and The Great British Sewing Bee (8.30 Friday). There also will be a belated Christmas edition of Bradley Walsh’s The Larkins (7.00 Sunday) …

➢➢ Duke will screen live the heavyweight competition of King in the Ring (7.30 Saturday) and resume NZ Hunter Adventures (Duke, 8.30 Sunday) while Maori TV will launch Giants (9.30), a seven-part factual series about legacy, whakapapa and heritage seen through the lens of NZ’s migrant communities …

➢➢ Taron Egerton, Minnie Driver, Uma Thurman, Ariana DeBose and Lola Young will appear on the February 17 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.30) …

➢➢ Joker will have its network movie premiere not on TVNZ 2 as you’d expect, because it’s a Warner Bros title, but on Three (Sunday, 8.30), which secured it through Roadshow Distribution. Emma (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sunday) will be another free-to-air premiere. Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Madagascar (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Free Birds (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Silver Brumby (Maori TV, 7.00 Saturday)
  • True Grit (Maori TV, 8.40 Saturday)
  • An Organized Killer (Three, 11.40 Saturday)
  • Sex and the City 2 (Three, 8.50 Sunday)
  • Storks (TVNZ 2, 4.25 Sunday)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • Perfect Strangers (Maori TV, 8.35 Sunday)
  • Alien – Covenant (TVNZ 2, 10.40 Sunday)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Monday)
  • The Fugitive (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Beauty Shop (Maori TV, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Knight and Day (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Thursday)
  • Into the Storm (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Once Upon a Time in Venice (Duke, 9.30 Friday)
  • Austin Powers International – Man of Mystery (TVNZ 2, 2.30am Saturday).
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15 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: February 12 – 18”

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    February 3, 2022 at 9:28 am

    Already been watching FBI: International and I love it! Really shows how out of touch broadcasters are when they have always delayed content that I watch without informing me if they even have the rights to it.

  2. Hi Philip. By the final season of Wellington Paranormal (8.30 Wednesday) is this season 3 we saw on demand last year or season 4 that IMDB shows for 2022 but no release date?

  3. Hi Philip, just a quick query, has Three axed it’s 11.30am bulletin? It’s not showing in next week’s guide and the latest rate card says it’s not airing for the entire month of February. Has it been cancelled because of the new 5.30am bulletin and soon to launch Newshub Live at 8pm on the new Gusto? Seems like Newshub may have overstretched itself with the extra bulletins.

  4. Thanks for your typically astute vigilance, Leo. You’ll be pleased to learn the 11.30am bulletin will resume later this month.

  5. I watched the pilot episode of NYPD Blue on Disney+ and was impressed by how good it looks in HD and in widescreen ???

  6. Cheers, Philip, for clarifying the 11.30am bulletin’s absence next week. I’m looking forward to what they have installed for their various news bulletins in 2022.

  7. Just to update you, Leo: there’s not an ETA yet for the 11.30 bulletin’s return. Here’s what a spokesperson told me today: “Due to the uncertainty around Omicron, we’ve made a decision to delay the return of Newshub Live at 11:30am. This allows us to split Newshub into separate teams.The Newshub Live at 11:30 bulletin will return to air when Covid restrictions allow us to do so.”

  8. Yes, Trevor. For a 30-year-old show it scrubs up pretty well. And not just visually — watched the first half of the pilot and had forgotten how strong and provocative it was. Very impressive.

  9. Thanks Philip for the further update. Very interesting they are resting the bulletin this time around, when last year they ran all their bulletins regardless of alert level changes. Does this mean Newshub Live at 8pm on Gusto will be delayed until we move to Orange light?

  10. NYPD Blue is definitely a show for adults but very well done. I see Disney is testing out Livestreams on Disney+ so perhaps live sports may soon be here ?

  11. Disney already has a livestreamed sports operation. Its called ESPN+ and started in 2018, has something like 17m DTC subscribers and offers all NHL games for this season. If you are a Sky Sports subscriber, you get EPSN+ as part of your subscription.

  12. Hey, Leo. The 11.30 team also produces AM. The rationale behind delaying 11.30 is to create a morning team and an afternoon team whose paths don’t physically cross. Discovery still plans to launch an 8.00 Newshub when Gusto launches, which is expected to be next month.

  13. Later series of NYPD Blue was one of the shows TV3 used to promote HD, unfortunately more than a few screened in SD due to what TV3 labelled “unavailability” of HD copies.

  14. It was also an early show with stereo sound when Nicam stereo was introduced to NZ by TV3. Hard to imagine that once upon a time TV3 was the local leader in broadcast technology.

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