HD Heads-Up: February 3-9

➢➢ TVNZ 2 starts rolling out its new-season schedule in the first week of February, led by the return of Shortland Street, which teams with top-rating Travel Guides for its first three nights (7.30 Monday-Wednesday). The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2023 screens 8.35 Wednesday, Hoarders returns 8.35 Thursday and Don’t Forget the Lyrics 7.30 Friday. Also new are NCIS: Sydney (8.50 Tuesday), which went down well with the locals, Kiwi queer comedy The Boy, The Queen, and Everything in Between (11.15 Monday), and the documentary Reel Life: Trauma and Me (8.30 Thursday), in which model Katie Price investigates the complex condition of PTSD …

➢➢ Shortland Street and Travel Guides square off against Three’s launch of Married At First Sight Australia (7.00 Sunday-Wednesday), which is being double-billed Monday-Wednesday with The Traitors Australia, a risky gambit given the UK original tanked on the network. Three also overhauls Thursday, pairing S4 of New Zealand Today (8.30) with Just for Laughs

➢➢ TVNZ 1 also beds in more newcomers, with the return of Grand Designs UK (8.30 Sunday) and the premieres of The Hunt for Raoul Moat (9.30 Sunday) and S2 of Dr Death (10.30 Sunday). Hunt dramatises the biggest manhunt in British policing history and the journalist who exposed the real story behind the sensationalist  headlines (“the tale of the victims’ tragedy … makes for relentlessly sad viewing,” said The Guardian) while Dr. Death focuses on the fraudulent relationship between a con-man surgeon and a TV news producer (“entangling Édgar Ramírez and Mandy Moore in a bad romance with skin-crawling results, Dr. Death‘s second season cuts with a mean scalpel,” said Rotten Tomatoes) …

➢➢ Sky Open refreshes its weekend line-up with the Agatha Christie whodunit Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (9.00 Saturday) and the launch of natural history series Impossible Animals (7.30 Sunday) leading into the S2 premieres of A Living Hell: Apartment Disasters (8.30 Sunday) and The Gilded Age (9.30 Sunday) …

➢➢ Reads the media release for Living Hell: “Leaky home spokespeople John Gray and Roger Levie take a deeper dive as they continue their investigation into the appalling state of many apartment buildings around New Zealand. They uncover heartbreaking stories of apartment owners whose lives have been financially and emotionally ruined when defects surface. They find disturbing evidence that defective apartments are still being built today, and they search for answers from industry experts to improve our construction industry so other apartment owners won’t have to suffer this ‘living hell’.  This season features apartments in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Queenstown” …

➢➢ Whakaata Māori devotes all of its February 6 schedule to Waitangi Day-themed programming, including the 7pm premiere of OHMS Protest, a documentary about the NZ student-led movement against compulsory military training during the Vietnam War. Three screens the dawn service (6am, Tuesday) and another three hours of ceremonial coverage from 9.30am-12.30pm while TVNZ 1 has Hongi to Hāngī: And Everything in Between Waitangi Day Special (7.30 Tuesday) …

➢➢ Duke’s schedule continues to be disrupted by live sport, with the Black Caps v South Africa test airing 10.30am Sunday-Thursday, while joining the channel’s nightly comedy block from 6.15 Monday is Brooklyn Nine-Nine

➢➢ Eden picks ups the C.B. Strike series with The Cuckoo’s Calling (9.30 Wednesday), returning are NZ Hunter Adventures (Duke, 8.30 Sunday), Heavy Rescue (Duke, 9.30 Thursday) and Bondi Vet (Sky Open, 7.30 Thursday), and ending their runs are Tulsa KingMurder in the AlpsEveryone Else Burns and Hitmen 

➢➢ HD coming attractions include:

  • The Notebook (TVNZ 2, 10.30am Saturday)
  • 13 Going on 30 (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Space Jam (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Birds Like Us (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Brexit: The Uncivil War (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • The Fifth Element (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Rumor Has It … (Three, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Knocked Up (TVNZ 2, 8.50 Saturday)
  • Blade Trinity (Duke, 9.25 Saturday)
  • Baby Mama (TVNZ 2, 11.15 Saturday)
  • Split (Duke, 11.25 Saturday)
  • The Invisible Woman (TVNZ 2, 1.05am Sunday)
  • Pride (TVNZ 2, 2.55am Sunday)
  • Monster House (TVNZ 2, 4.15 Sunday)
  • Puss in Boots (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • The Butterfly Effect (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Orlando (Whakaata Māori, 8.50 Sunday)
  • Batman Begins (Three, 9.00 Sunday)
  • Get Out (TVNZ 2, 10.40 Sunday)
  • Ocean’s Twelve (Sky Open, 8.30 Monday
  • Zach’s Ceremony (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Trainwreck (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Monday)
  • Patu (Whakaata Māori, 7.30 Tuesday)
  • U-571 (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Lion (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • The Justice of Bunny King (Whakaata Māori, 9.31 Wednesday)
  • 300: Rise of an Empire (Three, 8.30 Friday)
  • The Brothers Grimm (Duke, 9.25 Friday).
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4 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: February 3-9”

  1. Did you miss the NZ vs SA cricket test on Duke starting on Sun 4th? Interesting discussions on cricket on TVNZ. Easy when someone else has paid for it (thanks Spark) but Australian BBL is a good business case. Free on Ten to start, massively outbid by Fox on renewal (thanks to large primetime audiences [and crowds] during the summer dead TV season) and then split across 7 and Fox in the latest broadcast deal. It looks like cricket is worth about 100k monthly cume for TVNZ plus the TV audience for those matches simulcast (lower than I thought). And NZC cricket claims higher match attendance since TVNZ took it (my small sample size between this year and last year didn’t notice a difference) and think the broadcaster is to take credit. Funny, I thought NZ at the CWC23 probably had more to do with it …

  2. Thanks, Mike. I cited the test in the post but your observations are far more interesting. Anyone who hasn’t seen it, the NZ Herald ran this analysis today.

  3. Yes, it was that article that prompted me to delve into the TVNZ Digital report for December. Shame that the reporter hasnt considered the more interesting (and mature) test case that is/was the BBL.

  4. And it seems that Nascar will be on ThreeNow. TVNZ has shown that it doesnt want to acquire orphaned sports again.

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