HD Heads-Up: January 11-17

Movies still predominate but the third week in January sees the networks starting to drip-feed new-season premieres into their schedules.

TV2 resumes serials Shortland Street (with an hour-long premiere) and Neighbours on January 13 and starts season five of Tabatha Takes Over on January 15 while TV3 debuts new seasons of NCIS and NCIS: LA on January 14, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on January 16 (ahead of the HD documentary, The Man Who Streaked the World).

TV2 also picks up TV One bomb Scandal and is relaunching it with the double-episode “mid-season finale” that originally aired on December 11 late-night Sunday ahead of a new double-episode on January 13.

The network is determined to make the political drama a hit by maximising its potential with a high-powered lead-in: an hour of Shortland Street from 7.00, and two new sitcoms from 8.00-9.00.

The first, Super Fun Night (above), which stars Aussie Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, Pain & Gain), who also wrote and executive produced the female nerds comedy, was deemed anything-but by most US reviewers and isn’t expected to return after it goes “on hiatus” next month.

According to TV By the Numbers, “The fact that Super Fun Night wasn’t given a full season, just an order for four more schedule-packing episodes, marks it as certain to be cancelled at season’s end.”

The Miami Herald thought it an “amusing, endearing, female-buddy sitcom” but most critics echoed Variety’s verdict: “While Wilson’s boisterous personality can’t help but occasionally charm, the material is relatively slight, and having now seen two stabs at establishing the central trio, one fears the idea bank isn’t nearly as deep as it should be.”

Its stablemate, Trophy Wife, was renewed for a full season but also is in ratings trouble.

At least this modern family comedy about a woman whose marriage is complicated by her husband’s ex-wives and her stepchildren was more warmly received.

Time magazine dubbed it “a good-hearted comedy about an extended family” while The Washington Post argued it was “the only new sitcom [this fall] that clears the double hurdles of cast chemistry and story pacing in the pilot episode”.

But others thought the scenario too absurd to endure and the New York Times wrote it off as “forced-frivolity mush”.

Also of note in HD for the week starting January 11:

  • The network movie premieres of Tinker Tailor Solider Spy (TV3, 8.30 Saturday), What’s Your Number (TV3, 8.30 Sunday), The King’s Speech (TV One, 8.30 Wednesday) and I Don’t Know How She Does It (TV2, 8.35 Thursday)
  • Re-runs of A Cinderella Story (TV2, 7.00 Saturday), Apron Strings (TV One, 12.10am Sunday), Red Hill (TV2, 12.40am Sunday), Bad Lieutenant (TV2, 2.30am Sunday), The Witches (TV2, 11.55am Sunday), Despicable Me (TV3, 7.00 Sunday), Robin Hood (TV3, 8.30 Monday), Cop Out (TV2, 8.30 Tuesday), The Invention of Lying (TV3, 8.30 Wednesday) and Nights in Rodanthe (TV One, 11.10 Wednesday)
  • The return of the US Mistresses in a late-night, double-episode slot from episode six (TV2, 10.25 Thursday)
  • Season finales of Fusion Feasts (TV3, 7.00 Saturday), Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (TV One, 8.30 Saturday) and Auckland Daze (TV One, 10.05 Thursday), and the series finale of Red Widow (TV One, 9.35 Monday).
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4 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: January 11-17”

  1. I actually like What’s Your Number … um, I have the strangest feeling I have said that before on here 🙂

  2. I’m glad TV2 is relaunching Scandal but I can’t help but think that it’s best to start from season 1 again to help build the audience and momentum in this soapy drama.

  3. I see The Simpsons return at 7pm on Four and as well as How I Met Your Mother, nice to see them back!!

  4. If the awful promos are anything to go by … super fun night … not!

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