HD Heads-Up: January 23 – 29

➢➢ This week’s column is unusually late (apologies) and short — due to the networks offering nothing new of note for the last week of January. The only addition to the schedules worth highlighting is the 7.30 Friday reinstatement of hour-long episodes of The Repair Shop on TVNZ 1. The show’s 7.00 weeknight strip of the initial half-hour format ends the previous night (although, as of January 14, TVNZ 1 was splitting the revised hour-long format into two half-hours). Seven Sharp will resume the following week and a one-off episode of Extreme Cake Makers will screen 7.00 Friday …

➢➢ The same night at 9.30 TVNZ 1 will attempt to revive Schitt’s Creek from episode one. The comedy series that swept last year’s Emmy Awards already has aired on TVNZ 2 but was dropped after only a couple of seasons. About a rich NY family that goes broke and has to live in a backwoods town, the show ran for six seasons and can be streamed on Netflix …

➢➢ Inside the Bomb Squad (Duke, 8.30 Wednesdays from January 27) follows RAF Northolt’s bomb squad but “leaves out all the exciting bits,” The Telegraph said. “The documentary did a decent job of explaining how Britain’s bomb disposal experts spend their time when not in war zones … But there was a hurdle that the programme-makers could not overcome. It is, obviously, dangerous work, which means that cameras could film almost nothing of interest” …

➢➢ A new episode of Family Guy due to air on January 25 (Duke, 8.30) has been replaced with a repeat of S12, E23 …

➢➢ Watch for new episodes of Prime staples Outback Truckers (7.30 Sundays), Americans Pickers (7.30 Monday), Classic Albums: Tears for Fears (8.30 Thursday) and Shipping Wars (6.30 Friday) while ending their runs that week will be Junior MasterChef Australia and Beecham House

➢➢ On or near the red sofa on the January 28 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.30) will be Gal Gadot, Claudia Winkleman, Jennifer Saunders, Tessa Thompson, Lee Mack, Nicola Coughlan and McFly …

➢➢ Maori TV will have three network movie premieres in the last week of January: AGA (8.30 Sunday), Yellow is Forbidden (8.30 Monday) and Roman J Israel Esq (8.30 Friday). Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Meet the Parents (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Adventures of Tintin (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Lassie (Maori TV, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Murder at 1600 (Duke, 9.00) 
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (TVNZ 2, 9.10 Saturday)
  • The Wedding Ringer (Three, 9.10 Saturday)
  • Addicted to Love (TVNZ 2, 11.00 Saturday)
  • Warcraft (Three, 11.15 Saturday)
  • Unknown (TVNZ 2, 1am Sunday)
  • Love on the Slopes (TVNZ 2, midday Sunday)
  • Superman Returns (TVNZ 2, 1.40 Sunday)
  • Coco (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • Passengers (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Wrath of the Titans (TVNZ 2, 9.05 Sunday)
  • True Lies (Duke, 9.30 Sunday)
  • The Conjuring 2 (TVNZ 2, 11.05 Sunday)
  • Horrible Bosses 2 (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Monday)
  • Soldier (Prime, 8.30 Monday)
  • A Quiet Place (Three, 8.40 Monday)
  • Planet of the Apes (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • The Lake House (Three, 8.35 Tuesday)
  • The Light Between Oceans (TVNZ 2, 8.40 Tuesday)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Three, 8.40 Wednesday)
  • We’re the Millers (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Wednesday)
  • CHiPs (TVNZ 2, 8.50 Thursday)
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Friday)
  • Mission: Impossible III (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie (Duke, 10.00 Friday).
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11 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: January 23 – 29”

  1. Feels like summer programming has gone on forever this time.

  2. Yes, indeed, Clint — a good job the weather’s been a distraction.

  3. Philip, do you know what is going to happen to the shows like Hawaii 5-0, Magnum PI, NCIS LA and Chicago PD that used to feature prominently on TV3? These all appear to have been axed from both Freeview on Demand and ThreeNow, despite having, in some cases at least, several weeks in which the last episodes could be watched on demand. (Magnum PI especially got taken off only a few days after the last episode was shown, and when ThreeNow was still promising that there were still 2 months in which to watch the whole Series 2!) Is this perhaps to do with Discovery not having the rights to these programmes?

  4. Hey, Gary. I’m not sure about Chicago PD but the others are ViacomCBS or Paramount series, and I suspect these are being held back for the launch of the Paramount+ streaming service in NZ. I’m actually researching a post about this involving other series and platforms, so thanks for bringing these examples to my attention.

  5. I could never work out why Chicago PD was shown on Three, but the other two of the “One Chicago” franchise weren’t shown. Chicago Fire was shown years ago … but was quickly binned. I’m still a fan of these 3 shows but had to find content elsewhere.

  6. Hi Rosco. Three did launch the franchise here with Chicago Fire but quickly dumped it. However, it’s still a favourite in there US, having been renewed for at least 11 seasons. Chicago PD’s up to S8, and two more seasons have been ordered. Prime ran the only season of Chicago Justice.

  7. There was also Chicago Med. It seemed to be doing quite well here, being shown in prime viewing time until about half-way through Season 4 (I think) when it was suddenly moved to a late night slot, and when that season finished, TV3 dropped it, with no announcement as to why. I think that all the shows in the Chicago franchise are available on Amazon Prime in the USA and UK, but I expect that none are available on that service here in NZ.

  8. In a similar vein, do you know what happened to Blue Bloods on late Thurs nights? It seems to have been pulled at the last minute and replaced by repeat series of NCIS.

  9. Quite right, Gary. I, too, was surprised when Three demoted, then dropped Chicago Med, as it had been rating well. Perhaps it thought it could do better with another hospital drama, The Night Shift. You can stream S1-4 of Chicago Med on Amazon here but not the others in the franchise.

  10. Funny you should ask, Cliff. Have been trying to get an answer from Three for days. The network claims it was a “programming decision” to pull Blue Bloods but it seems a bizarre strategy to replace a first-run series in late-night, where ratings aren’t paramount, with re-runs of another show. What’s more, Three says it has yet to “confirm” if Blue Bloods, a ViacomCBS series, will return to the schedule — which makes me suspect it is a rights issue related to the pending launch of Paramount+.

  11. Plenty of shows have disappeared off 3Now – despite the episodes being within the Broadcast+28day window. These are clearly rights issues post change-of-ownership rather than programming decisions.

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