HD Heads-Up: January 26 – February 1

➢➢ FBI (Prime, 8.30 Mondays from January 28) is the latest Law & Order drama from veteran producer Dick Wolf. It’s set in the New York office of the bureau and, from next month, will go head-to-head with TVNZ 1’s Manifest (which originally was slated for TVNZ 2). Reviews ranged from “a fast-paced drama that’s engaging and timely” (Los Angeles Times) to, “It’s all just straightforward follow-the-clues, rinse and repeat, with no real twists or high drama, but a steady pace” (The Hollywood Reporter) …

➢➢ Following Twain With Oscar Kightley (TVNZ 1, 8.05 Saturdays from January 26) has the Naked Samoan following in the footsteps of Mark Twain when he toured NZ for 39 days in 1895. “What, and who, Kightley finds in each and every region will surprise and fascinate Kiwis,” the network boldly claims for its latest variation on analysing ourselves to death …

➢➢ Following Twain will be preceded by the premiere of What Would Your Kid Do? (TVNZ 1, 7.00 Saturday). The British series secretly filmed children in a school, then challenged the parents to predict what their child will do in various situations …

➢➢ Last Chance Lawyer (Three, 9.00 Wednesdays from January 30) follows the extraordinary world of Howard Greenberg, one of New York’s most infamous, outlandish and feared criminal defence attorneys. The Brooklyn-based legend has been dubbed the real-life version of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul crooked lawyer, Saul Goodman …

➢➢ Three will resume new episodes of The Graham Norton Show and 7 Days from February 1. Guesting on the former will be James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Richard E Grant, Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly while the latter will be paired with newcomer All Aussie Adventures, a “slapstick mockumentary series” about a survival and wildlife expert who charts his disastrous travels through Australia …

➢➢ Also returning that week will be Bull (Prime, 8.30 Thursdays), Love Your Garden (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Fridays) and Salvation (Prime, 10.30 Fridays) while ending their runs will be House Rules, Butterfly and Our Shirley Valentine Summer

➢➢ Deepwater Horizon will surface for the first time on free-to-air TV on January 28 (TVNZ 2, 8.50). Other HD coming attractions for that week will include:

  • Smurfs: The Lost Village (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Great Gadsby (TVNZ 1, 8.35 Saturday)
  • After Earth (TVNZ 2, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (Duke, 9.25 Saturday)
  • 2 Guns (TVNZ 2, 10.40 Saturday)
  • The Judge (TVNZ 2, 12.45am Sunday)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Boys Don’t Cry (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Family Vanished (TVNZ 2, 11.00 Sunday)
  • The Mechanic (Prime, 9.30 Monday)
  • Cliffhanger (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • We’re the Millers (TVNZ 2, 8.55 Tuesday)
  • Boy (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Clash of the Titans (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Thursday)
  • Money Train (Duke, 8.30 Friday)
  • Dreamer (Maori TV, 8.30 Friday)
  • Mission: Impossible 3 (TVNZ 2, 8.45 Friday).
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11 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: January 26 – February 1”

  1. Where is Simpsons’ season 30? Nowhere to be seen as per usual. I’ve been forced to illegally download it again! This is history making and its disrespectful to not be apart of this significant event!

  2. Completely understand your frustration. TVNZ 2’s Simpsons strategy seems as bizarre as Three’s Hawaii Five-O scheduling: find a slot where the show works, then keep pulling it off-air. Especially odd given this is a milestone season. Can only presume that with summer and pre-emptive programming, like FIH Hockey Pro Series Live, which on February 1` will air from 5.00-8.45, that the network is waiting until it has a clear uninterrupted run to launch S30 in the 7.00 Friday slot.

  3. Hi Phil. Have you heard if any NZ Network has picked up Whiskey Cavalier yet? Apparently this is due to launch in the States late Feb post-Oscars. Would be interesting if we can get to see it here?

  4. Hey, Rosco. TVNZ 2 will screen it. Btw, have had to return my Dish PVR because of technical glitches. So review has been delayed until I get my hands on another unit.

  5. Cheers Phil. Will look out for further details in one of your upcoming HD Heads-Up articles. WRT the Dish PVR. Oh dear. That’s not a good sign, and judging by the further discussions elsewhere on the internet your not the only one who has had performance issues. Seems to be an issue with Dish TV’s gear generally? Their earlier models have had their fair share of issues and this one could be just as problematic. For all their idiosyncrasies, (the main one being random +1hr non HD recording) the Panasonic seem pretty bulletproof … mine just keeps going!

  6. Panasonic build quality is one of the company’s best qualities. I have an ageing Panasonic PVR/Blu-ray recorder that, like you, can be faulted only for sporadic +1 recordings. It’s very annoying but is overshadowed by the deck’s sophistication and reliability.

  7. Forced to illegally download it Chris? LOL

  8. I’m quite enjoying Colony on Netflix but I notice it’s being called sci-fi but in this day and age with Trump and his wall it’s getting too close for comfort, such a scary thought 🙁

  9. Re: The Simpsons, hockey continues live on Friday nights on TVNZ 2 until the 15th, so they’d likely only have a free slot from Feb 22.

  10. It looks like TV3 has pulled Last Chance Lawyer after a week and replaced it with a Married at First Sight discussion show.

  11. Yes, that’s right, Clint. The decision was made even before LCL went to air. So it’s not a reflection of the show’s ratings (which I’ve yet to see) but a recognition of the drawing power of MAFS Australia.

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