HD Heads-Up: November 13 – 19

➢➢ The latest Peacock original to screen free-to-air here will be Dr. Death (TVNZ 1, 10.45 Sundays from November 14). Variety reports the “starry adaptation” of the podcast of the same name, which TVNZ OnDemand has been streaming, is Peacock’s most popular original series this year. But that may say more about its peers, given the “low demand” for these shows, prompting speculation that Peacock owner NBCUniversal may merge its streaming service with ViacomCBS (as Discovery and Warners are doing). Dr. Death was well reviewed and stars Joshua Jackson, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater in “a horrifying tale of medical malpractice” …

➢➢ The Guyon Espiner documentary Proof (TVNZ 1, 9.30 Monday) will explore NZ’s drinking culture and alcohol industry and touch on the journalist’s own relationship with liquor, which ended more than two years ago. It will be released simultaneously on RNZ and TVNZ’s digital platforms …

➢➢ Three will screen two specials in the weekend of November 13-14: SIX60 Saturdays 2021: Live At Eden Park will pre-empt the 8.30 Saturday movie and The Block NZ: Auction Grand Final finally will go under the hammer 7.00 Sunday. The same week it will launch S2 of Our DNA Journey, with Freddie Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp (9.30 Wednesday) and premiere the documentary The World’s Biggest Drug Lord (9.45 Tuesday), in which Harvard professor Laura Huang dissects the business brain of Tse Chi Lop and follows the global hunt for a criminal mastermind who ran the largest drug trafficking syndicate in history …

➢➢ TVNZ 1 will use new episodes of The Celebrity Chase as the 7.30 lead-in to Gordon, Gino and Fred Go Greek from November 16. The Times thought the trio “fractionally less irritating than usual” and said their latest road trip “did have the advantage of being the most visually gorgeous. You just can’t beat the Greek islands for take-the-breath away beauty (when their mugs weren’t in the way)” …

➢➢ Rose Matafeo will join Sue Perkins and comedian Munya Chawawa on the season premiere of Channel 4 talk show Adam Hills (Duke, 11.20 Friday), which already has streamed on TVNZ OnDemand. Duke also will premiere series about animal and human rescues (Rescue Cam, 6.00 Saturday) and tow-truck drivers (Hustle & Tow, 6.30 Saturday) …

➢➢ Eddie Redmayne, Stephen Merchant, Motsi Mabuse, Ian McKellen, Jessie Buckley and Elton John will guest on the November 18 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 9.00 Thursday) …

➢➢ Prime will strip Love Island UK weeknights after The Late Show With Stephen Colbert from November 15 and TVNZ 2 will resume Young Sheldon from E6 of S4 as the 7.30 Wednesday lead-in to Call Me Kat. Also returning for new seasons will be Tough as Nails (Prime, 7.30 Saturday), and Truck Night in America (Prime, 8.30 Friday) while ending their runs will be Britain’s Most Luxurious Hotels, Police Ten 7 and Bride and Prejudice: The Forbidden Weddings

➢➢ The documentary Chicken People (Maori TV, 8.30 Monday) will be the only network movie premiere in the week starting November 13. Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Mermaid Princess (Maori TV, 7.00 Sunday)
  • Great Expectations (Maori TV, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Romeo Must Die (TVNZ 2, 10.10 Saturday)
  • The Work Wife (Three, 10.30 Saturday)
  • Doc Hollywood (TVNZ 2, 3.00 Sunday)
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Sunday)
  • Love and Friendship (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Final Destination 2 (TVNZ 2, 10.50 Sunday)
  • Alex & Me (TVNZ 2, 3am Saturday)
  • Pitch Black (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (Duke, 9.25 Saturday)
  • The Sum of All Fears (Duke, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Dante’s Peak (Prime, 8.30 Monday)
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral (Maori TV, 8.30 Friday)
  • Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (Duke, 9.30 Friday)
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