HD Heads-Up: November 19-25

➢➢ The third week of November looks like the early dog days of summer TV, with a handful of indifferent premieres — most of which have been relegated to off-peak. One primetime newcomer will be The Hustle NZ (Three, 9.30 Thursday), a six-part series about five Kiwi-Asian entrepreneurs who are breaking the boundaries of food, fashion, music, pleasure and social media …

➢➢ Swamp People – Serpent Invasion (Duke, 8.30 Sunday) is about professional snake hunters trying to thwart an invasion of Burmese pythons in the Everglades. The first season aired two years ago in the US and is for sale here on DVD …

➢➢ Saturday Night Takeaway spin-off In for a Penny (TVNZ 1, 8.05 Saturday) is an “epic portable game show” in which unsuspecting members of the public take on unusual challenges …

➢➢ I Don’t Like Cricket (TVNZ 1, 11.00 Thursday) sounds like a chat show pilot in which former Black Cap and Block NZ presenter Mark Richardson shares a drink with guests in the man-cave behind his house …

➢➢ About a Boy (TVNZ 2, 3.30 Sunday) is an acclaimed sitcom about an unemployed bachelor whose perfect world is upended when his single mother and his younger brother move in next door. “It may not win any points for originality,” Rotten Tomatoes said, “but About a Boy gets by on laughs and warmhearted charm” …

➢➢ The 2009-11 Showtime dramedy United States of Tara (TVNZ 1, 1.05am Saturday) wins its first free-to-air run after previously screening on Sky. It stars Toni Collette as a  suburban mum with multiple personalities because of Dissociative Identity Disorder …

➢➢ Returning for a new season will be The Wheel With Michael McIntyre (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Wednesday) while ending their runs will be Sherwood, The Secrets She Keeps, Fishing and Adventure, Ghosts, The Walking DeadTraffic CopsCold Case, Hunted AustraliaAustralian Survivor: Blood v Water and The Hotel Inspector

➢➢ Bruce Springsteen, Anya Taylor-Joy, Mo Gilligan and Florence and the Machine will guest on the November 24 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.30) …

➢➢ HD coming attractions for the week starting November 19 will include:

  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (TVNZ 2, 12.35 Saturday)
  • Pitch Perfect 2 (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Hotel Transylvania (Prime,7.00 Saturday) 
  • The Swan Princess Royally Undercover (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Homefront (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Juliet, Naked (Three, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Fargo (Whakaata Māori, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (TVNZ 2, 9.05 Saturday)
  • Freddy vs Jason (Duke, 10.10 Saturday)
  • Chappie (Three, 10.25 Saturday)
  • Rush Hour 2 (TVNZ 2, 11.10 Saturday)
  • Pet Cemetery II (TVNZ 2, 1am Sunday)
  • Batman v Teen Mutant Ninja Turtles (TVNZ 2, 2.40am Sunday)
  • Paddington 2 (TVNZ 2, 4.00 Sunday)
  • Fisherman’s Friends (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The King of Comedy (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Battleship (TVNZ 2, 8.40 Sunday)
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Three, 8.40 Sunday)
  • The Grudge 2 (TVNZ 2, 11.10 Sunday)
  • Wash My Soul in the Rivers Flow (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Widows (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Beauty Shop (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Men In Black II (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Police Academy 4 – Citizens on Patrol (Duke, 9.25 Friday).
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One Response to “HD Heads-Up: November 19-25”

  1. Few new shows, plenty more hours of movies. Networks have clocked off early with little to offer and no one watching. Given the importance of the Xmas advertising period it’s hard for any corporate to be enthused about advertising on ad-funded television.

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