HD Heads-Up: October 19 – 25

➢➢ Prime will premiere a three-part Australian documentary series about a religious cult that’s not to be confused with a similar-sounding series of the same name on Netflix. Spun off a 2016 feature film, The Cult of the Family (8.30 Sundays from October 20) digs deep into the apocalyptic group of the same name and it guru, Anne Hamilton-Byrne, who recruited psychiatrists, doctors, lawyers, nurses, architects and scientists to try to raise a pre-Armageddon master race. The Sydney Morning Herald said it “reveals yet more shattering details of life inside the notorious sect in the 1970s and ’80s” …

➢➢ “The Cult of the Family doesn’t have the brilliant, cumulative quality of Netflix’s superb Wild Wild Country, about the followers of Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, which began with eyeball-widening, goosebump-raising impact and kept getting better,” said The Guardian. “But the restructured approach benefits The Family’s reincarnation … an admirable achievement” …

➢➢ Murder, Lies & Alibis (Three, 9.15 Mondays from October 21) is another Aussie newcomer, an eight-part documentary series about unsolved crimes or cold cases. “It’s not just looking back at old crimes; it’s bringing new information to screen,” producer Mark Llewellyn says. “We uncover new alibis and interview people who are speaking for the first time.” It aired on Channel Nine …

➢➢ New to Maori TV is Occupation Native (October 20, 7.30), a satirical take on the involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s history. “If Occupation Native sounds like a dry history lesson, it’s not,” said The Guardian. “It is about rewriting the narrative” …

➢➢ Resurfacing for a free-to-air run will be the Lightbox-streamed comedy/drama, Flack (TVNZ 2, 11.30 Mondays from October 21) …

➢➢ Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Paul Rudd and James Blunt will appear on October 25’s The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.00) — the same night TVNZ 2 pre-empts Shortland Street for a re-run of Motorway Patrol because it’s the start of Labour Weekend …

➢➢ Also new that week will be season three of Australian Ninja Warrior (Three, 7.00 Sundays, 7.30 Mondays & Tuesdays), S2 of Deep State (TVNZ 1, 10.25 Sundays), and the return of The Red Stag Timber Hunters Club (Prime, 8.30 Mondays) while ending their runs will be Bear Grylls’ Running WildWorld’s Toughest Prisons and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown 

➢➢ There will be only one HD network movie premiere in the week starting October 19: Tangerines (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday). Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Looper (Prime, 8.30 Saturday)
  • In the Heart of the Sea  (TVNZ 1, 9.20 Saturday)
  • The November Man (TVNZ 2, 9.20 Saturday)
  • 8 Mile (Three, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Zombieland (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Three Days to Kill (TVNZ 2, 11.25 Saturday)
  • Hush Little Baby (Three, 11.35 Saturday)
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • Tower Heist (Three, 8.45 Sunday)
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Sunday)
  • Venus & Serena (Maori TV, 8.30 Monday
  • Training Day (Prime, 9.30 Monday)
  • Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Dangerous (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Takers (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • The Tuxedo (Three, 7.30 Thursday)
  • Space Jam (Duke, 8.30 Friday).
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6 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: October 19 – 25”

  1. As we are heading into to the final months of 2019, are there any upfronts presentations from TVNZ, Mediaworks or Prime for the 2020 television season Philip?

  2. TVNZ’s will be on November 7. Still to ascertain the others. In recent years, MediaWorks has held back its announcements until January while last year Prime didn’t hold an upfront.

  3. Cheers for this, I look forward to their announcements.

  4. Btw, MediaWorks will reveal its 2020 TV plans at a new-season launch later next month.

  5. I guess there is some glimmer of hope for Three and it would be nice if they celebrated their 30th Birthday at the same time. Fingers crossed they find a committed and determined new owner.

  6. Meanwhile, I download some new shows and then find out after watching it that someone may pick it up with no broadcast date…

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