HD Heads-Up: September 7 – 13

➢ Three will use the live auction finale of The Block NZ: Firehouse on September 8 to launch a slew of newcomers for spring, starting with the return of Married At First Sight NZ as soon the final credits roll. Three will have high hopes for season three of MAFS NZ given the Australian version this year averaged an amazing 32.2% share of 25-54 year-olds and was the most popular show in the history of ThreeNow, where live streams were up 45% year-on-year …

➢ Also returning the same week, on the back of this top-rating combo, will be Rescue 9-1-1 (9.00 Tuesdays, from episode 11 of season two) and Grand Designs NZ (7.30 Wednesdays) …

➢ Grand Designs NZ is part of Three’s grand design to refresh Wednesday nights. It will lead into Patrick Gower: On Weed, in which the newshound investigates the world of medical and recreational marijuana. In the premiere, he examines both sides of the medical marijuana debate in California …

➢ And as a bonus for Modern Family fans, Three will screen episode 17 of season 10 after the season premiere of Married At First Sight NZ

➢ Prime is picking up Outback Truckers, which previously aired on TVNZ 1, from season six, which went to air in Australia last year (season seven premiered in June). It will screen 7.30 Thursdays from September 12 while a new season of the Bafta-winning Ambulance will air 8.30 Wednesdays from September 11 …

➢ According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Nyoongar Footy Magic (Maori TV, 7.30 Mondays from September 9) is a “great, simple little documentary series [that] tracks the extraordinary contribution of the Nyoongar people – the traditional owners of southern WA – to Aussie Rules football … [They] joined the league at a time when institutionalised racism was a fact of life [and they] were still considered ‘flora and fauna’ under Australian law” …

➢ There will be two network movie premieres in the week starting September 7: Girls Trip (Three, 8.55 Saturday) and The Mountain Between Us (TVNZ 2, 8.00 Sunday). Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Toy Story (TVNZ 2, 7.05am Saturday)
  • The Smurfs (Three, 4,00 Saturday)
  • Finding Nemo (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw (Maori TV. 7.00 Saturday)
  • Six Days, Seven Nights (TVNZ 2, 8.45 Saturday)
  • 28 Weeks Later (Duke, 9.25 Saturday)
  • Runner Runner (Three, 11.15 Saturday)
  • Batman vs. Two-Face (TVNZ 2, 12.45am Sunday)
  • The Remains of the Day (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Friday the 13th (TVNZ 2, 10.15 Sunday)
  • Left Behind (Prime, 8.30 Monday)
  • Stealth (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction (Three, 7.30 Thursday)
  • Dude, Where’s My Car? (Duke, 8.30 Friday).
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7 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: September 7 – 13”

  1. TVNZ will have to stop screening Disney movies when Disney+ starts :)

  2. Certainly burning off so many Disney titles off-peak would suggest that.

  3. Surprised Disney wouldn’t want to maintain another revenue stream by continuing its FTA deal with TVNZ.

  4. You would think so but given the deal hasn’t worked out so well for TVNZ, who knows what the fallout of Disney+ will be for local players. I would imagine the likes of Disney will still make non-exclusive deals but their value will be diminished by the appeal, breadth and affordability of Disney+.

  5. Disney went to non-exclusive when it launched DisneyLife in the UK (and Ireland) all those years ago. DisneyLife still exists in the UK and SkyUK still has a big Disney offering. Will be interesting to see how it plays out.

  6. Yes, I would expect Sky NZ to retain some of its Disney content. Studios/distributors have played the game long enough to know better than to have all their eggs in one basket.

  7. I see Australia won’t be having The Simpsons on Disney+, I wonder if it’s the same for New Zealand :)

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