HD Heads-Up: September 9-15

➢➢ The networks are spring cleaning, with new line-ups across their schedules. TVNZ 1 has the biggest refresh, partly because of Māori Language Week specials. For instance, it’s screening two new episodes of Origins over consecutive nights (8.30 Monday and Tuesday), in which Scotty Morrison retraces the footsteps of his tūpuna, and Hongi to Hāngi: Waiata Special (8.30 Wednesday), which examines the importance of music in the revitalisation of te reo Māori …

➢➢ TVNZ 1 rejuvenates the weekend with the premieres of chef’s travelogue Gino’s Italy: Like Mamma Used to Make (8.05 Saturday) and season two of George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations (8.30 Sunday). The latter opens with a couple’s ambitions to restore a historically listed pub and butcher’s shop …

➢➢ Also new to TVNZ 1 is the UK comedy binge, Black Ops (8.35 Saturday), “a devilishly funny, utterly daft police comedy [that] pokes fun at everything” (Evening Standard). Radio Times said it “is as concerned with being a thriller as it is with making viewers smile” but “lurches from one extreme to another” while The Telegraph dubbed “the cracking crime-comedy … a cross between HBO’s Barry and the BBC’s The Outlaws“. The six half-hours will screen back-to-back …

➢➢ TVNZ 2’s overhaul include the premiere of Snack Masters UK (6.00 Saturday) and a Monday night makeover that includes the return of Fire Country (8.30) ahead of the premieres of Mega Mansion Hunters (9.30), a “megabucks property show” that’s a cross between Selling Sunset and The Apprentice, and zombie spin-off The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon (10.30), which pushes back Poker Face to 11.30 …

➢➢ Three is using the return of House Rules NZ (7.30 Sunday-Tuesday) to dovetail into its Māori Language Week programming. It includes the free-to-air premiere of the Cliff Curtis movie Muru (8.30 Sunday) and a companion documentary series about the aftermath of its inspiration, the 2007 Urewera raids (9.30 Monday and Tuesday) …

➢➢ Whakaata Māori marks Māori Language Week with a slew of specials and premieres: Being Māori (8.30 Monday) profiles academic and leader Dr. Ranginui Walker; Speak No Māori (9.30 Monday) unpacks the history of te reo Māori; and Hui Hoppers (8.00 Thursday) is a comedy about half-sisters who are the outspoken, self-appointed leaders of their marae that first streamed on TVNZ+ …

➢➢ Also new to Whakaata Māori are the documentary Ice Vikings (9.00 Tuesday), in which modern-day vikings try to stake their claim to the bountiful freshwater fish stock on one of Canada’s largest lakes; S2 of streetwear show Rags Are Riches (8.15 Thursday); and Dear Flora (9.30 Thursday), a drama series about Algonquin sibling trying to make peace with their painful childhoods, when they were taken away from their parents and sent to an Indian residential school …

➢➢ Eden airs the S2 premiere of Australian drama The Newsreader three days after its ABC launch (8.30 Wednesday). It stars Anna Torv (The Last of Us) and Sam Reid (Lambs of God) as the “Golden Couple of News” on ’80s TV who, with a new CEO at the helm, ponder the complex truth of their success. Eden also is resuming My Big Family Farm from episode six of S4 (9.30 Thursday) — the series ends after S5 because of the couple’s break-up but a spin-off is in the works — and Celebrity Googlebox from S4 (8.30 Friday) …

➢➢ Shaq (Sky Open, 9.30 Wednesday) is a four-part docuseries about basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal. The Guardian thought it “edges from fascinating to frustrating” while Rotten Tomatoes said: “Shaq the personality is bombastic and fun, so Shaq the docuseries is bombastic and fun, and it displays its myriad influences proudly. Shaq is very much a standard documentary, even if its extravagant nature seems to be in conflict with that at times” …

➢➢ Also debuting are new seasons of Bondi Rescue (Three, 7.00 Sunday), Yellowstone (Sky Open, 9.30 Tuesday), The Celebrity Chase (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Wednesday) and Neighborhood Wars (Duke, 9.30 Wednesday) while ending their runs are Crossing SwordsTaskmaster NZHunted AustraliaEngineering Reborn and Close Encounters Down Under 

➢➢  The live free-to-air sport feast continues with the Rugby World Cup kicking off on Sky Open (5.45am Saturday), more One Day International cricket on TVNZ 1 and Duke, and more US Tennis Open and FIBA Basketball on Duke …

➢➢ HD coming attractions for the week starting September 9 include:

  • Jurassic Park (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • A Dog’s Way Home (Three, 7.00 Sunday)
  • Tama Kaiātea (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Mummy (Duke, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Killshot (Eden, 8.35 Saturday)
  • When Pomegranates Howl (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Venom (Three, 8.45 Saturday)
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa 0.5 (TVNZ 2, 9.25 Saturday)
  • Paranormal Activity – The Ghost Dimension (Duke, 10.50 Saturday)
  • Zero Dark Thirty (TVNZ 2, 12.10am Sunday)
  • Palo Alto (TVNZ 2, 2.50am Sunday)
  • Harry Potter 7 and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • Muru (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Rūrangi (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Hoop Dreams (Duke, 9.20 Sunday)
  • Jaws 2 (TVNZ 2, 11.40 Sunday)
  • Inside Man (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • The Dead Lands (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Knives Out (Duke, 8.30 Friday)
  • The Expendables (Three, 8.50 Friday)
  • Spider-Man 2 (TVNZ 2, 8.55 Friday).
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6 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: September 9-15”

  1. Hello, Philip, I just wanted to let you know that next week Sky Open is going to get rid of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and replace with Love Island Australia.

  2. Thanks, Sheldon, presumably it’s because Colbert’s off-air due to the writers’ strike.

  3. Hi Philip, has TVNZ Duke lost the rights to The Simpsons? I see they are using The Chase Australia to plug the hole in their schedule from September 18th. Is this a permanent thing or temporary while they renegotiate a new rights deal?

  4. I would expect it to be permanent, Leo. The Simpsons came off TVNZ 2 in July, everything from the 6pm to off-peak repeats (this followed the loss of first-run eps last year). I asked TVNZ at the time if it meant it had now lost all the rights, even though Duke re-runs were continuing. The reply was coy, along the lines of ‘watch this space’. The show’s exit from Duke would signal TVNZ’s legacy rights have ended and it’s now an exclusive Disney+ property (although Disney might be having second thoughts about this given the streaming business is in such a shambles and the likes of WBD and AMC are looking to license some of their content to other players). I haven’t posted about this because the latest Duke billings were only distributed yesterday and as media I have to respect publication embargoes.

  5. Cheers, Philip, for the update. This would be a significant loss for Duke as its anchor programme. Does this mean Family Guy and American Dad are likely to exit as well? As you have pointed out with Disney’s streaming business not profitable, I’m hoping they at least see sense to license classic episodes or delay new episodes by 12 months. I also don’t see the rationale in having the inferior The Chase Australia as its schedule filler.

  6. I agree, Leo, Chase does seem a strange replacement. I think Family Guy and American Dad will be safe on linear for the time being as they don’t have the same marquee cachet as The Simpsons.

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