HD Heads-Up: July 13 – 19

➢➢ Three will double down on a strategy that’s served it well — Kiwi comedy — when it teams newcomers Mean Mums and Golden Boy on an 8.35 Tuesday double-bill from July 16. Both tested well during last year’s Comedy Pilot Week. South Pacific Pictures’ Mean Mums follows the misadventures of an unlikely gang of misfit mums and self-proclaimed ‘hard core mother fundraisers’; Golden Girl stars 7 Days’ Hayley Sprout as a self-sabotaging but self-righteous university graduate who goes back home to work in the family dairy after suffering a breakdown. They will be part of a Tuesday night overhaul that includes the 9.35 return of NCIS: LA from episode 12 of season 10 …

➢➢ The same week Three will relaunch 7 Days (9.00 Fridays from July 19) off the back of a star-studded Graham Norton Show (guests include Tom Hanks, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal and Stormzy). In a bid to deter viewers from switching over to Three that night, TVNZ 2 will end its top-rating 7.30 broadcast of The Simpsons at 7.55 instead of 8.00, so lead-out Game of Games can get a five-minute head start on Norton; similarly, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown at 8.55 vis-a-vis 7 Days

➢➢ And from July 15, TVNZ 2 will roll out its winter season of hour-long Monday night Shortland Street episodes that will overlap the start of another Three crowdpleaser, The Block NZ: Firehouse. The network promises Shorty fans “shock revelations, the return of familiar faces and life changing events” …

➢➢ Also returning that week will be America’s Got Talent (Three, 7.00 Saturdays), Living With Tourette’s (Prime, 8.30 Wednesdays) and Bull (Prime, 8.30 Thursdays) …

➢➢ Ending their runs will be The Little Drummer GirlSecrets of the World’s Super SkyscrapersConcorde: The Supersonic Race, That’s a Bit Racist, Catch-22, Instant Hotel, Travel Guides, Will & Grace and Take Me Out

➢➢ TVNZ 2 will launch UK game show The £100K Drop on July 14 (6.00 Sundays). The Channel 4 series used to be called The Million Pound Drop until the network implemented austerity measures in 2017. In the UK, it airs as daytime fodder …

➢➢ Other newcomers that week will include Brazil – A Natural History (ThreeLife, 8.30 Sundays), Outback Opal Hunters (Prime, 7.30 Thursdays) and SOS: How To Survive (Duke, 8.30 Saturdays), a Weather Channel series about people who suddenly found themselves in a life and death battle with the elements …

➢➢ Live overnight Wimbledon coverage is under way on Duke and TVNZ OnDemand, with the finals scheduled for 12.45am on July 15 ahead of Duke’s Formula E – New York Race Live from 7am. There also will be live 7am-9.30am coverage on July 14 and daily Formula E and Jaguar eTrophy Race coverage during the week …

➢➢ Three network movie premieres will go head-to-head on July 14 — Baby Driver, Viceroy’s House, The Hitman’s Bodyguard — while also screening free-to-air for the first time will be Victoria and Abdul and Demonic. Here’s the full line-up of HD coming attractions for that week:

  • Cars 3 (TVNZ 2, 7.00)
  • 3 Ninjas Kick Back (Maori TV, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Mad Max: Fury Road (TVNZ 2, 8.50 Saturday)
  • Victoria and Abdul (Three, 8.55 Saturday)
  • Underworld (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Resurrection Mary (Three, 11.00 Saturday)
  • Collateral Damage (TVNZ 2, 11.15 Saturday)
  • Backstabbed (TVNZ 2, 1.15am Sunday)
  • Hairspray (TVNZ 2, 12.30 Sunday)
  • Baby Driver (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Viceroy’s House (Maori, TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Hitman’s Bodyguard (Three, 8.35 Sunday)
  • Demonic (TVNZ 2, 11.30 Sunday)
  • Escape From New York (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Blade: Trinity (Three, 8.30 Thursday)
  • The Cable Guy (Duke, 8.30 Friday)
  • Fools Rush In (Maori TV, 8.30 Friday).
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2 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: July 13 – 19”

  1. Why does TV Z keep promoting the new Top Gear as same week as UK when it’s actually one week behind?

  2. I do wonder why TVNZ don’t put the Formula E Qualifying on TVNZ1 instead of infomercials for the FINAL races of the season? I fully appreciate the tennis coverage on Duke, but they’ve got three channels, they can do all of it live … Perhaps infomercials make more money for them, but it also puts viewers off-side with them too … because there isn’t any point watching qualifying after the race, is there?

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