HD Heads-Up: June 15

  

Crime procedural fans can look forward to a genre overkill on Three with the return of NCIS: Los Angeles on June 25. Season eight will air 8.30 Wednesdays as the lead-in to Hawaii Five-O, which means on consecutive nights Three will air two two-hour blocks devoted to procedurals. And as well as NCIS and SVU on Tuesdays, watch for the return of Blue Bloods in a primetime slot and new late-night episodes of Chicago PD from episode nine of season two on June 27 — the same night Three will air a two-hour cross-over episode of NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans (which will pre-empt SVU for the week) …

Orange is not just the new black — it’s the new look of TVNZ 1 on Sunday nights, with the network succeeding Murder Calls and Women Who Kill with the two-part Life Inside Jail (June 25, 9.30). “This one focuses on Albany County jail in New York, where violent and petty criminals are – unusually – held side by side prior to sentencing,” The Guardian said. “The facility holds 1,000 inmates, a situation complicated by a recent transfer from Rikers Island. The access is compelling, but the show is more about drugs than prison.” The Daily Mail thought it “grimly gripping” and the Express, “humane yet hard-to-watch” …

Two local HD documentaries of note will premiere in the week starting June 24: Camp Twitch (TVNZ 2, 8.35 Monday), which spends a week with young New Zealanders who have Tourette Syndrome; and The Demolition Teams (Prime 8.35 Wednesday), which follows three demolition crews on 10 sites across Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland — complete with exclusive video from inside Christchurch’s red zone and the inside story of the country’s two biggest controlled implosions: Christchurch’s Newstalk ZB building and Central Police Station …

Also starting the same week are One Born Every Minute (TVNZ 1, 9.45 Wednesday) and, for the first time in HD, DC Legends of Tomorrow (TVNZ 2, 1.35am Monday) while ending their runs are Chicago Med, James May’s Cars of the People and NCIS: New Orleans

Three will premiere in HD Furious 7 (8.30, June 25) 24 hours ahead of Prime screening the original in the franchise, The Fast and the Furious. Other coming attractions in HD that week include: Planes 2: Fire & Rescue (TVNZ 2, 5.25 Saturday), Teen Wolf (Three, 7.00 Saturday), Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (Three, 8.50 Saturday), Murder in Miami (Three, 10.45 Saturday), 2 Guns (TVNZ 2, 11.05 Saturday), Resident Evil: Retribution (TVNZ 2, 11.05 Sunday) and Tomorrow Never Dies (Three, 7.30 Thursday) …

Andy Serkis will guest on the June 30 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.00), along with: Mark Wahlberg, Tom Holland, Sienna Miller, Woody Harrelson and Alison Moyet …

Appearing this week and next on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon: Miley Cyrus (11.30 tonight); Ethan Hawke and musical guest Lorde (12.40am Saturday); Kirsten Dunst, Larry the Cable Guy and Nikki Glaser (11.00 Monday) …

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One Response to “HD Heads-Up: June 15”

  1. Hi Philip, off topic but are you able to find out why Freeview is not doing enough to get more broadcasters on the platform. Surely DW news channel, France24, EuroNews, RT and Australia’s ABC News 24 would jump at the chance to join Freeview along with a raft of other broadcasters. More needs to be done to offer variety on the platform.

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