HD Heads-Up: June 7

➢ The award-winning Sherpa will spearhead a season of movie-length HD documentaries on Maori TV. The indelibly filmed Sherpa was conceived to explore the growing tensions between the Himalayan guides and rich foreigners on bucket-list hikes – only to wind up covering the aftermath of the worst tragedy in Everest’s history. It will premiere on June 11, ahead of Angry Inuk (June 18) and The 5th Eye (June 25). The former investigates the negative impact international campaigns against seal hunting have had on the lives of the Inuit; the latter explores the rise of the surveillance state in the digital age …

➢ On the eve of unprecedented changes to the programming of Coronation Street, fans shouldn’t forget to update their MySky settings. On Sunday, TVNZ 1 will air Coronation Street: From Here to Now, which will recap key storylines of the past 18 months to update viewers with what’s transpired between tomorrow night’s episode and Monday’s. Next week, to promote the relaunch, TVNZ 1 will screen Coro five nights a week at 9.30 before reverting to the Wednesday-Friday schedule the following week. These new episodes will be called Coronation Street 2018 and will need a new MySky/PVR series link to be recorded; your current series link will record the Coronation Street Catch-up episodes that will air 1pm weekdays from Monday …

➢ Spark is beefing up its already compelling TV content (Lightbox) by offering a virtually half-price Fan Pass deal. It’s offering online access to Sky Sport channel 1-4 for $30 a month on a Spark unlimited home broadband plan for 12 months, a saving of $26 on the standard Fan Pass price …

A Place To Call Home will return for its fifth season on June 15 (TVNZ 1, 8.00) two months before the sixth and final season premieres on Foxtel. The pay-TV service rescued the award-winning period drama when Channel Seven axed it after only two seasons. “Season six truly completes my vision for the series,” series creator Bevan Lee says. “I promise to bring the show to its finale on a wave of tears, laughter and most importantly, closure” …

➢ Another Friday night newcomer, Spinoff TV, a series spun off the website The Spinoff, will replace Funny Girls on June 15 (Three, 9.45). It will cover current affairs, pop culture and media. The premiere will feature political satirist Tom Sainsbury, the history of representation in NZ film and Christchurch’s first gay rugby team …

➢ The latest TVNZ 2 series to air twice-weekly will be Lethal Weapon from June 13 20(9.30 Wednesdays and Thursdays). Season two will be the last to star Clayne Crawford after clashes with co-star Damon Wayans that Variety reports “nearly killed the Fox series”; replacing him as a new character in season three will be Sean William Scott …

➢ Also new that week will be The Great NZ Dance Masala (Three, 4.00 Saturdays) and Under the Influence (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Tuesdays). Colin Mathura-Jeffree hosts the former, a high adrenaline dance competition featuring NZ’s best Indian-inspired dancing talent; the latter “explores the bad influences that send celebrities down the wrong path”. It opens with River Phoenix and Heath Ledger, and will continue with Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Prince and Amy Winehouse …

➢ Ending their runs the same week will be The Hotel Inspector, Turkey With Simon Reeve, World’s Wildest Weather and The Selection

➢  TVNZ 2 is abruptly pulling Friday’s late-night re-runs of Sensing Murder. Replacing them tomorrow from 10.30 is the reality show, Heroes and Villains: Caught on Camera, and a double-episode of Cougar Town. And Duke is dropping June 18’s Brainstorm for a 9.30 double-episode of American Dad

➢ NZ movie Mahana will have its network premiere on June 10 (Maori TV, 8.30). Other HD coming attractions for that week will include:

  • Bolt (TVNZ 2, 5.20 Saturday)
  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (TVNZ 2, 7.00)
  • The Smurfs (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Reign of Fire (TVNZ 2, 8.35 Saturday)
  • William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (Three, 8.55 Saturday)
  • Get Hard (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Pitch Perfect 2 (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Remaining (TVNZ 2, 11.15 Sunday)
  • 16 Blocks (Prime, 9.30 Monday)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (Three, 8.30 Thursday)
  • Escape From New York (Duke, 8.30 Friday).
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6 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: June 7”

  1. Just noticed Lethal Weapon will start its run next Wednesday, with This is Us finishing up tomorrow night.

  2. Yes, that’s right.

  3. Hi Phil, Can’t seem to find Lethal Weapon from tonight’s (13th June) line-up? Was this a late re-jig by the TVNZ 2 schedulers? Can you shed any light? Do you have a new date for the Season 2 launch? Also, I see Three has finally caught up with the missing three episodes of H50 – the remainder of the series seems to start tonight. My Freeview guide talks about “New Episodes”.

  4. D’oh! No, it’s my state of mind that needs a re-jig, Rosco. As Aiden points out, LW resumes June 20 — I was a week out. Apologies for the confusion. And, yes, Three has returned H50 to primetime, albeit at a slightly later time.

  5. I had to download season 2 of Lethal Weapon due to no TV screening. Highly recommended downloading as there is not a single piece of advertising on it. And you get it in full HD 1920 by 1080p as unlike the local networks mostly still SD.

  6. Must……..not…..be…..tempted…..to…..download!!

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