HD Heads-Up: March 2

➢ TVNZ 1 will replace Liar, which ends 8.30 Sunday, with the three-part thriller Trauma, from the writer of Doctor Foster. It stars John Simm as a factory worker who blames a surgeon (Adrian Lester) for his son’s death. “Doctor Foster writer Mike Bartlett restrained himself from killing a child during series two of the hit domestic potboiler,” The Guardian said. “But in Trauma, he goes a step further and presses our noses painfully up against the window of parental grief.” The Daily Telegraph dubbed it “another tortured psychodrama between two characters locked in deep personal conflict.” The series will premiere here a month after its UK debut on ITV …

➢ TVNZ 2 is dumping Friday night’s Take Me Out for double-episodes of Will & Grace from March 9. Last week’s episode averaged only 1.9% of the network’s target audience, 18-49 year-olds, and 2.3% of 25-54s, which placed it well behind TVNZ 1’s Doc Martin and Three’s time-slot winning The Graham Norton Show and 7 Days

➢ Three’s double-episode premiere of Survivor: Ghost Island (7.00 Saturday) comes days after its US launch topped Wednesday primetime in viewers and key demos, winning its two-hour block in viewers by 45% over closest competitor, by 42% in the demo, Deadline reports. “Ghost Island’s opener improved over last year’s Survivor spring debut by 6% in total viewers, coming in flat in the demo” …

➢ New episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Duke (9.30 Thursdays) are being pre-empted by season three re-runs. The series is on hiatus in the US until April 29 …

➢ Prime will premiere the latest Coast spin-off, Coast Australia (7.30 Sundays from March 11), All in the Mind, a NZ documentary that probes differences between male and female thinking (8.30, March 11), Michael Jackson’s This Is It (8.30, March 12) and the Channel 4 version of The Great British Bake Off (7.30 Tuesdays from March 13)  

➢ Also new that week will be Our Dream Hotel (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Thursday), in which ex- Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi follows first-time hoteliers on the journey to fulfil their dream …

➢ Saturday’s ITM Fishing Classics (Prime, 5.00) will be pre-empted by live coverage of the Vodafone New Zealand Derby …

➢ TVNZ.co.nz will no longer stream Heathers from Thursday. Distributor Paramount has delayed its debut until later in the year, due to the Parklands High School shooting …

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8 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: March 2”

  1. The first episode of Heathers is already out on pirate sites. I actually enjoyed this. Looking forward to the rest of the show!

  2. Any idea when Scorpion series 4 will be shown on Prime here?

  3. Sorry, Paul, still no confirmation from Prime. But chances are it will be the same scenario as MacGyver: exclusive premiere on Sky 5 followed by free-to-air run on Prime later in the year.

  4. Hi Phil. Talking of confirmations, can you tell me when the last series of late night Scandal will be shown?

  5. TVNZ 2 will premiere season six at 2.50am on March 29 and, like season five, will burn it off in double-eps overnight Monday-Thursday.

  6. Hi Paul. Sky has confirmed season four of Scorpion will air on Prime after its Sky 5 run, probably later in the year.

  7. Thanx Philip. I wonder if they’ll do the same to the next Dr Who and Top Gear?

  8. I’ve given up on Top Gear due to the unknown schedulding. Just like pretty much all free-to-air TV.

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