HD Heads-Up: March 7

➢ TVNZ 1 is dumping Aussie Property Flippers after only four weeks and replacing it with The Week The Landlords Moved In. The latter premiered tonight at 7.30 but will screen 8.30 Wednesdays from next week. Taking over the 7.30 hour will be re-runs of Highway Cops. Last week’s episode of Flippers averaged only 1.2% of TVNZ 1’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds, which was less than half of lead-in Heathrow’s average and lower than lead-out The Secrets of Your Food

➢ Sky Box Sets is making last-minute tweaks to its March schedule. Bitten, which was to air 7.30 Thursday, is being pre-empted by season one of Atlanta (ahead of season two hastily being scheduled for an 8.30 Saturday run from this weekend on SoHo). Bitten will now screen on March 15, Olympus moves to March 22 and The Almighty Johnsons will now air March 29, April 5 and April 12 …

➢ TVNZ 2’s tweaking of Friday nights will see Lethal Weapon launch a 9.30 movie slot on March 23, which will push new episodes of The X-Files back to near-midnight …

David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities will screen 6.30 Sundays on Prime from March 18. The half-hour series has been running since 2013 on the BBC but Prime is picking it up from series four, which went to air on February 22. The premiere, Animal Frankensteins, looks at two hybrid animals that owe their existence to human interference: the pizzly bear (a cross between a polar bear and grizzly) and the killer bee …

Curiosities will follow The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, in which comedian Jo Brand takes a playful look back at the week’s shenanigans in the tent with a panel of celebrities, and a sit-down with the eliminated baker …

➢ Lightbox streams the box set of ’90s crime classic Prime Suspect from tomorrow. The first three series are in SD and the last four in HD (except, oddly, episode one of S4). Although the complete series has been released in HD on Blu-ray in the UK, Lightbox says some seasons weren’t available in HD. It also plans to stream in HD Prime Suspect prequel Tennison

➢ Prime also is dusting off some ’90s hits, for weekday re-runs. From March 19, Ed will screen 12.40, Married With Children 1.35 and Frasier 5.00. And from April 3, Jones! too will overhaul its weekday schedule with Hill Street Blues (2.10), St Elsewhere (3.00), Mork & Mindy (4.15), ALF (4.40) and Perfect Strangers (5.10) …

➢ Duke will resume new episodes of Family Guy on March 19 at 8.00, starting with episode 15 of season 17, when Stewie reveals major secrets about himself when he’s sent to see his school’s child psychologist. Duke originally planned to screen ep 13 but says Family Guy’s US airdates have changed and the network is receiving eps out of order …

➢ Māori Television has launched the first indigenous weather report for television in the world. It’s being presented in te reo Maori and includes the influence of the moon on fishing and planting. It follows Te Kāea weekdays on the Te Reo channel at 5.00 and Māori TV at 5.30 …

➢ And MTS’ Native Affairs returns on Monday with New Zealand’s only television interview with Oprah Winfrey and director Ava DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle in Time). An extended cut of the interviews, which cover Winfrey’s thoughts on the US presidency and DuVernay’s on the high rate of Maori imprisonment, will screen on Easter Monday …

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