HD Heads-Up: May 11

TVNZ 2 will be awash with 25th anniversary Shortland Street specials on May 25 and 26. The soap tribute will kick off with “a shocking event will rock the hospital to its very core” in a 90-minute episode ahead of the documentary, Shortland Street: Inside an Icon. It will analyse the soap’s legacy from the perspective of cast, crew and critics. Pre-empting the Friday episode will be another Naughty Shorty special featuring a quarter-century of cringing anecdotes and antics …

Naughty Shorty will precede the premiere of another You’re Back in the Room NZ special at 8.00, which is being rolled out to promote Survivor NZ with a Survivor-style game. Capping the night will be the network movie premiere of Horrible Bosses 2 at 9.20 …

Three also has a network movie premiere in the week starting May 20: the Oscar-winning Birdman (9.20 Saturday). Other coming attractions in HD for that week include Life of Pi (Three, 7.00 Saturday), The November Man (TVNZ 2, 9.55 Saturday), Seeking Justice (TVNZ 2, 11.55 Saturday), Independence Day (Three, 8.20 Sunday), Iron Man (TVNZ 2, 8.35 Sunday), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (TVNZ 2, 10.55 Sunday), Snakes on a Plane (Prime, 8.35 Monday) and Star Trek (Three, 8.30 Thursday) …

► Ending their runs that week are Saving Lives at Sea, The Next Great Magician, Fishing the Wild, All Change at Longleat, Lethal Weapon, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Screaming Reels and Uncle while returning for a stripped Tuesday-Saturday season will be MasterChef Australia

▶︎ MasterChef will open with virtually a two-hour premiere on May 23 ahead of Finding My Twin Stranger (TVNZ 1, 9.15 Tuesday). The Channel 4 documentary brings face-to-face seven doppelgangers “to discover, through cutting-edge science, just how profound their similarities are,” reports the Daily Mail …

Guesting on the May 26 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.00) are Guy Ritchie, Charlie Hunnam, Billie Piper, Jason Manford and Imelda May …

▶︎ Appearing this week and next on Prime’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon are: Tina Fey, Alessandro Nivola and musical guest Dirty Projectors featuring DฆคWN (11.30 tonight); Michelle Pfeiffer, Kyle MacLachlan and Mark Normand (11.30 tomorrow); and Derek Jeter, Katherine Langford and Father John Misty (10.45 Monday) …

Sunday’s 60 Minutes (Prime, 9.40) examines the loophole in the H-1B visa that’s cost-ing some Americans their jobs, reveals how famine is being fought in South Sudan, and interviews Julia, Sesame Street’s new autistic Muppet …

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3 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: May 11”

  1. Just noticed that Survivor Game Changers series is about to finish on May the 24th. Will TV 3 be showing this series?

  2. Yes, it starts May 24 and will air 4.25 weekdays.

  3. That’s great. Thanks, Philip.

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