HD Heads-Up: May 18

► Off the back of Survivor NZ’s popularity, TVNZ 2 will trial another primetime run for The Amazing Race. Season 29 will screen 9.30 Wednesdays from May 31 whereas its predecessor aired 4.20 on Saturday afternoons. The twist with this season, which launched two months ago in the US, is all the competitors in the nine-country, 36,000 mile-challenge are strangers. The network’s ratings expectations won’t be as high for this season given the decline in primetime viewing generally and how it’s struggled to find a popular 9.30 stablemate for its top-rating Wednesday comedy block …

► Also premiering that week are the Channel 5 documentary Murder on the Internet (TVNZ 1, 9.10 Tuesday), the maritime spin on Antiques Roadshow, Flog It! (Prime, 6.00 Saturday) and Homes by the Sea (Prime, 7.30 Wednesday) while ending their runs are Coast New ZealandMajor Crimes, You’re Back In The Room NZ and A Place to Call Home 

While our patience runs out with Prime for continuing to delay the premiere of Planet Earth II, the channel is rubbing salt in the wounds by re-running Human Planet. The 2011 BBC series will screen 7.30 Mondays from May 29 ….

► The week’s only network movie premieres for the week starting May 27 will be on Three: Britney Ever After (8.50 Saturday) and Stolen From Suburbia (10.40 Saturday) …

► That week’s other coming attractions in HD will include: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday), Rio (Three, 7.00 Saturday), Riddick (TVNZ 2, 9.05 Saturday), Inherent Vice (TVNZ 2, 11.20 Saturday), Seeking a Friend For The End of the World (TVNZ 2, 2am Sunday), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Three, 7.00 Sunday), Iron Man 2 (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday), Nurse (TVNZ 2, 10.50 Sunday), X-Men (Prime, 8.35 Monday), Valkyrie (Three, 8.30 Thursday) and Friends With Benefits (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Friday) …

 You can learn the story behind The Graham Norton Show’s red chair segment on Graham Norton: Big Red Chair Special on May 29 (Three, 7.30). Appearing later that week on Friday’s show will be Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Alan Cumming and Sheryl Crow …

► Guesting this week and next on Prime’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon: Kerry Washington, Tim Tebow and musical guest David Crosby (11.30 tonight); Dwayne Johnson, Ellie Kemper and musical guest Charlie Puth (11.30 Friday); Katy Perry, Josh Charles and Al Madrigal (10.45 Monday) …

► Sunday’s 60 Minutes (Prime, 9.40) will interview the white police officer who fatally shot Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, and architect Peter Marino about being a tastemaker for the rich and famous …

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6 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: May 18”

  1. It’s interesting to see Three are screening Britney Ever After with there being talk of Britney Spears coming to New Zealand, in fact there is apparently a big concert in jeopardy, here in Wellington because of the changes made with Ticketek, wonder if it’s Britney? 🙂

  2. This Planet Earth thing is getting more ludicrous by the week. It had huge internet buzz at the end of last year and we’re now 6 months removed from that. Is it at all possible that Prime didn’t pay as much for the rights so there’s a delay until they can air it? That’s the only possible explanation I can think of.

  3. It’s more likely Prime paid a premium — I understand it was competing with TVNZ for the series — and is anxious to maximise its spend by giving PEII the strongest exposure it can, which means mid-winter when viewing levels peak. But it’s bad faith with viewers to keep us waiting so long when it’s already out on 4K/Blu-ray in the UK, US and Australia.

  4. Three should have something different like The Orville, although it will probably end it being on TVNZ, I wish Three would get reality shows out of their system 🙂

  5. Hi Philip, I know it’s a long shot but are any of the New Zealand networks considering airing the NBC television musical Rise in 2018? The series was picked up a week ago, and its described as Glee meets Smash meets Friday Night Lights.

  6. Being NBC Universal, I imagine Three would have first dibs but I can’t see any of the broadcast networks being interested. Musical dramas are a tough sell in this market. Glee and Empire faded fast, Smash tanked from the outset and comparisons to Friday Night Lights don’t bode well either — FNL was one of the best TV drama series of the last decade but chopped and changed on TV3 and Four, often in late-night slots. I’d pick a streaming service for Rise.

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