HD Heads-Up: November 10 – 16

➢➢ The pick of the HD network movie premieres for the week starting November 10 is Maori TV’s Raid on Rommel, which is less a comment on the quality of the 1971 release than the paucity of free-to-air premieres. It follows the channel’s peak-hour showcasing of HD true classics, like High Noon and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, on the eve of Sky launching a vintage movies channel that will be SD only. Raid on Rommel will screen opposite Three’s premiere of xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, the prequel to which, xXX: The Next Level, will screen on Prime (8.30 Monday). The rest of the week’s HD coming attractions will include:

  • Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • American Heist (TVNZ 2, 8.40 Saturday)
  • The Book Thief (Three, 9.25 Saturday)
  • The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • 300 (TVNZ 2, 10.50 Saturday)
  • Wild (Three, 12.10am Sunday)
  • Open Grave (TVNZ 2, 12.40am Sunday)
  • Point Break (TVNZ 2, 9.40 Sunday)
  • xXx: The Next Level (Prime, 8.30 Monday)
  • South Paw (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Little Man (Duke, 8.30 Friday)
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Maori TV, 8.30 Friday)
  • Thor: The Dark World (TVNZ 2, 8.35 Friday) …

➢➢ In a week bereft of notable newcomers, Three will resurrect Aussie property show Buying Blind (8.30 Wednesdays) — even though it will push back time slot-winning back to 10.00 — and Prime will screen a new Prime Rocks profile, Eric Clapton – Life in 12 Bars (8.30 Wednesday). It’s billed as “unflinching and deeply personal” but Stuff’s Graeme Tuckett dubbed the movie “maddeningly pedestrian” while The Telegraph said it “succeeds in making Eric Clapton surprisingly interesting” …

➢➢ Ending their runs that week will be Prime’s Ice Road Truckers and, ahead of Three’s live broadcast of the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards (8.30 Thursday), Jono and Ben

➢➢ Prime is relegating the award-winning The Looming Tower to late-night. It will air 10.30 Fridays from November 16, pushing back The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to 11.30. New 9.30 Tuesday episodes of Mayday will replace it from November 13 …

➢➢ In other scheduling changes, Prime will pre-empt IRT Deadliest Roads on November 10 for 3.30 live NZ Cup and Show Week coverage of the NZ 2000 Guineas and on November 13 will carry the NZ Trotting Cup live at 5.00 …

➢➢ And from November 14, TVNZ 2 will replace late-night Wednesday re-runs of Two and a Half Men and 2 Broke Girls with double-episode repeats season fine of Kevin Can Wait

➢➢ Appearing on the November 16 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 9.00) will be: Kurt Russell, Claire Foy, David Walliams and Mumford and Sons …

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