Schedule Watch: June 2

TVNZ 2 is postponing its scheduled season two premiere of First Dates Hotel on June 14 to continue with 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. It’s not surprising the network is sticking with the British panel show given its popularity. What was puzzling was dropping it just when it was starting to build. Because the latest season ends on Friday, TVNZ 2 is dredging the archives, starting with the 2013-produced season two (which can be viewed here). It’s already aired on Duke whereas as the current season went out first on TVNZ 2.

The network is also dropping America’s Funniest Home Video on Sunday evenings from June 16. Its 5.30 replacement is the most re-run sitcom in the history of NZ TV, Friends, from the first episode of the first season. S6 of the Warner Bros hit will continue to re-run 4.30 weekdays, although the June 17 episode is being pre-empted by The Simpsons so TVNZ 2 can accommodate an hour-long episode of Home and Away at 5.00.

SoHo is adding HBO’s coming-of-age drama Euphoria to its schedule from June 21 (9.30 Fridays), where it will screen four days after it streams on Neon.

Filmmaker John Waters (Hairspray, Pink Flamingo) is one of the guests this week on SoHo’s Real Time With Bill Maher, along with presidential candidate William Weld, CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers, Australian journalist Jonathan Swan and defence analyst Lawrence Wilkerson, the chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell during the Iraq War era. Reports Deadline:

The 2020 presidential race, the Mueller Report, and the ongoing Trumpifcation of the national conversation were meaty topics for the night’s episode although the most memorable gag was directed at Roy Moore of Alabama and the legal limits that affect his viability as a elected public servant. “It looks like even if Roy Moore won, he would not be able to serve his term,” Maher said, “because the Senate is within one mile of a school.”

New episodes of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert resume this week on Prime:

  • Monday: Anne Hathaway and Ari Melber (repeat).
  • Tuesday: Wanda Sykes and Vanessa Bayer.
  • Wednesday:Emma Thompson and Adam Scott.
  • Thursday: James Corden, Zoë Kravitz and Lewis Capaldi.
  • Friday: Mindy Kaling and Seth Green .
  • June 10: Elisabeth Moss and Matt Bomer.

Booked for TVNZ 1’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show are:

  • Monday: Jennifer Hudson and Channing Tatum.
  • Tuesday: Shailene Woodley.
  • Wednesday: Kobe Bryant and Logic.
  • Thursday: Mark Wahlberg and Adam Lambert.
  • Friday: Mindy Kaling and James Bay.
  • June 10: Harrison Ford and Dr Ruth.
  • June 11: Jennifer Aniston and Ayesha Curry.
  • June 12: Eric Stonestreet and Dan Levy.
  • June 13: Jaden Smith and Willow Smith.
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2 Responses to “Schedule Watch: June 2”

  1. Friends from the start seems a little odd. Why not just include it as part of the Mon-Fri cycle of episodes? I know they’ve tried other things before and it hasn’t worked but something else has to be available.

  2. You’d think so. But having been off-peak for a couple of years, the network clearly thinks Friends is ripe for another early evening run.

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