HD Heads-Up: April 13-19

➢➢ Two high-profile Kiwi dramas face off against each other when Three launches Friends Like Her (8.30 Monday). It premieres opposite TVNZ 2’s Testify, which continues 8.30 Monday and Tuesday. Another Three newcomer, the season 21 premiere of NCIS (8.00 Tuesday), will clash with Testify, too, which will start halfway through the long-running procedural. As for Friends Like Her, it’s a surrogacy drama set in post-‘quake Kaikoura where cracks develop in the friendship of two women, one of whom is carrying the other’s baby. Morgana O’Reilly, Tess Haubrich, Jarod Rawiri and Vinnie Bennett star. The premiere has the final of Married at First Sight Australia as its lead-in (7.00)  …

➢➢ The Lost Boys of Dilworth (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sunday) investigates historic systemic abuse at Auckland’s Dilworth School, where those in charge abused hundreds of young boys in their care …

➢➢ The Frontier is a new six-part series about the settling of the US (Whakaata Māori, 7.30 Sunday). It promises “to expose the shocking reality” behind Hollywood myths about the Old West using cinematic reconstructions, interviews with experts and state-of-the-art cinematic graphics and maps, sound design and music …

➢➢ If you missed its Whakaata Māori run late last year, West Coasters resurfaces on Sky Open (7.30 Wednesday) while new to the channel from 8.30 Thursday is Claudia Winkleman’s “mould-breaking” game show One Question, in which contestants are asked just one general knowledge question and given 20 possible answers …

➢➢ Live/delayed free-to-air sports coverage includes:

  • Vantage Black Sticks Women vs Japan (TVNZ 1, 4.00 Saturday and Sunday)
  • ANZ Premiership Netball: Northern Mystics vs Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic (TVNZ 2, 4.00 Sunday)
  • Super Rugby Aupiki Final (Sky Open, 4.00 Saturday)
  • Super Rugby Pacific: Hurricanes vs Chiefs (Sky Open, 6.30 Saturday)
  • NRL Premiership: Warriors vs Manly Sea Eagles (Sky Open, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Sal’s NBL: Rams v Tuatara (Sky Open, 3.00 Sunday)
  • NRL Premiership: St. George Illawarra Dragons vs Warriors (Sky Open 7.30 Friday) …

➢➢ Returning are Celebrity Beat the Chasers (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Wednesday), Ghosts (TVNZ 2, 6.30 Friday) and The Great British Sewing Bee (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Friday) …

➢➢ Ending their runs are The WallWould I Lie To You?, Trigger Point, Attenborough’s Dynasties, Ambulance, Last Call, George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and Naked Education

➢➢ Appearing on The Graham Norton Show are Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kate Hudson, Elizabeth Banks, Edward Enninful and Self Esteem …

➢➢ Tracy Morgan: Takin’ It Too Far is the latest Sky Open Mic special (11.00 Friday) …

➢➢ HD coming attractions include:

  • Sing 2 (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Rabbit Academy (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • City of Lies (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • She’s All That (Three, 8.35 Saturday)
  • The Phantom of the Open (TVNZ 1, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Little Woods (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Game Night (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Saturday)
  • Panic Room (Duke, 10.10 Saturday)
  • Miss You Already (TVNZ 2, 11.00 Saturday)
  • Wild Rose (TVNZ 2, 1am Sunday)
  • The Boxtrolls (TVNZ 2, 3.35 Sunday)
  • Back to the Future (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • The Suicide Squad (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Zodiac (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Six Minutes to Midnight (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Sunday)
  • The Dark Tower (TVNZ 2, 9.15 Sunday)
  • Happy Death Day 2U (TVNZ 2, 11.55 Sunday)
  • American Assassin (Sky Open, 8.30 Monday)
  •  I Am Greta (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • The Devil’s Own (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Coriolanus (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Bad Grandpa (Duke, 9.25 Friday).
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8 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: April 13-19”


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    April 4, 2024 at 10:26 am

    Why has TVNZ got The Suicide Squad? That should be on Three 🤔

  2. Thanks for reading the column so thoroughly, Trevor. You’re quite right — SS is on Three, it was an editing goof on my part.

  3. I forgive you Philip. It apparently is a very good movie going by John Campea especially in regards to Suicide Squad 😁

  4. I was just thinking Philip that Sky doesn’t seem to have movies from Warner Bros. Discovery as much as they used to which makes me wonder if we will be getting Max here soon 🤔

  5. Wishful thinking, I fear, Trevor. Licensing content to entrenched local players like Sky and TVNZ has become more attractive for Hollywood heavyweights than the logistical and financial challenges of setting up their own domestic streaming service. Consider the AMC+ fiasco, which led to its library being stripped just weeks after launching and previously exclusive titles like Kin and Interview with a Vampire being licensed to TVNZ+. Or most Paramount+ titles being platformed here on TVNZ+. Disney, meanwhile, has just restarted licensing some of its content to UK services. “Disney’s position on licensing out its content has shifted substantially in the four years since Disney+ first launched, reflecting the changing landscape,” Variety reports. “Such is the recalibration that it remains to be seen whether Warner Discovery’s streamer Max will launch in the UK at all, given it would impact their lucrative licensing partnership with Comcast-owned media network Sky.” Read ditto for Sky NZ and Foxtel in Australia. FYI, here’s a Hollywood Reporter analysis of who wields the most licensing clout: “After four years of major studios employing a walled-garden approach to the distribution of their TV content on streaming, licensing is steadily making a comeback … Disney is ‘set to be the big winner in the licensing renaissance.’”

  6. Oh well, I prefer my wishful thinking, it’s not so complicated. Thanks for the reply Philip 😁

  7. Poor Trevor. I recall the days when he was convinced Paramount+ was due in NZ with the ALeague.

  8. I wasn’t a ‘cord cutter’ to just become a subscription junkie … I can’t wait until we go back to the days of the one stop shop and I’m no Sky NZ fan!

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