HD Heads-Up: April 23 -29

➢➢ In a post-Easter shake-up, TVNZ 2 will launch NCIS: Hawai’i on April 26 opposite its parent show, NCIS (Three, 8.30 Tuesday), and take over TVNZ 1’s Britain’s Got Talent, which will air 7.00 Sundays from April 24 — which is when Three will premiere Dancing With the Stars NZ. It’s hard to imagine ViacomCBS being happy about two of its signature series going head-to-head here but it will be fascinating to see if the newcomer, which TVNZ secured as part of its ViacomCBS deal, can out-rate the original, which Three retains as an exciting license …

➢➢ Switching BGT to TVNZ 2, and much closer to its ITV air date, means DWTS will face fierce competition on two fronts: from the Simon Cowell hit and the already formidable combo of Hyundai Country Calendar and Sunday on TVNZ 1. However, DWTS has the advantage of being live in the instant gratification age of social media, which may encourage fans to record or stream the other shows later …

➢➢ DWTS will continue 7.30 Monday, ahead of live coverage of the NRL Warriors vs Storm match. It will open with a pre-game warm-up at 8.30, followed by kick-off at 9.00 and post-game analysis at 10.30 …

➢➢ NCIS: Hawai’i stars Vanessa Lachey as the first female Special Agent in Charge of NCIS Pearl Harbor, and co-stars Kiwi Alex Tarrant (Shortland Street, 800 Words) as one of her team. The series earned fair-to-middling reviews (“worth giving a shot,” said Variety) and was popular enough to be renewed (along with its sister shows) …

➢➢ BGT isn’t the only TVNZ switcheroo – TVNZ 2 will pick up S2 of Serengeti for a 5.45 Sunday run. This is a much riskier strategy as traditionally TVNZ 1 has been the domain of prestigious wildlife series and the last time a natural history hit swapped channels, Taronga Zoo went belly up in the ratings …

➢➢ TVNZ 2 also will roll out two series off-peak that have streamed OnDemand: the failed reboot of Fantasy Island (3.05 Sunday) and the 2014 Halle Berry sci-fi flop Extant (12.55am Friday) …

➢➢ TVNZ 1 will bed in a new Sunday night schedule as well, with the premieres of George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations (8.30), The Tower (9.35) and Clarice (11.35). The latest George Clarke series revolves around the transformation of unused or unloved local landmarks into singular family homes, including a couple who spent $700,000 “transforming 200-year-old barn into a ‘soulless new build‘” …

➢➢ Said The Guardian of acclaimed ITV thriller The Tower: “Two people fall from a tower block – and the police may be in on it. This pacy, punchy drama feels incredibly timely … especially when trust in officers is at an all-time low.” Yara Greyjoy (Game of Thrones, Killing Eve) stars …

➢➢ Clarice is set a year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs, when FBI Agent Clarice Starling returns to the field. But don’t expect a spin-off as bold and unsettling as Hannibal (2013-2015).  “Effectively grim, but narratively bland, Clarice is a disturbingly safe procedural that lets down both its talented cast and source material,” was Rotten Tomatoes’ verdict. The series was renewed but S2 never eventuated because of a rights tangle that thwarted its transition to Paramount+ …

➢➢ Another TVNZ 1 newcomer, First Responders (8.30 Tuesday), will follow NZ emergency teams on rescue helicopters, ambulances and boats …

➢➢ Duke also will refresh its line-up with:

  • The Buildings That Fought Hitler (9.25 Wednesday), in which engineer Rob Bell explores the British Army’s formidable line of defence against an expected German invasion;
  • Ice Airport Alaska (9.30 Thursday), which is set in one of the world’s busiest cargo airports;
  • Ultimate Rides (6.35 Saturday & Sunday), which covers everything from an underwater convertible, to the world’s most expensive SUV, to a Ferrari Dino that was found buried in an LA garden; and,
  • Mythbusters: There’s Your Problem (6.00 Saturday), which is billed as “a MythBusters crash-course in science: a unique, fun-filled and custom-made encyclopaedia of impacts, explosions and experiments” …

➢➢ Also of note on Duke will be the weekday stripping of the excellent Battlestar Galactica reboot, which will screen 1.55 Monday-Friday from April 25 …

➢➢ Returning for new seasons will be The Wall (TVNZ 1, 8.05 Saturday), Sarah Beeny’s New Life in the Country (TVNZ 1, 3.00 Sunday) and Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (TVNZ 1, 4.00 Sunday) while ending their runs will be Around The World in 80 DaysSkin A&EDan Brown’s The Lost SymbolSally Lindsay’s Super Rich SleepoversThe Great British Bake Off and The Great British Sewing Bee

➢➢ Screening for the first time on free-to-air TV will be Midway (Three, 8.30 Sunday). Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Paddington 2 (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Zeus and Roxanne (Maori TV, 7.00)
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Valkyrie (Maori TV, 8.45 Saturday)
  • The Break-Up (TVNZ 2, 8.55 Saturday)
  • Victoria and Abdul (Three, 9.25 Saturday)
  • Along Came Polly (TVNZ 2, 12.05am Sunday)
  • The LEGO Ninjago Movie (TVNZ 2, 3.55 Sunday)
  • Aquaman (TVNZ 8.25 Sunday)
  • Land of Mine (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Blinded by the Light (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Battle of Britain (Maori TV, 3.30 Monday)
  • Breaker Morant (Maori TV, 8.00 Monday)
  • Dunkirk (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Monday)
  • London Has Fallen (Prime, 9.30 Monday)
  • Journey’s End (Maori TV, 9.50 Monday)
  • The Score (Maori TV, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • The Mummy (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Thursday)
  • Ghost Rider (Three, 7.30 Friday).
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3 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: April 23 -29”


  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-content/themes/headlines/includes/theme-comments.php on line 66
    April 14, 2022 at 9:30 am

    I think TVNZ are worried about Three being a part of Warner Bros. Discovery. They have got more power now 😁

  2. Surely it’s going to be a game of who-blinks-first over this NCIS debacle? I’ve long since given up on watching the original (and best in its day) but this reeks of TVNZ 2 trying to force Three to move NCIS to a different slot or night.

  3. It shows how out of touch the broadcasters are with their content. Don’t respect viewers and their requirements of fast tracking everything. If they did that then ratings will be significantly higher as that’s where the most interest of the content is! It sure is pathetic and personally offensive.

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