HD Heads-Up: August 3 – 9

➢➢ Hypothetical (Duke, 8.30 Thursdays from August 8), in which comedians improvise on absurd hypothetical situations, debuted early this year on UK’s Dave (Taskmaster) and was quickly renewed. Examples of hypothetical dilemmas posed include: “You have to live in a motorway services for a year. How do you cope?”‘and, “You have to take a selfie with Nicolas Cage within 48 hours or die. How do you do it?” “It’s as formulaic as any BBC panel show – and features a lot of the same people – but at the same time it comes to the chummy game show template from a distinctly sideways angle,” Beyond the Joke says. …

➢➢ TVNZ 1 will clear the primetime decks in the week starting August 3 to free up slots for MasterChef Australia. Ending their runs will be The World’s Best, The Hotel Inspector, Brainboxes, Race Across the World, Design Junkies, Doctor Doctor, and Kirstie And Phil’s Love It or List It

➢➢ Also ending that week will be Booze PatrolBilly Connolly: Made in ScotlandManson: The Lost Tapes, Off the Grid With PioPrincess Margaret: The Rebel Royal and The Koi Boys

➢➢ Paramedics (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Tuesdays from August 6) follow Australia’s ambulance crews. It was one of three observational emergency services series to debut last year on Oz TV, the others being Emergency Call and Ambulance Australia

➢➢ Prime will belatedly premiere the free-to-air run of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace on August 4 (11.30 Sundays), the same week it resumes Madam Secretary (9.30 Thursdays) …

➢➢ Also making a comeback is Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Wednesdays from August 7). Season four is being paired with Have You Been Paying Attention? and opens with the host pulling a prank on breakfast TV host Holly Willoughby …

➢➢ HD coming attractions in the week starting July 3 include:

  • Jumanji (TVNZ 2, 7.00Saturday)
  • Bernie the Dolphin (Maori TV, 7.00 Saturday)
  • 27 Dresses (TVNZ 2, 8.55 Saturday)
  • Steve Jobs (Three, 8.55 Saturday)
  • The Hills Have Eyes (Duke, 9.25 Saturday)
  • Focus (TVNZ 2, 11.05 Saturday)
  • Nightmare Moms (Three, 11.15 Saturday)
  • Deception (TVNZ 2, 1am Sunday)
  • Bend It Like Beckham (TVNZ 2, 8.10 Sunday)
  • Total Recall (Three, 8.35 Sunday)
  • Sense and Sensibility (Maori TV, 8.35 Sunday)
  • Final Destination (TVNZ 2, 10.30 Sunday)
  • Terminator: Salvation (Prime, 8.30 Monday)
  • Street Fighter (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Inside Man (Three, 8.30 Thursday)
  • The Jewel of the Nile (Duke, 8.30 Friday).
  • The Adjustment Bureau (Maori TV, 8.40 Friday).
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