HD Heads-Up: August 5-11

➢➢ TVNZ 2 is using the season two premiere of Hunted Australia (7.30 Thursday) to launch Close Encounters Down Under (9.00 Thursday). The former opens with an unprecedented 20 “Fugitives” being released in Melbourne’s Docklands and trying to survive three weeks on the run from the “Hunters”; the latter tracks UFO sightings across Australasia, starting with “Australia’s Bermuda triangle”. The truth sounds way out there if it lives up to its billing as “a spine-tingling investigation into some of the most bizarre alien encounters of all time. From the alps of New Zealand to the rugged Australian Outback, every episode is packed with rare footage, recently declassified archives, and chilling first-hand accounts”. TVNZ 2 also refreshes Sunday evenings with the premiere of real estate travelogue Holiday Homes in the Sun (6.00) …

➢➢ New to TVNZ 1 are Lucky Hank (10.30 Sunday), which is streaming on TVNZ+, and Big Fat Quiz of Sport (7.30 Thursday), in which Jimmy Carr moderates Roisin Conaty, Tom Allen, Joel Dommett, Judi Love, Dane Baptiste and Kerry Godliman. Said Rotten Tomatoes of the acclaimed Bob (Better Call Saul) Odenkirk series about a professor in mid-life crisis, “Lucky Hank makes ennui essential viewing with a comedy rooted in relatable human behaviour” …

➢➢ Three launches The Traitors NZ (7.30 Monday-Tuesday) ahead of the double-episode season final of 9-1-1 (8.30 Monday) and opposite the penultimate episodes of TVNZ 2’s The Summit, which concludes Wednesday …

➢➢ Prime premieres its latest Aussie reality series, Territory Cops (8.30 Sunday), on a double-bill with S2 of Island Medics. It follows the policing of “one million square kilometres of the world’s most unforgiving landscape” …

➢➢ Also returning are Call Me Kat (TVNZ 2, 5.00 Saturday), in S3 double-eps, and Hunting Aotearoa (Duke, 9.25 Sunday) while ending their runs are Endangered Species Aotearoa with WWF, PeacockParanormal: Caught On Camera and Creamerie

➢➢ HD coming attractions include:

  • Mean Girls (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Marmaduke (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Fame (Eden, 8.25 Saturday)
  • Second Act (Three, 8.30 Saturday)
  • The Monkey King 2 (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Pet Sematary II (Duke, 9.25 Saturday)
  • Jackass: The Movie (TVNZ 2, 9.55 Saturday)
  • The Pā Boys (TVNZ 2, 11.35 Saturday)
  • Jem and the Holograms (TVNZ 2, 1.10am Sunday)
  • Superman: Man of Tomorrow (TVNZ 2, 3.10am Sunday)
  • Dinosaur Train: Adventure Island (TVNZ 2, 4.20 Sunday)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • Men in Black (Three, 8.05 Sunday)
  • The Glass Castle (Eden, 8.25 Sunday)
  • The Truth (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Get Out (TVNZ 2, 11.50 Sunday)
  • McQueen (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Straight Outta Compton (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • The Olive Tree (Whakaata Māori, 8.230 Wednesday)
  • The Bucket List (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Angels & Demons (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Friday)
  • Johnny English (Duke, 9.30 Friday).
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