HD Heads-Up: February 17-23

➢➢ Season one of The Secret Genius of Modern Life (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Monday) starts here just as S2 ends in the UK. The critical and popular hit has Professor Hannah Fry demystifying the science behind the everyday technology we take for granted. The Irish Times thought it “engaging and uplifting” and praised Fry’s “zest and lack of portentousness” while The Guardian said she “is a joy, and will make you deeply excited about the weirdest things – like the magnetic strip on the back of your bank card” …

➢➢ Reel Life: Tom Daley: Illegal to Me (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Thursday) has the British springboard diver meeting gay athletes facing extreme persecution in the Commonwealth’s most homophobic countries. “What starts as a documentary trying to ban countries with anti-LGBTQ+ laws from hosting the Commonwealth Games blossoms into something deeper – and far more touching,” The Guardian said …

➢➢ First on Scene (TVNZ 2, 10.05 Monday) follows the timeline of 10 murder cases — five from the UK, five from the US — and uses personal testimonial and stylised reconstruction to explore the ingenious methods used by police to catch the killers, with the help of criminologists, forensics officers, cyber-security experts and entomologists. “There have been many crime stories that start at the end and work backwards – that’s a well-known storytelling technique both in scripted and unscripted,” executive Olivia Morgan says. “What’s unique about this show is that it starts at the end of the beginning” …

➢➢ Singletown (Three, 10.25 Monday) is a dating reality show where five couples pause their relationships to experience a summer as singletons in London. The 2020 HBO series was poorly reviewed and lasted only one season …

➢➢ TVNZ 1 screens the first and second one-day internationals between the Black Caps and Australia live (6.55 Wednesday and Friday) while Duke has live FIBA: Asia Cup – Tall Blacks (midnight Thursday). Duke also revs up its Extreme E Saudi Arabia coverage with qualifying (11.30 Saturday/Sunday) and live coverage (1am Saturday/Sunday) …

➢➢ New to Sky Open are Miles From Nowhere (8.30 Wednesday), a comedy/drama about a young Kiwi-Muslim songwriter in crisis, and trucking show Mud Mountain Haulers (7.30 Friday) …

➢➢ Two prime-time crime dramas are being demoted to off-peak for their latest seasons: FBI: International S2 (TVNZ 2, 10.30 Sunday) and The Equalizer S3 (Sky Open, 11.45 Monday). Also returning are Dubai Hustle (TVNZ 2, 4.20 Saturday), Sunday (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Sunday), Your Honor S2 (Sky Open, 11.30 Sunday), Fair Go (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Monday) and Queer and Here S2 (Whakaata Māori, 9.00 Thursday) …

➢➢ Ending their runs are Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, PowerImpossible Animals, A Living Hell: Apartment Disasters, The Hunt for Raoul MoatRavi Patel’s Pursuit of Happiness and Deadly Class 

➢➢ Appearing on The Graham Norton Show (Three, 7.30 Thursday) are Sterling K Brown, Dakota Johnson, Colman Domingo and Domhnall Gleeson …

➢➢ HD coming attractions include:

  • The Karate Kid (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Pils Adventure (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Death Defying Acts (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Destination Wedding (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Sherlock Holmes (Three, 8.35 Saturday)
  • The Foreigner (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Bad Teacher (TVNZ 2, 9.35  Saturday)
  • The Stroll (Sky Open, 10.20 Saturday)
  • Something’s Gotta Give (TVNZ 2, 11.25 Saturday)
  • Baby Done (TVNZ 2, 1.45am Sunday)
  • Grace of Monaco (TVNZ 2, 3.15am Sunday)
  • The Addams Family (TVNZ 2, 3.35 Sunday)
  • Despicable Me 3 (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • The Bodyguard (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Hitman’s Body Guard (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (Three, 8.35 Sunday)
  • Your Sister’s Sister (Whakaata Māori, 8.45 Sunday)
  • Don’t Breathe 2 (TVNZ 2, 11.20 Sunday)
  • Ocean’s 8 (Sky Open, 8.30 Monday)
  • The Dissident (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Straight Outta Compton (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Minari (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Limitless (Three, 8.30 Friday)
  • Failure to Launch (Duke, 9.25 Friday).
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7 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: February 17-23”

  1. From 24 Feb Sky Open will have some free live SuperRugby games (ads inserted so delayed by the end of the game by about 12 mins).
    Similarly NRL games starting March 8 with Warriors v Sharks.

  2. Thanks, Mike. Because of media embargoes, I can’t post those details myself just yet but appreciate your vigilance.

  3. Yet it’s already published by media? Including Stuff?

  4. I can’t speak for other media, Fsmith, but possibly it’s due to the vagaries of publicity strategies. Sky may have elected to target sports writers with an announcement while general media (who were unaware of this) were still under the publication embargo that accompanies advance channel listings. Something similar happened with Warner Bros. Discovery’s promotion of its ThreeNow streaming of the NASCAR Cup and Xfinitiy series. The media release first went to sporting media. Later that day the deal was reported on Three’s Newshub Live. The next morning, as a ThreeNow subscriber, I received notification. But, as general media, I didn’t get the official release until a couple of hours later.

  5. Turns out Sky did issue a media release — I just wasn’t on the mailing list …

  6. I see that State of Origin I is on the list too. Last year with Three, this year with SkyOpen. Curious to see how it rates in comparison.

  7. NZ Cricket is crowing about the increased audience and crowds with cricket on ad0funded TV. With Australia as a drawcard the crowd in Wellington is a huge disappointment.

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