HD Heads-Up: February 19 – 25

➢➢ Prime will emerge from the Winter Olympics with its strongest scripted entertainment schedule in years. The radical revamp will be great news for viewers who don’t subscribe to Sky’s pay-TV or streaming services, with a slew of pay-wall shows earning free-to-air runs. They will include Dan Brown’s The Last Symbol (8.30 Tuesdays), anthology drama Fires (9.30 Tuesdays) and Muslim female punk band comedy We are Lady Parts (9.20 Thursdays), with ranching drama Yellowstone and sinkhole hit LA Brea still to come. Also new will be Kiwi comedy Raised by Refugees (8.45 Thursdays, repeats 7.30 Saturdays) and the latest seasons of Love Island USA (late-night weekdays), Helicopter ER (7.30 Wednesdays), The Great British Bake Off (7.30 Thursdays), and Law & Order: Organized Crime (8.30 Fridays) …

➢➢ TVNZ 1 is redesigning Sunday nights with the return of Grand Designs UK to anchor the 8.30 hour from February 20. It will follow new-season premieres of Hyundai Country Calendar (7.00) and Sunday (7.30), which this year marks its 20th anniversary. The blueprint for architectural shows also will be the lead-in to the broadcast premiere of workplace thriller Rules of the Game, which already can be streamed OnDemand. The compelling, varied new line-up offers a stark contrast to the movies on TVNZ 2 and Three and deserves to reward the programmers with decent ratings …

➢➢ TVNZ 2 also is refreshing Sunday nights with new game show The Void (7.00), in which “fearless contestants take on a series of fiendish physical and mental games” and action-comedy newcomer MacGruber (10.00), which was inspired by a Saturday Night Live parody, bookending the Sunday night movie. The latter will precede the broadcast premiere of absorbing OnDemand thriller The Tourist (10.45) ahead of true-crime newcomers Homicide for the Holidays (11.55) and The Killing of Jessica Chambers (1.30am)  …

➢➢ The Voice Australia: Generations (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Monday) is billed as a “global-first special event” , a special edition of the series in which Australia’s most talented families, friends, neighbours and even students and teachers team up to vie for Voice glory. It will screen ahead of Skin A&E (9.00), an “unapologetically in-depth” look at skin clinic procedures, and the return of The Walking Dead (10.00) for the second part of the final season’s trilogy release …

➢➢ Thursday nights will continue to be a reality showcase for TVNZ 2, with new episodes of Hoarders (7.30), Ambulance Australia (8.00) and Booze Patrol (9.00) while late-night Fridays will be rejuvenated with UnREAL (10.30), a 2015 series that averaged 98% on Rotten Tomatoes (“the revealing and thought-provoking UnREAL uses reality TV as a suitably soapy springboard for absorbing drama”) and S17 of The Bachelorette (11.30) …

➢➢ Off-peak highlights will include the 40th anniversary broadcast of Te Karere (TVNZ 1, 4.00 Monday) and the broadcast premiere of sibling rivalry comedy Home Economics (TVNZ 2, 2.40 Saturday) …

➢➢ Dame Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent and singer-songwriter George Ezra will appear on the February 24 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.30) …

➢➢ HD coming attractions for the week starting February 19 will include:

  • P.S. I Love You (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Kiwi Flyer (Maori TV, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Life As We Know It (Three, 9.20 Saturday)
  • Divergent (TVNZ 2, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Murder at 1600 (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Killer Cheerleader (Three, 11.40 Saturday)
  • Alexander (TVNZ 2, 12.10am Sunday)
  • Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (TVNZ 2, 4.25 Sunday)
  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Maori TV, 8.00 Sunday)
  • Pitch Perfect 3 (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Embrace of the Serpent (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Prime, 8.30 Monday)
  • Conan the Barbarian (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Rush Hour 3 (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (Duke, 9.25 Friday)
  • Our Brand is Crisis (TVNZ 2, 3am Saturday).
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5 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: February 19 – 25”

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    February 16, 2022 at 1:46 am

    Wow, that is such a good slate of new and returning programming for Prime. Haven’t seen such a push in a long time since the late 2000s after Sky’s acquisition and after Prime signed its first output deal with CBS. It’s good to see Prime leveraging off Sky’s programming deals and airing paywalled content on free to air. There clearly is an untapped niche that will be filled with this revival for the channel. One hopes that this will be rewarded with decent ratings and a clear future for the 23-year-old network.

  2. TV2 is showing the original CSI late on Tues nights. I saw a few minutes from S1E1 and it was so bad it hurt my eyes ! It was a fuzzy, over-saturated mess! It never looked this bad on TV3. Beats NCIS as the worse-looking HD show.

  3. Hi Philip, I’ve seen a Tweet saying that TVNZ has forced the yet-to-launch Gusto to rebrand as Eden because of the similar name with the defunct TVNZ OnDemand cooking channel Gusto. Has this been confirmed by Discovery?

  4. Thanks for heads-up, Leo. Contacted Discovery last evening but still no official word, here’s the Tweet: https://twitter.com/thetvnews/status/1496246207261585412

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