HD Heads-Up: February 26 – March 4

➢➢ Prime will use a Best of Outback Truckers compilation to launch its new-look Sunday night line-up on February 27. It will precede the 8.30 broadcast premiere of La Brea, which will lead into the free-to-air season one premiere of YellowstoneThe first four seasons of the latter, a ranching drama potboiler starring Kevin Costner, have screened on SoHo/streamed on Neon and the fifth will be the longest yet: 14 episodes split into two seven-week instalments …

➢➢ LA Brea also can be streamed on Neon. US critics thought the NBC series, about a huge sinkhole that opens up a primeval world, risible (it earned a 38% critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes). But the show proved to be a big broadcast hit, rating #1 for the 2021 fall season and reaching more than 47 million viewers aged 18-49. NBC renewed it after just seven weeks into its 10-week run …

➢➢ Decider’s Joel Keller gave the show a “stream it” recommendation in his review, writing: “There’s enough to like about La Brea that will keep viewers watching, despite the show’s more silly and cheesy elements, especially the mystery of where the ‘lost’ Angelenos are and why they’re there” …

➢➢ Premiering the same week on Prime will be the latest Louis Theroux series, Forbidden America (9.45 Wednesday), in which he interviews content creators from the internet’s far-right. It went to air this week in the UK, where The Times dubbed it “gripping, if darkly strange, television” and The Guardian an “alarming encounter with white nationalists who spread hate online while denying they’re fascists. Might this documentary do more harm than good?” …

➢➢ Returning for new seasons will be Tough as Nails (Prime, 8.00 Saturday), Storage Wars (Prime, 7.00 Sunday), Location, Location, Location (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Wednesday), The UnXplained with William Shatner (Duke, 8.30 Wednesday) and Have You Been Paying Attention? (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Friday) …

➢➢ Andrew Garfield, Dawn French, Channing Tatum, Rob Beckett and Natalie Imbruglia will guest on the March 3 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.30) …

➢➢ Screening for the first time FTA will be the movies Long Shot (TVNZ 2, 8.00 Sunday), Jumanji: The Next Level (Three, 8.30 Sunday) and Birds of Passage (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday). Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Monster-in-Law (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Shrek (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Valiant (Maori TV, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Waru (Maori TV, 8.35 Saturday)
  • The Divergent Series: Insurgent (TVNZ 2, 8.50 Saturday)
  • One for the Money (Three, 8.55 Saturday)
  • The Chronicles of Riddick (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Evil Doctor (Three, 10.55 Saturday)
  • Don’t Say a Word (TVNZ 2, 11.15 Saturday)
  • Babe (TVNZ 2, 4.15 Sunday)
  • Swordfish (Prime, 8.30 Monday)
  • Boogie Nights (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Laws of Attraction (Maori TV, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • XXX (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Jerry Maguire (Duke, 9.25 Friday)
  • Mechanic Resurrection (TVNZ 2, 2.30am Saturday).
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13 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: February 26 – March 4”


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    February 17, 2022 at 6:26 am

    Any news on the March launch dates for Gusto and Rush?

  2. Only that an announcement is due within the next couple of weeks.

  3. How are the rating for Winter Olympics on Prime?

  4. So Sky has bagged the English Premier League for the next 6 seasons. Is that curtains for Spark Sport? A slow death as its content (cricket and ummm…..) rolls off?

  5. Would TVNZ pick up NCIS, NCIS: LA and Blue Bloods because Three have given up on them due to Discovery ownership? If it did I reckon that all three shows will be on TVNZ 1 since all of them are older skewing programmes that would be perfect for TVNZ 1, with TVNZ 2 screening NCIS:Hawaii soon.

  6. NCIS and NCIS: LA will stay on Three because they’re existing properties whereas new spin-offs like Hawai’i will go to TVNZ under its ViacomCBS deal. Similarly, Blue Bloods will remain on Three (or may wind up on Gusto or ThreeNow). Expect the NCIS duo to return post-Easter.

  7. And you are better off downloading these shows from the internet. Higher picture bitrate and audio bitrate. Even 5.1 surround sound support which no on local streaming service has.

  8. Any news on The Blacklist returning to Three or is that a Netflix exclusive now?

  9. I am just imagining it, Philip, that if Three give up the three series then TVNZ would pick them up. NCIS: New Orleans aired on Prime but was never a big hit here, due to low-rating nature of the channel, compared to original and the LA one. Three have the rights to both of them; hope NCIS: Hawai’i replicates their success when it airs soon on TVNZ 2.

  10. Three’s stopped running the series close to US broadcast dates due to the number of pre-emptions. Expect it to return after S9 completes its NBC run in March. S9 has yet to premiere on Netflix NZ.

  11. I don’t think there is a need for 2 new Discovery channels with Warner Bros. Discovery on the horizon. Actually March 18th is the date when it becomes official, that’s after the Discovery shareholders have their vote. So exciting 😁

  12. Cheers Philip for the update. Fingers crossed it arrives sooner rather than later or the very least uploaded to ThreeNow.

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