HD Heads-Up: January 13-19

➢➢ The unprecedented summer of live free-to-air sport continues with Australian Open tennis, Black Caps cricket, Waka racing and NFL action. Sky Open screens Australian Open night sessions from 9.00 Sunday, TVNZ 1 has three T20 matches between NZ and Pakistan (6.55 Sunday, 12.55 Wednesday, 6.55 Friday), and Duke has daily coverage of Supersmash Women & Men’s Cricket. Duke also kicks off 2024 NFL Playoffs with the Wild Card Round (6.55am Monday) and Whakaata Māori presents six days of live racing coverage of the 2024 Waka Ama National Sprints Championships from Lake Karapiro (8.30am-2.30pm, Monday-Saturday) …

➢➢ There’s also The Great Kiwi Bake Off: Black Clash Special (TVNZ 1, 7.00 Thursday), featuring Mark Richardson, Huriana Manuel, Suzie Bates and others while airing 8.00 Monday-Thursday on TVNZ 2 is The Amazing Race Australia: Celebrity Edition …

➢➢ The only scripted newcomers for the third week of January are movie  spin-offs Ted (Duke, 8.20 Monday) and Django (TVNZ 2, 12.40am January 20). The former airs three days after its streaming debut on TVNZ +, where the latter has streamed since April. “It is preposterous and overblown and gory, but if you settle in for the long haul then there is potential in this stranger who has come to town to raise hell,” said The Guardian. It will have to suffice until two other western series that offer even more potential, Billy the Kid and Lawman: Bass Reeves, surface here …

➢➢ The latest in Sky UK’s From Above series, Arctic From Above (Sky Open, 7.30 Sunday), reveals how the modern world is impacting Arctic wildlife. “As the title suggests, much of Arctic From Above [was] shot from the air, making for a cinematic and dramatic viewing experience,” the Irish Independent said — largely because so much of the Arctic is so inaccessible and only GPS trackers, helicopters, satellite imagery can capture these creatures …

➢➢ Home and Away returns for 2024 (TVNZ 2, 6.30 weeknights) while ending their runs are The Great British Bake Off, Perry MasonThe Great British Bake Off: Extra Slice and Building Superhomes 

➢➢ Coming attractions in HD include:

  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Free Birds (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Robinson Crusoe: The Wild Life (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Sex & The City 2 (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • What We Did on Our Holiday (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Dirty Grandpa (Three, 8.45 Saturday)
  • Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (Duke, 9.20 Saturday)
  • US Marshals (TVNZ 2, 9.35 Saturday)
  • 21 and Over (Three, 10.40 Saturday)
  • Irrational Man  (TVNZ 2, midnight Saturday)
  • The Lighthouse (TVNZ 2, 1.45am Sunday)
  • Shrek 2 (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • Black Mass (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • A Little Chaos (Whakaata Māori, 8.45 Sunday)
  • Inception (Three, 9.15 Sunday)
  • Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island (TVNZ 2, 10.25 Sunday)
  • Ithaka (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • The Stand In (TVNZ 2, 9.30 Monday)
  • Boogie Nights (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • The Expendables 2 (Three, 8.50 Tuesday)
  • S.W.A.T (TVNZ 2, 9.20 Tuesday)
  • Vantage Point (Duke, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • The Confirmation (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Step Brothers (TVNZ 2, 9.20 Wednesday)
  • Life As We Know It (Three, 8.35 Thursday)
  • Nightcrawler (Duke, 9.00 Thursday)
  • Valiant (Sky One, 7.00 Friday)
  • Jack Ryan – Shadow Recrui(TVNZ 2, 8.00 Friday)
  • The Goonies (Three, 8.40 Friday)
  • Anchorman – The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Duke, 9.20 Friday).
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