HD Heads-Up: July 9 – 15

➢➢ Replacing 7 Days on July 14 will be Rabble Rousers (Three, 7.30), in which Pax Assadi oversees a panel of comedians debating “the big, the small, and the stupid issues facing New Zealanders in 2022”.  Helping to launch the show will be Rhys Matthewson, James Roque, Eli Matthewson and Liv McKenzie, who will argue whether dating was better before apps …

➢➢ No word yet on when the latest series of Top Gear, which went to air this month in the UK, will screen here but Duke will debut Top Gear America on July 17 (9.30 Sundays). The synopsis it’s provided for episode one is for the 2017 season premiere but presumably this is incorrect and it will be the 2020 or 2022 season (which premieres July 1 in the US). TVNZ hadn’t clarified at time of posting …

➢➢ Two UK thrillers and the latest season of an action drama that previously screened on Prime are the latest TVNZ+ series to go to air. S5 of SEAL Team will replace FBI International from July 12 (TVNZ 2, 9.30) while destined for overnight are Hollington Drive (TVNZ 1, 12.25am Sunday) and Chapelwaite (TVNZ 2, 12.20am Wednesday) …

➢➢ Hollington Drive concerns two sisters whose families come unstuck when a 10-year-old in their street goes missing. “Before you know it, we’re being served up the full English of middle-class parent terrors: vanishing children, marital ennui, class frictions, fears about technology,” said the Independent …

➢➢ Based on Stephen King’s short story “Jerusalem’s Lot”, Chapelwaite stars Adrien Brody as a newly widowed 1850s sea captain who confronts dark family secrets when he relocates his children to their ancestral home in small-town Maine. Rotten Tomatoes said the “drab proceedings are stretched a bit thin over 10 episodes, but those looking for an atmospheric whodunit with a few genuine frights could do worse” …

➢➢ A superior “yummy mummy murderer” thriller that first screened on BBC UKTV will premiere free-to-air on July 14. Too Close (Eden, 8.30) is a three-part series about psychiatrist (Emily Watson) assessing a woman (Denise Gough) accused of murdering her two children. The Guardian reckons it “boasts one of the most convincing cat-and-mouse games ever seen on screen” …

➢➢ Prime will score big-time for FTA sports fans in the second week of July, with live Wimbledon coverage of the ladies singles final (12.45am Sunday) and men’s single final (12.45am Monday), Maori All Blacks vs Ireland (6.30 Tuesday), and Cadbury Netball Series: Silver Ferns vs NZ A (8.00 Wednesday), … vs NZ Men (8.00 Thursday) and … vs Mixed International (8.00 Friday). It also will premiere the documentary, 1 to 39: The Highlanders Story (9.30 Saturday) …

➢➢ And Just Like That … The Documentary (Prime, 9.30 Tuesday) will go behind the scenes of the Sex & the City reboot …

➢➢ TVNZ 2 is following Three’s lead and launching a matinee movie slot from July 11. The season of romances will screen 12pm Monday-Friday and overlap Three’s 1pm movies. It will open with Starting Up Love, which stars Kiwi Anna Hutchison …

➢➢ Police: Hour of Duty (Duke, 8.30 Wednesday) is a new observational reality series about the challenges Derbyshire cops face every night between 9 and 10 …

➢➢ The Disappearance of Phoenix Coldon (TVNZ 2, 12.55am Monday) is a two-part true-crime docu about an unsolved case …

➢➢ Girl in the Woods (TVNZ 2, 3.10am Monday) is a young adult drama from Peacock about a child’s otherworldly disappearance in a small mining town. The Hollywood Reporter called it “a bland pastiche of YA horror tropes” …

➢➢ Returning for new seasons will be Junior Bake Off (TVNZ 2, 3.00 Saturday), B Positive (TVNZ 2, 2.30 Sunday) and In Ice Cold Blood (TVNZ 2, 1.35am Monday) while ending their runs will be GraceEden: Untamed Planet20/20Match FitYour Garden Made PerfectEast Coast Rising, Icons of AutoHow to Build a Motorcar and Selling Houses Australia

➢➢ Screening for the first time on FTA TV will be Pokemon Detective Pikachu (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday), Brexit: The Uncivil War (Eden, 8.30 Sunday) and Omar (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Sunday). Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Missing Link (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Watership Down (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Judge (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Loving (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • The Switch (Three, 8.55 Saturday)
  • The Chronicles of Riddick (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Saturday)
  • Daredevil (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • After We Collided (Three, 11.00 Saturday)
  • Shutter (TVNZ 2, 11.10 Saturday)
  • Nancy Drew (TVNZ 2, 3.55 Sunday)
  • Tomb Raider (Three, 8.00 Sunday)
  • Kingsman 2 – The Golden Circle (TVNZ 2, 8.35 Sunday)
  • McQueen (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Magnum Force (Prime, 9.30 Monday)
  • Goodfellas (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Jasper Jones (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Sherlock Holmes (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Batman (Duke, 8.30 Friday).
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2 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: July 9 – 15”


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    June 30, 2022 at 9:03 am

    Why does TVNZ have to do the same as Three. Why not do something original for a change 🙄

  2. Why cannot air more talk shows from America, such as The Jennifer Hudson Show, which would pair well with Drew Barrymore Show together on TVNZ 2?

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