HD Heads-Up: June 11 – 17

➢➢ MasterChef fans will be forced to choose between their favourites from June 12, when TVNZ 2 will pit MasterChef Australia: Fans & Faves against Three’s MasterChef NZ. It will screen 7.00 Sundays and 7.30 Monday-Wednesday. The latest twist on the show’s tried-and-true recipe has 12 previous contestants challenging 12 of Australia’s best home cooks. TVNZ 2 appears to have held back the NZ premiere to try to stymie Three’s home-made version, as Fans & Faves went to air on 10 in April. The Sunday broadcast will replace the low-rating Britain’s Got Talent, which was always an odd match for the younger-skewing network; it will screen 7.30 Fridays from June 17 …

➢➢ Three will pre-empt NCIS on June 14 to premiere Patrick Gower: On Booze, in which Gower “confronts” his own drinking and includes the first AA meeting to be filmed in NZ. It will screen the same week Prime uncorks The Wine Show (7.30 Thursday), a series that The Guardian dubbed “Top Gear for booze” when it debuted in 2016. Prime is picking it up from season three, when Dominic West joined the show; it went to air in 2020 and can be streamed on Neon …

➢➢ Hongi To Hāngī: And Everything In Between (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Tuesday) is billed as an “entertaining and informative two-part series” that answers everything you never understood about te ao Māori, such as: Why do Māori hongi? Why do they eat hāngī? Why do women sit behind men during pōwhiri and why isn’t it ok to sit on a table? …

➢➢ Two specials that will pique curiosity are Elon Musk’s Crash Course (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sunday) and The Man With A Penis On His Arm (TVNZ 2, 9.05 Monday). The former is a New York Times Presents documentary that  explores the limits of Tesla’s ‘self-driving’ technology (Decider thought it “a compelling package that gives viewers more than enough depth to understand the issue and who the players are”); the latter interviews three men with new or replacement penises, including one who hopes the new penis hanging from his arm will move to his groin. Said The Telegraph: “The title is intended to grab our attention, but this Channel 4 documentary on men undergoing phalloplasty was serious and insightful” …

➢➢ Australian Gangster (TVNZ 1, 11.35 Saturday) is an “edgy drama” about ‘Instagangster’ Pasquale Barbaro, who was gunned down in Sydney six years ago. Producer Dan Edwards said of the slow-burn drama that’s already streaming OnDemand: “We wanted to do a free-to-air version of The Wire“. But ScreenHub reckons “legal complications made this true story about Pasquale Barbaro tricky to tell” …

➢➢ Seven Sharp’s Hilary Barry and Jeremy Wells will celebrate their 1000th episode together (TVNZ 1, 7.00 Friday) two days after Barry returns for S2 of Give Us a Clue (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Wednesday) Another comeback, after a prolonged absence, will be 11.30am weekday editions of Three’s Newshub Live from June 13

➢➢ Also returning will be Question Team (TVNZ 2, 9.40 Wednesday) and Rich House, Poor House (TVNZ 1, 8.45 Thursday) while ending their runs will be Bel AirWhy Women Kill, Your HonorThe Ex-Best Thing and Interior Design Masters With Alan Carr 

➢➢ Eight of NZ’s top MMA fighters will square off in King in the Ring (Duke, 7.30 Saturday) …

➢➢ HD coming attractions for the week starting June 11 will include:

  • Ella Enchanted (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Lego Movie (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  •  Barnyard (Maori TV, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Public (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • The Patience Stone (Maori TV, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Unfinished Business (TVNZ 2, 8.45 Saturday)
  • My Best Friend’s Girl (Three, 8.55 Saturday)
  • Love Knots (TVNZ 1, 9.00 Saturday)
  • Poisonous Protege (Three, 11.00 Saturday)
  • Police Academy 3: Back in Training (TVNZ 2, 11.30)
  • The Water Horse (TVNZ 2, 3.50 Sunday)
  • The Expendables (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Submarine (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Death Defying Acts (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Fast & Furious 6 (TVNZ 2, 8.50 Sunday)
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Prime, 9.30 Monday)
  • The Mechanic (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Alex Cross (Maori TV, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • xXx: The Next Level (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Tango & Cash (Duke, 8.30 Friday).
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8 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: June 11 – 17”


  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-content/themes/headlines/includes/theme-comments.php on line 66
    June 2, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Dirty tricks by TVNZ again. I think it’s time for Warner Bros. Discovery to fight back and start a streaming service 😁

  2. I don’t think it’s dirty tricks at all by TVNZ, Trevor. TVNZ are playing MasterChef Australia at pretty much the same time as they did last year, as seen in this Screenscribe article: https://www.screenscribe.net/hd-heads-up-june-5-11/. Silly Discovery Warner Bros shouldn’t have made a local version to run against it- perhaps they were the ones doing the dirty tricks, Trevor, which might now backfire on them?

  3. There is a solution in other theories that Warner Bros. Discovery should pick up MasterChef Australia or TVNZ 2 commission MasterChef NZ this year so they never would have make silly decisions.

  4. According to Philip’s article, TVNZ held it back so that they could play it against Masterchef NZ so how exactly is that fair 🤔

  5. That’s Philip’s speculation Trevor, it’s not a fact. It seems to me to be really suspicious of Discovery Warner Bros that they would make a local version of a show to air opposite where they know TVMZ always air theirs … I agree with you that there are dirty tricks Trevor- but to me it looks like your beloved Discovery Warner Bros seem to be trying to beat up the kiwi battler- and judging by the ratings Philip posts, generally failing.

  6. I’m still at a loss as to why TVNZ should even care about Discovery and their content (and vice versa), their job is to entertain and to make a profit from advertising. “Dirty tricks” is part of the game and if they’re good at it, we as viewers win.

  7. Newshub Live at 11.30am has been on air for a few weeks now Philip.

  8. Thanks, Leo. I was working from the billings they send media so clearly they needed updating earlier!

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