HD Heads-Up: June 22-28

➢➢ The Spanish Princess (Prime, 8.35 Tuesdays from June 25) is the prequel to The White Princess and The White Queen. It opens with the titular heroine, Catherine of Aragon, landing in England, only for her betrothed to die suddenly — and her focus to switch to the future King Henry VIII. Said The Hollywood Reporter: “All three serials land somewhere between Game of Thrones and a traditional bodice ripper, featuring epic political machinations, majestic Renaissance production design and sensual, vigorous or just-plain-silly love scenes” …

➢➢ Killing Michael Jackson (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Tuesday) marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson. For the first time, the three detectives who led the investigation into Jackson’s death in 2009 reunite to recount the incredible story of how they solved the unexplained passing of the King of Pop – under the glare of the world’s spotlight …

➢➢ Duke will air three half-hour wrestling specials in the build-up to the July 13 Southern Rumble Live event at the ILT Stadium Southland. Wrestling on the Edge of the World! will air 8.30 Saturdays from June 22 …

➢➢ The Sport of Television (Prime, 8.00 Saturday) sounds like shameless self-promotion of Sky Sport in the guise of a behind-the-scenes doco …

➢➢ David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Gloria Estefan and the Jonas Brothers guest on the June 28 broadcast of The Graham Norton Show (Three, 8.00 Friday) — ahead of the season 14 premiere of Live at the Apollo, with Fin Taylor and Tez Ilyas …

➢➢ A double-episode of NCIS: LA will air on June 25 (Three, 8.30) while ending its run that week will be Beneath New Zealand

➢➢ The sole network movie premiere for the week starting June 22 is Anomalisa (Maori TV, 9.30 Sunday). Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Toy Story (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • The Trumpet of the Swan (Maori TV, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Back to the Future Part II (Three, 8.55 Saturday)
  • Zombieland (Duke, 9.00 Saturday)
  • Oldboy (Three, 11.00 Saturday)
  • Passenger 57 (TVNZ 2, 11.10 Saturday)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (TVNZ 2, 8.10 Sunday)
  • Deadpool (Three, 8.35 Sunday)
  • Blair Witch (TVNZ 2, 12.30am Monday)
  • Brooklyn’s Finest (Prime, 9.30 Monday)
  • Vertical Limit (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (Three, 8.30 Thursday)
  • The Benchwarmers (Duke, 8.30 Friday).
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