HD Heads-Up: March 18-24


➢➢ Prime continues to premiere free-to-air some of the world’s best TV dramas that hitherto were behind a Sky paywall. The “latest” additions are the first seasons of The White Lotus (9.00 Sundays from March 19), Yellowjackets (10.10 Sunday) and Gentleman Jack (8.30 Tuesday). Subsequent seasons of all three have already screened or are screening (Jack has done the rounds on SoHo, Vibe and Sky Box Sets), so how much more can be milked from their relatively niche appeal is debatable. If Sky was serious about its commitment to premium drama on Prime, the transition from pay to FTA would be much quicker (assuming there aren’t contractural restrictions). Otherwise, it’s little more than a cynical marketing ploy to encourage Prime viewers to catch up with the latest seasons by subscribing to Sky …

➢➢ Unbelievable Moments Caught on Camera (TVNZ 2, 9.30 Tuesday) is a reality newcomer that relies on “exciting, outrageous and astonishing user generated footage” to capture everything from an amateur pilot (and plane builder) losing his propeller mid-flight to a paralysed man who set a world record in marathon walking …

➢➢ The Amazing Race returns for its 33rd season (TVNZ 2, 6.00 Saturday) but Kiwi fans will still be more than a season behind the US, where S34 went to air in September …

➢➢ Also back is Superman & Lois (TVNZ 2, 12.45 Sunday) while ending their runs are Under the VinesBloodlandsSo Dumb It’s Criminal (Duke)Travel Guides (which will be replaced by re-runs), Romantic Getaway and Rosie Molloy Gives Up Everything

➢➢ Scotty Stevenson and former White Fern Katey Martin host a live broadcast of the 2023 NZ Cricket Awards (Duke, 8.30 Thursday) while another live broadcast, King in the Ring (Duke, 7.30 Saturday), is a series of three-round K-1 kickboxing elimination bouts for the 62kg King in the Ring crown …

➢➢ Coming attractions in HD for the week starting March 18 include:

  • Marmaduke (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Fast & Furious (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Saturday)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Non Stop (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Divergent (TVNZ 2, 9.25 Saturday)
  • 3 Days to Kill (Three, 10.30 Saturday)
  • The Bank Job (TVNZ 2, midnight Saturday)
  • Cloud Atlas (TVNZ 2, 2.10am Sunday)
  • Trolls World Tour (TVNZ 2, 3.45 Sunday)
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Interstellar (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Blind Side (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Conversations With Other Women (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Paranormal Activity 3 (TVNZ 2, 10.50 Sunday)
  • When The Camera Stopped Rolling (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Terminator Salvation (Prime, 9.05 Monday)
  • Under Siege (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • The Teacher (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Next (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Happy Gilmore (Duke, 9.25 Friday).
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8 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: March 18-24”

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    March 9, 2023 at 9:51 am

    Any update on Newshub Live at 8pm, Philip? It’s getting closer to Easter, surely this means the bulletin is axed as they’ve missed so many news events.

  2. It’s hard to think otherwise, Leo, but WBD isn’t commenting until it makes its own announcement. Not helping the bulletin’s prospects is the fact the reality fodder now screening weeknights in that slot often draws more viewers for a much tinier investment.

  3. Cheers, Philip, for the reply. Just had a direct message on Twitter from an insider at Discovery and he’s confirmed the bulletin’s axed, with Ingrid off to RNZ and 8pm’s Rebecca moving to Newshub Late. It all but seals the bulletin’s fate with no clear sign of a successor for 8pm. It would be great if Discovery would just end the speculation and confirm it’s axing or just maybe they could allow Border Security to become 8pm’s lead-in and boost its very low ratings.

  4. Thanks, Leo. That all sounds highly likely. Appreciate the update.

  5. Are you like the one person who cared about this?

  6. I really love episode 2 of The Mandalorian. I think season 3 is going to be the best season ever. Grogu flips are so awesome and as for Bo-Katan I would give her her own show 😁

  7. We must be watching a very different show, not only did the main character (a bounty hunter I might add) need to be rescued, not once but twice, but by someone who for 1½ episodes made it clear she had no interest in helping the said character. I’m sorry, but ‘woke’ and bad writing has finally caught up with The Mandalorian (especially as we’ve lost Gina Carano) and ruined the show.

  8. Dont forget SailGP on TV3 on the 18th/19th. Live from Lyttelton Harbour.

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