HD Heads-Up: March 2-8

➢➢ TVNZ 2’s obsession with dating formats continues with the return of Love Triangle (9.00 Monday/8.30 Tuesday) and the debut of James Must-A-Pic His Mum a Man (9.30 Thursday-Friday), in which Celebrity Treasure Island winner James Mustapic sets up his mother on a fake worst-man-in-the-world date and one real date, guiding her covertly through a hidden earpiece. TVNZ 2 also is resurrecting the documentary My Massive C*** (8.30 Thursday). It was originally scheduled for last June but was pulled without explanation. “This Channel 4 show about men with genitals up to seven inches around is an often eye-watering watch with plenty of point-and-laugh moments – until it turns thoughtful,” The Guardian said …

➢➢ Outback Farm (Sky Open, 7.30 Wednesday) chronicles an Aussie couple’s attempt to grow hay in the desert and create a tourist park. One publication recommended it to fans of Farmer Wants a Wife: “Similar to FWAW, the couple’s limits will be tested as they navigate farm life for the first time together while trying to maintain their relationship in the outback” …

➢➢ True-crime docuseries Love Cheats (Three, 8.30 Monday) opens with the tale of a firefighter and his cruel deception of a solo mum …

➢➢ Three pay-TV series belatedly surface on free-to-air TV: The Fear Index (Sky Open, 8.30 Sunday), a financial thriller that first screened on SoHo and Neon two years ago; season eight of Fear the Walking Dead in a graveyard slot (Sky Open, midnight Tuesday); and S1 of Jimmy Smits crime drama East New York (Sky Open, 11.00 Thursday) …

➢➢ If War On Plastic With Hugh And Anita (TVNZ 1, 11,25 Monday) sounds familiar, it’s because the documentary, in which Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani explore the huge amount of plastic finding its way into our oceans,  originally screened on Three ahead of its TVNZ+ season …

➢➢ New to Whakaata Māori are Chasing the Rains (8.00 Tuesday), which follows three animal matriarchs as they protect their families while surviving one of the worst droughts for twenty years, and live coverage of Haka Regionals 2024 (10am-6.30pm Friday) …

➢➢ Live or delayed free-to-air sport includes Black Caps v Australia (1st test, 10.30am Saturday-Monday), Super Rugby Pacific: Moana Pasifika v Fijian Drua (Sky Open, 7.00 Saturday), NRL Premiership: WAR v SHA (Sky Open, 7.30 Friday) and Super Rugby Pacific: MEL v MOA (Sky Open, 10.30 Friday) …

➢➢ Appearing on The Graham Norton Show (Three, 7.30 Thursday) are Jodie Foster, Olivia Colman, Wanda Sykes, Lorraine Kelly, Austin Butler, Josh Brolin, and Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man …

➢➢ Returning is SAS US (Three, 8.30 Tuesday-Wednesday) while ending their runs are Question TeamFifteen LoveUndeclared WarBaronsPlanet Earth IIIAmbulanceAmerican RustDate My Mate and Kung Fu 

➢➢ HD coming attractions include:

  • A Dog’s Journey (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Khumba (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Our Brand is Crisis (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Tammy (Three, 8.35 Saturday)
  • Big Game (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Tag (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Saturday)
  • The Talented Mr Ripley (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Ted (TVNZ 2, 11.00 Saturday)
  • Rust and Bone (TVNZ 2, 12.55am Sunday)
  • Hotel Transylvania (TVNZ 2, 3.40 Sunday)
  • Minions: The Rise of Gru (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday)
  • White House Down (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Dark Water (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (Three, 8.35 Sunday)
  • The Grand Seduction (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Sunday)
  • The Nun (TVNZ 2, midnight Sunday)
  • Constantine (Sky Open, 8.30 Monday)
  • Celia (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Paycheck (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Parasite (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Green Lantern (Three, 8.30 Friday)
  • Head of State (Duke,9.45 Friday).
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