HD Heads-Up: May 18-24

➢➢ The belated season-six premiere of The Rookie (TVNZ 2, 8.35 Monday) faces off against Spacey Unmasked (Three, 8.50), which is billed as a “forensic look” at Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey’s rise and fall. The investigative two-part documentary screened earlier this week on Max in the US and Channel 4 in the UK, where The Guardian praised it as “far more than a did-he-didn’t-he exposé“. The Telegraph hailed it as “a sober, unsensational and relentless spool of allegations”. Part two airs 8.55 Tuesday …

➢➢ Also returning to TVNZ 2 is Snack Masters NZ (7.30 Thursday) while TVNZ 1 is predictably replacing Fair Go with new episodes of Australian hit Border Security (7.30 Monday). As for the network’s Sunday night successor to current affairs flagship Sunday, it looks set to become a platform for second-run Kiwi documentaries, opening with Web of Chaos (7.30 Sunday) …. 

➢➢ Joanna Lumley’s Spice Trail Adventure (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Wednesday) is “soothing but often slightly enervating“, said The Times. But The Telegraph thought it “genuinely informative” while The Guardian dubbed her trek through land that has been brutally colonised “unavoidably tricky” because it’s presented by “a posh, white lady born in India under the Raj” …

➢➢ Sky dusts off Sharon (Catastrophe) Horgan’s 2016-2019 HBO comedy/drama Divorce, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, for its first free-to-air run (Sky Open, 9.30 Wednesdays) while stand-up fans can look forward to Guy Montgomery Stand-Up Special (Three, 8.30 Thursday) and Sky Open Mic: Yvonne Orji: A Whole Me (Sky Open, 11.00 Friday) …

➢➢ Live/delayed FTA sports coverage includes:

  • ANZ Premiership Netball: Central Pulse v Northern Stars  (TVNZ 2, 4.00 Saturday)
  • Super Rugby Pacific: Blues v Highlanders (Sky Open, 7.00 Saturday)
  • NRL Premiership: Warriors v Penrith Panthers (Sky Open, 3.30 Sunday)
  • Pacific Four Series: Black Ferns v Canada (Sky Open, 6.30 Sunday)
  • NRL Premiership: North Queensland Cowboys v Wests Tigers (Sky Open, 7.30 Friday) …

➢➢ Ending their runs are The Celebrity Bake OffHistory’s Greatest Heists, Celebrity Beat the ChasersWest Coasters and A Friend of the Family 

➢➢ HD coming attractions include:

  • Dolittle (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Samsam (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Angel Has Fallen (Three, 8.30 Saturday)
  • The Piano (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Colossal (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Rampage (TVNZ 2, 8.50 Saturday)
  • Seven Psychopaths (TVNZ 2, 11.05 Saturday)
  • Pet Sematary (Duke, 1am Sunday)
  • Loving (TVNZ 2, 1.15am Sunday)
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (TVNZ 2, 3.45 Sunday)
  • Charlie’s Angels (Three, 7.55 Sunday)
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Once Were Warriors (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Delfin (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Sunday)
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (TVNZ 2, 11.45 Sunday)
  • David Brent: Life on the Road (Duke, 8.30 Monday)
  • You Don’t Know Jack (Sky Open, 8.30 Monday)
  • Loko (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Nowhere to Run (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Yuli (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Thursday)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (TVNZ 2, 8.55 Friday).
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