HD Heads-Up: May 25-31

➢➢ Three is moving Australian crime thriller High Country into its 8.00 Monday drama slot. The eight-party mystery is set in a remote Victorian town where a dogged policewoman investigates the disappearance of five locals. Leah Purcell, Ian McElhinney, Sara Wiseman and Aaron Pedersen star. “If you love a Scandi-noir drama, you’ll enjoy High Country,” The Spinoff said of its streaming debut this month on ThreeNow. “The scenery is spectacular, with the snowy mountains and thick forests a refreshing change to the dry and dusty vibe of other Australian crime thrillers like The Tourist or Mystery Road.” The Guardian thought it “a grab bag of genre elements but it’s never badly staged” and Screenhub a “dark and potent crime drama” …

➢➢ Selling the Hamptons (Three, 8.10 Friday) is a Max real estate reality series. “Think the Real Housewives are double-dealing vicious backstabbers?” asked the New York Post. “Meet the cut-throat realtors of Selling the Hamptons.” The first two seasons stream on ThreeNow …

➢➢ Kitchen Commando (Duke, 8.30 Sunday) is named after ex-US Army Master Sergeant and White House Chef, Andre Rush, whose new mission is to save struggling restaurants. Sky Open, meanwhile, picks up Restaurant Impossible, which already screens on Eden, for 7.30 Wednesdays (from E4 of S22), and dusts off the 2014-15 comedy About a Boy as the 10.15 Monday lead-in to the series premiere of 2022 rap group comedy Rap Sh!t an hour later …

➢➢ Both TVNZ 1 and Three screen live coverage of the Budget from 2.00 Thursday. TVNZ 1’s analysis will run for two hours, and Three’s for one …

➢➢ New to Whakaata Māori is S3 of Only in Aotearoa – Wāhine Edition (8.30 Thursday), the half-hour of two-minute comedy skits that only Kiwis would understand. It launches opposite Three’s Laugh Laughs, in which the Comedy Festival bows out for another year following the return of 7 Days at 7.30 …

➢➢ Live/delayed free-to-air sports coverage includes:

  • Pacific Four Series: Black Ferns v Australia (Sky Open, 2.00 Saturday)
  • ANZ Premiership Netball: Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic v Central Pulse (TVNZ 2, 4.00 Saturday)
  • Super Rugby Pacific: Moana Pasifika v Waratahs (Sky Open, 4.30 Saturday)
  • Super Rugby Pacific: Crusaders v Blues (Sky Open, 7.00 Saturday)
  • NBL: Jets v Whai (Sky Open, 3.00 Sunday)
  • NRL Premiership: Warriors v Dolphins (Sky Open, 7.30 Sunday)
  • Super Rugby Pacific: Crusaders v Moana Pasifika (Sky Open, 7.00 Friday)
  • NRL Premiership: NEW v CBT (Sky Open, 9.30 Friday) …

➢➢ Celebrity Bake Off returns for S5 (TVNZ 1, 7.00 Saturday) while ending their runs are WWE LegendsJulia, Bay of Fires, Belgravia, Deadly Cults, Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby and Your Honor 

➢➢ HD coming attractions include:

  • Mean Girls (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Mia and the White Lion (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Napoleon Dynamite (Three, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Hyde Park on Hudson (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Rough Night (TVNZ 2, 8.50 Saturday)
  • Sahara (Three, 10.15 Saturday)
  • The Mule (TVNZ 2, 10.45 Saturday)
  • A Walk in the Woods (TVNZ 2, 1am Sunday)
  • Pet Sematary II (Duke, 1am Sunday)
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (TVNZ 2, 3.40 Sunday)
  • Red Riding Hood (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • The Queen (Eden 8.30 Sunday)
  • Kauwboy (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Sunday)
  • The Last Exorcism (TVNZ 2, 11.10 Sunday)
  • Nacho Libre (Duke, 8.30 Monday)
  • When the Camera Stopped Rolling (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Universal Soldier (Duke,8.30 Tuesday)
  • 3 Faces (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • XXX – Return of Xander Cage (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Thursday)
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (TVNZ 2, 8.50 Friday).
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