HD Heads-Up: May 6-12

➢➢ The second week of May marks the return of several popular franchises. Masterchef Australia is back for a nightly strip from May 7 (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday, 7.30 Monday-Wednesday), season five of Hunted (TVNZ 2, 9.45 Tuesday) is being teamed with CSI: Vegas from May 9, and the latest season of Britain’s Got Talent (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Friday) becomes the lead-in for Australian Survivor from May 12. MasterChef: Secrets & Surprises launches here within a week of its Ten broadcast and has Jamie Oliver as a guest host …

➢➢ The Mirror reports UK viewers switched off the season premiere of Britain’s Got Talent: “The ITV show’s return drew around half a million fewer viewers than last year, when the show came back on air for the first time since the pandemic.” And while The Telegraph welcomed Bruno Tonioli’s “scene-stealing debut” as the replacement for ousted judge David Walliams, “the long-running show’s flaws remained” …

➢➢ Mystery fans can choose between binging Kiwi thriller The Gone at TVNZ+ or watching it unfold in three double-episodes on TVNZ 1 (8.30 Sundays from May 7). About an Irish detective who teams with a Maori detective to find an Irish couple missing in small-town NZ, it stars Grey’s Anatomy’s Richard Flood and Under the Vines’ Acushla-Tara Kupe …

➢➢ Monarchists can choose between wall-to-wall HD coverage of the coronation of King Charles III and The Queen Consort on two networks: 1News Presents: Their Majesties’ Coronation (TVNZ 1, 7.00) follows a daytime schedule crammed with commemorative documentaries and combines contributions from Melissa Stokes and Daniel Faitaua with BBC coverage; Three’s The Coronation of Their Majesties, previously entitled The Coronation of King Charles III, also is a BBC feed and is scheduled to run through to 1.30am Sunday. Sky’s BBC UKTV also carries the coronation live (from 6.30) and both it and TVNZ 1 have The Coronation Concert on Monday — but it screens 90 minutes earlier free-to-air, from 8.30 …

➢➢ I Am (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Tuesday) returns for another season of Kiwis triumphing over adversity …

➢➢ Best Foods Comedy Gala (Three, 8.30 Thursday) is the first of a two-part special featuring the likes of Kura Forrester, Anne Edmonds, Tom Sainsbury and Becky Umbers …

➢➢ Ice Cold Catch (Duke, 8.30 Sunday) is a new Discovery series about cod fishing in Iceland

➢➢ Off-peak premieres include Hot Cakes (TVNZ 1, 3.55 Saturday), a BBC series about a Cardiff bakery; S2 of Texas 6 (Duke, 11.55 Sunday); and the 2017 History Channel dramaSix (Duke, 11.00 Friday), about as team of Navy SEALS who target a Taliban leader in Afghanistan …

➢➢ Ending their runs are KuraTravel GuidesFirst Dates Australia and Grime & Punishment …

➢➢ Here are the HD coming attractions for the week starting May 6:

  • Pils Adventure (Whakaata Māori, 7.00 Saturday)
  • F9: The Fast Saga (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Saturday)
  • The Judge (Eden, 8.30 Saturday)
  • The Day Shall Come (Whakaata Māori, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Saw 4 (Duke, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Grown Ups (TVNZ 2, 10.00 Saturday)
  • Bombshell (TVNZ 2, 12.05am Sunday)
  • The Incredible Hulk (TVNZ 2, 2.05am Sunday)
  • The Red Turtle (Whakaata Māori, 2.10 Sunday)
  • Shrek Forever After (TVNZ 2, 3.15 Sunday)
  • Sing (TVNZ 2, 5.00 Sunday)
  • San Andreas (Three, 8.00 Sunday)
  • Stardust (Eden, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Starter for 10 (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Ghostbusters (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (TVNZ 2, 11.35 Sunday)
  • Buena Vista Social Club (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Monday)
  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • The Fool (Whakaata Māori, 8.30 Wednesday)
  • She’s All That (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Deuce Bigalow – European Gigolo (Duke, 9.30 Friday).
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4 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: May 6-12”

  1. Any update Philip from TVNZ on MasterChef Australia after the shock death of judge Jock Zonfrillo?

  2. Nothing yet, Leo. Here’s my post.

  3. Cheers Philip, thanks for the write up of this sad situation.

  4. And dont forget the SailGP final on Sunday and Monday mornings. NZ looking to take the title in San Fran. Bigger than the Americas Cup.

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