HD Heads-Up: May 8 – 14

➢➢ Local versions of the latest global franchises will premiere a day apart in the second week of May: Three’s The Masked Singer NZ and TVNZ 1’s The Apprentice Aotearoa. The former will air 7.00 Sundays and 7.30 Mondays, and the latter 8.30 Mondays. TVNZ’s version of the Donald Trump phenomenon will be a kinder, gentler version that tests 14 Kiwis’ entrepreneurial skills. Mike Pero, Cassie Roma and Justin Tomlinson are fronting the series while Clinton Randell will host The Masked Singer with Rhys Darby among the guest panellists. The NZ launch coincides with the US original’s guest host Niecy Nash helming a Fox TV revival of musical game show Don’t Forget the Lyrics

➢➢ Prime will premiere an original local commission, Teine Sā – The Ancient Ones (9.30 Thursdays from May 13). It’s billed as a “contemporary horror television series with five stories based on supernatural legends from across the Pacific Islands”. It’s named after “spirit women”, some evil, others benevolent, who awake after centuries of slumber. The same week Prime will double-bill the return of Massive Engineeering Mistakes (8.30 Tuesday) with the two-part documentary, Me and My Sugar Daddy …

➢➢ Your Home Made Perfect’s Angela Scanlon will return in Your Garden Made Perfect (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Thursdays from May 13). It will give homeowners the chance to see their outside spaces transformed using the latest visual technologies. Each episode will feature a big-budget makeover, in which two designers compete virtually to solve garden disasters, and a low-cost option. Quipped The Telegraph: “If Your Home Made Perfect was Changing Rooms with virtual reality technology, then Your Garden Made Perfect is Ground Force with virtual reality technology. Both stand as proof that virtual reality technology improves absolutely nothing.” Garden will precede a new season of 10 Years Younger in 10 Days at 8.45 …

➢➢ TVNZ 1’s latest Our World documentary, Wild Tokyo (7.30 Saturday), should look spectacular given it was filmed in 4K. The ITV-NHK-Oxford Scientific production promises to “reveal an unseen side of Japan’s capital city”,  from jewel beetles in temple sanctuaries, to terns roosting on rooftops, to bears, monkeys and fox-like tanuki feasting in forgotten mountainside orchards …

➢➢ TVNZ 1 will premiere Canadian whodunit Coroner in its late-night Friday drama slot on May 7. The Globe and Mail dubbed it “nice, fake, forgettable escapism”. The first two seasons can be streamed on TVNZ OnDemand and the third will be available from May 4 …

➢➢ The stars of Three’s top-rating Bondi Rescue will do double-duty in Bondi Lifeguard World Adventures (5.00 Sundays from May 9), when Reidy, Whippet and Corey “take on the world and each other in a series of mad-cap adventures across Australia, NZ and Hawaii” …

➢➢ There will be four network movie premieres in the second week of May: Fighting With My Family (Three, 8.45 Saturday), Men In Black: International (Three, 8.00 Sunday), Colette (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday) and Janis Little Girl Blue (Maori TV, 8.30 Monday). Other HD coming attractions will include:

  • Aliens in the Attic (TVNZ 2, 6.55 Saturday)
  • Johnny English Strikes Again (Three, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Zoolander 2 (TVNZ 2, 9.30 Saturday)
  • Final Destination 3 (Duke, 9.55 Saturday)
  • The Edge of Seventeen (Three, 11.00 Saturday)
  • Self/less (TVNZ 2, 11.30 Saturday)
  • Sliding Doors (TVNZ 2, 1.35am Sunday)
  • The BFG (TVNZ 2, 6.30 Sunday)
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (TVNZ 2, 10.00 Sunday)
  • Gun Shy (Prime, 8.30 Monday)
  • Looper (Duke, 8.30 Tuesday)
  • Godzilla (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • Vampires Suck (Duke, 8.30 Friday).
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4 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: May 8 – 14”

  1. I have seen Fighting With My Family, it’s definitely worth watching. It’s excellent 🙂

  2. Couldn’t agree more, Trevor — a lot of fun.

  3. Yes, I didn’t think I would like it as I’m not really into wrestling but it’s so well made, it’s hard to resist. What a family 🙂

  4. I will have to see it, hoping to like it.

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