Lockdown Giveth and Taketh Away

The latest level-four lockdown is bad news for kickboxing fans but great news for movie buffs.

The postponement of Saturday’s King in the Ring tournament because of the Delta variant breakout means Duke will now double-bill two S29 episodes of The Simpsons with the 8.30 re-run of the Kevin Bacon take on The Invisible Man, The Hollow Man.

And because everyone’s being told to stay inside for the next few days, Sky is adding more titles to its Franchise Collection on Sky Movies Collection.

The Robocop trilogy will screen from 1.15pm tomorrow, ahead of the 8.30 Miss Congeniality double-bill, while the Bill & Ted trilogy will screen from 12.45pm on Friday, ahead of the Taken trilogy.

On Saturday, Harry Potter fans can enjoy a back-to-back marathon of all eight movies from 6am.

The live-action Addams Family comedies will screen from 1.50pm on Sunday and the Big Momma’s House trilogy from 5.10pm.

The first six Rocky movies will air from 11.40am on Monday, the two Grudge movies from 3.30pm on Tuesday and the Machete movies from 6.45pm.

Lastly, the first four Rambo movies will screen from 3.40pm on August 26.

Check the Sky EPG for other scheduling changes that mix other screenings of some of these movies with previously scheduled fare.

Meanwhile, Prime is pulling weekdays re-runs of Evil and Parks and Recreation separate from a slew of lockdown-related changes.

From Thursday, the documentary series Artefact will air 12.30 weekdays while talking over the 1.30 slot from Friday will be Shipping Wars; screening 1.30 Thursday only will be American Restoration.

Friday’s Sky Rugby Club and The Crowd Goes Wild are being dropped respectively for Pawn Wars and Mighty Machines.

The postponing of Saturday’s 1st XV match between Nelson College and Christs College will be replaced by NRL Premiership: Canberra Raiders vs Manly Sea Eagles while taking over the latter’s original 10am berth will be Smackdown and NRL Try Time.

Two episodes of The Diagnosis Detectives will replace Farah Palmer Cup: Waikato vs Counties Manukau Live at 2.00 and screening instead of NRL Try Time at 4.00 will be Pacific Brothers and Sisters, Judge Judy and Mighty Machines.

Detectives also will replace Sunday’s Bunnings NPC: Waikato vs Wellington Live and, at 5.00, Pawn Stars will screen instead of Rugby Nation.

Mighty Machines also will replace Monday’s The Crowd Goes Wild.

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