New to Neon in May

Neon will stream the NZ premiere of new CW series In the Dark from May 11. It went to air in the US on April 4 and stars Perry Mattfield (Shameless ) as a hard-drinking hard-living blind woman who investigates the apparent murder of her friend. US reviews were mixed. They ranged from “a good […]

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Leaving Lightbox in May

  Lightbox viewers have only a few weeks to catch the first two seasons of The Expanse and S2 of Underground before they exit the streaming platform. Leaving in May will be: Underground S2 (May 10) White Collar S1-6 (May 22) UnREAL S1-2 (May 30) The Expanse S1-2 (May 31) The L Word S1-6 (May […]

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Critical Condition: Les Miserables

Les Miserables | TVNZ 1, 8.35 Sunday ☆☆☆☆ “A star-studded cast led by Dominic West, David Oyelowo, Olivia Colman and Lily Collins helps Andrew Davies restore some of the nuance to Victor Hugo’s epic classic … Les Miserables represents a substantive commitment and yet still feels hours short of an ideal and full Hugo adaptation. It’s […]

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Schedule Watch: April 20

The networks have made a raft of last-minute changes to their schedules, including an extended Easter Monday broadcast of Dancing With the Stars. The 90-minute special will now air from 7.00, pre-empting a new episode of Modern Family to face off against TVNZ 2’s Shortland Street and get a half-hour head-start on challenger My Kitchen Rules. […]

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Network Movies in HD: April 20 – 26

   Saturday     A Cinderella Story | TVNZ 2, 7.00     Minions | Three, 7.00    Hacksaw Ridge | TVNZ 1, 8.30    Captain America: The Winter Soldier | TVNZ 2, 8.50    Jaws the Revenge | Three, 8.55    Piranha 2: The Spawning | Duke, 9.25    Morgan | Three, 10.40    The Great Gatsby | TVNZ 1, 11.15 […]

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New to Blu: April 17 – 23

     Aquaman ➢ “The extreme dynamics of the master (which is done to 4000 nit peaks in HDR10, but is also available in an even more explosive Dolby Vision version if your TV can support it) are apparent right from the off, as a stormy night sky is punctured by super-bright torch and lighthouse […]

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Top HBO Docuseries TVNZ Bound

TVNZ has secured the acclaimed HBO documentary series The Case Against Adnan Syed for its OnDemand platform. The true-crime spin-off from the Serial podcast claims to uncover “new evidence and perspectives” that present an alternative take on Syed’s conviction for the the 20-year-old murder of a Baltimore high school student. Like another recent TVNZ acquisition, Leaving […]

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HD Heads-Up: April 27 – May 3

➢➢ TVNZ 2 is going to challenge Three’s comedy crown on Fridays by pitting its own double-bill of Kiwi and British humour against enduring crowdpleasers The Graham Norton Show and 7 Days. On May 3 at 8.00, it will air The Best Foods Comedy Gala and at 9.00, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Earlier […]

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TVNZ 1 Casts Net for Next Broadchurch

TVNZ 1 will try to rebuild Wednesday nights with the premiere of Broadchurch successor The Bay on May 1. The high-rating whodunit went to air last month on ITV, where The Guardian described it as “Broadchurch in Morecambe … “I would even bet half my David Tennant memorabilia collection that was the makers’ pitch in […]

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HD Ratings: Local Shows Find Their Feet

Sunday’s premiere of Dancing With the Stars waltzed off with all the core commercial demographics while TVNZ 1’s bold new Kiwi drama The Bad Seed kicked off strongly. From 7.00-8.30, DWTS averaged 10.8% of Three’s chief 25-54 demo (36.1% share), open-ing with 8.1%, closing with  11.5% and peaking with 12.1%. It was also hugely popular […]

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Network Movies in HD: April 13 – 19

  Saturday     The Medallion | TVNZ 2, 7.00    Despicable Me 3 | Three, 7.00    Jaws 3 | Three, 8.50     Captain America: The First Avenger | TVNZ 2, 8.45    Manson’s Lost Girls | Three, 10.05    Fury | TVNZ 2, 11.10      Sunday    Maleficent | TVNZ 2, 8.15    A Wedding | Maori TV, 8.30 […]

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Critical Condition: Black Summer

Black Summer | Netflix, from Thursday ☆☆☆☆ “Black Summer is The Walking Dead without all the bloated melodrama, kooky villains, and pretentious blabbering (and, unfortunately, quality makeup and effects). That makes it less of an actual TV show and more of a sensory experience. I don’t know if that means it’s good, but it’s an easy […]

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HD Heads-Up: April 20 – 26

➢➢ Prime’s scheduled a showstopping week for music fans, starting with three music specials on Easter Sunday and continuing with the return of Prime Rocks on Tuesday. It will sandwich the free-to-air premiere of Flight of the Conchords: Live in London (9.05 Sunday) with a 7.20 encore of Jesus Christ Superstar Live! and a 10.30 repeat of Crowded […]

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Prime Shoots for Thursday Night Hoop Dreams

Prime is abruptly changing its Thursday night line-up to screen live National Basketball League games. The changeover occurs tomorrow at 7.30, when the Jets will square off against The Rangers. The new weekly NBL slot is being sponsored by Sal’s pizza chain and is the first sign of new Sky chief executive Martin Stewart’s influence […]

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New to Blu: April 10 – 16

  Mary Poppins Returns ➢ “Mary Poppins lands on Ultra HD with a smashingly good and delightfully charming HEVC H.265 encode. Shot on the Arri Alexa camera system capable of 3.4K resolution and mastered to a 2K digital intermediate, the upscaled transfer may not cast a dramatically better spell than the Blu-ray, but it’s nonetheless […]

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