New to SoHo2 in July

Dark Mon£y (8.30 Tuesdays from July 9) Dark Mon£y follows an ordinary working-class family from North London who regret accepting a substantial pay-off to keep silent after one is abused by a renowned filmmaker while making a major Hollywood movie. Babou Ceesay (Guerrilla), Jill Halfpenny (Death in Paradise), Max Fincham (The Alienist), Susan Wokoma (Crashing), Rebecca Front […]

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New to SoHo in July

Chimerica (8.30 Wednesdays from July 17) How far would you go to stand up for the truth? Based on Lucy Kirkwood’s play, Chimerica stars Alessandro Nivola as a photographer who goes to extraordinary lengths to salvage his career after he’s accused of digitally manipulating his award-winning image of a Syrian war victim amid President Trump’s “fake news” […]

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HD Ratings: Reality Titans in Tight Tussle

Three’s The Block NZ: Firehouse largely lost to TVNZ 2’s My Kitchen Rules on Monday night but out-rated it on Sunday. Only one-tenth of a rating point separated them in the 25-54 and 18-49 demographics on Monday, with TBNZ edging out MKR in the former but losing in the other core commercial demographics. But on Sunday it […]

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TVNZ 2 Dumps Will & Grace to Late Night

TVNZ 2 at last has admitted defeat with Will & Grace by pulling the reboot from primetime. The next episode was due to screen 8.40 tomorrow but the sitcom has been suddenly demoted to around 10.30 Wednesdays, where the rest of the latest season will air instead of Two and a Half Men re-runs. Replacing […]

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This Just In! High Wire Act for TVNZ 2

TVNZ 2 has just announced it will screen live coverage of today’s highwire walk 25 stories above New York City’s Times Square. Siblings Nik and LijanaWallenda will make a never-before-attempted 1,300-foot walk 25 stories above street level from midday today (instead of Judge Rinder). If you miss the live broadcast, TVNZ 2 will repeat it tonight […]

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Walter to Present for TVNZ OnDemand

TVNZ OnDemand is expanding its burgeoning slate with Walter Presents, a curated selection of non-English language TV series. Curator Walter Iuzzolino has been hand-picking these for Channel 4’s All4 platform in the UK since 2016 and has started to roll out the service globally. Channel 4 saw the brand of Walter Presents as “the complete opposite of […]

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Critical Condition: Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel | TVNZ OnDemand, from Monday ☆☆☆☆ “The first episode of ABC’s Grand Hotel is startlingly good. It’s glamorous, sexy and mysterious. In the first few minutes, a terrible storm hits Miami, sending the staff and guests at the fabulous Riviera Hotel scurrying for cover; it’s also the perfect cover for a crime when […]

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Schedule Watch: June 23

This week’s Real Time With Bill Maher (SoHo/2, various times) marks the 500th episode of the HBO series. “We went on the air in 2003,” Maher quips. “Since then, weed has become increasingly legal, religion is on the decline, and less people are having children. You’re welcome, America.” Guests include historian Allan Lichtman (The Case for […]

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Network Movies in HD: June 22 – 28

     Saturday    Toy Story| TVNZ 2, 7.00    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs | Three, 7.00   The Trumpet of the Swan | Maori TV, 7.00   Back to the Future II | Three, 8.55   Zombieland | Duke, 9.00 Saturday   Oldboy | Three, 11.00    Passenger 57 | TVNZ 2, 11.10        […]

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Prime Sport: June 29 – July 5

Saturday Sail GP Highlights: 12.00 NRL Try Time: 2.00 Cadbury Netball Series: Kiwi Ferns vs Fiji Pearls: 3.00 FIFA Women’s World Cup Highlights: 5.00 ICC Cricket World Cup Highlights: Sri Lanka vs South Africa: 6.00 Cadbury Netball Series: Finals: 7.00 Investec Super Rugby: Semi-Finals: 9.35 Sunday ICC Cricket World Cup Breakfast Show: 8.30am ICC Cricket World Cup […]

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HD Ratings: Magnum Rebounds Off The Block

After weeks of low ratings, Magnum P.I. bounced back on Wednesday to average 3.4% of Three’s 25-54 demographic. It still lost to TVNZ 2’s Wentworth (5.6%) but was ahead of TVNZ 1’s Manhunt (2.7%) and helped the return of Hawaii Five-O to win the 9.30 hour with 2.4% of 25-54s. The pattern was the same […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Spark Claims It’s Match Fit for RWC

Despite headlines about subscribers fuming over the quality of its streaming service, Spark Sport reckons it’s match-fit for the Rugby World Cup and wants Tournament Pass holders to be just as on the ball. It claims all but five of the 300 events it’s streamed to date “have streamed without issue” and encourages customers “who are […]

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HD Heads-Up: June 29 – July 5

➢➢ Race Across the World (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Wednesdays from July 3) is a BBC newcomer about Britons in a race to reach Singapore without using smartphones or aeroplanes. Said The Times: “This show, despite being a bit scattered and having some annoying participants, is at least different from the usual fare in that it requires […]

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New to Netflix in July

Designated Survivor: 60 Days (1/07/2019) Korean adaptation that follows the main storyline of the US series, about a politician who unexpectedly becomes President after an explosion at the National Assembly kills everyone in the Cabinet. Bangkok Love Stories: Objects of Affection (2/07/2019) A kind computer repairman falls for a street-smart graffiti artist who’s multiple personality disorder […]

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HD Ratings: Heat Goes On MKR

In only its second broadcast, The Block NZ: Firehouse out-rated My Kitchen Rules. Tuesday’s episode averaged 7.2% of 25-54 year-olds (versus MKR’s 5.8%) and 6.5% of 18-49s (vs 4.7%). It also led MKR by about two ratings points in the 18-39 and household shopper demographics, and left Outback Truckers in its dust. TBNZ set up […]

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