HD Heads-Up: August 30

Kiwi Coro fans streets behind … TV One lifts lid on MasterChef Oz … TV2 spices up kids TV with Sesame … Stranger Things new Netflix hit … Coronation Street fans will be the biggest losers when it comes to TV One’s coverage of the Rio Paralympics. The network’s nightly highlights package means the warhorse soap won’t […]

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HD Ratings: Close Encounters of the Second Kind

TV One’s Brief Encounters improved in its third week to beat TV3’s Hawaii Five-O in the 25-54 and 18-49 demographics on Wednesday. It won the 8.30 hour in the 5+ contest but lost to TV2’s The Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls in the key commercial demos. The British comedy/drama’s appeal has been boosted by TV One […]

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HD Ratings: Kiwi Living Lifts Latta

Tuesday’s premiere of Kiwi Living in its new mid-week slot rated better among 25-54 and 18-49 year-olds than its predecessor, Outback Truckers. It averaged 5.4% of 25-54s compared to 4.1% for the season finale of Truckers the previous week. That helped lead-out The Hard Stuff With Nigel Latta to rate half-a-rating point higher — even though […]

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TV3 Dumps Married at First Sight USA

It’s not even been love at second, third or fourth sight for TV3 viewers. So decisively have they rejected Married at First Sight USA that the network is pulling the reality strip from primetime and relegating it to Saturday afternoons, starting this weekend when it will replace re-runs of Community and Bob’s Burgers. The rescheduling will have […]

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New to Netflix in September

❏ Netflix Original Series Narcos: Season 2 (September 2) In the second season, notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar is on the run, with the Colombian authorities in relentless pursuit, and determined to put an end to his illegal activities. Easy (September 22) An eight-episode anthology series that explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, […]

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Doomsday Drama Bound for The Zone

Syfy’s newest series Aftermath will screen 8.30 Tuesdays from October 25 on The Zone. It premieres September 27 in the US and stars James Tupper and Anne Heche as the parents of three children struggling to survive when civilisation comes to an apocalyptic end. Turns out the end of the world is “just the beginning“. Ahead lie massive storms, […]

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HD Heads-Up: August 25

Housewives, Bachelorettes feud … Adele’s a hit … Saturday spring clean … TV3 will use Family Feud to try to boost viewership of Real Housewives of Auckland. On September 6 it will air All Stars: Bachelorettes vs. Real Housewives, in which the stars from Housewives and The Bachelor NZ compete to win big for charity (as ABC did in […]

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Prime to Deliver Extraordinary Trio

Prime will reinvigorate its schedule with three top documentary series in the first week of September, starting with 9 Months That Made You, which will screen in the Prime Planet slot (7.30 Sundays). The Independent said this “mesmerising take on the miracle of life shows the BBC at its best” while The Telegraph described it as a “model […]

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HD Heads-Up: August 24

Hawaii Five-O no longer on Death Row … The Night Of’s grand finale … Catch up with Catch Fire … Mayoral frontrunners on Back Benches … The good news for fans of Hawaii Five-O after years of it being in and out of primetime is it will stay in peak hour long enough to mark its […]

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New to Blu: August 24 – 30

“Eddie The Eagle enjoys a beautiful digitally sourced 2.39:1 108op transfer. Detail is abundant throughout the entire run of the film … “Colours tend to skew towards the warmer golden tones, and at times can throw off the flesh tones a bit.” “Some of the CGI and/or green screen material looks pretty soft when compared to […]

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Critical Condition: Halt and Catch Fire

Halt and Catch Fire (S0H0, 9.30 Wednesdays) “Halt and Catch Fire is both a retro pleasure and a forward-looking gem … Halt picks up its third season in 1986, a few months after the gang from the tech company Mutiny made the trip from Texas to San Francisco … There are many things to love about Halt — […]

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HD Ratings: Man of Steel Too Strong for Kiwi Superhero

TV One’s premiere of Hillary scaled impressive ratings on Sunday but couldn’t topple TV2’s Man of Steel in the key 25-54 and 18-49 demographics. It won the 8.30 hour among all viewers aged 5+ whereas TV3’s network movie premiere of The Maze Runner trailed TV One’s Sunday and TV2’s You’re Back in the Room NZ in all three […]

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HD Heads-Up: August 23

Shorty’s streams streets ahead … They haven’t killed Kenny after all … Gone Girl gone for now … TV One to lift the lid on MasterChef Australia … Shortland Street last month notched up a record 1.2 million streams on TVNZ OnDemand (July 1-20). It averaged 42,000 streams an episode, with The Bachelorette posting the next highest average of 37,000 […]

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HD Heads-Up: August 22

Fear the Walking Dead limps back on to SoHo tonight with the mid-season premiere of season two. The episode chronicles Nick Clark’s nightmare trip to Tijuana and excludes the rest of the cast, save for one character who briefly appears in flashbacks. “Expect this structure to continue as FTWD pushes through the second half of its second season,” […]

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SyFy Fancy Dress Show for The Zone

The Zone will go behind the world of costume play in Heroes of Cosplay, which will screen 8.30 Wednesdays from September 7. “Each episode tracks an array of cosplayers as they prep for and travel to costume contests on the geek-convention circuit, capturing the creativity and drama of constructing their new outfits, not to mention everything […]

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