Critical Condition: In the Dark

In the Dark | Lightbox, from Monday ☆☆☆☆ “The BBC’s new crime drama doesn’t break the mould with its themes of corruption, lies and unwanted pregnancy – but its dark strands still draw you in … In the Dark is not Happy Valley, shifted south a little, down the Pennines. This is something louder, less involving, […]

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New to Neon in June

Sky’s streaming service Neon will beef up its slate with the fast-tracking of five series next month, including the premiere of HBO’s Euphoria (weekly from June 17). Also being expedited are Riviera S2 (weekly from June 1), Fear the Walking Dead S5A (weekly from June 9), Pose S2 (weekly from June 10) and Younger S6 (weekly from June […]

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Network Movie in HD: May 25 – 31

   Saturday     Escape From Planet Earth | TVNZ 2, 7.00     Star Wars: Attack of the Clones | Three, 7.00    Akeelah and the Bee | Maori TV, 7.00    The Hangover | TVNZ 2, 8.35    The World’s End | Three, 9.45    Ocean’s Eleven | TVNZ 2, 10.40    About Time | Three, 11.50        Sunday    The Maze […]

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New to Amazon Prime Video in June

Amazon Prime Video will stream the new supernatural AMC series, NOS4A2, from June 7. According to Bloody Disgusting, Joe Hill’s novel is a massive, sprawling story that spans decades as it weaves together the journeys of plucky antihero Vic McQueen and a vicious child-eating psychic vampire named Charlie Manx. Their unique supernatural gifts set them down […]

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HD Heads-Up: June 1 – 7

➢➢ The networks will celebrate Queen’s Birthday Weekend with a raft of specials and movie premieres. Two of the specials will be tributes to kings of a different sort: Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley. What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali (Prime, 9.30 Monday) is an acclaimed, Antoine (The Magnificent Seven) Fuqua-directed HBO documentary about the boxer that […]

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Critical Condition: What/If

What/If | Netflix, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “It’s tricky to explain Renee Zellweger’s new Netflix show What/If to somebody who hasn’t seen it, because it’s an exercise in diametrically opposed contradictions. It’s a sexy thriller, even though it’s about as sexy as slow-transit constipation. Its unique selling point is that it follows the consequences of actions, […]

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New to Netflix in June

Arthdal Chronicles (1/06/2019) In a mythical land called Arth, the inhabitants of the ancient city of Arthdal and its surrounding regions vie for power as they build a new society. Black Mirror: Season 5 (5/06/2019) 3%: Season 3 (7/06/2019) Michele creates an idyllic Inland sanctuary that’s open to all, but when a crisis hits, she’s forced […]

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HD Ratings: What Next? So What?

The season premiere of TVNZ 1’s What Next? on Tuesday lost to both TVNZ 2’s Will & Grace and Three’s NCIS. It averaged 3.0% of the network’s 25-54 demographic compared to W&G’s 4.3% and NICS’ 4.4%. Moreover, it drew less than half the 25-54 viewership of the previous week’s How the Other Kids Live. The […]

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New to Blu: May 22 – 28

Alien ➢ “Reportedly, director Ridley Scott supervised a brand-new restoration of the original 35mm camera negatives, and those elements were then remastered to a 4K digital intermediate for this 40th Anniversary release. The results bring this sci-fi horror classic home with incredible detail, far better than anyone could have imagined given how excellent it already […]

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HD Ratings: Thrones Unseats Prime Rivals

Prime’s free-to-air faith in Game of Thrones paid off on Monday when the series final out-rated every other 9.30 show — except one — in key demographics. It averaged 2.0% of Prime’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds (compared to 0.2% for lead-in FBI), 1.5% of 18-49s and 1.3% of 18-39s. The last episode was the highest-rating […]

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HD Ratings: The Big Bang Theory Goes Out With …

The series final of The Big Bang Theory on Friday posted some of the show’s highest ratings in years and helped TVNZ 2 to win the night in all the core commercial demographics. It averaged 7.3% of 25-54 year-olds, 4.5% of 18-49s, 3.2% of 18-39s and 9.2% of household shoppers with kids. The double-episode marked an […]

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LG Eyes OLED Throne

In NZ, LG is promoting its 2019 range of OLED TVs with sponsorship of Three’s Saturday night Star Wars season. But in the US the company has seized upon the heightened interest in Game of Thrones’ controversial final season with this clever promotion: It capitalises on the furore over the epic episode, The Long Night, […]

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Critical Condition: Line of Duty (S5)

Line of Duty | SoHo, 8.30 Sundays ☆☆☆☆ “Jed Mercurio knows a thing or two about what television viewers in Britain like. His series Bodyguard was the highest rated show there (outside of the World Cup) in 2018. And now the fifth season of his Line of Duty is the highest rated British drama of […]

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Critical Condition: Catch-22

Catch-22 | TVNZ OnDemand, from Saturday ☆☆☆☆  “Executive produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov — with each directing two episodes — the limited series was developed and written by Luke Davies (Lion) and David Michod (Animal Kingdom), who manage to find the difficult tonal balance of the book: a winning combination of satire, madcap […]

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Network Movies in HD: May 18 – 24

   Saturday     Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 | TVNZ 2, 7.00     Star Wars: The Phantom Menace | Three, 7.00    Monster House | Maori TV, 7.00    Scary Movie 5 | TVNZ 2, 8.45    Joy | Three, 9.35    Flightplan | TVNZ 2, 10.30    Heartthrob | Three, 11.50        Sunday    Pacific Rim | TVNZ 2, 8.10  […]

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