Sky Box Sets for January

Sky Box Sets premieres for January include the thriller Riviera and seasons three of Dark Matter and four of Vikings. The Hollywood Reporter summed up Riviera, which stars Julia Stiles a billionaire’s widow who uncovers the dark underbelly of their Vanity Fair lifestyle, as “eye candy that’s not worth the calories”: Having seen three episodes […]

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Wanted No Longer Wanted

Three is replacing the double-episode finale of Wanted with another re-run of the movie True Lies on Monday. The Australian crime caper starring Rebecca Gibney that was partly shot in NZ has been a ratings disaster for the network. Last Monday’s episode averaged only 1.9% of Three’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds, which earned the channel […]

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Sky Rebrands The Box for Superhero Future

Sky is reassembling The Box as Sky 5 but it won’t be getting an HD facelift as part of its new look — at least not yet. The “new” channel will go live from February 2, with a four-day marathon of its new flagship DC shows Supergirl, Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow. “The channel […]

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Christmas Week HD Highlights on Three

The pick of Three’s underwhelming primetime Christmas highlights are a fast-tracked Graham Norton special, with guests Will Smith, Jenna Coleman, Jamie Oliver and musician Tom Chaplin, and a seasonal extravaganza from Jono and Ben. In order of transmission: Movie: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (7.00 Saturday) Movie: Die Hard (8.30 Sunday) Modern Family […]

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Christmas Week HD Highlights on Prime

Prime turns into a virtual Whoville this Christmas, with the fast-tracked 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special and Christmas Day and Boxing Day Time Lord marathons. It also opens Christmas Week with the premiere of another Rick Stein culinary adventure and caps it with the premiere of reality newcomer Rookie Cops.  In order of transmission: Rick […]

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Christmas Week HD Highlights on TVNZ 2

Movies dominate TVNZ 2’s Christmas Week schedule, with the onslaught of re-runs being leavened by the network movie premieres of Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and San Andreas. In order of their transmission: Movie: Disney’s A Christmas Carol Movie (7.00 Saturday) Movie: The Pursuit Of Happyness (8.50 Saturday) Christmas Eve Movie: […]

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Christmas Week HD Highlights on TVNZ 1

Fast-tracked Christmas editions of Victoria and Call the Midwife, and the network movie premiere of The Lady in the Van, distinguish TVNZ 1’s primetime Christmas Week highlights. In order of transmission: Christmas Eve Movie: The Notebook (8.35 Sunday) Christmas Eve Movie: Hope Springs (10.55 Sunday) Christmas Day Movie: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (7.00 Monday) Christmas Day […]

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New to Blu: December 12 – 18

   One of the year’s biggest Golden Globe snubs, Wind River, heads this week’s movies-on-Blu-ray slate while season seven of Game of Thrones, which earned only one nomination, dominates the TV releases. “Films set in the dead of winter often appear drab and sterile, and Wind River is no exception, yet the excellent 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 […]

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$15M for New and Returning Kiwi Dramas

Several years of flat-lining NZ dramas in primetime haven’t stopped NZ On Air from breathing new life — and about $15 million — into the risky genre both on-air and online. It’s commissioned four new dramas and renewed three more, including Prime’s The Brokenwood Mysteries for a fifth season. They include a black comedy, a psychological […]

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This Week in HD: December 16 – 22

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i    Saturday  5 Star Family Reunion (TV1, 4.55, F) You’re Back in the Room UK (TV2, 5.00, R) Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers (TV3, 5.00) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) The Big Bang Theory (TV2, 6.00, 5.1, R) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog It! (Prime, 6.00) The […]

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This Week in HD: December 9 – 15

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i     Saturday  5 Star Family Reunion (TV1, 5.00) You’re Back in the Room UK (TV2, 5.00, R) Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers (TV3, 5.00) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) The Barefoot Bandits (TV2, 6.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog It! (Prime, 6.00) The Middle (TV2, 6.30, […]

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Three Coy About 2018 Schedule

Three has used the revival of Dancing With the Stars to tease some of its 2018 highlights. The network’s holding back from a full announcement until February, which means it will be bombarding viewers with movies and reality shows over January. Today it confirmed the return of signature series like 7 Days, The Project, The […]

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Critical Condition: The Crown (Season 2)

The Crown | Netflix, from Friday ➢ “The Crown’s second season is captivating in a way that almost isn’t fair. The costume drama, which follows the early years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) … sounds like it should be a dry slog through the too-familiar territory of rich and famous people feeling sorry […]

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HD Heads-Up: December 7

➢ Fans of Modern Family and Michael McIntyre will think all their Christmases have come at once. Three and Prime will go head-to-head with 7.00 weeknight reruns of the sitcom over summer while TVNZ 1 will screen two dated Michael McIntyre specials ahead of Three airing the latest. TVNZ 1 will repeat McIntyre’s 2014 and […]

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New to Blu: December 6 – 12

   Despite being American made, American Made lands here on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD a month ahead of the US and two weeks earlier than the UK. Extras include deleted scenes, filmmaker thoughts on the appeal and importance of their movie, star Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman discussing the making of American Made (as well as the aerial stunts), three of the cast discussing […]

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