Dynasties to End Ratings Rule

Dynasties’ rule ends tonight (TVNZ 1, 7.00) ahead of the season premiere of Victoria and the ratings winner’s March 27 release on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. Last week’s penultimate episode crushed the first half of TVNZ 2’s Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and topped Three’s Married at First Sight Australia in the core 25-54, 18-49 […]

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Network Movies in HD: February 16 – 22

   Saturday     50 First Dates | TVNZ 2, 7.00    Blood Diamond | TVNZ 1, 8.35    Need for Speed | TVNZ 2, 8.55    Catch Me if You Can | Three, 8.55    Bram Stoker’s Dracula | Duke, 9.25    Race | TVNZ 1, 11.25    Mortal Kombat | TVNZ 2, 11.25    Cruel Intentions | Three, 11.40   […]

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Three Bars The Conners From Thursdays

Three is pulling its new Thursday night comedy The Conners from primetime after only two weeks on air. The Roseanne spin-off will be replaced by a second episode of its lead-in, Modern Family, from February 21. In the US, the show overcame the loss of its star, Roseanne Barr, to become a ratings winner, second […]

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HD Heads-Up: February 23 – March 1

➢➢ TVNZ 1’s latest gimmicky procedural, the single-season Deception, will screen 9.30 Sundays from February 24. About a disgraced magician who puts his skills of deception and illusion to work at the FBI, it earned middling reviews when it debuted a year ago in the US. They ranged from, “pretty absurd, but the show is too light […]

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Critical Condition: Lorena

Lorena | Amazon Prime Video, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “The Lorena Bobbitt case encompasses a multitude of issues that are equally relevant today, 26 years later: the tyranny of the 24-hour news cycle; the fear and shame that keep women from reporting abuse; the dangerous allure of instant celebrity; and above it all, our endless, unhealthy […]

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Critical Condition: The Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy | Netflix, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “Just as DC Universe drops the premiere of its wild, weird Doom Patrol, Netflix presents The Umbrella Academy, an adaptation of an award-winning Dark Horse Comics title about another family of heroes. But this series is This is Us A Million Little Brothers & Sisters with a dash of […]

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Critical Condition: Dirty John

Dirty John | Netflix, from Thursday ☆☆☆☆ “A dazzling matchup of pulp and prestige … Based on the Los Angeles Times‘ addictive true-crime podcast, Dirty John is the story of a convict and con man who took catfishing to almost operatic levels … Adapted for TV by Desperate Housewives writer Alexandra Cunningham, the show blends sun-drenched SoCal romance […]

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Critical Condition: A Very English Scandal

A Very English Scandal | SoHo, 8.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “Although comedy may provide the spoonful of sugar that relieves life’s bitterness, it can also be used to emphasise its cold, relentless injustice … So it is with A Very English Scandal, which tells the true story of UK MP Jeremy Thorpe’s gay relationship with Norman Scott in the […]

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New to Blu: February 13 – 19

  Bohemian Rhapsody ➢ “Bohemian Rhapsody is the first film I’ve reviewed that uses the HDR10+ format [which] adds scene by scene metadata to the standard HDR10 data stream that HDR10+-capable TVs can use to improve the way they render the HDR images … Throughout the film the image looks more dynamic, with slightly more […]

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Critical Condition: Manifest

Manifest | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Monday/TVNZ 2, 9.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “The epitome of what Hollywood calls high-concept story-telling. A plane takes off from an airport in the Caribbean one afternoon and, despite a little rough weather, arrives seemingly intact in New York … five and a half years later. If that sounds weird but not particularly […]

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New to SoHo2 in March

Next month SoHo2 will pick up the Syfy series that’s Sky’s been streaming on Neon, Deadly Class (8.30 Sundays from March 3). Based on the 2014 Image Comics graphic novel by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, it’s described as a coming-of-age journey full of ancient mystery and teen angst. Set in a dark, heightened world […]

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New to SoHo in March

Next month SoHo belatedly will premiere the acclaimed Agatha Christie dramatisation Ordeal by Innocence (9.30 Mondays from March 20). The BBC aired the three-part mystery nearly a year ago and it’s been on Amazon’s US platform since August. Given Sky now has two SoHo channels, it’s inexcusable that series of this calibre should take so long […]

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Network Movies in HD: February 9 – 15

   Saturday     Get Smart | TVNZ 2, 7.00    About a Boy | Three, 8.55    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone | Three, 9.05    Fear Dot Com | Duke, 9.25    Her Last Will | Three, 11.00    Evil Woman | TVNZ 2, 11.10   Sunday    They Came Together | TVNZ 2, 1am    Star Wars: The Force […]

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New to Sky Box Sets in March

Sky Box Sets will premiere the final season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend over two nights next month. Younger’s fifth season also will make its SBS premiere and three of Dexter’s eight seasons will screen on the channel for the first time. And ahead of Billions’ fourth-season premiere on SoHo, SBS will screen the first three on consecutive […]

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HD Heads-Up: February 16 – 22

➢➢ TVNZ 2 will lock in one of its strongest new-season schedules in years with the premiere of quirky Kiwi drama Fresh Eggs on February 19. If the skilfully cut promos are an indication, this could be a breakthrough for the moribund genre. Billed as “a black comedy series with a deliciously twisted sense of […]

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