Euro Co-Pros Span Kiwi Gulf

TVNZ and MediaWorks have licensed two Screentime NZ co-productions with Denmark and Germany that will screen next year. Both have been co-produced by veteran crime genre producer Philly de Lacey. MediaWorks announced this afternoon that The Gulf, a six-part NZ-German series, will premiere next year on Three while Drama Quarterly reports TVNZ has acquired Straight Forward. […]

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Critical Condition: Informer

Informer | TVNZ OnDemand, from Wednesday ➢➢ “Paddy Considine stars in a tale of a family caught up in the war on terror. The script is from the newcomers Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, and it’s the first TV role for Nabhaan Rizwan, who takes the lead role as a young second-generation Pakistani from east […]

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New to Lightbox in November

Lightbox has picked up for streaming next month an acclaimed BBC series that for too long has been absent from our screens. Three Girls, which The Guardian hailed as “a powerful and important three-part drama, based on the Rochdale child sexual abuse scandal,” screened 18 months ago in the UK — a gap that’s ridiculously long […]

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HD Ratings: TVNZ 2 Extends Reach

The wisdom of Three’s new Sunday night movie strategy — playing female-skewed titles after Married at First Sight NZ — will need revising after TVNZ 2 pummelled Me Before You with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The Tom Cruise sequel won its slot in all the core commercial demographics on Sunday. It averaged 5.4% of […]

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HD Ratings: Doctor Who … Who Cares?

The much ballyhooed movie-length season premiere of Doctor Who on Friday lost to MasterChef Australia and The Graham Norton Show in TVNZ 2’s core commercial demographic, 18-49 year-olds. It averaged 3.4% over 90 minutes vs MasterChef’s 3.3% and Norton’s 3.2%. But the first hour was largely beaten by MasterChef and the last half-hour by Norton. The […]

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Guest Bookings: Colbert, Maher, DeGeneres

  New episodes of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert resume on Tuesday (Prime, 11.35), with guests Melissa McCarthy and Portlandia writer/I Love Dick star Phoebe Robinson. Also scheduled are: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Brooke Baldwin (12.30am Thursday); Peter Dinklage, Busy Philipps and a musical performance by Noname (12.05am Friday); Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Laura Benanti and a musical […]

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Critical Condition: The Trade

The Trade | TVNZ OnDemand, from Tuesday ➢➢ “An examination of America’s opioid epidemic from production to distribution to consumption, The Trade is lacerating, heartbreaking and current … Director Matthew Heineman gets the sort of documentary access that is uncomfortable and impossible to look away from … The Trade is, like Heineman’s other documentaries, beautifully shot. The […]

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Critical Condition: A Million Little Things

A Million Little Things | SoHo, 8.30 Tuesday ➢➢ “If you believe in the treacle-down theory when it comes to NBC’s rip-roaring success with This Is Us, then you’re ready for ABC’s drama about the emotional entanglements of a group of four Boston men (Ron Livingston, Romany Malco, David Giuntoli and James Roday) feeling all […]

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HD Ratings: 1-1-1 for 9-1-1?

Season two of one of last year’s biggest hits on Three, emergency services drama 9-1-1 (9.00 Mondays), may soon be on life support. The series resumed with shaky ratings two weeks ago — in the US it scored a series high — and after tanking last week, Three’s programmers this week will be be on […]

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New to Sky Box Sets in November

  Some of SoHo’s best and brightest series, including Boardwalk Empire, True Blood and Shameless, can be seen again from the beginning next month on Sky Box Sets, along with all five seasons of House of Lies (which originally aired on TV3 before switching to Four and then having a run on Lightbox). Also new […]

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Critical Condition: Charmed

Charmed | Neon, from Monday ➢➢ “In many ways, the new version of the witchy show is a bastardisation, a new series slapped with a familiar title to draw in fans before rudely disappointing them. There are just enough hints of the old one blended in that it’s hard to think of it as an entirely […]

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Network Movies in HD: October 13 – 19

Saturday     Raising Helen | TVNZ 2, 7.00  The Da Vinci Code | TVNZ 2, 9.15 John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars | Duke, 9.30 Runaway | TVNZ 2, 10.50 Resident Evil: Extinction | Three, 11.15   Sunday    Taking Lives | TVNZ 2, 2.05am           Jack Reacher: Never Go Back | TVNZ 2, 8.30    Me Before You | Three, […]

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HD Ratings: Grand Night for Grand Designs NZ

Grand Designs NZ drew up to twice as many 25-54 viewers as the season premieres of Young Sheldon and The Big Bang Theory on Wednesday. The episode averaged 7.0% of Three’s most important commercial demographic compared to 5.5% for Young Sheldon and 4.8% for TBBT. In GDNZ’s second half-hour, when it squared off against TBBT, […]

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Doctor Who Streams … Who Knows?

TVNZ isn’t revealing how many streams of Doctor Who there have been since the 11th season launch on-demand on Monday. Its linear broadcast begins tonight (TVNZ 2, 7.30), four days after the first female Time Lord’s debut topped the ratings in the UK. Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor unleashed 8.2 million viewers and a 40.1% share for […]

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Critical Condition: The Haunting of Hill House

The Haunting of Hill House | Netflix, from Friday ➢➢ “While horror films often dominate the fall box office, the genre still rarely gets its due on the small screen — at least in any traditional sense … Fortunately, horror maverick Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Oculus) and Netflix are here to amend that oversight with The Haunting […]

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