Network Movies in HD: December 13 – 19

     Saturday    The Secret Life of Pets | Three, 7.00     The Big Sick | Three, 8.50   Gravity | TVNZ 2, 9.05   Blade 2 | Duke, 9.35   American Sniper | TVNZ 2, 11.00   Last Vegas| Three, 11.15            Sunday   I, Tonya | TVNZ 2, 8.30   The Boss | Three, 8.30    Like Father, Like Son | […]

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Schedule Watch: December 7

60 Minutes fans can enjoy two hours of their favourite newsmag this weekend when Prime airs two editions on Sunday night at 9.40 and 11.40. Both programmes aired in October on CBS but Prime isn’t trying to catch up to the US — it’s simply compensating for 60 Minutes not airing last Sunday. In the first broadcast, […]

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The Dead Lands to Enliven TVNZ OnDemand

TVNZ OnDemand will premiere its supernatural co-production The Dead Lands on January 24. Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, announced it would launch the movie spin-off with two episodes on its US, Canadian, UK and Irish platforms on January 23. Subsequent episodes will premiere on both Shudder and TVNZ […]

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Three Unveils New-Season Slate

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it — and if you are broke, make the best of what you have. That seems to be the strategy behind Three’s line-up for 2020, which leavens a slate heavy on returning reality and procedural hits with a handful of ambitious new local series, including two new dramas, the final […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: More Power to Gower

NZ On Air is bankrolling a sequel to one of the year’s highest-rating programmes, Patrick Gower: On Weed. It’s investing $435,000 in two more hour-long instalments as part of a $24 million commitment to factual content commissions in 2020. Other highlights include a TVNZ 1 docudrama about Centrepoint, a documentary series for Three about growing […]

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HD Heads-Up: December 14 – 20

➢➢ Network movie premieres will abound in the week starting December 11, as the networks surrender their schedules to phone-in programming: The House (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday), McLaren (Prime, 8.30 Sunday), No (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday), Collateral Beauty (Three, 8.40 Tuesday), The Layover (Three, 8.40 Wednesday) and CHiPs (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Thursday). Other HD coming attractions […]

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More HD Christmas Cheer

   Freeview UHF viewers can watch Prime TV in HD. The upgrade happened overnight and coincides with Prime’s owner, Sky, today relaunching BBC UKTV and BBC Earth in HD. The BBC channels are quasi HD (1440 x 1080i) but Prime offers 1920 x 1080i resolution (the not-so-good news is audio appears to be stereo only). […]

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New to Blu: December 4 – 10

   Game of Thrones: The Complete Eighth Season ➢ “If you fancy heading back to Westeros to relive the twists and turns, beheadings and back-stabbings, then you’re in luck. Game of Thrones‘ Blu-ray edition* includes a reunion show with the entire cast, which was recorded live in Belfast, hosted by Conan O’Brien. Then there’s a 30-minute featurette […]

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New to SoHo in December

THE L WORD: GENERATION Q | SoHo2, 9.30 Wednesdays from December 11 The ground-breaking drama series, The L Word, revolutionised a generation and this year the highly-anticipated sequel, The L Word: Generation Q, debuts. It continues to follow the intermingled lives of Bette Porter, Alice Pieszecki, and Shane McCutcheon, along with new characters as they experience love, heartbreak, sex, […]

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New to TVNZ OnDemand in December

TVNZ On Demand will premiere three key exclusives this month while expanding its Kiwi movie and BBC library content. Unique to the streaming platform will be Why Women Kill (December 6) and Reprisal (December 7) Why Women Kill is billed as “a darkly comedic drama, detailing the lives of three women living in three different decades: a […]

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HD Ratings: Kiwis Still Wild About Wilderpeople

The popularity of Kiwi crowdpleaser Hunt for the Wilderpeople on Sunday wilted viewership of another local favourite, The Brokenwood Mysteries. TVNZ’s re-run of the Taika Waititi hit won its slot in the four core commercial demographics but was most popular with the 25-54 viewers Prime targets with its Kiwi whodunit. Wilderpeople averaged 5.6% of this […]

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Schedule Watch: December 1

On this weekend’s Sunday (TVNZ 1, 7.30): Matt Chisholm (above) reports on the close-knit Māori community on Matakana Island that last year had their way of life torn apart, leaving the 200 residents reeling. New episodes of Family Guy (Duke, 8.30 Mondays) will be replaced by season nine re-runs over the next two weeks. Nick Rado, […]

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Network Movies in HD: November 30 – December 6

    Saturday    Hugo | Three, 7.00     Ghosts of Girlfriends Past | TVNZ 2, 9.05   Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates | Three, 9.25     A Nightmare on Elm Street | Duke, 9.35   Black Hawk Down | TVNZ 2, 11.10   #Squad Goals | Three, 11.30            Sunday   Pitch Perfect 3 | Three, 8.30    Loving Vincent | Maori […]

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Normal Service to Resume Shortly?

Apologies to readers who have tried to submit comments over the past few days. For reasons I don’t understand, the comments section is no longer functioning. I can receive comments but not post them. Hopefully it’s only a blip — but one complicated by my designer being New York-based and this being Thanksgiving weekend in […]

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HD Ratings: Hamish & Andy Postcard Perfect for TVNZ 2

TVNZ 2 appears to have found the perfect stablemate for Have You Been Paying Attention?: Hamish & Andy’s Perfect Holiday. Wednesday’s premiere of the duo’s latest travelogue — and the first not to air on Three — won its slot in three of the core commercial demographics. It averaged 4.5% of 25-54 year-olds, 3.7% of […]

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