It’s Official: Bodyguard to Bow on October 24

As forecast here last week, top-rating BBC thriller Bodyguard will premiere in NZ on Netflix. Deadline reports it will stream the Jed (Line of Duty) Mercurio hit in territories outside the UK and Ireland from October 24 while The Guardian reported overnight that Netflix picked up the rights to Bodyguard before it was filmed but […]

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Critical Condition: Strange Angel

Strange Angel | SoHo, 8.30 Wednesday ➢➢ “Jack Parsons died relatively young, but lived astoundingly. He was a janitor turned rocket scientist … an accused spy and an occult author … A life boasting enough material for several movies gets an ongoing TV series treatment courtesy of CBS All Access, Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions and […]

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New to Blu: September 19 – 25

   It’s another unbelievably soft week for Blu-ray releases, with three direct-to-disc newcomers and three re-issues. The pick of the premieres appears to be the action-comedy Tag. “This is a high-quality video presentation that seems a perfect match for the source material,” AVS Forum says. Colours are deeply saturated with eye pleasing vitality and delineated […]

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HD Ratings: Fast & Furious Week for Three

Three capped a wining week on Sunday when it out-rated TVNZ’s channels in all the core commercial demographics. The network easily scored the highest channel shares in the 25-54, 18-49, 18-39 and household shoppers demos with its line-up of The Block NZ and the movie Furious 7 (ahead of tonight’s I Am Paul Walker documentary). The […]

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New to Lightbox in October

Next month Spark’s streaming service Lightbox will launch British comedy/drama Age Before Beauty and express weekly from the US the latest seasons of Loudermilk and Blindspot. It also will premiere NZ original Get It to the Papa, a six-part series that will stream in two weekly episodes from October 16. The Spinoff production follows journalist Hayden Donnell […]

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New to Neon in October

Next month Sky’s streaming service Neon will premiere the reboot of ’90s supernatural hit Charmed. New episodes of the witches-and-warlocks series will be available weekly from October 15, the same day as its broadcast on The CW Network. It also will go on Sky On Demand and is likely to wind up on one of […]

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New to SoHo in October

The premieres of Astronaut drama The First, The Big Chill-sounding A Million Little Things and hitman hoot Mr Inbetween, along with the latest seasons of Ray Donovan, Get Shorty and American Horror Story make October a banner month on SoHo. ➢ The First (8.30 Thursdays from October 4) stars Sean Penn in near-future drama about the the first […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Closed Captions for TVNZ OnDemand

Shortland Street tonight will become the first TVNZ OnDemand streamed series to be close captioned. The broadcaster says its on-demand platform will be the first NZ video streaming service to provide closed captions. It’s part of a pilot programme with TVNZ’s accessibility partner Able and will lead to series like Coronation Street, Home and Away […]

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Critical Condition: The City & the City

The City & the City | SoHo, 9.30 Sunday ➢➢ “A four-part adaptation of China Miéville’s award-winning, sci-fi/detective-fiction hybrid, it’s about the murder investigation that ensues when a foreign exchange student turns up dead in the fictional European city of Besźel. Or is that the fictional European city of Ul Qoma? Or perhaps both at […]

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Network Movies in HD: September 15 – 21

   Saturday         Tomorrowland | TVNZ 2, 7.00   Beverly Hills Cop III | Three, 8.55 Les Miserables | Three, 11.00   Sunday      The Pacifier | TVNZ 2, 7.30 Furious 7 | Three, 8.30 Babel | Maori TV, 8.30 Tammy | TVNZ 2, 9.20   Monday Pitch Black | Prime, 9.30   Tuesday    Last Action Hero | Duke, 8.30   […]

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Critical Condition: Forever

Forever | Amazon Prime Video, from Friday ➢➢ “Not long after I started watching this exquisite eight-episode dramedy from Alan Yang (Master of None) and Matt Hubbard, I realised why the folks at Amazon have been so intent on keeping a lid on its central premise. It seems like a show about two nice, normal […]

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Netflix Nabs Bodyguard

The sensational BBC hit that’s been beating up Vanity Fair in the British ratings will premiere here on Netflix. Netflix hasn’t announced a date for the Jed (Bodies, Line of Duty) Mercurio thriller starring Spooks’ Keeley Hawes but presumably it will be an October highlight, as it will have completed its BBC run by then. […]

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HD Heads-Up: September 13

➢➢ TVNZ 1 is so determined to make Vanity Fair a hit that it will screen the first two episodes on consecutive nights and repeat them late-night. The costume drama will premiere on September 23, in an 8.30 Sunday slot, continue 8.30 Monday and repeat in a two-hour block after Deep State on September 29. […]

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Critical Condition: Castle Rock

Castle Rock | Lightbox, from Thursday ➢➢ “Hulu’s creepy and captivating horror series [is] set in the ‘Stephen King multiverse’ … Castle Rock requires and rewards close attention, serving up Kingsian Easter eggs (e.g., a newspaper clipping with the headline ‘Rabid Dog Tears Through Town’) and a mood of disquiet that settles in like New England […]

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New to Blu: September 12 – 18

   Kiwi Karl Urban and Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara star in the B-grade thriller Bent. “The film isn’t the most appealing in terms of visuals, but nothing feels limited at all,” Blu-ray Authority said. “The colours and levels all appeared smooth with no obvious flaws detected. Details remained strong, even in the darker lit scenes.” […]

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