HD Ratings: Can 24’s Numbers Improve?

It’s hard to know which will be more nerve-wracking: tonight’s episode of 24: Legacy for fans or tomorrow morning’s ratings for TVNZ 2 programmers? The overnight ratings for last week’s premiere were not as thrilling as the action, averaging only 3.8% of 25-54 years-olds and 3.0% of TVNZ 2’s target 18-49 audience. That equated to […]

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Prime Eyes Good Wife Sisterhood

If the acclaimed Good Wife spin-off, The Good Fight, doesn’t land a broadcaster here, expect keen interest from streaming services like Lightbox and Netflix. The series debuted softly on CBS at the weekend but was never intended for broadcast TV, anyway, having been commissioned as the flagship for CBS’ streaming service, AllAccess. Reviewers were quick to embrace the show, […]

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Critical Condition: Crashing

Crashing (SoHo,  9.00 Wednesdays) “Comedian Pete Holmes has the kind of amiably innocent demeanor that would make him the perfect supermarket greeter but seems out of place in the cynical, cutthroat — and, at times, just plain coked-up — world of stand-up. That jarring disjunction fuels this New York-based show, a Judd Apatow-executive-produced, Holmes-created meta-sitcom in the tradition […]

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HD Heads-Up: February 20

Three launches The Project tonight in a gambit that means neither it nor TVNZ 1 now offers a semi-meaningful current affairs slot after their flagship news bulletins. Three hopes to maximise sampling of The Project by following Prime’s lead with The Crowd Goes Wild and repeating each day’s broadcast late-night. Its light entertainment ambitions for the panel […]

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Gonna’ Love That Doctor Strange on Blu-ray?

The March 1 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray releases of Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange will go on sale virtually the same day as the US and include more than 80 minutes of extras. About a neurosurgeon who becomes a sorcerer battling dark forces while searching for a cure to his horrific car accident injuries, Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel […]

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The Zone to Liberate The Prisoner

The Zone will celebrate the 50th anniversary of cult sensation The Prisoner by screening it in HD. The baffling but brilliant series, which ran for only 17 episodes, starred Patrick McGoohan as a secret agent who’s abducted and held prisoner in a seemingly idyllic English village. The Zone will air it 5.35 Saturdays from March 11. […]

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Sky Movies Premieres in March

   Sky Movies Premiere Life on the Line The Nice Guys Bad Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising  Whisky Tango Foxtrot Richie McCaw: Chasing Great Keanu Jamie Marks is Dead Ben-Hur The Shallows Green Room The Trust Captain America: Civil War The Conjuring 2 Good Kids Sky Movies Extra The Dramatics The Benefactor Bridal Boot Camp Eye […]

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Critical Condition: One of Us

One of Us (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sundays) “The drama got off to a vivid, brutally efficient start. An upbeat Edinburgh wedding video played out as a camera pulled back to reveal both groom and pregnant bride dead, and a knife-wielding intruder looming above them … All too often the mechanics of One of Us were visible, like […]

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Next Week in HD: February 25 – March 3

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i    Saturday  The Wonder of Animals (TV3, 4.55)  Ultimate Fishing With Matt Watson (TV1, 5.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00)  The Simpsons (TV2, 6.05, R) The Middle (TV2, 6.30, 5.1, R) Outback Pilots (TV1, 7.00) Movie: Inkheart (TV2, 7.00, R) Movie: Garfield (TV3, 7.00, 5.1, R) Antiques Roadshow (Prime, 7.30) Te Radar’s Chequered Past (TV1, 8.05)  […]

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HD Makeover for Making NZ

Nearly three years after its original run, Prime will screen the documentary series Making New Zealand for a third time — but for the first time in HD. The three-part Top Shelf production (7.30 Sundays from this weekend) chronicles the construction of our infrastructure, namely roads, dams, bridges and railway lines. Scarcely sounds riveting (so to speak), does […]

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HD Heads-Up: February 16

The networks have lined up a raft of free-to-air movie premieres for the week starting February 25 but the most recent is being buried late-night. TVNZ 2 will screen Johnny Depp’s 2015 bomb, Mortdecai, at 11.45 on February 25. The same weekend it will premiere the obscure Melissa McCarthy-Susan Sarandon vehicle, Tammy (8.45 Sunday), and the horror, Annabelle […]

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New to Blu: February 15 – 21

  The Accountant is the latest new release not to get 4K-UHD Blu-ray distribution in this market. But fans of the movie should be satisfied with what High-Def Digest calls “a first-rate, near-reference quality 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode, showing lots of clarity and definition in Seamus McGarvey’s interestingly stylised photography”. It also noted the 4K-UHD transfer “disappointingly misses the […]

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HD Heads-Up: February 15

SoHo debuts Girls’ sixth and final season 8.30 tonight on a new night. Traditionally it’s aired Thursdays but SoHo’s switched it to Wednesday so it could air new drama Legion (8.30 Thursdays) within 24 hours of the US. From next week it will be teamed with the Pete Holmes comedy, Crashing, and from March 8 re-runs […]

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Where in the World is Planet Earth II?

  Planet Earth II premieres tomorrow night in Australia and can be bought on 4K-UHD Blu-ray from next month but there’s still no word on when it will land on Prime. You would have thought Sir David Attenborough’s visit here coinciding with Prime rolling out its new season would have been the cue to launch […]

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Critical Condition: 24: Legacy

24: Legacy (TVNZ 2, 8.45 Tuesdays) “Jack Bauer is gone and in his place we have Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins), a military hero who was involved in an attack on a terrorist compound overseas.  But now he’s back home, trying to fit into civilian life when some shady looking Middle Eastern guys turn up at […]

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