New to SoHo in March

The Looming Tower, an ambitious Hulu dramatisation of the FBI-CIA turf war that may have led to 9/11, will screen 8.30 Thursdays from March 15 on SoHo. “Through the first three of its 10 hours, this adaptation of Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer-winning book is the sort of slice of history that one used to find on HBO: […]

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HD Heads-Up: February 22

➢ Three is reinstating Survivor in primetime for its 36th season, Ghost Island. It will launch with a double episode on March 3, two days after its CBS premiere, and will air 7.00 Saturdays. Two groups of 10 castaways will be sent to a haunted island filled with Survivor relics from previous seasons. Will they be […]

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HD Ratings: Cocaine Fuels TVNZ 1

The launch of Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine and the return of 20/20 helped TVNZ 1 to largely win Tuesday night amid fierce competition from TVNZ 2 and Three. It posted a 24.3% share of the key 25-54 demographic compared to 2’s 21.5% and Three’s 21.7%. Ramsay’s 3.4 rating didn’t win the hour but it improved on […]

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In a Streaming Galaxy Not Too Far Away

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the first in the franchise to come out on 4K-UHD (complete with Dolby Vision) but buyers of the disc will have to wait two weeks longer than those who stream the movie. The DVD, 3D/Blu-ray and 4K-UHD editions will go on sale here on March 28 whereas digital […]

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HD Ratings: Lonely is The Brave

TVNZ 1’s premiere of The Brave on Monday was out-rated by TVNZ 2’s comedies and Three’s 9-1-1. It averaged 2.3% of its target demographic, 25-54, compared to Young Sheldon’s time-slot winning 6.5%, Will & Grace’s 4.0% and 9-1-1’s 4.1%. The pattern was the same across the other core commercial demos, partly because 9-1-1 benefitted from […]

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HD Heads-Up: February 20

➢ Let the games begin. In the wake of the Winter Olympics, TVNZ 2 will anchor Sunday nights with Australian Spartan. The family series, in which Kiwis take on Aussies “in the most diabolical test of team-work ever devised”, will screen 7.00 Sundays from March 5. “Spartan will be next level,” predicts co-host Edwina Bartholomew. “The location is […]

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New to Blu: February 21 – 27

Goodbye Christopher Robin, hello demo-worthy disc. Home Theater Forum graded the 1080p transfer and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 of Goodbye Christopher Robin 5/5. ‘Fox’s Goodbye Christopher Robin is beautiful. Lush cinematography by Ben Smithard helps realise director Simon Curtis’ vision of this moment in time, and fills the frame with warm, crisp colours. ‘Flesh tones are natural […]

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Critical Condition: The Frankenstein Chronicles

The Frankenstein Chronicles | Netflix, from Tuesday ➢ “The Frankenstein Chronicles does have Sean Bean, and for that we should be thankful. The legendary Yorkshireman is the star copper of this beguiling and very dark period drama, which takes as its inspiration Mary Shelley’s Gothic classic about the fictional monster … The imagery is bleak, windswept and […]

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Critical Condition: The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War | Maori TV, 8.30 Monday ➢ “Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s astounding and sobering 10-episode PBS documentary took a decade to research, film, edit and ultimately perfect. It clocks in at 18 hours — a length as daunting as its subject, yet worth every single minute of your time. I’ll go so […]

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HD Heads-Up: February 15

➢ TVNZ 2 is exiting The X-Files from primetime — when the rebooted series returns, it will be in a late-night slot: 11.10 Fridays from March 2. The network is using its US hiatus to replace it with the reality hour, First Dates Australia, which starts its 8.30 Thursday season tonight. Last week’s X-Files rated […]

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Network Movies in HD: February 17 – 23

   Saturday The Giver | TVNZ 2, 7.00  The Boxtrolls | Three, 7.00 Men in Black 3 | TVNZ 2, 9.00 Ted | Three, 8.55 Open Grave | Duke, 8.55 The Waterboy | TVNZ 2, 11.00 Endless Love | Three, 11.05   Sunday Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade | TVNZ 2, 7.00 The Maze Runner: […]

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Sky Box Sets in March

Next month Sky Box Sets will screen the NZ premieres of gangster drama Power and season three of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Power was produced by 50 Cent and spawned four seasons about a New York nightclub owner who’s one of America’s biggest drug czars. “The volatile combo of elements leads to occasionally sloppy storytelling, but the […]

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Critical Condition: Shut Eye

Shut Eye | Sky Box Sets, 7.30 Wednesday ➢ “Hulu’s new fortune teller/psychic/con man drama has fine performances from Jeffrey Donovan and KaDee Strickland, but no real identity … It’s no wonder that TV shows about con men or reformed con men have been a lucrative genre for years, with venerable hits like Psych and Leverage […]

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Lightbox Goes Loco Over Local

Next month Lightbox will stream its first commissioned dramas, one of which it’s already renewed. “We’re really thrilled to be taking this crucial next step and investing directly in local productions,” Lightbox General Manager Hema Patel says. “New Zealanders are loyal and avid consumers of local content, and we know our customers will love these excellent series.” High […]

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Sky Fast-tracks Trump ‘Toon in SD

Sky will premiere the animated Donald Trump satire, Our Cartoon President, within days of the US — but it will be in SD and available only on-demand to SoHo subscribers. SoHo will screen the Showtime series later in the year but Sky says currently there isn’t room on the premium drama’s linear schedule to accommodate […]

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