Lightbox Premieres in December

Lightbox highlights in December include the season five double-episode premiere of Vikings (which it will stream exclusively), Scandi-noir newcomer Aber Bergen and the first comedy Seth Rogen’s produced for TV. The 13-episode Future Man is a humorous sci-fi homage that went live earlier this month on Hulu. It stars Josh Hutcherson as a janitor by day and a […]

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Sky Box Sets for December

   The latest SoHo staples to make their debut on Sky Box Sets include Masters of Sex, The Newsroom and Boardwalk Empire. Screening 7.30 nightly from next month, in order of their appearance: Teen Wolf S4 Mad Dogs  Z Nation S1 The Newsroom S1 12 Monkeys S1 Mad Dogs  The Newsroom S2 Teen Wolf S5 (eps 1-10) […]

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Critical Condition: Godless

Godless | Netflix, from Wednesday ➢ “The series is a wild ride, an old-fashioned Western with a contemporary edge … The entire series – which plays like a seven-hour movie – was directed by Scott Frank from his screenplay. He keeps the tension throughout without over-hyping scenes. Death is bad enough. Using natural light, the cinematography from […]

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Next Week in HD: November 25 – December 1

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i    Saturday  5 Star Family Reunion (TV1, 4.55) My Kitchen Rules New Zealand (TV2, 5.00, R) Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers (TV3, 5.00) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00, R) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) The Barefoot Bandits (TV2, 6.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog […]

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This Week in HD: November 18 – 24

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i   Saturday  5 Star Family Reunion (TV1, 4.55) My Kitchen Rules New Zealand (TV2, 5.00, R) Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers (TV3, 5.00) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00, R) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) The Barefoot Bandits (TV2, 6.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog […]

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New to Blu: November 15 – 21

   Atomic Blonde leads an explosive slate of newcomers that’s notable for the raft of classics being re-issued on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. “Atomic Blonde is a rather basic digitally shot film which was photographed at a resolution below 4K and subsequently upscaled from a 2K digital intermediate,” Blu-ray.com said. This is a good image and […]

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Critical Condition: The Punisher

The Punisher | Netflix, from today ➢ “The Punisher transcends what it appears to be. Not completely, and not always; this is still a very violent show, saturated in tortured masculinity. But thanks to Jon Berthal’s seamless performance as the non-superpowered vigilante Frank Castle and showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s sharp, conscious storytelling, The Punisher approaches the high […]

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HD Heads-Up: November 16

➢ Whodunit fans can look forward to two newcomers on Prime: The Witness for the Prosecution and Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death. The former is the latest Agatha Christie adaptation from the BBC and will air 8.30 Sundays from November 26; the latter is the first TV adaptation of a series of lighthearted crime novels that […]

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When in Brome …

TVNZ 2 is girding its Friday night loins with a comedic gladiatorial game show to replace Naked Attraction from December 1. Bromans was meant to be ITV’s next Love Island, but with its “21st century lads” and their girlfriends carrying on in Ancient Rome. It originally was going to be called Ladiators — until the […]

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FIFA Pushes The Late Show Later

Prime will screen delayed coverage of the FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Playoff between the Peru and All Whites on Thursday night. It will air from 10.30, pushing back The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to 12.30am and The Crowd Goes Wild repeat to 1.30am. And on Saturday, Prime will pre-empt Father Brown and a repeat of […]

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This Week in HD: November 11 – 17

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i    Saturday  5 Star Family Reunion (TV1, 4.55) My Kitchen Rules New Zealand (TV2, 5.00, R) Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers (TV3, 5.00) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00, R) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) The Barefoot Bandits (TV2, 6.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog […]

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Critical Condition: Trust Me

Trust Me | TVNZ 1, 8.45 Sunday ➢ “She hasn’t yet zapped a Dalek in anger but Jodie Whittaker is already the most controversial Doctor Who ever. The Time Lord enthusiasts in a tizzy over the casting of a woman in the incredibly heavyweight role of a space adventurer who lives in a big blue box […]

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Critical Condition: Blue Planet II

Blue Planet II | TVNZ 1, 7.30 Sunday ➢ “The sequel, 16 years on from the original, now technology has made it possible to go down further, get closer, see clearer, see for the first time whole new worlds. And as the oceans are changing faster than ever before, never has it been more important […]

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New to Blu: November 8 – 14

   War for the Planet of the Apes and Westworld are out on 4K-UHD and Blu-ray but Cars 3 misses out on the 4K-UHD release it’s won in the US. Blu-ray.com called the Apes sequel “another stunner of a presentation” on Blu-ray. While a lot of this film is ominously dark and shadowed, detail levels […]

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HD Heads-Up: November 9

   ➢ Season two of TVNZ 2’s Seven Year Switch Australia will premiere on November 21 and air 7.30 Tuesday-Thursday. Asked TV Tonight about the contestants who signed up for the couple-swapping series: “What does it say about the participants happy to be a swinger on TV under the premise of ‘relationship therapy’?” Or about TVNZ 2’s scheduling sensibilities? Here it will […]

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