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Network Movies in HD: November 16 – 22

   Saturday     Police Academy 3: Back In Training | TVNZ 2, 7.00    Interstellar | TVNZ 2, 8.40 The Green Mile | Three, 8.55 Godzilla | Duke, 9.30 300: Rise of an Empire | TVNZ 2, 11.55   Sunday    The Fifth Estate | TVNZ 2, 1.50am       John Wick | TVNZ 2, 8.30    Hell or High Water | […]

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Critical Condition: The Kominsky Method

The Kominsky Method | Netflix, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “In the third episode of Netflix’s charming new silver-haired comedy The Kominsky Method, Michael Douglas pees in the hedges outside the home of the woman he’s dating. This could merely be an easy joke at the expense of a senior citizen with less control over his bodily […]

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Critical Condition: Narcos: Mexico

Narcos: Mexico | Netflix, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “The fourth season, given the expanded title Narcos: Mexico, gets what amounts to a total surface reboot. The action may move to Mexico and the specific law enforcement and criminal figures may be new, but the conflicts and structure and overall feel are of a piece. The result […]

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HD Ratings: Bake Off Takes the Cake

TVNZ 2’s The Great Kiwi Bake Off out-rated Three’s Australian Ninja Warrior for the first time in the 25-54 demographic on Tuesday. The cooking show averaged 5.6% vs 4.9% for the first hour of ANW, although the latter averaged 5.3% for its 100-minute broadcast. Bake Off also won the 18-39 demo and was competitive with […]

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Critical Condition: Sweetbitter

Sweetbitter | SoHo2, 8.00 Thursday ☆☆☆☆ “Based on the novel by Stephanie Danler (who also serves as an executive producer and writer), Sweetbitter follows 22-year-old Tess (Ella Purnell) after she spontaneously moves to New York City, alone and without a real plan. Despite being an English major and only having experience in a small coffee shop, […]

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Critical Condition: Vida

Vida | SoHo2, 7.30 Thursday ☆☆☆☆ “The rare drama series to focus on Latino characters — who are female and/or queer, no less — Vida only somewhat lives up to the colour, richness and excitement maybe promised by its title (the Spanish feminine noun for ‘life’) … Sporting vibrant East La La Land locations and piquant touches of magical […]

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HD Heads-Up: November 24 – 30

➢➢ Duke will refresh Wednesdays from November 28 with a new doco double-bill: Warship (8.30) and The Vertical Mile (9.30). The latter is a two-part account of Deadly 60’s Steve Blackshall’s attempt to climb the North Face of the Eiger, or “The Ogre”. It should be worth a look in HD because he used special shoulder-mounted […]

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HD Ratings: Ninja Warrior Rebounds

Australian Ninja Warrior rebounded from its Sunday night lows on Monday to win its slot in three of the four core commercial demographics. The unfolding of the semi-finals, with 30 Ninjas competing for just eight places in the grand final, averaged 5.8% of Three’s 25-54 target audiences vs 5.4% for TVNZ 2’s Project Runway NZ. And […]

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HD Ratings: Ninja Warrior Tumbles

Australian Ninja Warrior’s winning streak on Three ended Sunday, when it was squeezed by local heroes on TVNZ 1 and TVNZ 2. For the first time this season, ANW failed to win its time slot in any of the core commercial demographics. Sunday’s Kaikoura earthquake special and lead-in Hyundai Country Calendar won the 25-54 and […]

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Guest Bookings: Maher, Colbert, DeGeneres

On the first week of Real Time With Bill Maher screening across both SoHo and SoHo2 at various times, Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward shares his fears about President Donald Trump. Woodward says Trump inspired the title of his latest book, Fear: Trump in the White House, when he told the author real power […]

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