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Network Movies in HD: January 27 – February 2

   Saturday The Medallion TVNZ 2, 7.00         Megamind Three, 7.00 Henry V Maori TV, 8.30   Coyote Ugly TVNZ 2, 8.40 Anaconda Duke, 9.00 The World’s End Three, 9.05 The Perfect Storm TVNZ 2, 10.30 The Sum of All Fears Three, 11.15   Sunday The Last Song TVNZ 2, 12.00 Identity Thief Three, 8.30  Mr Holmes Maori TV, 8.30 Sex Tape TVNZ […]

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HD Ratings: Bad News for The Project

Shortland Street’s season premiere crushed the return of The Project on Monday, which was also chewed up and spat out by The Extreme Cake Makers. Indeed, Three’s “stealth attack” on TVNZ, as the NZ Herald dubbed it, was so under the radar that The Project drew less than half the 25-54 viewership of Cake Makers on […]

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New to Lightbox in February

  A crime procedural starring Law & Order’s Chris Noth, a Twilight Zone-style anthology, a highly acclaimed Hulu comedy, and the latest seasons of Mozart in the Jungle and UnREAL will premiere next month on Lightbox. Gone stars Noth as an FBI agent who recruits a self-defence expert (The Path’s Leven Rambin) he rescued years earlier, […]

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The Good Doctor Appointment TV?

Top-rated medical drama The Good Doctor will stream in weekly double-episodes on Lightbox from February 5. The series stars Bates Motel’s Freddie Highmore as a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome. The surprise hit of the 2017/18 season in the US, it’s also #1 in Australia, the UK, Canada, Korea and Spain. Its acquisition is a […]

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HD Ratings: Diehards Dominate Sunday

   Sunday night’s network movie premieres of Goosebumps and Grimsby fell flat against the umpteenth re-runs of The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers and Die Hard 4.0. The kidult monster romp averaged 2.8% of TVNZ 2’s target audience, 18-49 year-olds, compared to Towers’ 3.7% on TVNZ 1 and House Rules’ 4.3% on Three. […]

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Critical Condition: The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist | SoHo, 8.30 Monday ➢ “The Miniaturist was enough to keep you awake all night. The opening episode served up the same breathless mixture of suspense, treachery, dread and creepily accurate craftsmanship that made the novel a best-seller in 2014 … Fom the rustle of silk on dark staircases to the pervasive atmosphere […]

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New to SoHo in February

Here and Now (3.00 Mondays from February 12) Alan Ball’s new HBO drama series focuses on a modern multiracial family – a philosophy professor, his obsessive wife, their three adopted children from Liberia, Vietnam and Colombia, and a sole biological child – undergoing life changes and emotional challenges. It will screen the same time as the US and stars Holly […]

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Sky Box Sets in February

When so-called “psychic” Charlie Haverford receives a blow to the head, he finds himself experiencing visions and premonitions just like the ones he’s been faking all his life. But he soon finds out that his newfound gift could be more of curse, as he’s taken deeper into the mob-ruled psychic empire that runs this shady world. That’s the […]

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HD D-Day for Duke

  TVNZ’s Duke channel will broadcast in HD from 11am today — but only on Freeview | HD. The male-skewing entertainment channel will continue to be SD-only on Sky’s satellite platform. TVNZ hasn’t officially publicised the changeover, other than via promos on Duke and updating progress with ScreenScribe, and the programme billings it provides media […]

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HD Heads-Up: January 11

➢ Three will mark the 10th anniversary of Heath Ledger’s death with the documentary I Am Heath Ledger (January 22, 8.45). “Imbued with a trove of old personal videos and low-fi behind-the-scenes footage, and chock-a-bloc with bittersweet reflections of Ledger’s character and ambition, the film has the homemade, timeworn, slightly scrappy quality of a well-used […]

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