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HD Ratings: Q+A’s Questionable Future

TVNZ 1 will be hoping for an election year bounce for Q+A, given last week’s episode was out-rated in the 25-54 demographic by not only the competition on TVNZ 2 and Three but also South Park re-runs on Duke, Prime’s movie and Bravo’s Killer’s Motive. The current affairs hour shifted from off-peak to primetime 18 months ago, when […]

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Network Movies in HD: December 13 – 19

     Saturday    The Secret Life of Pets | Three, 7.00     The Big Sick | Three, 8.50   Gravity | TVNZ 2, 9.05   Blade 2 | Duke, 9.35   American Sniper | TVNZ 2, 11.00   Last Vegas| Three, 11.15            Sunday   I, Tonya | TVNZ 2, 8.30   The Boss | Three, 8.30    Like Father, Like Son | […]

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Schedule Watch: December 7

60 Minutes fans can enjoy two hours of their favourite newsmag this weekend when Prime airs two editions on Sunday night at 9.40 and 11.40. Both programmes aired in October on CBS but Prime isn’t trying to catch up to the US — it’s simply compensating for 60 Minutes not airing last Sunday. In the first broadcast, […]

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The Dead Lands to Enliven TVNZ OnDemand

TVNZ OnDemand will premiere its supernatural co-production The Dead Lands on January 24. Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, announced it would launch the movie spin-off with two episodes on its US, Canadian, UK and Irish platforms on January 23. Subsequent episodes will premiere on both Shudder and TVNZ […]

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Three Unveils New-Season Slate

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it — and if you are broke, make the best of what you have. That seems to be the strategy behind Three’s line-up for 2020, which leavens a slate heavy on returning reality and procedural hits with a handful of ambitious new local series, including two new dramas, the final […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: More Power to Gower

NZ On Air is bankrolling a sequel to one of the year’s highest-rating programmes, Patrick Gower: On Weed. It’s investing $435,000 in two more hour-long instalments as part of a $24 million commitment to factual content commissions in 2020. Other highlights include a TVNZ 1 docudrama about Centrepoint, a documentary series for Three about growing […]

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HD Heads-Up: December 14 – 20

➢➢ Network movie premieres will abound in the week starting December 11, as the networks surrender their schedules to phone-in programming: The House (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday), McLaren (Prime, 8.30 Sunday), No (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday), Collateral Beauty (Three, 8.40 Tuesday), The Layover (Three, 8.40 Wednesday) and CHiPs (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Thursday). Other HD coming attractions […]

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More HD Christmas Cheer

   Freeview UHF viewers can watch Prime TV in HD. The upgrade happened overnight and coincides with Prime’s owner, Sky, today relaunching BBC UKTV and BBC Earth in HD. The BBC channels are quasi HD (1440 x 1080i) but Prime offers 1920 x 1080i resolution (the not-so-good news is audio appears to be stereo only). […]

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New to SoHo in December

THE L WORD: GENERATION Q | SoHo2, 9.30 Wednesdays from December 11 The ground-breaking drama series, The L Word, revolutionised a generation and this year the highly-anticipated sequel, The L Word: Generation Q, debuts. It continues to follow the intermingled lives of Bette Porter, Alice Pieszecki, and Shane McCutcheon, along with new characters as they experience love, heartbreak, sex, […]

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New to TVNZ OnDemand in December

TVNZ On Demand will premiere three key exclusives this month while expanding its Kiwi movie and BBC library content. Unique to the streaming platform will be Why Women Kill (December 6) and Reprisal (December 7) Why Women Kill is billed as “a darkly comedic drama, detailing the lives of three women living in three different decades: a […]

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