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Back to the Future for Kiwi Comedy

MediaWorks is adopting a 65-year-old BBC initiative to investigate fresh comedy opportunities. It’s using the Comedy Playhouse model, which generated such ’60s classics as Steptoe & Son, Till Death Us Do Part and Up Pompeii, to explore five sitcom possibilities. Called Comedy Pilot Week, the initiative has just received NZ On Air funding of up […]

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HD Heads-Up: July 19

➢➢ TVNZ 2 is fine-tuning its Friday night line-up with the addition of ITV game show Japandemonium, which is described as “a review of the best of brilliantly bonkers Japanese TV”. It will replace season nine re-runs of The Big Bang Theory from July 27 as the network’s latest weapon to topple 7 Days from its top-rating […]

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Get Lost in Space OnDemand

   TVNZ has sourced three Spanish-made documentary series about life beyond Earth that it will stream on-demand from tomorrow.  Life In Outer Space: The scientific community is convinced that within the next decades the human being will finally have unveiled one of the greatest mysteries of the universe, is there life beyond our planet? We can’t […]

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Critical Condition: Final Space

Final Space | Netflix, from Friday ➢➢ “Just who is this show supposed to be for? It’s a good question, as the series, created by Olan Rogers, is a curious mishmash of science fiction tropes and elements familiar to other animated series, like The Simpsons and, more obviously, Futurama. Case in point: the series’ main character, […]

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Critical Condition: Motherland

Motherland | SoHo, 9.30 Thursday ➢➢ “Motherland is a six-part illustration of the unadulterated hogwash that is the concept of “having it all”. It’s Butterflies for the 21st century, where burnt rice puddings and the fantasy of an affair are small potatoes among working mothers for whom getting through the day without anyone dying is […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Three Googles Gogglebox

A Kiwi version of British hit Gogglebox leads the TV highlights MediaWorks has just announced for the rest of the year, along with new drama The Rookie and more of Married at First Sight NZ. Gogglebox has been a Channel 4 sensation since it launch four years ago and NZ joins Australia and Canada in […]

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HD Ratings: The Spinoff Spins Out

Three is relegating The Spinoff TV from 9.45 Fridays to 10.45 Fridays for the rest of its run. The pop culture half-hour spun off the website has rated dismally since its debut, despite being delivered a substantial lead-in from 7 Days. And on Saturday it was blasted in the NZ Herald for being $700,000 worth of […]

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New to SoHo in August

After a spectacular July, SoHo’s August highlights are mostly limited to new seasons of lesser series save for the premiere of Australian crime drama Mystery Road. It stars Aaron Pedersen, Judy Davis and Colin Friels in what’s been dubbed an “outback noir” about remote small-town cops investigating the disappearance of two farm workers. The six-part […]

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TVNZ Does the TARDIS Warp Again UPDATED

TVNZ’s on-demand ambitions have taken a quantum leap forward with this evening’s announcement it’s acquired the first Doctor Who series to star a female Time Lord. The broadcaster has yet to confirm which channel season 11 will screen on but says it will stream episodes at the same time they appear on the BBC’s iPlayer. […]

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Critical Condition: Kiri

Kiri | SoHo, 9.30 Monday ➢ “Jack Thorne’s probing new series deconstructs the issue of transracial adoption and examines the nature and behaviour of the social care sector and the British media. The story at the centre of it all is the monumental fall-out which follows the abduction of a nine-year-old black girl named Kiri, […]

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