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Nutty Pop-Up Stunt on Sky

  Sky will commemorate Jerry Lewis’ death with a pop-up double-bill of two of his signature movies. The Nutty Professor and The Bellboy will screen in HD on channel 035 from 8.30 tonight. Lewis wrote, produced and directed many of his own films, including these two. “He’s universally recognised as one of the most influential comedians […]

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Three’s Ratings Building Blocks

The Block NZ continue to be a ratings powerhouse for Three, with the network notching up its second consecutive weekly win in its target demographic, 25-54 year-olds. Three won the night three times last week — Thursday (25-54, 18-39), Friday (25-54, 18-39, 18-49) and Sunday (all four demos, including household shoppers with kids) — and […]

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Critical Condition: Get Shorty

Get Shorty | SoHo, 9.30 Tuesday ➢ “Charming, addictive and an eye-opener of impeccable quality … Creator and writer Davey Holmes absolutely understands the DNA that made [Elmore] Leonard’s book work, and yet creatively reimagines his own scenario where thieves and Hollywood intersect for a combination of violence and humor. It’s a tonally difficult balancing […]

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Next Week in HD: August 26 – September 1

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i      Saturday  River Monsters With Jeremy Wade  (TV1, 4.55) The Block NZ (TV3, 5.00, R) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00) Movie: Mulan (TV2, 5.35, R) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog It! (Prime, 6.00) Wild Alaska – Earth’s Frozen Kingdom (TV1, 7.00) Movie: Mr Popper’s Penguins (TV3, […]

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Critical Condition: Prime Suspect – Tennison

Prime Suspect – Tennison | TVNZ 1, 9.45 Sunday ➢ “A distractingly stylish Jane Tennison is just one of the problems with this period prequel, which fails to step out of the shadow of the original series … It is entertaining enough; sensibly, not all the men are misogynist monsters, the sexism instead seeping like a […]

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Critical Condition: The Replacement

The Replacement | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sunday ➢ “You’re pregnant? Congratulations. So your work will have to get in cover. And the person doing the covering may well try to steal your life. Don’t you hate it when that happens? I’ve not done the pregnant part, but I have worried about being superfluous after even a […]

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This Week in HD: August 19 – 25

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i        Saturday  River Monsters With Jeremy Wade  (TV1, 4.55) The Block NZ (TV3, 5.00, R) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00) Movie: Home on the Range (TV2, 5.35, R) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog It! (Prime, 6.00) Series Premiere: Wild Alaska – Earth’s Frozen Kingdom (TV1, […]

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Critical Condition: Decline and Fall

Decline and Fall| Lightbox, streaming now ➢ “The Beeb’s three-part adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s 1928 novel Decline and Fall has all the dulcet strings, cut-glass accents and easy-on-the eye sartorial and architectural trappings you’d expect of expensive period drama. But in setting out to do that masterpiece of social satire full justice, it has also […]

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Election Gets HD Tick on Maori TV

Maori TV has confirmed its election night coverage will be in HD. Although the network hasn’t disclosed when it will make the switch from SD, it will be broadcasting in 1080i by election night. Today it released details of its Election Aotearoa coverage, which it promises will be energetic and expert. “Our newsroom reflects critical […]

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Critical Condition: The Defenders

THE DEFENDERS| Netflix, from today ➢ “Marvel’s pocket universe of super-powered pulp heroes on Netflix has been trending less marvelous since the first seasons of Daredevil (starring Charlie Cox) and Jessica Jones (starring Krysten Ritter). Luke Cage had muscular performances, led by the commanding Mike Colter, but a thin plot, while Iron Fist, led by […]

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