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Critical Condition: Lorena

Lorena | Amazon Prime Video, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “The Lorena Bobbitt case encompasses a multitude of issues that are equally relevant today, 26 years later: the tyranny of the 24-hour news cycle; the fear and shame that keep women from reporting abuse; the dangerous allure of instant celebrity; and above it all, our endless, unhealthy […]

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Critical Condition: The Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy | Netflix, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “Just as DC Universe drops the premiere of its wild, weird Doom Patrol, Netflix presents The Umbrella Academy, an adaptation of an award-winning Dark Horse Comics title about another family of heroes. But this series is This is Us A Million Little Brothers & Sisters with a dash of […]

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Critical Condition: Dirty John

Dirty John | Netflix, from Thursday ☆☆☆☆ “A dazzling matchup of pulp and prestige … Based on the Los Angeles Times‘ addictive true-crime podcast, Dirty John is the story of a convict and con man who took catfishing to almost operatic levels … Adapted for TV by Desperate Housewives writer Alexandra Cunningham, the show blends sun-drenched SoCal romance […]

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New to TVNZ OnDemand in February

TVNZ OnDemand will stream weekly from February 22, the same day as the US and UK, the new Anna Paquin-produced comedy, Flack. She plays a London-based celebrity publicist navigating the scandals of high-profile clients face while sabotaging her personal life. Reads the blurb: “This dark and salacious comedy is equal parts hilarity and heart, reflecting […]

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Critical Condition: Dark Heart

Dark Heart | Lightbox, from Tuesday ☆☆☆☆ “Chris Lang’s Unforgotten was a thriller caked in the grit and moral ambivalence of the real world. His new six-part procedural Dark Heart (ITV) is something else entirely – a heightened revenge caper that casts London as a neverland of sodium-lit underpasses and tobacco-stained antechambers. It’s atmospheric and […]

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Critical Condition: Russian Doll

Russian Doll | Netflix, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “Russian Doll is a beautiful puzzle piece, a circular, multiplane, existential mystery-comedy set in the villages of Lower Manhattan. Peopled with memorable characters large and small, it’s a show that having watched once — not hard to do straight through and hard not to do straight through — you […]

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Critical Condition: Nightflyers

Nightflyers | Netflix, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “Syfy is eager to push the George R. R. Martin connection when it comes to its new drama Nightflyers, boasting that the series is based on Martin’s novella of the same name and that the Game of Thrones creator serves as executive producer … Decently cast, interestingly claustrophobic and boasting […]

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New to Amazon Prime Video in February

  Amazon Prime Video will become the exclusive subscription streaming orbit for The Expanse next month — ahead of season four’s premiere later in the year. Seasons 1–3 of the award-winning sci-fi series about man’s colonisation of the solar system will stream globally on Prime from February 8. Also new next month will be several significant documentaries: […]

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New to Netflix in February

Siempre Bruja (1/2/2019) An 18-year-old Colombian slave and witch from the 17th century travels in time to present day Cartagena in a desperate attempt to save her loved one. Nightflyers (1/2/2019) With humankind’s future at stake, a group of scientists and a powerful telepath venture into the void aboard a spaceship full of secrets. Russian Doll (1/2/2019) […]

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TVNZ’s Most In-demand OnDemand Shows

Shortland Street dominated TVNZ OnDemand streams in 2018, ranking first for the most streamed and highest reaching shows. Soaps accounted for three of the five most-streamed shows, Love Island was the fifth and, amazingly, a 25-year-old sitcom was the third most in-demand. Here’s the infographic TVNZ Sales released today illustrating the highlights:

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