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New to Neon in May

Neon will stream the NZ premiere of new CW series In the Dark from May 11. It went to air in the US on April 4 and stars Perry Mattfield (Shameless ) as a hard-drinking hard-living blind woman who investigates the apparent murder of her friend. US reviews were mixed. They ranged from “a good […]

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Leaving Lightbox in May

  Lightbox viewers have only a few weeks to catch the first two seasons of The Expanse and S2 of Underground before they exit the streaming platform. Leaving in May will be: Underground S2 (May 10) White Collar S1-6 (May 22) UnREAL S1-2 (May 30) The Expanse S1-2 (May 31) The L Word S1-6 (May […]

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Top HBO Docuseries TVNZ Bound

TVNZ has secured the acclaimed HBO documentary series The Case Against Adnan Syed for its OnDemand platform. The true-crime spin-off from the Serial podcast claims to uncover “new evidence and perspectives” that present an alternative take on Syed’s conviction for the the 20-year-old murder of a Baltimore high school student. Like another recent TVNZ acquisition, Leaving […]

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Critical Condition: Black Summer

Black Summer | Netflix, from Thursday ☆☆☆☆ “Black Summer is The Walking Dead without all the bloated melodrama, kooky villains, and pretentious blabbering (and, unfortunately, quality makeup and effects). That makes it less of an actual TV show and more of a sensory experience. I don’t know if that means it’s good, but it’s an easy […]

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New to Lightbox in May

Lightbox’s big-gun premiere next month will be season two of The Son. Spark’s streaming service also is picking up 2017 British thriller In the Dark and Cheers successor Abby’s. The Son (weekly from May 1) will conclude the journey of the iconic “First Son of Texas”, Eli McCullough (Pierce Brosnan), who will stop at nothing to […]

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Critical Condition: Our Planet

Our Planet | Netflix, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “With a Hollywood-scale budget (Netflix isn’t divulging how much but we can assume it is gargantuan), an Ellie Goulding theme song and the support of the World Wildlife Fund, Our Planet is epic in scope and visually dazzling. But in other ways the eight-part series falls down. It is […]

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Critical Condition: The Act

The Act | Lightbox, weekly from Thursday ☆☆☆☆ “Based on the true (and truly insane) story of how Missouri transplant Dee Dee Blanchard was murdered by her daughter Gypsy in 2015 after years of duping the public — and Gypsy — to believe Gypsy had leukemia, muscular dystrophy, and a host of other fake ailments, […]

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New to TVNZ OnDemand in April

Next month TVNZ OnDemand will fast-track from the US the new Noah (ER) Wyle drama, The Red Line, and belatedly premiere Danish thriller Those Who Kill. The Red Line (streams weekly from April 18) sounds like an ambitious American Crime-style drama, told from the varying perspectives of three vastly different families whose lives are traumatised […]

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Critical Condition: Traitors

Traitors | Netflix, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “Keeley Hawes as a quietly revolutionary civil servant. Michael Stuhlbarg playing a murderous, paranoid spy. A potentially starmaking turn from Emma Appleton as the naive conservative Feef Symonds, sucked out of her depth and into international espionage. A mightily talented screenwriter in Bash Doran and safe pair of directorial […]

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New to Amazon Prime Video in April

  4K crimefighters The Tick and Bosch bounce back for new seasons next month on Amazon Prime Video. Season two of The Tick will stream from April 5 and season five of Bosch from April 19. Having freed the City from The Terror in S1 of The Tick, our heroes now have to defend it […]

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