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Critical Condition: Bad Mothers

Bad Mothers | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “The title of this glamorous suburban thriller is as big a clue as any as to its inspiration. Aside from the accents and the glorious lifestyle shots of bayside Melbourne (and a slightly underdeveloped script), it could be mistaken for HBO’sBig Little Lies. The cocktail scenes are […]

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Critical Condition: Manifest

Manifest | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Monday/TVNZ 2, 9.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “The epitome of what Hollywood calls high-concept story-telling. A plane takes off from an airport in the Caribbean one afternoon and, despite a little rough weather, arrives seemingly intact in New York … five and a half years later. If that sounds weird but not particularly […]

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Guest Bookings: Colbert, Maher, DeGeneres

Arch conservative Ann Coulter duels with liberal comic Bill Maher on Sunday’s Real Time With Bill Maher (SoHo2, 9.30) — and the host “triple downs” on Stan Lee fans with a “Goodbye Mr Strips” vent. Deadline reports the “frenemy” banter about President Trump was more jokey than stately. Coulter, who earlier tweeted that the shutdown-ending Donald […]

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Critical Condition: The Split

The Split | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Friday ☆☆☆☆ “The story of two generations of lawyers working the high-end divorce circuit in their respective firms … The interplay of family and office politics, the shifting perspectives on marriage from people at different stages of loving and being left, the ramifications of abandonment and failure, the fragility of […]

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Critical Condition: Dynasties

Dynasties | TVNZ 1, 7.00 Sunday ☆☆☆☆ “A lot of scripted dramas don’t have the emotional impact and, yes, dramatic arcs, that are on display in the latest stunning natural history documentary series from the producers of Planet Earth II and the BBC … The five-part series has the same stunning visual panache of Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II, but […]

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Critical Condition: Butterfly

Butterfly | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “As you might expect from the first mainstream drama about a transgender child who wants to transition, there is a sense of touchstones being arranged … Beyond these few odd clunks, it is a wonderfully delicate drama that covers new ground carefully and features fully realised characters at war with […]

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Critical Condition: The Cry

The Cry | TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sunday ☆☆☆☆ “Jenna Coleman has arrived on our screens to tell us a story of struggling first-time mother Joanna, who travels from Glasgow to Melbourne with husband Alistair (Ewen Leslie) and son Noah – only for her baby boy to disappear. They were visiting Australia to seek custody of […]

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Critical Condition: The Trial: A Murder in the Family

The Trial: A Murder in the Family | TVNZ 1, 9.30 Monday ☆☆☆☆ “The idea is to explore the internal workings of a criminal court through a made-up case. A fictional university lecturer stands trial for murdering his estranged wife. They, and various witnesses, are well played by actors. The barristers are real and play […]

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Euro Co-Pros Span Kiwi Gulf

TVNZ and MediaWorks have licensed two Screentime NZ co-productions with Denmark and Germany that will screen next year. Both have been co-produced by veteran crime genre producer Philly de Lacey. MediaWorks announced this afternoon that The Gulf, a six-part NZ-German series, will premiere next year on Three while Drama Quarterly reports TVNZ has acquired Straight Forward. […]

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Guest Bookings: Colbert, Maher, DeGeneres

  New episodes of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert resume on Tuesday (Prime, 11.35), with guests Melissa McCarthy and Portlandia writer/I Love Dick star Phoebe Robinson. Also scheduled are: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Brooke Baldwin (12.30am Thursday); Peter Dinklage, Busy Philipps and a musical performance by Noname (12.05am Friday); Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Laura Benanti and a musical […]

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