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Hot Off the Press Release: TVNZ’s New Season Launch

   TVNZ tonight announced its 2020 highlights, including a new multi-year BBC deal for wildlife documentary series and OnDemand exclusives like The Dead Lands, Glow Up and Doctor Who. Many of the local series already have been announced through NZ On Air funding rounds (One Lane Bridge, Black Hands) or co-pros (The Luminaries), but among the […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Bake Off’s Back On

TVNZ 2’s taken the lid off when The Great Kiwi Bake Off will return. The new season will launch 7.00 on November 3 in a new, expanded format of 90-minute episodes. Reads the press release: The tent is up, the oven mitts are off and our bakers are ready to do delicious battle when The […]

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Critical Condition: Batwoman

Batwoman | TVNZ OnDemand, 7.00 Monday/TVNZ 2, 8.30 Tuesday ☆☆☆☆ “Gritty and fiercely feminist, the series is very much an Arrowverse show but also stands as its own thing. It’s exciting and new and filled with intriguing characters and complex relationships that set up the series as a potentially worthwhile experience. And while deeply rooted in […]

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TVNZ 2 Dishes Up MKR Spin-Off

TVNZ 2 this morning took the lid off a My Kitchen Rules spin-off in which Kiwi restaurateurs will compete. My Restaurant Rules will screen 7.30 Mondays and Tuesdays from September 30. According to the press release: This brand-new format will see five local restaurants battling it out for $100,000 and the bragging rights to say their […]

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TVNZ 2 Dumps Will & Grace to Late Night

TVNZ 2 at last has admitted defeat with Will & Grace by pulling the reboot from primetime. The next episode was due to screen 8.40 tomorrow but the sitcom has been suddenly demoted to around 10.30 Wednesdays, where the rest of the latest season will air instead of Two and a Half Men re-runs. Replacing […]

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This Just In! High Wire Act for TVNZ 2

TVNZ 2 has just announced it will screen live coverage of today’s highwire walk 25 stories above New York City’s Times Square. Siblings Nik and LijanaWallenda will make a never-before-attempted 1,300-foot walk 25 stories above street level from midday today (instead of Judge Rinder). If you miss the live broadcast, TVNZ 2 will repeat it tonight […]

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Big Bang Gets Big Bump

TVNZ 2 will fast-track the final episode of The Big Bang Theory so it screens here within hours of the US. The hour-long series finale will air in The Simpsons’ 7.30 Friday slot, on May 17. Here’s the TVNZ Sales press release: TVNZ 2 to air the final ever episode of The Big Bang Theory […]

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TVNZ 2 Slams Door on Changing Rooms

TVNZ 2 is pulling Changing Rooms Australia after presumably a third low-rating broadcast. I haven’t seen last night’s ratings but they must have been dire enough for the network to this evening announce it will drop Changing Rooms Australia after tonight’s airing. Sunday’s scheduled broadcast will be replaced by a movie, Finding Dory, while taking over […]

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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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Low-Scoring Hockey Gets Dumped on Duke

Shockingly low ratings for TVNZ 2’s first Friday night broadcast of FIH Pro League Hockey have prompted TVNZ to switch the rest of the competition to Duke. This week’s coverage will screen from 5.00 on Duke, pushing back the movie Hudson Hawk to 8.45 and South Park to 10.45. TVNZ 2, meanwhile, will replace the […]

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