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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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Filthy Rich Greenlit for US Pilot

Fox TV has ordered a pilot based on South Pacific Pictures’ Filthy Rich, which aired on TVNZ 2 for two seasons. “Based on the New Zealand series of the same name, Filthy Rich is described as a larger than life Southern Gothic dramedy which revolves around two strong, sharp women who will go to any length […]

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TVNZ 2’s New Survival Strategy

TVNZ 2 will take its cue from the Survivor playbook and try to kill two birds with one stone. It is shifting Australian Survivor from its low-rating 8.30 Sunday slot to 9.00 Wednesdays, where it will replace the similarly sub-par Kevin Can Wait and Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation. Australian Survivor will air Sunday for the […]

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Doctor Who Streams Second to Shortland Street

TVNZ reports the new season of Doctor Who, which continues tonight (TVNZ 2, 7.30), has recorded more weekly streams than any other show except streaming supremo Shortland Street. “Our first episode of Doctor Who has reached 44,000 OnDemand members, who have streamed the episode 105,000 times,” TVNZ corporate communications manager Rachel Howard told ScreenScribe. “To put […]

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Doctor Who Streams … Who Knows?

TVNZ isn’t revealing how many streams of Doctor Who there have been since the 11th season launch on-demand on Monday. Its linear broadcast begins tonight (TVNZ 2, 7.30), four days after the first female Time Lord’s debut topped the ratings in the UK. Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor unleashed 8.2 million viewers and a 40.1% share for […]

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