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Critical Condition: Claws

Claws (TVNZ 2, 9.35 Monday) ➢ “Better in concept than execution (and higher in gloss than authenticity), TNT’s drama Claws follows the skeevier travails of an ambitious Florida nail-salon owner, Desna Simms (Niecy Nash), who, to finance her dreams of opening a fancier salon across town, helps launder the piles of cash coming out of […]

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TVNZ 2 Disbands Friday Night Gig

Boy Band has gone from being #1 with a bullet to getting the bullet. With ratings heading in the wrong direction after only two weeks for the One Direction wannabes, TVNZ 2 is pulling the talent quest series from primetime. Its last 9pm broadcast will be on Friday; from July 22, it will air 10.30am […]

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Critical Condition: Emerald City

Emerald City (TVNZ 2, 8.40 Saturday) ➢ “You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t seen The Wizard of Oz, read the source material by L. Frank Baum, or come across some retelling of Dorothy’s picaresque journey. And therein lies the core problem with Emerald City. In look and tone, it does not imitate the classic […]

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Kiwis Still Get Shorty

Hot off the press release machine from TVNZ: Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders showed their love for TVNZ’s Shortland Street last night, with a bumper audience of 630,000 watching the special feature-length episode of the nation’s favourite drama. Last night’s 25th birthday episode featured a volcanic eruption that rocked the hospital to its very […]

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TVNZ to Roll Out New Post-Survivor Comedies

  TVNZ 2 will use the May 7 launch of Survivor NZ to promote two new comedy series and resurrect a third. Survivor NZ will air 7.00 Sundays and 7.30 Mondays, with the former displacing new episodes of The Simpsons. Premiering 7.30 Tuesday on May 9 will be American Housewife while the 7.30 Wednesday lead-in to the return of Dr […]

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Number’s Up for 24: Legacy

  TVNZ 2 is shunting one of its most anticipated dramas for 2017, 24: Legacy, from peak-hour to late-night. Following a second week of unsustainable ratings, it and stablemate Lethal Weapon, which has just been renewed for a second season in the US, have been jettisoned from Tuesday nights. No word on when Lethal Weapon will […]

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Critical Condition: 24: Legacy

24: Legacy (TVNZ 2, 8.45 Tuesdays) “Jack Bauer is gone and in his place we have Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins), a military hero who was involved in an attack on a terrorist compound overseas.  But now he’s back home, trying to fit into civilian life when some shady looking Middle Eastern guys turn up at […]

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Lethal Weapon’s Legacy Weighs on 24’s

Most territories around the world will view 24: Legacy up to a week earlier than Kiwis. NZ, Australia and the UK are among the minority that will lag a week or more behind a series that already is making headlines. Given 24’s global rollout to more than 160 markets, and its post-Trump terrorism topicality, it’s surprising TVNZ 2 […]

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TVNZ 2 Upends Scheduling Legacy for New Line-Up

TVNZ 2 will use the return of My Kitchen Rules and the premiere of 24: Legacy to shake up its schedule. The Australian MKR will air 7.30 Sunday-Tuesday from February 12 while 24: Legacy and new episodes of Lethal Weapon will turn traditionally touchy-feely Tuesday nights into an action expo. This Is Us, which originally aired […]

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Critical Condition: Life in Pieces, The Mick

Life in Pieces (TVNZ 2, 8.00 Monday) “There were signs early on that this CBS show might defy all the usual glum expectations, almost invariably justified, about yet another broadcast family sitcom. By the end of episode one of Life In Pieces, it was clear that this comedy—advertised as being about one big happy family […]

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