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Will & Grace to Bow Next Month

TVNZ 2 will premiere the Will & Grace revival on October 2. It will air 8.30 Mondays after My Kitchen Rules NZ, which starts on September 25. As a curtain-raiser to season nine of Will & Grace, the first in 12 years, TVNZ 2 will re-run the first episode of the original series after the […]

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Big Bang Theory Back With a Bang

TVNZ 2 will re-run season 10 of The Big Bang Theory back-to-back in a marathon broadcast ahead of season 11’s premiere the same week it screens in the US. The Big Bang Theory Birthday will run from 10.30am-8.50pm on September 23 while new episodes will resume 8.40 Wednesdays from September 27. CBS has renewed its […]

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Can Australian Survivor, um, Survive?

TVNZ 2 is hastily re-running Australian Survivor off-peak in a bid to improve its sampling and abysmal primetime ratings. It’s rejigging Saturday daytime from tomorrow with repeats of the first three episodes from 12.20pm, replacing the previously scheduled Supergirl, Once Upon a Time, Kevin Can Wait, Dr Ken and You’re Back in the Room. From […]

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Not Feeling the Love Yet

Love Island has yet to bask in the ratings glory of its on-demand popularity. TVNZ 2 has been stripping season three of the ITV hit post-9.30 over the last two weeks but there’s no sign of momentum starting to build. Monday’s episode averaged only 1.7% of TVNZ 2’s target audience, 18-49 year-olds, which was higher […]

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Love Island to Heat Up TVNZ 2

The same week MasterChef Australia winds up another marathon run, TVNZ 2 will strip the return of Love Island in primetime. The first series of the steamy reality smash aired as daytime fodder in 2015 but season three will screen 9.30 Monday-Thursday and 9.10 Fridays from August 14 in a bid to arrest an audience […]

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Critical Condition: Deadbeat

Deadbeat (TVNZ 2, 2.25am Saturday) ➢ “Similar in tone to the late lamented Pushing Daisies, Deadbeat promotes Tyler Labine from the sidekick role he’s seemingly played in a half-dozen shows — including the cult favorite Reaper — to leading man. However familiar, this Hulu original series is also disarmingly funny, conjuring quirky moments as it […]

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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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