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Hot Off the Press Release: MediaWorks to Sell TV Channels

Thirty years after NZ’s first private TV channel went to air, MediaWorks is preparing it for sale. It revealed plans this morning to sell MediaWorks TV, which includes Three and ThreeLife, after months of speculation that the TV operation was unsustainable and confirmation of programming and budget cuts. Here’s the full press release: Mediaworks To […]

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Love Island Feels the Love

The show that Three hopes will lift its Newshub Live ratings, Love Island UK, will premiere within hours of scoring record ratings in the UK. The series will air 5.00 weekdays following Wednesday’s 90-minute season premiere at 4.30. MediaWorks has promoted the show as being “fast-tracked” to its streaming platform, ThreeNow, but it won’t go […]

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Three Lines Up The Block for 2019

Three will replace Dancing With the Stars, which waltzes off our screens on June 16, with The Block NZ: Firehouse 2019. It will premiere on June 17 and screen 7.30 Monday-Wednesday and 7.00 Sundays. Four teams will compete to renovate five apartments in a 1930s Georgian revival fire station-cum-18 room boarding house overlooking Eden Park […]

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Critical Condition: Magnum P.I.

Magnum P.I. | Three, 9.25 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “An average, inoffensive and reliably amusing hour. Created by Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, the new version  is unlikely to engender the hero worship that greeted Selleck’s CBS series, but it’s a serviceable entry in CBS’ slate of peppy procedurals, with action antics set against a beautiful Hawaiian landscape, not unlike […]

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More Go-to-Whoa H5O Woes

There’s more bad news for Hawaii Five-O fans: not only has tomorrow night’s belated resumption of season seven been pre-empted but so has next week’s episode. In fact, it looks like new episodes have been delayed indefinitely because of the varying durations of newcomer Lego Masters Australia. It will screen 7.30 Wednesdays from tomorrow, and […]

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Lego Stymies Magnum, Blocks H5O

Three’s building-block launch of Magnum P.I. has been sabotaged by another Wednesday night premiere. The season premiere of Lego Masters Australia has come in longer than the network expected, and now will air from 7.30-9.25. Rather than push back the 8.30 debut of Magnum PI to next week, Three will screen it an hour later […]

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Three Bars The Conners From Thursdays

Three is pulling its new Thursday night comedy The Conners from primetime after only two weeks on air. The Roseanne spin-off will be replaced by a second episode of its lead-in, Modern Family, from February 21. In the US, the show overcame the loss of its star, Roseanne Barr, to become a ratings winner, second […]

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Critical Condition: The Conners

The Conners | Three, 8.00 Thursday ☆☆☆☆ “It will likely be difficult for most people to judge ABC’s new family sitcom — starring the former cast of Roseanne, minus Roseanne Barr — on its own merits, given the ugly and unfortunate pile of baggage that comes with it. But based on the first two episodes, […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Three’s 2019 Highlights

The Magnum PI reboot, an ABBA reunion special and Mike McRoberts swapping his tie for sequins on Dancing With the Stars were among the 2019 highlights MediaWorks today unveiled for Three. Many of the newcomers already had been signalled through NZ On Air funding announcements, such as Jonah and Westside’s fifth season. But there were […]

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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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