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Their Programming Is Their Bond

Three and Jones! are responding to news of Sir Roger Moore’s death by programming commemorative specials for the 007 star at the weekend. Three will pre-empt its May 27 network movie premiere of Britney Ever After (which will now screen June 3) with the HD broadcast of The Spy Who Loved Me. Reportedly, this was Moore’s favourite James […]

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MediaWorks Factors Out X Factor NZ

MediaWorks won’t be commissioning another series of X Factor NZ or even screening the UK version. Following comments by readers of this site, I asked the broadcaster if another series of the talent quest format was on the radar. And if not a local version, would it be picking up new episodes of the UK […]

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Jono and Ben Big at 7.30

Jono and Ben’s 7.30 Thursday debut on Three last week didn’t excite critics but network executives would have been heartened by the ratings. The Spinoff headlined its review: “Jono and Ben was a hot mess in a hot tub – and not in a good way.” And Stuff’s Jane Bowron said: “The show carried too many pre-recorded sequences and old segments […]

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TV3 Wishes You a Dreary Christmas

Ghosts of Christmas past will abound this festive season on TV3. The Scrooge-like schedule includes Christmas Eve re-runs of Grease Live! (7.00), Lip Sync Battle Holiday Special (9.50), Aotearoha: Rising Stars (10.50), NCIS: LA (11.50) and Les Miserables (12.35am) ahead of movie obscurities Paper Angels (3am) and Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas (4.30am). Christmas Day fare isn’t any fresher, with […]

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TV3 Previews 2017 Newcomers

   TV3’s new season launch today was more notable for what won’t be new next year. The network is relying on returning local and international properties for much of its schedule and has confirmed it doesn’t have the rights to Planet Earth II — which seems an extraordinary lost opportunity given it represents the pinnacle of television production. […]

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Planet Earth II for TV3?

Planet Earth II could be one of the new shows TV3 announces for 2017 today at an event that will include its reported plans to replace Story with The Project and switch Duncan Garner to breakfast TV. MediaWorks says today’s announcement won’t be a new season launch but isn’t commenting on whether it will include a sneak […]

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5-0 Celebrates the Big 1-5-0

TV3’s faith in Hawaii Five-O is paying off, with the crime reboot proving competitive at 9.30 Wednesdays. Last week in the US it celebrated its 150th episode by topping the Friday night ratings. Here, after years off being shuffled in and out of primetime, the fifth season is proving to be an effective counter-programming tool […]

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TV3 Fast-tracks American Dad

TV3 will screen the latest HD episodes of American Dad! late-night Friday from this weekend. Season 12 of the Seth MacFarlane ‘toon will air 11.35 after Bob’s Burgers. The new season will open with a send-up of Groundhog Day and screen here the same week as the US (where it premieres tomorrow). The network also has […]

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Humans Fans to See Double

If you missed Monday’s season premiere of Humans, and can’t bear to catch up with it on MediaWorks’ SD streaming service, 3Now, TV3 will repeat it on Sunday night. The re-run will pre-empt Best of Graham Norton at 9.30, after Grand Designs NZ, and spearheads a same-week repeat strategy that TV3 hopes will boost audience […]

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HD Heads-Up: September 22

Nearly live from the BBC … New Humans due? … TV3 lifts lid on Boxtrolls … TV3 will screen The Graham Norton Show within a week of the BBC when the chat show host returns for his 20th series on October 7. It will open with guests Daniel Radcliffe, Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick and Robbie Williams. A year […]

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