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Critical Condition: Tin Star

Tin Star | Three, 8.30 Monday ➢ “In the Canadian-set thriller, Tim Roth’s small-town police chief comes up against an almost comically evil oil company … Tin Star is odd, but intriguing. Having the cop protagonist be a recovering alcoholic is the oldest cliché in the book; but the fact he has an ominous reflection […]

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Networks Turn Up the Heat on Formats War

   Three will premiere Married at First Sight NZ on October 1 at 7.00 and air it two nights a week — Sundays and Mondays — for seven weeks. On Mondays it will face off against TVNZ 2’s format rival, My Kitchen Rules NZ, which will debut on September 25 with a new look that […]

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Home Sweet Home for Modern Family

Fans of one of the best-looking HD comedies on TV, Modern Family, will be able to see the show within weeks if not days of the US from next month. MediaWorks today announced it had closed a deal with 20 Century Fox TV Distribution that included free-to-air rights to not only season nine but also all […]

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Three Records First Monthly Ratings Win in Three+ Years

Three posted its first monthly 25-54 win in three-and-a-half years ahead of its leaders debate last night topping the ratings. The 90-minute special averaged 10.9% of 25-54 year-olds, 9.6% of 18-49 year-olds, and 9.0% of 18-39 year-olds and household shoppers with kids to win in all four core demos as well as viewers 5+ (11.0%). […]

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Three’s Ratings Building Blocks

The Block NZ continue to be a ratings powerhouse for Three, with the network notching up its second consecutive weekly win in its target demographic, 25-54 year-olds. Three won the night three times last week — Thursday (25-54, 18-39), Friday (25-54, 18-39, 18-49) and Sunday (all four demos, including household shoppers with kids) — and […]

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Tin Star Shines Bright for Three

Fears that Three had abandoned primetime to reality TV after wall-to-wall scheduling of the genre earlier this year have been put to rest by news that it’s licensed the rights to Tin Star. The 10-part thriller from the producers of Broadchurch and Humans is set in the Canadian Rockies and stars Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) as a […]

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Diana Doco to Debut Today Week

Three will pre-empt next Tuesday’s NCIS to premiere Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy. The documentary will air from 8.30, pushing back SVU’s start time to 9.50. It will screen here within 12 hours of its ITV broadcast. Here’s the ITV press release: Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy “She was our mum. She […]

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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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