HD Heads-Up: March 16 – 22

➢➢ Modern Dinosaurs (Prime, 7.30 Sundays from March 17) is a series from Making Movies (New Zealand From Above, Beneath New Zealand) in which kiwi creatures get top billing. The first episode covers the tuatara and the second, the kiwi. Reads the blurb: “How did the tuatara survive when most dinosaurs were driven to oblivion? […]

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Critical Condition: MotherFatherSon

MotherFatherSon | TVNZ OnDemand, from Thursday ☆☆☆☆ “The headline of MotherFatherSon is that it stars Richard Gere in the first major television role of his career, playing a Rupert Murdoch figure in a series that sounds thematically similar to last year’s Succession. But the real draw is its writer: Tom Rob Smith wrote the breathtaking […]

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New to Sky Movies in April

   Sky Movies Premiere Tag Sicario: Day of the Soldado Superfly Permanent Life of the Party The Domestics Edie Ant-Man and the Wasp Sky Movies Extra Please Stand By Go With Me Affairs of State Behold My Heart Sky Movies Greats Pride Silver Linings Playbook Philomena Killer Joe Lucy How to Be Single The Avengers […]

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Three Tweaks Late Night Line-Up

  Three is swapping time slots for two of its persistently low-rating primetime dramas. As of next week, Designated Survivor and Tin Star will air after Newshub Late. Designated Survivor will switch from 9.55 Mondays to 10.25, and Tin Star from 10.00 Tuesdays to 10.30. Their peak-hour programming was always peculiar, given Designated Survivor is […]

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New to Blu: March 6 – 12

  Robin Hood ➢ “It’s almost depressing in a way that the video side of things on this release is so spectacular, since all of the impressive 4K visuals are in support of such an underwhelming property. Be that as it may, the digitally captured imagery (reportedly at a source resolution of 8K, finished at […]

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TVNZ 2 Slams Door on Changing Rooms

TVNZ 2 is pulling Changing Rooms Australia after presumably a third low-rating broadcast. I haven’t seen last night’s ratings but they must have been dire enough for the network to this evening announce it will drop Changing Rooms Australia after tonight’s airing. Sunday’s scheduled broadcast will be replaced by a movie, Finding Dory, while taking over […]

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HD Ratings: Changing Rooms Changing Slots?

Changing Rooms Australia could soon be changing slots if its overnight ratings don’t improve. Last Sunday’s premiere tanked, averaging only 1.3% of TVNZ 2’s target audience, 18-49 year-olds. It also flopped with 25-54s (1.5%), 18-39s (1.3%) and household shoppers with kids (3.0%). Its chief rival, Three’s Married at First Sight Australia, averaged 4.7% of 18-49s, […]

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Critical Condition: The Enemy Within

The Enemy Within | Lightbox, from Monday ☆☆☆☆ “The new drama The Enemy Within marks NBC’s latest fairly unsuccessful attempt to copy whatever NBC executives interpret to be the template that turned The Blacklist into a hit. It isn’t the worst in the network’s line of dramas featuring generic intelligence operatives forced to team up with […]

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Critical Condition: Manhunt

Manhunt | TVNZ OnDemand, from Sunday ☆☆☆☆ “This sober, responsible production that has even managed to avoid the temptation of hyping it as Martin Clunes’s first foray into straight drama and aggrandising him or the production at their expense. Clunes does fine work as an utterly ordinary detective finding himself in charge of an utterly extraordinary […]

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Network Movies in HD: March 2 – 8

   Saturday     Jack the Giant Slayer | TVNZ 2, 7.00    Keeping Mum | TVNZ 1, 8.35    The Terminal| Three, 8.55    Jumper | TVNZ 2, 9.10    Flatliners | Duke, 9.30    Woman in Gold | TVNZ 1, 10.40    Inception | TVNZ 2, 10.55    Promised Land | Three, 11.20   Sunday    Logan | TVNZ 2, […]

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