New to Blu: May 16 – 22

   Budget back-catalogue Blu-rays are the week’s sole newcomers. They range from the cult horror appeal of Deadly Blessing to Goldie Hawn in her heyday: Death Becomes Her and Bird on a Wire. Assuming Bird on the Wire uses the same transfer source as last year’s British release (the world’s first), expect it to be presented in the original […]

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2018 US Cancellations Guide

   Here are the US series that won’t be coming back to an HD network or streaming service near you. Of course, some seasons have yet to play here but below are the shows that have been axed by their domestic broadcasters. TVNZ 1 The Brave Lucifer Graves TVNZ 2 Quantico The Exorcist Kevin Can […]

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New A+ Slot for Q+A

TVNZ 1’s Sunday morning current affairs hour Q+A is switching to a primetime slot. From July 29, it will air 9.30pm Sundays instead of 9am. TVNZ says the promotion will increase the Corin Dann-fronted programme’s viewership while reinforcing the NZ flavour of TVNZ 1’s Sunday night line-up, which includes Hyundai Country Calendar, newsmag Sunday and, […]

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HD Ratings: The Resident Recovers

  TVNZ 2’s new Tuesday night hospital drama The Resident has started to stabilise off the back off time-slot winning lead-in My Kitchen Rules. Last week’s episode won its slot with 3.7% of 18-39 year-olds and was competitive in the other core commercial demographics, with 3.8% of 25-54s, 3.0% of 18-49s and 4.3% of household […]

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Critical Condition: Below the Surface

Below the Surface | Lightbox, from Tuesday ➢ “Thrilling from the off, this Danish crime drama set in Copenhagen opens with the hijacking of a subway train where 15 members of the public are taken hostage by a group of captors (political affiliation unknown) asking for €4m. A counter-terrorism taskforce led by Philip Norgaard (Johannes […]

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New to Sky Box Sets in June

Next month Sky Box Sets will premiere the graphic novel adaptation Happy!. It stars Law & Order: SVU’s Christopher Meloni as a drunk ex-cop turned hit man who wakes up in hospital with an imaginary friend — a blue winged unicorn named Happy — who helps him to rescue his estranged daughter from a Very Bad […]

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Giant of a Law Drama to Return

Season two of Amazon Prime’s 4K courtroom drama, Goliath, will premiere on June 15. Created by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Boston Legal) and Jonathan Shapiro (The Practice), Goliath was the top binged first season of a US-produced Prime Original series ever over its first ten days. It also won Billy Bob Thornton, who plays […]

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Critical Condition: Picnic at Hanging Rock

Picnic at Hanging Rock | SoHo, 8.30 Sunday (encore 7.30 Tuesday)  ➢ “It’s an audacious undertaking to reimagine a story as vividly cemented in collective memory as Picnic at Hanging Rock. Not only was Peter Weir’s 1975 film one of the canonical works of the Australian New Wave, it planted the eerie mystery in the […]

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New to SoHo in June

   An unprecedented number of British dramas will premiere next month on SoHo, along with another Amazon Prime pick-up, Fleabag. Patrick Melrose, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch in an adaptation of Edward St. Aubyn’s novels, is a Sky Atlantic-Showtime co-production while CB Strike and Little Women were BBC commissions. Patrick Melrose is a flamboyant, aristocratic playboy […]

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New to Neon in June

Next month Sky’s streaming service Neon will add the latest seasons of Billions, Versailles, Nashville and Younger. All three seasons of Billions will stream from June 28, S3 of Versailles from June 13 (a day after its SoHo premiere), and S5 of Younger and the resumption of S6 of Nashville from June 10. Also new […]

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