New to SoHo in October

The premieres of Astronaut drama The First, The Big Chill-sounding A Million Little Things and hitman hoot Mr Inbetween, along with the latest seasons of Ray Donovan, Get Shorty and American Horror Story make October a banner month on SoHo. ➢ The First (8.30 Thursdays from October 4) stars Sean Penn in near-future drama about the the first […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Closed Captions for TVNZ OnDemand

Shortland Street tonight will become the first TVNZ OnDemand streamed series to be close captioned. The broadcaster says its on-demand platform will be the first NZ video streaming service to provide closed captions. It’s part of a pilot programme with TVNZ’s accessibility partner Able and will lead to series like Coronation Street, Home and Away […]

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Critical Condition: The City & the City

The City & the City | SoHo, 9.30 Sunday ➢➢ “A four-part adaptation of China Miéville’s award-winning, sci-fi/detective-fiction hybrid, it’s about the murder investigation that ensues when a foreign exchange student turns up dead in the fictional European city of Besźel. Or is that the fictional European city of Ul Qoma? Or perhaps both at […]

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Network Movies in HD: September 15 – 21

   Saturday         Tomorrowland | TVNZ 2, 7.00   Beverly Hills Cop III | Three, 8.55 Les Miserables | Three, 11.00   Sunday      The Pacifier | TVNZ 2, 7.30 Furious 7 | Three, 8.30 Babel | Maori TV, 8.30 Tammy | TVNZ 2, 9.20   Monday Pitch Black | Prime, 9.30   Tuesday    Last Action Hero | Duke, 8.30   […]

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Critical Condition: Forever

Forever | Amazon Prime Video, from Friday ➢➢ “Not long after I started watching this exquisite eight-episode dramedy from Alan Yang (Master of None) and Matt Hubbard, I realised why the folks at Amazon have been so intent on keeping a lid on its central premise. It seems like a show about two nice, normal […]

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Netflix Nabs Bodyguard

The sensational BBC hit that’s been beating up Vanity Fair in the British ratings will premiere here on Netflix. Netflix hasn’t announced a date for the Jed (Bodies, Line of Duty) Mercurio thriller starring Spooks’ Keeley Hawes but presumably it will be an October highlight, as it will have completed its BBC run by then. […]

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HD Heads-Up: September 13

➢➢ TVNZ 1 is so determined to make Vanity Fair a hit that it will screen the first two episodes on consecutive nights and repeat them late-night. The costume drama will premiere on September 23, in an 8.30 Sunday slot, continue 8.30 Monday and repeat in a two-hour block after Deep State on September 29. […]

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Critical Condition: Castle Rock

Castle Rock | Lightbox, from Thursday ➢➢ “Hulu’s creepy and captivating horror series [is] set in the ‘Stephen King multiverse’ … Castle Rock requires and rewards close attention, serving up Kingsian Easter eggs (e.g., a newspaper clipping with the headline ‘Rabid Dog Tears Through Town’) and a mood of disquiet that settles in like New England […]

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New to Blu: September 12 – 18

   Kiwi Karl Urban and Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara star in the B-grade thriller Bent. “The film isn’t the most appealing in terms of visuals, but nothing feels limited at all,” Blu-ray Authority said. “The colours and levels all appeared smooth with no obvious flaws detected. Details remained strong, even in the darker lit scenes.” […]

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TVNZ 2 Refreshes Fridays — Again

TVNZ 2 is dropping re-runs of The Simpsons and the latest season of Little Big Shots for Friday night movies. This follows two weeks of low ratings for Little Big Shots in its new 8.00 Friday slot. The latest revamp of the network’s light-ent line-up will take effect from September 28, when the movie Wild […]

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