TVNZ Makes More Friends Online

  Friends and 2 Broke Girls are the latest Warner Bros shows to become available on-demand at tvnz.co.nz amid the pending premieres of three series made with Kiwi talent. Every episode of every season made of Friends and Girls went live on the streaming platform today, along with the first two seasons of Famous In Love and Trial […]

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Critical Condition: Dark

Dark | Netflix, from Friday ➢ “At first glance, Dark, Netflix’s first original German-language series, might seem familiar to fans of the streaming service’s other recent hits. The show centres on a small town plagued by strange goings-on at a nearby power facility … But its creators are quick to point out that Dark isn’t a […]

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This Week in HD: December 2 – 8

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i   Saturday  5 Star Family Reunion (TV1, 5.00) My Kitchen Rules New Zealand (TV2, 5.00, R) Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers (TV3, 5.00) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) The Barefoot Bandits (TV2, 6.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog It! (Prime, 6.00) The Middle (TV2, 6.30, […]

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New to Blu: November 29 – December 5

   Marching on to Blu-ray this week are a remastered American Civil War epic and a re-make of a creepy psychological drama set during the same conflict. “Aside from the technological upgrade and the preservation aspects, there isn’t much that a high-definition remastering of Ken Burns’ landmark documentary The Civil War can do to enhance […]

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HD Heads-Up: November 30

➢ Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggat plays Britain’s first serial killer, Mary Ann Cotton, in the Victorian drama, Dark Angel, which premieres on December 10 (Prime, 8.30). Another Downton vet, Brian Percival, directs this “quite gripping” two-part account of how Cotton is believed to have killed up to 21 people in the 1860s and ‘70s … […]

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When Harry Met Meghan …

TVNZ 1 is the latest broadcaster to snap up the royal romance documentary, Prince Harry & Meghan: Truly, Madly, Deeply. It will screen on December 13 at 8.30, instead of the previously scheduled re-run of Prince Harry in Africa. Variety reports ITV has clocked up a “raft of sales” for the sweethearts profile, which has […]

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TVNZ 2 Quits Russell Howard Hour

Fans of The Russell Howard Hour now have to tune into Duke to see the latest episodes. TVNZ 2 dropped the HD chat show after last week’s broadcast and from this week will screen in the 9.40 Thursday slot re-runs of Travel Guides (which aired in February on TVNZ 1). Duke, which had been airing earlier […]

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Critical Condition: She’s Gotta Have It

She’s Gotta Have It | Netflix, from today ➢ “It’s a marvel to watch She’s Gotta Have It unfold. In an age when the parade of endless sequels, reboots and remakes is exhausting, it may seem odd for Spike Lee to adapt the 1986 film that put him on the map as a Netflix series. But once […]

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Critical Condition: White Famous

White Famous | SoHo, 9.00 Thursdays ➢ “White Famous should be better than it is. The half-hour comedy is led by Saturday Night Live veteran Jay Pharoah, a winning impressionist … But White Famous, a shallow show about comedian Floyd Mooney (Pharoah) trying to break into the mainstream, accesses few of its star’s talents. Instead, Pharoah’s […]

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Critical Condition: SMILF

SMILF | SoHo, 9.30 Thursdays ➢ “SMILF certainly has no shortage of ideas. The new comedy delves into a whole host of topics: the ways in which women are objectified, what it’s like to struggle with issues relating to food, how challenging the life of a single mom can be, how demoralising it can be to […]

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