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Network Movies in HD: April 13 – 19

  Saturday     The Medallion | TVNZ 2, 7.00    Despicable Me 3 | Three, 7.00    Jaws 3 | Three, 8.50     Captain America: The First Avenger | TVNZ 2, 8.45    Manson’s Lost Girls | Three, 10.05    Fury | TVNZ 2, 11.10      Sunday    Maleficent | TVNZ 2, 8.15    A Wedding | Maori TV, 8.30 […]

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Critical Condition: Black Summer

Black Summer | Netflix, from Thursday ☆☆☆☆ “Black Summer is The Walking Dead without all the bloated melodrama, kooky villains, and pretentious blabbering (and, unfortunately, quality makeup and effects). That makes it less of an actual TV show and more of a sensory experience. I don’t know if that means it’s good, but it’s an easy […]

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HD Heads-Up: April 20 – 26

➢➢ Prime’s scheduled a showstopping week for music fans, starting with three music specials on Easter Sunday and continuing with the return of Prime Rocks on Tuesday. It will sandwich the free-to-air premiere of Flight of the Conchords: Live in London (9.05 Sunday) with a 7.20 encore of Jesus Christ Superstar Live! and a 10.30 repeat of Crowded […]

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Prime Shoots for Thursday Night Hoop Dreams

Prime is abruptly changing its Thursday night line-up to screen live National Basketball League games. The changeover occurs tomorrow at 7.30, when the Jets will square off against The Rangers. The new weekly NBL slot is being sponsored by Sal’s pizza chain and is the first sign of new Sky chief executive Martin Stewart’s influence […]

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New to Blu: April 10 – 16

  Mary Poppins Returns ➢ “Mary Poppins lands on Ultra HD with a smashingly good and delightfully charming HEVC H.265 encode. Shot on the Arri Alexa camera system capable of 3.4K resolution and mastered to a 2K digital intermediate, the upscaled transfer may not cast a dramatically better spell than the Blu-ray, but it’s nonetheless […]

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HD Ratings: The Rookie Leaves Killing Eve for Dead

Killing Eve has been renewed within hours of its season two premiere on TVNZ 2 but its Monday debut was out-gunned by Three’s The Rookie. It averaged only 1.0% of TVNZ 2’s target audience, 18-49 year-olds, and 2.0% of Three’s core demographic, 25-54 year-olds. The Rookie averaged 3.6% and 4.2% of these demos respectively. Of course, […]

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Critical Condition: Warrior

Warrior | SoHo, 9.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “Created by Banshee’s Jonathan Tropper and based on the writings of Bruce Lee, Warrior follows the story of a martial arts prodigy, Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), who comes to San Francisco in the 1800s with the intention of finding his sister (Dianne Doan) and bringing her back home to China […]

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Critical Condition: Fosse/Verdon

Fosse/Verdon | SoHo2, 8.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “Fosse/Verdon follows the romantic and creative entanglement of legendary director/choreographer Bob Fosse and his should-be-equally-legendary muse, Gwen Verdon. They’re played by Sam Rockwell (a recent Oscar winner) and Michelle Williams (a four-time nominee), respectively, two signifiers that this is a real prestige package. Both Rockwell and Williams hold up their […]

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HD Ratings: Baywatch Wipes Out Rivals

Three’s free-to-air premiere of Baywatch left the competition high and dry on Sunday. It won its slot in all the core commercial demographics, and averaged 4.4% of the network’s target viewership, 25-54 year-olds, versus 1.8% for TVNZ 2’s premiere of Snatched, 2.7% for TVNZ 1’s season finale of Victoria and 1.1% for its stablemate, Mrs Wilson. Baywatch […]

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Guest Bookings: Colbert, DeGeneres

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (Prime): ➢ Monday, 11.30: Hank Azaria and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Emilia Clarke, and a special appearance by Jeff Goldblum. ➢ Tuesday, 10.50: Zach Galifianakis, Eric Swalwell, and a musical performance by Ellie Goulding. ➢ Wednesday, midnight: Michelle Williams, Emily Bazelon, and a special appearance by Oscar the Grouch. ➢ Thursday, 11.30: Anderson Cooper, […]

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