Tag Archives: The Exorcist

Spooky Ratings for The Exorcist

How scary is this? Key ratings for The Exorcist in its new late-night slot improved on Sunday. The first four episodes aired 9.30 Sunday before TV2 bumped the movie spin-off to 11.30. Amazingly, episode five averaged 3.3% of 25-54s compared to 2.4% for episode four; in the 18-49 demo, the former averaged 2.8% and the latter, […]

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Last Rites for The Exorcist?

Could this weekend be the last time The Exorcist (TV2, 9.30) screens in primetime? Last weekend the ratings for the Lethal Weapon stablemate sunk to a season low of 1.1% of TV2’s target audience, 18-49 year-olds. The movie spin-off was beaten by both the second half of TV1’s Bombshell: The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior and TV3’s Best […]

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Critical Condition: The Exorcist

The Exorcist (TV2, 9.40 Sunday) “The premiere … doesn’t try to be the movie or outdo it in terms of fright factor, nor does it provide any reasons for mockery. It’s well-made, well-acted television, which is more than can be said for some of the reboots rolling out this fall. Where it’s going after the first episode is anyone’s […]

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This Week in HD: September 24 – 30

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i    Saturday  Chasing Monsters (TV1, 4.55) Africa (TV3, 4.55, R) Movie: The Sword in the Stone (TV2, 5.25, R) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00)  Simply Nigella (Prime, 6.00, R) Hyundai Country Calendar (TV1, 7.00) Wonderful World of Disney: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (TV2, 7.00, R) Movie: Dr Seuss’s The Lorax (TV3, 7.00, 5.1, R) […]

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New US Season Triggers TV2 Revamp

   The start of the fall TV season in the US will see a slew of new dramas fast-tracked on TV2. Season 10 of The Big Bang Theory premieres next week and in the last week of September the network will launch Lethal Weapon, The Exorcist and This Is Us. The movie spin-offs will replace […]

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Critical Condition: Outcast

Outcast (SoHo, 9.30 Mondays) “Although it’s too early to tell if Outcast can sustain itself, this Cinemax horror series from The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman at least has the right idea. In contrast to the Dead series, or for that matter, any season of American Horror Story, this mysterious, atmospheric tale of demonic and supernatural forces in ordinary lives seems informed by […]

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Fox’s Pilots First to Fly

TV dramas spun off the movies The Exorcist and Lethal Weapon are among the first pilots to be picked up as series for the 2016/17 season in the US. The latter stars Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans Sr in the Mel Gibson-Danny Glover odd-couple cop roles that spawned four blockbusters. Being a Warner Bros TV production, it […]

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My Sky + … Movies in January

Vampires, exorcists and poltergeists abound on Sky’s movie channels in January. Highlights include The Exorcist: The Version You’ve Never Seen and the original Poltergeist and Friday the 13th on Classics, while among the lesser lights are Vampire Academy on Extra and Banshee Chapter on Premiere. All is Lost and Out of the Furnace are the pick of […]

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Tonight in HD: November 6

SoHo Highlight: Boardwalk Empire (Sky 10, 8.30, 5.1) US critics toasted the return of this top-shelf Prohibition drama even more lavishly than they did the original. “It’s essential viewing,” gushed The Hollywood Reporter. “All of the promise of last season looks to be realised with impressively deft storytelling, beautiful cinematography and impeccable acting.” Concurred the Boston Globe: “With […]

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HDTV Heads-Up: November 5-11

The same month Sky launches its cutting-edge HD drama channel, SoHo, TV2 will premiere in HD one of the most acclaimed US drama series of the past year. The Americanised Shameless will screen 11pm Mondays from November 7, which is a surprisingly accessible slot given the polarising nature of the British original. I’m a huge […]

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