Tag Archives: The Simpsons

Schedule Watch: May 8

TVNZ 2 is revising its Friday night schedule to improve its prospects against Three’s top-rating light-ent line-up. It’s pre-empting this week’s episode of The Simpsons so Best Foods Comedy Gala can start earlier at 7.30. This will provide it a stronger lead-in from Shortland Street and give it a head-start on Three’s The Graham Norton […]

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Big Bang Gets Big Bump

TVNZ 2 will fast-track the final episode of The Big Bang Theory so it screens here within hours of the US. The hour-long series finale will air in The Simpsons’ 7.30 Friday slot, on May 17. Here’s the TVNZ Sales press release: TVNZ 2 to air the final ever episode of The Big Bang Theory […]

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HD Heads-Up: February 16 – 22

➢➢ TVNZ 2 will lock in one of its strongest new-season schedules in years with the premiere of quirky Kiwi drama Fresh Eggs on February 19. If the skilfully cut promos are an indication, this could be a breakthrough for the moribund genre. Billed as “a black comedy series with a deliciously twisted sense of […]

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Low-Scoring Hockey Gets Dumped on Duke

Shockingly low ratings for TVNZ 2’s first Friday night broadcast of FIH Pro League Hockey have prompted TVNZ to switch the rest of the competition to Duke. This week’s coverage will screen from 5.00 on Duke, pushing back the movie Hudson Hawk to 8.45 and South Park to 10.45. TVNZ 2, meanwhile, will replace the […]

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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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HD Heads-Up: September 6

➢➢ TVNZ continues to put many of its best shows online instead of on-air. Coming soon to TVNZ OnDemand are: Deep Water: The Real Story, which explores the truth behind the violent gay-bashing epidemic that tarnished Sydney in the ’80s and ’90s (from September 15); The Last Animals, which exposes the killing of African elephants and […]

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Critical Condition: Disenchantment

Disenchantment | Netflix, from Friday ➢➢ “Disenchantment, Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s new animated fantasy parody for Netflix, uses the same art style that’s been the cartoonist’s trademark his entire career. Sweet, hapless Elfo (Nat Faxon) doesn’t look too far removed from Lisa and Maggie’s beloved Happy Little Elves; an obnoxious prince gets transformed into a […]

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TVNZ 2 Monkeys Around With Friday Night Light Ent

  TVNZ 2 is refreshing Friday nights to try to dent the enduring dominance of Three’s light-ent juggernauts The Graham Norton Show and 7 Days. Back-to-back reality shows failed to gain traction, so after a month of Friday night movie double-bills, the network will run more more varied series programming from April 20. The new-look schedule […]

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This Week in HD: October 28 – November 3

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i   Saturday  Series Premiere: 5 Star Family Reunion (TV1, 4.55) My Kitchen Rules New Zealand (TV2, 5.00, R) Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers (TV3, 5.00) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00, R) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) The Barefoot Bandits (TV2, 6.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, […]

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HD Heads-Up: October 19

➢ “Pretty much one long OMG WTF” — that’s how The Guardian summed up TVNZ 2’s polygamy documentary series, Three Wives, One Husband, which will air 8.55 Tuesdays from October 31. It’s a four-part Channel 4 take on how 14 Mormon families live in harmony in a desert community when half of the men have multiple wives. “Apart from the […]

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