Tag Archives: The Walking Dead

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 Ratings: House Overshadows Grey’s Return

The season two premiere of Grey’s Anatomy lost to TVNZ 1’s Rich House, Poor House and Three’s NCIS in three of the four core commercial demographics on Tuesday. It averaged 2.2% of 25-54 year-olds, 1.9% of 18-49s and 3.6% of household shoppers with kids but won with 18-39s (1.4%). The demo averages were roughly comparable with […]

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American Dad Too Subversive for NZ TV?

The programming fall-out from the Christchurch mosque shootings continues, with Three dropping American Dad from late-night Fridays. New episodes of the long-running ‘toon about the Family Guy of CIA agents will be replaced by re-runs of Bob’s Burgers, effective from tonight. Said a network spokesperson: “Out of respect to the mood of the nation, we […]

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HD Ratings: The Rookie Earns Its Stripes

Three’s The Rookie earned its highest ratings so far on Monday when it crushed TVNZ 1’s Manifest and TVNZ 2’s Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back. It benefitted from Married at First Sight’s heroic lead-in but its popularity also exposed the weakness of TVNZ’s competition. The Rookie won the 9.00 hour in the […]

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HD Ratings: Manifest Nosedives on Take-off

TVNZ 1’s Manifest (8.30 Mondays) got off to a bumpy start last week but fared better on TVNZ 2, suggesting the Lost-style drama should have been scheduled on the latter from the outset. The first hour of the double-episode averaged 2.7% of TVNZ 1’s core commercial demographic, 25-54 year-olds, on the back of The Casketeers’ […]

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HD Ratings: 1-1-1 for 9-1-1?

Season two of one of last year’s biggest hits on Three, emergency services drama 9-1-1 (9.00 Mondays), may soon be on life support. The series resumed with shaky ratings two weeks ago — in the US it scored a series high — and after tanking last week, Three’s programmers this week will be be on […]

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HD Heads-Up: September 27

➢➢ Knock knock? Who’s there? The first female Doctor Who and a slew of returning hits to TVNZ 2 in the week starting October 6. Doctor Who (7.30 Fridays) will cap a week of premieres that opens with My Kitchen Rules NZ (7.30 Sunday) and continues with The Walking Dead (9.15 Monday), Young Sheldon (7.30 Wednesday) and The […]

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New to Blu: September 26 – October 2

   Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ➢ “Universal’s 4K UHD Blu-ray features a h.265 encode at 2160p with both Dolby Vision and HDR10 high dynamic range. Viewing the movie on equipment only capable of HDR10, the result is very cinematic. Colours are vibrant and consistent with no visible banding whatsoever. Contrast is excellent, providing deep inky […]

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HD Ratings: Criminal Minds Still Going Great Guns

For the last few years TVNZ 1 has been trying to find a top-rating successor for its ageing Criminal Minds. But none has rated as well, and season 13 is proving as formidable as its predecessors. Last week’s season premiere didn’t win its slot but did out-rate the first hour of Three’s movie 21 Jump […]

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Critical Condition: Save Me

Save Me | SoHo, 8.30 Sunday ➢ “The story follows the story of Nelly, whose world is turned upside down when he is arrested and accused of kidnapping the 13-year-old daughter he barely knew existed. Jody’s mother, Claire, who shared a ‘summer of love’ with Nelly 14 years ago, is convinced of his guilt. As a result, […]

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