Tag Archives: Underbelly

Five-O Not Down for Count Yet

Hawaii Five-O fans frustrated by time slot changes and pre-emptions will be heartened to hear TV3 hasn’t yet washed its hands of the splashy crime show. TV3 is taking it off-air after next week and replacing it with the Underbelly Files movie, Tell Them Lucifier Was Here. Although Underbelly is one of the network’s most […]

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HDTV Heads-Up: Will More Crime Pay for TV3?

TV3 is betting on more HD crime dramas to succeed where others have failed. It’s reviving CSI: Miami to improve its 9.30pm Sunday ratings and will replace the ebbing Hawaii Five-0 with Underbelly movies. The first of these, Underbelly: Tell Them Lucifer Was Here, will screen 8.30pm on May 11, instead of Five-0 and its […]

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New to Blu: November 10-15

The latest in the sci-fi franchise, Predators, has had stellar reviews from US Blu-ray critics. Hi-Def Digest rated it 5/5 for both its HD video and audio: “Very literally perfect from a technical stand point … The reason why the 1080p AVC MPEG-4 transfer (aspect ratio: 2.35:1) is so great is that it appears to […]

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HDTV Ratings: Sons of Anarchy

TV3’s primetime gamble on its new high-octane HD drama, Sons of Anarchy, paid off last night when the premiere blitzed the competition. This “Easy Rider meets The Sopranos“ drew 9% of the network’s core audience, 18-49 year-olds, although it did slip from a peak of 10.5% to a low of 7.6% during the hour. TV2’s […]

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Blu-Tube: November Highlights

The Pacific leads November’s wave of TV-on-Blu-ray releases. The 10-part Band of Brothers stablemate goes on sale on November 3, along with season two of the Aussie hit, Packed to the Rafters, the Complete Specials box set of Doctor Who and the second Sex & the City movie. Extras on the six-disc The Pacific will […]

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Outrageous Fortune Not Blu-ray Bound

The final season of TV3’s HD hit, Outrageous Fortune, which continues 8.30 tonight with its 99th episode, will not be released on Blu-ray. The DVD of season six has been confirmed for November/December but unlike Australian producers, Kiwis are holding back from releasing their product in HD. Outrageous Fortune’s release will coincide with the second […]

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HDTV Ratings: Fringe vs Nurse Jackie, Outrageous Fortune vs Grey’s Anatomy

The HD season premiere of Fringe narrowly out-rated Nurse Jackie last night — but not with TV2’s target audience. The sci-fi series drew 8.6% of TV2’s key demo, 18-39 year-olds, compared with Nurse Jackie’s 8.7%. But Fringe won in the other network demos, 25-54 (7.9% vs 7.7%), 18-49 (8.1% vs 7.7%) and household shoppers with […]

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Diary This New HD Hit

TV2’s newest HD drama, The Vampire Diaries (8.30 tonight), has more merit than its “Gossip Girl meets Twilight“ description suggests. It’s no True Blood, which resumes on June 30 (Prime, 9.30pm), but the premiere is freaky, creepy, sleekly-made escapism that doesn’t suck as much as you’d think. The Los Angeles Times likened it to a […]

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Will Underbelly Beat Rush Hour?

TV2 is resorting to movies to rebuild its Wednesday night viewership in the face of HD heavyweight Underbelly’s popularity on TV3. It’s not know how long the network will run movies like Rush Hour (8.30 tonight), Rush Hour 3 (next week) and Troy (July 7). But chances are it will only be until Underbelly: The […]

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HDTV Ratings: Flash-in-the-pan FlashForward Takes TV2 Backwards

TV2 will be relieved FlashForward at last has done its dash, after its time slot opposition, Underbelly: The Golden Mile, helped TV3 to win the night on Wednesday. As it did with Lost, TV2 is to be commended for sticking with the sci-fi flop to keep the faith with its cult following — unlike TV […]

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