HD Ratings: Popstars Pips MAFS

Despite the scheduling controversy over its dual-channel launch, TVNZ 2’s Popstars has started to challenge Married at First Sight Australia’s 7.30 supremacy after only two episodes. Tuesday’s episode out-rated Three’s Aussie juggernaut in its core 18-49 demographic. Each averaged 3.6% but MAFS’ rating was averaged over 90 minutes and Popstars narrowly beat its first hour. In […]

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New Jono and Ben Show for TVNZ 2

They have been in the dog house for their first show on TVNZ 2, Dog Almighty, but that hasn’t stopped the network from being a good sport and commissioning another series with the duo. Here’s the media release: Jono & Ben meet Good Sports for TVNZ 2 The Hits’ radio duo Jono Pryor and Ben Boyce return […]

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New to View: April 11 – 17

A weekly guide to what’s new of note on air and online Monday ➢ Popstars TVNZ 2, 7.30 Premiere of the ’90s girl band reboot that is now inclusive of all artists — guys, duos, solo acts … TVNZ 2 will screen it Monday-Wednesday ahead of Three launching its version of The Masked Singer in what’s been […]

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Networks to Pay Tribute to Prince Philip

TVNZ 1 and Prime are pre-empting weekend programming to mark the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. Premiering tonight at 8.50, after TVNZ 1’s double-banger debut of Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat and Baby Chimp Rescue will be The Duke in His Own Words. The BBC special is billed as an “intimate tribute” that was […]

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Network Movies in HD: April 10 – 16

Saturday The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (TVNZ 2, 6.30) Ice Age: Collision Course (Three, 7.00) Paycheck (Duke, 8.30) Second Act (Three, 8.50) The Dark Knight (TVNZ 2, 9.00) Nocturnal Animals (Three, 10.55) Michael (TVNZ 2, 11.50)   Sunday Stalked By My Doctor 3 (TVNZ 2, 1.50am) Bride Wars (TVNZ 2, 12.40) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle […]

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Netflix Announces New Aussie Docu-soap

One of the producers of Three’s ratings phenomenon, Married at First Sight Australia, will be the executive producer of Netflix’s next Australian original, Byron Baes. Emma Lamb also worked on The Real Housewives of Sydney. “With a compelling cast, spectacular settings and some truly addictive drama, Byron Baes has all the binge-worthy ingredients,” Chris Culvenor, co-CEO […]

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APV to Premiere The Tomorrow War

Amazon Prime Video will stream Chris Pratt’s big-gun sci-fi adventure The Tomorrow War from July 2. “That another Paramount biggie is being sold off to a streaming platform is not unexpected, even if it remains a tragic indication of how far the once-mighty studio has fallen,” Forbes observed. “What’s ghoulishly ironic is that Amazon went […]

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Mayday for Drag Race Fans

TVNZ will unveil the “Down Under” version of RuPaul’s Drag Race on May 1. The Saturday night series will go to air on TVNZ 2 the same day it streams on TVNZ Ondemand. Here’s the media release (complete with Americanised headline): RuPaul’s Drag Race arrives Down Under this fall! Saturdays are looking a whole lot […]

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HD Heads-Up: April 17 – 23

➢➢ TVNZ 2 will use the second week of Popstars to bed in a new local line-up on Mondays from April 19: Vegas (8.30), Creamerie (9.30) and Frickin Dangerous Bro On The Road (10.05). Vegas is a Rotorua-based drama about a publican (Cousins’ Cian Elyse White) who becomes the prime suspect in a botched drug deal […]

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Prime to Premiere First Fruits of NBCUniversal Deal

Two of the new series secured under Sky’s deal with NBCUniversal will premiere free-to-air this month on Prime. Young Rock and The Equalizer will screen back to back on Thursdays from April 22, ahead of the season two premiere of Forensics NZ. Double-episodes of Young Rock will anchor the night at 7.30. It’s billed as a […]

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Sky to Launch HD Crime Drama Channel

As part of a new multi-year programming deal with NBCUniversal, Sky will launch on April 30 an HD channel dedicated to the distributors’s crime and drama procedurals. Here’s the media release: Sky and NBCUniversal sign extensive multi-year deal, delivering new shows, movies, and entertainment channels to Kiwis Sky and global entertainment giant NBCUniversal (NBCU) have […]

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New Bi-Lingual Game Show for TVNZ 2

TVNZ 2 is seeking contestants for a bi-lingual game show that Matai Smith will host. Here’s the media release: Matai Smith to Host TVNZ 2’s 9 LIVES  Award-winning TV presenter and producer, Matai Smith is returning to TVNZ to host 9 LIVES, a bi-lingual game show that will leave viewers glued to the couch, and shouting at the […]

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New to Blu: April 7 – 13

The latest new release to miss out on a 4K-UHD edition in this market is The Croods 2: A New Age. Also missing is the 3D option for sale in the US. However, the good news is the Blu-ray transfer maximises every bitrate. “The Croods: A New Age evolves onto Blu-ray with a razor-sharp and […]

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New to Sky Box Sets in May

Sky Box Sets reaches far back into HBO’s video vault for two of next month’s drawcards — Bored to Death and Eastbound & Down — while keeping things ultramodern with Legion and Betty. Screening in order of their nightly transmission will be: Ballers S5 Strike Back S1 Jane the Virgin S5A Sons of Anarchy S5 […]

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New to View: April 4 – 10

A weekly guide to what’s new of note on air and online Sunday ➢ Line of Duty TVNZ 1, 9.05 The BBC hit about an anti-corruption police unit gets a new beat for S6. If you haven’t seen the first five, catch up quick on Acorn TV or Netflix. “The opening action sets the throbbing […]

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