HD Ratings: TVNZ Tokyo Trounces Rivals

TVNZ 1’s Tokyo Olympics coverage continues to top the ratings, leaving TVNZ 2 and Three to battle it out for second place. On Wednesday, the two were neck-and-neck in the 25-54 year-old stakes, with Three’s The Block NZ and TVNZ 2’s MasterChef Australia each averaging 4.2% of this core commercial demographic. At 8.30, TVNZ 2’s […]

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New Killer Babe Thriller for Netflix

A race-against-time thriller about a dying assassin who has only 24 hours left in which to wreak vengeance will stream on Netflix from September 10. Kate stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Huntress in Birds of Prey) as the titular heroine, a finely tuned assassin, and Woody Harrelson as her handler, under the direction of Cedric […]

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HD Heads-Up: August 14 – 20

➢➢ TVNZ 1 will exit the Tokyo Olympics with what it hopes will be a winning weekend of NZ and UK drama. On Saturday nights, from August 14, it will double-bill Anne Boleyn and It’s a Sin and on Sundays, from August 15, season two of One Lane Bridge and newcomer The Panthers. It’s a […]

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Paralympics Bound for Duke

TVNZ Duke will screen the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games 13 hours a day from August 24-September 5. The coverage will upend the channel’s daily schedule from midday to around 1am while TVNZ 1 will screen highlights. Here’s the media release: TVNZ Brings New Zealanders Extensive Coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Coverage on TVNZ […]

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New Disney+ ‘Toons Showcase

Season two of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Short Circuit Experimental Films started streaming today on Disney+ while three new hand-drawn Goofy cartoons will debut next Wednesday. The new selection of short films by filmmakers  from various departments throughout Disney Animation explores five unique visual and storytelling styles: Dinosaur Barbarian Directed by Kim Hazel Battling evil is […]

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Doogie Howser Graduates to Disney+

Disney+ will premiere its Doogie Howser M.D. spin-off Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. on September 8, with new episodes streaming weekly. The coming-of-age dramedy set in Hawaii was inspired by the Neil Patrick Harris ’80s hit  and is named after Lahela “Doogie” Kamealoha, a 16-year-old prodigy juggling a budding medical career and her life as a teenager. Reads […]

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HD Ratings: Undateables Undermines 9-1-1

The return of The Undateables didn’t make TVNZ 2 unbeatable on Monday as TVNZ 1’s top-rating Tokyo Games run continued. But it did top Three’s 9-1-1 in the core commercial demographics, averaging 4.1% of 25-54 year-olds and 3.6% of 18-49s — which was up sharply on the previous week’s Wife Swap (2.8% / 2.4%). Week-on-week the season […]

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TV Lord of the Rings to Launch September 2022

Overnight Amazon Prime Video revealed it would stream season one episodes of its Lord of the Rings prequel weekly from 2 September 2022 and released its first still from the NZ-based production. Filming wrapped yesterday of the “epic drama” that’s been shooting here since February 2020, subject to COVID-19 interruptions. It’s set in the Second […]

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The Bachelor Treasure Island-Bound

While speculation mounts on who will be in the next season of Dancing With the Stars, TVNZ has revealed the last batch of contestants bound for Celebrity Treasure Island includes former Bachelor star Art Green. Here’s the media release: FINAL CELEBRITY TREASURE ISLAND CASTAWAYS REVEALED! The final five castaways joining TVNZ 2’s Celebrity Treasure Island have […]

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New to View: August 1 – 7

A weekly guide to what’s new of note on air and online Sunday ➢Smother TVNZ OnDemand A widow (Dervla Kirwan) investigates her husband’s murder in this six-part Irish thriller. “A new County Clare-set thriller by novelist and television writer Kate O’Riordan, reminds me – and I have few higher compliments – of the work of […]

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Amazon Prime Video to Premiere Cannes Kilmer Documentary

Amazon Prime Video will stream the acclaimed Val Kilmer documentary that was officially selected for the Cannes Film Festival from August 6. Val is billed as a “raw, wildly original and unflinching”, sometimes hilarious take on what it means to be “one of Hollywood’s most mercurial and/or misunderstood actors”, as documented through thousands of hours […]

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New to TVNZ OnDemand in August: Branded Channels

Sci-fi fans will benefit from TVNZ’s NBCUniversal deal next month when TVNZ OnDemand streams the complete Battlestar Galactica reboot in all its forms. NBC is the ad-supported streaming service’s newest branded channel and from August 23 will offer: The Andromeda Strain Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-series (2003) Battlestar Galactica S1-4 (2004) Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2009) […]

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New to TVNZ OnDemand in August

The latest Peacock series to stream on TVNZ OnDemand will be the acclaimed 2019-20 Canadian thriller, Departure. Premiering August 28, It stars The Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi and the late Christopher Plummer as airline investigators whose enquiry into why a jetliner with 256 passengers has vanished over the Atlantic Ocean is blocked by conspiratorial forces.. […]

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HD Ratings: MasterChef Wins Gold

After trailing The Block NZ all week, TVNZ 2’s MasterChef Australia won the 7.30 hour with 25-54 year-olds on Thursday opposite TVNZ 1’s Tokyo Olympics. It averaged 4.4% of the core commercial demo versus 4.0% for the games and 2.5% for Three’s LEGO Masters (USA). It lost to TVNZ 1 in the 18-49 demo, when […]

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Network Movies in HD: July 31 – August 6

Saturday Cool Runnings (TVNZ 2, 7.00) The Final Destination (Duke, 8.30) Moon (Maori TV, 8.40) Late Night (Three, 8.25) Wild Wild West (TVNZ 2, 8.50) Kindred Spirits (Three 10.30) Blade Runner 2049 (TVNZ 2, 11.00)   Sunday Wedding Crashers (TVNZ 2, 1.50am) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (TVNZ 2, 8.20) The Hitman’s Bodyguard (Three, 8.30) […]

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