Network Movies in HD: November 26-December 2

Saturday Pitch Perfect 3 (TVNZ 2, 7.00) Hotel Transylvania 2 (Prime, 7.00) The Mermaid Princess (Whakaata Māori, 7.00) The Wedding Ringer (Three, 8.30) The Dry (Eden, 8.30) Battle of Britain (Whakaata Māori, 8.30) Black and Blue (Three, 10.30)   Sunday Underworld Evolution (TVNZ 2, 12.25am) The Astronaut’s Wife (TVNZ 2, 2.10am) Kung Fu Panda 3 (TVNZ 2, 4.10) Pacific […]

Read more
the-panthers

NZTV Award Winners Announced

The Panthers and Raised by Refugees respectively have won the top drama and comedy trophies in this year’s NZ TV Awards. Here’s the media release: NEW ZEALAND TELEVISION AWARDS ANNOUNCES 2022 WINNERS (Auckland – November 24, 2022)  Aotearoa’s television industry gathered to celebrate the sector’s achievements tonight as the 2022 New Zealand Television Awards winners were announced. […]

Read more

Prime Video Rounds Up the Next Yellowstone

Yellowstone fans will need to subscribe to Prime Video to stream the next prequel, 1923. Although Yellowstone streams on Neon (and screens on SoHo), Prime Video has the exclusive NZ rights to the first “origin” story, 1883, and the latest (which will stream on Paramount+ in other territories). The next instalment of the Dutton saga, […]

Read more

TVNZ 2 Loses Patience With Young Sheldon

Young Sheldon is being shunted towards late-night following TVNZ 2’s inability to get a big ratings bang out of the sitcom. The network had hoped pairing The Big Bang Theory prequel with Sione’s Wedding prequel DuckRockers would turn it into a belated hit. But DuckRockers has proved to be a lame duck, too, and today, after […]

Read more

HD Heads-Up: December 3-9

➢➢ A $2.6 million dramatisation of a political scandal that disgraced Auckland mayor Len Brown will premiere opposite the latest Paddy Gower special on December 6. Princess of Chaos (TVNZ 1, 9.00) stars Mulan’s Xana Tang as Bevan Chuang, the community organiser who had an affair with Brown (Michael Hurst) after joining his staff. Reads the blurb: “When Brown’s political […]

Read more

Subtitles and Lancaster Land on DocPlay

Lancaster, a documentary about the role of the British bomber in the outcome of WWII, began streaming this week on DocPlay ahead of its December 8 DVD release. “This no-frills documentary features gripping tributes to the plane and lost pals from surviving airmen, now in their 90s.” said The Guardian while The Times acknowledged: “This sturdy account, with lots […]

Read more

Prime Video X-Rays The Rings of Power

Fans of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power can go behind the scenes of the first season using Prime Video’s “X-Ray” feature. Here’s the media release: Prime Video Announces a Spectacular Return to Middle-earth With X-Ray’s “The Making of The Rings of Power” Prime Video’s record-breaking global hit series. The Lord of the […]

Read more

New to Neon in December

Perhaps buoyed by the burgeoning popularity of Yellowstone, Sky’s Neon service will stream all six seasons of another hit modern western, Longmire, from December 19. It used to be a staple of Netflix, which resurrected the drama about a Wyoming sheriff after A&E opted not to renew it for a fourth season. However, the 2012-17 […]

Read more

New Criminal Minds for Disney+

Criminal Minds: Evolution, a revival of the long-running procedural (2005-2020) that was a ratings goldmine for TVNZ 1, will stream on Disney+ from Friday. The 10-episode season will premiere with two episodes, with subsequent eps to drop weekly. There will be a mid-season finale on December 16, with the season resuming on January 13. Outside of […]

Read more

HD Ratings: Grand Scheduling Design Pays Off

TVNZ 1’s Grand Designs NZ and Cold Case proved an unbeatable Kiwi double-bill in Tuesday’s overnight ratings. The former averaged 4.2% of 25-54 year-olds and 3.1% of 18-49s, and the latter 3.3%/2.5%. Grand Designs rated well ahead of TVNZ 2’s My Kitchen Rules (2.7%/2.0%) and Three’s Lego Masters (2.2%/1.7%). MKR lead-out Hunted Australia averaged 2.3%/1.7% […]

Read more