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New to Disney+ in May

Disney+ will premiere Rebel, a drama series about an Erin Brokovich wannabe, on May 28. It stars Katy Sagal (Married … With Children, Sons of Anarchy) as Annie “Rebel” Bello, a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. Reads the blurb: She’s a funny, messy, brilliant, and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she […]

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HD Ratings: Bay Watch Hits Sink Popstars

Three’s Bay Patrol and Bondi Rescue cruised to another easy win on Wednesday. The former averaged 3.9% of the network’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds, and the latter 4.8%. TVNZ 2’s Popstars averaged 2.7% over the hour to finish third, behind TVNZ 1’s season premiere of Bradley & Barney Walsh: Breaking Dad (3.4%) and the first […]

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Network Movies in HD: April 24 – 30

Saturday The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (TVNZ 2, 6.30) Captain Underpants (Three, 7.00) Valiant (Maori TV, 7.00) Terminator 3: Rose of the Machines (TVNZ 2, 8.30) 28 Days Later (Duke, 8.30) Juliet, Naked (Three, 8.50) The King’s Speech (Maori TV, 8.30) Fight Club (TVNZ 2, 10.30) Sleepless (Three, 10.50)   Sunday Yoga Hosers (TVNZ 2, 1am) […]

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Big Chance for 2nd Chance Charlie

Three has recruited ex-All Blacks Stephen Donald and Liam Messam to lead a super-sized second season of 2nd Chance Charlie that will air twice-weekly in primetime. It will screen 9.30 Thursdays from May 6 and repeat 5.30 Sundays. Here’s the media release: RUGBY LEGENDS STEPHEN DONALD AND LIAM MESSAM JOIN THREE’S 2ND CHANCE CHARLIE PLUS […]

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HD Heads-Up: May 1 – 7

➢➢ Three will double-bill new seasons of 9-1-1 and spin-off 9-1-1: Lone Star on Monday nights from May 3. S4 of the former will air at 9.10 and S2 of the latter at 10.00. They spearhead a strongly constructed weeknight schedule, with NCIS and NCIS: LA screening Tuesdays, a beach-themed Wednesday with Bay Patrol, Bondi […]

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Will Popstars Prospects Boost Ratings?

TVNZ 2 executives will be hoping tonight’s revelation of the 12 Popstars contenders will rescue the show’s ratings, as it continues to struggle against Three’s Married at First Sight Australia and TVNZ 1’s Dog Squad duo. Tuesday’s episode lost to TVNZ 1’s Dog Squad and Dog Squad: Puppy School in both the 18-49 and 25-54 demographics and barely […]

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Coming Soon: Solos, The Underground Railroad

An anthology drama series teeming with Hollywood heavyweights will premiere next month on Amazon Prime Video. The seven-part Solos, which stars Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway and Helen Mirren, Uzo Aduba, Nicole Beharie, Anthony Mackie, Dan Stevens and Constance Wu will stream from May 21. It’s billed as exploring “the strange, beautiful, heart-breaking, hilarious, wondrous truths […]

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Pearl of a Global Premiere for Acorn TV

Acorn TV, which peppers its vintage British TV drama slate with occasional originals and NZ premieres, will launch globally on May 24 a six-part whodunit starring After Life’s Kerry Godliman. You can view the trailer here. Here’s the media release: ACORN TV ORIGINAL SEASIDE MURDER MYSTERY WHITSTABLE PEARL DOCKS MONDAY, MAY 24 Starring Kerry Godliman (Ricky […]

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TVNZ OnDemand to Stream New Te Reo Anthems Series

A new TVNZ OnDemand series will “celebrate te reo Māori through the power of waiata” as seven musicians translate and re-record their songs. Waiata / Anthems is a follow up to the #1-selling original album that was released in 2019 to mark the 20-year anniversary of Hinewehi Mohi’s controversial  first performance of the New Zealand National […]

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HD Ratings: Vegas Not Just a Drugs Bust

TVNZ 2’s punt on programming a night of NZ drama, comedy and variety didn’t pay off on Monday, when the new line-up, anchored by Rotorua-based crime drama Vegas, failed to hit the jackpot. Vegas averaged 1.6% of the network’s target audience, 18-49 year-olds, compared to 5.9% for Three’s Married at First Sight Australia and 1.3% […]

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