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New 2022 Documentary Commissions

TVNZ 1 has renewed I Am … for four more episodes and Three has commissioned 12 more of David Lomas Investigates as part of their 2022 documentary mixes. The former’s also ordered a one-off documentary about a trans man’s pregnancy, NZ On Air reports in its latest funding round. Here’s the media release: Richness of real-life […]

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Discovery Bets Big on Kiwi Comedy

Discovery has released more details about its NZ production plans, claiming it is “cementing Three as the home for local comedy”. Here’s the media release that build on yesterday’s funding announcements: DISCOVERY EXPANDS 2022 LOCAL PRODUCTION COMMITMENT WITH NEW DRAMA, COMEDY AND DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMMING Discovery has further outlined its commitment to local production with the […]

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Network Movies in HD: December 4 – 10

Saturday Big Momma’s House (TVNZ 2, 7.00) Rise of the Guardians (Maori TV, 7.00) The Green Mile (Three, 8.30) Big Momma’s House 2 (TVNZ 2, 8.55) Twilight Zone: The Movie (Duke, 9.35) The Killer Trainer (Three, 11.50) Guess Who (TVNZ 2, 10.50)   Sunday Due Date (TVNZ 2, 12.45am) Batman: Hush (TVNZ 2, 4.05am) Early […]

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Sky Inks 5-Year Pact for NBL

Hard on the heels of last week’s Spark Sport deal for FIBA rights, Sky is claiming its latest NBL partnership “will deliver an unprecedented line-up of basketball for Kiwi hoops fans”. Here’s the media release: The future of basketball is here on Sky, with a ground-breaking deal inked today with Sal’s NBL Ground-breaking 5-year agreement […]

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HD Heads-Up: December 11 – 17

➢➢ Christmas specials will come early with festive editions of Jamie’s Easy Meals (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Saturday), The Million Pound Cube (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Wednesday), The Great Kiwi Bake Off (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Thursday), Have You Been Paying Attention? (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Friday) and Gordon, Gino & Fred: Desperately Seeking Santa (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Friday). HYBPA will screen ahead of the live broadcast […]

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NZOA Bankrolls New Comedies

New comedies about pregnant lesbians, a thirtysomething who moves back in with his Chinese parents and a multiple-night event on Three are among the NZ On Air-funded highlights for 2022. Here’s the NZOA media release: Lots to laugh about in 2022 in new new funded content for local audiences Local audiences can expect lots of […]

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Two NZ TV Drama Series Greenlit

Two new drama series and a four-part documentary will be funded through a $50 million screen industry initiative. Here’s the media release: A documentary series about the disappearance of six people in a small surf town and the true story of a 70-year-old diesel mechanic who cracked a drug operation are just two of four […]

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New AM Team Finalised for 2022

Bernadine Oliver-Kerby and William Waiirua will join Ryan Bridge and Melissa Chan-Green to complete the presenting ensemble for the all-new morning show AM in 2022. Here’s the Discovery media release: Launching early next year, AM will offer New Zealanders a whole new way to start their day on Three and ThreeNow. The quartet will present New […]

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TVNZ 1 Shuts Down Under Investigation

TVNZ 1 has axed Under Investigation, the Australian true-crime solving series that was hailed as “a new genre of TV“, after just one episode. Monday’s premiere averaged just 0.7% of 25-54 year-olds, TVNZ 1’s target audience, vs 1.6% for TVNZ 2’s Naked Attraction and 1.5% for Three’s re-run of Cocaine: Living with the Cartels. That […]

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Streaming Wars: Hawkeye vs Wheel of Time

Parrot Analytics reports Amazon Prime Video’s well publicised attempt at “the next Game of Thrones” and Disney+’s latest Marvel series are in a heated battle to become the world’s most in-demand TV series across all platforms. It says Wheel of Time has provided APV “a much need boost” while Hawkeye rose to the top of […]

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