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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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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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New to Neon in May

A sci-fi thriller about a fearless young cop who’s wrongly convicted of a treasonous crime and exiled to a distant prison colony, only for fellow convicts to seize control of the prison transfer ship en route, will launch May 18 on Neon. The eight-part series from showrunner Julie Gearey (Prisoners’ Wives, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) is set […]

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HD Audio Streaming Launches in NZ

Audiophiles can now stream songs and music in CD-quality on Qobuz. The French platform for streaming and downloading high-resolution music launched here on Friday. Some commentators question whether most people can distinguish between the compressed audio of services like Apple Music and Spotify, and the higher quality that Quobuz offers. As a videophile, I remember […]

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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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New to DocPlay in April

April premieres on documentary streaming service DocPlay include movies on Australia’s second-wave feminists and neurologist Oliver Sacks (Awakenings), and series about presidential politics, a convicted paedophile priest and the fall of Berlin. Brazen Hussies (April 8) “Brazen Hussies, a new documentary from Catherine Dwyer, is … an incendiary, exhaustive, emotive and well-researched look at long […]

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