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Summer Bay’s Summer Break Ends Early

Soap fans can look forward to Shortland Street and Home and Away returning to TVNZ 2 on the same day. Shortland Street was always scheduled for a new-season premiere on January 23 but not its Aussie stablemate. However, the network today announced it was “coming back early” and would pre-empt the Kath & Kim re-runs […]

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New Sky Boxes a Step Closer

Sky subscribers who wish to migrate to the new Sky box will have the choice of paying $10 a month to rent it or a one-off $200 fee. Sky today announced customer trials have started of the “transformative” device and the Sky Pod streamer that were meant to be in subscribers’ homes mid-2022 before this […]

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First Casualties of the New Year

TVNZ 2 has pulled Blowing LA and The Thomas John Experience from its primetime Thursday line-up. It is replacing the series this week and next with the movies Bad Boys and Bad Boys 2. Even by the fodder standards of midsummer TV, reality shows about hair salons and psychics seemed a strange programming strategy. I haven’t seen […]

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Streaming Catch-Up: Coming Soon

The second and final season of Prime Video’s Carnival Row will premiere on February 17. Set in a fantasy world where humans and creatures clash, S2  picks up with former inspector Rycroft Philostrate aka Philo (Orlando Bloom) investigating a series of gruesome murders. Here’s what to expect: Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne) and the Black Raven plot […]

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Network Movies in HD: January 14-20

Saturday Jem and the Holograms (TVNZ 2, 2.55) Dora and the Lost City of Gold (Three, 7.00) Watership Down (Whakaata Māori, 7.00) Johnny English Reborn (TVNZ 2, 8.00) Fifty Shades Darker (Eden, 8.30) Manganinnie (Whakaata Māori, 8.30) Safe (Three, 9.00) The Island of Dr. Moreau  (Duke, 9.20) Austin Powers 3 – In Goldmember (TVNZ 2, 9.45) American Woman (Three, 10.55) […]

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HD Heads-Up: January 21-27

➢➢ Bali 2002 (TVNZ 1, 8.10 Sunday) is a four-hour 20th anniversary dramatisation of the Bali nightclub bombings that killed 200 people. It was co-commissioned by Australia’s Nine Network and the Stan streaming service (where it premiered in September). The Guardian said it “recreates a terrorist attack seared into our psyche – but it’s confused about what […]

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House of the Dragon Roars on to Prime

Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, which today won the Golden Globe for best TV drama series, will screen free-to-air on Prime this month. The 10-episode first season will air 9.30 Tuesdays from January 24. It originally screened on SoHo and can be streamed on Neon. The hugely popular HBO sensation competed against […]

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New Names on Breakfast Menu

TVNZ 1’s Breakfast will return with two new presenters on January 23: Anna Burns-Francis and Chris Chang. Here’s the media release: New Year, New Look for TVNZ’s Breakfast TVNZ today announced that Anna Burns-Francis and Chris Chang will join Breakfast. Anna and Chris will take a presenting seat alongside Jenny-May Clarkson and Matty McLean on […]

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New Celebrity Treasure Island to Launch

The next incarnation of Celebrity Treasure Island, Fans v Faves, will anchor Monday nights on TVNZ 2 from January 30. Here’s the media release: Castaways revealed for TVNZ’s Treasure Island: Fans v Faves Celebrity Treasure Island is back, but like you’ve never seen it before! The epic treasure hunt is headed back to where it […]

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Monday’s Primetime Battle Royale

Three will try to steal TVNZ 1’s royals coverage crown with its own Prince Harry interview on Monday night. It will screen Anderson Cooper’s 60 Minutes interview with King Charles’ “spare” heir opposite TVNZ 1’s ITN exclusive, Harry: The Interview. Moreover, Three’s coup will have a half-hour head-start on TVNZ 1’s: it will screen from […]

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