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LEGO Masters to Leg it Against DWTS

On the same day Three launches the latest season of Dancing with the Stars NZ, TVNZ 2’s revealed it will go up against LEGO Masters NZ on Monday nights. The local version of a franchise that Three introduced here will premiere on May 9 at 7.30. In another ironic twist, TVNZ 2’s show will be […]

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John Campbell Exits Breakfast

After weeks of speculation, John Campbell confirmed today he was leaving TVNZ 1’s Breakfast to take on a new roving reporter role with the broadcaster, presumably similar to Patrick Gower’s top-rating transition on Three. Here’s the media release: John Campbell takes up TVNZ Chief Correspondent role, Kamahl Santamaria joins Breakfast John Campbell has announced live on […]

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New Neighbourhood for Soap Icon

TVNZ is shifting Neighbours from TVNZ 2, where it’s aired for more than 30 years, to off-peak on TVNZ 1. As regular contributor Sheldon reported, programmers feel the soap has done its dash on the younger skewing network and is now more suited to the older TVNZ 1 audience, where it will air 4.30 weekdays […]

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Under the Vines Team Over the Moon

A new Rebecca Gibney series set in Central Otago that will premiere early next year on TVNZ 1 already has been renewed for a second season. It probably will start shooting around the same time S1 goes to air. (The Otago Daily Times was first to report this in late October.) Under the Vines stars […]

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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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New to TVNZ 1 in 2022

Here are the TVNZ blurbs for some of the series destined for TVNZ 1 in 2022: Carlos’ Reno Rescue  Legendary All Black Carlos Spencer is on a mission to do something special for our most deserving New Zealanders, in the brand-new series Carlos’ Reno Rescue.  Carlos and his team are about to use their building […]

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Great Kiwi Bake Off Switches Channels

TVNZ is bringing back The Great Kiwi Bake Off for a third helping — but this time it will be the channel where it should have screened from the outset. TVNZ 1 will premiere season three in its 7.30 Thursday lifestyle-and-design slot on October 14. The 90-minute episodes will feature the same hosts (Madeleine Sami […]

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Delta and Olympics Good News for TVNZ

TVNZ Sales reports more than three million people, or 68% of the country, tuned into coverage of the Olympic Games across TVNZ and Sky. “During the Olympics, we kept viewers glued to screens for longer, with the average time spent viewing TV at 2 hours 7 minutes, a 26% increase from the average daily time spent viewing YTD (AP25-54). […]

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TVNZ 1 Prioritises Drama Post-Olympics

TVNZ 1 will beef up its primetime drama slate after the Tokyo Olympics with two NZ series and a controversial new period drama that depicts Anne Boleyn as a black queen. An Auckland-based spin-off of My Life is Murder will screen 8.30 Mondays from August 9 and S2 of One Lane Bridge 8.30 Sundays from […]

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TVNZ 1 to Screen 9/11 Special

TVNZ 1 will air a movie-length documentary the BBC has commissioned to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Surviving 9/11 is a Top Hat Production that intertwines dual narratives: what happened in the two hours when terrorists hijacked four planes and crashed three into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, and the 20-year aftermath. It blends […]

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