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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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New Jono and Ben Show for TVNZ 2

They have been in the dog house for their first show on TVNZ 2, Dog Almighty, but that hasn’t stopped the network from being a good sport and commissioning another series with the duo. Here’s the media release: Jono & Ben meet Good Sports for TVNZ 2 The Hits’ radio duo Jono Pryor and Ben Boyce return […]

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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 Bi-Lingual Game Show for TVNZ 2

TVNZ 2 is seeking contestants for a bi-lingual game show that Matai Smith will host. Here’s the media release: Matai Smith to Host TVNZ 2’s 9 LIVES  Award-winning TV presenter and producer, Matai Smith is returning to TVNZ to host 9 LIVES, a bi-lingual game show that will leave viewers glued to the couch, and shouting at the […]

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Popstars to Pop Up as TVNZ Simulcast

In a unique programming gambit, TVNZ 1 and TVNZ 2 will simulcast the April 12 premiere of Popstars. The latest twist on the talent quest format will screen 7.30 Monday-Wednesday but for one night only will go out on both TVNZ channels at the same time. Clearly TVNZ wants to maximise sampling of the series, […]

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Will What Happens in Vegas Stay in NZ?

TVNZ 2 has announced the cast of its latest drama series, Vegas, which will go to air this autumn. The Greenstone Production is part of what trade paper C21  reports as “a significant expansion in original [TVNZ] content to put content from Aotearoa New Zealand (the Māori/English name for the country) firmly on the map”. Of […]

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The Walking Dead Limps Towards Late-Night

TVNZ 2 appears to be taking the first steps towards relegating The Walking Dead to late-night. After Monday’s disastrous ratings, where it averaged only 0.7% of the key 18-49 and 25-54 demographics, TVNZ is pushing back the remainder of season 10 from around 9.30 to post-10.00. Taking over the 9.30 slot will be repeats of […]

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TVNZ 2 Races to Catch Up in Weekend Ratings

The Amazing Race Australia may be topping the ratings over the Tasman but here it’s being dropped as TVNZ 2’s Sunday night anchor and replaced with movies as part of sweeping changes to the network’s weekend schedule. Also on the move, but to new slots still to be disclosed, are the Saturday night sitcoms Young […]

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TVNZ 2 Orders More of Taskmaster and Comedy Gala

Taskmaster NZ will return for a new 10-week run this year on TVNZ 2, which also will serve up two more Best Foods Comedy Gala specials. And Three is supporting a movie, based on a true story, about two Tongan rugby fans who concoct a scheme to secure front row seats for the 2011 Tonga […]

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TVNZ 2’s Latest Smart Idea

TVNZ 2 will premiere its latest panel show, Patriot Brains, with veteran British comedian Bill Bailey as host, at Easter. The series is from the makers of 7 Days and will be shot here will Bailey tours the country in his stage show, En Route to Normal. Meanwhile, TVNZ 1 has announced Mike Pero as […]

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