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Hot Off the Press Release: MediaWorks Halts The Block and DWTS

MediaWorks is stopping production of Dancing With the Stars and The Block because of the COVID-19 crisis. DWTS was to have aired next month without a studio audience but now has been delayed indefinitely. “We will be reviewing all of our local content and our capacity to return to full production as soon as it […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: MediaWorks Terminates ThreeLife

In yet another troubling sign for the future of free-to-air TV, MediaWorks is shutting down ThreeLife and replacing it with HD music channel The Edge TV and the SD-only Breeze TV. Here’s the media release: THE EDGE TV AND BREEZE TV COMING TO TV SCREENS On 26 March MediaWorks will be changing ThreeLife and ThreeLifePlus1 […]

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Three Unveils New-Season Slate

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it — and if you are broke, make the best of what you have. That seems to be the strategy behind Three’s line-up for 2020, which leavens a slate heavy on returning reality and procedural hits with a handful of ambitious new local series, including two new dramas, the final […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: MediaWorks to Sell TV Channels

Thirty years after NZ’s first private TV channel went to air, MediaWorks is preparing it for sale. It revealed plans this morning to sell MediaWorks TV, which includes Three and ThreeLife, after months of speculation that the TV operation was unsustainable and confirmation of programming and budget cuts. Here’s the full press release: Mediaworks To […]

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Love Island Feels the Love

The show that Three hopes will lift its Newshub Live ratings, Love Island UK, will premiere within hours of scoring record ratings in the UK. The series will air 5.00 weekdays following Wednesday’s 90-minute season premiere at 4.30. MediaWorks has promoted the show as being “fast-tracked” to its streaming platform, ThreeNow, but it won’t go […]

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Three Lines Up The Block for 2019

Three will replace Dancing With the Stars, which waltzes off our screens on June 16, with The Block NZ: Firehouse 2019. It will premiere on June 17 and screen 7.30 Monday-Wednesday and 7.00 Sundays. Four teams will compete to renovate five apartments in a 1930s Georgian revival fire station-cum-18 room boarding house overlooking Eden Park […]

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Critical Condition: Magnum P.I.

Magnum P.I. | Three, 9.25 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “An average, inoffensive and reliably amusing hour. Created by Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, the new version  is unlikely to engender the hero worship that greeted Selleck’s CBS series, but it’s a serviceable entry in CBS’ slate of peppy procedurals, with action antics set against a beautiful Hawaiian landscape, not unlike […]

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More Go-to-Whoa H5O Woes

There’s more bad news for Hawaii Five-O fans: not only has tomorrow night’s belated resumption of season seven been pre-empted but so has next week’s episode. In fact, it looks like new episodes have been delayed indefinitely because of the varying durations of newcomer Lego Masters Australia. It will screen 7.30 Wednesdays from tomorrow, and […]

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Lego Stymies Magnum, Blocks H5O

Three’s building-block launch of Magnum P.I. has been sabotaged by another Wednesday night premiere. The season premiere of Lego Masters Australia has come in longer than the network expected, and now will air from 7.30-9.25. Rather than push back the 8.30 debut of Magnum PI to next week, Three will screen it an hour later […]

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Three Bars The Conners From Thursdays

Three is pulling its new Thursday night comedy The Conners from primetime after only two weeks on air. The Roseanne spin-off will be replaced by a second episode of its lead-in, Modern Family, from February 21. In the US, the show overcame the loss of its star, Roseanne Barr, to become a ratings winner, second […]

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