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 the ratings but obviously neither has fared well against TVNZ 1’s Nick Knowles’ Heritage Rescue/Coronation Street and Three’s Miss Congeniality movies.

And with the latter tonight resuming The Graham Norton Show, which started to regain its popularity late last year, on a double-bill with a topical documentary series about Elon Musk, TVNZ 2 clearly felt it could no longer continue to squander a plum primetime block on two obscurities.

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