TVNZ On-Demand Boxes On With New Comedies

TVNZ On-Demand will stream box sets of four new American comedy series from March 7, including a promising 30 Rock pretender and one that been’s dubbed an homage to the classic X-Files episode, Jose Chung’s From Outer Space.

People of Earth (above), which revolves around a support group for alien abductees, was  the most widely and favourably reviewed.

“It’s the kind of show that doesn’t make you LOL so much as chuckle softly while admiring its subtext,” New York magazine said of the TBS comedy — which probably explains why TVNZ is putting it online rather than on-air.

Nightcap is [a] lightweight, rewarding, and extremely watchable comedy … that owes a little, if not a lot, to NBC’s 30 Rock,” was  Variety’s verdict on the show that, even before it launched in November on the US cable network, Pop, spawned a second season.

Graves stars Nick Nolte as an ex-US president trying to reclaim his legacy just as his wife (Sela Ward) elects to run for office.

“Don’t scrutinise this series too closely,” was the New York Times’ advice about the Epix series. “Just enjoy the performances.”

The oldest of the quartet, Deadbeat, is a Hulu original that dates to 2014.

Here are the edited TVNZ billings for the newcomers:

People of Earth  (season 1)

From the executive producer of The Office and Parks and Recreation comes an original comedy about a support group for alien abductees. The show centres on sceptical journalist Ozzie Graham (Wyatt Cenac), who investigates a support group to write about the members’ supposed alien encounters. The more he digs into their oddball claims, the more he realises there is truth in their stories and possibly even signs that point to his own alien abduction.

Nightcap (season 1)

Insanity, absurdity and urgency reign, in this over-the-top culture-commentary comedy that dives into the hilarity that ensues behind-the-scenes of a fictitious late-night talk show, The Nightcap with Jimmy. The 10-episode original scripted comedy series stars Ali Wentworth as head talent booker Staci to wrangle both her dysfunctional staff and the myriad of stars who are a mix of improvisational actors and real-life celebrities bringing their quirks, diva demands and peculiar antics to the set.

Deadbeat (seasons 1-3)

New York City slacker, Kevin Pacalioglu has the unique ability to see dead people in the most inconvenient of places. Faced with a constant stream of stubborn ghosts, “Pac” goes to whatever lengths require the least amount of effort to help NYC’s most frivolous spirits finish their unfinished business. When a beautiful, charismatic celebrity medium questions Pac’s ability to speak with the dead he will need help from drug dealer friend Roofie to prove she’s the real fraud.

Graves (seasons 1-2)

Graves tells the story of former President Richard Graves, as he embarks on a Don Quixote-like quest to right the wrongs of his administration and reclaim his legacy 25 years after leaving the White House. He holds nothing sacred as he unspools some of his administration’s proudest victories — an “enlightenment” that coincides with his wife deciding it’s finally time for her to pursue her own political ambitions.

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7 Responses to “TVNZ On-Demand Boxes On With New Comedies”

  1. These newcomers on TVNZ On-Demand — are they bound for TVNZ 1 and for TVNZ 2?

  2. They will turn up on TVNZ 2 but won’t be a scheduling priority.

  3. I suspect that they will end up on Duke.

  4. That’s highly likely but many Duke series eventually wind up on TVNZ 2, too.

  5. So, Phil, what you are saying is we’ll be getting some of Duke’s dramas as well as what’s happening whats on-demand in 2017?

  6. Yes, TVNZ maximises its purchases by cycling niche titles from on-demand to Duke and/or TVNZ 2.

  7. Thank you for all my answers, Phil.

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