HD Heads-Up: November 1-7

TV One is teaming the top new British police drama Happy Valley with what’s been dubbed Australia’s answer to Broadchurch, complete with Kiwi Martin Henderson. “Secrets and Lies, a drama imported from Australia in which a child-murder investigation and its impact on the local community unfolds over six episodes,” The Guardian says. “Yes, we have […]

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HD Ratings: Bogans Bounce Back

More Kiwis discovered The Bogan Hunters in the reality show’s second week than the first. Tuesday’s episode averaged 8.2% – 10.8% of the major demographics, which was well up on the premiere’s 5.4% – 6.5%. Viewership lifted once The Block NZ (9.0% – 13.5%) ended, with Bogan’s second half more popular than the first. The […]

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The Zone Scores With HD Classics

Sky’s new cult channel The Zone will screen not only series premieres like Helix, The Strain and Defiance in HD but also library classics like Star Trek, Space 1999, Quantum Leap and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. The only series that won’t be in HD when the channel launches 4pm on November 3 are Buffy […]

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My Sky + … Movies in November

Sky adds more HD newcomers to its vintage channels next month, although Action and Classics are still a long way shy of of their schedules being 95% HD. Western fans will appreciate at last being able to see a John Wayne western in HD on Classics, Chisum, along with the futuristic Westworld, which HBO is […]

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HD Ratings: Pitch Perfect Pulverises Gotham

Sunday’s network movie premiere of Pitch Perfect proved to be just that in the ratings against a Gotham on the skids. The musical comedy averaged 7.1% – 8.5% to top all the major demographics and helped TV3 to win the night with 18-39 year-olds. But the rest of the night belonged to TV One, with […]

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(Not So) New to Blu: October 15-21

Apologies for the belated round-up of noteworthy new releases but if you haven’t already done so, give X-Men: Days of Future Past a big tick. “Digitally shot with the Arri Alexa and for the first time in native 3D for its 3D version, X-Men: Days of Future Past is an invigorating viewing experience, though sharpness and clarity […]

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Next Week in HD: October 25-31

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly on the networks in 1080i Saturday The ITM Fishing Show – Classic Episodes (TV One, 4.55, R) Trade Zone Gone Fishin’ (TV3, 5.00) Bondi Vet (TV3, 5.30, 5.1) Annabel Langbein Free Range Cook: Through the Seasons (TV One, 7.00) Movie: Lovewrecked (TV2, 7.00, 5.1, R) Ice Road Truckers (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) Movie: Keeping […]

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HD Ratings: Flash Leads Crowded Drama Field

TV3 this week reversed its drama woes with a rebound for two of its most popular series and a solid start for Thursday’s season premiere of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. CSI was up against week two of TV2′s The Flash as well as quality drama premieres on TV One (Love Child) and Prime (Downtown Abbey). […]

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HD Heads-Up: October 25-31

Among the raft of TV One series ending their runs in the week starting October 25 is A Place to Call Home. But what was meant to be have been the series final now looks like being just the end of another season. Channel Seven axed the 1950s family drama because viewership was skewing too […]

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SoHo Pre-Empts Babylon for HBO Drama

SoHo’s had to postpone next month’s premiere of Babylon because Channel 4 has not yet scheduled the police drama. It was tentatively slated for November but Channel 4 has still to announce a date. SoHo contractually can’t screen programmes until after they’ve screened in their native country, so it’s having to replace Babylon with an […]

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HD Ratings: Walking Dead in a League of Its Own

Season five of The Walking Dead hit the ground running on Monday, averaging some of it highest ratings yet. The premiere averaged 8.0% – 10.8% of the major demographics, which are staggering numbers for a 9.30 slot. It won the hour in all the key demos opposite TV One’s Castle (1.0% – 5.7%) and TV3′s movie […]

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HD Ratings: Lightning Doesn’t Strike Thrice for Gotham

Only three weeks in and TV2′s Gotham already is losing ratings steam. Sunday’s episode was beaten by TV3′s re-run of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief in the key demographics and finished behind TV One’s Call the Midwife in all but one. It averaged 4.6% – 7.2% off the back of Meet the Robinson’s […]

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HD Ratings: Viewers Not Anti Norton

The Graham Norton Show roared back for a new season on Friday to help TV3 win the night in all the major demographics. Sandwiched in-between The Block NZ and Kiwi comedies 7Days and Jono and Ben at Ten, it was the centrepiece of a three-hour block that saw TV2’s The Voice hit a season low. […]

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HD Premiere: American Horror Story: Freak Show

American Horror Story: Freak Show: SoHo, 9.30 Monday The gang’s all here for the extra-long season four premiere: contrary conjoined twins, a killer clown that would give Modern Family’s Frisbo nightmares and Lobster Boy, “who uses his elongated digits to pleasure local females — and not by making hand shadow puppets”. Most of the cast from […]

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HD Premiere: The Walking Dead (S5)

The Walking Dead: TV2, 9.35 Monday. Season five of “the little zombie show that roared“ launches globally within hours of the US and just days after it was renewed for a sixth. Apparently with good reason if the advance reviews can be believed. “It’s bracing to see a series that has weathered offscreen changes, and all […]

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