TVNZ Showcase: Hot shows for the year ahead

Want to know what we’ve got in store for you for the year ahead? Last night (27 September) at our annual TVNZ Showcase event, we announced plans to bring you the best new shows, plus the return of some old favourites, and we can’t wait to tell you all about them!

 

The Best Local TV

We know that New Zealanders love local so we’re going to be putting it at the heart of what we do. Look out for bold new local shows including Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s new comedy Paranormal Unit, and new series Project Runway NZ, which will celebrate our world-class fashion designers and unearth a new sartorial star. TVNZ will be the first to bring rebooted fantasy series The Legend of Monkey to New Zealand audiences. Plus, there’s Heartbreak Island, where 20 Kiwi singles will battle it out for a partner and a $100,000 prize.

If that wasn’t enough we’ve got some great new factual series coming up like Cold Case, which looks at NZ’s most intriguing unsolved crimes, deeply personal stories about extraordinary Kiwis in I Am, and Nigel Latta’s new series, The Curious Mind. 

Returning local favourites include Shortland Street, Country Calendar, Survivor NZ, My Kitchen Rules NZ, First Dates NZ, The Big Ward, Karena and Kasey’s Kitchen Diplomacy, Coast New Zealand, another amazing season of viewer favourite, Sunday Theatre and (deep breath) Police Ten 7.

There’s also a raft of new initiatives hitting our screens. Our New Blood content initiatives are attracting new viewers and supporting local up-and-coming producers, directors, writers, filmmakers, comedians and actors.

Auckland-based filmmakers Ashleigh Reid and Isla Macleod won TVNZ’s inaugural New Blood Web Series Competition with their pilot, Oddly Even. They’ll receive $100,000 from TVNZ and NZ On Air to create a full series that will screen right here on TVNZ OnDemand.

 

Hit International Shows

As ever we’ll be bringing you the best shows from abroad, too. We’ll be showing the new Will & Grace, Young Sheldon (which shows us Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory’s childhood in Texas) and Reverie, a new virtual reality thriller.

There’ll be heaps of OnDemand exclusives, where you’ll see more and more shows being added that you can watch the entire season of, when and how you like. And if you’re looking for a top tip for your new favourite show, look out for the full season of brilliant BBC drama The Last Post coming to OnDemand on 2 October. It’s a big, beautifully filmed drama about a British army unit fighting a Yemeni insurgency in the Middle East in the ‘60s and it’s exclusive to TVNZ OnDemand.

Commonwealth Games  

TVNZ are excited to bring New Zealanders live and free to air broadcast coverage of the Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games.

From 4–15 April 2018, 6,600 athletes and team officials, from 70 nations and territories will arrive on the Gold Coast for an 11 day sporting extravaganza, including 18 sports and seven Para sports.

Coverage including live, replays and highlights will be available on TVNZ 1, TVNZ Games Extra, DUKE and right here on TVNZ.co.nz.

It may have just started, but Pete and Manu will be back again next year in another instalment of My Kitchen Rules NZ!
Iain Armitage plays pint-sized Sheldon Cooper in the brand new spin-off series Young Sheldon.

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