NZ telly

There aren't many TV shows or movies that are produced in NZ. Oviously, there are not the resources available to produce shows like there are in the US. I am rather picky about what I watch and a few new series don't appeal to me. I have, though, watched two NZ series to the end, both of whose plots I found quite intriguing.

'The Cult' was about a group from very different life-styles who were each trying to get loved ones from a place called  'Two Gardens.'

This is Not My Life' was about people having their memories replaced so that they could fulfill someone else's destiny  in a place called Waimoana. I hope this one has a sequel, but I'm not holding my breath.

Now there is another one,  The Almighty Johnsons' which has a very creative plot--the NZ family is really Norse gods reincarnated.

I think all of these programs have great plots. All of them. But I think they all would have held more Kiwi attention to the end if they had only been 4- or 5-part mini-series instead of ongoing shows. As in most shows, they have to fill a lot of time that isn't always related to the plot and that is where they lost their audience, me included. I've already stopped watching the Johnsons.

But on the bright side, NZ telly is offering a larger choice of American shows, even if' MacGyver' has just taken the place of 'The A Team' and 'Friends' is  in an infinite loop of reruns in no particular order. 'Fringe' comes and goes, as does '11th Hour', but 'Drop Dead Diva', 'Bones', 'NCIS', 'Cold Case', 'Without a Trace' and 'Criminal Minds' are running strong.

BBC shows a lot of programs, but it's amazing how much I don't understand with a British accent and idioms. I do like 'Midsomer Murders' even if the area of Midsomer should have no residents still alive by now.

Of course, this is all subject to change tomorrow--which would not happen in America without a good reason. Oh, well, at least it keeps me on my toes.


KB said...

I couldn't agree more. There has been many a time I've started watching and enjoying a series only to have it taken off air with no explanation.

You think things are bad now. I moved to NZ 25 years ago and the TV programmes sucked big time. At least now we are not years behind with new episodes. We'll have to be content with six months behind for now :)

Arkansas Patti said...

I wondered what you all were able to watch in NZ. Surprised that American shows make the trip.
I was so relieved that you sometimes have a tough time following British shows due to the accent.
I too have that problem and wondered if it was just me.

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

I love TV series. Bones is fun. I LOVE Two and a Half Men ;)

I'm following from the hop.


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