Posts Tagged ‘Television’

“The Sopranos” back on our screens: A morality play for our day

Monday, November 8th, 2021

“The Sopranos.” has recently gained a whole new audience, almost 15 years after its finale on HBO. New York Times’s Willy Staley says the show was prescient in a way that sheds light on our specific timeline. “But I think it deals with a theme that never stopped being relevant, namely, salvation. And did I Read more

We should stop filming the Liturgy of the Eucharist

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
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Over the past four summers, I have gotten a break from doctoral studies in sacramental theology at the Atheneum of Sant’Anselmo in Rome by ministering at St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Rapid City, S.D. It is a world away from the Eternal City’s snarled traffic and the equally snarled theological texts of my day job, Read more

Easter services may be screened on television in NZ

Sunday, April 5th, 2020
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Negotiations are underway to have Easter services screened on television. “Our celebrations during the Easter period, which for us begins with a Mass on Holy Thursday evening, April 9,  a special service on Good Friday afternoon and a Mass on Easter Sunday morning,” said Lyndsay Freer spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. “Because our Read more

Love Island so shallow it may as well be called Love Puddle

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Love Island is back for another season and that means so am I, says reviewer Alice Brine. Islands are normally surrounded by bodies of deep water, however, every single person on this show is so shallow, it might as well be called Love Puddle. Every single part of this show is shallow, people talk about being Read more

TV Story on Kiwis volunteering for a Christian Medical Charity

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Every year a bunch of Kiwis head to West Africa to volunteer onboard an enormous hospital ship run by a Christian charity called Mercy Ships. Surgeons, nurses, physiotherapists and radiographers providing surgeries to thousands of patients from the world’s poorest countries. Tumour removal, facial reconstruction, cataract removal/lens implants, cleft lip and palate reconstruction and orthopaedics Read more

Madam Secretary writer seeks to bring faith to TV

Monday, July 9th, 2018
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It has been an excruciatingly painful day for Madam Secretary and her staff. A plot to negotiate the release of a kidnapped American aid worker fails, and the young woman — together with others who have been trafficked — is found dead from asphyxiation in the back of a truck in Kyrgyzstan. In the final Read more

Sensing Murder: A ‘crime against TV’ ?

Monday, March 20th, 2017

I heartily dislike Sensing Murder, and believe it is a cynical example of the pursuit of ratings over responsibility, that TVNZ should be ashamed of themselves for commissioning it, that the psychics themselves prey on the grief of desperate families and that it is worth remembering that the show has never once solved a murder, Read more

Adventist TV available for free in all New Zealand homes

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Seventh-day Adventist congregations across New Zealand have gathered to watch the debut of the local affiliate of church-owned Hope Channel on free-to-air television. Hope Channel New Zealand, as it is known, had been broadcasting via satellite on Freeview Satellite since September 2015. As of April 30, its broadcast was extended to the free-to-air platform. “This Read more

NZ gets a cameo in Morgan Freeman’s series on God

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Actor Morgan Freeman is fronting a series called The Story of God. It is presently going to air on the National Geographic Channel on Sky on Wednesdays at 8:30pm. In Wednesday’s episode, in which he explored the concept of evil, Freeman comes to New Zealand, where a researcher shows us that children, when convinced that Read more

Faith communities are missing from today’s television

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Recently, my family and closest friends gathered for my son’s baptism. We were joined by our larger church community, people we’re connected to in varying degrees, some of whom we embrace upon greeting, others whose hands we clasp briefly with a single word–peace–only once a week. Even my husband’s parents, unable to make the trip, Read more