ANZ co-production Cleverman will become the latest show to premiere on TVNZ OnDemand before getting a broadcast run-out later.
TVNZ’s decision to premiere kids’ show Terry Teo on TVNZOD before screening it on TV2 has caused some concern recently. Terry Teo was commissioned with NZ On Air support, while Cleverman is an acquistion. When it does head to TV screens, Cleverman will play on Duke, TVNZ’s recently-launched male-skewing channel.
The show, which has already screened in Australia and the US, comes from Goalpost and Pukeko. Shot in Australia, the series did its post at Park Road. Weta Workshop did the series’ creature design.
The show reimagines stories from Aborigine Dreaming, adds some superhero elements and addresses racism, asylum seekers and border protection – currently the subject of discussion in Australia.
The show had a mixed critical reception in the US, praised for its originality, criticised for some confused storytelling in its early episodes. TVNZ’s Andrew Shaw described it as a “unique dramatic proposition … clever, subtle and compelling”. It makes Duke seem an odd choice of channel.
Cleverman is available on TVNZOD from Monday (25 July) with an air date TBC.