Two new primetime drama series and a new comedy show Greenlit By NZ On Air

Local audiences have two new drama series to look forward to, featuring stories rooted in Aotearoa and current issues.

A new series for TVNZ 2 and TVNZ+,
The bishop centers on a charismatic young pastor who forms an unlikely alliance with a queer podcaster to challenge his father’s mega-church, with explosive results.

Funded for three is dry creek, based in Kaikōura after the earthquake. Described as a fast-paced drama full of quintessential Kiwi optimism, the series explores a friendship gone awry when a surrogacy deal goes awry.

Also on three will be a new series of humorous panels in the original format. Guy Montgomery’s Guy-Mont spelling bee puts New Zealand comedians to the test as they compete to be crowned best speller in front of a live audience.

The comedy written by Pax Assadi returns for a second season on Prime Raised by refugees. When a 14-year-old Pax is presented with the boozy adventures high school has to offer, he’s faced with a choice; dive into adventure or stand firm in their Baha’i beliefs.

And New Zealand’s highest rated comedy 7 days will be back on Three, pitting the top comedians against the news of the week and against each other.

Amie Mills, Head of Fundraising for NZ On Air, says it’s always exciting when new ideas for stories and creations emerge.

“We are thrilled to see these timely and relevant New Zealand stories come to life and believe both dramas will resonate with local audiences. It’s also fantastic to support comedians like Pax and Guy with greater opportunities to bring their talent to our screens. she continued.

The first funding round of the new fiscal year saw 11 scripted projects seeking $17.8 million in production funding.

Funding Details
dry creek, 6 x 44 minutes on Great Southern Television for three, up to $6,652,204

The bishop, 6 x 45 minutes Warner Bros. Int. NZ Television Production for TVNZ 2, up to $5,551,956

Raised by Refugees 26 x 22 minutes, Kevin & Co for Prime, up to $1,371,655

7 days 2023, 20 x 44 minutes, Warner Bros. Discovery ANZ for three, up to $1,097,926

Guy-Mont Spelling Bee by Guy Montgomery, 8 x 44 minutes, Kevin & Co for three, up to $400,000

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