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In the first co-acquisition partnership between The CW and HBO Max, the broadcaster and streamer have acquired Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s “Wellington Paranormal,” a spinoff from their 2014 movie “What We Do in the Shadows.” The horror comedy will premiere on The CW July 11, and episodes will then be available the next day to stream on HBO Max (as well as on the ad-supported CW app and CWTV.com).

The show follows the police characters from “What We Do in the Shadows,” Officers O’Leary (played by Karen O’Leary) and Minogue (played by Mike Minogue). As part of the Wellington paranormal unit, they investigate local supernatural activity — of which there is a surprising amount — as supervised by Sergeant Maaka (Maaka Pohatu).

“Wellington Paranormal” has aired for three seasons in New Zealand, and The CW and HBO Max has acquired all three 

 

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Wellington Paranormal is a New Zealand mockumentary comedy horror television series which is a spin-off from the 2014 film "What We Do in the Shadows". Wellington Paranormal follows the two inept New Zealand Police Officers from the film, Officer Kyle Minogue played by Mike Minogue and Officer O’Leary played by Karen O’Leary, as they investigate cases in one of the most monster-infested places in the world. The show focuses on Officers Minogue and O'Leary and their Sergeant, Ruawai Maaka played by Maaka Pohatu as they encounter one spooky thing after another.

Series 1 was 6 episodes and aired in July/August of 2018. A New Zealand Police Recruitment video and four Police Safety Campaign videos starring the TV characters were released in 2018. Series 2 was also 6 episodes and aired in October/November of 2019. A Christmas Special aired in December of 2019. A series of 16 Webisodes called "Important COVID-19 Messages from Wellington Paranormal" were created with the New Zealand Police to promote safe COVID-19 practices, began releasing in March of 2020. Series 3 was 6 episodes and aired in February/March of 2021. Series 4 is currently in production.

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S01.E01: Demon Girl

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SEASON PREMIERE – Officers O’Leary (Karen O’Leary) and Minogue (Mike Minogue) have an encounter with the demon Bazu’aal when it descends upon Wellington leaving no man – or beast – untouched.  Jemaine Clement directed the episode written by himself and Paul Yates (#101).  The CW original airdate 7/11/2021 @ 9pm

The doggy was the best part of the episode.

S01.E02: Cop Circles

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BEAM ME UP – O’Leary (Karen O’Leary) and Minogue (Mike Minogue) investigate possible alien activity in the Wellington countryside.  Jemaine Clement directed the episode written by Melanie Bracewell (#102). The CW original airdate 7/11/2021 @ 9:30pm

I wonder if they really were Extra-terresticles, since the images of the aliens had some of their parts blurred. I wonder if the blurring was also done in the New Zealand broadcast? 

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Unfortunately, this was nowhere near the comedic brilliance that is WWDITS. It seemed to be one of those "celebration of idiots" comedies, where everyone is obliviously stupid. I'll give it another chance, but 3 may be my limit.

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14 hours ago, Ms Lark said:

Unfortunately, this was nowhere near the comedic brilliance that is WWDITS. It seemed to be one of those "celebration of idiots" comedies, where everyone is obliviously stupid. I'll give it another chance, but 3 may be my limit.

I feel like I read somewhere that season 2 is when it actually gets fun and that season 1 really isn't worth watching at all (unfortunately). But do we know, are they burning through all the seasons right away on the CW? Because if they are, and doing 2-at-once, then the first season will only last 3 weeks and then we get to the reportedly good stuff. So here's hoping!

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7 hours ago, gesundheit said:

I feel like I read somewhere that season 2 is when it actually gets fun and that season 1 really isn't worth watching at all (unfortunately). But do we know, are they burning through all the seasons right away on the CW? Because if they are, and doing 2-at-once, then the first season will only last 3 weeks and then we get to the reportedly good stuff. So here's hoping!

That's good to know, regarding s2 since I'm wondering why I'm watching! Taika Waititi is usually excellent. Ratings for both episodes was 0.0, which is probably the lowest rating of any show ever! Yikes. Does not bode well. Only one per week going forward, don't know how many seasons we'll see, but if the ratings don't increase, probably not even the full s1!

Here's an interesting article that explains some things.  https://screenrant.com/wellington-paranormal-taika-waititi-2018-us-debut/  WP actually predates the WWDITS tv show, so it's a spinoff of the movie.

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Hopefully HBO Max would stick with it even if CW gives it the heave ho.

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If you watch the episodes on HBO Max, the episodes are uncut. There was a pretty funny joke in the second episode that was missed on the CW....it came after the line about "If we identify one of the UFOs, doesn't it then become an....FO?"  Sergeant Maaka replies "I'll tell you what, why don't you two F.O." and makes them leave the room. 😄

The penis aliens were still blurred out in the original episode though. 

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The silliness/idiocy reminded us a bit of Reno 911 but we need some silly in our lives so we're sticking with it, especially since I also heard it gets better.

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S01.E03: 70’s Ghost (CW Title)/Things That Do Bump in the Night (HBO Max Title)/Things That Do the Bump in the Night (New Zealand Title)

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WHO YA GONNA CALL? – Officers O’Leary (Karen O’Leary) and Minogue (Mike Minogue) investigate a noise complaint and stumble on a mysterious party.  Jackie van Beech directed the episode written by Nick Ward (#103). Original airdate 7/18/2021 @ 9pm

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