Siena Yates is former deputy head of Entertainment for the New Zealand Herald
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Siena Yates: The local reality show ditching mean for a rosy glow
There's no temper tantrums or expletive laden rants and TVNZ's Glow Up is better for it.
'I did a burpee. Just one. But a proper one. For the first time ever'
Siena Yates on navigating her way through weight loss surgery.
Siena Yates: Is it too soon for Prime's local Covid horror series?
Watching a show about a pandemic that's killing hundreds of thousands is uncomfortable.
Siena Yates: Do you dare watch the brutal new SAS reality show?
COMMENT: It's the reality show that pushes contestants and viewers to their limits.
Siena Yates: Why you should be watching new local comedy Sis
COMMENT: A hard out new comedy shows what life is really like for brown people.
Siena Yates: Should you turn on to NZ's political comedy Sextortion?
Popular comedian Tom Sainsbury moves off social media to lead this new political satire.
Siena Yates: Big Brother 2020 shows the game has changed
Yet it's as boring as ever, writes Siena Yates.
Siena Yates: Move aside Queer Eye, the Queens are coming to town
This might be blasphemous but We're Here is -dare I say it? - better than Queer Eye...
Siena Yates: Is Queer Eye's new season on Netflix off the mark?
With all that's going on right now, is the timing of this new season too far off the mark?
Siena Yates: George Floyd's death is why we shouldn't arm our police
COMMENT: I cannot accept that. We, as a nation, must not accept that.
Siena Yates: Netflix's Win the Wilderness is Hollywood-worthy
COMMENT: The beautiful reality TV series that is much more than a game.
Siena Yates: Unbreakable is the happy ending we all need right now
COMMENT: TVNZ's new reality series is an uplifting reminder that normality is overrated.
Siena Yates' moving tribute to mum - I hope I'm still holding your hand at the end
A week ahead of Mother's Day weekend, Siena Yates reflects on going home.
Siena Yates: Tiger King is entertaining but should it be?
COMMENT: Netflix's trending true crimes series favours the superficial over substance.
Why Taika made a Hitler comedy in the age of Trump
Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit is up for six awards at the Oscars today.
Siena Yates: The major problem with that Bachelorette 'twist'
Like... who thought this was a good idea in 2020?
This 10-week diet requires zero effort - so what's the catch?
When something seems too good to be true, it often is. But maybe not this time.
Siena Yates: If the streaming wars are real, we're the casualties
We're buying into it all, but where are the original voices?
The real story behind one of sport's most historic moments
Ford v Ferrari marks a moment in sporting history, but it's not really about that at all.
Fans spin out as My Chemical Romance announce reunion
This is not a drill: It's time to rejoin the Black Parade and we are truly not ok.
Is it just me, or are horror movies boring as hell?
The bogeyman is scary because you don't see him coming, yet horror is so predictable
The reality talent contest you never knew you needed
Netflix has a talent show like no other - but not for the reasons you might think
The NZ-bound musical 'making American Idiot great again'
One of the greatest concept albums of our time is coming to the New Zealand stage
Why 'we can't pat ourselves on the back' over inclusion summit
A new summit on inclusion is coming to NZ and its speakers are ready to fight.
The 'irresponsible' new Netflix movie that needs to be axed
Comment: Netflix has a wannabe-woke new teen movie.
Meet the Aussie pop star taking on racism through music
How Thelma Plum embraced her truth to create a hit album.
First look: Adolf Hitler gets the Taika Waititi treatment
Only Waititi could pull off playing an absurd and oddly lovable version of Adolf Hitler.
How history-maker created Kiwi artists' 'hardest gig ever'
20 years after making history, Hinewehi Mohi is working on shaping the future.
Masturbation and terror: The teen TV show that really goes there
Forget the squeaky-clean Disney image of teen life, Pen15 gets into the real stuff.
Siena Yates: Why Celeb Treasure Island actually gives me hope
Wait... a reality TV show that actually bodes well for society? Just hear me out.
Miley is pansexual - that doesn't make her a villain
Miley's pansexuality has made way too many headlines lately. Here's why it doesn't matter.
Why putting Kiwi stars on Treasure Island could go 'tits up'
16 celebrities, two camps, one island - and only one winner. What could go wrong?
Meet the rapper ushering in a new era for NZ hip-hop
JessB is back with a second EP and proof that she's not going anywhere.
Is this the latest teen set to take over the music world?
At just 17, she's only been in the game for a year, but Zhavia could be one to watch
The revolutionary film that could change teen movies forever
Booksmart is a game changer for the teen genre and I can't wait to see what's next
Billy Porter: 'You want to talk like me? Then understand who I am'
Billy Porter is "on the move, honey" - and he wants you to join him in the revolution.
Switching Channels: Can NZ TV survive the streaming wars?
Apple's packing money and stars in the streaming wars - can NZ survive the onslaught?
TV's notorious West family celebrates 150 episodes
Kiwis have been watching the West family for nearly 15 years, and 150 episodes.
Forget Game of Thrones - best shows of the year still to come
These shows are gripping, beautifully made and socially and politically relevant.
Megan Thee Stallion knows sex sells - but is it enough?
Megan Thee Stallion's Fever is hot as hell, but leaves you wanting - and not in a good way
Kiwi's 'insane' road from South Auckland to Hollywood
Beulah Koale's world has changed in every way - but he probably never will.
Back to reality: Real reason we're mad about Thrones
Game of Thrones is over, and so is one of our biggest communal distractions.
Answer to being overwhelmed by sooo many white guys
If you're tired of hearing the same old opinions, Sooo Many White Guys is for you.
New true crime doco has lions, a poodle and ... David Lange?
Who knew one of New Zealand's wildest cold cases involves circus animals and a PM?
Why star's latest album is a quick trip to Grim Town
For the first time, going to "grim town" doesn't sound bad at all.
Why I actually enjoyed that 'uncomfortable' GoT sex scene
Comment: Why Thrones' "uncomfortable" sex scene is actually kind of great
Why Billie Eilish is one of the voices of her generation
Billie Eilish's debut album is not what you thought was coming, and that's awesome.
'I'm gonna break down': Star overwhelmed by 'crazy' NZ gig
Billie Eilish told Kiwi fans: "I don't know how it's gonna get better from here"
Is Avengers: Endgame worth the hype? You're damn right
The final Avengers instalment is here and it does not disappoint.
This scientist turned TV star is about to blow your mind
Ella Al-Shamahi is a scientist/comedian, bringing some weird science to your TV screen
Queer-baiting: What it is and why it needs to stop now
Queer-baiting has been in the headlines more recently, but it's been a problem for years.
Comment: I'm not sad anymore, I'm mad - let's make it right
COMMENT: We have to acknowledge all our emotions - even the uncomfortable ones.