In the Sunday papers: May 24 2009

Highlights

It’s all about the return of Outrageous Fortune on June 2 in View this week.  There’s a recap of what’s happened to date and why the show is dubbed “the best television New Zealand has ever made.”  The show averages 770,000 viewers – the second-highest-rating-peak-time series after Desperate Housewives.

The West Family Album will be published in August which includes a drinking game, quiz, photos, interviews and all sorts of little details.

Season 5 has Eric back, more babies, wedding bells and Detective Sergeant Gerard will shake things up.  Gary won’t be back but there will be new character called Angel, a Suzanne Paul cameo and some very traumatic moments.

NZ on air is yet to make a decision on funding a sixth season of the show but James Griffin has confirmed a sixth season would be the last.

News

Kiwi celebrities are getting behind Greenpeace’s “Sign On” climate change campaign including Lucy Lawless, Rhys Darby, Robyn Malcolm, Bonnie Soper, Harry McNaughton and Sarah Thomson.

Mike King is under fire by media commentators for not paying back the money he earnt while fronting the TV commericals for NZ Pork after his expose on the industry last week on TV ONE’s Sunday.

Jeremy Wells is under fire for being endorsing Meridian Energy in their TV and online ads after Meridian was found to be overcharing their customers.

Ben Boyce (Pulp Sport) is in the running for the Mt Albert by-election:  “I’m not interested in a motorway or a tunnel for Mt Albert, I’m planning on introducing a log flume instead.  I’m currently devising a complex pulley system so we can pick up the entire suburb of Mt Albert and move it to Remuera.  A very costly initiative but I believe it will pay off as once the Mt Albert homes are in Remuera, their value will skyrocket.  Being on a sports comedy TV show will help me get the male vote and being more feminine than the last Mt Albert MP will help with the females.”

There’s more re-hash of old news in the ongoing Tony Veitch saga – this time a 358-page police report has been released publicly.

Reviews + Interviews

Sunday interviews Lesley-Ann Brandt who plays Leilani in Diplomatic Immunity.  The article covers the mixed reviews of the show and outrage that a South African (Brandt) plays the role of a Pacific Islander.  Brandt started her career in modelling before moving into IT recruitment and doing TV work on the side.  Her next role is playing Naevia in Spartacus: Blood and Sand – a handmaiden to Lucy Lawless’ character.

SST goes behind the scenes of Maori Television’s Code – often their #1 rating show. Matua Parkinson says “A lot of people can related to us; we’re not asking the generic, boring-arse questions. [The players] know we are probably going to take the piss out of them, but we will take the piss out of ourselves first.  That breaks the ice.  We try to laugh with our guests.”  He turns up less than an hour before the show goes to air and says he doesn’t know who’s on the show, he doesn’t read his emails and just turns up.  He doesn’t want to look too rehearsed. The show gets about 38,000 viewers a week and 100 TXTs and episode.

View talks to Phil Keoghan of The Amazing Race.  Last year he flew an estimated 650,000km and is talking to various NZ companies about marketing opportunities overseas.  The Amazing Race takes up about a quarter of his work.  He also promotes his book No Opportunity Wasted.

SST reviews Doctor Who and profiles the new doctor, Matt Smith.

Deborah Hill Cone reviews SVU: Special Victims Unit.

Gossip

Gok Wan says “I’m actually a little bit sexually obsessed with Tamati at the moment… You know, his beautiful olive skin went bright red when I said I had a crush on him.  Bless.”

Chase Crawford (Nate in Gossip Girl) will star in the upcoming Footloose movie remake. 

Sarah Jessica Parker speaks out about her surrogate mum:  “I am incredibly outraged by the sort of extraordinary and unprecedented invasion of her privacy.  The most unsavoury things have been done.  SHe’s had her phone hacked, her personal computer information hacked, she’s had threats against her and true harassmehnt.  She’s had friends threateed and family threatened and she’s had family of freinds threatened.”

New Zealand’s Next Top Mode judge Colin Mathura-Jeffree tells SST about his past week where he celebrated his birthday with family and The Edge (who invited two strippers) and then at the Gin Room.  He’s reading “Pony Club Secrets” by Stacy Gregg. 

TVNZ Breakfast producer Sarah Bristow accidentally spat on Gok Wan.  He laughed and took it well. 

Jowl McHale
(The Soup) says he likes to watch Deadliest Catch, Dirty obs, Bizarre Foods, Discovery Channel, Flight of the Conchords, Mad Men, Battlestar Galactica, 30 Rock, The Office and yes, American Idol.

Blind items

“Which very high-profile TV stars are hiding a sensational secret that, if exposed, would not only ruin their good girl personas and their marriages, but would disappoint their thousands of fans who buy into their happily married working-mum images?  If their secret life as lipstick lesbian partners was ever exposed, that’s it.  The end.  Careers gone; marriages over; celebrity star power permanently tarnished.  Though there’d be nothing stopping them flogging another women’s rag story.”

“Which ex of which TV star was once a lesbian heroin addict in London?”

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