NZ on Air approves funding for new season of Jono and Ben at Ten

JonoBenAtTenNZ on Air has approved funding for a second season of Jono and Ben at Ten.

The TV3 comedy series will return later this year with 20 new episodes, following a successful first season last year.

Two new programmes were also approved in the latest round of funding.

Leigh Hart (aka That Guy) will feature in a new show called The Late Night Big Breakfast, where he and a cast of co-anchors will “attempt to produce their show each week from always changing studio locations”.

Cover Band is a new project from the producers of Hounds.

“Thedownlowconcept’s latest series profiles the world of rock ‘n roll where faded dreams sometimes mean you have to make a living singing other people’s songs. Classic Kiwi anthems will create the soundtrack of this series.”

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  • TV Gold

    Personally, I think it’s great to see some of the ‘success stories’ of NZ television comedy get another season … but I can’t help but think I’d also love see some ‘new blood’ get a go.

    There’s a real sameness to the faces/comedy we are putting on screen (read: funding) year in, year out … despite the fact that most of it doesn’t do particularly well. With a few notable exceptions.

    I wish NZoA would look beyond the broadcaster-dictacted model, and help support comedy producers/writers/actors at the development level. On web? Regional TV? A digital channel like Choice TV? Then we might see some great new players come through without relying a big punt from the mainstream broadcasters … who almost never take punts.

    TVNZ is the biggest culprit here. Ironically.

  • Reece

    Great to see another season of Jono & Ben (I prefer it to pulp sport). I see old skewing TV One is also continuing to try to carve out its own local comedy lineup after ignoring it for how long??? Surely this stuff would be better suited for TV2.

  • JamesRossiter

    Took TV3 long enough.

  • I’d rather see Joe Bennett at Ten

    • Reece

      Maybe Leigh Hart should of focused on a 30 minute edition of book zone instead of the late night big breakfast?

  • Can’t believe 25 cents from every taxpayer in the country goes towards this garbage. There must be a better use for the several million dollars that NZ on Air gets annually than this.

    • aaronimpact

      Some of us like watching “this garbage”, Aaron.

      It doesn’t matter what TV shows NZ Air fund, people like you will still moan.

      • Fair enough, people must watch it. I in no way have a problem with that. I just don’t think its at all appropriate for tax payers to be funding this type of show, especially when it is so deep in advertising and sponsorships. This type of content isn’t for ‘The Public Good’. The fact that it gets 25 cents from every New Zealander on top of advertising revenue demonstrates what I believe to be a glaring problem with the current state of NZ on Air.

    • WARRICK

      I AM GETTING ANGRY AND I DONT KNOW WHY. PEOPLE GETTING FUNDING FOR TELEVISION SHOWS FROM AN ORGANISATION SET UP TO DISTRIBUTE FUNDING TELEVISION SHOWS MAKES ME ANGRY GIVE ME MY 25 CENTS BACK IM ANGRY. MAYBE NZ ON AIR CAN MAKE AARON’S HOUR WHERE AARON TALKS ABOUT HOW ANGRY HE IS AT THE WAY NZ ON AIR MONEY IS DISTRIBUTED

  • Daniel

    I think they should send some money to the three presenters on 7 Sharp for an early golden handshake and big leather boot from behind.

  • The Jono Project was far better than this. J&B@10 is nowhere near as funny. I would reinstate TJP and dump Ben. He’s not funny.