Exclusive: Another local TVNZ series heading to Mediaworks

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Throng can exclusively reveal that another TVNZ show is headed to Mediaworks.

Plans are well underway to bring Dancing with the Stars to TV3, now undoubtedly the home of the big reality formats on New Zealand television.

Dancing with the Stars last aired on TV One in 2009. In 2013, Great Southern Television picked up the rights after TVNZ dropped the series in 2010. A spokesperson for Great Southern Television told Throng today that they had pitched a revamped version of the show to TVNZ but it was turned down due to cost. A similar pitch was then made to Mediaworks which resulted in the production company relinquishing the rights after a joint venture wasn’t commercially viable.

Multiple sources have confirmed to Throng that TV3 are now producing Dancing with the Stars in-house.

Mediaworks weren’t yet ready to make a statement about the series when I spoke to them today.

In June last year, former DWTS host Jason Gunn, joined the Mediaworks family as drive time host on Christchurch’s More FM. Previously, Gunn has hosted a range of shows for TVNZ including McDonald’s Young Entertainers, Wheel of Fortune, The Son of a Gunn Show, and What Now.

Last year it was revealed that TV3 would screen a sixth season of Masterchef New Zealand after TVNZ gave the series up.

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Regan is one of the co-founders of Throng Media.
If they're on, I'm usually watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The X Factor, Survivor, House of Cards, Mad Men and the NRL.
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  • Trevor Ashman

    YAY, that’s wonderful news…. will be interesting to see who the stars are 🙂

    • Roger Dodger

      Can pretty much guarantee that Guy Williams will be there. AND one of the bachelorettes and someone from X Factor, and some ex-Block contestants, like Damo.

      • Roger Dodger

        Even none of those people are actually celebrities hahaha – but we scrape the barrel in NZ with celebrities

      • Stan Walker!

        • Roger Dodger

          Would he give up that much time to the show? Doubtful. Dancing with the stars is for faded celebs E.g. Tom Bachelor or last years winner – can’t even remember her name, she is that faded lol

          • Trevor Ashman

            Actually Jackie has got her new single in the charts, she is far from faded 🙂

      • Trevor Ashman

        I think they would have to have higher profile kiwis like sporting people , I could easy see John Campbell 🙂

        • Roger Dodger

          you don’t think he is a little busy with his real job?

          • Trevor Ashman

            well, he might find it fun doing Dancing With The Stars 🙂

        • Dave Ian Batten

          I’d love to see John on there!

  • Will David Cunliffe be the politician?

    • Roger Dodger

      It helped Hide with his popularity. It would be a wise move.

    • Trevor Ashman

      I would have Jacinda Ardern 🙂

      • Are you still talking about the dancing? 🙂

        • Trevor Ashman

          Yes, Jacinda has got the perfect personality for a show like Dancing With The Stars, she would probably win it 🙂

          • Dave Ian Batten

            What about Dominic Bowden as a contestant?

          • Trevor Ashman

            That’s actually a great idea 🙂

          • Dave Ian Batten

            I know! I’m full of great ideas. I should be the producer. 😉

  • Harrison

    I was so close but I guessed the wrong ‘stars’ tv show!

  • K

    So glad TV3 have it!
    Saw this ages ago…Robert Rakete is keen to be on it: http://www.outspokenbyodd.co.nz/talent/robert-rakete/

  • Wonder if they’ll be bold and choose a disabled person eg Sophie Pascoe or Tawera Nikau. Heather Mills did it as did Marlee Matlin.

    • Dave Ian Batten

      I’m disabled. Although I’m in a wheelchair. Steady Eddy maybe?

      • I think Steady Eddy might be too physically limited. But an amputee and a deaf person have both competed overseas. Both examples I’ve given are prominent New Zealanders in sport and should be physically up for the challenge. There aren’t many disabled people on screen in New Zealand programming so there is a unique opportunity there if Mediaworks are willing to take it.

        • Dave Ian Batten

          Dancing With The Palsy’s. That’s my show. I can get away with that because I have cerebral palsy.

          • Ditto

          • Dave Ian Batten

            CCS can sponsor it, I’ll be the host, no one will be able to understand me, but HEY! There will be the Paso Disable, the Dive, the Vertical Wheelchair Waltz, and freestyle., which all of the contesttants dribble all over the dance floor.

  • Drew

    Wow TV3 are really behind this new strategy of all out reality!! Seems there following the same recipe which has helped Seven in Australia topple the once great Nine network. TVNZ watch out!!

  • Dave Ian Batten

    Jason Gunn has to be the host surely!

  • benpaul12

    I hope it is a success because TV3 has now doubled-down on expensive reality productions. If it doesn’t work – like this season of x-factor (so far) it could just keep sinking TV3 into an abyss while the non-investing TVNZ just glides on by…

    • Jasmine

      how has x factor not worked so far?

      • benpaul12

        Ratings disaster and full of controversy. Not exactly a shining light of the reality format MediaWorks is after.

        • Jasmine

          ratings disaster? the show regularly wins its timezone in core demographics, particularly significant given that it has been up against a rival local reality show. it has certainly had some dud nights, where its share has dipped below our first home, but it has played up to three times a week, making it harder to sustain a consistent share

          • benpaul12

            “Making it harder to sustain a consistent share” is case in point. S1’s ratings were consistent and quite high, MKR Australia which screened a few nights a week last year on TV2 was consistent too. True that it is winning in a demographic over OFH, but the overall rating numbers (made up of all those demographics) are not high enough to sustain the heavy sponsorship and the major cost of producing it.

          • Jasmine

            overall ratings numbers are completely redundant when advertisers look at what they want to spend their money in, they just don’t factor. sure its a nice way of simplifying things and a basis on which to rank shows each night, but share points in core demographics are what matter. what use is whole lots of kids watching a show when they aren’t going out to buy what’s being advertised during the show. same thing can be said for the elderly. 18-29, 25-54 and household shoppers are predominantly who are being targeted. to add to that, the success of the sponsorships isn’t just based on those share points. it’s about the whole integration of the product. x factor does a pretty good job of servicing a whole lot of advertisers who pay to have their products incorporated into the show itself – from frutare, to mcdonalds, to 2degrees and more. i doubt that, aside from the few controversies, they’d be unhappy with the way that’s worked out (likewise bnz in our first home).

      • Dave Ian Batten

        I’s just hasn’t for some reason.

    • Dave Ian Batten

      I agree. TV3 have been the better network over the past few years. That’s why they got Dancing With The Stars. TVNZ hasn’t been that good since Keven Kenrick became CEO. I personally don’t like his way of thinking.

      TV3 have a good chance of making the show, hopefully better than TVNZ’s version. I’m sure they will.

  • Hey, I’m available if they need another contestant. 🙂

    • Dave Ian Batten

      You’d be bloody good at it too.

      • Thanks. I’d certainly be entertaining. Wonder if I can apply. 🙂