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professorRussell Johnson, best known for playing “The Professor” on Gilligan’s Island, has died at the age of 89.

Johnson, who guest-starred on dozens of shows from Dynasty to The Jeffersons to Roseanne, played his trademark role of Gilligan‘s scholarly castaway Roy Hinkley from 1964-1967 and in several subsequent TV movies. His career began in the 1950s in movies like It Came From Outer Space, Attack of the Crab Monsters and Johnny Dark. Prior to his “Professorial” breakout, he also starred in the short-lived TV western series Black Saddle and appeared twice in installments of Twilight Zone. Continue reading »

sashaFirstline starts its 2014 season this Monday with new hosts Sacha McNeil and Michael Wilson, and a new (temporary) location. TV3’s early morning rolling news programme is holding on to some of that summer feeling, broadcasting from the Auckland waterfront for the first week (Monday 20 – Friday 24 January).

Mike McRoberts and Hilary Barry are also back in the 3 News studio at 6pm this Monday, while current affairs programmes Campbell Live and The Paul Henry Show launch a week later on Monday 27 January. Continue reading »

ELLEN DEGENERES2014 Academy Award Nominations –

Best Picture

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street Continue reading »

lordeTVNZ has been unable to secure online streaming rights for the Grammys, so instead has decided to broadcast the Awards twice – live on TV2, then again in prime time on TV ONE as originally planned.

Head of Television, Jeff Latch, says the company’s first preference had been to stream the awards live on TVNZ Ondemand, which was the ideal platform for daytime live events. However the attempt to get the rights was not successful, which meant the full television broadcast of the show was originally scheduled in prime time on TV ONE so the maximum number of people would get to see it. Continue reading »

rajRaj is about to come down with a potentially serious case of puppy love. The unlucky in love Raj may finally have some romance in his life.

Tania Raymonde is set to guest star on The Big Bang Theory as a new romantic prospect for Kunal Nayyar’s intimacy-addled alter ego.

Raymonde, whose more recent credits have included Chicago Fire and Switched At Birth, will play a cute and somewhat surly veterinarian who ends up taking care of Raj’s ailing dog Cinnamon in the Valentine’s Day episode. Continue reading »

willOne of the best TV shows (IF NOT the BEST, in my humble opinion) has been renewed for a third, yet final season.

HBO on Monday announced that it had officially renewed The Newsroom yet cancelled it at the same time. “The Newsroom is classic Aaron Sorkin—smart, riveting and thought-provoking,” Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO, said in a statement. “I’m sure this farewell season will be one to remember.” Continue reading »

idoljudgesAmerican Idol wannabes who get a Golden Ticket at their auditions will face an additional hurdle in Season 13 of the singing competition – the “Hollywood or Home” week. Before the hopefuls even have a chance to unpack their bags, some of them will be called in front of the judges to perform solo numbers. What they accomplish there (or don’t) will determine whether they continue on to Hell Week or go directly to the airport with a parting gift of shattered dreams. Continue reading »

ggtThe Golden Globes will be covered here live with all the winners in TV and film. The Globes – hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler kicks off on E! with the red carpet and the awards show starts on Vibe at 2pm. Here are the nominees –


Best TV Series, Drama

– Breaking Bad
– Downton Abbey
– The Good Wife
– House of Cards
– Masters of Sex Continue reading »

bbt starwarsThe Big Bang Theory has just announced that not one, but TWO Star Wars veterans will appear on television’s highest rated and most watched comedy.

Big Bang executive producers Bill Prady and Steve Molaro have said on the Golden Globes red carpet that both James Earl Jones (aka the voice of Darth Vader) and Carrie “Princess Leia” Fisher will guest-star as themselves in an upcoming episode, crossing paths with Sheldon. Continue reading »