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MTV renews Geordie Shore

MTV has renewed the UK Jersey Shore spinoff Geordie Shore for a second season. The series will return in early 2012 for its new run.

Journos seek legal advice

The Aussie journalists who faked a live cross this week are now considering legal action after Channel Nine sacked them for their actions. The pair claimed they were on location on the Sunshine Coast when in fact they were just outside the Channel Nine base in Brisbane. 

Keaton working on TV projects

Diane Keaton has been lined up for several TV project by HBO in the US after the actress singed a development deal with the network. HBO is also developing projects around Kevin Bacon and Julianne Moore.

Graham joins sitcom pilot

Actress Heather Graham has joined a new pilot for Fox called Little in Common. The sitcom centres on a couple who move to a new town but fail to bond with their new neighbours.

Sky TV is planning on flying in more HDi decoders to deal with the demand ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

It has been reported that Sky subscribers looking to upgrade their standard Sky decoders to the MySky HDi decoder would have to wait until well into the tournament before they would be installed due to a shortage.

Sky spokesperson Tony O’Brien said the company is expecting to receive more stock in a couple of weeks.

He said that sky did have enough stock to deal with demand but that customers who were upgrading to the new MySky+ decoder were keeping their old MySky decoders for another room rather than handing them back.

“We normally keep a three-month decoder stock in our warehouse,” he said. “We will now increase this to four months.”

Sky are saying that September 25 will be the closest date that those looking to upgrade for the World Cup would be able to have their HDi decoders installed.

The tournament begins on September 9.

Source: Herald

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Most watched

  1. One News: 687,280 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 561,180 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. Fair Go: 534,770 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Two and a Half Men: 525,790 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:05pm)
  5. $#*! My Dad Says: 524,790 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Fair Go: 534,770 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. Two and a Half Men: 525,790 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:05pm)
  3. $#*! My Dad Says: 524,790 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:30pm)
  4. The Big Bang Theory: 508,370 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  5. Animal Rescue: 490,880 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 136,430 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. Emmerdale: 118,520 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 12:55pm)
  3. ONE News 4:30: 111,000 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)
  4. Emmerdale: 109,570 (TV ONE, 1:00pm – 1:30pm)
  5. Ned’s Declassified School: 106,930 (TV2, 4:05pm – 4:30pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 687,280 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Fair Go: 534,770 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Animal Rescue: 490,880 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Close Up: 425,850 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Nothing Trivial: 342,380 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 561,180 (7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  2. Two and a Half Men: 525,790 (7:35pm – 8:05pm)
  3. $#*! My Dad Says: 524,790 (8:05pm – 8:30pm)
  4. The Big Bang Theory: 508,370 (8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  5. Happy Endings: 322,480 (9:00pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 319,170 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Campbell Live: 246,470 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Underbelly NZ Land of the: 237,050 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  4. Destroyed in Seconds: 224,400 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. Rocked The Nation 3: 210,480 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. The Simpsons: 122,210 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. That ’70s Show: 74,990 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Drew & Shannon Live: 43,920 (4:30pm – 6:00pm)
  4. The Biggest Loser: 40,420 (7:30pm – 9:25pm)
  5. King Of The Hill: 37,620 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Sea Patrol: 171,370 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Prime Evening News: 170,160 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  3. QI: 118,310 (9:30pm – 10:10pm)
  4. Deal or No Deal: 103,800 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  5. Deal or No Deal: 82,200 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)

The Crowd Goes Wild: 50,830 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. CSI Miami: 56,990 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Criminal Minds: 40,120 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. ITM Cup Rugby: 127,760 (8:00pm – 9:40pm)
  2. ITM Cup Rugby Post Game: 76,320 (9:40pm – 9:55pm)
  3. ITM Cup Rugby Post Game: 74,810 (7:45pm – 7:55pm)
  4. ITM Cup Rugby: 42,710 (6:00pm – 7:45pm)
  5. RugbyCentre: 25,890 (10:00pm – 10:55pm)

Most watched on TV3 Plus 1

  1. Home and Away: 32,930 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:30am – 6:55am): 85,150
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 7:50am): 187,810
  • Breakfast (7:55am – 9:00am): 122,600
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 30,150
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 7:55am): 41,170
  • AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 35,810
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 136,430
  • 3 News at 12 (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 38,890
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 687,280
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 319,170
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 425,850
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 246,470
  • Tonight (10:30pm – 11:00pm): 180,040
  • Nightline (10:30pm – 11:05pm): 141,170

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. F.R.I.E.N.D.S: TV2 231280 – up from 158870 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Neighbours: TV2 157010 – up from 93580 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  3. $#*! My Dad Says: TV2 524790 – up from 484650 (8:05pm – 8:30pm)
  4. The Big Bang Theory: TV2 508370 – up from 474000 (8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  5. Destroyed in Seconds: TV3 224400 – up from 190490 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Fair Go: TV ONE 534770 – down from 639030 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. Animal Rescue: TV ONE 490880 – down from 588010 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Close Up: TV ONE 425850 – down from 511130 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. One News: TV ONE 687280 – down from 762380 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  5. 3 News: TV3 319170 – down from 392510 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)


  1. Born Without Arms: TV ONE (9:30pm – 10:30pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • TV ONE: 28.1%
  • SKY Network: 25.6%
  • TV2: 18.9%
  • TV3: 13.6%
  • PRIME: 5.3%
  • Other TV Channels: 4.5%
  • FOUR: 3.2%
  • Maori TV: 0.2%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

The Rock developing wrestling drama

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is said to be developing a new wrestling drama for NBC alongside Jerry Bruckheimer. The series will be set in the 1980s and will focus on the rising popularity of wrestling through that decade.

Glee actor joins The Middle

Glee actor Chord Overstreet has joined the cast of The Middle for a guest appearance. Overstreet, who played Sam, will take the on the role of a new teacher on the sitcom.

No host for MTV VMAs

MTV has decided to have no host for the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards this weekend. 

Aussie media boycotting cup

Australian news media is looking to go ahead with their boycott of the Rugby World Cup due to the International Rugby Board’s restrictions on the use of official match footage. News Ltd and Fairfax Australia are rejecting the IRB’s accreditation terms and will not be sending accredited journalists to New Zealand.

On April 29 1990 one of the greatest events of New Zealand entertainment took place in Auckland.  

This was no run of the mill stage show, it was Billy T’s first show after being given a new heart.

No one was even sure he would last the distance.  Now more than twenty years later, Billy T is gracing our screens again on Comedy Central! 

To celebrate the launch of The Billy T James Show on Comedy Central, the channel is airing Billy T’s “Alive & Gigging” Monday August 29 @ 8:30pm.

Following on from “Alive and Gigging”, Comedy Central is bringing the full Billy T James Show back to television screens in New Zealand for the first time in almost 20 years.

The iconic performer with the infectious laugh will have the whole family in fits with his famous skits and gags. Billy T is back and there’s no surprise why he is still hailed as the best comedian New Zealand has ever produced.

Laugh again with The Billy T. James Show on Comedy Central every Wednesday @ 8:30pm

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Most watched

  1. One News: 768,790 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 516,670 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 513,390 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Close Up: 495,360 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. 3 News: 432,050 (TV3, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Coronation Street: 513,390 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Chef On A Mission: 414,380 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. My Kitchen Rules: 406,910 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  4. Target: 353,990 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. Grey’s Anatomy: 349,910 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 133,640 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. Emmerdale: 121,320 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 12:55pm)
  3. Ned’s Declassified School: 116,120 (TV2, 4:05pm – 4:30pm)
  4. The Erin Simpson Show: 109,150 (TV2, 4:05pm – 4:05pm)
  5. The Erin Simpson Show: 108,220 (TV2, 4:30pm – 5:00pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 768,790 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Coronation Street: 513,390 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Close Up: 495,360 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Chef On A Mission: 414,380 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. MasterChef Australia: 261,400 (5:25pm – 6:00pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 516,670 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. My Kitchen Rules: 406,910 (7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  3. Grey’s Anatomy: 349,910 (8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  4. Private Practice: 256,550 (9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  5. F.R.I.E.N.D.S: 208,350 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 432,050 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Target: 353,990 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Campbell Live: 307,280 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. NCIS: 302,890 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. Home and Away: 229,640 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. The Simpsons: 146,210 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Bring It On All Or Nothing: 99,930 (8:30pm – 10:35pm)
  3. America’s Next Top Model: 86,400 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. That ’70s Show: 52,670 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  5. 90210: 31,210 (10:35pm – 11:30pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime Evening News: 202,240 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Deal or No Deal: 113,820 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  3. The View From River Cottage: 111,020 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Scott & Bailey: 90,840 (8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  5. Deal or No Deal: 78,590 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)

The Crowd Goes Wild: 43,760 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. C.S.I: 40,830 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Law & Order: 22,630 (10:30pm – 11:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. ITM Cup Rugby: 118,670 (8:00pm – 9:45pm)
  2. ITM Cup Rugby Post Game: 71,040 (7:45pm – 7:55pm)
  3. ITM Cup Rugby Post Game: 57,570 (9:45pm – 9:55pm)
  4. ITM Cup Rugby: 42,150 (6:00pm – 7:45pm)
  5. Reunion: 31,810 (10:00pm – 10:55pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:30am – 6:55am): 89,820
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 7:55am): 183,080
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 149,570
  • 3 News Firstline (6:00am – 6:30am): 22,620
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 33,200
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 8:00am): 48,770
  • 3 News Firstline (8:00am – 8:30am): 26,840
  • AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 45,770
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 133,640
  • 3 News at 12 (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 24,730
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 768,790
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 432,050
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 495,360
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 307,280
  • Tonight (10:35pm – 11:05pm): 189,740
  • Nightline (10:30pm – 11:00pm): 121,040

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. Deal or No Deal: PRIME 78590 – up from 45320 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  2. Sports Tonight: TV3 92590 – up from 67990 (11:00pm – 11:20pm)
  3. Nightline: TV3 121040 – up from 105610 (10:30pm – 11:00pm)
  4. Neighbours: TV2 107740 – up from 95810 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  5. F.R.I.E.N.D.S: TV2 208350 – up from 198820 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Shortland Street: TV2 516670 – down from 610910 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Target: TV3 353990 – down from 440580 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. The Jeremy Kyle Show: TV2 49020 – down from 131840 (12:35pm – 1:35pm)
  4. 3 News: TV3 432050 – down from 511450 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  5. Campbell Live: TV3 307280 – down from 386120 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)


  1. Chef On A Mission: TV ONE (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. The Crowd Goes Wild: PRIME (10:30pm – 11:00pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • TV ONE: 29.7%
  • SKY Network: 25.4%
  • TV2: 16.6%
  • TV3: 14.4%
  • PRIME: 4.5%
  • FOUR: 4.3%
  • Other TV Channels: 3.9%
  • Maori TV: 0.5%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

Lady Gaga scores Simpsons cameo

Lady Gaga has confirmed she will have a cameo on The Simpsons early next year. The singer said her character heads to Springfield to help boost Lisa’s confidence.

Jekyll and Hyde series in the works

A new TV adaptation of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is in the works at the ABC network. The series will be written by Up In The Air co-writer Sheldon Turner.

Dawsons’s Creek actress joins Hawaii Five-0

Former Dawson’s Creek regular Meredith Monroe has signed up for a guest role on Hawaii Five-0. Monroe featured on Dawson’s Creek as Andie from 1998 to 2001.

New time-travel comedy in development

A new time-travel comedy is in development at ABC that centres on a man who believes he is living the perfect life in 2016 before he is transported back to 2011. Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison will produce the series alongside Sony Pictures.

The 30-man All Blacks squad for the forthcoming Rugby World Cup has been announced this afternoon.

Richie McCaw will lead the New Zealand team into the tournament, which begins on September 9 against Tonga at Eden Park.

Notable players to miss selection include Hosea Gear and Sitiveni Sivivatu in the backs and Liam Messam and Jarrad Hoeata in the forwards.

Coverage of the tournament is available across a range of broadcasters in New Zealand with Maori Television and Sky Sport screening all 48 games.


The squad:

Backs: Mils Muliaina, Israel Dagg, Isaia Toeava, Corey Jane, Zac Guildford, Conrad Smith, Richard Kahui, Ma’a Nonu, Sonny Bill Williams, Dan Carter, Colin Slade, Jimmy Cowan, Piri Weepu, Andy Ellis

Forwards: Kieran Read, Victor Vito, Richie McCaw (capt), Adam Thomson, Jerome Kaino, Ali Williams, Brad Thorn, Sam Whitelock, Anthony Boric, Owen Franks, John Afoa, Ben Franks, Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu, Andrew Hore, Corey Flynn

Navigating the busy months ahead is proving a challenge for the country’s marketers as they attempt to plan their seasonal Christmas sales drives around the twin events of the Rugby World Cup and a General Election.

“By itself a shorter Christmas period will have retailers sweating, but this year they also have to contend with the distraction of, and advertising for, the General Election on 26 November, traditionally one of the busier shopping weekends of the year”, says Rick Friesen, Chief Executive of ThinkTV.

But it is good timing for free-to-air television networks. The trifecta of the Rugby World Cup, General Election and Christmas is signalling a strong demand for Television advertising space. This period of sustained activity of marketing for, in and around these events means that 2011 is likely to end on a high note for the industry as advertisers compete for plum positioning.

“Q4 characteristically comes in as a strong performer in Television advertising spend most years, but this year probably more-so because of the likely growth in non-Rugby World Cup spend immediately following the event,” says Barry Williamson, Media Director of MEC New Zealand. 

“This, coupled with the historic media growth associated with an election year, will mean a strong allocation of listings snapped up in July with the client mantra being ‘buy now to secure the best inventory’”.

The $600+ million New Zealand Television advertising industry tends to generate its highest levels of revenue in the second half of the year, which are typically 25-30% higher than the first half. 

This trend is set to continue with both TVNZ and MediaWorks TV reporting exceptionally high levels of early bookings and enquiries for this period already.

“We have experienced unprecedented forward demand across the last quarter of 2011 which gives us a lot of confidence in continued market recovery. Importantly we have a very strong schedule across both channels creating great opportunity across our card,” says Paul Maher, TVNZ’s Head of Sales and Marketing.

Likewise, MediaWorks TV are happy with their initial indications of performance for this period;

“We have had very positive feedback from the market around our Q4 ratecard, strong programming lineup and client’s television plans for the last quarter of 2011. We are expecting demand to be strong, clients are telling us that many plans are signed off and there is more television activity than we have seen for some time. The Rugby World Cup, Election 2011, Bathurst, Melbourne Cup are all generating excitement and interest,” says Linda Farrelly, MediaWorks TV Director of Sales.

The General Election broadcast monetary allocation of $3.28 million for official election advertising, plus fewer restrictions of third party advertisers, will also contribute to tight availability in November. Each party receives a weighted allocation of the fund for advertising across broadcast, print, outdoor and online and TV advertising historically rates highly within the marketing mix for major parties.

With Television viewing and reach figures reaching record levels it seems logical to expect this trend to continue. 

“Over a seven day period Television reaches 96% of the population.  These fast and vast reach characteristics make Television ideal for political campaigning”, says Rick Friesen, Chief Executive of ThinkTV.

“The unusual occurrence of a home Rugby World Cup and General Election squeezed into the two busiest retail months points to a very strong finish for the favoured medium for the year. Our advice would be to get talking to the networks now, to secure your spots”.

(From a ThinkTV press release)

New Zealand actor Charles Mesure will be a part of the final season of Desperate Housewives.

The British-born actor, who last year starred in the TV One drama This Is Not My Life, will play the role of a ruthless Australian real estate agent called Ben.

Current DH actor James Denton, who plays Mike Delfino, said Mesure’s character would drive the season’s key mystery.

“He’s going to be there all year and he’s doing some shady stuff. I know he and Delfino have a lot of good scenes together early on, so I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes,” Denton said.

“[Mesure] is a great guy. A really nice fellow and a heck of an actor.” 

The final season will screen in New Zealand next year.

Source: Stuff