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Glee

7:30pm – Wednesday, November 7 on FOUR

It’s the last week of the Glee season five U.S. and New Zealand hiatus, and what better way to end FOUR’s Glee encore season than with the series’ “Michael” instalment, screening on Wednesday, November 7 th at 7:30pm on FOUR. “One of our challenges,” co-costume designer Jennifer Eve, explained at the time of filming, “was to take the inspiration of Michael Jackson but keep the iconic Glee characterisations.”

“What makes ‘Michael’ a great tribute episode is that it successfully carries a lot of our storylines forward while at the same time paying homage to the King of Pop,” added Cory Monteith, who plays Finn on the series.

Make sure not to miss this when Glee pays tribute to Michael Jackson on Wednesday, November 7 th at 7:30pm on FOUR.

9:30pm – Tuesday, November 6 on FOUR

It’s time for 30 Rock’s second-ever LIVE instalment when the hit comedy series continues its latest season on Tuesday, November 6 th at 9:30pm on FOUR. The special, titled “Live From Studio 6H”, was shot LIVE in Saturday Night Live’s Studio 8H in Rockefeller Centre, where series creator Tina Fey served as a cast member and writer for nine years.

Fey has promised that this week’s episode will be even “live-er” than the first, as well as some “exciting cameos”, including the possible returns of some “friends” of the show.

The series’ previously aired a LIVE episode in 2010, also shot from Studio 8H. Julia LouisDreyfus, Bill Hader, Matt Damon and Jon Hamm all made cameo appearances on that instalment.

So who will be joining Fey and co. this time round? Find out in the second 30 Rock LIVE episodes, screening on Tuesday, November 6 th at 9:30pm on FOUR.

9:30pm – Monday, November 5 on FOUR

This week’s American Horror Story’s penultimate season one episode sees Vivien (Connie Britton) giving birth to the maybe-Antichrist. American Horror Story continues on Monday, November 5 th at 9:30pm on FOUR. Britton, who before the series launched explained that she took on the role because it was “the polar opposite” of her part in Friday Night Lights, recently admitted that she is not a big fan of horror.

“But I like the [American Horror Story] pilot,” she said. “I just thought it was beautifully wrought.”

“There are parts of it I’m not in, obviously, that when I watch it’s like, ‘Oh my God, this is horrible’. But I do think that it’s done with such an artistry that that’s what I really love about it. For me, it transcends your typical slasher movie.”

Britton confessed that she is expecting a mixed reaction to this week’s episode, which will see Vivien giving birth in a house full of would-be baby-snatchers, both living and dead. “I think that this is something that’s either going to appeal or not appeal to people,” she said.

“I just have to say for me, not being a horror fan, I like the artistry of it. I like the character aspect of it a lot. But if I were just a regular person, not in it, I don’t know how I would feel about that. I don’t know if I’d just be totally freaked out by it.”

What exactly does she mean? Find out when American Horror Story screens on Monday, November 5 th at 9:30pm on FOUR.

9:30pm – Sunday, November 4 on FOUR

It’s been a series featuring everything from Nazis to zombie cheerleaders, but it’ll be a dodgy medium – played by Mark Heap – who will bring Misfits third season to a shocking conclusion on Sunday, November 4 th at 9:30pm on FOUR. This week’s action unfolds after Mark Heap’s character, Jonas shows up at the community centre. “Unfortunately for the gang, Jonas happens to have the ability to bring back the spirits of the dead,” Iwan Rheon, who portrays Simon on the series reveal.

But just what does this mean for our Misfits? Find out when the series concludes its third season on Sunday, November 4 th at 9:30pm on FOUR.

9:30pm – Saturday, November 3 on FOUR

Moving from TV3 to FOUR, this week sees the U.S. ratings hit Face Off enter its second season on Saturday, November 3 rd at 9:30pm on FOUR. Hosted by the daughter of award-winning Star Trek: The Next Generation makeup artist Michael Westmore, McKenzie Westmore, Face Off is a competition series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art.

The contestants are tasked with elaborate feature challenges including executing full body paint make up on models and creating their own horror villain.

Challenges incorporate effects make-up, and include a wide range of skill sets including prosthetics, 3-D design, sculpting, eye enhancers, casting and moulding. Each week involves incredible reveals of the contestants’ finished work, and the drama of one contestant being sent home by the panel of expert and celebrity judges. It all culminates in one winner and one grand prize: The winning make up artist will receive $100,000 in seed money to help encourage their special effects career, a year’s supply of Alcone make up products, a Reinvented 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid and the coveted exposure to help launch a career.

Make sure not to miss your first introduction to the series’ 13 contestants when Face Off premieres on Saturday, November 3 rd at 9:30pm on FOUR.

8:30pm – Thursday, November 1 on FOUR

The 2012 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards will be held at Auckland’s Vector Arena Thursday, November 1 st and screen on FOUR the same night from 8:30pm. Hosted by Shannon Ryan (FOUR Live, The Block NZ) and Ben Boyce (Jono and Ben at Ten), the 2012 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards will include performances from some of New Zealand’s biggest artists – plus a heap of surprises and special guests.

“I’m really looking forward of hosting the Vodafone Music Awards,” says Boyce. The night’s backstage and red carpet goings on will also be covered, with FOUR Live’s Sharyn Casey and Jono and Ben at Ten’s Guy Williams being front and centre with all the happenings LIVE in The Mentos Red Carpet Special, screening from 8pm. Make sure not to miss all this when FOUR brings you the 2012 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards on Thursday, November 1 st from 8:30pm.

Glee

7:30pm – Wednesday, October 31 on FOUR

While the latest Glee season continues its hiatus both in the U.S. and New Zealand, FOUR’s bringing fans the Glee club’s attempts at a production of The Rocky Horror Show in this week’s Glee, screening on Wednesday, October 31 st at 7:30pm on FOUR. The Rocky Horror Show gained notoriety over the years for its interactive midnight showings, in which audience members turned up dressed as the pleasure-seeking characters of the film.

“They became a haven for outcasts,” said Adam Shankman, who Glee creator, Ryan Murphy personally asked to direct the episode.

“It was like this big party for misfits, so it’s perfect for the glee kids because they all feel like misfits. They’re the pariahs of the school. Glee club is that haven for them.”

Shankman thinks he was specifically sought out to help tone down the musical’s racier elements. “Everything I touch turns ‘family’, no matter how risqu� it is,” he explained at the time of filming the episode.

Make sure not to miss Shankman’s take on the 1970′s classic when the Glee screens on Wednesday, October 31 st at 7:30pm on FOUR.

90210

10:30pm – Tuesday, October 30 on FOUR

This week sees the one, the only Snoop D.O Double G (or is it Lion now?) guest starring as himself in 90210, continuing its latest season on Tuesday, October 30 th at 10:30pm on FOUR.

The episode, titled “Blue Naomi”, sees Snoop Dogg rolling into Beverly Hills to get a car wash, and as luck will have it, Snoop’s biggest fan Dixon (Tristan Wilds) just so happens to be getting his ride cleaned too.

What follows is music mogul wannabes Dixon and Navid (Michael Steger) getting professional help from the big Dogg himself.

So what words of wisdom will he have for the guys? Find out when 90210 screens on Tuesday, October 30 th at 10:30pm on FOUR.

10:00pm – Tuesday, October 30 on FOUR

Louis C.K.’s Dave returns and tries to win Leslie (Amy Poehler) back in this week’s hilarious Parks and Recreation, continuing its latest season on Tuesday, October 30 th at 10pm on FOUR.

When audiences last saw Dave, played with awkward charm by Louis C.K., he was the sweet and slightly uncomfortable police officer Leslie was dating. But then he went to California and apparently went a little crazy without her.

This week Dave returns to Parks and Recreation where he not only runs into the woman he still loves, but also meets her new boyfriend, Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott).

Make sure not to miss this when Louis C.K. guest stars in Parks and Recreation, screening on Tuesday, October 30 th at 10pm on FOUR.

On Thursday November 1, FOUR is bringing viewers all the action from the 2012 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards at the Vector Arena.

FOUR’s coverage kicks off at 8:00pm with the The Mentos Red Carpet Special.  Hosts Guy Williams (Jono and Ben at Ten) and Sharyn Casey (FOUR Live) bring viewers exclusive interviews with the who’s who ofNew Zealand music.

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards starts at 8:30pm. For the second consecutive year TV3’s comedic force Ben Boyce (Jono and Ben at Ten) and FOUR’s music and fashion guru Shannon Ryan are hosting. Continue reading »