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Laura McGoldrick is a Sky Sport presenter for Friday Night Under Lights – HRV Cup.

What are you most looking forward to for the upcoming cricket season?
Promoting our domestic game.

What is your most memorable moment from watching cricket on TV as a kid?
Watching Chris Cairns score a hundred to win the ICC Knockout Tournament for New Zealand in 2000. He scored 102* and the way he celebrated gave me goosebumps. Continue reading »

Must watch:

The X Factor USA (TV3, 7.30pm)
It’s the first live show tonight (well, it was live in the US at the time), so we get to see how the final 16 acts perform under pressure. Plus, if your favourite contestant didn’t make it through, there could still be hope, as a wild card round will be introduced. Get settled in for the night, though, because this episode goes until 10pm.

Cricket: HRV Cup Live (Sky Sport 1, 7.30pm)
If the cricket season has started, then summer is just around the corner! The new ‘Friday Night Under Lights’ HRV Cup kicks off tonight. The Otago Volts play the Northern Knights at Seddon Park in Hamilton.  Continue reading »

Gossip Girl finale details released
American network CW has announced a few details for the final Gossip Girl episode. It will be a two-hour finale, and will broadcast in the US on 17 December. CW says the episode will include “A whole lot of drama and a look back at the unforgettable OMG moments of the series that made headlines, including interviews with the cast and creators themselves.”

Hurricane Sandy benefit planned by NBC

NBC Universal is planning a telethon to raise money to help people on the east coast of the US who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Continue reading »

Craig McMillan is a Sky Sport cricket commentator.

What are you most looking forward to for the upcoming cricket season?
I’m just looking forward to some cricket after a saturation of rugby over the last 12 months, hopefully good weather and some exciting cricket.

What is your most memorable moment from watching cricket on TV as a kid?
I enjoyed watching any time the NZ cricket side were playing when I was young. I remember watching Lance Cairns swinging 6’s all over the place against England back in 1987. Continue reading »

David Farrier is a freelance reporter.

What was your first television job?
Cabling for a Trinity Roots gig at the St James. Just holding cables, winding them up, letting them out…just doing cables. I wasn’t very good because I was tall and lanky and not very subtle on stage. This was pre-degree. And then in the second year of my study I got a job doing autocue at TV3, turning the autocue knob and organising scripts. Then I got a job at the news desk, and then they let me do some stories. Eventually I graduated, and I kept doing stories.

You’re a big social media person, how has that evolved since you started working in the TV3 newsroom?
When I started on Nightline six years ago, I felt really special to find something that people didn’t know a lot about and share it, and go and find people who were into it Continue reading »

Must watch:

Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (Rialto, 8.30pm)
If only I had the Rialto Channel, I would be watching this with great interest. For those of you who do, though, it’s a 2011 documentary by director Nick Broomfield. He goes in pursuit of Sarah Palin, interviewing her family and friends, for an unauthorised perspective on one of America’s most polarising politicians.

Downton Abbey (Prime, 8.35pm)
On tonight’s episode, Edith’s big day finally arrives. Will her enthusiasm convince her family that Strallan’s age does not matter? Meanwhile, it’s the end of the line for Downton’s finances, and Mary takes charge.  Continue reading »

Leland Orser and Patrick St. Esprit join Revolution
Revolution has two new cast members: Leland Orser, from the Taken movie franchise and ER, and Patrick St. Esprit, from Sons Of Anarchy, have joined the show. Orser will play John Sanborn, a tense scientist who loves to build weapons; and Esprit will play Wayne Ramsey, a tough leader in the rebel resistance against Gen. Monroe.

Nicholas Sparks working on new TV projects
Author Nicholas Sparks, who has seen several of his novels turned into films already, including The Notebook, A Walk To Remember, Dear John, and The Last Song, is now going to be executive producer for several new TV projects:  Continue reading »

Must watch:

Paranormal Activity 3 (Sky Movies 1, 8.30pm)
I watched the first Paranormal Activity but it freaked me out so much that I couldn’t watch any of the sequels! However, for those of you who are brave, the third instalment is on Sky Movies 1 tonight. This one is a prequel to the first two, set in 1988. Two young sisters befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.

Revolution (TV2, 9.30pm)
On tonight’s episode, after the gang rescues Miles from the Militia, they set off to meet Aaron and Maggie.  Continue reading »

Glee actor joins 90210 cast
Grant Gustin, who played Sebastian on Glee, has joined the cast of 90210. He will play Campbell, a college student from a rich background. 

Chloe Sevigny to star in new pilot
Former Big Love actress Chloe Sevigny has booked a new TV pilot for American network A&E. The show is a drama called Those Who Kill, and is based on a Danish series. The series, from The X Files writer Glen Morgan, will see Sevigny play Catherine, a detective who works alongside a forensic profiler.  Continue reading »

Simon Doull is a Sky Sport cricket commentator.

What are you most looking forward to for the upcoming cricket season?
I am looking forward to the Friday night HRV cup matches a lot and hope the weather and the public play their part. Also, the tour by England to New Zealand is always much anticipated and I look forward to the barmy army arriving with them.

What is your most memorable moment from watching cricket on TV as a kid?
I can’t say I watched much cricket on TV as a youngster as we were always outside playing it during summer.

What’s the most challenging aspect of being a cricket commentator?  Continue reading »