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Welcome to the new series of The Block. This series will be screening four nights a week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night.

This years teams are:

  • Maree and James: South Auckland team Maree Wright (27) an event manager and her property valuer partner of 13 years, James Steele (28)
  • Jo and Damo: Recently married Feilding team, former children’s clothing designer Jo (34) and her Policeman husband, Damo Neal (36)
  • Alex and Corban: Married West Auckland team, fashion buyer Alex (29) and her mechanical engineer husband Corban Walls (32)
  • Quinn and Ben: Christchurch team, beauty therapist Quinn (26) and her husband Business Development Manager (30) Ben Alexandre.

So tonight we have the first episode of My Kitchen Rules NZ, screening on TV One, after My Kitchen Rules Australia just completed a ratings-winning season on TV2.

Getting a head start on The Block NZ, and the competing each week on Tuesday and Wednesday for ratings bragging rights, it will be an interesting season for sure.

Whenever NZ takes on an established reality TV format from another country, there are obvious comparisons made about our version quality in comparison. Clearly the budget for MKRNZ will be smaller, but fingers crossed the quality is still up there. You won’t hear a bunch of comparisons from me as I didn’t watch most of My Kitchen Rules Australia this season. I am one of those annoying people who googled the winners before it was even screened in NZ.

But I can’t google the results of tonight’s episode so I might as well recap it!

The ten teams are split into two groups for the instant restaurants. The first five teams are:

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Of course, like with any awards show, there are winners and also losers. Here are a look at some nominees who have never won.

Parks and Recreation

Amy Poehler has received 7 nominations so far (two for Saturday Night Live, and five for Parks and Recreation). Could this year be her year? Probably not.

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Here are my picks for the Emmy’s if I had it my way. Some of these actors, actresses and shows weren’t even nominated, but what the hay, the real Emmy’s are still two days away.








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TV One have released photos of their My Kitchen Rules Kitchen HQ, and I am happy to see that they have spent some money on the fit out! Obviously they are expecting this to be a ratings winner and have gone for some good production values. A new addition – the MKR Bar!

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This year the Emmy’s will be on a Monday night for the first time in 38 years – why?

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Today I have a look at the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Andre Braugher (Brooklyn-Nine-Nine)

Adam Driver (Girls)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)

Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

Fred Armisen (Portlandia)

Tony Hale (Veep)

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Good Jokes, Not Selfies, Will Desternine Show’s Success


Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Parody Pawn Shows in Emmy Promo

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Today let’s look at the nominees for Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)

Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

Josh Charles (The Good Wife)

Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)

Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)

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Today let’s look at the nominees for Actress in a Comedy:

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Lena Dunham (Girls)

Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly)

Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)

Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black)

Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreations)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)

Some interesting points to note:

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won for the past two years, and is the frontrunner to win again this year.
  • Amy Poehler has been nominated for the past four years. Could fifth time be the charm?
  • In 2010, Edie Falco was the first woman to win for leading roles on both comedy and drama series – she won Best Actress for “The Sopranos” back in 1999, 2001, and 2003.
  • Lena Dunham is also a regular nominee but is yet to win. She has also been nominated for writing, direction and producing the show “Girls”.
  • Melissa McCarthy is back in the nominees after missing out last year.


  • I would have liked to see a nomination for Lisa Kudrow for Showtime’s “Web Therapy”.  Hopefully next year she can win for “The Comeback”!
  • Many thought Mindy Kaling of “The Mindy Project” would receive a nomination this year.

Who will win: 

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Who should win:

  • Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black). I freaking love this show so I want anyone from it to win, pretty much. OITNB is more of a dramedy than a comedy as such, but she is great in the role.

Tomorrow – Best Supporting Actor/Actress Drama