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Hi! I'm a 22 y/o NZ television enthusiast! With a fancy multimedia journalism diploma. Shows I am LOVING right now are Shortland Street, X Factor, How To Get Away With Murder, Bates Motel and Orange Is The New Black. Mourning Glee and Outrageous Fortune..

westside_storyA start date for the much anticipated Outrageous Fortune prequel, Westside, has been announced!

The six-part series will screen on TV3 from Sunday 31st May, and follow the lives of Ted and Rita West in the 1970’s.

Are you excited?

westside-ted-ritaListen to Westside’s theme song ‘Watch Ya Back’ – another signature tune by Hello Sailor!

The kiwi band were also behind Outrageous Fortune’s zingy theme, Gutter Black.

The track was released in 1977, the same decade in which Westside is based.


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Here’s a first look at an adolescent Wolfgang West, aged 11-13:

Wolfgang West will be portrayed by two young kiwi actors in Westside; Ages 11-13 is Reon Bell, while a teenage Wolfgang is played by Liam Ferguson.

Tamar Munch
Head of Communications – South Pacific Pictures

Tamar Munch1. What are your three favourite TV shows right now?
– Westside, the six-part prequel to Outrageous Fortune which is coming to TV3 later this year (perk of the job I’ve already seen it in its entirety and it’s f*cking choice)
– The Jinx (I know it’s finished its run already but it was just brilliant)
– I’ve been a fan of The Good Wife since day one. Love the smart writing and I am a mega fan of Julianna Margulies and Alan Cumming. I just wish the show would have rated better so that it might have been given a better run on primetime here in New Zealand!

2. If you could have any other job in the TV industry, what would it be?
An Editor. When I was about seven I wanted to be an Editor for film and TV. When I was about 17 I sort of fell into entertainment publicity so my film editing goals fell by the wayside. I have also always wanted to be the Chief Censor – literally since early childhood. To be honest, that desire still stands – so I’m just putting it out there in case someone can grant me my wish.

3. What is the best part of working in the TV industry?
It’s great to be part of such a collaborative and creative industry. I love that my job is essentially about telling stories – it’s such a crucial aspect of humanity and despite all the commercial bullsh*t that’s associated with it, all we are really doing is telling stories to an audience via a TV or a some other kind of screening device as opposed to talking around a campfire. These days, television is a game that’s driven by dollars but telling stories is an intrinsically human pursuit and when it comes to making good TV, there’s an army of people involved and that’s an awesome thing to be a part of.

5. Which TV character/show mirrors your life?
I’m pretty much a cross between Rust Cohle from True Detective, Gretchen Cutler from You’re the Worst and Cookie from Empire.

5. What was your first ever job in television?
I cabled for the 1993 Rainbow’s End TVC – the famous one that ended up running for years. To be fair I take no credit for the ad’s longevity nor the quality of the cabling.

It appears someone at TVNZ has accidentally uploaded a number of TV spots for next week’s Shortland Street episodes!

Click here to view – spoilers!

What are your thoughts on the final season of Outrageous Fortune so far?

I’ve seen so many comments made on Facebook to the tune of “Outrageous is lame now” and honestly I have to agree. I’ve been disgusted, bored, disappointed; this season has totally lost the charm but more importantly, it’s lost Cheryl and it’s just pathetic. The show is a mere shadow of it’s former self and seems more like a spinoff without Cheryl. Or Wolf for that matter, and even Eric’s return hasn’t been that exciting! It’s been babies, businesses, hookers – I had high hopes for Sheree’s unexpected visit but that was quite limp (just like the first episode back after the exciting end to the last season).

I can see Pascalle and Judd forming a romance which is odd, but not as weird as the Van/Jethro threesome or the drinking of Kacey’s breast milk. Hmmm.

If, one day in the future, someone makes the big mistake of coming up to me and saying “hey, today’s your wedding day, happy anniversary” here’s what will spring into my mind, just before I smack them:

Pascalle screaming – but not in a good way.

Gunshots – from outside.

There’s an image of me, running out of the house, looking over the balcony. I see Pascalle, and for some unknown reason she’s lying in the garden – and I’m thinking WTF? And then I see there’s blood on her.

And I see Mum – she’s kinda fallen back on the stairs, and she’s sort of holding her ear – I guess because one of the gunshots had just whistled past it. And she’s looking – confused, is the best word. And she looks up at me, for just a second, before these cops appear from nowhere and just, sort of, engulf her.

Loretta has updated her blog, so you can read up on her thoughts this week.
Read more of her blog here »

The shock ending to OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE series five left fans uttering expletives as Cheryl stabbed Gerard in the neck with a broken bottle and he, in turn, fired three point blank bullets in the direction of both Cheryl and Pascalle.

The New Zealand response to the season finale was phenomenal and it quickly drew international attention to the show: half an hour after the episode aired, OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE climbed Twitter’s trending list to the coveted #1 global position, making it the most “tweeted” subject in the world at the time and driving a hoard of curious international twitterers to find out more about this “outrageous” show.

So it‘s fair to say that the premiere of OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE’s sixth season is the most anticipated series return in New Zealand television history.

But what more can we say about it without giving away who lives and who dies?

The only way to find out is to tune in to the new series of OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE, returning Tuesday 13 July on TV3.

Given the nature of the exceptional cliffhanger for series 5, South Pacific Pictures will not be releasing a web promo for series 6 of Outrageous Fortune. However watch closely and you may see some snipits from the upcoming season, which will air on TV3 sometime soon.

If you’ve never watched the show, make sure you take a look at this recap as it should sum up what Outrageous Fortune is in a nutshell – enjoy!

I’ve heard a rumor that within the next month we will see new opening titles for Shortland Street!
The current opening sequence already contains a number of characters who have left the show, such as Alice Piper and Kip Denton so it is definitely due!