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9:30pm – Tuesday, December 11 on TV 3

This week sees the encore screening of A Drunken State, a documentary taking an upclose and personal look at the harsh reality of New Zealand’s drinking culture. A Drunken State screens on Tuesday, December 11 th at 9:30pm on 3. Everybody knows that New Zealand has one of the highest rates of binge drinking in the world, but the statistics are meaningless unless we know someone affected by alcohol. A Drunken State puts faces to the figures, putting drinking behaviour into the context of real Kiwi lives.

“Being drunk made me feel ecstatic and comfy and the room was spinning which most people, normal people, don’t like, and I loved it,” journalist, retired talk-back host and parliamentarian Pam Corkery explains in the documentary.

But over the years Pam’s drinking got worse, to the point where she became an alcoholic. “Good, close friends wouldn’t let me go around for fear of how I’d behave in front of their children,” she says. As well as Pam’s story, A Drunken State also follows 25-year-old Lukas as he goes out for a night with his friends. “You gotta go out, have a good time, get horsed. If you don’t get horsed, well what’s the point?,” Lukas explains.

The documentary will also meet Kerri and her female mates who play drinking games before heading out for the night. “We all like to get a little bit tipsy before we go out…to make us feel a little bit better,” Kerri explains.

Make sure not to miss these stories when A Drunken State screens on Tuesday, December 11 th at 9:30pm on 3.

5:30pm – Monday, December 10 on TV 3

With Home and Away enjoying its summer holidays, this week sees Home Improvement star Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing returning to our screens for an encore screening of it’s first series. Last Man Standing screens Monday to Friday at 5:30pm, premiering on Monday, December 10 th on 3. As with his previous TV role, Last Man Standing presents the former Home Improvement star as a macho dimwit, but Allen’s co-star Nancy Travis says that she gets to be dopey too. “They are unlike a traditional sitcom couple, where he’s the buffoon and she’s the patient wife,” Travis, who portrays Allen’s onscreen wife explains.

“We toss that ball back and forth. There are episodes where [I’m] just fumbling around and he comes off as the voice of reason. They’re both kind of trying to find their way.”

Allen plays Mike Baxter, the director of marketing for an outdoor sporting goods store. When Mike’s boss puts him in charge of focusing on the company’s internet sales – and his wife Vanessa (Travis) gets promoted in her job – Mike finds himself spending more time at home with his three daughters – single mum Kristin (Alexandra Krosney), dim, self-centered teen Mandy (Molly Ephraim) and tomboy Eve (Kaitlyn Dever).

Travis insists that it’s the family dynamic that will emerge as the heart of the show. “It’s not as black and white as a guy surrounded by girls,” Travis says.

“Part of launching a show is you need a hook or gimmick, and that happens to be the gimmick. But what evolved is a show about a real family in the middle of this country where both parents are working…”

“It’s not your cookie-cutter family – it’s a family that is just trying to get through the day and make it work.” Make sure not to miss the return of Tim Allen and his television family when Last Man Standing screens on Monday, December 10 th at 5:30pm on 3.

7:00pm – Sunday, December 9 on TV 3

Join TV3’s Mike McRoberts and Carly Flynn, as well as FOUR’s Shannon Ryan for the biggest, happiest, most magical, musical extravaganza on the Kiwi Christmas calendar – Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, screening on Sunday, December 9 th at 7pm on 3. Coca Cola Christmas in the Park is one of New Zealand’s biggest outdoor Christmas concerts, featuring some of the country’s top singers, dancers, musicians, choirs and bands. Featuring, among others, multi-award winning pop singer, Guy Sebastian, chart-topping boy band Titanium, FOUR’s Tumehe Rongonui, as well as Santa himself, this year’s festivities are promising to be some of the festival’s biggest in it’s 19 year run.

Make sure not to miss this when Coca Cola Christmas in the Park screens on Sunday, December 9 th at 7pm on 3.

7:30pm – Saturday, December 8 on TV 3

Entering its fourth season on Saturday, December 8 th at 7:30pm on 3, this week sees the Ice Road Truckers return to Alaska, hauling their biggest loads ever across the most dangerous terrain they’ve ever faced! But this year, trucking critically needed cargo north to the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay is just the beginning.

In season four, the drivers will tackle frozen rivers and swamps out beyond the Dalton Highway, hauling supplies to some of the most remote towns of the great white north. Reigning king, Jack Jesse, looks to defend his title, and Lisa Kelly, one of the only woman truckers on the haul road, fights to prove herself in the male-dominated profession. Rookie Ray Veilleux, who recently lost his business in the lower 48, has come north to run the road and keep his struggling family afloat. And in a decades-long rivalry, veteran drivers Hugh Rowland and Alex Debogorski are back racing neck and neck. The stakes are high, as the dash for cash continues.

Make sure not to miss this when Ice Road Truckers returns to our screens on Saturday, December 8 th at 7:30pm on 3.

The eyes of the world will be on Wellington this Wednesday, and 3 News is taking viewers to the glitz, glamour and hometown pride that will mark the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, with live coverage of the red carpet celebrations, from 4pm on TV3.

TV3’s extended coverage of the premiere will begin at 4pm, with a 3 News special hosted by Carolyn Robinson, with Samantha Hayes and John Campbell live on the red carpet from 4pm as the cast and crew begin to arrive. David Farrier will be among the crowds gathering on Lambton Quay.

From 6pm to 7.30pm, John Campbell joins Hilary Barry and Mike McRoberts for an extended 3 News special. Hilary and Mike will present the news of the day live from Wellington, including sport, business and weather, crossing to The Hobbit celebrations as red carpet arrivals continue. Continue reading »

9:30pm – Friday, December 7 on TV 3

Screening on Friday, December 7 th at 9:30pm on 3, AotearoHA: Next Big Things promises exactly that – a comedy showcase of fresh faces; handpicked by the producers of the NZ International Comedy Festival and destined to be the Next Big Things of the local comedy scene.

AotearoHA: Next Big Things sees Ben Hurley host a line up of up-and-coming comedians, including Mo Kheir, Urzila Carlson, Guy Williams, and Tom Furniss – who’ve all been honing their comedy chops wowing audiences with their killer material and fresh approach to funny. But how will these fresh faces of comedy stack up on the AotearoHA stage? Find out when AotearoHA: Next Big Things screens on Friday, December 7 th at 9:30pm on 3.

7:30pm – Thursday, December 6 on TV 3

With only three weeks left before the $5 million winner is named, The X Factor USA continues its LIVE shows on Thursday, December 6 th , followed by the results on Friday, December 7 th at 7:30pm on 3. Over the last few weeks, audiences have seen The X Factor USA judges – Simon Cowell, L.A. Reid, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato – make their sometimes controversial decisions as they whittle down the contestants.

Now only the very best acts remain, and this week will see them once again putting it all on the line as they hit the stage in Hollywood to sing or rap their way into voters’ hearts and a shot at the $5 million prize.

So which judge’s team is the best? Who is a future star? And who will fade into obscurity? Find out when The X Factor USA continues on Thursday, December 6 th and Friday, December 7 th at 7:30pm on 3.

9:30pm – Tuesday, December 4 on TV 3

High Time?, screening on Tuesday, December 4 th at 9:30pm on 3, investigates the facts and fallacies surrounding cannabis use in New Zealand and asks whether it’s time we made cannabis legal.

Central to the story is Dakta Green, formerly known as Ken Morgan, who was an electorate chairman for the National Party and campaigner for Saturday Trading and Casinos before becoming an advocate for cannabis law reform. He is leading the charge for cannabis to be legalised and has set up “The Daktory”, a warehouse in West Auckland that operates as a club for cannabis users where they can purchase and smoke the drug, as an example of how legalisation might work in the future. “The purpose of this club is to show my fellow New Zealanders that you have absolutely nothing to fear from people who are part of the cannabis culture,” says Green.

Warren Young from the Law Commission has been involved in a recent review of our Drugs Laws and he also supports changes to our cannabis laws: “I think simply carrying as we’re carrying on at the moment doesn’t really work,” he says.

In New Zealand, there are also people using cannabis who have a legitimate need – for some people it offers pain relief or therapeutic benefits that they can’t get from prescription medicines.

However, under current legislation these people are being charged and convicted. “I’ve had to deal with all of the fall-out from police, the courts lawyers corrections and my life’s just completely changed,” says one such user, Dawn.

High Time? explores the pros, cons, costs and risks of taking a more liberal approach to cannabis when it screens on Tuesday, December 4 th at 9:30pm on 3.

5:30pm – Monday, December 3 on TV 3

This week sees Home and Away wrap up its 2012 New Zealand season with fan favourite, Leah (Ada Nicodemou) temporary leaving Summer Bay in order to get away from her stalker. Home and Away screens Monday, December 3 rd to Friday, December 7 th at 5:30pm on 3. Ada Nicodemou is currently on maternity leave, which means her character, Leah PattersonBaker will this week make the decision to leave the Bay in a desperate bid to escape her stalker, Jamie (Hugo Johnstone-Burt), who has left her terrified by breaking into her home and scaring her son VJ.

“You should feel safe in your own home and not think that someone is breaking in, so this leads Leah to question what else he is capable of,” Nicodemou explains. “She doesn’t trust that Jamie isn’t going to do something and wants to be on the safe side.”

“She fears for her life and VJ’s life,” the actress continues. “She sees no other option but to pack up and leave town. She’s made a lot of friends in the Bay and they’ve become like family to her. Leah will miss the Bay, just like the Bay will miss her.” Discussing whether Leah will be returning to Home and Away, Nicodemou says she is “looking forward to returning” when the time is right, but plans have yet to be confirmed. “It would be lovely to come back to a big storyline and sink my teeth into acting again.” Until that time, make sure not to miss your opportunity to say goodbye to Leah when Home and Away wraps up its 2012 season on Friday, December 7 th at 5:30pm on 3.

– John Key in an extended interview with Rachel
– The Labour Party — what its rule changes will mean for the future of David Shearer’s leadership and the party itself. Natasha Smith and Colin James report from the annual conference.
– That NZ should become a Republic — Lewis Holden from the Republican Movement. The Monarchists have refused to join in a debate because it would “demean democracy” would be “undignified” and would “bring negativity when there is so much positivity around”! Continue reading »