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The winners in the country’s biggest People’s Choice Awards have been announced and the Breakfast programme has caught the eye of the New Zealand viewing public in more ways than one.

Kiwi television viewers have been noticeably charmed by Breakfast weather presenter Tamati Coffey and the Saturday morning host Toni Street, voting the two as Sexiest Man and Woman in this year’s TV Guide Best on the Box Awards.

Tamati was thrilled by his award win, but admits it was a challenge to decide who to vote for between the other category nominees.

“I was surprised to win, but I’ll take it.  Thanks New Zealand!  In our house we’re big Go Girls fans, so it was a hard decision,” said Tamati, who also thinks that Shortland Street actors and brothers Robbie and Pua Magasiva were strong contenders.

“If it hadn’t been for Jay Ryan, I would have been voting for them,” said Tamati. ”They’re fine looking brothers.”

Toni was surprised by her award, and when asked why she thought she had won, she said she wasn’t entirely sure.

“I was still getting over the shock of being nominated to tell you the truth!” said Toni.  “If I had to hazard a guess, I would say maybe my smile?  I’m a naturally friendly person, and I think Kiwis can relate to that. 

“Although, anyone who saw me singing The Cranberries last weekend on Saturday Breakfast might want to reconsider their vote!” added Toni.

On top of winning the Sexiest Man category and beating out some tough competition, Tamati has also managed to hold onto his reigning title as the nation’s favourite weather presenter for the third year running. 

“I’m very humbled to be accepting my third Best Weather Presenter award,” he said.

TVNZ’s Breakfast show has retained its gong for Best Morning Show and Breakfast’s business segment presenter Nadine Chalmers-Ross’ stocks must definitely be on the rise as she walks away with the Rising Star award. Scooping five titles in total, Breakfast has come up trumps again in this year’s Best on the Box Awards.

“TV3 on the other hand has got it covered when it comes to current affairs,” said TV Guide Editor Julie Eley.

Campbell Live and its affable host John Campbell were voted favourite current affairs programme and presenter of a current affairs programme for the third and second years respectively.

The New Zealand TV viewing public, however, seem to be split in their loyalties when it comes to the news networks.  While One News continues to dominate the Best News category for the fifth year running, TV3 news presenters were voted winners in their fields.  As well as John Campbell (Best Presenter, Current Affairs) and Hilary Barry’s (Best Presenter, News) wins, Hamish McKay was also voted Best Sports Presenter.

Other Best on the Box favourites include comedian and host of 7 Days, Jeremy Corbett, while 7 Days beat runner-up, The Jono Project, by 4,700 votes to be crowned Best Comedy Show. 

Long running advice show Fair Go enjoys continued popularity with voters and the much loved children’s programme What Now? won the Best Kids/Youth category for the fifth year in a row.

“We have now been running TV Guide Best on the Box for more than 10 years and these Awards go from strength to strength each year. It just goes to show the passion that we have for local content and home grown programming,” said Julie.

The 25 winners of the TV Guide Best on the Box Award winners were voted for by over 14,000 television viewers over three weeks in February and March via a public vote.

The full list of results is in this week’s TV Guide, on sale 15 March.

 

NEW ZEALAND PEOPLE

SEXIEST WOMAN
Toni Street (Saturday Breakfast/One News – TV1) 

SEXIEST MAN
Tamati Coffey (Breakfast – TV1) 

BEST ACTOR
Jay Ryan (Kevin, Go Girls – TV2) 

BEST ACTRESS
Amanda Billing (Sarah Potts, Shortland Street – TV2)                                           

BEST PRESENTER, NEWS
Hilary Barry (TV3)

 BEST PRESENTER, CURRENT AFFAIRS
John Campbell (Campbell Live – TV3) 

BEST PRESENTER, GENERAL
Marcus Lush (North – TV1) 

BEST PRESENTER, WEATHER
Tamati Coffey (TV1) 

BEST PRESENTER, SPORT
Hamish McKay (TV3) 

FUNNIEST PERSON ON TV
Jeremy Corbett (7 Days – TV3) 

RISING STAR
Nadine Chalmers-Ross (AMP Business – TV1) 

 

NEW ZEALAND SHOWS 

BEST NEWS
One News (TV ONE) 

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS
Campbell Live (TV3) 

BEST MORNING SHOW
Breakfast (TV1) 

BEST SPECIAL EVENT
Rugby World Cup 2011 (Sky Sports/Maori TV/TV1/TV3) 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Intrepid Journeys (TV1) 

BEST ONE OFF DOCUMENTARY
Inside NZ: Inside Child Poverty – A Special Report (TV3) 

BEST KIDS/YOUTH SHOW
What Now (TV2) 

BEST DRAMA SERIES
Shortland Street (TV2) 

BEST ONE OFF DRAMA
Tangiwai (TV1) 

BEST COMEDY
7 Days (TV3) 

BEST REALITY SERIES
Missing Pieces (TV3) 

BEST CULINARY SERIES
MasterChef New Zealand (TV1) 

BEST ADVICE SHOW
Fair Go (TV1) 

BEST SPORTS SHOW
The Crowd Goes Wild (Prime)

 

Can sassy Robyn Malcolm hold onto her title as sexiest woman for the third year running in this year’s TV Guide Best on the Box People’s Choice Awards?

The Outrageous Fortune star, who admits she’s most comfortable in a t-shirt, jandals and no makeup, has taken out the Sexiest Woman title for the past two years in the country’s largest people’s choice television awards.

Now it’s up to the viewing public to decide if Robyn Malcolm can make it three in row.

“The definition of sexiness is always evolving with 40-something actresses around the world now making their mark,” says TV Guide editor Julie Eley. “Wisdom, a sense of humour and life experience are qualities people find attractive and can see more mature women beat women half their age in the sexiness stakes.”

Joining Robyn Malcolm in the Sexiest Woman category are Petra Bagust (What’s Really In Our Food?), Hayley Holt (Top Town), Anna Hutchison (Go Girls), Faye Smythe (Shortland Street) and Breakfast host Pippa Wetzell.

Making a return to the Sexiest Man category after a break last year, is TV ONE’s Paul Henry, who is also nominated for Best Current Affairs Presenter. Eley says the opinionated television presenter will probably be chuffed to be recognised for both his sexiness and interviewing skills.

“I suppose you could say he’s the complete package – quick-witted, smart, a sharp dresser, plus a feisty interviewer who can get to the heart of a story.

“Love him or hate him, Paul Henry has a certain something that appeals to a lot of our readers,” Eley says.  

Paul Henry’s up against TV ONE news presenter Simon Dallow, who is also nominated for Best News Presenter, Shortland Street hunks Robbie Magasiva and Adam Rickitt, Brendon Pongia (Good Morning) and last year’s Sexiest Man winner, Antony Starr (Outrageous Fortune).  

After cutting back on his TV and radio commitments, Paul Holmes’ skill and experience as a television presenter are again being recognised with his nomination as Best Current Affairs Presenter for TV ONE’s Q&A.

“Paul is a fantastic broadcaster and his nomination this year recognises that,” Eley says.

Also nominated this year is Keisha Castle-Hughes for Best Actress for her role in the TV ONE drama, Piece Of My Heart, and comedian Rhys Darby who is nominated for Funniest Person on TV for fronting C4’s Rock the Nation 2: 100 NZ Pop Culture Stories.  

All voters will go into the draw to win one of five MySky HDi units valued at $1738 each and a 12-month subscription to SKY. Voters will also have the opportunity for the first time, to vote for their favourite SKY channel on the voting form.  

Voting forms will be published in the February 11 and 18 issues of the TV Guide. To vote online, visit www.tv-guide.co.nz/botb. Winners in each of the 24 categories will be announced in the March 18 issue of the magazine.

Voting closes on March 5 at 5pm.

Television buffs can test their TV trivia and be into win $25,000 in prizes in TV Guide’s Big Triv reader competition.

The four-week competition will give one lucky TV viewer the chance to take away a supreme prize of $10,000 cash. In addition, four viewers could also greatly enhance their home viewing experience by winning one of four 40” Samsung Full HD LCD Televisions with Freeview.

If you can name the variety of beer that Homer drinks on the Simpsons or the caravan park in Home & Away, you could be in to win. All viewers need to do is get nine trivia answers out of twelve correct over the four weeks to go into the draw.

You don’t need to be a science wiz to be part of Big Triv just a keen TV fan, says TV Guide Editor Julie Eley.

“Big Triv is for anyone who loves watching television and prides themselves on knowing the nuts and bolts of New Zealand’s favourite shows,” she says.

“This competition is also very much a family sport,” says Julie. “It might take the breadth of your families TV viewing expertise to spot the right answers from Home & Away to CSI to America’s Next Top Model. We have included a wide range of TV shows as part of the competition to test even the most avid TV watchers.”

The competition, in partnership with TV3, starts on 22 May. Entering is simple. Buy a TV Guide each week for the next four weeks and answer nine trivia questions relating to different shows screening on TV3. All correct entries will go into the draw to win $10,000 cash.

In addition “Watch & Win” spot prizes will be awarded to five lucky readers who will each get to take home a 40” Samsung Full HD LCD Televisions with Freeview HD receiver valued at $3699. To enter, a specific show on TV3 will reveal the answer to the “Watch & Win” question and readers are in the draw.

Easier than trying to stick to a Money Man budget, test your TV knowledge in the TV Guide Big Triv in this week’s TV Guide, on sale now.

Jason Gunn has been crowned New Zealand’s top TV entertainer in the 2007 TV Guide Best on the Box awards in the magazine’s annual people’s choice poll.

The 25 winners of the TV Guide Best on the Box Awards were decided by more than 11,000 television viewers, voting online or by post over three weeks in October and November.

Jason Gunn came out on top in two of the entertainment awards winning the Best Presenter, General award and retaining his title as Funniest Person on TV, announced today in the TV Guide.

The two top-rating TV shows that Gunn hosts also scooped key accolades in the awards. Game show newcomer The Rich List won the Best Entertainment title and family favourite Dancing with the Stars won the Best Reality/Competition show. Best Kids Show went to long-standing children’s favourite What Now, which is produced by Jason’s Christchurch-based film company Whitebait TV.

Jason commented to TV Guide, “We always say in the industry if you win an award it’s fantastic, but this is an award by the people who watch TV. Thanks to all the readers of TV Guide.”

This is the first year Best Presenter, General has not gone to Fair Go’s Kevin Milne who has held the title since the category was introduced. However, Fair Go still picked up the award for Best Advice Show.

TV Guide editor Julie Eley says the winning four categories in this year’s Best on the Box awards puts Jason firmly on top as New Zealand’s top TV entertainer.

“Jason is a classic Kiwi showman with a style and charisma that has charmed audiences throughout the country for over two decades. These awards show that Jason continues to have the special touch when it comes to entertaining Kiwi viewers with his quirky wit and charming smile.”

Young Gunn protégé Drew Neemia, who currently presents TV3 kid’s show Sticky TV and who was one of the stars of Jason’s 90s junior talent show The Super Troopers, won the 2007 Best On The Box Rising Star title.

ROBYN MALCOLM PUTS SEXY WESTIE ON THE RADAR

In the sexy stakes, Outrageous Fortune star Robyn Malcolm was voted the sexiest woman on TV, cited as ‘a victory for 40-something mums everywhere’ by the TV Guide. The gorgeous 42-year old actress who oozes sizzling on-screen sex appeal in the smash hit Westie TV show, beat contenders TV One’s Bernadine Oliver-Kerby and 2006 winner Toni Marsh to take the title, announced today in the TV Guide.

Robyn commented to TV Guide “Me, Sexy? That’s Outrageous. I just don’t consider myself in that way. I slop around in t-shirts, jeans and jandals and no make-up. It’s sort of flattering in a hilarious kind of way.”

Self-proclaimed ‘average kiwi bloke’ One News presenter Simon Dallow continued his winning streak taking the title of Sexiest Man for the sixth year in a row gaining almost twice the number of votes as his nearest rival. Simon also won the title of Best Presenter News after only two votes separated him and TV3’s Hilary Barry halfway through voting.

“Robyn has captured New Zealanders’ hearts and minds, showing that talent and confidence were major components of sexiness. As Cheryl West, Robyn Malcolm is bold, confident, sassy and stunning,” Eley said. “She’s an assertive leading lady who knows what she wants out of life and that makes her sexy. While Simon’s winning streak shows that for kiwi women ‘tall, dark and handsome’ still wins out in the sexy stakes,” says Julie.

Robyn Malcolm’s talented performance as Cheryl West also won her the Best Actress title alongside her on-screen son Anthony Starr who was named Best Actor for his role as Van and Jethro West. Outrageous Fortune took the title of Best Drama for the second year in a row showing that in season three the following for the hit show is only getting stronger.

“In just three seasons, Outrageous Fortune has become one of New Zealand television’s classics. It shows that New Zealand stories, written by New Zealand’s clever writers and played by our equally talented actors make for intelligent, entertaining and truly great TV,” she Julie.

VIEWERS PUT HICKEY BACK ON TOP

Less than two months after his TV comeback, TV One weather presenter Jim Hickey was voted the nation’s Best Weather Presenter. Jim Hickey, a past award winner, returned to the job as the ONE News weatherman in September after a four-year break to win the viewers’ votes. His predecessor Brendan Horan came a close second.

ONE News scored a hat trick in this year’s awards, winning the Best News Presenter for Simon Dallow, Best Weather Presenter for Jim Hickey and Best Sport Presenter for Tony Veitch. While TV3 News scooped the Best News Programme title and John Campbell retained his title as the Best Current Affairs Presenter.

Julie Eley says Jim has shown that despite his break as TV One Weatherman he hasn’t lost his touch and still got the thumbs up from viewers.

“Viewers are obviously delighted to have Jim back on our screens presenting the weather with his winning style. The sun is definitely shining for the ONE News team today after winning the top three presenting titles. It’s great to see Tony Veitch winning, and shows the decision to make him the main sports presenter was the right one.”

The full list of winners are announced in this week’s TV Guide (on sale 15 November).

Smooth and suave or loveable rogue – what makes a kiwi man sexy? That’s the question New Zealand women will be grappling with as they decide the Sexiest Man on TV in the TV Guide’s 2007 Best On The Box people’s choice awards.

Will one of the sexy westies from Outrageous Fortune steal the title from reigning champion boy-next-door news presenter Simon Dallow (ONE News) or will love-him-or-hate him colleague Breakfast host Paul Henry capture the hearts of voters?

Seven presenters and actors (or is it their characters?) have been nominated by the TV Guide panel to vie for the title of the Sexiest Man on TV.

It is now up to the viewing public to decide who the winner is and they will go into the draw to win a home entertainment system valued at over $3600 just for placing their vote. Last year there were over 12,000 votes from viewers for their favourite New Zealand TV personalities and shows.

As well as Dallow and Henry, those nominated range from Anthony Starr, who plays the ultra-suave Jethro West and his twin, rougish brother Van on Outrageous Fortune, through to Tammy Davis, who plays the lovable best friend, Munter on the same programme.

Actors Aaron Jeffrey (Outrageous Fortune, McLeod’s Daughters) and Ben Mitchell (Shortland Street), and presenter Jeremy Wells (Eating Media Lunch) have also been nominated.

TV Guide Editor Julie Eley says there is strong competition in the nominees for this year’s Sexiest Man with some unlikely candidates as well as some old-time favourites like Simon Dallow. Simon is a firm favourite having won the award for five years running, she says.

“This year’s Sexiest Man nominees are characterised by some unlikely sex symbols. Tammy Davis from Outrageous Fortune, and Breakfast’s Paul Henry both slightly redefine the archetype of sexy but have immensely strong fan followings,” says Julie. “Whether they have what it takes to take the people’s choice award from Simon Dallow is another question.”

The Sexiest Man category is just one of 26 categories in this year’s TV Guide Best On The Box Awards. Categories range from Best Actor to Best News Presenter to Favourite Kids Show, Funniest Person on TV and a new category, Best Special Event.

As with all Best On The Box Awards, the title of the Sexiest Man on TV will be decided by popular vote – with all television viewers able to register their choice. They can vote through forms in the October 11 and 18 issues of the TV Guide or online at http://www.tv-guide.co.nz/BOTB code BOTB1011 or visit our Best On The Box Group on Facebook. Voting closes on November 2 at 5pm.

The winner of all of the TV Guide Best On The Box Awards will be announced in the November 15 issue of the magazine.

TV GUIDE – BEST ON THE BOX 2007 – FINALISTS

NEW ZEALAND PEOPLE

SEXIEST WOMAN
Robyn Malcolm
Toni Marsh
Siobhan Marshall
Bernadine Oliver-Kerby
Pippa Wetzell
Renee Wright

SEXIEST MAN
Simon Dallow
Tammy Davis
Paul Henry
Aaron Jeffrey
Ben Mitchell
Antony Starr
Jeremy Wells

BEST ACTOR
Renato Bartolomei (Shortland Street – TV2)
Tammy Davis (Outrageous Fortune – TV3)
George Henare (Kai Korero – Maori Television)
Ryan O’Kane (The Hothouse – TV1 and Welcome To Paradise – Prime)
Antony Starr (Outrageous Fortune – TV3)
Patrick Wilson (Rude Awakenings – TV1)

BEST ACTRESS
Laura Hill (Shortland Street – TV2)
Anna Jullienne (Shortland Street – TV2)
Robyn Malcolm (Outrageous Fortune – TV3)
Siobhan Marshall (Outrageous Fortune – TV3)
Antonia Prebble (Outrageous Fortune – TV3)
Faye Smythe (Shortland Street – TV2)

BEST PRESENTER, NEWS
Hilary Barry (TV3)
Simon Dallow (TV1)
Mike McRoberts (TV3)
Bernadine Oliver-Kerby (TV1)
Wendy Petrie (TV1)
Eric Young (Prime)

BEST PRESENTER, CURRENT AFFAIRS
John Campbell (Campbell Live – TV3)
Paul Henry (Breakfast/Close Up – TV1)
Willie Jackson (Eye To Eye – TV1)
Lisa Owen (Agenda – TV1)
Mark Sainsbury (Close Up – TV1)
Julian Wilcox (Native Affairs – Maori Television)

BEST PRESENTER, GENERAL
Dominic Bowden (Are You Smarter Than A 10-year-old?/NZ Idol – TV2)
Jason Gunn (Dancing With The Stars – TV1)
Marcus Lush (Ice – TV1)
Kevin Milne (Fair Go – TV1)
Jeanette Thomas (Target – TV3)
Julian Wilcox (Maori Television)

BEST PRESENTER, LIFESTYLE SHOWS
Steve Logan and Al Brown (Hunger For The Wild – TV1)
Peta Mathias (Taste Takes Off)
Jim Mora (Mucking In – TV1)
Pete Peeti (Kai Time On The Road – Maori Television)
Pio Terei (Are We There Yet? – TV1)
Renee Wright (United Travel Getaway – Prime)

BEST PRESENTER, WEATHER
Mike Hall (TV3)
Jim Hickey (TV1)
Brendan Horan (TV1)
Toni Marsh (TV3)
Karen Olsen (TV1)

BEST PRESENTER – SPORT
Geoff Bryan (TV1)
Tony Johnson (Sky Sport)
Stephen McIvor (Sky Sport)
Hamish McKay (TV3)
Shaun Summerfield (TV3 – Motorsport)
Tony Veitch (TV1 and Game Of Two Halves)

RISING STAR
Geoff Bell (Let’s Get Inventing – TV2)
Jermaine Leef (C4)
Robyn Maclean (Amazing Extraordinary Friends – TV2)
Drew Neema (Sticky TV – TV3)
Gabrielle Paringatai (Mai Time – TV2)
Alina Transom (Karaoke High – TV2)

FUNNIEST PERSON ON TV
Bill and Ben (Pulp Sport – TV3)
Jason Gunn (Dancing With The Stars and The Rich List – TV1)
Leigh Hart (Moon TV – TV2)
Dai Henwood (C4)
Pio Terei (Are We There Yet? – TV1)
Jeremy Wells (Eating Media Lunch – TV2)

NEW ZEALAND SHOWS

BEST NEWS
Nightline
One News
Prime News – First At 5.30
Te Kaea
Tonight
3 News

BEST CURRENT AFFAIRS
Campbell Live (TV3)
Close Up (TV1)
Native Affairs (Maori Television)
60 Minutes (TV3)
Sunday (TV1)
20/20 (TV2)

NEW CATEGORY – BEST SPECIAL EVENT
Comedy Gala 2007 (TV2)
Coverage of the Maori Queen’s Funeral (TV1)
Na Ratou, Mo Tatou: Let’s Honour Them Together (ANZAC Day 2007 – Maori
Television)
New Zealand Memorial In London Dedication (TV1)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Kiwis At War (TV1)
Ice (TV1)
Intrepid Journeys (TV1)
SAS – First Among Equals (TV3)
The Zoo (TV2)
Ends of the Earth (TV1)

BEST ENTERTAINMENT
An Unauthorised History Of New Zealand (TV1)
Are We There Yet? (TV1)
Deal Or No Deal (TV3)
Game Of Two Halves (TV1)
Homai Te Pakipaki (Maori Television)
The Rich List (TV1)

BEST KIDS SHOW
Jane And The Dragon (TV2)
Let’s Get Inventin’ (TV2)
Small Blacks TV (TV3)
Studio 2 (TV2)
Sticky TV (TV3)
What Now? (TV2)

BEST DRAMA
Karaoke High (TV2)
Outrageous Fortune (TV3)
Shortland Street (TV2)
The Amazing Extraordinary Friends (TV2)
The Hothouse (TV1)
The Man Who Lost His Head (TV1)

BEST COMEDY
B&B (Maori Television)
Bro’Town (TV3)
Facelift (TV1)
Kai Korero (Maori Television)
Pulp Sport (TV3)
Welcome To Paradise (Prime)

BEST REALITY/COMPETITION
Dancing With The Stars (TV1)
Joker Poker (TV3)
Mitre 10 Dream Home (TV2)
NZ Idol (TV2)
Waka Reo (Maori Television)
The Cheerleaders (Sky 1)

BEST REALITY SERIES
Coastwatch (TV1)
Marae DIY (Maori Television)
Mucking In (TV1)
Neighbours At War (TV2)
Piha Rescue (TV1)
Police Ten-7 (TV2)

BEST LIFESTYLE SHOW
Country Calendar (TV1)
Hunger For The Wild (TV1)
Hunting Aotearoa (Maori Television)
ITM Fishing Show (TV1)
Kai Time on the Road (Maori Television)
NZ House and Garden (TV1)

BEST ADVICE SHOW
Ask Your Auntie (Maori Television)
Downsize Me (TV3)
Fair Go (TV1)
Money Man (TV3)
Target (TV3)
Wa$ted (TV3)

BEST SPORTS SHOW
BP Ultimate Sports Sunday (Prime)
Code (Maori Television)
Freeze TV (Prime)
Powerbuilt Tools Motorsport (TV1)
Reunion (Sky Sport 1)
The Crowd Goes Wild (Prime)

Jason Gunn is now in his 21st year of television presenting with a long line of programmes to his credit. With such a list, it makes Jason a fitting choice to host TV1’s latest quiz show. He tells TV Guide what to expect from his latest TV outing.

Britain’s ITV has confirmed it will be screening an English version of Outrageous Fortune in 2008.

American Idol judge Paula Abdul recently fell and broke her nose while attempting to avoid stepping on one of her Chihuahuas.

Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher tips her left-over wine in her bath after being told by a chemist it has good exfoliating qualities.

New Zealander Alan Dale, the former Neighbours star who plays mogul Bradford Meade in Ugly Betty, has landed a role on the Indiana Jones 4 film.

TV3’s latest game show host, Jeremy Corbett, has been dealt a hand that many people would like to play. In the weeknight series Deal or No Deal, Jeremy will give away up to $200,000 a night…

Drea de Matteo’s Sopranos character Adriana may have been killed off, but the actress isn’t letting that slow her down. The New York-based star and her long-time boyfriend Shooter Jennings are expecting their first child together later this year.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are in talks to appear in the next Bond flick tentatively called Bond 22, starring Daniel Craig as the suave British spy.

Office and Extras star Ricky Gervais has been asked to join spoof rock band Spinal Tap for the Live Earth concert.

Ugly Betty star America Ferrera has had her smile insured for $US10 million. The policy was taken out by a tooth product company which is working with the actress on a US charity campaign.

TV Guide May 26 - June 1 2007

Life has had more than its share of ups and downs for Coronation Street’s Leanne Battersby. But in real life, Jane Danson, the actress who plays Leanne, couldn’t be happier, as TV Guide discovered when we caught up with the proud new mum of baby Harry.

Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen is just one of a number of internationally renowned performers who will be in Auckland for The Edge International Arts Season, kicking off in August.

Fast-talking drama Gilmore Girls, starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, has been given the chop after seven seasons. The creator of the series, Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband and fellow executive producer Daniel Palladino, left after failing to a strike a new deal with the studio.

Former Party of Five star Neve Campbell is now a party of two. The Canadian actress traded vows with British actor John Light, who appeared in Band of Brothers and co-starred with her in the 2005 independent film Investigating Sex, at a small ceremony in Malibu.

Ty Pennington, the host of Extreme Makeover: The Home Edition, is in hot water after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The latest issue of The TV Guide is on sale tomorrow morning (Thursday 10th May).

Friends star Courtney Cox is starring in and producing the raunchy TV2 drama Dirt with her husband, David Arquette. The 42-year-old actress talks to TV Guide about the series in which she plays hard-nosed tabloid editor Lucy Spiller, a woman who takes on the world of celebrity scandal with her own brand of lies and deceit.

Lost producer Carlton Cuse offered a shocking glimpse into the coming season finale of the hit drama – death, death and more death. “Let’s just say the end of the season features a showdown between Jack and Locke that’s been long anticipated.”

Ramsay Street is set to get a visit from Hollywood funnyman David Spade in a special cameo on the soap.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres isn’t calling in sick after putting her back out. Instead, she’s conducting interviews with Ryan Seacrest and Lindsay Lohan from her adjustable bed on set.

House star Hugh Laurie has booked his first major film role since beginning his Golden Globe-winning run on the US medical drama. The British actor will play a police internal affairs officer in the thriller Night Watch opposite Keanu Reeves, Forest Whitaker and Chris Evans.

“You’re not in Guatemala now, Dr Ropata” is a phrase etched in the minds of Shortland Street fans. It was 25 May 1992, when nurse Carrie Burton said those words to Dr Ropata in the very first episode. This month Shortland Street celebrates 15 years on-screen, and TV Guide takes a look at some of Ferndale’s more memorable moments.

Victoria Beckham has been labelled a “grade-A bitch” by the crew of her new reality show, which follows Victoria and husband David’s move as he joins the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team.

Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin is to be posthumously honoured for revolutionising the wildlife documentary industry. He will be inducted into Australian TV’s Hall of Fame at next month’s Logie Awards.

Survivor will take a break from tropical island settings when it moves to China later this year. The 15th series of the reality show will take place in mainland China.

Kylie Minogue is reportedly set to return to the small screen – as a cyberwoman out to snare Dr Who in a Christmas special of the British sci-fi drama.