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The show is starting this Saturday at 3pm on TV2. It’s a little odd because the show was canned after only 12 episodes. It ran in the US from October 2004 until February 2005.

Anyways, if you’re keen, John Goodman stars and it’s about how his family depends on him every everything.

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Re-runs!

Set your MySky: Gilmore Girls re-runs start this Saturday at 2pm on TV2! Episodes are starting right from the beginning of the series which started in 2000.

Pilot summary:

The pilot shows 16 year old Rory Gilmore being accepted to the prestigious prep school Chilton, her young mother Lorelai, who has raised her daughter alone and is a hotel manager, struggles to find money to pay for her tuition. So she asks her estranged parents for a loan. They agree, but only on one condition—she and Rory have to eat dinner with her parents every Friday evening. When Rory meets a young guy named Dean at school, she isn’t sure if she should change schools. When Lorelai discovers that the reason why Rory does not want to go to Chilton is because of a boy, they argue about her future. However, Rory makes up with her mother and decides to go to Chilton after all when she realizes the sacrifice her mother has made in agreeing to end the estrangement with her grandparents.

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Sounds like this show is going to be huge!

Top Gear is not finishing up – in fact filming for the new series has started up again today with Jeremy Clarkson test driving a brand new Lotus.

Hammond was apparently furious that the BBC postponed the new series following his accident. Executive producer Andy Wilman vowed to quit if the emphasis on speed was toned down.

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If you’re a fan of The New Adventures of Old Christine you’ll be happy to know that it’s going to be renewed for a second season.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won an Emmy this year for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

TVNZ are slashing TV One’s prime time rate card after plummeting ratings and a slowing economy.

The rate card will see a 14% drop across the board for the first quarter of 2007.

The rate card, which was released yesterday, has been touted by some in the advertising industry as not being agressive enough.

TV3 and C4 release their rate card next week followed by Prime shortly after.

Fancy going to the NZ Idol Grand Final?
Well you can!
Tickets go on sale soon (probably next week or Sunday) at a cost of $10 each. The final is at St James Theatre on Queen St in Auckland, on October 29th.
Details on how you can book your ticket(s) online will be mentioned on NZ Idol, this Sunday.

In tonight’s elimination NZ IDOL results show (at 8pm on TV2), the final South Island contestant Kali Kopae (21 years from Christchurch) was the sixth person to be eliminated from the NZ IDOL Top 10.

The viewers at home voted for their favourite contestants and after the Pop special, the bottom two contestants were Kali and Aroha Robinson (18 years from Mt Maunganui).

Kali’s song this week was Soak Up The Sun by Sheryl Crow. In the Groove Special she sang Sway by Michael Buble. Previously she has sung That’s Why They Call It The Blues by Elton John, This One’s For The Girls by Martina McBride, Violent by New Zealand band Stellar, Proud Mary by Tina Turner and Imagine by John Lennon at the regional piano round in Christchurch.

Kali said she wanted to thank all the New Zealand public for voting for her.

“I have had the best time of my life and learnt so much. I am so grateful for this experience”, said Kali.

The remaining NZ Top 10 contestants are: Aroha Robinson from Mt Maunganui, Ben Hazelwood from Wellington, Indira Moala from Auckland and Matt Saunoa from Levin.

Next week’s NZ IDOL is a New Zealand Music special. Don’t miss the next instalment of NZ IDOL on Sunday at 7.30pm on TV2.

Frontseat, 10.25pm this Sunday 24th September on TV ONE.

Desperately Seeking Dr Warner:

Oliver Driver talks with his old hospital mate, Michael Galvin, about being a nationally-recognised doctor and playwright. Auckland Theatre Company is staging Michael’s new play Ocean Star at the Maidment Theatre. (A Frontseat staffer who saw his first play New Gold Dream thought it screamingly funny, especially thanks to Adam Gardiner who also acts in Ocean Star). Along the way, Oliver discovers a disturbing new trend: that of award-winning actors being hit by shoes along Auckland’s Ponsonby Road. What the…?

The Front Row:

Opinionated comment from recognisable faces with plenty to say. Keep your eyes peeled for naked Samoan Mario Gaoa, radio gal Noelle McCarthy, artist Dick Frizzell & apostrophe police officer Jon Bridges. This week: NZ’s Scariest Theatres. Actor Joel Tobeck returns to the theatres of his youth to exorcise the ghosts he allowed to terrify him whilst his mum and her mates were treading the boards. Theatre stalwarts like George Henare, Grant Bridger, Darien Takle, Michael Lawrence and Pat Shields help out.

Walter, Take Me To The Altar:

Who will be the blushing bride at the Walters Award next week? The four finalists for New Zealand’s richest visual art prize (named after the late Gordon Walters) are Peter Robinson, Francis Upritchard, Stella Brennan and Phil Dadson. They speak to their work and then Josie McNaught takes a bunch of New Zealanders into Auckland Art Gallery’s New Gallery to find out what they think of all this contemporary art.

Nominate A Great Line In Kiwi Film:

Keep those nominations flooding in as we celebrate the craft of scriptwriting! Beth Heke’s “You’re not gonna hurt my babies anymore” is proving very popular. The Top 10 will be revealed in October. NOMINATE a Greatest Line in Kiwi Film by emailing gabe@frontseat.co.nz.

ALSO: Newsreaders weigh in on what they’re reading for New Zealand Book Month; and some more art neighbours have their say about sculptures that they have to look at all day long.

Send your story ideas and arts diary submissions to Frontseat’s researcher Gabe McDonnell at gabe@frontseat.co.nz.

3’s Outrageous Fortune Hits The Ratings Jackpot

The second series of local drama Outrageous Fortune, which launched on 3 last night, drew a viewership of 188,300 (source: AGB/Nielsen Media Research) – winning its timeslot with a 34% share in 3’s target 18-49 demographic.

Kelly Martin, 3’s Director of Programming, says the ratings reflect the high quality and production values of the series, which follows the exploits of the criminally-inclined West family.

“Not only are we thrilled to have won the timeslot, the fact that we’ve done it with a local drama should be shouted from the rooftops. While everyone has been bemoaning the fact that local drama doesn’t work, South Pacific Pictures and 3, with the support of NZ On Air, have been busy working on the second series of a drama that absolutely does work, and we’re pleased that the audience agrees with us. We’d like to thank the cast and crew who have done an amazing job… all the hard work has been worth it.”

John Barnett, Chief Executive Officer of South Pacific Pictures, comments: “We’re delighted. It’s great to be back!”

Outrageous Fortune, which stars Robyn Malcolm; Grant Bowler; Antony Starr; Siobhan Marshall; Antonia Prebble; Frank Whitten; Kirk Torrance, Claire Chitham; Shane Cortese and Tammy Davis, led a great ratings night for 3, with an overall channel share of 34.6% for the evening in the key 18-49 demographic. The viewing line-up included 3 News, Campbell Live, Target, Money Man, NCIS and Nightline.