TMZ are reporting that Kara DioGuardi is the latest casualty of the American Idol reboot.

Rumor is that Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez will be joining Randy Jackson on the show’s next season.

If this is the new judging panel, what are your thoughts?

Following news of the pulling of Top Chef on Thursday nights for low ratings, replaced by Grand Designs, news comes of the removal of Parenthood. The show has been removed after racking up a miserable 125k last night  and will be replaced next week by Big Momma’s House 2…no word on a permanent replacement for the slot, but without another season of Survivor available until September…you have to wonder where they go from here.

TV3 & C4’s next generation Video on Demand Service has more than tripled the number of shows streamed since its launch in May and doubled its audience base – and continues to grow steadily.

The pre-launch average of 15,000 to 20,000 viewers is now up to over 60,000 viewers weekly. The average streams before launch which were 40,000 to 60,000 streams are now up over 180,000 streams each week

Director of MediaWorks Interactive, Siobhan McKenna says:  “We’ve seen fantastic growth of audience since the launch two months (May 24) ago as well as an increase in the shows available to view.”

“TV3 and C4 viewers can now enjoy a much higher quality On Demand viewing experience – with a shared TV3 & C4 channel player, clean design, easy to use search function, show alerts and a nifty clock that counts down the adbreak so viewers know when their show will return.”

The major growth can in part be linked to the phenomenal launch of the final season of Outrageous Fortune. It kicked-off with an outstanding performance and is now considered to be the second most popular On Demand show of any type in the country with 58,509 streams.

The new look player has had a significant impact in the market with both the audience and advertisers.  A recent survey of 13,760 respondents showed that 90% of MediaWorks’ On Demand audience is watching the show for the very first time.

The service is proving to be a viable channel for advertisers to improve their national reach and a popular alternative to home recording devices with consumers.

Available to view On Demand are both popular local and international shows including Glee, Outrageous Fortune, 7 Days, CSI: NY, Balls of Steel, NCIS, Nurse Jackie, Home & Away, Misfits, and America’s Next Top Model.

And this list continues to grow with upcoming shows this month including New Zealand’s Next Top Model, Lie to Me, Reel Late with Kate, How I Met your Mother and Daisy of Love.


Yesterday was a huge day in New Zealand politics.  So big that it came as a real surprise that TVNZ’s Close Up program, you know, the one that brands itself with “No one gets you closer”, kicked off their show with a story that happened two days earlier.

Meanwhile, over on TV3, John Campbell was on form giving Chris Carter a harsh reminder as to what happens when you’re not running away from a camera crew.  If you missed it, you must watch it.

Twitter was alive with praise as Campbell’s lesson tore up the screen for an entire fifteen minutes.  The best, coming from Simon Pound:

@poundito: Yeah, 111? I want to report something. At the TV3 studios right now. @JohnJCampbell is on fire.

It was superb current affairs and an interview that was a pleasure to watch. Mark Sainsbury’s interview, when he eventually got to it, didn’t come close.

Check it out here on 3 On Demand.

TVNZ 7 highlights New Zealand innovation and development throughout August with its Spotlight on Science + Technology, in association with the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (MoRST).

The month of special programming officially launches on Tuesday 3 August at the City Gallery in Wellington with the unveiling of new local television series Ever Wondered?, produced in partnership with the Royal Society of New Zealand, which, like MoRST, is concerned with promoting the importance of science and technology for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

Ever Wondered?, presented by the winner of the 2009 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize, Dr John Watt, is set to inspire Kiwi minds and spark curiosities as Watt searches high and low for answers to today’s most challenging scientific questions.

TVNZ 7 Channel Manager, Philippa Mossman, is delighted to work with the Royal Society to bring New Zealanders unique local content which highlights the importance of science and technology to our country’s development.

“Science and technology are at the heart of everything, and Ever Wondered? is our opportunity to showcase the work of our scientists and to consider how much we value them, and what they do for our economy and lifestyle,” says Mossman.

The Royal Society of New Zealand’s Chief Executive, Dr Di McCarthy, shares this enthusiasm.

“The idea of a brand new television series on TVNZ 7 designed to excite and inform with great stories of science and technology in contemporary New Zealand is thrilling to the Royal Society of New Zealand.

“We especially want to see young New Zealanders become inspired by the fantastic array of opportunities which science and technology offer as a career. We are also looking forward to seeing the benefits of research presented in a way that makes viewers take a second look and say ‘Wow, I didn’t know that.”

TVNZ 7’s Spotlight on Science and Technology brings New Zealanders a range of programmes that provide insight into the exciting scientific developments taking place globally and locally.

These include stand-out BBC series Wonders of the Solar System and The Story of Science, the TVNZ 7 Internet Debate LIVE from Avalon Studios on Tuesday 11 August, The Good Word Debate (a spin-off of TVNZ 7 regular show The Good Word with a moot skewed to the science/technology theme), animated short-form series Science Made Simple, and special editions of TVNZ 7’s regular shows Back Benches, Talk Talk and Media7.

For more information go to . TVNZ 7 is available on Freeview/TiVo channel 7 and on SKY/Telstra channel 97.


The Apprentice New Zealand’s resident mogul Terry Serepisos has missed out on a place in the National Business Review annual Rich List.

The high profile Wellington businessman who featured as the “boss” on the popular TVNZ show has been omitted from the 24th edition of the list which features the heavy-hitters of the kiwi business world.

Serepisos, who also owns the mighty Wellington Phoenix, has been in the headlines constantly since his appearance on the show for supposed cast-flow problems which, although highly publicized, have not had an impact on him missing the list.

It is understood that Serepisos is omitted due to uncertainties over his net worth which renders the NBR unable to place him.

Source: Stuff


Already a popular radio show and Facebook site, now for the television series! Mike King’s ground-breaking show for mental illness sufferers THE NUTTERS CLUB premieres on Maori Television on Friday August 6 at 10.00 PM.

THE NUTTERS CLUB is a 13-part series based on King’s national talkback radio show on RadioLive (Sundays from 8.00PM to midnight), which was nominated for a Radio Award this year.

The television series features King and resident psychiatrist Dr David Codyre in the radio studio. Each week a special guest is invited in to share their personal stories and talk about their challenges with mental health. They are frank and emotionally compelling stories from across a broad spectrum of mental illness.

Featured guests include a mix of well-known screen personalities, and ordinary people who have led extraordinary lives. Among them are former Shortland Street stars Nicola Kawana and Peter Elliott, fashion designer Denise L’Estrange-Corbet and Carterton mayor Gary McPhee.

Host Mike King says the radio listeners and growing Facebook community membership show the programme resonates with many people.

“It’s about life as it really is,” says King. “When you actually hear a real person sharing their story and they openly admit to having problems and being flawed, you have a lightbulb moment. You start realising, hmmm, that sounds just like me.

“This series deals with what conventional thinkers consider tough subject matter in a caring, kind and entertaining way. The stories will touch hearts and move people.”

Made for television by Top Shelf Productions, producer Brian Holland says a large number of New Zealanders are affected by mental illness, personally or through association with others.

“Some of my best friends are nuts, and that’s what drew me to the project,” he says.

A Ministry of Health survey in 2006 found that around 47 per cent of New Zealanders will experience a mental illness or an addiction at some time in their lives.

Holland says the series is fearless in dealing with issues once considered taboo.

“THE NUTTERS CLUB is a place where like-minded people can openly share their thoughts, feelings and experiences and in doing so help themselves and others, and even have a few laughs along the way. The show appeals to people with open minds and an appetite for frank, honest discussion. The support we’ve seen and heard people get from the experience is incredible, and we hope the television series will spread the positivity even further.”

Fearless, compelling and original, tune in to THE NUTTERS CLUB on Maori Television from Friday August 6 at 10.00 PM.


American Idol will lose the services of judge Ellen DeGeneres for the next season with the talk-show host deciding to exit the judging panel.

The exit is said to be a mutual decision between DeGeneres and the Fox network and part of an Idol overhaul which will see the network try to re-invent the brand.

The Ellen DeGeneres show host made her feeling clear to Idol producers months ago that she was looking to quit in order to concentrate more on her own successful show.

“I told them I wouldn’t leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next,” DeGeneres said. “It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for.”

DeGeneres also said that she struggled with some of the criticisms she had to give contestants on the show.

“I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on ‘Idol’ and I am very grateful for the year I had. I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be,” she said.

With fellow judge Simon Cowell leaving the judging panel also, the path is open for possibly a complete overhaul which may see producers clear the panel of Kara DioGuardi as well and build  a new panel around Randy Jackson.

Source: Variety


7 Days funny men, Jeremy Corbett and Ben Hurley, embark on a pie-fuelled bro-mance adventure in the comedy special Ben & Jeremy’s Big Road Trip, screening on Monday, August 9th at 7:30pm on 3.

Directed by Jason Stutter (Predicament), Ben & Jeremy’s Big Road Trip follows Jeremy Corbett and Ben Hurley as they embark on a road trip adventure in the name of science, via a fictional documentary film crew’s cameras.

Playing heightened versions of themselves, the fictional Jeremy Corbett is a computer game obsessed loner who thinks he’s the most popular and funniest comedian on (and off) television and Ben Hurley, as the egocentric, popular but broke new comedian on the block.

After one too many terrible stand up performances and on the advice of his wife Megan (played by Corbett’s real-life wife Megan Corbett), Jeremy is forced to take a different presenting path and takes on a gig as ‘presenter/comedian’ for a television science documentary.

The science documentary requires Jeremy to drive all the way from Auckland to Invercargill while wearing an obtrusive and uncomfortable looking sleep-monitoring device. The catch is, in order to secure the gig, Jeremy must convince the massively popular and too-cool Ben Hurley, to take part.

Unenthusiastic at first, Ben receives a call from his agent offering him the gig of a lifetime – to be the support act for the legendary John Clarke – in Invercargill.

The special blurs the lines between reality and fiction, as Jeremy and Ben (playing themselves), come across a cast of real and fictional characters including, a hair obsessed Simon Barnett, Mayor Tim Shadbolt, a sexy traffic warden and a car full of very scary gang guys.

Shot largely without a script, the cast were given scene outlines, rehearsing and improvising as they went.

Make sure not to miss the results when Ben & Jeremy’s Big Road Trip screens on Monday, August 9th at 7:30pm on 3.

Most watched

  1. One News: 627,370 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 575,470 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Close Up: 520,150 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Police Ten 7: 512,420 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. Motorway Patrol: 508,020 (TV2, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Police Ten 7: 512,420 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. Motorway Patrol: 508,020 (TV2, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 471,500 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. This is Not My Life: 458,180 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. 20/20: 327,400 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 127,110 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. Good Morning: 100,880 (TV ONE, 9:00am – 12:00pm)
  3. Come Dine With Me: 97,740 (TV ONE, 1:30pm – 2:00pm)
  4. Emmerdale: 95,410 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 1:30pm)
  5. ONE News 4:30: 95,130 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 627,370 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Close Up: 520,150 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 471,500 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. This is Not My Life: 458,180 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. This is Not My Life: 323,350 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 575,470 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Police Ten 7: 512,420 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Motorway Patrol: 508,020 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. 20/20: 327,400 (9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  5. The Vampire Diaries: 310,640 (8:30pm – 9:35pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 380,790 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Home and Away: 259,160 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  3. Campbell Live: 219,740 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Grand Designs Revisited: 177,030 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Twins: 138,500 (9:30pm – 10:35pm)

Most watched on C4

  1. Family Guy: 121,330 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. The Cleveland Show: 89,070 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Futurama: 84,740 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. South Park: 79,950 (9:00pm – 9:30pm)
  5. American Dad: 78,570 (8:30pm – 9:00pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime News: 129,150 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Man vs Wild: 99,590 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Who Wants To Be A Celebrity Mi: 96,010 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  4. Deal Or No Deal: 91,990 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  5. Survivors: 82,340 (8:30pm – 10:25pm)

Most watched on Maori TV

  1. Hyundai Code: 80,280 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Hunting Aotearoa: 45,330 (9:30pm – 10:00pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. NCIS: 37,560 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Lie To Me: 34,070 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. CSI:NY: 32,230 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. ITM Cup: 111,190 (7:30pm – 9:10pm)
  2. ITM Cup Post Game: 49,200 (9:10pm – 9:25pm)

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. 3 News: TV3 380790 – up from 292330 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. 20/20: TV2 327400 – up from 243840 (9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  3. Shortland Street: TV2 575470 – up from 523910 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. The Vampire Diaries: TV2 310640 – up from 265340 (8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  5. Combo Ninos: TV2 60010 – up from 32830 (7:25am – 7:50am)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Coronation Street: TV ONE 471500 – down from 578800 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Twins: TV3 138500 – down from 241190 (9:30pm – 10:35pm)
  3. Police Ten 7: TV2 512420 – down from 591730 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Nightline: TV3 96750 – down from 165860 (10:40pm – 11:10pm)
  5. Army Wives: TV2 140550 – down from 193920 (10:35pm – 11:30pm)


  1. Grand Designs Revisited: TV3 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Motorway Patrol: TV2 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. This is Not My Life: TV ONE (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Survivors: PRIME (8:30pm – 10:25pm)
  5. This is Not My Life: TV ONE (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  6. Tonight: TV ONE (10:30pm – 11:00pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • TV ONE: 30.8%
  • SKY Network: 24.8%
  • TV2: 18.4%
  • TV3: 13.2%
  • PRIME: 4.7%
  • C4: 3.8%
  • Other TV Channels: 2.6%
  • Maori TV: 1.2%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+