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Xavier Horan who played Tai Scott on Shortland Street earlier in the year has been hospitalised due a brain bleed after being knocked out in the final of a professional boxing tournament.

No long term damage is expected.

This year’s season finale of Shortland Street which ended with Kieran running over and killing Morgan then framing Rachel was a ratings winner.  An average of 12.5% of Kiwis* tuned in, or 40% of those watching TV at the time.

This makes it the second highest season finale in five years – beating Ethan’s murder last year.  The highest is still the big reveal of Joey as the serial killer in 2007.

The final week of the show this year started off comparatively low in the ratings but had a big boost in the final episode – only the second time a Friday episode has outrated the Monday night in five years.

Percentage of Kiwis tuning into the final week of Shortland Street:

* Source: 5+ AGB Nielsen

Nominations for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in TV include:

Best Male Drama Actor:

SIMON BAKER / Patrick Jane – “THE MENTALIST”
BRYAN CRANSTON / Walter White – “BREAKING BAD”
MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan – “DEXTER”
JON HAMM / Don Draper – “MAD MEN”
HUGH LAURIE / House – “HOUSE”

Best Female Drama Actor:

PATRICIA ARQUETTE/ Allison Dubois – “MEDIUM”
GLENN CLOSE / Patty Hewes – “DAMAGES”
MARISKA HARGITAY / Det. Olivia Benson – “LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT”
HOLLY HUNTER / Grace Hanadarko – “SAVING GRACE”
JULIANNA MARGULIES / Alicia Florrick – “THE GOOD WIFE”
KYRA SEDGWICK / Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson – “THE CLOSER”

Best Male Comedy Actor:

ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy – “30 ROCK”
STEVE CARELL / Michael Scott – “THE OFFICE”
LARRY DAVID / Himself – “CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM”
TONY SHALHOUB / Adrian Monk – “MONK”
CHARLIE SHEEN / Charlie Harper – “TWO AND A HALF MEN”

Best Female Comedy Actor:

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE / Samantha Newly – “SAMANTHA WHO?”
TONI COLLETTE / Tara Gregor – “UNITED STATES OF TARA”
EDIE FALCO / Jackie Peyton – “NURSE JACKIE”
TINA FEY / Liz Lemon – “30 ROCK”
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS / Christine Campbell – “THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE”

Best Acting – Drama:

THE CLOSER
DEXTER
THE GOOD WIFE
MAD MEN
TRUE BLOOD

Best Acting – Comedy:

30 ROCK
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
GLEE
MODERN FAMILY
THE OFFICE


Roy E. Disney
, nephew of Walt Disney, has died aged 79.

FIFA has re-iterated there won’t be TV replays to help referees.

The British watch an average of 3.75 hours of TV a day (up 3.2% on last year), in the US it’s 4.6 hours a day (up 1.8%).

Check out this new Lost-themed art exhibition in LA.

3D TV moves closer to reality.

Simon Cowell will appear in The Simpsons’ 20th anniversary episode.

Billie Piper will star in a Call Girl special entitled Billie and the Call Girl Bare All.

Nickelodeon’s next teen star is set to be Cymphonique, a 13 year old actor/singer/dancer.

Boris Kodjoe (Soul Food) will play the male lead in JJ Abrams’ Undercovers.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report will launch in HD on January 4.

Tiaras (TLC) is renewed for a third season.

College football comedy Blue Mountain State will premiere January 11 on Spike.

Showtime is adapting Sunshine Cleaning into a TV series.

An iphone app for Who Wants to be a Millionaire? has been created.

Damages Season 3 trailer:

It has been announced that Teletext will be switched off by 2012 and will be replaced by a similar service on TVNZ’s digital platform.

MediaWorks NZ Limited is pleased to announce that it has completed a successful recapitalisation. Shareholders have made an increased capital commitment of $70m which has been used to repay senior debt, reset fixed interest rate swaps and provide ongoing liquidity to the Company. This has been accompanied by a comprehensive restructure of the Company’s banking arrangements. Funds advised by Ironbridge contributed $50m of the new capital and they remain the Company’s majority shareholders.

Mr Brent Harman, Chairman of MediaWorks said: “The recapitalisation, combined with the restructure of the Company’s banking arrangements, has placed the Company on a sound financial footing. This, together with the improving ad market conditions, places the Company in an excellent position for 2010 and beyond.”

Mr Kerry McIntosh, NZ Operating Partner of Ironbridge said: “The recapitalisation confirms the commitment of the Ironbridge Funds to MediaWorks. We believe MediaWorks is a high quality business and this was a key driver of our decision to support the business and its senior management team by investing further funds. The improved banking package and lower cash interest costs delivered by the restructure will ensure the business is well placed to take advantage of improved trading conditions.”

Fox has released a 20th anniversary poster for The Simpsons.

American Idol’s Simon Fuller is launching If I Can Dream – an online competition for five young people who move to Hollywood to aspire to become Hollywood stars – musician, actor, actresses and a model. Hulu will show an episode each week – and even better, it will be the first show to be available internationally.

Vodafone NZ has added Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney, Trackside, WWE and Nickelodeon to its mobile TV service. Telecom has extended its free-trial mobile TV service until January 31 2010.

The Telegraph picks its Top 10 shows of 2009 including Life, Occupation, The Wire and The X Factor.

YouTube is considering a monthly subscription service or rental option for TV shows and movies.

Contestants for Season 7 of Project Runway (January 14 in the US) have been announced as have the bachelorettes for Season 14 of The Bachelor (January 4 in the US).

Unaired episodes of Ashton Kutcher’s cancelled CW show The Beautiful Life will be released here on YouTube, sponsored by HP.

Jennifer Lopez, Daughtry, The Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber, Keri Hilson, Colbie Caillat, Robin Thinke and others will perform at Times Square on New Year’s Eve in the annual countdown special.

Stand-up comedian Daniel Tosh’s show Tosh.0 has been renewed for a second season on Comedy Central.

UK youth drama Misfits has been renewed for a second season.

From the makers of Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory comes new comedy Mike and Molly. The show is about a couple who struggle with overeating and meet at a weight-loss support group. The pilot is in the works for CBS.

Donald Trump has a new series for the Golf Channel, Donald J. Trump’s Fabulous World of Golf, starting April 26 in the US.

HBO’s miniseries The Pacific from Dreamworks, Steven Spielbery and Tom Hanks will air March 14 in the US. The show complements Band of Brothers and stars James Badge Dale, Joe Mazzello and Jon Seda.

USA network is getting Sony TV to develop a show based on the movie The Freshman.

Kelly Bishop (Gilmore Girls) will appear in a multi-episode arc on Mercy.

Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy will star in Showtime’s upcoming drama Shameless. The show revolves around a working-class Chicago family dealing with the recession.

Minnie Driver and James Nesbitt will star in The Deep (BBC) – a five-part series about a stranded submarine crew who were searching for new life forms below the Arctic ice.

Gerald McRaney (Jericho, Deadwood) is cast in Undercovers, JJ Abrams new spy show.

Jenny Wade (Reaper), Colin Hanks (Roswell) and Bradley Witford have been cast in Fox’s Jack and Dan.

Radio New Zealand National’s TV reviewer Simon Wilson picks his best and worst shows of the year:

Best Drama:

  1. Mad Men
  2. True Blood
  3. Outrageous Fortune
  4. The Riches

Best Comedy:

  1. 7 Days
  2. Glee

Best Current and Affairs:

  1. Q&A
  2. Linda Clark on TV3
  3. Back benchers

Best Contestant Show:

  1. New Zealand’s Next Top Model
  2. Homai Te Paki Paki

Best Documentary:

  1. Inside New Zealand
  2. Birdland
  3. South

Worst of the Year:

  1. Telethon
  2. “All that British TV rubbish on TV ONE”

Most Watched Ads on YouTube NZ in 2009

  1. Cadbury Eyebrows
  2. Air New Zealand Staff Have Nothing to Hide
  3. T Mobile Dance
  4. Evian Roller Babies
  5. Nike Skateboarding – Today was a Good Day

Top five New Zealand-created videos

1. Smashproof (featuring Gin Wigmore) – Brother
2. J Williams – Ghetto Flower
3. Pulp Sport (ft P Diggs) – I’m On A Goat
4. Air New Zealand staff have nothing to hide
5. Bare essentials of safety from Air New Zealand

Top 5 most watched videos overall

1. Susan Boyle – Britain’s Got Talent
2. Smashproof (featuring Gin Wigmore) – Brother
3. I’m On A Boat – The Lonely Island
4. Miley Cyrus – Party In The USA
5. Keri Hilson – Knock You Down

Top 5 New Zealand music videos

1. Smashproof (featuring Gin Wigmore) – Brother
2. J Williams – Ghetto Flower
3. Smashproof – Ordinary Life
4. Dane Rumble – Always Be Here
5. Savage – Wild Out (Chooohooo)

Top 5 most watched music videos overall

1. Smashproof (featuring Gin Wigmore) – Brother
2. I’m On A Boat – The Lonely Island
3. Miley Cyrus – Party In The USA
4. Keri Hilson – Knock You Down
5. Miley Cyrus – The Climb

Top 5 user-generated content

1. JK Wedding Entrance Dance
2 Sound of Music – Central Station Antwerp (Belgium)
3 David After Dentist
4 Random Acts: Singing your McDonalds order!
5 Extreme Sheep LED Art

Top 5 most-watched movie trailers

1. Twilight – New Moon
2. Bruno
3. Transformers 2 – Revenge of the Fallen
4. 2012
5. Hannah Montana The Movie trailer

Most Watched YouTube videos globally

1. Susan Boyle – Britain’s Got Talent (120+ million views)
2. David After Dentist (36+ million views)
3. JK Wedding Entrance Dance (33+ million views)
4. New Moon Movie Trailer (30+ million views)
5. Evian Roller Babies (27+ million views)

TVNZ
NZI Business (6–6:30am) 47,110
Breakfast 161,190
ONE News Midday 98,610
ONE News 391,600
Close Up 357,690
Tonight 285,610

TV3
ASB Business (6:30–7am) 6,220
Sunrise 19,240
3 News at Twelve 26,710
3 News 340,710
Campbell Live 176,240
Nightline 139,200

South Pacific Pictures has appointed Tim Balme as new head of development, taking over from Chris Gist. Balme has worked been a storyliner and scriptwriter on Outrageous Fortune.

See the most watched TV shows of 2009 in the UK and the top 20 prime-time TV shows in the US.

American politicians are moving to legislate the volume of TV ads.

Joe Manganiello (One Tree Hill, How I Met Your Mother) will play werewolf Alcide on True Blood. Natasha Alam (The Bold and the Beautiful) will play Yvetta, Eric’s new dancer at Fangtasia.

Nate Berkus, decorator and design expert on Oprah, is getting his own talk show.

Nickelodeon has renewed SpongeBob SquarePants for another 26 episodes, taking the total to 178.

Here’s the Season 3 poster for Chuck.