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He never quite became a doctor back in the day on Shortland Street, but that hasn’t stopped Martin Henderson.  He’s just picked up what could be the role of his lifetime: starring in Shonda Rhimes’ new medical drama on ABC: Off the Map.  Martin could become the next McDreamy!

The show focuses on three US doctors who go and work at an isolated tropical clinic.  Casting for the other two doctors has not yet been announced.

TVNZ
NZI Business (6–6:30am) 18,780
Breakfast 90,520
ONE News Midday 81,300
ONE News 323,740
Close Up 409,300
Tonight 166,110

TV3
ASB Business (6:30–7am) 6,340
Sunrise 18,530
3 News at Twelve 25,460
3 News 217,680
Campbell Live 135,030
Nightline 174,230

Jodi Gordon quits Home and Away – or was she fired?  Depends which report you believe.  Either case, it’s bye bye Martha.

Martin Henderson will play the lead in Shonda Rhimes’ new medical drama Off the Map. Will Martin be the new McDreamy?  Go him!

ABC will televise the wedding of the winners of The Bachelor in 2002 – Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney.

New shows:

Mission: 2110 (BBC): Sci-fi gameshow from Doctor Who writer Phil Ford.

Joe Dirt (TBS): Animated version of the film

Untitled comedy (Fox): From Ron Howard and Brent Forrester (The Office) set in a tax department office.

Last night’s finale of Survivor Samoa drew in 188,000 viewers, up just 24,000 on last week but it was up against TV2′s Pirates of the Caribbean movie which pulled in 349,000.

Most watched

  1. Coronation Street: TV ONE 449,000
  2. One News: TV ONE
  3. Shortland Street: TV2
  4. Close Up: TV ONE
  5. Pirates of the Caribbean:  TV2

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean
  3. F.R.I.E.N.D.S

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News
  2. Campbell Live
  3. Survivor: Samoa

Most watched on C4

  1. Futurama
  2. Tie: Family Guy / South Park

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Bondi Rescue
  2. Customs
  3. Prime News

Source: AGB Nielsen, 5+

TVNZ
NZI Business (6–6:30am) 34,390
Breakfast 117,890
ONE News Midday 64,800
ONE News 447,050
Close Up 360,480
Tonight 242,820

TV3
ASB Business (6:30–7am) 1,570
Sunrise 11,110
3 News at Twelve 22,030
3 News 211,920
Campbell Live 197,770
Nightline 173,050

The number of visits to Maori Television’s revamped, bilingual website has trebled in the last year – and overseas viewers are driving much of the growth.

Visits from within New Zealand to what is believed to be one of the country’s first bilingual media sites have nearly doubled since March last year, when a revamp gave it a fresh new look and boosted the quality, quantity and breadth of live and on-demand programming. The unique site now holds up to 300 hours of authentically New Zealand shows, ranging from news and sports to Maori language tuition and lifestyle shows.

Website statistics show that people in 188 other countries are now watching www.maoritelevision.com, and in increasing numbers, says Maori Television online manager Sandy Hodge (Ngati Whakaue).

The number of visits from Australia, where many New Zealanders settle, has trebled: Australia makes up around 20 per cent of the total online audience. The number of visits from the United Kingdom has doubled. Visits from Canada and the United States have each doubled and the number of hits from Hong Kong, Japan and the Netherlands is rising rapidly.

“We are getting lots of eyeballs because 86 per cent of our shows are locally-made, but available globally,” says Hodge. “We work very hard with our producers to make sure our very broad content is available worldwide.

“Other local channels, which tend to buy a lot of overseas material, are often forced to block that content on their websites because they don’t have the right to show it to the rest of the world. Our aim is to take Maori Television to everyone, wherever they are.”

Overall, says Hodge, the number of unique visitors to www.maoritelevision.com is up 60 per cent. Visitors are staying on the site three times longer than they did in the year before the revamp, and looking at more pages per visit.

The website is also believed to be one of the world’s largest video archives of Maori language items. It is the online home of Maori Television’s second channel, Te Reo, which broadcasts entirely in te reo Maori and is two years old in March 2010. The website also hosts Maori Television’s corporate pages, a merchandise site, and a media centre.

What is also surprising about the feature-rich, user-friendly website is that it is run by just three people – Hodge, a former producer of broadcaster Jim Mora’s Radio New Zealand afternoon show; translator Vikki Rangi (Tuhoe), who translates 90 per cent of the written text for the website; and content coordinator Bea Ashby (Ngati Kuri).

Hodge says that the website is “very much like an iceberg – viewers see the tip of it but behind the scenes is an enormous operation given its dual-language nature and the large amount of content”.

She adds: “We have taught the site to be clever and flexible so we can give people what they want. We have also built in all sorts of useful features to make it user-friendly, such as a one-click way to share shows on social networking sites and email alerts for upcoming programmes.”

Sidebar: Top 10 online programmes

1: Homai Te Pakipaki (interactive singing competition)
2: Te Kaea (daily news)
3: Toi Whakaari (kapa haka)
4: Hyundai CODE (sports entertainment)
5: Hunting Aotearoa (hunting and fishing)
6: Native Affairs (current affairs)
7: Toku Reo (language tuition)
8: Kai Time on the Road (modern Maori food)
9: Boil Up (sports review/preview)
10: Ngati NRL (rugby league reality series)

* 10-month time frame – end of March 2009 to end of January 2010

Sidebar: Top five countries

1: New Zealand
2: Australia
3: United States
4: United Kingdom
5: Canada

* 10-month time frame – end of March 2009 to end of January 2010

ABC has cancelled Ugly Betty.  Its fourth season will be the last.

ABC president Steve McPherson:

“We’ve mutually come to the difficult decision to make this Ugly Betty’s final season, and are announcing now as we want to allow the show ample time to write a satisfying conclusion. We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series, and felt it was important to give the fans a proper farewell.”

Most watched

  1. One News: TV ONE (533,000)
  2. Coronation Street: TV ONE
  3. Close Up: TV ONE
  4. Shortland Street: TV2
  5. The Big Bang Theory: TV2

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street
  2. The Big Bang Theory
  3. Two and a Half Men

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News
  2. Taxi
  3. Campbell Live

Most watched on C4

  1. Bring It On In It To Win It
  2. Glee
  3. Family Guy

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Celebrity Masterchef Australia
  2. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
  3. Prime News

Most watched on SKY Sport2

  1. Australian Open Tennis (52,000)

How I Met Your Mother has been renewed for a sixth season.

The BBC is said to be planning six more episodes of Wallander.

Former Steps singer Ian “H” Watkins will guest star in Skins.

Breaking Bad Season 3 promo photos.

The upcoming Criminal Minds spin-off may star Forest Whitaker.

A House spin-off hasn’t been ruled out.

Pernell Roberts (Bonanza) has died aged 81.

Spartacus gave Starz its best rated premiere to date.

New shows:

Livin’ on a Prayer (CBS): from the makers of How I Met Your Mother.

Chaos (CBS): rogue CIA operatives fighting bureaucracy, incompetence and politics.

Untitled procedural (CBS): female NYPD detective who possesses the ability to remember everything – a blessing in her job but a curse in her personal life.

No Ordinary Family (ABC): drama from Dirty Sexy Money executive producers

Untitled comedy (ABC): from the makers of Just Shoot Me! about adult siblings dealing with their parent’s recent divorce.

Family (ABC): a typical American family whose members have special abilities.

Freshman (ABC):  friendship of three freshmen members of Congress who live together in Washington.

Untitled crime drama (ABC): beautiful female detective who teams with a disgraced ex-cop to solve crimes and untangle the conspiracy that sent him underground.

Most watched

  1. One News: TV ONE 561,000
  2. Coronation Street: TV ONE
  3. Shortland Street: TV2
  4. Close Up: TV ONE
  5. Deja Vu: TV2

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street
  2. Deja Vu
  3. Hell’s Kitchen

Most watched on TV3

  1. Missing Pieces
  2. House
  3. Target

Most watched on C4

  1. How I Met Your Mother
  2. Family Guy
  3. Tie: Everybody Hates Chris / Momma’s Boys

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime News
  2. Tie: Deal or No Deal / Who Wants To Be A Millionaire