Production company sacked over Top Model gaffe

The production company behind Australia’s Next Top Model has been sacked following the live finale gaffe that saw the wrong winner named. The show’s host and executive producer Sarah Murdoch has reportedly instigated the move, saying it was “probably time for a change.”

Grey wins Dancing with the Stars

Former Dirty Dancing actress Jennifer Grey has been crowned the winner of the latest season of Dancing with the Stars in the US, beating out a Disney actor and the daughter of Sarah Palin in the finale. Grey, who appeared alongside the late Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing, was the favourite throughout the competition which also featured the likes of David Hasselhoff and The Hills’ Audrina Patridge.

Momsen’s absence for “creative reasons”

Gossip Girl producers have confirmed that while Taylor Momsen’s part has been cut down on the drama series, the actress “isn’t going anywhere.” They have underlined that her absence is for “creative reasons” as opposed to issues with the actress herself who has been accused of being difficult to work with on set.

Ugly Betty actor arrested for murder

A former Ugly Betty actor has been charged with stabbing his mother to death with a 1-metre sword in New York. 31-year-old Michael Brea, who had a small part in Ugly Betty and film Step Up 3D, was arrested at the scene.

This week I have been so impressed with Weny Petrie and her running of the news desk. She is so professional. She is crisp, easy to follow and I think enjoying the challenge.

I like her hair and she she looks great.

The One news team have done a subperb job in covering the awful events in and around Greymouth

Wednesday 8:30pm on Triangle & Stratos on November 24

A brilliant documentary by director and writer Kenneth R. Close looks at why there are so many bad Hollywood movies. A hilarious and fascinating journey that takes a hard look at what the LA film industry has become.

TVNZ presenter and news anchor Miriama Kamo is set to leave New Zealand to take up a role in Germany.

Kamo, who fronts 20/20 as well as presenting One News bulletins intermittently, will leave for Europe in January where she plans to live and work in Germany for six months.

TVNZ confirmed to Dan News that they are currently seeking a 20/20 replacement for Kamo.

The experienced broadcaster was also named as one of the possible replacements for departed Breakfast presenter Paul Henry on the TV One morning show.

Source: Dan News

Trackside has started broadcasting today on Freeview Channel 11. However, for those with MHEG-5 format TVs and PVRs, you have to press the channel number manually. It currently will not appear on the channel list due to non transmission of MHEG-5 program data. Those using MHEG-4 devices however, will have it added to their channel list.



Simon Cowell revealed his life was “boring” before he appeared on television, during his acceptance speech at the 38th International Emmy Awards.

The music mogul – who first achieved TV stardom as a judge on 2001 UK TV talent show ‘Pop Idol’- was handed the International Emmy Founders Award at the ceremony at The Hilton hotel in New York City last night (22.11.10) for his contributions to TV and entertainment, and he admitted he was delighted to receive the accolade.

Simon – who was handed his prize by News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch – joked: “Whoever said fame, money, success will destroy you, was completely wrong. Bring it on! My life was boring before I went on TV.”

Paying tribute to “amazingly talented and charismatic” Simon, Rupert praised him for his work on ‘The X Factor’, ‘American Idol’and the ‘Got Talent’franchise, which he said made the British star a “phenomenal media impresario” for his “enormous cultural contributions”.

He added: “Simon has helped make Fox Broadcasting number one season after season over the past decade.

“I’m confident his launch of ‘X Factor’in the US next year will build on that success for years to come.

“No one has done more in the past decade to build the fortunes of Fox Broadcasting.”

Other winners at the ceremony – which was hosted by actor Jason Priestly – included actor Bob Hoskins for his role on ‘The Street’and ‘Enid’actress Helena Bonham Carter.

The 38th International Emmy Awards recognise the best in television that was produced, and initially aired, outside the US.


The 38th International Emmy Awards winners list:


Best Performance by an actor:

Bob Hoskins, ‘The Street’, UK


Best performance by an actress:

Helena Bonham Carter, ‘Enid’, UK


Children and young people:

‘Shaun the Sheep’, UK


Drama Series:

‘The Street’, UK



‘Traffic Light’, Israel


Nonscripted entertainment:

‘CQC’, Argentina



‘My Love’, Portugal


TV movie/miniseries:

‘Small Island’, UK



‘Mom and the Red Bean Cake’, South Korea


Arts programming:

‘The World According to Ion B.’, Romania


International Emmy Directorate Award:

Lorne Michaels


International Emmy Founders Award:

Simon Cowell


Source: Bang

Cricket legend and renowned ‘King Of Spin’ Shane Warne is set to bowl on to PRIME this month with his very own entertainment chat show Warnie.

This fun loving, retired spin-bowling sensation will bring his own brand of interview style to PRIME this Summer in five star-filled episodes boasting candid chats with some of the biggest names in entertainment.

He’ll enjoy relaxed one-on-ones with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, superstar Sting and Dannii Minogue. James Packer will speak exclusively to Warne, while chat show legend Michael Parkinson, Oscar-winning Hollywood star Russell Crowe and the incomparable Richie Benaud are just some of the guests who will join him in the studio in front of a live audience.

As well as interviews with some of the world’s biggest stars, viewers are in for a rare treat: specially created puppets will bring to life a selection of the best scenes from Billy Birmingham’s cricket comedy classic, The 12th Man.

The Today Show’s Alicia Gorey will also appear on Warnie to put famous current and ex-cricketers through “The Spin Cycle”, a rapid-fire Q&A session, as well as providing Ashes news reports.

The man with one of the most famous moustaches in cricket, legendary fast bowler and former Australian selector Merv Hughes, is Warne’s man on the street. Hughes will get to know the locals as he follows the five-match Ashes series around Australia.


WARNIE – Starts Thursday 9th December 9.30pm, only on PRIME


Most watched

  1. One News: 583,630 (TV ONE, 5:30pm – 7:05pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 574,790 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 524,780 (TV ONE, 7:35pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Close Up: 505,510 (TV ONE, 7:05pm – 7:30pm)
  5. My Kitchen Rules: 386,730 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Coronation Street: 524,780 (TV ONE, 7:35pm – 8:30pm)
  2. My Kitchen Rules: 386,730 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution: 347,340 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. The Big C: 292,040 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:05pm)
  5. Tonight: 264,460 (TV ONE, 10:35pm – 11:05pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 172,010 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. Good Morning: 124,050 (TV ONE, 9:00am – 12:00pm)
  3. Emmerdale: 116,350 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 1:35pm)
  4. ONE News 4:30: 111,970 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)
  5. The Jeremy Kyle Show: 103,150 (TV2, 12:30pm – 1:30pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 583,630 (5:30pm – 7:05pm)
  2. Coronation Street: 524,780 (7:35pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Close Up: 505,510 (7:05pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution: 347,340 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. Tonight: 264,460 (10:35pm – 11:05pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 574,790 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. My Kitchen Rules: 386,730 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. The Celebrity Apprentice: 252,440 (8:30pm – 10:30pm)
  4. 8 Simple Rules: 196,730 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  5. Neighbours: 126,460 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 297,140 (5:30pm – 7:00pm)
  2. The Big C: 292,040 (9:30pm – 10:05pm)
  3. The Event: 259,860 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Campbell Live: 258,940 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. The Kitchen Job: 217,450 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched on C4

  1. Family Guy: 83,290 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Everybody Hates Chris: 71,410 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  3. How I Met Your Mother: 64,280 (8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  4. 30 Rock: 54,010 (7:30pm – 8:05pm)
  5. Accidentally On Purpose: 50,660 (8:35pm – 9:00pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Peta Unplugged in Tahiti: 166,560 (8:40pm – 9:35pm)
  2. Escape to River Cottage: 122,510 (8:10pm – 8:35pm)
  3. Nigella Kitchen: 113,910 (7:30pm – 8:10pm)
  4. Prime News: 109,660 (5:25pm – 6:25pm)
  5. Millionaire Hot Seat: 69,310 (6:25pm – 6:55pm)

Most watched on Maori TV

  1. Te Aoturoa:Nature Shorts: 39,870 (9:25pm – 9:30pm)
  2. International Documentary: 34,980 (8:30pm – 9:25pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. C.S.I: 53,860 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. C.S.I: 45,720 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. Burn Notice: 35,270 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. The Simpsons: 26,110 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. Intl Cricket Test: 25,930 (7:40pm – 8:50pm)

Most watched on SKY Movies 1

  1. Miss March: 51,270 (8:35pm – 10:00pm)

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. Campbell Live: TV3 258940 – up from 192200 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. NZI Business: TV ONE 96620 – up from 37660 (6:00am – 6:30am)
  3. Breakfast: TV ONE 194250 – up from 136770 (6:30am – 7:00am)
  4. Close Up: TV ONE 505510 – up from 450650 (7:05pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Breakfast: TV ONE 210750 – up from 162640 (8:00am – 9:00am)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. The Event: TV3 259860 – down from 345560 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. My Kitchen Rules: TV2 386730 – down from 439770 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Shortland Street: TV2 574790 – down from 618040 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Ultimate Force: PRIME 56590 – down from 98770 (9:40pm – 10:40pm)
  5. 8 Simple Rules: TV2 196730 – down from 238790 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)


  1. International Documentary: Maori TV (8:30pm – 9:25pm)
  2. Peta Unplugged in Tahiti: PRIME (8:40pm – 9:35pm)
  3. Te Aoturoa:Nature Shorts: Maori TV (9:25pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Heston’s Feast: TV ONE (9:30pm – 10:35pm)
  5. Tonight: TV ONE (10:35pm – 11:05pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • TV ONE: 31.5%
  • SKY Network: 22.2%
  • TV2: 18%
  • TV3: 15.8%
  • PRIME: 5.7%
  • C4: 3%
  • Other TV Channels: 2.3%
  • Maori TV: 0.6%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

Three actress join True Blood

Three actresses have signed up for roles on the upcoming fourth season of True Blood. Janina Gavankar (The L Word), Alexandra Breckenridge (Life Unexpected) and Vedette Lim (Medium) will all appear on the new season of the vampire series with Gavankar to become a series regular.

Michael J. Fox to return to The Good Wife

Michael J. Fox will make a return to drama series The Good Wife after making a appearance previously as a lawyer. The actor, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, will reprise his role on the series playing a character who also suffers from the condition.

Momsen’s character to be reduced on GG

Taylor Momsen’s role on Gossip Girl has reportedly been reduced due to “creative reasons”. Deadline is reporting that the actress will begin an indefinite hiatus during the show’s current season with suggestions she will miss at least four episodes.

Louis-Dreyfus cast in new pilot

Former Seinfeld actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been cast in a new HBO pilot called Veep. The actress, who recently finished up on The New Adventures of Old Christine, will play a former senator in the comedy pilot.

Obama challenges Mythbusters hosts

President Obama has challenged the hosts of Discovery Channel series Mythbusters to examine the scientific viability of the Archimedes ancient solar ray, which legend claims set the approaching Roman fleet on fire with only the use of mirrors and the sun. On the episode teaser, Obama says to the hosts: “I am a big fan of MythBusters … and so are the girls. Figure this [ray] out, and report back to me.”

The future of The Ad Show on TVNZ7 is still unclear amid government funding issues and speculation that a merger between TVNZ’s two digital channels 6 and 7 is possible.

The first season of the show appeared successful, with producer Raewyn Rasch claiming that download numbers were higher than those of Media7 and Back Benches and that five extra episodes were commissioned on top of the original 15.

“I think the show worked really well. But, as you know, in television, that doesn’t mean you’ll get another go,” she says.

Rasch also confirmed that a second season pitch has been made but she says she doesn’t know when a decision will be made.

“It’s completely up to them. There’s no time frame,” she says.

TVNZ7 channel manager Philippa Mossman confirmed to Stoppress that they are unsure of its future as they are awaiting a government decision on funding for TVNZ’s digital channels.

Source: Stoppress