sharknado2Last night, Sharknado 2: The Second One, debuted around the world. The deliberately bad and cheesy b-grade movie made a huge splash in 2013 as each replays drew bigger audiences as the buzz grew. With the second movie, which saw a series of shark flinging tornadoes hit New York City, to help build the social media frenzy, SyFy ensured an international same day release with 86 countries delivering the ridiculous story to their viewers. As a result, the show generated more than a billion tweets. New Zealand, however, missed out on being part of the big event.

It amazes me that in this day and age, 86 other countries, are able to have access to a global phenomenon at the same time and yet New Zealand either can’t or won’t. Continue reading »


New Zealand TV viewers will be treated to documentaries and factual programmes on issues as diverse as the science of forensics, New Zealand’s obesity problem, housing affordability, bogans, and our social history through DNA following the latest NZ On Air funding decisions.

New Zealand’s longest running TV programme, and the second longest-running show in the world, Country Calendar will be back next year for its 50th year. The programme is frequently the highest rating programme NZ On Air funds, with more than half a million New Zealanders tuning in each Saturday night. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 668,440 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 495,500 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Police Ten 7: 479,410 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Seven Sharp: 414,670 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Code 1: 380,140 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:35pm)

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Here’s the list of TV people with birthday’s today. Continue reading »

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Tillie gets artistic, Kane gets teased, Leanne gets gossip-y, and Dallas gets the wrong information. Continue reading »

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New online TV service Lightbox has announced the appointment of experienced digital media leader Kym Niblock as its managing director.

Kym brings a wealth of experience in senior roles with global media businesses, including Foxtel, BBC Worldwide, BSkyB and Nickelodeon. Continue reading »

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Lightbox today announces it will deliver a great deal more of the best television ever made, including additional first-run exclusives Outlander, Alpha House, Betas and Arrested Development, alongside previously announced titles 24: Live Another Day, Vikings and Mad Men.

Shows announced today comprise a fraction of the total 5000 hour line-up that will be available at launch, and even more shows will be added to the service on an ongoing basis. Lightbox can also confirm that deals have been signed with local producers.

Dramas announced include Masters of Sex, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad and House of Cards, which were all recognised by the American Film Institute as being “culturally and artistically representative of [2013’s] most significant achievements in the art of the moving image”. Continue reading »

Here’s the merchandise that SyFy staff are wearing across the Tasman today.