HBO’s This Week Tonight with John Oliver returns in February but if you’re missing his commentary, as I am, here’s something to help tide you over:

Amazon Prime’s Golden Globe winning series Transparent have released four deleted scenes featuring Jeffrey Tambour as the transgender character Maura Pfefferman.

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Over the years there has been quite a lot of concern about the contracts that singers are pretty much forced to sign when they win talent shows like American Idol, The Voice or The X Factor. There have been endless commentaries on their unfairness and bias towards the companies that sign them over the artists best interests. Now, however, one former Idol winner has launched a legal challenge that potentially has huge implications for these shows if the case is won.

American Idol season 11 winner, Phillip Phillips, has lodged a bombshell petition with the California Labor Commissioner that asserts that Idol producer 19 Entertainment and its affiliated companies have “manipulated” him into accepting jobs since he hit it big. In a filing that reveals some of Phillips’ post-show tribulations, including being forced to perform for free for one of Idol sponsors and not even knowing the title of his last album before it was announced publicly, the singer is seeking to void his various agreements with 19, said by the star’s lawyer to be “oppressive, fatally conflicted.”

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Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Stalker: 35500 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Castle: 31090 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  3. The Mysteries Of Laura: 27110 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 23180 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
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top-gear2013After Mediaworks announced this morning that TV3 had picked up the 22nd season of Top Gear, Sky has been in touch to clarify things.

Top Gear is a Prime property (not SKY – as you know Prime’s programming budget is separate to SKYs) and we will still be screening Best of Top Gear on Prime. Also Top Gear screens on BBC Knowledge on the SKY platform; Mediaworks have the FTA rights to new seasons from 22 onwards. So there will still be plenty of Top Gear on SKY.

Former Shortland Street actress Kimberley Crossman recently had a night at Warner Brothers studios in the US. She writes about the experience on her blog but the bit that stands out to me is the question she asked Chuck Lorre, the king of sitcoms, and in particular, the answer he gave her.

There was so much I wanted to know from each of the amazing people in front of me, but one question I thought might give everyone in the room a token to take home. I began by giving New Zealand a shout out and then thanking everyone on stage for bringing so much laughter into our homes each week. Then I asked Chuck Lorre…What the best professional piece of advice he had ever been given and from whom?

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Most watched

  1. One News: 571,710 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Border Security International: 446,690 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Piha Rescue: 425,630 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:35pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 354,510 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Gadget Man: 332,910 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)

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MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ today announced that they have signed a long-term commitment to broadcast Top Gear on TV3 in New Zealand.

The new ten-part series (series 22) and the two-part Patagonia special, which recently transmitted in the UK, will be exclusively available to view on TV3 from February 2015.

Presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, Top Gear is the world’s biggest and best-known car entertainment show. Its three presenters drive the show with their unique blend of knowledge, passion and enthusiasm matched by a sense of humour, mischief and the ability to never take themselves too seriously. Continue reading »