Most watched

  1. One News: 715,120 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Dynamo Magician Impossible: 669,190 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 528,070 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Seven Sharp: 447,930 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. 3 News: 366,480 (TV3, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)

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Red John 2The Mentalist‘s mystery of who the hell is Red John will be solved in Season 6.

CBS has confirmed that Red John’s identity “will be revealed by the end of this calendar year.” We here in New Zealand are just at the start of Season 5, while those others across the Tasman get it fast-tracked on Freeview. Continue reading »

SamaraHome And Away star Samara Weaving has announced she is leaving the soap to try her hand in Hollywood.

The 21-year-old actress – who was recently revealed to have been shortlisted for a role in the new Pirates Of The Caribbean film with Johnny Depp – has filmed her final scenes in Summer Bay after four years playing student Indigo Walker. Continue reading »

Yesterday we were accused of unfairly comparing the debut week single sales of TV talent show winners Jackie Thomas and Ben Lummis.  The suggestion that Ben’s record breaking hit that was certified 4x Platinum practically came from a bygone era is something we don’t buy into.

In the first week after winning New Zealand Idol in 2004, Ben’s They Can’t Take That Away was certified triple platinum.  That’s at least 30,000 units.  For Jackie Thomas, it was at least 5,000.

The following graph shows the actual range of sales for both singles based on how they were certified.  As you can see, they are oceans apart.

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The argument is that the record industry has changed and that it is harder to sell music now.  But is that really the case?  Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 716,250 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Dog Squad: 586,910 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Life Flight: 531,360 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 488,750 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Seven Sharp: 425,350 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)

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The X Factor Australia launched last night across the Tasman with a fairly positive response to the level of talent if Twitter was anything to go by.  The series opened with a sensational performance by 14 year old Jai Waetford who left judge LMFAO’s Redfoo with damp eyes.

under_the_dome_2Under the Dome, the adaptation of Stephen King’s best-seller has been renewed for a second season.  The series has been CBS’ most-watched summer premiere since 2000.

Will the rumors ring true with the 2014 judging panel on American Idol consisting of Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson and Will.I.Am?

CNN has commissioned a new feature-length documentary on Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The recently returned Whose Line Is It Anyways has been renewed for an expanded second season by the CW.

Last year we wrote a post titled The Top 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Get Igloo.  For some reason, Sky took exception to this post and said a number of things behind the scenes and even accused Freeview of being behind it.  All of this is highly ironic as Sky were responsible for it themselves.  We have attempted to discuss this with Sky but it hasn’t seemed that important of an issue to them

There is a bit of a back story.  We had approached Sky, their Igloo PR company, Mango, and their ad agency, OMD, about working together with them on the launch of Igloo in a similar way as we have successfully done with Freeview in the past.  After months of to-ing and fro-ing, their end response was basically, we’re running our own influencer program and you guys don’t meet the criteria.  You can imagine how shocked I was when Igloo’s GM called a couple of hours after the post went live to protest.  Or when Sky’s head of Corporate Communications weighed in.

It wasn’t that long ago, when you searched for Igloo, this is what you saw in google:

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If there is anything good to be said about Sony’s handling of the X Factor post the show it’s that they appear to actually be doing something.  Unlike Idol where things floundered and then vanished, Sony appear to be taking their role seriously and the fact that 3 of the finalists have now released singles suggests that auditioning for a second season might be worthwhile after all.  I’ve always suggested that the success of the series came down to how committed Sony were going to be to the contestants post the show.  So far things seem to be panning out better than I had expected.

First, Jackie Thomas release her winners single, It’s Worth It and then runner up Whenua Patuwai release his debut single Something Special. This morning, third place getter Benny Tipene release his debut single Walking On Water which has gone straight to number one on iTunes.

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