65 year old James Rebhorn who played Carrie Mathison’s father on Homeland has passed away.

Rebhorn has had a wonderful career across film an television. In the 1998 series finale of Seinfeld, Rebhorn played a district attorney who sent the gang to jail.

Rebhorn’s vast television career includes stints on several law and crime shows, including “The Practice,” “Third Watch,” “Law & Order” and “Boston Legal.” The Philadelphia native also appeared on “30 Rock,” “Enlightened,” “Katie & Allie” and “The Equalizer.”

No doubt the writers for the fourth season of Homeland will be working on a tribute in the unfortunate task of writing him out of the show.

The Paul Henry Show suffered a 17% drop in audience this week with the average audience falling to 99,124 viewers per night for TV3’s late current affairs program while Tonight had a 12% increase in numbers.  TV One’s evening news program was up to 144,626 viewers per night.

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Two months in and Seven Sharp is really starting to dominate 7pm again for TV One.  Last Wednesday saw TV One’s current affairs program hit its highest rating other than debut, delivering an audience nearly 3 times what Campbell Live did.  Not only that, for the first time ever, Seven Sharp won the timeslot entirely, beating TV2’s Shortland Street.

Last week, the average audience for Seven Sharp was 422,296, the third best week they’ve had since the show’s inception.  This was an increase of another 1% on the previous week and an 18% increase on the same period last year.

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Sommet-Logo-300Once again, another channel which had exclusively been available on Freeview has arrived on Sky.

From April 14, 2014, Sommet Sports will bring free sports coverage 24/7 to every New Zealand household. Sommet Sports commences a new satellite service on Freeview and launches on SKY Channel 069.

It has been a long anticipated launch onto satellite for Sommet Sports. Now, in addition to their current UHF broadcast, satellite broadcast on both SKY and Freeview will give the recently launched television company similar coverage to that of every major New Zealand TV station. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 576,010 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Sunday: 528,200 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. MasterChef New Zealand: 446,010 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. 3 News: 260,910 (TV3, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  5. Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D: 259,450 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)

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Belgian teacher discovers new discipline

A Belgian maths teacher, frustrated that threats of detention weren’t working with his students, started to threaten them with revelations as to which characters died in the fourth season of Game of Thrones if they refused to comply with his request for silence. Strangely enough, the tactic worked.

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I don’t know about you, but I had a fantastic weekend.  And The Warriors even won!

Anything you’d like to discuss from TV from over the weekend or anything else that catches your eye today, you can do so here in our daily general telly discussion thread.

It was announced on Friday that Business on Breakfast is being integrated into the news bulletins which will continue to be presented by Nadine twice a week.
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Before we get into tonight’s show, here are my updated rankings:

6 (down from 4):  Jaimie and Bec (Purple aprons): These two are good cooks, and work pretty well under pressure, but as they said themselves last week, they are running out of middle.  They haven’t regularly been near the top OR at the bottom, but squarely in the middle.  Time is running out for them.

5 (no change):  Trudie and Shelley (Teal aprons): I find it hard to separate this duo from Jaimie and Bec.  The same arguments could be made for both pairs.  It comes down to who does better on the night.

4 (up from 6):  Glynn and James (Light blue aprons): These two have proven me wrong time and again with their cooking.  Dark horses in the mix?  I would like to hear less surprise about still being in the competition and more cooking to prove why they should stay there.

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Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Sherlock: 28970 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 10:25pm)
  2. CSI:NY: 22740 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. The Paradise: 16220 (PRIME, 7:30pm – 8:40pm)
  4. Hannibal: 14820 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:25pm)
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