MtZionWe’ll soon be seeing him on the judging panel of The X Factor NZ but in the meantime you can get acquainted with Stan Walker in the new kiwi movie Mt Zion.

The 2009 Australian Idol winner appears alongside a bunch of former Shortland Street actors in the movie, including Temuera Morrison, David Wikaira-Paul and Miriama Smith.

Not to mention a certain Darcey-Ray Flavell-Hudson of “ghost chips” fame.

Walker’s acting debut sees him playing a young Maori singer who dreams of hitting the big-time with his band. The chance comes when a competition is announced to select a support act for Bob Marley’s 1979 NZ tour. Continue reading »

breakfast1Paul Henry’s former Breakfast co-host in Australia has openly bagged the kiwi for the failure of the show.

Andrew Rochford said the Channel Ten show became “unworkable” and Henry was largely to blame.

“There are a lot of people with theories about what went wrong. My personal theory is somebody who was publicised for pointing out the white elephant in the room became the white elephant in the room,” Rochford said.

“Look, he was himself. And everybody else tried to be themselves and make a show that added something to the morning,” he said.

Rochford departed the show five months prior to its axing in November last year. Continue reading »

FarmvilleSocial networking game FarmVille is coming to television thanks to X-Men director Brett Ratner.

An animated series based on the popular game has been announced with Ratner serving as executive producer.

Canadian production house Six Eleven Media will develop the project but as yet there is no network attached.

“FarmVille is one of the most exciting brands out there today and its cross-platform opportunities are endless. I am thrilled to be expanding the brand with existing fans and also engaging a whole new audience,” Ratner said in a statement.

I can only imagine how much fun the 7 Days crew are going to have with Jesse Mulligan tonight.

7 Days returns tonight at 9:30pm on TV3 with 2 new comedies.  We loved Sunny Skies (Tammy Davis, Oliver Driver) which airs at 8pm and The Radio looks good after 7 Days as well.

 

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Bones: 41110 (TV3, 8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Agent Anna: 37080 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  3. Embarrassing Bodies: 34990 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Miranda: 21180 (TV ONE, 9:00pm – 9:40pm)
  5. Shortland Street: 21050 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. Shortland Street: 637,790 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. One News: 619,450 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Mrs. Brown’s Boys: 561,740 (TV ONE, 9:40pm – 10:15pm)
  4. Miranda: 498,950 (TV ONE, 9:00pm – 9:40pm)
  5. Coronation Street: 417,590 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »

Media3TV3 has decided to move the repurposed Media7, now Media3, to a new timeslot.  Instead of airing at the ever popular 10:30am on Saturdays, Media3 will now screen at 11:20pm on Wednesdays, right after Nightline.

Media3 received $491,324 in funding from NZ On Air and drew an average first run audience of approximately 15,000 consolidated viewers per episode.  If the new time slot delivers a similar audience as it does currently then the average audience for Media3 could more than triple. Continue reading »

seven-sharp-logoI was expecting Seven Sharp to get a bounce from the ratings since Wednesday was a public holiday but it appears I was wrong.

Last night’s episode of Seven Sharp dropped for its fourth straight night to 296,970.  To make matters worse, the number of people deserting the show from its lead in, One News, jumped up to 52%.

Seven Sharp has now lost 40% of the audience it had on debut.

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being-human2013640Being Human to end after season five

UK fantasy series Being Human will end after its fifth season, the BBC confirmed today. The series no longer features any of the three main original cast members.

Nick’s mother cast in New Girl

Emmy Award-winning Justified actress Margo Martindale has been cast as Nick’s (Jake Johnson) mother in New Girl’s second season. Her character is described as “hard-nosed yet emotional”. Continue reading »

Matt SmithDoctor Who fans will get to see Matt Smith playing something other than a Time Lord next year.

The British actor has nabbed a big role in the directorial debut of Ryan Gosling.

Smith will appear alongside Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Eva Mendes in the film entitled How To Catch a Monster next year.

The film centres on Hendricks’ character, a single mother who is swept into a “macabre fantasy underworld”. Her and her son are forced to solve various puzzles in order to keep their family alive.  Continue reading »