MKR-NZ-hosts-300After the success of My Kitchen Rules Australia on TV2 and TVNZ’s initial press release “Kiwi My Kitchen Rules coming to TV2“, you’re probably thinking MKR NZ will be screening on TV2, right? Wrong.

Yesterday TVNZ announced the hosts of MKR NZ “coming to TV ONE”.

Is MKR replacing MasterChef NZ? Do you think it will rate as well for TV One?

Black Adder fans, here’s your chance to meet Baldrick!

Legendary British actor, comedian, historian and television host Sir Tony Robinson, returns to New Zealand this month, to film a brand-new series for SKY’s History Channel, Tony Robinson’s Tour Of Duty.

Tony Robinson’s Tour Of Duty follows on from two successful seasons of Tony Robinson’s Time Walks on History Channel, which most recently featured Wellington and Christchurch.

This brand-new, 10-part series will air on the History Channel early in 2015 and be part of the channel’s continued commemoration of the 100 years of service for those who fought for their country, from WWI to the present day.

Tony Robinson’s Tour Of Duty focuses on the lives of people who went to war and those who stayed at home, both heroes and ordinary people – and what war means to Kiwis and Aussies, then and now.

Throughout the series, Sir Tony will visit towns in New Zealand and Australia to meet the relatives and friends of those who fought in battle. He will encourage local residents to come forward with memories from their family’s role in the many campaigns, spread across a century of service to their countries.

The first part of each episode will feature Sir Tony exploring the town, telling war and homefront related stories and meeting locals along the way. The second half will focus on a community event hosted by Sir Tony in each town, which will bring locals together to share their family’s stories of wartime, display memorabilia and tell us what going to war means to them in the 21st century.

The New Zealand leg of Sir Tony’s Tour of Duty, will see him travel to Dunedin and Auckland with two community events, Sunday 30 March at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum and Sunday 5 April at Auckland’s War Memorial Museum.  The public are welcome at both events.

Sir Tony Robinson was awarded a Knighthood in November 2013 for public and political services. He is best known for his role as ‘Baldrick’ on the cult British comedy series Blackadder, as well as his hosting role on long-running archaeology series Time Team. 

DUNEDIN: Sunday 30 March, Otago Boys’ High School, 12.30pm to 5.30pm
AUCKLAND: Saturday 5 April, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 12.30pm to 5.30pm

It makes me laugh when celebrities use their position to embark on an escapade of destruction of another celebrity. Case in point, recently canceled talkshow host Piers Morgan and his ongoing spat with Top Gear host, Jeremy Clarkson.

Rather than writing something useful, Morgan used his Daily Mail column to further his personal grievance.

Morgan began his column by describing how Clarkson “vented his spleen in a manner so blatant in its seething pettiness and jealousy that even his own readers were appalled”.

He continued: “Should I point out that the pot-bellied, rotten-toothed, fag-stinking oaf has never himself been able to work in America because he is considered ‘too ugly for TV’ – the exact words used by the NBC executive (a friend of mine) who interviewed and rejected him when Top Gear was launched there?”

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From the new album Glee: The Music celebrating 100 episodes comes Gwyneth Paltrow singing Pharrell’s Happy.

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Person Of Interest: 56800 (TV ONE, 8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  2. The Walking Dead: 37190 (TV2, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. The Following: 34660 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  4. Trophy Wife: 29380 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:35pm)
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There was an earthquake in Los Angeles today.  Here are two videos from two different news networks.  Contrast and compare their on air responses.

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The good news is that local content was up slightly across the board in 2013 but this was only due to increases provided by Maori Television and Mediaworks’ TV3 and Four. TVNZ provided the largest decline in local content.

The annual NZ On Air Local Content Report released today reveals some challenges being faced by the television sector.

Since 1989 NZ On Air has measured local free-to-air television content. The report compares the schedules of the six national free-to-air channels, to observe trends and changes in the local content landscape. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 648,000 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 486,960 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. MasterChef New Zealand: 447,380 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Seven Sharp: 423,630 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Road Cops: 344,760 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:05pm)

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Jesse MulliganSorry to disappoint some of you but that doesn’t mean he’s leaving Seven Sharp.

Seven Sharp co-presenter and comedian Jesse Mulligan will also host the second season of local TV ONE comedy, Best Bits.

No stranger to comedy, Jesse has spent a large part of his professional life as a stand-up comedian, writer and presenter, and is excited to take a look at the best and worst of New Zealand television on a weekly basis.

“As I’ve come to learn, watching and critiquing television is almost a national sport for New Zealanders. I’m very much looking forward to hosting Best Bits where, for half an hour a week, I can help dish it out as well as taking it.” Continue reading »