TopGear2013While Top Gear has caused a bit of a stir in NZ this week with the Ninety Mile Beach controversy, it’s also been kicking off across the ditch.

Jeremy Clarkson’s escapades in Sydney are proving popular with the Australian media but not so much with Top Gear’s executive producer Andy Wilman.

Wilman has shut down talk that Clarkson and the show wouldn’t be returning to Australia after a member of Clarkson’s party told paparazzi: “You’re the reason we won’t come back to Australia”.

Wilman responded by describing Clarkson’s friend as a “halfwit”. Continue reading »

Breaking Bad may be one of the darkest shows on TV but if you add some cheesy music and clever cutting it can seem like a fluffy ‘90s sitcom.

Cliff-CurtisKiwi actor Cliff Curtis has been cast as a Latino gangster in a new drama pilot in the States.

Curtis has joined Gang Related, a Fox network pilot that centres on a gang member sent to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department and rise through the ranks.

He will play the role of Javier Acosta, the leader of one of the most powerful Latino gangs in the city, La Familia Sud.

The character is described as a “charismatic businessman with plans to legitimize the family business who is fully aware that his cruel and impulsive son Carlos is a disaster waiting to happen”. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Once Upon A Time: 50480 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Mrs. Brown’s Boys: 46380 (TV ONE, 9:40pm – 10:15pm)
  3. Miranda: 38380 (TV ONE, 9:00pm – 9:40pm)
  4. Agent Anna: 32070 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  5. Police Ten 7: 31000 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm) Continue reading »

BestontheBoxlogoToday is the final day for you to cast your votes in the Best on the Box awards for 2013.

So if you’re yet to have your say head over to to vote for your favourites.

As of two weeks ago, Shane Cortese was well ahead in the Best Actor category while Shavaughn Ruakere and Anna Hutchison were the frontrunners for the Best Actress award.

Hutchison and her former Go Girls cast-mate Jay Ryan were ahead in the sexiest male and female categories. Continue reading »

top-gear2013The Far North District Council has apologised to some local Maori for failing to consult them before granting access to the BBC to film Top Gear on Ninety Mile Beach this month.

The British motoring series will spend next week filming on the beach, which will be closured to the public for short periods between March 11 and 17.

However, the FNDC has today apologised to local iwi for not consulting them before granting special permission to the BBC to close the beach, which is classed as a public road.

Usually the permission process would involve advertising and two weeks for submissions but due to the short notice given by the BBC the council skipped the process. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 596,090 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Mrs. Brown’s Boys: 519,630 (TV ONE, 9:40pm – 10:15pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 422,660 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Miranda: 400,950 (TV ONE, 9:00pm – 9:40pm)
  5. Coronation Street: 380,430 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »

Despite all the typical bad news that the NRL clubs seem to unveil every season, here is some good news.

Good news for rugby league fans around the country with SKY Sport announcing Andrew Voss will commentate all Warriors home-games alongside ex-Kiwi player turned broadcaster Daryl Halligan. The highly experienced pair will bring viewers every kick and collision over the NRL season from Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium, Eden Park and Wellington’s Westpac Stadium.

And then there are the usual suspects.

SKY Sport’s Stephen McIvor will continue to present all rugby league coverage in New Zealand and will team up with Halligan for all NRL pre-game shows in New Zealand before kick-off.

Behind the microphone for the newly named Holden Cup will be experienced commentators Dale Husband, Awen Guttenbeil and Richard Barnett.

SKY Sport’s signature rugby league show 40/20 will feature Stephen McIvor as host alongside former Kiwi players Daryl Halligan, Awen Guttenbeil, Richard Barnett, Monty Betham and other special rugby league guests.

Of course they did.  Who else would possibly be in contention for this and be able to broadcast every game, either live or delayed?

Sky also have the FTA rights but an announcement about those are still pending.

SKY has today signed a five-year broadcast rights partnership with the NRL that will bring the excitement of the Telstra Premiership, Holden State of Origin and the Holden Cup to viewers across New Zealand.

On the day of the most anticipated Telstra Premiership in memory, SKY can confirm exclusive coverage of all Warriors Telstra Premiership matches, the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars, the Holden State of Origin Series, Telstra Premiership Finals Series and Grand Final will be shown live on SKY Sport. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Elementary: 59590 (PRIME, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. The Big Bang Theory: 25150 (TV2, 8:40pm – 9:10pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 23530 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. The Walking Dead: 19510 (TV2, 10:40pm – 11:40pm)
  5. Hell’s Kitchen: 18160 (TV2, 9:40pm – 10:40pm) Continue reading »