Private Practice to end
Shonda Rhimes has announced via Twitter that Private Practice will come to an end after season six: “There was a lot of discussion and debate but, in the end, the guys at the network and the studio and I all decided that Private Practice was reaching its finish line..It’s rare for a show to go for more than 100 episodes and we are incredibly proud to have been such a show. And we’re grateful to all of you for spending time with us for an hour every week for the last 6 years. It’s meant the world. Thank you.”

X Factor USA contestant finds his long-lost birth mother
The X Factor USA contestant David Correy, who announced his hopes to find his birth mother by doing the show, has indeed found her, after the show aired in Brazil.  Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Offspring: 27350 (TV ONE, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  2. The Big Bang Theory: 23760 (TV2, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. New Zealand’s Got Talent: 23130 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  4. Immortals: 22800 (SKY Movies 1, 8:35pm – 10:20pm)
  5. Nothing Trivial: 21820 (TV ONE, 8:35pm – 9:35pm) Continue reading »

Liz Trubridge is a producer on Downton Abbey

Amidst a third series that she summarises as, “Romances, failed romances, new relationships forming, unexpected events happening,” the highlight for producer Liz Trubridge was a new arrival.

“We managed to entice Shirley MacLaine to play Martha, Cora’s mother. She is with us for two episodes. She fitted in like a dream to our Downton world and was a joy to work with.”

Trubridge says that because of Downton’s popularity in America she has been inundated with requests from US stars for cameos.  Continue reading »

Anyone who was a fan of New Zealand Idol (and probably many who weren’t) will know what this means and it’s not good news.

Last week was a little disappointing.  The public has unsurprisingly voted Big Dane Moeke into the grand finale for his bland performance while the judges pick Jessie Hillel’s average operatic performance over the frenetic dance moves of Connor Massuers.  I’m underwhelmed.

Tonight we’ve got five more acts to vote on and I’m afraid the line-up is about as convincing as last week’s.   Continue reading »

Must watch:

Get Smart (TV2, 8.30pm)
This is the movie version starring Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway as 99. If you haven’t seen it, you should, because it is very funny. An admin worker at a government agency is suddenly called up to undertake a dangerous spy mission.

New Zealand’s Got Talent (TV One, 7.30pm)
Find out which of the acts from last week will make it through to the grand final. Plus, this week’s batch of semi-finalists give it their all to impress the judges and the public. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. CSI Miami: 36340 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. CSI:NY: 34810 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook: 16880 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. The Spiderwick Chronicles: 14210 (FOUR, 7:50pm – 9:55pm)
  5. Three Hungry Boys: 12470 (PRIME, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

Dominic Bowden is to host the first local version of global television phenomenon format The X Factor NZ, coming to TV3 in 2013.

Dominic has been at the forefront of television in New Zealandfor the past decade, becoming a household name when he hosted NZ Idol.  He went on to be the first Kiwi to host a LIVE primetime network show on American television, The Next Great American Band., and is currently working in Los Angeles with The X Factor USA (currently screening on TV3, Thursdays and Fridays).

With a music television CV that goes back to co-hosting cult late night music show Space, Dominic says he is extremely proud to be the host of the first Kiwi series of The X Factor:

“I’m so excited to come home and work with the team of talented people that is being put together in New Zealand,” he says.  “I’ve had the chance to work in many different environments here in the US, but making The X Factor back home, helping celebrate our talent, and telling their great stories will be fantastic.   Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 550,020 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook: 477,980 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Intl Rugby Bledisloe Cup: 359,430 (SKY Sport 1, 11:10pm – 12:55am)
  4. Intl Rugby Bledisloe Pre Game: 344,650 (SKY Sport 1, 10:55pm – 11:10pm)
  5. Hyundai Country Calendar: 336,110 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »

Must watch:

Comic Store Heroes (National Geographic, 8.30pm)
This documentary looks like it would be quite quirky and interesting. America’s largest comic retailer gears up for New York’s Comic Con. In the wacky world of comic superfans, dreams are everything…and with a bit of faith and spandex, they really can come true.

ITM Cup: Auckland vs Wellington (SKY Sport 1, 7pm)
If you’re a rugby fan then you’ll most likely be watching semi-final two tonight. Auckland take on Wellington at Westpac Stadium. Continue reading »