TVNZ is proud to announce the launch of their newest digital-only series, Auckland Daze.

Airing on 27th October 2011, Auckland Daze follows the success of TVNZ’s Emmy-Award winning digital-only series Reservoir Hill.
This time, the series is a spoof comedy that follows four hapless
wannabes – a model, a stuntman, a dwarf entertainer and a stand-up
comedian who are all chasing fame in Auckland’s ridiculously small
entertainment industry.

Starring a number of local talents including Millen Baird (The Millen Baird Show), Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Xena: Warrior Princess), Natalie Medlock (Shortland Street) and Glen Levy, the stuntman described by National Geographic as “the 20th deadliest man on the planet”.

Auckland Daze takes the interactive experience that made Reservoir Hill a success to the next level. Screening on TVNZ Ondemand, which has almost four hundred thousand unique viewers per month, Auckland Daze
will also be embedded into Facebook where viewers will be able to
watch, “like” and share the episodes with their friends without having
to leave their Facebook profile. After the episode, the audience will
be prompted to say what they think. Filmed weekly, suggestions from
viewers will influence the plot of the next episode.

“Auckland Daze is another demonstration of TVNZ’s leadership in online
video. This hilarious new show combines high profile writers and actors
with an innovative platform that allows the audience to ‘like’, watch,
share and influence the show without having to leave their Facebook
page” says Tom Cotter, TVNZ’s GM – Digital Media.

Co-created, produced and directed by Kiwi actor Kiel McNaughton (Shortland Street),
the show promises to be funny, clever and full of twists the creators
don’t even know about yet. “Auckland Daze is a ground-breaking
digital-only show where the audience can have their say. It is a great
opportunity for New Zealanders to get involved with their favourite
characters while having a laugh along the way.”

Auckland Daze will be available to view at TVNZ Ondemand from October 27. ‘Like’ Auckland Daze on Facebook to watch the first outing for the guys.   


Sky Sport commentator Richard Turner has spoken of how his decision to let an English rugby fan propose to his girlfriend live on TV during coverage of England’s match against Scotland got him into trouble with the IRB.

Sideline commentator Turner spoke to Tony Veitch on his morning radio show about the seemingly harmless incident that involved an English fan in the stands holding a sign asking his girlfriend, watching back home in the UK, to marry him.

Turner saw the fan and sent a cameraman over to him to set it up.

“And the director went, ‘Okay we’ll come out of the ad break and we’ll go back to him’,” Turner told Veitch.

“So I wandered over and said, ‘Oh mate, where is she?’ and he said, ‘Well hopefully she’s at home watching this game live on TV in England’.

“So we came out [of the ad break] and, you know, they shot and he did his big marriage proposal.”

Turner asked the man to give the thumbs up if he heard back from his girlfriend regarding the proposal.

“So to cut a long story short, he does the proposal on air and she texts him and he rings her back, gets the thumbs up and everybody in the stands is high-fiving him.

“So we come out of an ad break and there was a change at half time and I said, ‘A couple of updates, you know. One … the Scottish winger’s gone, being replaced by … And the good news of the night is that it was a successful marriage proposal.”

However, the International Rugby Board (IRB) was unimpressed with the act, saying it strayed too far away from the rugby.

Turner said he would “probably get smacked on the hand for telling this story” after receiving a text from the IRB’s match manager about the proposal.

Sky spokesperson Kirsty Way said no complaint had been made to the broadcaster by the IRB.

Source: Herald


Most watched

  1. One News: 714,290 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Close Up: 514,460 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 513,970 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 474,770 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. 3 News: 379,740 (TV3, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Coronation Street: 513,970 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Grey’s Anatomy: 335,860 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. The Amazing Race Australia: 330,490 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Target: 329,240 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. Missing Pieces: 308,660 (TV3, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 152,420 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. Emmerdale: 138,400 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 12:55pm)
  3. Emmerdale: 132,720 (TV ONE, 1:00pm – 1:30pm)
  4. ONE News 4:30: 107,190 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)
  5. Come Dine With Me: 101,890 (TV ONE, 1:30pm – 2:00pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 714,290 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Close Up: 514,460 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 513,970 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Aircrash Confidential Collisio: 304,840 (8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  5. MasterChef Australia: 225,280 (4:55pm – 6:00pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 474,770 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Grey’s Anatomy: 335,860 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. The Amazing Race Australia: 330,490 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Private Practice: 230,390 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. F.R.I.E.N.D.S: 159,500 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 379,740 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Target: 329,240 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Missing Pieces: 308,660 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. NCIS: 306,260 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. Campbell Live: 276,690 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. The Simpsons: 157,740 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Blue Crush: 108,500 (8:30pm – 10:35pm)
  3. America’s Next Top Model: 104,310 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. That ’70s Show: 59,380 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  5. King Of The Hill: 46,970 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime Evening News: 157,640 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Three Men Go To Scotland: 121,060 (8:35pm – 9:40pm)
  3. Nigella Bites: 100,420 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Coastline Cops: 96,220 (9:45pm – 10:45pm)
  5. Deal or No Deal: 85,300 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)

The Crowd Goes Wild: 56,090 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. C.S.I: 45,910 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. C.S.I: 23,810 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. Reunion: 27,630 (8:30pm – 9:25pm)
  2. RWC 2011 Rugby Roast: 26,310 (7:30pm – 7:55pm)

Most watched on TV3 Plus 1

  1. NCIS: Los Angeles: 25,540 (10:30pm – 11:25pm)
  2. NCIS: 23,430 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:30am – 6:55am): 85,910
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 7:55am): 169,550
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 140,000
  • 3 News Firstline (6:00am – 6:30am): 31,530
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 29,700
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 7:55am): 31,480
  • 3 News Firstline (8:00am – 8:30am): 23,240
  • AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 24,890
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 152,420
  • 3 News at 12: No information available.
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 714,290
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 379,740
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 514,460
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 276,690
  • Tonight (10:35pm – 11:05pm): 157,510
  • Nightline (10:25pm – 10:55pm): 142,010

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. One News: TV ONE 714290 – up from 633970 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. 3 News: TV3 379740 – up from 313040 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Emmerdale: TV ONE 132720 – up from 89550 (1:00pm – 1:30pm)
  4. Home and Away: TV3 252270 – up from 210390 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  5. America’s Funniest HV: TV2 127840 – up from 89910 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Close Up: TV ONE 514460 – down from 563400 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. The Erin Simpson Show: TV2 47640 – down from 87410 (4:00pm – 4:00pm)
  3. Fatal Attractions: TV ONE 158650 – down from 190680 (9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  4. Breakfast: TV ONE 140000 – down from 169790 (8:00am – 9:00am)
  5. Back at the Barnyard: TV2 48960 – down from 76230 (7:30am – 7:55am)


  1. The Amazing Race Australia: TV2 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Donna Hay Fast Fresh Simple: PRIME (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Aircrash Confidential Collisio: TV ONE (8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  4. Grey’s Anatomy: TV2 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. Three Men Go To Scotland: PRIME (8:35pm – 9:40pm)
  6. Private Practice: TV2 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  7. Scrubs: TV2 (10:30pm – 11:00pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • TV ONE: 26.7%
  • SKY Network: 26.6%
  • TV2: 16%
  • TV3: 15.8%
  • FOUR: 5%
  • PRIME: 5%
  • Other TV Channels: 3.3%
  • Maori TV: 0.4%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

Arnett confirmed to return to 30 Rock

Will Arnett has been confirmed to return to 30 Rock for a second stint as Devon Parks after last appearing in the show’s first season. The actor earned three Emmy nominations for his previous guest stints on the comedy series.

Mann lands Modern Family role

Actress Leslie Mann has signed on for a guest role on Modern Family’s third season. Mann will play a love interest for one of the characters.

First new season show cancelled

The first series to be cancelled from the new US TV season is the controversial drama series The Playboy Club. The 1960s-set series was criticised by parents groups in the US and rated poorly after its first three episodes.

The Simpsons in danger

20th Century Fox Television has said that it cannot afford to continue producing The Simpsons under its current financial model. They released this statement today: “23 seasons in, The Simpsons is as creatively vibrant as ever and beloved by millions around the world. We believe this brilliant series can and should continue, but we cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model. We are hopeful that we can reach an agreement with the voice cast that allows The Simpsons to go on entertaining audiences with original episodes for many years to come.”

Here are the results for Day 20 ratings of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

13:00 Argentina 25 vs Georgia 7
Live: Sky Sport 1: 152,870
Delayed: Maori Television: <25,551

15:30 New Zealand 79 vs Canada 15
Live: Sky Sport 1: 394,050
Live: Maori Television: 475,670

18:00 Wales 66 vs Fiji 0
Live: Sky Sport 1: 185,530
Delayed: Maori Television: <38,381

20:30 Ireland 36 vs Italy 6
Live: Sky Sport 1: 194,330
Delayed: Maori Television: 25,740


Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

I was asked earlier today to pull the numbers for the Netball that was on last night. The Silver Ferns vs England match was the #1 most watch show on Sky Sport 3. It drew in 149,440 viewers for the live broadcast and then another 112,690 saw it delayed on Prime. 

This got me to thinking.  Now that Sky is broadcasting the Silver Ferns games, how do the numbers compare to when it was broadcast live on free to air?

When the Silver Ferns played Jamaica on the 18th of August, 2010, TV One had an audience of 510,670. When they met again on the 21st it was 295,110.  Between the 29th of August, 2010 and the 5th of September, 2010, the Silver Ferns played Australia 3 times and had audiences that ranged from 390,260 to 573,540 viewers.  

Granted we’re in the middle of the Rugby World Cup and our focus seems to be elsewhere but does that mean we’re not interested in how our most beloved women’s sport is performing? Or is it that it was only England we were playing and it’s those Australians that we really like to watch being beaten?

As it turns out, no.  A paltry 142,000 saw the Silver Ferns play Australia on the 9th of June and then 118,170 delayed on Prime.  The second game a few days later drew a slightly bigger audience but it was nowhere close to the free to air figures.

With the Sky figures being somewhere between 25% and 50% of what the free to air figures used to be, where does that leave the future of Netball?

Here is a run down of the 5 most important stories on One News and 3 News tonight.  Please leave your comments on the bulletins in the comments below.

ONE News

1. Rugby World Cup mouth guard fine (Jack Tame, live cross)
2. Fuimaono Sapolu suspended by IRB
3. Rugby World Cup fan zone update (Garth Bray, live cross)
4. Amanda Knox acquitted (Daniel Sanford, BBC)
5. Lance Corporal Leon Smith’s body returning to New Zealand

3 News

1. Amanda Knox acquitted (Martin Geissler, ITV)
2. Amanda Knox acquitted (Alice Carruthers)
3. Amanda Knox’ celebrity future (Martin Geissler, ITV)
4. Labour complains about John Key’s Radio Live show (Rebecca Wright)
5. 4 hour wait for 16 year old with head injury at Whangarei Hospital (Michael Morrah)


The mouth guards story as the lead on One News was hilarious.  Faux outrage at what they deemed to be a publicty stunt and yet led their bulletin with. I guess TVNZ just helped pay the fine.

Three stories about Amanda Knox was a bit much.  Thankfully that did keep the story about how flying a flag in support of your country off the side of your car is costing you in gas money.

The Radio Live story was more blatant self promotion for mediaworks.  




Following on from a press release issued by CrossRoads Bar on Ponsonby Road about screening the Rialto Movie Channel on Tuesdays, Sky has responded.

SKY has a dedicated SKY Business team who are fully versed in what we can sell to commercial premises like the CrossRoads Bar. We promote a
dedicated phone number for SKY Business customers to call on our invoices, website and printed promotional material, this number is answered by a dedicated SKY Business team that is separate to our call centre for residential customers.

We have no record of the initial call CrossRoads made, should they have tried to subscribe to the Rialto channel or any Movie Channel their inability to do so would have been explained by the SKY Business team.

We apologise for any early mis-information there may have been and have applied a credit to the customers’ account as compensation towards expenses they may have incurred.


Most watched

  1. One News: 760,180 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Border Security: 708,210 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 642,020 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. The Force: 567,360 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Close Up: 460,020 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Border Security: 708,210 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. The Force: 567,360 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. The Amazing Race Australia: 451,800 (TV2, 7:30pm – 9:00pm)
  4. The Mentalist: 376,240 (TV2, 9:00pm – 10:00pm)
  5. Richard Hammond’s Invisible: 346,180 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:45pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. Emmerdale: 137,610 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 12:55pm)
  2. Emmerdale: 136,500 (TV ONE, 1:00pm – 1:30pm)
  3. ONE News Midday: 131,460 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  4. ONE News 4:30: 110,520 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)
  5. The Erin Simpson Show: 105,540 (TV2, 4:30pm – 5:00pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 760,180 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Border Security: 708,210 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. The Force: 567,360 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Close Up: 460,020 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Richard Hammond’s Invisible: 346,180 (8:30pm – 9:45pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 642,020 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. The Amazing Race Australia: 451,800 (7:30pm – 9:00pm)
  3. The Mentalist: 376,240 (9:00pm – 10:00pm)
  4. Rookie Blue: 209,420 (10:00pm – 11:00pm)
  5. F.R.I.E.N.D.S: 204,150 (6:35pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 396,010 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Dog Patrol: 263,810 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Home and Away: 260,510 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  4. Campbell Live: 244,730 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Terminator 3 Rise of the Machi: 232,790 (8:30pm – 10:45pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. The Simpsons: 125,110 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. How I Met Your Mother: 103,980 (7:35pm – 8:00pm)
  3. The Glee Project: 91,230 (8:30pm – 9:25pm)
  4. Rules Of Engagement: 80,520 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. That ’70s Show: 56,020 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime Evening News: 230,490 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Deal or No Deal: 129,180 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  3. Intl Netball: 112,690 (9:40pm – 10:55pm)
  4. Intl Netball Pre Game: 97,970 (9:30pm – 9:40pm)
  5. Intl Netball Post Game: 93,950 (10:55pm – 11:05pm)

The Crowd Goes Wild: 60,060 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on Maori TV

  1. RWC 2011 Post Game: 40,340 (2:50pm – 3:00pm)
  2. Native Affairs: 38,740 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. RWC 2011 Delayed: 25,740 (1:05pm – 2:50pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. CSI:NY: 31,580 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. CSI:NY: 26,660 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Movies 1

  1. The Marine 2: 27,340 (8:35pm – 10:05pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 3

  1. Intl Netball: 149,440 (7:40pm – 9:00pm)
  2. Intl Netball Post Game: 86,720 (9:00pm – 9:25pm)
  3. Intl Netball Pre Game: 71,520 (7:00pm – 7:40pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:30am – 6:55am): 76,780
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 7:55am): 153,710
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 151,910
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 36,730
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 8:00am): 34,130
  • AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 32,310
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 131,460
  • 3 News at 12 (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 31,950
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 760,180
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 396,010
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 460,020
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 244,730
  • Tonight (10:40pm – 11:10pm): 93,380
  • Nightline (10:45pm – 11:15pm): 108,310

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. Prime Evening News: PRIME 230490 – up from 128020 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Dog Patrol: TV3 263810 – up from 179500 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. 3 News: TV3 396010 – up from 318680 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  4. One News: TV ONE 760180 – up from 683560 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  5. Shortland Street: TV2 642020 – up from 577460 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Close Up: TV ONE 460020 – down from 542750 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Criminal Minds: TV ONE 142520 – down from 212940 (9:45pm – 10:40pm)
  3. Border Security: TV ONE 708210 – down from 759950 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Back at the Barnyard: TV2 37390 – down from 78710 (7:30am – 7:55am)
  5. Ellen: TV ONE 39220 – down from 77990 (3:00pm – 4:00pm)


  1. The Amazing Race Australia: TV2 (7:30pm – 9:00pm)
  2. The Force: TV ONE (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Richard Hammond’s Invisible: TV ONE (8:30pm – 9:45pm)
  4. Native Affairs: Maori TV (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. Terminator 3 Rise of the Machi: TV3 (8:30pm – 10:45pm)
  6. The Mentalist: TV2 (9:00pm – 10:00pm)
  7. Intl Netball Pre Game: PRIME (9:30pm – 9:40pm)
  8. Intl Netball: PRIME (9:40pm – 10:55pm)
  9. Rookie Blue: TV2 (10:00pm – 11:00pm)
  10. Intl Netball Post Game: PRIME (10:55pm – 11:05pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • SKY Network: 29.1%
  • TV ONE: 25.7%
  • TV2: 17.4%
  • TV3: 13.5%
  • PRIME: 5.1%
  • FOUR: 3.5%
  • Other TV Channels: 3.4%
  • Maori TV: 1.4%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

The Adjustment Bureau developed for TV

A TV show based on the Matt Damon/Emily Blunt movie The Adjustment Bureau is in the works at the Syfy network. The project is being developed by the same team behind the likes of Smallville and No Ordinary Family.

24 movie script almost complete

Kiefer Sutherland has confirmed that the script for the forthcoming 24 movie has almost been completed. “We are coming very close to having a finished script. That’s been the most difficult thing. You have to remember that we have 24 hours to explain the stories in 24 and so trying to condense that into a two-hour film version has been a real shift in gear for us.”

Hart signs on for Modern Family

Modern Family has acquired comedian Kevin Hart to play the role of Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire’s (Julie Bowen) new neighbour. Hart worked alongside new castmate Sofia Vergara in the 2004 film Soul Plane.

British PM next in line for comedy series

The producers of At Home with Julia, the hugely controversial Australian comedy series based around the domestic life of Julia Gillard, have now set their sights on British PM David Cameron. The series would be the first British series based on the life of an incumbent prime minister.