boom_key_imageIt sounds like it could be a Japanese game show but if this story had come out on the first of April I would have been seriously skeptical as to its believability.  A popular Israeli game show series is heading to the U.S. after Fox picked up the rights to produce Boom!

Part action movie and part traditional quiz show, Boom! pits four contestants racing against the clock to diffuse replica bombs by answering trivia questions. Each player cuts through coloured wires that represent multiple choice answers, while viewers at home can play along with an interactive component.

We’re talking about a country that is in a region that regularly has people strap bombs to themselves for the very purpose of locating a populated area and detonating it for the purposes of killing as many people as possible.  As if the threat of this wasn’t enough to incite a little fear, it’s also used as a method of entertainment? Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Person Of Interest: 57440 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. The Walking Dead: 33300 (TV2, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. Trophy Wife: 30950 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  4. The Following: 24560 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  5. MasterChef New Zealand: 20220 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »

The second season of The GC ended last night with the highest rating episode of the series.  An average audience of 221,670 viewers tuned in for the Gold Coast Maori last outing for 2014.

It was a far more consistently rating series second time around but the numbers were still well down on the first season.

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has today announced the nominations for the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards, which reward the very best in television broadcast on British screens over the past year. This year’s ceremony will be held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London on Sunday 18 May.

Here are the nominations for British Academy Television Awards.

SEAN HARRIS Southcliffe – Channel 4
LUKE NEWBERRY In The Flesh – BBC Three
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The online content streaming market is set to get a new player as Yahoo prepares to order a bunch of cable quality series.

Yahoo is raising its ambitions in online video, with plans to acquire the kind of original programming that typically winds up on high-end cable-TV networks and streaming services like Netflix, people briefed on the company’s plans said.

The company is close to ordering four Web series, these people said. And unlike in years past, Yahoo isn’t looking for short-form Web originals, but rather 10-episode, half-hour comedies with per-episode budgets ranging from $700,000 to a few million dollars, the people said.

The projects being considered would be led by writers or directors with experience in television. “They want to blow it out big time,” said one of the people briefed about the plans.

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Most watched

  1. One News: 713,200 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 543,950 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. MasterChef New Zealand: 512,540 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Seven Sharp: 437,400 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Road Cops: 366,040 (TV3, 7:35pm – 8:05pm)

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Game of Thrones BThe unsurprising news that Game of Thrones piracy is up for the fourth season premiere should come as no surprise to anyone.

Piracy tracking firm Excipio detected 1.17 million unique IP addresses accessing torrents of the season premiere within the first 15 hours of the episode popping up online. That’s more than “Thrones” racked up in the first 24 hours following its April 1 release of the third season last year, which reached 1.15 million.

But will that number be up the same as HBO’s ratings?  It’s got a long way to go if they are based on this:

 After waiting more than nine months for a fresh hour, roughly 6.6 million of them showed up for its fourth-season premiere, according to Nielsen estimates — up 50% from its year-ago opener (4.37 million) and triple the 2.2 million who watched the show’s inaugural telecast in April 2011.

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Apparently the lesson from the season finale of True Detective wasn’t enough for HBO to fix their streaming infrastructure after the season premiere of Game of Thrones crashed HBO Go again last night to the frustration of viewers.

Ironically, the cable company encouraged viewers to stick around for their 11pm encore. Continue reading »

This might be the best twitter taunt I have ever seen

Benedict Cumberbatch to play Richard III for BBC Two telemovie

Barbara Walters will retire from The View on May 16 – source

Amy Jo Johnson (Felicity) will join Covert Affairs for season five – source