Mediaworks certainly appear to be making the most of the opportunity to raise Paul’s profile again before he returns to to air in July.
Several Sky TV sports presenters have spoken out against the network’s stance following Murray Deaker’s use of the “N-bomb” last week.
Deaker used the phrase “working like a nigger” during his Deaker On Sport show last week when describing a Southland sheep farmer, sparking public outrage.
However, Sky TV spokesperson Tony O’Brien said that while he wasn’t defending Deaker, he described it as a “phrase that’s widely used”.
But several Sky presenters disagree and have taken to Twitter to express their opinions on the matter.
Crowd Goes Wild presenter Andrew Mulligan said: “On behalf of myself as a contractor to Sky TV. That term is not `widely used’ and is a weak excuse. Studio crew discussing who works harder often used `Deaker level of work output’.”
He had earlier posted: ”Mark and I have been working on today’s show like a couple of caucasians.”
Rugby league presenter Stephen McIvor said: “Didn’t know the N-bomb was `widely used’ in our workplace. “Are we working on the set of Jurassic Park … somebody please say.
“99.9% of sky don’t live or talk like they’re in the dark ages!!!”
Sky TV are happy with the apology Deaker issued via a statement on Saturday.
HYUNDAI CODE joins in on the centenary celebrations of Ruben Wiki’s old club, the Otahuhu Leopards, on this week’s show.
Among others, Ruben catches up with former Kiwi captain Hugh McGahan and former Kiwi coach Graham Lowe, both stalwarts of the club.
McGahan, who played 53 tests for the Kiwi’s, 17 as captain and over 100 games for the Sydney Roosters, is also on the HYUNDAI CODE couch this week along with New Zealand touch legend Pete Walters and 16-year-old Touch Blacks open women’s player Tyla Nathan-Wong in the lead up to the touch world cup in Scotland next week.
This week’s Mana Shield challenge sees the boys take over the airwaves as they attempt to run the Mai FM breakfast show by themselves. Both teams get a separate day to do it and the one with the most phone, text and Facebook votes will win.
Will Oz be able to read the news and what about Ruben with the weather? – Tune in to HYUNDAI CODE tomorrow from 8.30pm to find out who wins and who must take the loser’s consequence.
Meanwhile, the actual Mai FM breakfast host and former pop singer K’Lee is performing live on the HYUNDAI CODE set.
Watch the show this week to find out how you can go in the draw to win a Panasonic 42-inch plasma television.
- One News: 786,460 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
- Shortland Street: 627,860 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
- Coronation Street: 598,290 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
- Close Up: 560,250 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
- Grey’s Anatomy: 432,080 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)
- Coronation Street: 598,290 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
- Grey’s Anatomy: 432,080 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
- My Kitchen Rules: 411,070 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
- Undercover Boss: 359,610 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
- Downton Abbey: 336,260 (PRIME, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)
- ONE News Midday: 143,200 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
- ONE News 4:30: 123,280 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)
- H20 Just add water: 120,630 (TV2, 4:00pm – 4:30pm)
- The Erin Simpson Show: 117,530 (TV2, 4:30pm – 5:00pm)
- The Erin Simpson Show: 116,470 (TV2, 4:00pm – 4:00pm)
Most watched on TV ONE
- One News: 786,460 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
- Coronation Street: 598,290 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
- Close Up: 560,250 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
- Undercover Boss: 359,610 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
- I Shouldn’t Be Alive: 262,130 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
Most watched on TV2
- Shortland Street: 627,860 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
- Grey’s Anatomy: 432,080 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
- My Kitchen Rules: 411,070 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
- Private Practice: 295,200 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
- America’s Funniest HV: 196,550 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
Most watched on TV3
- 3 News: 393,750 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
- Home and Away: 275,690 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
- What’s Really In Our Food?: 273,810 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
- Australian Federal Police Fron: 247,160 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
- Campbell Live: 219,580 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
Most watched on FOUR
- The Simpsons: 147,000 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
- EuroTrip: 121,590 (8:30pm – 10:30pm)
- That ’70s Show: 121,510 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
- Beauty and the Geek: 107,510 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
- Malcolm In The Middle: 64,450 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
Most watched on PRIME
- Downton Abbey: 336,260 (8:35pm – 9:35pm)
- Prime Evening News: 179,260 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
- The Great British Bake-Off: 92,060 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
- Deal or No Deal: 80,620 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
- Killing Time: 71,980 (9:40pm – 10:35pm)
Most watched on the BOX
- MacGyver: 25,200 (5:00pm – 6:00pm)
- Spartacus Gods Of The Arena: 25,150 (9:30pm – 10:40pm)
Most watched on SKY Sport 1
- Reunion: 27,230 (8:30pm – 9:25pm)
Head to head
- Breakfast (6:30am – 7:00am): 78,790
- Breakfast (7:00am – 7:55am): 140,080
- Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 140,380
- 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 24,070
- 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 8:00am): 35,360
- 3 News Firstline (8:00am – 8:30am): 27,520
- AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 40,990
- ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 143,200
- 3 News at 12: No information available.
- One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 786,460
- 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 393,750
- Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 560,250
- Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 219,580
- Tonight (10:30pm – 11:05pm): 260,810
- Nightline (10:25pm – 10:55pm): 139,130
Biggest increases (previous week)
- Scrubs: TV2 162430 – up from 101370 (11:00pm – 11:35pm)
- Tonight: TV ONE 260810 – up from 200480 (10:30pm – 11:05pm)
- Scrubs: TV2 187250 – up from 138910 (10:30pm – 11:00pm)
- Downton Abbey: PRIME 336260 – up from 288980 (8:35pm – 9:35pm)
- Home and Away: TV3 275690 – up from 234820 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
Biggest decreases (previous week)
- What’s Really In Our Food?: TV3 273810 – down from 362130 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
- Campbell Live: TV3 219580 – down from 298340 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
- NCIS: Los Angeles: TV3 206990 – down from 279180 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
- Prime Evening News: PRIME 179260 – down from 231210 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
- Special Victims Unit: TV3 194720 – down from 244230 (9:30pm – 10:25pm)
Channel Share (All Day)
- TV ONE: 28.4%
- SKY Network: 23.6%
- TV2: 19.4%
- TV3: 13.8%
- PRIME: 6.1%
- FOUR: 5.1%
- Other TV Channels: 2.5%
- Maori TV: 0.2%
Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+
Doctor Who renewed
Doctor Who has been renewed for a seventh season with Matt Smith returning as the Doctor. A BBC exec confirmed the news via Twitter, saying: “Doctor Who is returning. Fourteen new episodes have been commissioned with Matt Smith as The Doctor.”
Sheen ineligible for Emmys
Charlie Sheen will be ineligible for any awards at this year’s Emmys after failing to submit his name for consideration. The four-time nominee was given several opportunities to submit and even an extension but failed to do so on time.
Kevin Smith developing reality series
Clerks director Kevin Smith is developing a reality series for the AMC network in the US. A casting call has been sent out for “real people who live and breathe the comic book lifestyle”.
Donovan departing 90210
Trevor Donovan has announced his departure from 90210, confirming he will only return for five episodes in the show’s fourth season.
Hi, sorry we haven’t updated in like two weeks. Because we are competent adults, we forgot/completely neglected to pay our internet bill and got disconnected. Turns out life’s sort of incredible if you go without internet.
LAST TIME ON SHORTLAND STREET there was this interminably boring bit about how Callum was buying a car and brought Jill along for basically no reason. It was revealed that Jill once bopped the car salesman on the head, thus ruining his life. Also, DHB Shane tried to sell the software he stole off Daniel to a bunch of people, so Daniel sabotaged him in front of a room of professional journalists. OH THE SHAME. Oh also, Bella’s onto Regan, or something
Tonight, Scotty and Tracey talk about how bad they wanna bone eachother in front of Bella, who’s all heartbroken because Brodie is on the lam after he got tortured by some one-eyed guy. Jesus. Then Nicole and Wendy talk about how bad they want Scotty to bone Tracey. Can you imagine the sheer psychological torment of having a vested interest in your coworkers’ sex lives? Makes me sick.
Phoenix and that asshole kid Harry are playing frantically hammering plastic controllers while that scream from the old Nutri-Grain ads emits from the television. Looks exciting.
This all gets too much for Rachel’s useless brother Jonathan, who gets up to leave. But oho, he’s also blind, and he hilariously falls over:
Oh yeah, so Shane Tucker attacked Daniel in the lift yesterday because of his computer sabotage. Now Sarah’s real grumpy about that
Shane Tucker’s pretty angry that this whole debacle will ruin his career, but let’s consider: He was a DHB member. DHB members are elected by the public during local body elections. While acting as a DHB guy, he just up and decided he would also be a hospital CEO, so he fired Callum and assumed the position himself. Now, I don’t really know the health system, but can you do that? I really doubt that’s legal, and if it is, it’s certainly undemocratic. Was there a byelection to replace him on the DHB? I need details. Really, Shane Tucker, you can’t sink a career built on lies. Soon it will sink itself.
Man, where’s Vasa? All we’ve got is Tracey whinging about her new job which requires her to have a Jennifer-esque fringe and not wear hospital scrubs all the time. Also, Scotty’s real happy now. It’s dumb. I liked him way better when he was like, freakin out and trying to kill his fiance and stuff
Phoenix: Jonathan is blind.
Jasmine: That’s kind of bad.
Jasmine does, however, make the very salient point that Harry is a little bit evil. Then she’s like “let’s go home and you can stick it to me” and he’s like “well no, first I’m 14, second there’s some guy trying to rape Ula, we should probably hang out with her”. Then Jasmine gets in a huff and storms out. Jesus, this is some heavy stuff.
Daniel kind of feels like an asshole about how he ruined both his and DHB Shane’s career, so Sarah comes and slumps at the bar, slurring at him. It’s really weird. She’s talking to him normally, then she finishes her sentence and makes this face at him:
It kind of lingers on that for about a second. Incredible performance.
Anyway, it turns out Sarah’s having a meeting with DHB Shane and the rest of the DHB, and Sarah invites Daniel. Definitely a good move to bring your emotionally retarded son with anger issues to a high-powered business meeting at your job.
God, Wendy and Nicole aren’t letting up. While carting this corpse through the hospital, they stop to demand Tracey reveal the sordid details of her steamy love life. Naturally, Tracey refuses, and they get all offended. What a bunch of jerks, honestly.
Shortland Street’s getting real good with the camera angles, as Rachel teaches her useless blind brother to make a cup of tea. Delicious! Phoenix then complains to Jonathan that his girlfriend Jasmine is “always trying to kiss [him] and stuff”. What a massive drag. Anyway, then Chris comes home and starts talking about Uncle Brian (?) who has a cut on his leg. This neccessitates an urgent cellphone call and concerned looks all round. Good plot point.
Because DHB Shane is a great guy, he bustles in to Gabrielle’s office and angrily demands she take a break so he doesn’t feel depressed that he’s drinking by himself in the middle of the day because he just kind of beat a guy up after stealing his software. Actually, this scene is some kind of grumpy tour de force. I want to somehow sample it and paste the whole thing here, because it’s infinitely funnier than anything I could ever hope to write – DHB Shane, his bloated, gargoyle-like face writhing in anger as Gabrielle sits there simpering. It’s beautiful.
DHB Shane’s anger gets too much, so Gabrielle’s like “go away forever thanks”
It’s actually pretty good. Really wish I had Asperger’s so I’d be that good at breaking up with people.
Wendy and Nicole have lost a corpse. Dipshits.
OK, so Jonathan isn’t actually blind, he’s just like a bit mental, and that’s making him blind. Once he’s not mental, he’ll stop being blind. Also, Phoenix comes in and muses about Uncle Brian: “Maybe he rolled the quad down by the creek, or whatever”. Maybe! Phoenix has this real good open shirt over T-shirt look. Quality.
Sarah’s seethes at Gabrielle over how shitty DHB Shane is as a hospital manager and as a gargoyle. Gabrielle’s like “hey your professional opinion is being influenced by your son”. Which is probably true?
Wendy and Nicole still have a missing corpse on their hands. My pick: Harry has severed the head and embalmed it in some kind of primitive ritual, and ate the rest. Actually, this is really peculiar. They were seen carting about the very corpse that’s missing like ten minutes ago. How do you just forget where you put a corpse? I certainly hope this show is taking a turn for the surreal
Blind old Jonathan is helping Chris do the dishes. Big mistake. Never let a blind person touch anything of any value. The two have a good chuckle about how Chris is some kind of sociopathic womaniser, then Jonathan predictably smashes a plate and has a good whine about how useless he is. Here’s a tip buddy: if you want to stop being useless, probably don’t be useless
Hey, I just solved this episode’s great mystery: the missing corpse is a hilarious prank played by Scotty and Tracey to get back at those meddling nurses for making them stick it to eachother. Oh, it’s not a mystery, it’s meant to be obvious. Feel really stupid now.
Sarah doesn’t have anything to say about DHB Shane’s shitty management, nobody’s happy. Nice one, Sarah.
This Uncle Brian drama has reached fever pitch, so Phoenix has decided he’ll be travelling south to investigate whether he really did roll his quad by the creek, or whatever. I can’t wait to hear about what happens next in the scintillating drama of off-camera Uncle Brian’s sore leg!
Meanwhile, Chris is looking more like a member of Duran Duran by the day:
I mean modern day, washed-up post-cocaine addiction Duran Duran, not young handsome Duran Duran.
As Sarah and Daniel get ready to leave, DHB Shane pops in and informs them that he’s standing down as CEO. Which is only fair. Shouldn’t Callum get his job back then? Oh well, at least DHB Shane is suitably angry about the whole thing:
I used to be like “oh that DHB Shane is such an asshole” but now I think I love him. Nobody’s angry acting has ever actually made me literally laugh out loud like his does.
Wendy and Nicole have finally located the corpse/prank in some nightmarish dark zone. Which actually seems like a pretty logical place for a missing corpse to be. Anyway, they get yapping about some bullshit, when the corpse lurches up, groaning:
hey that’s tiny. Lots of white space.
Anyway, Nicole does what anyone would do when faced with a reanimated corpse: she bops it on the head with a tray. The corpse sinks back into the bed whence it came. Turns out the corpse was Scotty, and they killed him! Like, actually. The last line of the episode is “oh my god I killed Scotty”, so you know he’s dead.
Tina Fey’s impersonation of Sarah Palin seems to have been good enough to fool Fox News in the US.
The network has confused the 2008 vice-presidential candidate with the Saturday Night Live comedienne, using a photo of Fey during a story on Palin.
Fox News displayed a photo of Fey dressed as Palin standing at a lectern during one of her SNL sketches in 2008.
Fox released a statement admitting the error.
“This past Sunday during America’s News Headquarters, a graphics error was made during a segment on former Alaska governor Sarah Palin,” the statement said.
“The producer has since been disciplined and an explanation and apology will be made in the same hour next Sunday. Fox News regrets the error.”
Samantha Hayes has returned to New Zealand for her stint as Rachel Smalley’s temporary replacement on TV3’s Firstline.
The popular reporter, who is now the network’s Australian correspondent, will fill in while Smalley is away in Afghanistan for two weeks on a special report.
TV3’s publicity manager Rachel Lorimer confirmed that Hayes’ anchor role on Firstline will not be permanent and that she will definitely return to Sydney once Smalley returns.
“She has a fantastic history as an anchor but at the moment she’s really enjoying being the foreign correspondent in Sydney and she will continue there for a while,” Lorimer said.
Hayes will finish up on Firstline on June 17.