campbell-live-logoCampbell Live hasn’t had a show that rated lower than 200,000 viewers since they went head to head with TVNZ’s new 7pm light current affairs show, Seven Sharp.  That is, until last night.

Campbell Live drew an average audience of 192,970 viewers while Seven Sharp had nearly double that.  Continue reading »

oncebabyOnce Upon a Time stars Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas’ fairytale life just keeps getting better! The newly engaged couple have a baby on the way.

The co-stars, who announced their engagement this past October, only went as far as to confirm that she is indeed pregnant, but didn’t disclose any further details.  Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 618,180 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 458,790 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. Seven Sharp: 374,200 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. High Country Rescue: 339,260 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. Two and a Half Men: 323,850 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:00pm)

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Yesterday’s announcement that Dancing With the Stars was returning generated quite a bit of discussion, particularly around hosts.  It is a regular observation that talent in New Zealand is recycled more regularly than many would like, with fresh faces coming through being a rarity.

While there are plenty of other topics you may wish to discuss today, as a conversation starter, which would you prefer to see more of, new talent coming through or tried and trusted faces?

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. North America Outlaws and Skeletons: 50360 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:40pm)
  2. Hawaii Five-O: 43850 (TV3, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  3. The Walking Dead: 36310 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  4. The Mentalist: 33310 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  5. Shortland Street: 31660 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm) Continue reading »

dancing-with-the-starsIt’s one of the shows that regularly comes up in conversation as being one of the shows people would most like to see return to screens in New Zealand.  Great Southern Television has picked up the rights to Dancing with the Stars and is looking to revamp the series and pitch it to all broadcasters after TV One dropped it after five seasons in 2010.

The British version of the show regularly outrates The X Factor in the UK where the two juggernauts go head to head in their timeslots. Continue reading »

stop-the-racism-tvnzLabour MP for Mangere, Su’a William Sio has started a campaign to stop the racism at TVNZ after the comments Andrew Shaw made at the 2014 new season launch last week.

Sio wrote on Facebook:

When you have as this article points out, “A senior TVNZ executive has labelled Auckland a s*#@ hole while joking about the city’s large Polynesian population” my blood boils. I find it offensive to have a Senior Executive of a taxpayer funded Television station reflect this attitude, as I suspect it reflects an institutional racism that lurks beneath the skin of this so called Senior Executive who found an audience to reveal it to. Were the audience laughing in embarrassment, or was it a pakeha dominated senior executive audience? In this day and age, to joke about Polynesian as if to promote a negative stereotypical attitude again I find it offensive as it reveals something about this kind of NZer.

At the time, TVNZ communications manager Megan Richards suggested that the only person who had been offended in an audience of 1000 people was me and that they were surprised that anyone might find the comments offensive at all.  Now they’ve responded to the Polynesian news site PacificEyeWitness.com, claiming they’re horrified that a joke about race was interpreted as being racist. Continue reading »

anzac-girlsLast night Prime showcased the shows coming and returning to the channel.  There was no sign of any Fox content but as seems to be the case with the negotiations happening by everyone at the moment, don’t rule anything out yet.

There were four new local shows in the line up including Prime’s first foray into scripted drama in the form of ANZAC Girls, starring Antonia Prebble.  After the success of period dramas like Downton Abbey, this is a perfect fit for the channel.  Everyone was given a delicious anzac biscuit as we arrived to snack on during the show.

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Most watched

  1. One News: 607,160 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 506,130 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Seven Sharp: 357,520 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. The Mentalist: 316,720 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  5. 3 News: 292,530 (TV3, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)

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montyAll surviving members of the comedy group Monty Python are reuniting for a stage show, founding member Terry Jones has confirmed. The reunion is expected to be announced officially at a press conference being held in London on Thursday.

John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Jones – who are all in their seventies – are all due to appear at the event. The sixth member, Graham Chapman, died in 1989.

“We’re getting together and putting on a show – it’s real,” Mr Jones told the BBC. Continue reading »