While Sky spent yesterday pointlessly shooting itself in the feet over the global availability of the Banshee pilot, a drama paid for and commissioned by US cable network Cinemax, TVNZ has revealed that from Monday, they will be debuting the prequel to Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaries, on TVNZondemand.

TVNZ, which will be broadcasting The Carrie Diaries later in the year, will make episodes available via their ondemand service within a week of its US release.

This unprecedented move is the exact type of scenario that a, dare I say it, forward looking television broadcaster would take in order to stem revenue loss from content being sourced elsewhere.

Dallas actors returning for JR’s funeral

Several former Dallas actors will return to the revamped show for the funeral episode of JR Ewing (Larry Hagman). Deborah Shelton, who played Mandy Winger, and Cathy Podewell, who played Cally Ewing will both make brief appearances.

Drop Dead Diva cancelled

Drama series Drop Dead Diva has been cancelled by its American network Lifetime. The series ran for four seasons between 2009 and 2012 and notably featured Kim Kardashian in a recurring guest role. Continue reading »

A short promo for Oprah’s interview with Lance Armstrong has been released.

Unfortunately, there is very little to be learned from it besides the fact that Oprah loves a little dramatic suspense.

Let’s hope Armstrong actually says something in the interview.

Some of Jessica Simpson’s music may be laughable but is her life really all that funny?

The NBC network certainly thinks so given they are basing a semi-autobiographical sitcom around the singer and Fashion Star judge.

The network has begun developing the yet-to-be-named sitcom with Robin and Nick Bakay, the comedy geniuses behind Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Hmmm…

“We are thrilled to team up with the multi-talented Jessica Simpson to bring this new sitcom to life on NBC as she is truly a modern-day Lucy with incredible comedic chops,” series producer Electus chairman Ben Silverman says. “From running a fashion empire to wrangling her public image as a new mom, we see Jessica’s character approach a variety of ‘everyday’ circumstances that will get audiences laughing out loud.” Continue reading »

This morning he was a legend, this afternoon he became a Sir. And not a moment too soon for the frail broadcaster who was a late addition to the New Years honors list and subsequently had his investiture fast-tracked.

Sir Paul Holmes has received his knighthood to a standing ovation from more than 100 people who gathered at his Poukawa, Hawke’s Bay, home today.

Holding on to his wife, Lady Deborah’s, arm for support, he walked from their home to a marquee set up in their extensive backyard.

Holmes waved to his friends in the crowd and, pausing to hold on to the marquee, he showed his wicked sense of humour by swinging a leg around a pole. He then was helped on to the investiture stall by his family. Continue reading »

The Killing fans rejoice!  AMC’s The Killing is coming back for a third season!

After months of negotiations, AMC and Fox Television Studios have closed a deal to bring back previously cancelled The Killing to AMC for a third season. Negotiations with Netflix for a second window to the series are still ongoing. As part of the new deal with AMC, Veena Sud, who developed the adaptation of the Danish series and ran the first two seasons, returns as executive producer, writer and showrunner along with stars Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (Stephen Holder). After the show received backlash from viewers for stretching the resolution of the case from the first season into Season 2, the producers are committing that the new mystery in Season 3 will be resolved over the course of 12 episodes. Production on Season 3 begins February 25 in Vancouver.

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Super Smart Animals: 34950 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  2. The Block: 20370 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Seven Dwarves: 13560 (TV ONE, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  4. Don’t Trust the B* in Aptmt 23: 11040 (FOUR, 8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  5. Best of QI: 9450 (PRIME, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 677,390 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 576,850 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Royal Prince Alfred: 491,160 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Border Patrol: 484,720 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Super Smart Animals: 432,480 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:35pm) Continue reading »

Sky TV has admitted to the NBR that they were the ones that tipped off HBO that the first episode of Banshee was available for everyone in the world to see.

“Yes we pointed out the error. I’m sure they would have realised before long,”

Wonderful.  Backward looking stupidity that will win them no friends.

An opportunity to generate some positive buzz from what was perceived as marketing genius and the eventual arrival of the future of television is now nothing more than a giant cock up.

I get that there are rights issues but it’s incredibly stingy and detrimental to deliberately undermine the goodwill generated by an apparent “mistake”.  Why they didn’t just roll with it and gather some insight is simply beyond me. Continue reading »

While HBO switched on the geoblocking for YouTube, thanks to the star of the show, we now know it’s still available for non-US viewers on Cinemax’s own site.  Best be quick if you want to watch it.