The Broadcasting Standards Authority has dismissed a complaint made by Family First against TV3’s Californication.

Family First complained that the show’s repetitive use of offensive words in such a short space of time breached standards of good taste and decency.

The show, which screened on April 18 at 9.30pm– an hour after the Adults Only watershed – and which was prefaced by an Adults Only warning detailing the use of offensive language, featured 45 swear words in the first 30 minutes. This included what Family First described as “the most offensive” word.

The BSA however declined to uphold the complaint, saying that the show screened well after the 8.30pm watershed and the language fitted the “narrative context” of the series.

Family First claimed that by not upholding complaints against Californication, the BSA has “allowed a progressive lowering of standards to the point of hard pornography and extremely offensive language being common fare on our free-to-air channels”

Source: Herald

Fans of the phenomenally successful Downton Abbey will be delighted to hear that series two of their favourite Edwardian drama will debut on the channel soon.

Prime Channel Manager Kathy Wright said the first series proved to be just as popular with New Zealand viewers as it did with its British fans, resulting in record ratings for Prime Television.

“As a result there’s now a lot of hype and anticipation around what the second series will deliver, therefore we are planning to bring it to Kiwis’ living rooms as soon as possible,” she said.

The broad-appeal drama boasting romance, loyalty, deception and scandal, quickly found a home in the hearts of Kiwi viewers, cementing Downton Abbey as the channel’s highest ever rating drama.  From the pen of Emmy® award-winning writer Julian Fellowes, the series portrays the highs and lows of the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants who work for them, with a stellar cast led by critically-acclaimed actress Dame Maggie Smith and actor Hugh Bonneville.

Downton Abbey scooped up an impressive six awards in this week’s 63rd Primetime Emmy® Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie;  Julian Fellowes for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special; Maggie Smith (as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham) for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie; and Brian Percival for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special.

As series two unfolds, the lives of the Crawleys and the servants have been changed forever with the declaration of the Great War at the end of the first series.

Promoted to Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire, Robert (Hugh Bonneville) has new responsibilities and so does Downton, although the veritable head butler Mr Carson (Jim Carter) will no doubt be doing his utmost to ensure that standards have not slipped, even in the face of war.

A host of new faces are joining the first series cast favourites for the new season, including Zoe Boyle, Iain Glen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Amy Nuttall and Cal Macaninch.

Screening details for the eight-part second series of Downton Abbey will be released soon.

Facebook has announced that it will be partnering with entertainment brands such as Netflix and Hulu in order to add television and movie-watching capabilities to the social networking website.

The announcement was made by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at this week’s f8 conference.

The service will allow Facebook users to show off what they are watching in real-time as well as see what that their friends are watching. The aim of this set-up is to draw more people into consuming TV and movies on Facebook.

A personalised Timeline will summarise each user’s watching activities and top shows and movies will be put on display for their friends to see.

Other companies to join forces with Facebook include Flixster, DirecTV, IMDb and Miso.

Source: mashable

Freeview

Most watched

  1. One News: 715,310 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 617,840 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Police Ten 7: 531,260 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:05pm)
  4. Close Up: 487,470 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Coronation Street: 458,640 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Police Ten 7: 531,260 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:05pm)
  2. Coronation Street: 458,640 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Random Breath Testing: 405,720 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:30pm)
  4. 24 Hours In A&E: 346,530 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  5. The X Factor USA: 320,480 (TV3, 7:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 118,310 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. Emmerdale: 104,530 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 12:55pm)
  3. ONE News 4:30: 103,780 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)
  4. Emmerdale: 92,090 (TV ONE, 1:00pm – 1:30pm)
  5. The Erin Simpson Show: 85,010 (TV2, 3:30pm – 3:30pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 715,310 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Close Up: 487,470 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 458,640 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. 24 Hours In A&E: 346,530 (8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  5. MasterChef Australia: 308,470 (5:25pm – 6:00pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 617,840 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Police Ten 7: 531,260 (7:35pm – 8:05pm)
  3. Random Breath Testing: 405,720 (8:05pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Embarrassing Fat Bodies: 232,680 (8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  5. 20/20: 211,030 (9:35pm – 10:35pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 387,840 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. The X Factor USA: 320,480 (7:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Home and Away: 257,380 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  4. Campbell Live: 246,710 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Rove LA: 241,700 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. The Simpsons: 156,730 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Family Guy: 112,270 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Futurama: 84,510 (8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  4. American Dad: 78,790 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. South Park: 75,270 (9:30pm – 10:00pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime Evening News: 134,510 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Doctor Who: 119,850 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Deal or No Deal: 97,150 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  4. Torchwood Miracle Day: 77,780 (9:30pm – 10:40pm)
  5. Mythbusters: 75,950 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)

The Crowd Goes Wild: 34,740 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on Maori TV

  1. Hunting Aotearoa: 95,270 (9:30pm – 10:00pm)
  2. RWC 2011 Delayed: 62,890 (10:20pm – 11:55pm)
  3. Hyundai Code: 48,530 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. RWC 2011 Pre Game: 41,850 (10:00pm – 10:20pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. NCIS: 32,010 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Law & Order Criminal Intent: 31,910 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. Law & Order Criminal Intent: 31,230 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. RWC 2011 Live: 207,430 (8:00pm – 9:40pm)
  2. RWC 2011 Pre Game: 63,880 (7:00pm – 8:00pm)
  3. RWC 2011 Post Game: 63,760 (9:40pm – 10:25pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:30am – 6:55am): 117,640
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 7:55am): 152,430
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 128,150
  • 3 News Firstline (6:00am – 6:30am): 36,670
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 54,220
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 8:00am): 52,440
  • 3 News Firstline (8:00am – 8:30am): 33,330
  • AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 35,320
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 118,310
  • 3 News at 12: No information available.
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 715,310
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 387,840
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 487,470
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 246,710
  • Tonight (10:45pm – 11:05pm): 119,800
  • Nightline (10:30pm – 11:00pm): 142,120

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. Shortland Street: TV2 617840 – up from 511100 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. 3 News: TV3 387840 – up from 324620 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Home and Away: TV3 257380 – up from 206090 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  4. Campbell Live: TV3 246710 – up from 216170 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. 3 News Firstline: TV3 54220 – up from 24990 (6:30am – 7:00am)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. 20/20: TV2 211030 – down from 334850 (9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  2. Embarrassing Fat Bodies: TV2 232680 – down from 343240 (8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  3. Tonight: TV ONE 119800 – down from 213910 (10:45pm – 11:05pm)
  4. RWC 2011 Highlights: TV ONE 90240 – down from 168670 (11:05pm – 11:20pm)
  5. Motorway Cops: TV ONE 230220 – down from 289210 (9:35pm – 10:45pm)

New

  1. The X Factor USA: TV3 (7:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Rove LA: TV3 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. RWC 2011 Pre Game: Maori TV (10:00pm – 10:20pm)
  4. Nightline: TV3 (10:30pm – 11:00pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • SKY Network: 28.1%
  • TV ONE: 25.1%
  • TV3: 16.1%
  • TV2: 15.9%
  • FOUR: 4.5%
  • PRIME: 4.4%
  • Other TV Channels: 3.5%
  • Maori TV: 2%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

Sutherland returning to TV

Kiefer Sutherland will return to TV screens soon in a new drama series called Touch that centres on a father and his autistic son who can predict events before they happen. Sutherland will work alongside Heroes creator Tim Kring on the series.

Holmes to guest on HIMYM

Katie Holmes will film a guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother’s seventh season.

Fringe actor writes comic

Fringe actor Joshua Jackson has made his comics writing debut with a new title based on the TV series. The comic series will consist of 14 chapters released fortnightly.

Ford joins The Big Bang Theory

Former Dexter and True Blood actress Courtney Ford has booked a guest role on The Big Bang Theory. Ford will play fan girl who meets the cast at a comic book shop.

Here are the results for Day 8 ratings of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

19:30 Tonga 31 vs Japan 18
Live: Sky Sport 1: 286,110
Delayed: Maori Television 71,180

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

The Labour Party has dismissed the Government’s new TV recycling scheme launched yesterday as a gimmick.

Environment Minister Nick Smith yesterday launched the Great TV Takeback programme that gives the public the opportunity to dispose of their unwanted analogue TVs for free at Warehouse stores.

However labour environment spokesperson Charles Chauvel said the programme was not adequate.

“I visited a recycling centre last Friday which can’t afford to stockpile any more analogue TVs above the piles and piles of them it has now collected. It is now turning them away and they are headed to landfills thanks to Nick Smith’s failure to fulfil one of his basic responsibilities as environment minister.”

Chauvel believes including a small levy into the price of new TVs would aid in helping retailers offer a recycling service to customers.

“When people buy new gear, they drop their old gear off, and it would be recycled,” Chauvel said.

“This would be a permanent scheme applicable to all retailers to cope with the flood of lead and heavy metals now going to landfill, rather than a two-week ministerial gimmick in which only one outlet participates.”

Source: Herald

Freeview

Most watched

  1. One News: 635,510 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 623,620 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. Fair Go: 557,070 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. The Big Bang Theory: 512,410 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:00pm)
  5. What Would You Do?: 506,140 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Fair Go: 557,070 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. The Big Bang Theory: 512,410 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:00pm)
  3. What Would You Do?: 506,140 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Two and a Half Men: 504,330 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:05pm)
  5. Hot In Cleveland: 481,320 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:35pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 150,240 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. Emmerdale: 134,350 (TV ONE, 1:00pm – 1:30pm)
  3. Emmerdale: 130,480 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 12:55pm)
  4. ONE News 4:30: 119,650 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)
  5. Come Dine With Me: 95,040 (TV ONE, 1:30pm – 2:00pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 635,510 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Fair Go: 557,070 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. What Would You Do?: 506,140 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Close Up: 450,660 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Nothing Trivial: 344,720 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 623,620 (7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  2. The Big Bang Theory: 512,410 (8:35pm – 9:00pm)
  3. Two and a Half Men: 504,330 (7:35pm – 8:05pm)
  4. Hot In Cleveland: 481,320 (8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  5. Happy Endings: 364,300 (9:00pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 358,670 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Home and Away: 215,720 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  3. Campbell Live: 211,660 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Rocked The Nation 3: 186,200 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. Destroyed in Seconds: 177,920 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. The Simpsons: 133,440 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. That ’70s Show: 67,500 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  3. The Biggest Loser: 37,170 (7:30pm – 9:25pm)
  4. Dorothy The Dinosaur: 29,830 (9:45am – 9:55am)
  5. Action Central: 29,830 (9:55am – 10:05am)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime Evening News: 172,090 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Sea Patrol: 154,870 (8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  3. QI: 104,550 (9:35pm – 10:10pm)
  4. Deal or No Deal: 88,930 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  5. Customs: 87,690 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)

The Crowd Goes Wild: 70,810 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on Maori TV

  1. RWC 2011 Delayed: 71,180 (10:20pm – 12:00am)
  2. RWC 2011 Pre Game: 35,460 (10:00pm – 10:20pm)
  3. RWC 2011 Post Game: 32,550 (12:00am – 12:10am)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. CSI Miami: 49,620 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. RWC 2011 Live: 286,110 (7:30pm – 9:15pm)
  2. RWC 2011 Post Game: 164,170 (9:15pm – 9:30pm)
  3. RWC 2011 Pre Game: 77,670 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. What’s On: 43,820 (9:30pm – 9:55pm)

Most watched on SKY Movies 1

  1. Just Wright: 47,510 (8:35pm – 10:10pm)
  2. Cinema Release: 42,890 (10:15pm – 10:15pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:30am – 6:55am): 131,420
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 8:00am): 187,680
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 133,770
  • 3 News Firstline (6:00am – 6:25am): 32,230
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 39,570
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 8:00am): 53,360
  • 3 News Firstline (8:00am – 8:30am): 32,510
  • AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 59,820
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 150,240
  • 3 News at 12: No information available.
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 635,510
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 358,670
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 450,660
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 211,660
  • Tonight (10:30pm – 10:45pm): 116,260
  • Nightline (10:30pm – 11:00pm): 102,730

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. Shortland Street: TV2 623620 – up from 521360 (7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  2. The Sexy Ads Show: TV2 328990 – up from 248120 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. Emmerdale: TV ONE 130480 – up from 61460 (12:30pm – 12:55pm)
  4. Two and a Half Men: TV2 504330 – up from 437050 (7:35pm – 8:05pm)
  5. F.R.I.E.N.D.S: TV2 211740 – up from 145470 (6:35pm – 7:00pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Nothing Trivial My Story: TV ONE 235000 – down from 308200 (9:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Destroyed in Seconds: TV3 177920 – down from 249440 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Campbell Live: TV3 211660 – down from 274780 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Your Worst Animal Nightmares: TV3 153920 – down from 211590 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. The Erin Simpson Show: TV2 68560 – down from 117360 (4:00pm – 4:00pm)

New

  1. Who Killed Trent Keegan: TV ONE (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. RWC 2011 Pre Game: Maori TV (10:00pm – 10:20pm)
  3. The Black Adder: PRIME (10:10pm – 10:50pm)
  4. Tonight: TV ONE (10:30pm – 10:45pm)
  5. RWC 2011 Highlights: TV ONE (10:45pm – 11:05pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • SKY Network: 28%
  • TV ONE: 26.5%
  • TV2: 19.8%
  • TV3: 12.2%
  • PRIME: 5.5%
  • Other TV Channels: 2.9%
  • FOUR: 2.8%
  • Maori TV: 1.5%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

Bill Bailey to feature on Doctor Who

Bill Bailey will feature in the Doctor Who Christmas special later this year The actor and comedian will join Outnumbered actress Claire Skinner among others in the annual special.

Another reality show for Ramsay

Another Gordon Ramsay reality show has been picked up in the US. Hotel Hell will involve Ramsay travelling around the country attempting to turn around struggling hotels and motels.

Blakely signs up for Cougar Town

Actress Susan Blakely has signed up for a role in Cougar Town, playing Ellie’s (Christa Miller) mother. Blakely has appeared in the likes of Brothers & Sisters and Two and a Half Men.

NCIS video game coming

Fans will soon have the chance to play as their favourite NCIS characters in a new video game based on the series. The game will be available on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC, Wii and 3DS later in the year.

Here are the results for Day 9 ratings of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

19:30 Italy 53 vs Russia 17
Live: Sky Sport 1: 158,080
Delayed: Maori Television 49,370

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+