British comic, actor and musician Bill Bailey returns down under late September with his brand new live show, Qualmpeddler.

Bill Bailey’s new show – Qualmpeddler – has all the trademark Bailey elements, musical mash-ups, twisted logic, some political ranting, brilliant visuals and animation, a clear-eyed yet surreal view of the modern world, plus some new explorations of language inspired by a trip to China, where Bill’s experiences were strangers than surreal.

Bill is best known to New Zealand audiences for his stand up shows and his work on television in shows such as QI and TV’s award winning hit, BLACK BOOKS, in which he played the increasingly deranged ex accountant Manny Bianco opposite fellow comic, Dylan Moran. Continue reading »

From the creators of hit local comedy, 7 Days, new series Hounds follows the fortunes of a shiftless lawyer, his half-sister and an alcoholic dog trainer who are trying to live under one roof and make good on the track.

Will (Toby Sharpe) is struggling at his law firm. His heart isn’t in it and he is making mistakes at work. But one day everything changes. His Dad dies, leaving him half a house; a half-sister Lily (Susana Tang); a greyhound racing dog named Lundybainwatson; and its unpredictable trainer Marty (Mick Innes). Continue reading »

The creator of Fair Go has attacked the current style of the show, saying it is imbalanced and “out of control”.

Brian Edwards wrote an interesting post on his website entitled “A Kafkaesque story that should horrify you. And it’s set in New Zealand!”, where he claimed that the show often minimised issues by squeezing them into an allocated time frame.

“Earlier this week I was acting as support person to someone who is taking a case to the Disputes Tribunal. It’s complex. After an hour and a half of questioning by the referee we still hadn’t sorted out the facts of the case, let alone come remotely near to any clarity on who had right or the law on their side and who hadn’t. Fair Go can get through three such issues in 22 minutes,” he said. Continue reading »

Jaime Ridge will square off against The GC cast member Rosanna Arkle as part of the undercard to Shane Cameron’s bout against American Monte Barrett.

The fight will take place in July under the same rules as the Fight For Life charity event that saw CGW’s Haley Holt duke it out with surfer Paige Hareb.

“I want to do something outside of my comfort zone,” Ridge said at the press conference this week. “And I want to inspire girls if I can. I want them to feel empowered too – to take an opportunity when it comes up rather than sit back and do nothing.

“This a great challenge. It’s an amazing way to test myself. I am all about stretching my boundaries.” Continue reading »

Outrageous Fortune’s Antonia Prebble and Siobhan Marshall are joining forces again in THE BLUE ROSE, a new South Pacific Pictures comedy/drama for TV3, which commences shooting next month.

Created by Rachel Lang and James Griffin, the acclaimed team behind Outrageous Fortune and The Almighty Johnsons, THE BLUE ROSE is a fresh take on the investigative drama series.

THE BLUE ROSE is set in the vibrant and chaotic heart ofAucklandCity, where young guns chase opportunity, but Mum and Dad investors are losing money, while dubious finance companies hide their assets from the scrutiny of the justice system.  But for once, the underpaid and overlooked PAs and computer nerds are fighting back with unique powers we all recognise – the PA who can screw your day; the courier who can save your life. Continue reading »

When TVNZ 7 is laid to rest, NZ will become the only country in the OECD without a public service television channel. The decision to shut down TVNZ 7 will mean quality documentary films will become an endangered species on television in New Zealand. Documentary is a major component of any public service programming and features less readily with a broadcaster governed by commercial return.

Documentary NZ Trust directors, Alex Lee and Dan Shanan, are worried that not having a public broadcaster channel will severely reduce the commissioning of documentary films and the broadcast commitment to providing such content to the general public. The Trust, which was established in 2004 to promote documentary films and filmmaking in NZ, recognised that the growing gap in funding and support for local documentaries needs to remedied before the death knell is sounded. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. The Big Bang Theory: 49880 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:05pm)
  2. Castle: 32460 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  3. The Almighty Johnsons: 29980 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  4. Two and a Half Men: 23780 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:00pm)
  5. 2 Broke Girls: 17380 (TV2, 8:00pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »

The Konica Minolta MINISTRY OF LEAGUE premieres on Maori Television tonight, May 31 at 10.30pm, with the latest in rugby league action.

The magazine-style sports show will provide previews and reviews of Auckland’s premier grade rugby league competition, the Fox Memorial Shield, as well as coverage of school boy, women’s and junior age grade rugby league.

Packed with action, the 13-part MINISTRY OF LEAGUE will screen on Thursdays at 10.30pm and repeat on Fridays at 10.00pm after the popular karaoke show, Homai Te Pakipaki. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 713,720 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Fair Go: 681,690 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 614,350 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Animal Rescue: 544,870 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Close Up: 509,580 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

Sky is looking into obtaining the rights to screen the All Whites games from the OFC Nations Cup in the Solomon Islands.

The New Zealand football side’s road to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil begins at the tournament but so far no NZ broadcaster has secured the rights to screen it.

A Sky spokesperson confirmed that they are in negotiations with the Oceania Football Confederation.

New Zealand Football chief executive Grant McKavanagh said they have no control over the situation. Continue reading »