The 1970′s series Upstairs Downstairs has been bought back and resumes tonight on Prime, beginning 6 years after the original conclusion in 1936.

Watch as new owners take residence at 165 Eaton Place.

8:30pm, Thursday’s on Prime

After a massive first week and then a drop off last week, how did the third episode of The GC do last night?

According to the ratings data we publish, after losing 81,180 viewers in its second week, The GC increased its rating by 8,440 viewers in its third week.

Of those who time-shifted the show, there were 24,030 viewers for the second episode compared to 17,490 for the first episode. Continue reading »

Global production house NHNZ is taking a lead role in the development of cost-effective 2D-to-3D conversion technology with Korea’s tech giant ETRI.

NHNZ General Manager John Crawford and Technical and IT Systems Manager Wayne Poll head to Daejeon in Korea this week, to take part in a workshop with a team of ETRI scientists who have already begun work developing software that converts 2D television programmes into 3D. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. The Big Bang Theory: 40410 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:00pm)
  2. Sons Of Anarchy: 36760 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. The Almighty Johnsons: 35480 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Castle: 34790 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  5. Two and a Half Men: 31940 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:00pm) Continue reading »

MediaWorks TV has confirmed that Director of Programming Kelly Martin has resigned, after 12 years with company.  Ms Martin will be released from her contract early next month, and intends to take a complete break, before considering her options later in 2012.

MediaWorks Group Managing Director Sussan Turner paid tribute to the pivotal role Martin has played in shaping TV3 and, more recently, FOUR.

“Kelly has overseen the acquisition and commissioning of a schedule of content (both local and international) that is the envy of our competitors.

“From Outrageous Fortune, 7 Days and New Zealand’s Next Top Model, to Homeland, New Girl and The X Factor USA, Kelly’s successes are literally too many to mention.  She leaves behind a formidably legacy, and we wish her well.”

Associate Director of Programming, Mark Caulton, will be acting Director of Programming until a permanent replacement is named.

With all the moving and shaking between TVNZ and Mediaworks TV recently, this morning we’ve heard rumblings of another major personnel acquisition.

By the sounds of things, TV3′s director of programming, Kelly Martin, may be latest defection to TVNZ.

*UPDATE* Official word is Kelly has resigned and is taking a holiday before deciding what to do later in the year.

Throng would like to wish Kelly the best for the future.

Most watched

  1. One News: 743,460 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 654,210 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Fair Go: 629,030 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Animal Rescue: 546,660 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Two and a Half Men: 539,570 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm) Continue reading »

South Pacific Pictures have just released some promo material for their new series – Golden.

The comedy, based around a former gold medal winner who has gotten a tad out of shape, will air on TV3 this year.  (We can only assume it’s supposed to be a former Olympic gold medalist but, due to the excessive control of the Olympic trademark you won’t be hearing any blatant statements to that effect.)

In the meantime…

Hulk TV series planned

A Hulk TV series is in development according to ABC president Paul Lee. The adaptation of the Marvel comic in being planned for release in 2013.

Harold & Kumar animated series to be developed

An animated series based on the Harold & Kumar films is on the cards at Adult Swim. The channel announced plans to develop the show alongside the films’ producers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. Continue reading »

Kiwi actor Cliff Curtis has had his new drama series Missing axed by the ABC network in the States.

The series, which features Ashley Judd in the lead role, started promisingly enough before ratings began to drop over the 10 episode season.

The bad news continued this week for NZ talent, with Sam Neil’s series Alcatraz also cut by its network after just one season.

Add to that Rhys Darby’s axed sitcom How To Be A Gentleman and all-in-all it hasn’t been the most promising TV season for kiwis in America. Continue reading »