This Friday, 28 September, is Lunchbox Day,, a Campbell Live initiative to provide school lunches for children in low decile primary schools, by raising funds for Kids Can.

Lunchbox Day has grown out of Campbell Live’s ongoing investigation into the issue of child poverty inNew Zealand and its social and economic impacts.

The aim of the day is to provide timely, practical help to the children in decile one to four schools, who are currently going hungry during the school day.   Fundraising includes grass-roots activity around the country and direct donations to Cure Kids.  Donors can also give $3 (the cost of a healthy school lunch) to Kids Can by texting LUNCH to 8595. Continue reading »

Now that TVNZ has announced that they are considering cancelling Close Up, everyone has an opinion on what it’s replacement should be and what it should look like.  Bill Ralston thinks it would be a disaster for news and viewers.  (Has he watched Close Up recently?)  The reality is, TVNZ could put a walrus on screen at 7pm on TV One and people would still watch.

I heard suggestions this morning that what would work best would be a John Stewart/Daily Show type of format.  Perhaps, but fronted by whom? Continue reading »

X Files actress joins cast of Once Upon A Time
Annabeth Gish, who played Monica Reyes on The X Files and Dr Anne Sullivan on Pretty Little Liars, has joined the cast of Once Upon A Time. She will play the leader of a pack of humans who turn out to be wolves, just like Ruby/Red Riding Hood.

Stockard Channing joins The Good Wife cast
Broadway, film and TV veteran Stockhard Channing (whose last major TV role was as Abby Barlett on The West Wing) has joined the cast of The Good Wife, as Alicia’s (Julianna Margulies) mother. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. MasterChef Australia: 27330 (TV ONE, 4:45pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Game Of Thrones: 27110 (PRIME, 9:35pm – 10:45pm)
  3. Law & Order UK: 23730 (TV ONE, 11:05pm – 12:05am)
  4. The Killing: 22270 (TV3, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  5. Shortland Street: 20330 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

TVNZ is proposing to end weeknight current affairs show ‘Close Up’ as this year winds down.

If the proposal is confirmed, a new daily current affairs show with a distinctively different format would launch in the 7pm slot in the new year.

TVNZ Head of News and Current Affairs, Ross Dagan, says the proposed closure of the show is a pro-active response to feedback that television viewers are looking for something fresh and quite different in early evening current affairs. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 670,850 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Fair Go: 643,180 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 591,530 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Close Up: 474,000 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. My Kitchen Rules: 469,960 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:35pm) Continue reading »

Chase critical of Community 

Chevy Chase has dissed Community, saying that it was a “big mistake” for him to join the series in the first place. “The hours are hideous, and it’s still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television. That’s my feeling about it,” he said. “Then they hired me and I just sort of hung around because I have three daughters and a wife, and I figured out I might as well make some bread, every week, so I can take care of them in the way they want.”

Contemporary Wuthering Heights series being developed

A modern day update of Wuthering Heights has been announced by the NBC network. The events of the 1847 romantic novel will be moved to contemporary Napa Valley, California. Continue reading »

Former Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria will make an appearance in New Zealand next week.

The actress will appear on The Shopping Channel during its launch week, which begins October 1 at 7pm.

Longoria will attend the VIP launch party held by The Shopping Channel, Woman’s Day and L’Oreal in Auckland on Wednesday, October 3. Continue reading »

Must see:

Keep Calm And Carry On (TV One, 8pm)
It’s the final episode of this really good little series toinght. Jaquie looks at what growing up in New Zealand means today; and she meets a family who have built their first home and had their first child in the same year. Phew.

America With Lisa Ling (National Geographic, 8.30pm)
I watched this show for the first time last week, and it’s very good. Even if you haven’t seen it so far, however, you can easily tune in tonight, because each episode is about a different aspect of American life. Continue reading »

Jeanne Tripplehorn hadn’t heard of Criminal Minds before being cast
Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love) has been cast on the upcoming eighth season of Criminal Minds, but admits she hadn’t heard of the show before going to audition for it. Tripplehorn will play Alex Blake, a linguistics expert who joins the Behavioral Analysis Unit. Tripplehorn told the Huffington Post: “I’m not a fan of these type of shows, and [the producers] know that. I’d never heard of Criminal Minds until it came my way…[but] when I was younger, I used to love reading about serial killers. I read Zodiac, so it kind of appealed to that side of me. I’ve always found the human mind and crime, that mix, to be incredibly interesting.”

The Voice renewed for two more seasons
NBC has renewed The Voice for two more seasons. Continue reading »