I’m planning on watching The Ridges

Let the controversy commence! The Ridges premieres on TV3 tonight at 7.30pm. This show has certainly generated a lot of outrage before it’s even begun, and TV3 has lapped it all up – even using the stream of abuse on the promo for the show!

Dislike them you may, but you must admit that they’re rather brave to put themselves out there, knowing the backlash and mean comments it would generate. So I’ll give the show a chance and watch the first episode, at least, to see what it’s like. Continue reading »

Emmy Awards presenters announced

The 2012 Emmy Awards organisers have announced who will be presenting awards on 23 September (24 September, NZ time): Louis C.K., Ricky Gervais, Ginnifer Goodwin, Mindy Kaling, Jim Parsons and Amy Poehler have the honours. As previously announced, Jimmy Kimmel will be the host.

Mae Whitman returning to Arrested Development

Mae Whitman, who played George Michael’s (Michael Cera) girlfriend Ann on Arrested Development, will make an appearance on upcoming fourth season. Continue reading »

NBC’s decision to to skip a 9/11 tribute and go instead with a Kardashian interview deserves a 2 minutes silence in itself. The seemingly unstoppable invasion of the vacuous, untalented and self-obsessed in the genre of entertainment programming is tragic enough, but for it to  encroach into the News and Current affairs arena is simply deplorable.

This morning I happened upon a programme screening on the E Channel entitled ‘Mel B, It’s a scary world’, and indeed it was.  A series dedicated to an incredibly needy woman who spends her entire life time getting made-up to go out to events where she can position herself front and centre. In one interminable scene we see Mel ‘shopping’, something that for most of us involves parting with money, however for the woman who has made millions from her pop career the idea that she should pay for anything is quite offensive. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. The Mentalist: 30710 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  2. Natural World: 26640 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:40pm)
  3. One Born Every Minute: 21880 (TV ONE, 9:40pm – 10:40pm)
  4. My Kitchen Rules: 20830 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  5. Special Victims Unit: 19210 (TV3, 9:35pm – 10:35pm) Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 712,040 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Coastwatch: 624,720 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 596,580 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Dog Squad: 574,900 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. My Kitchen Rules: 508,690 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:35pm) Continue reading »

Hello, just letting you know that I’m going to be talking on Radio Rhema this morning at 10:10am about reality TV in New Zealand.

X Factor headphones coming

The X Factor USA has partnered with Sony to create X Factor-branded headphones. The silver and red headphones will feature throughout the new season of the show in the US.

Merlin actor joins new pirate drama

Merlin actor Tom Hopper has been added to the cast of Michael Bay’s new pirate drama series Black Sails. Continue reading »

I’m planning on watching Valkyrie

Tom Cruise’s movie Valkyrie is playing on Prime tonight at 8.35pm. I haven’t seen this movie – it’s not one I would have paid to see at the movies (I’m sure a lot of people out there would feel the same way!) – but it’s still one I’d like to see.

As I recall, it didn’t get very good reviews, but Tom Cruise intrigues me, so I’d like to judge for myself how he performs in this movie. He stars as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an officer whose plot to assassinate Hitler comes unfurled during the height of World War II. Continue reading »

Alec Baldwin wants a spot on Portlandia

Alec Baldwin has told Portlandia star Fred Armisen he would like to guest-star on the quirky comedy. Baldwin joked he could play the part of a meat salesman.

SNL adds three new cast members

With the departure of Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg and Abby Elliott on Saturday Night Live, some big shoes were left to fill. Producers have now chosen the three people to replace them: Aidy Bryant (a stage performer), Tim Robinson (who also has a part on a new CBS comedy called Friend Me) and Cecily Strong (a sketch veteran). Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Unforgettable: 52360 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Grey’s Anatomy: 17140 (TV2, 8:40pm – 9:40pm)
  3. Grimm: 16290 (FOUR, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. American Horror Story: 14790 (FOUR, 9:30pm – 10:20pm)
  5. Beyond The Darklands: 13880 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm) Continue reading »