I’m planning on watching New Zealand’s Got Talent and Man Of The House

Episode two of NZ’s Got Talent screens tonight on TV One at 7.30pm. The second episode of any new show is always the most telling of how it will go for the rest of the series. For the first episode, lots of people tune in just to see what it’s like, but the test is whether the audience will come back for the second. I would be surprised if it didn’t do really well again. There may not be quite as many people watching it, but I think it was entertaining enough for most people to keep watching.

I really want a ‘wow’ moment tonight, though. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. Hyundai Country Calendar: 615,420 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. One News: 611,140 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Intl Rugby Championship: 544,670 (SKY Sport 1, 7:35pm – 9:15pm)
  4. Intl Rugby Champs Pre Game: 485,480 (SKY Sport 1, 7:25pm – 7:35pm)
  5. Intl Rugby Champs Post Game: 358,860 (SKY Sport 1, 9:15pm – 9:50pm) Continue reading »

I’m planning on watching Vitus and the All Blacks vs South Africa

There’s a lovely-looking movie on Maori Television tonight at 8.30pm called Vitus. It tells the story of a young boy called Vitus, who is gifted. His demanding parents have a plan to make him (and them) famous and rich by making him become a pianist.

However, one day Vitus decides he is no longer willing to do as his parents tell him, and he decides to follow his own dream. The boy who plays Vitus, Teo Gheorghiu, is a piano prodigy in real life.

I will, of course, also be watching the rugby tonight, as the All Blacks take on South Africa in Dunedin Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Coronation Street: 42570 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 25590 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. The Big Bang Theory: 23580 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. The Royal Bodyguard: 20930 (TV ONE, 10:15pm – 10:55pm)
  5. Miranda: 15730 (TV ONE, 9:00pm – 9:40pm) Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 622,940 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 448,620 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 429,690 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Close Up: 424,540 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. The Big Bang Theory: 364,940 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:00pm) Continue reading »

The Manufacturing Crisis.

- Jenee Tibshraeny reports from Kawerau — once the Government’s manufacturing showpiece now the country’s welfare capital on the latest redundancies at the paper mill.
- Natasha Smith reports from Whangarei on the bright future facing one of the country’s super yacht builders — part of the marine industry, now our biggest manufacturing industry.
- Kawerau Mayor Malcolm Campbell is with Rachel.
- EPMU National Secretary also with Rachel
- Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce is with Rachel.
- The Media Panel is Bill Ralston and NewstalkZB’s Susan Wood. (Brian is still lost in Italy). Continue reading »

On Q+A this Sunday, the two main men of New Zealand politics, Prime Minister John Key and Leader of the Opposition David Shearer.

Back from the APEC summit, we’ll talk to the Prime Minister about the economic conditions at home and abroad. What did he see in Asia and, given our modern reliance on those markets, should we be worried? What can National do to bolster the economy here? And after this week’s historic hui, what’s the next step in the water rights debate? Who’s going to blink first?

Then David Shearer, on what Labour would do differently. Does it have a plan for jobs and growth? Where does it stand on water ownership? And after his speech on education this week, is Labour on the move? Continue reading »

After the appalling record of past TV Talent shows in New Zealand to deliver careers for the winners, the moment I learnt that Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand was to sign a recording contract with the winner, I wanted to find out what level of commitment they had to the show.

I called SMENZ’s Managing Director Kim Boshier to press her on whether this was going to be more lip service from the New Zealand recording industry or if, finally, we were going to see the industry make the most of the opportunity. Continue reading »

The wait is over!  The first local version of global television phenomenon The X Factor is coming to TV3 in 2013.

Put on the global map by music mogul Simon Cowell, The X Factor is the world’s largest music show and pits contestants against each other in the search for a person or group to sign a recording contract with Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand.

Now, New Zealanders will have the chance to put their singing talent to the test.   From Invercargill to Kaitaia, The X Factor NZ will travel the length and breadth of the country, with one goal – to discover the next great New Zealand recording artist. Continue reading »

I’m planning on watching Longford and The X Factor USA

There’s an HBO film on Soho tonight at 8.30pm called Longford. It tells the true story of British Lord Longford, who befriended one of Britain’s most notorious criminals, child murderess Myra Hindley.

The very talented Jim Broadbent plays Lord Longford. I think this will be a good film.

I will definitely be watching The X Factor USA again tonight (TV3, 7.30pm). Oh boy, the standard of talent on this show is very, very high, and the first episode was very entertaining! Continue reading »