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 »

Episodes gets a third season

Episodes, starring Matt Le Blanc, Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig has been renewed for a third season. Nine new episodes will be made, and it will go into production next year. 

Will.i.am to be guest-mentor

Will.i.am will be a guest mentor on The X Factor USA. He will join Britney Spears during the  judges’ homes segment of the competition Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Mrs. Brown’s Boys: 59040 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:05pm)
  2. Coronation Street: 28720 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Embarrassing Bodies: 25600 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  4. Fringe: 23970 (TV2, 10:35pm – 11:35pm)
  5. Auckland Daze: 23680 (TV ONE, 10:05pm – 10:35pm) Continue reading »

With the announcement that New Zealand is going get a local version of The X Factor, the next logical question is Who will be the judges for The X Factor New Zealand?

Let’s compile a list of suitable music industry folk who might be keen to take the job on.

Who do you think TV3 should select as judges for The X Factor New Zealand?

I have some great news for all those people who wished NZ On Air hadn’t given TVNZ $1.6m in funding for New Zealand’s Got Talent.  There will be no funding for TVNZ to produce the show in 2013.

Instead, NZ On Air has announced that they will be giving $1.6m in funding to Mediaworks for a local version of The X Factor in 2013.  Oh, I can hear the thunder of fists on desks rolling in the distance.

So this announcement means that TVNZ will either need to get their sponsors to dig deeper in order to get a third series of the phenomenally high rating show to air or put it to bed until it can secure funding again.  If TVNZ does decide to cover the costs of producing the show, rest assured the usual suspects will complain that taxpayer money is still being spent to produce television they only secretly watch.  Either way, TVNZ producing the show will draw criticism. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 678,810 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Close Up: 527,240 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Police Ten 7: 504,480 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:05pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 498,250 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Mrs. Brown’s Boys: 489,180 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:10pm) Continue reading »

NZ On Air is proud to be able to announce support for The X Factor NZ 2013.

The X Factor NZ’s search throughout the country for singing talent will be shared with audiences next year on TV3.

As a proven concept The X Factor offers a highly successful way to develop the careers of New Zealand singers and introduce them to large New Zealand audiences.

NZ On Air will be a minority investor in the ambitious programme. Continue reading »