TVNZ will launch a ‘plus one’ channel on the frequency now occupied by TVNZ 7, from July 1 2012.

The new channel will be an exact duplicate of TV ONE, broadcast an hour later.

Changing viewer habits have seen time-shifted channels develop as an internationally-established method of meeting viewer demands for greater flexibility – especially with News and Current Affairs.  Long working hours, shift work and traffic problems have had an impact on the numbers able to watch the evening news in its traditional time slot, and there is now an identifiable global trend towards time-shifting by consumers. Continue reading »

After it was rumoured last month, Anna Hutchison officially has been added to the cast of Spartacus for its third season.

The kiwi actress, known for her roles in Go Girls, Shortland Street and most recently Cabin in the Woods, is among three newcomers to the show.

Hutchison will play the role of Laeta, the privileged wife of a Roman dignitary.

Another NZ actress, Gwendoline Taylor, will also join the cast alongside Australian Jenna Lind. Continue reading »

Misfits loses another character

Misfits actress Lauren Socha has joined the exodus and will not return to the show for the fourth season. The actress, who plays Kelly, is the fourth original cast member to leave the show.

24 actress joins Grey’s Anatomy

Former 24 actress Mary Lynn Rajskub has landed a role on Grey’s Anatomy. The actress is best known for playing Chloe O’Brian on 24 but has also appeared in the likes of Modern Family and Little Miss Sunshine. Continue reading »

TV3 is adding to its thought-provoking Sunday morning line-up with brand new current affairs show Three60, a dynamic look at the week’s major international politics and business events from around the world, hosted by Mike McRoberts.

Premiering on Sunday, May 6th at 9am, Three60 screens after TV3′s in-depth weekly current affairs programme The Nation. It is followed by Think Tank, a fresh, solution-focussed discussion of the issues that matter to New Zealanders, hosted by John Tamihere. All three programmes are available on demand at

Director of News and Current Affairs, Mark Jennings, describes the new Sunday morning line-up as a block of thoughtful programming that will appeal to viewers who want a broader range of quality programmes.
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TV3 has announced its highly anticipated documentary telefeature on the 1967 Strongman Mine explosion will screen at 7pm, Sunday, 13 May.

At 10.04am on January 19, 1967, an explosion ripped through the Greens Section of the Strongman Mine, on the West Coast of the South Island. Nineteen men were killed, 15 bodies were recovered on the same day, two more two weeks later and two were never found. The tight-knit West Coast community was devastated and many still bear the scars today.

Now, after 45 years, the largely untold story of the Strongman Mine tragedy is the subject of a major telefeature produced for TV3 by Paula McTaggart from A Bigger Picture Ltd in association with Gaylene Preston Productions, with funding from the prestigious New Zealand On Air Platinum Fund. Continue reading »

The GC‘s pilot ratings came in with an estimated 370,660 watching the show.

It was the most-watched show on TV3 last night, with about 30,000 more viewers than 3 News.

How does this rating compare?

You could rightly point out that both TV2 and TV ONE had more people watching their shows on at the same time.

You could wonder why more people watched The GC last night than have ever tuned in to an episode of The Almighty Johnsons, or why more people watched The GC’s pilot than any episode this season of Go Girls, or why Outrageous Fortune didn’t achieve that sort of viewership until series three.

Or why only one episode of Campbell Live in the past year (Wheee! Live snow in Wellington!) had more people tune in than The GC‘s debut.

Or why only the season finale of New Zealand’s Next Top Model last year had more people watching than The GC.

Food for thought for “unpopular” headlines.

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Sons Of Anarchy: 43620 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:50pm)
  2. The Big Bang Theory: 42100 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:05pm)
  3. The Almighty Johnsons: 42060 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Castle: 36880 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. World’s Deadliest Roads: 33850 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 684,830 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 599,070 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. Fair Go: 593,900 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Close Up: 529,830 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Animal Rescue: 512,370 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »

TVNZ has this morning announced that Rawdon Christie will be the new weekday co-host of Breakfast.

Christie is currently hosting the Saturday edition of the show, with Toni Street.  He replaces Corin Dann in the Monday to Friday slot as Dann leaves to take up the post of TVNZ’s Political Editor.

“We are very pleased to have secured Rawdon in this full time role of Breakfast co-host,” says Editor of Daily Programmes John Gillespie.  “Rawdon has the kind of journalistic integrity, insight and personality that our viewers really enjoy.” Continue reading »

Lost creator open to continuation

Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof has said that he isn’t against someone continuing the show in some form. “It’s been two years [since the show ended] and we told the story we wanted to tell. I do feel like the world has not seen the end of Lost but I’m not going to have any involvement.”

HIMYM may end after season eight

How I Met Your Mother actress Cobie Smulders has hinted that the sitcom may end next year after its eighth season. Continue reading »