On Sunday night, TV One will announce the winner of the second season of New Zealand’s Got Talent. I predict it will be the youngest contestant on the show, 11 year old Jessie Hillel.  Here is my reasoning.

For many years I have been highly suspicious of the Got Talent format.  During the first season of the UK version, where the now world famous Paul Potts was uncovered, the final act to perform during any semi final or final was the one that received the public vote.  Over their six seasons, 59% of winners performed last while 88% of winners performed in the last 3 spots.  This is due to a very short voting window which favours those acts. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. The Mentalist: 32720 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  2. New Girl: 30520 (FOUR, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Body of Proof: 25020 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 24130 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Trek Spy on the Wildebeest: 13010 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:40pm) Continue reading »

Here’s some sad news for sports fans to cry over.

TV3 have confirmed to us that Sports Tonight has been cancelled.

Sports Tonight will not be returning to TV3 in 2013.

Sports Tonight content will be folded into Nightline as appropriate, and we are seeking to redeploy staff elsewhere in the News and Current Affairs division. Continue reading »

HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI, Maori Television’s original grassroots talent show, returns for the festive season with two special shows screening on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day at 8.30pm.

The festivities kick off on December 24 at 8.30pm with a show hosted by award-winning presenter Matai Smith, along with Pikiteora Mura-Hita and Brent Mio.

The trio will host a “paki style” Christmas at the beach with the rest of the HOMAI TE PAKIPAKI crew as they reminisce over special performances by entertainers including the Paki Quartet, Maisey Rika, Deane Waretini, Petra Rijnbeek and Sammy J. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 602,640 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Dog Squad: 593,770 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Coastwatch: 572,520 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 537,750 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Trek Spy on the Wildebeest: 440,520 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:40pm) Continue reading »

When Rachel Hunter said to New Zealand’s Got Talent finalists, J Geeks, “I hope that you get the opportunity to go show the world…” they should have replied:

“Yeah, nah, don’t worry, J Geek vs the World is coming soon to TV3″.

Their new show, from the makers of The GC, has been in development for TV3 for over a year.

J Geek vs The World received $20,000 in development funding from New Zealand On Air prior to TVNZ being granted $1.6m in funding for New Zealand’s Got Talent and has received an additional funding of $6,500 since then.

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Misfits creator penning movie script

Misfits creator Howard Overman has confirmed that a first draft script has been completed for e potential film version of the UK series. “I’ve written the first draft of the script and we’ll see what happens,” Overman said. “If it happens, it will involve past and present characters, I’m not allowed to give away anything more than that.”

Cee Lo Green heading to Anger Management

The Voice’s Cee Lo Green will join Charlie Sheen on his new sitcom Anger Management. The talent judge and rapper will play a “heightened” version of himself on the show. Continue reading »

Chris Lilley has confirmed today that he will have a new mockumentary series out next year.

The Australian told UK website Digital Spy that while details of his new project can’t be revealed at the moment, it will be similar to his previous series We Can be Heroes, Summer Heights High and Angry Boys.

“I’m well underway with a new project and I’m keeping it a bit of a secret and under wraps for now. It’s along the same lines as my other shows We Can Be Heroes, Angry Boys and Summer Heights High,” Lilley said.

“It’s a mockumentary style and I’ll play the characters. It’s looking really cool. That should be on the BBC next year hopefully. I don’t control when they put it on, but that’s when we want it to happen. Continue reading »

Three major Neighbours characters will be leaving Ramsay Street next year.

Jordan Smith (Andrew), Ben Barber (Rhys) and Kaiya Jones (Sophie) will all depart the Aussie soap in 2013.

The news was confirmed on the official Neighbours Twitter page: “Yes they are [leaving]. We’ll miss those guys!”

Smith, who has been on the show since 2009, tweeted: “Thanks for tweets everyone. Awesome three n half years and now on to the next adventure.” Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Homeland: 44170 (TV3, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  2. Private Practice: 38480 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:40pm)
  3. Grey’s Anatomy: 32720 (TV2, 8:40pm – 9:35pm)
  4. Unforgettable: 26240 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. Shortland Street: 23950 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »