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 »

NZ On Air is pleased to announce support for Hope and Wire, which will screen on TV3.

The Platinum Funded six-part drama series is set in Christchurch in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes.

“This is an incredibly important project” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson. “It is set around the most significant event in New Zealand’s recent history and we are pleased to commit this investment to telling a version of Christchurch’s story.” Continue reading »

What is it with our inbred desire, as kiwis, to want to find fault with everything?  Particularly when it comes to local versions of highly successful and incredibly expensive TV shows.

With New Zealand’s Got Talent returning to our screens, it appears as though there are a lot of people who were simply desperate for it to be bad.  While one New Zealand Herald reviewer desperately wanted it to be bad, and Stuff desperately wanted the ratings provided by TVNZ to be “massaged” and inflated,  people like Martyn Bradbury continue to suggest NZ On Air should only fund non-popular programming.

When #NZGT became a top trending topic on twitter, despite the blur of tweets whizzing past in the scrolling mess, numerous comments were along similar lines that the show wasn’t nearly as cringeworthy as they’d expected.  Many, in fact, were quite pleasantly surprised. Continue reading »

Once Upon A Time fans: have a look at what’s in store for season 2!

Most watched

  1. One News: 705,040 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Border Security: 633,480 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. The Force: 585,660 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 576,910 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Beyond The Darklands: 529,770 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm) Continue reading »

As many of you know, I’ve regularly commented on the use and mis-use of rating figures and the confusion over the difference between average audience and  cumulative audience (also known as reach).  An article about New Zealand’s Got Talent in Stuff does not help clear things up for readers, saying:

“While Nielsen put the average audience of the TVNZ show at 934,820 viewers, TVNZ said NZGT attracted all up over 1.4 million Kiwis”

The two figures aren’t at odds: one is the average audience (934,820) and one is the cumulative audience (1.4 million). Further, both figures are provided by Nielsen.  TVNZ quotes ratings figures provided by Nielsen.

Here’s their definitions once again: Continue reading »

New Zealand’s biggest entertainment event of 2012, New Zealand’s Got Talent, has become the most watched debut episode of a TV entertainment series in the past eight years.

Last night over 1.4 million Kiwis tuned in to watch the first episode of the talent extravaganza which showcases the best and most entertaining talent from around the country.

With 47 per cent of the available audience watching, NZGT achieved a massive 22.9 per cent rating amongst all New Zealanders aged 5 +.

In TV ONE’s target demographic of 25-54 year olds the show also scored big, with a massive 21.4 rating and attracting more than half a million viewers, out-rating all other channels in the same time zone.

During last night’s show, #NZGT was also the top trending topic on Twitter globally and continued to stay in the top ten well after the show had ended. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Offspring: 28220 (TV ONE, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  2. Nothing Trivial: 25300 (TV ONE, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  3. Prince of Persia The Sands of Time: 20470 (TV2, 8:35pm – 11:00pm)
  4. City Homicide: 17180 (TV ONE, 11:35pm – 12:30am)
  5. 60 Minutes: 13300 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:35pm) Continue reading »