Romano joins Parenthood

Everybody Loves Raymond actor Ray Romano will feature in an ongoing role in Parenthood’s next season.

Friend cast in Homeland

Homeland has added Rupert Friend to the cast for its second season later this year. The actor will play a CIA analyst. Continue reading »

After a very short six weeks, The GC has ended but before all those teary-eyed snivelers can finally put their handkerchiefs away I’d like to say a few words.

The GC was absolutely brilliant television.  It should win awards and accolades, if not for its storytelling, for its ability to set up the entire demographic outside of its target and have them gnashing their teeth.  The pilot had old, Pakeha media commentators frothing at the mouth over a single episode which they assumed would be representative of the entire series.  They whined about the pitch.  They complained about the investment.  If there was some way they could justify the fact that television shows should only be made for their demographic, they found it.

By the time the second week came around and the lives of the cast returned to normal, it was less about partying and more about, surprise surprise, being a Maori living on the Gold Coast.  It didn’t take long to realise that the producers had performed one of the biggest publicity stunts in New Zealand television history, and all those media commentators had taken the bait. Continue reading »

Angry Boys creator Chris Lilley has had his Facebook privileges revoked after posting a “sneaky nuts” photo of a fan on his page.

The Australian comedian tweeted that he had been ”banned from Facebook cause [sic] someone reported a nuts pic”.

Lilley’s comedy series Angry Boys features his characters of Nathan and Daniel taking part in what they call “sneaky nuts”, which is exposing your genitals in an otherwise normal photo. Continue reading »

Flight of the Conchords have added a third Auckland show to their current New Zealand tour.

Jemaine and Bret will now play at the Vector Arena on Saturday, June 30, as well as the Friday and Sunday.

“In response to nationwide demand, this Vector Arena show will be the final announcement of the tour – there are simply no dates left to play,” they said in a statement. Continue reading »

Transmission of TVNZ 7 will cease at midnight on the evening of Saturday June 30.

The TVNZ 7 website will close at the same time, but the TVNZ 7 Learning Hub website and resources will continue to be available online until 2013.

The current commissioned series hosted by Tim Wilson – The Big Idea – will be available on TVNZ Ondemand following the closure of the channel. Continue reading »

I’m planning on watching The GC and The Big Bang Theory

Hands up who has actually been watching The GC? (TV3, 8pm). I have to admit that I sometimes have it on in the background if I’m doing something else (like checking Facebook), and then more often than not, I actually start watching it.

Last week’s episode certainly had plenty of the cultural factor that TV3 has been promising would feature more in the show, as DJ Tuini visited New Zealand to find out about her background. It was actually quite an emotional episode! I was watching it with my sister, and we both agreed that when set in New Zealand, the show is far better than usual, as we get to see ‘real’ people; not just the bronzed, buff, slightly plastic-looking folk of the Gold Coast. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. NCIS: 32520 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. GCB: 24400 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  3. Suburgatory: 22730 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:35pm)
  4. Law & Order: 21070 (TV3, 11:15pm – 12:15am)
  5. MasterChef New Zealand: 20760 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 9:30pm) Continue reading »

Episode 21 series 8

The success of our women’s magazines depends on their ability to speak to the hopes, fears, desires and ambitions of kiwi women.

In New Zealand the market is crowded and fiercely competitive.

NZ Women’s Weekly which celebrates 80 years of publication this week, leads a bunch of titles, which constantly seek to gazumph each other with features detailing the hatches, matches, despatches, misdemeanours and peccadilloes of local and international celebrities.

The other potent driver of magazine sales is the guilt and envy women are encouraged to feel on a range of issues from body shape and size to job satisfaction, pay parity and equality of opportunity at work. Continue reading »

Name: Sam Ackerman

Job Title: Firstline Sports Presenter

Share your favourite work story.
Being in Brisbane to see first hand the Kiwis win the world cup and witness what it meant to them and their families. Close second is being put in a headlock by WWE champion Batista.

What are your three favourite TV shows right now?
I predominantly watch sport and news – but otherwise The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show and Person of Interest. Continue reading »