Must see:

How I Met Your Mother (Four, 7.30pm)
Kudos to Four for playing new episodes of HIMYM just hours after it screens in the States. There will be a lot of happy fans of the show here in New Zealand. On tonight’s episode, following last season’s cliffhanger, which saw Ted and Victoria running off on the day of her wedding, Ted convinces Victoria to leave her husband-to-be a ‘Dear John’ letter.

Grand Designs Australia (TV3, 8.35m)
Unfortunately there’s no Kevin McCloud on the Australian version of this show, but it still should be good viewing. Continue reading »

Eric Stonestreet to return to American Horror Story
Eric Stonestreet, who appeared on season one of American Horror Story (his episode screens next Monday on Four) has signed up to appear on season two of the show, which is set at an asylum.

Big changes for Elmo on Sesame Street
As Sesame Street heads into its 43rd season, Elmo’s segment ‘Elmo’s World’ is getting phased out after 13 years. But never fear, Elmo will have a new segment called Elmo the Musical.  Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Grey’s Anatomy: 23960 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  2. Unforgettable: 22750 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. Private Practice: 18240 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  4. Beyond The Darklands: 18200 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. MasterChef Australia: 15430 (TV ONE, 4:45pm – 6:00pm) Continue reading »

This coming weekend marks a significant milestone in the conversion of the nation’s television broadcast signals from analogue to digital.  The analogue transmitters of all major broadcasters will be shut down in Hawke’s Bay and on the West Coast in the early morning of Sunday, 30 September. These will be the first regions of the country to have migrated to a fully digital television environment.

Industry and the Government have cooperated to provide an extensive programme of engagement and information to all consumers in those regions, including radio and television ads, direct mail, retail point of sale advertising, door to door discussions, group meetings and online and print advertising.  Continue reading »

Charlotte Bellis: Weekend News Anchor for Prime News – First at 5.30

Why did you decide to go into the field of broadcast journalism?
I went into broadcast journalism because the industry gives you a mix of skills to be proud of. You’re honing social skills, helping people, pushing yourself to reach high standards ethically and creatively, then backing yourself in the delivery.

What’s the most challenging news story you’ve ever worked on/been faced with?
The February 22nd earthquake. The biggest challenge was separating my personal angst having all my family and friends in Christchurch with my duties as a journalist.  Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 725,790 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Border Patrol: 704,220 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. The Force: 644,850 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:35pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 640,760 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  5. Close Up: 541,760 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

This kinda creeps me out.  After playing sister and psychotic killer brother on Shortland Street, Laura Hill and Shane Cortese have now been cast as lovers on TV One’s Nothing Trivial.

Over the past week or so a couple of old TV sitcoms have staged reunions to bring their casts back together, if only for a day.

Last weekend Full House celebrated its 25th anniversary and the majority of the cast came together to celebrate the milestone.

The show ran for eight season between 1987 and 1995 and featured the likes of Bob Saget, John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (who both missed the reunion). Continue reading »

Fey describes Ryan Lochte’s role on 30 Rock

Tina Fey has dropped a few hints regarding US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s upcoming cameo on 30 Rock. Fey said on the Emmy’s red carpet: “He played – if I may use this term on television – a sex idiot. He was good at it!.”

Abrams working on new drama pilot

JJ Abrams and director Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men, Harry Potter) have teamed up for a new drama pilot for the NBC network. The drama centres on a girl with a gift or powers which are to come to fruition in seven years’ time and a man who is tasked with keeping her safe from those who want to do her harm. Continue reading »