It’s the show that’s going to make an ordinary New Zealanders dream come true and change their life forever.  These are the immortal words that opened New Zealand’s Got Talent tonight and while it would be great to take on the primary sponsors slogan and believe, history would suggest we shouldn’t.  But while the over-promising and under-performing eventualities exist, New Zealand’s Got Talent is a new opportunity for TVNZ to prove that the lessons have been learnt and this time they’ve finally got it right.  With the production team behind Masterchef New Zealand at the helm, one can only assume that they’ve got a handle on the concept that success breeds success so for NZGT to do well, it really needs to do well.

Out of the gate, NZGT, as it shall henceforth be known, delivered the goods.  Despite Billy’s Brass Band kicking off the show as his first gig, it was entertaining, albeit absolute rubbish.  When Jason Kerrison gave him a yes, the room I was in went cold as I dreaded the thought that he was serious about looking for that standard of winner. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. CSI Miami: 33620 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  2. CSI:NY: 24820 (TV3, 8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Hyundai Country Calendar: 19830 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Pay It Forward: 15200 (TV2, 8:35pm – 11:05pm)
  5. Midsomer Murders: 13240 (PRIME, 8:40pm – 10:40pm) Continue reading »

I’m planning on watching New Zealand’s Got Talent and Ghost Town

I’m really really hoping that there is at least SOME talent in New Zealand, when I watch New Zealand’s Got Talent tonight (TV One, 7.30pm). The likes of NZ Idol fills me with dread…!

However, the promos seem to suggest that there are some talented people out there, so fingers crossed. Judges Rachel Hunter, Jason Kerrison and Ali Campbell kick off the search tonight.

Also screening tonight is Ghost Town (TV3, 8.30pm), starring Ricky Gervais. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. Hyundai Country Calendar: 613,660 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. One News: 594,210 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Intl Rugby Championship: 521,280 (SKY Sport 1, 7:35pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Intl Rugby Champs Pre Game: 509,260 (SKY Sport 1, 7:25pm – 7:35pm)
  5. Intl Rugby Championship: 321,210 (PRIME, 9:15pm – 11:10pm) Continue reading »

I’m planning on watching The All Blacks vs Argentina

The All Blacks take on Argentina in Wellington tonight (SKY Sport 1 at 7.25pm, or Prime at 8.40pm), and I’ll be watching. It will be interesting to see if Graham Henry has made any difference to the Argentinian team already. I hope they’re at least competitive.

If you fancy a movie tonight, SKY Movies is playing The Next Three Days at 8.30pm, starring Russell Crowe. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of this movie…maybe it was a straight-to-DVD one. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 613,420 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 448,740 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. The Big Bang Theory: 441,250 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Close Up: 428,830 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Two and a Half Men: 425,810 (TV2, 8:00pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »

Last week Prime News anchor Eric Young was cleared by Sky News Australia following his now infamous tweet regarding Belarusian shot-putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk, who cheated Valerie Adams out of a gold medal in London.

Following news of Ostapchuk’s positive drugs test, Young called her a “f***ing cheating cow” on Twitter and told her to “hand it [the gold medal] over you b****”.

He later deleted the tweet and said: “Sorry if some of you didn’t appreciate my passionate language but the truth is, Val had her moment stolen by a cheat.” Continue reading »

Sally Ridge’s former partner Adam Parore wants to set the record straight and confirm that it was him who said no to his two young children taking part in the TV3 reality series The Ridges.

The former NZ cricketer, who is the father to Ridge’s 9 and 5-year-old sons Astin and Mclane, told the Herald that it wasn’t Ridge who excluded the kids from taking part.

“Sally wanted our kids to be involved and proposed filming them in their school environment, but I thought that was insane. It’s not appropriate for a 5-year-old and a 9-year-old to be in a reality television show,” Parore said. Continue reading »

Word is going around that The Almighty Johnsons has been given the axe following two great seasons on TV3.

The news is yet to be confirmed by TV3 but several cast members and the show’s creator have said that the show’s future looks bleak.

Emmett Skilton, who plays the role of Axl (Odin), said on Twitter: “Sadly friends, Odins quest has ended for now.. It was such a great pleasure to create and share the world with each and every one of you.”

Series creator James Griffin said that ideas to wrap up the second season cliffhanger in the form of a third season or telemovie were declined by TV3. Continue reading »

During the third auction of Ginny & Rhys’ house on The Block NZ last night, the couple bidding on the house at the back of the ballroom appeared to be saying no to the man calling their bids. When the auctioneer pressed them to add another thousand, the woman (about 0:29) in the video is shaking her head.  The auctioneer calls for another thousand and it looks to me as though the bidder says no and shakes his head but the man calling his bid puts his hand up anyway.  There is a brief glimpse of the bidder’s face who seems surprised (0:40) but that’s the last we see of him.

What do you think?