Stamos attached to new series

Actor John Stamos has signed up to feature in a new TV show called Dead Lawyers that focuses on a lawyer who is run over and ends up in ‘hell’, a law firm on Earth which is full of other dead lawyers.

Top Gear apologises for disabled parking incident

Top Gear producers have apologised for the actions of Jeremy Clarkson and James May after they parked their cars in disabled parking bay during a segment for the show. A UK disabled motoring group have complained to the BBC over the incident.

NASCAR drama in the works

US network Starz is close to ordering a pilot for a new drama centring on a woman who attempts to set up a NASCAR team. The project is entitled “Tits in the Pits”.

Lopez returning to Idol

Jennifer Lopez is said to have agreed to a $20 million deal to return to the judging line-up on American Idol alongside Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson.

Kutcher begins work on sitcom

Ashton Kutcher has officially started work on Two and a Half Men, tweeting: “First day on the new job.”

Prime Minister John Key has had to defend his appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman two years ago after TV3 claimed the PM paid for the guest spot.

Mr Key, who is also Minister of Tourism, appeared on the late night show to promote this country while he was visiting the US.

Last night, TV3 reported that Mr Key was invited only because Tourism New Zealand paid a $10,000 retainer to raise New Zealand’s profile.

But the PM refute the claims, saying the company was on a permanent retainer.

“There was no payment to Letterman. Tourism New Zealand have a public relations company, they’re on a retainer, they pay them every month, irrelevant of what I do,” he said.

“Apparently the Letterman show was one of the projects they worked on. We were invited on the show. Obviously people pushed for that, that’s how it works.

“As Minister of Tourism, it was a good thing to do. In my view it promoted New Zealand.

“But there wasn’t a payment made to Letterman, there wasn’t a payment made to get us on the show.”

Mr Key also confirmed that he was paid $250 to appear on the show. He donated the fee to a US charity.

“We didn’t pay, the only person that got paid to go on
the show was me. The reason I was paid by Letterman is that everyone is
required under the Actors Guild to be paid.”

Source: Herald

TVNZ will be airing the investigation which led to the assault on Fair Go reporter Gordon Harcourt last Friday on this week’s episode.

TVNZ spokesperson Georgie Hills confirmed that Harcourt will present a story related to the inquiry on Wednesday night but didn’t go into any detail as to whether the actual assault would be shown.

“All I will say is tune in on Wednesday night”,” Hills said.

Harcourt was investigating a 47-year-old second-hand car dealer and finance company director who targets beneficiaries and low-income earners.

Source: Herald

TVNZ’s Avalon Studios in the Hutt Valley may be sold as an empty warehouse rather than a modern television base according to reports over the weekend.

It was announced in April this year that TVNZ were going to sell the studio in 2013 with the Good Morning programme shifting up to Auckland with a potential loss of up to 12 fulltime positions.

TVNZ chief executive Rick Ellis recently met with Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins, Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace, Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy and Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard to discuss the sale.

Wallace was worried that not enough was being done to sell the studios while it was fully equipped.

“I made it quite clear that the community was not happy about the sale, but if it was going to be sold then it needed to be sold as an ongoing concern, not as an empty warehouse.”

Hipkins believes that TVNZ have underestimated the effect on the Hutt Valley community.

“When they talk about redundancies they’re only talking about permanent staff. Heaps of people work at Avalon as contractors, suppliers and so on. They’re going to be out of work too. The impact will be huge.”

TVNZ says it plans to put the studio on the market as a film or TV production facility.

The likes of What Now, Dancing with the Stars and Country Calendar have all been produced at Avalon.

Source: Stuff


Most watched

  1. One News: 732,860 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 636,700 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Dog Squad: 571,460 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. The Force: 542,790 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. My Kitchen Rules: 514,080 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Dog Squad: 571,460 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  2. The Force: 542,790 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. My Kitchen Rules: 514,080 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. The Mentalist: 491,460 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  5. Kalgoorlie Cops: 382,230 (TV3, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. The Erin Simpson Show: 138,320 (TV2, 4:30pm – 5:00pm)
  2. ONE News 4:30: 123,100 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)
  3. ONE News Midday: 115,080 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  4. Ned’s Declassified School: 109,660 (TV2, 4:05pm – 4:30pm)
  5. Emmerdale: 100,020 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 1:30pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 732,860 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Dog Squad: 571,460 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. The Force: 542,790 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Close Up: 493,610 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Criminal Minds: 303,070 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 636,700 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. My Kitchen Rules: 514,080 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. The Mentalist: 491,460 (8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  4. Body of Proof: 323,140 (9:35pm – 10:30pm)
  5. F.R.I.E.N.D.S: 170,140 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 463,650 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Kalgoorlie Cops: 382,230 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Road Cops: 366,490 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Campbell Live: 317,880 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Home and Away: 315,350 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. The Simpsons: 143,940 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. That ’70s Show: 104,870 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  3. How I Met Your Mother: 73,180 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. The Wild Thornberrys: 38,100 (7:55am – 8:25am)
  5. King Of The Hill: 36,270 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime Evening News: 188,690 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Deal or No Deal: 103,630 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  3. Masterchef USA: 96,110 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Deal Or No Deal: 94,910 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  5. True Blood: 83,310 (9:30pm – 10:40pm)

The Crowd Goes Wild: 45,230 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on Maori TV

  1. Native Affairs: 30,950 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 2

  1. NRL: 30,760 (9:05pm – 10:50pm)

Most watched on SKY Movies 1

  1. Repo Men: 61,880 (8:35pm – 10:20pm)

Most watched on TV3 Plus 1

  1. Home and Away: 24,610 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:30am – 6:55am): 89,760
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 8:00am): 162,470
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 128,590
  • 3 News Firstline (6:00am – 6:25am): 26,420
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 27,830
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 8:00am): 37,600
  • 3 News Firstline (8:00am – 8:30am): 38,010
  • AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 36,310
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 115,080
  • 3 News at 12: No information available.
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 732,860
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 463,650
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 493,610
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 317,880
  • Tonight (10:25pm – 10:55pm): 171,070
  • Nightline (10:45pm – 11:15pm): 103,690

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. The Mentalist: TV2 491460 – up from 381210 (8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  2. My Kitchen Rules: TV2 514080 – up from 465770 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Body of Proof: TV2 323140 – up from 289270 (9:35pm – 10:30pm)
  4. Deal Or No Deal: PRIME 94910 – up from 74900 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  5. Breakfast: TV ONE 162470 – up from 145450 (7:00am – 8:00am)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. One News: TV ONE 732860 – down from 900700 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. ONE News Midday: TV ONE 115080 – down from 235260 (12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  3. Road Cops: TV3 366490 – down from 473020 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Shortland Street: TV2 636700 – down from 739030 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Close Up: TV ONE 493610 – down from 583670 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)


  1. Criminal Minds: TV ONE (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Masterchef USA: PRIME (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. 12 Rounds: TV3 (8:30pm – 10:45pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • TV ONE: 26.8%
  • SKY Network: 23.4%
  • TV2: 19.8%
  • TV3: 17.2%
  • PRIME: 4.7%
  • Other TV Channels: 3.6%
  • FOUR: 3.3%
  • Maori TV: 0.4%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

Grey’s premiere to follow on from finale

Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes has confirmed that the eighth season premiere will pick up just days after the finale of season seven. “We only pick up five days after the finale ended,” Rhimes told TV Line. “We pick up pretty much where we left off.”

Baldwin lands Hawaii Five-0 role

William Baldwin has signed on to feature in a multi-episode arc in Hawaii Five-0 where he will play a homicide detective who was forced to leave the force after accusations of corruption.

Glee actor replaces Daniel Radcliffe

Glee actor Darren Criss will replace Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe in the Broadway production of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Michalka to guest on CSI: NY

Actress Aly Michalka has signed up for a guest role in CSI: NY to play a rocker who may be involved in a murder. Michalka has appeared in the likes of Easy A and The Roommate.

The man accused of assaulting Fair Go reporter Gordon Harcourt has now been charged with intentionally damaging a camera.

The 47-year-old company director, who was originally charged with assault, will appear in Tauranga District Court on Thursday.

Detective Sergeant Darryl Brazier told the Bay of Plenty Times that after a review of the file a second charge of intentional damage has been laid.

Footage from the camera in question is to be used as evidence so it’s unlikely that TV One will screen the segment on this Wednesday’s episode.

Read the original story here.

Source: Herald

TV ONE’s iconic Te Reo news programme, Te Karere will carry English subtitles on its live 4pm bulletin from today.

The decision to put closed captions on the 4pm programme is in response to the growing demand from non Maori speaking viewers to be able to appreciate and understand the programme thus making it accessible to a much larger audience of both Maori and non-Maori alike.

“We receive emails and letters every day from viewers wanting to be able to understand Te Karere so we hope the move will extend our reach to a non Maori speaking audience and therefore expect it to have a positive effect on ratings. We’re not sure of how many new viewers this may bring at this stage,” says Te Karere’s Executive Producer, Shane Taurima.

Te Karere is presented by Scotty Morrison (professor of Te Reo at UNITEC) and averages around 60,000 viewers daily at 4pm.  When it replays later on TV ONE and TVNZ 7 it carries English subtitles.

“This initiative has taken three years to come to fruition because of financial and technology issues and we’d like to thank NZ On-Air for funding this to make it possible now.

“The captioning will also mean deaf and hearing-impaired caption users will also be able to understand Te Karere.

The subtitles are closed – they will not appear on screen unless the viewer selects captions to be on in caption menu. Instructions about how to do this are on Te Karere’s webpage.

A last ditch plea from New Zealand on Air has failed to stop two home-grown dramas from going head-to-head in the same timeslot on Wednesday nights.

The two NZ On Air-funded series, TV One’s Nothing Trivial and TV3’s Underbelly NZ: Land of the Long Green Cloud, will both screen in the primetime 8.30pm timeslot on Wednesday nights on their respective channels.

NZ On Air chief executive Jane Wrightson met with TV3 bosses last week to attempt to avoid the shows clashing during the week.

“It’s a fiercely competitive environment amongst the networks but I don’t think it’s toxic. I am convinced there weren’t any underhand tactics involved and if there were it would be a different story.

“We are disappointed they will be screening together but we understand the positions of both parties.

“There could have been a bit more thought there.”

MediaWorks TV programming chief Kelly Martin said the move wasn’t deliberate and that the timeslot had been decided months ago.

“We can’t do a lot more to change it without creating a whole lot more drama,” she said.

“I find it works better for us if we focus on what is working for us. [TVNZ] get a bit more wound up about us than we do about them.”

Source: Herald

TVNZ may not air the episode of Fair Go in which presenter Gordon Harcourt was assaulted due to the matter heading to the courts.

Harcourt was allegedly assaulted on Friday in Mt Maunganui while filming a segment with a cameraman for the TV One series.

A 47-year-old company director who has been the subject of a Fair Go investigation has been charged with the assault and will appear in Tauranga District Court on Thursday.

TVNZ spokesperson Andi Brotherston said the broadcaster’s legal team will make a decision on whether or not to screen the episode within the next couple of days.

Harcourt’s former Fair Go colleague Kevin Milne said it is surprising nothing like this has happened sooner due to the nature of the show.

“The astounding thing is it hasn’t happened more often,” Milne said.

“When you think of some of the situations we were in it just astounds me there wasn’t more aggro of that type.

“You’d get plenty of people fronting up with their fists.

“Maybe the younger ones like Gordy who are fronting up got it instead of me because I was such an old bugger and they probably had a sneaking respect for the elderly.”

Harcourt suffered a bleeding nose, black eye and suspected concussion but is said to be expected back at work this week.

Source: Herald