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Movie director Michael Bay was to discuss Samsung’s new curved HDTV at CES today but ended up embarrassingly walking off stage in less than 2 minutes after the teleprompter failed him and he was unable to wing it.

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Hot Set (Four, 7.30pm)
The reality competition, in which contestants are asked to create movie sets to a particular theme, is starting to heat up with only two episodes left. Tonight, the contestants are asked to put their spin on the serial killer lair. Creepy! Continue reading »


Firstline and 3 news at 12 return back on Monday the 20th of Jan – Sacha McNeil and Michael Wilson front the morning news show for 2014. At present, a 3 news special is airing at 10:30pm weeknights where the Paul Henry show will eventually takeover on the 3rd of February –

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Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Red Widow: 57660 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  2. Undercover Boss: 23030 (TV ONE, 8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Secrets of Henry VIII’s Palace: 23000 (PRIME, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  4. The Big Bang Theory: 20470 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Shearing Gang: 13530 (PRIME, 8:00pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »

60-minutesThe Poynter Institute has named 60 Minutes’ Benghazi report as the worst media error of 2013 from the seemingly increasing list of mainstream media botch-ups.

As is often the case with Error of the Year, the award is given partly because of the mistake itself, and partly because of the mistake’s fallout.

In late October “60 Minutes” aired a report that called into question the official version of what happened when the U.S. diplomatic compound was attacked in Benghazi, Libya. At the core of the story was a source, Dylan Davies, who worked as a security contractor for the State Department. Davies had a book coming out that purported to share new facts about what happened that night, and what he did.

Problem one: he lied to the show about what he did and saw, thereby making a core piece of evidence in the “60 Minutes” counter-narrative false and undercutting the entire segment. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 585,640 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Australia’s Got Talent: 461,190 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 8:40pm)
  3. Undercover Boss: 282,820 (TV ONE, 8:40pm – 9:40pm)
  4. The Middle: 256,420 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. 3 News: 253,270 (TV3, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)

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Today’s clue in who has died on Shortland Street is an email from Bella Cooper to Lance Mansfield:

From: Bella Cooper
Date: 20th December 2013 17:16
To: Lance Mansfield
Subject: Re: minute of your time

Please stop contacting me. I have told the police everything I know and have nothing further I want to say to you or anyone else about the incident. Please respect my privacy and the privacy of my friends and family while we grieve our loss.

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20140107-morningbriefingThe Mighty Boosh reunite for tour, movie

The cult comedy duo, made up of Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, confirmed in an interview with the UK’s Mail On Sunday that they are heading out on a tour of the UK in early 2014, and that will possibly lead to a new movie. “We’ll be working on material that hopefully could make a movie,” Barratt said. “We want to make something great for the fans.” This is the first tour for the Boosh since 2009. The Mighty Boosh’s final season aired in 2007. Continue reading »

Thanks to everyone who got in touch with me yesterday about wanting to contribute to Throng in 2014.  If you’re still thinking about it, my inbox isn’t full yet.

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