London 2012 Olympics – Thursday August 2

MORNING:

Canoeing
K1 men’s slalom semis and final (Mike Dawson) from 12.30am

Hockey:
Men’s v India, 12.45am

Football:
Oly Whites v Brazil, 1.30am

Cycling
Road – Men’s time trial 1.33am
(Jack Bauer) Continue reading »

Sky TV has said the timing of an ad break during the tense live coverage of the equestrian at the Olympics was “unfortunate”.

Following Mark Todd’s medal-securing ride, the footage was interrupted and the picture was lost. Sky chose to cut to an ad break while Prime remained on the air and the picture soon came right.

The timing of the break was unfortunate as the British and German riders were up next, with their rides confirmed what colour medal New Zealand would receive.

Sky returned to the live coverage during the German’s ride, with viewers unsure of how the British had done. Continue reading »

I’m planning on watching Olympico and Grand Designs Revisited

If you’re a Leigh Hart fan, Comedy Central is screening his new show, Olympico, at 9pm tonight. Leigh and his team travel to London to experience all the sports action, personalities and colour of the London 2012 Olympics. Should be amusing (and probably cringeworthy!)

Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design screens on the Discovery Channel at 8.30pm tonight. In this documentary, Professor Stephen Hawking tackles the most personal, yet cosmic, of questions: Is there a meaning to our lives? Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Body of Proof: 38670 (TV2, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. The Mentalist: 35720 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. NCIS: 28000 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Hawaii Five-O: 21920 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. First Crossings: 17900 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm) Continue reading »

The Brady Bunch reboot in the pipeline

Actor Vince Vaughan is currently developing a reboot of the popular 1970s sitcom, The Brady Bunch. The show would follow a divorced Bobby Brady, with children of his own, who marries a woman, who also has kids from a previous relationship.

Ricky Gervais launching ‘Learn English’ web series

Ricky Gervais has posted on his website that he’s recently finished filming the first episode of his brand new online show called Learn English With Ricky Gervais.  Continue reading »

Six people embark on fascinating journeys to discover their family roots in the latest season of TATAI HONO, starting Saturday August 4 at 8.00pm on Maori Television.

The 13-part series helps people who have lost the knowledge of their tribal affiliations, language and culture to reconnect with their Maori origins.

Producer Nicola Smith, of Brave Star Films, says the series gives people the opportunity to explore their history, tribal affiliations, language and tikanga with the help of experienced researchers. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. Shortland Street: 683,770 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. One News: 607,820 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Coastwatch: 529,600 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Highway Cops: 496,520 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Close Up: 468,070 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

New Zealand television: It’s an ongoing source of plenty of complaints among the TV-watching community in this country. So many Facebook pages and online forums for our TV stations are full of complaints about how New Zealand television is being ‘dumbed down’ and there’s not enough ‘quality’ shows on TV in New Zealand.

But why do we continue to have so many so-called ‘dumb’, and poor-quality shows here? Easy answer: because they rate so highly. So many of us berate shows such as ‘Embarassing Bodies’, ‘Two and a Half Men’, ‘Neighbours at War’, and pretty much all New Zealand ‘reality’ shows, yet they continue to be scheduled again and again. Continue reading »

London 2012 Olympics – Wednesday August 1

MORNING:

Football:
Football Ferns v Cameroon, 6,45am

Equestrian:
Individual show jumping ends 2:35am
Andrew Nicholson, fourth place (4 penalty points). Jonathan Paget, 10th place (1 penalty point). Mark Todd, 12th (8 penalty points).

Swimming
Night session 6.30am-8.15am
Men’s 200m breaststroke semis (Glenn Snyders) – 7.17am Continue reading »

Questionable Olympic coverage seems to be a bit of a talking point right now especially when it comes to the US coverage on NBC.

The network shot itself in the foot on Monday night by giving away the result of a major swimming final featuring American Missy Franklin before it had screened its delayed coverage of the race.

Just minutes before the start of the race, NBC ran a promo for the following morning’s Today show featuring shots of Franklin with her gold medal and a voice-over saying: “When you’re 17 years old and win your first gold medal, there’s nobody you’d rather share it with.” Continue reading »