While the kiwi version of The X Factor was only officially announced last week, there is already a strong rumour floating around regarding the potential host.

The Herald is claiming that Dominic Bowden may already have been signed to host the TV3 series.

Co-executive producer Andrew Szusterman has said that a contract has been signed with a host, although didn’t state that it was Bowden.

Bowden was of course the host of New Zealand Idol and also had presenting jobs on Are You Smarter Than a 10 Year Old? And The Next Great American Band.

Do you think Dominic Bowden would make a good X Factor host? Continue reading »

Between September 20 and October 1, 2012, MediaWorks is making a number of technical changes to the way TV3, FOUR, and C4 are broadcast.

These changes could affect your reception of TV3, FOUR and C4 and the MyFreeview series link functionality for programmes on those channels.

These changes are not part of the switch to digital TV which starts in Hawke’s Bay and the West Coast of the South Island on 30 September and continues across the rest of the country through until 1 December 2013. Continue reading »

Must watch:

Glee (Four, 7.30pm)
Hurray! Finally a channel in NZ is playing episodes of American shows almost immediately after they’ve played in the States! This first episode of the new season of Glee played just 6 days in the US, so a lot of Kiwis will be very happy to see it here so quickly. On the episode tonight, Rachel starts at NYADA, where she meets an attractive older student; and back at McKinley, the New Directions seek new recuits.

Game Of Thrones (Prime, 9.35pm)
I must confess that I’ve been watching this show for a second time (having already seen it on Soho), because it’s just that good! Continue reading »

James Brolin joins Community cast

James Brolin has joined the cast of Community, playing the estranged father of Jeff Winger (Joel McHale).

Two new stars join Supernatural

Former M*A*S*H star Mike Farrell (who played BJ) will guest-star on Supernatural on the upcoming season. Amanda Tapping (Sanctuary) will also join the cast.

Emmy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel promises ‘biggest prank ever’ Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Natural World: 42110 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  2. My Kitchen Rules: 27030 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:35pm)
  3. Special Victims Unit: 26890 (TV3, 9:35pm – 10:30pm)
  4. The Mentalist: 22720 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  5. Body of Proof: 15240 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:35pm) Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. Coastwatch: 663,010 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. One News: 652,870 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Dog Squad: 619,860 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 614,820 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Close Up: 516,110 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

Porter to guest on Grey’s Anatomy

True Blood’s Adina Porter has scored herself a guest role on the new season of Grey’s Anatomy. The actress, who played Tara’s mother Lettie Mae Thornton on True Blood, has been cast as a character called Dr Ramsey.

Homeland producer sells new drama

Homeland producer Howard Gordon has sold a new drama series to the Fox network. The former 24 showrunner will join forces with Chronicle writer Max Landis for the supernatural police drama. Continue reading »

Vodafone has had to pull a new TV ad after one of their customers was bombarded with text messages from other Vodafone users.

The ad, featuring Boy actor James Rolleston, was aimed at allowing customers to text the actor and possibly receive a reply due to the huge amount of credit he had on his plan.

“I’ve got so much credit, I could probably reply to all you right now!”, Rolleston said on the ad before a Vodafone number appeared on screen.

However, many viewers got one digit wrong in the phone number and ended up sending their messages to an innocent pre-pay customer, who began to experience issues with his phone. Continue reading »

Must watch:

Dog Squad (TV One, 8pm)
There is something strangely compelling about watching the dogs on this show do their work. They obviously quite enjoy what they do, because when they find something, they get huge praise and a reward of some sort, and the dogs often bounce around with glee to have pleased their handlers. It’s rather cute. On tonight’s episode, police dog Dredd tracks down a runaway driver in Rotorua, and a large timber mill in Hawkes Bay calls in the drug dogs.

The Mentalist (TV2, 8.35pm)
This show is always good for a bit of crime-solving fun. On tonight’s episode, Jane and the team investigate the murder of a disgraced clothing designer Continue reading »

Tension between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey on Idol

At the first American Idol taping in New York City on Sunday, things reportedly got a little heated between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, as they tried to outdo each other. According to website TMZ, when Nicki would start to critique a contestant, Mariah would continually butt in with her thoughts, then when Mariah had her turn to critique someone, Nicki would in turn start talking over the top of Mariah as loudly as possible. Both Nicki and Mariah have laughed off claims of a feud, however. Should be an interesting season!

Usher and Shakira join The Voice

Usher and Shakira will join The Voice as ‘coaches’ for the show’s next season. Continue reading »