New Boardwalk Empire trailer

A new Boardwalk Empire season two trailer has been released based solely around Steve Buscemi’s character Nucky Thompson.

Actress returning to Desperate Housewives

Sarah Paulson will return to Desperate Housewives for its final season to reprise her role as Lynette’s (Felicity Huffman) sister Lydia. The actress first played the role in 2007.

Sherlock filming halted by riots

The rioting in London has halted the filming of the second season of Sherlock in the capital. Co-creator Mark Gatiss confirmed that a location shoot was stopped after the crew were approached by looters.

Bewitched returning

Popular ‘60s and ‘70s sitcom Bewitched is set to be remade by the CBS network in the US. The series will be overseen by the two producers who worked on the 2005 Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman movie of the same name.

Kutcher highest-paid on TV

Ashton Kutcher has shot straight to the top of the moneymaking list for TV actors with his salary of $700,000 for every episode of Two and a Half Men. He joins House’s Hugh Laurie as one of the biggest earners on TV.

I couldn’t believe the arrogance and smugness from Adidas management Greg Kerr and David Huggett on Close Up tonight.  Their attitude toward both the New Zealand public and the retailers who have lined their pockets for years was unbelievable.  

Firstly, they seemed to think that fronting the issue would earn them some respect.  Perhaps if they had some plausible excuses for their outrageous pricing but they had nothing but contempt spilling from their lips.

To claim that the reason the price is high is because of all the investment they make into Rugby is insulting.  Fans are subsidising brand PR by paying exorbitant prices for jersey.  When fans figure out they’ve been used and ripped off, to then “front foot” it and pretend to “understand” just aggrivates the situation.

Apparently wholesale prices haven’t been reviewed for 3 years and they tried so hard to make it sound like the currency changes were why.  

At the beginning of 2009, the New Zealand dollar could only by $0.50 USD.  So $220 NZD equated to $110 USD.  When this furore erupted, the NZD was at it’s highest ever with the NZD buying $0.8794.  At that rate, $220 NZD could buy $193.47.  A difference of about $83.  Even if the prices had been set when the dollar was closer to $0.70, the difference should still be $40 cheaper.

The next issue that these two managers have is that they’ve now endorsed customers buying from offshore if they can get a better deal.  How is that remotely intelligent?  If they’re that committed to investing in New Zealand sport, wouldn’t they be doing everything they can to support local retailers?  The retailers have been painted by Adidas as the true enemy in this campaign and if they have any ounce of sense they’ll be sending stock back and telling Adidas to go jump.

Adidas is calling their suggested retail price as “absolutely fair”.  I would suggest that the only thing fair is for New Zealanders to boycott buying any Adidas products.

I think the Prime Minister said it best. “when you’re in the hole, you should stop digging”.

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Radio personality and former Kiwi heavy-rocker, Mikey Havoc once again entertains audiences with his very own brand of broadcast on ‘My Kind of Place.’

The self confessed city boy who usually crosses the ditch for the night life, shopping and surf, this time headed to the Top End to host the Northern Territory episode of TV ONE’s new travel series.

In his inimitable fashion, Havoc takes to the ‘cage of death’ at Darwin’s Crocosaurus Cove and then armed with a bamboo pole and a chunk of brisket meat, heads to the wilds in search of the wild thing. Havoc soon discovers that life in the Top End is not as you know it.

During filming, the Territory was blessed with rain, transforming the red heart of Australia into a kaleidoscope of green, and bringing to life an exotic array of flora. Few places does rain make the spectacle event greater, but with waterfalls in full flow, it was a sight to behold.

From Darwin, Havoc boards the Mighty Ghan train and en route explores the spectacular Katherine Gorge. This cultural and nature fest ends in Alice Springs where Havoc unleashes the musician within and surprises the crew – and his self, with a proficient display of circular breathing on the didgeridoo around a campfire in the ‘back and beyond’ of a town called Alice.

‘My Kind of Place’ is a new, ten part television series, screening on TV ONE, Saturday’s 7.30pm and is produced by leading New Zealand television production company, Imagination Television (makers of MasterChef New Zealand and Animal Rescue). Each of the ten episodes is hosted by a different Kiwi celebrity that includes some of our favourite actors, actresses and broadcasters.

From iconic broadcaster Judy Bailey freewheeling around Tasmania in a mini convertible to the irreverent charm of Mikey Havoc taking on the Northern Territory, the series is designed to inspire the 1.16million Kiwis who take a trip Trans Tasman each year to venture a little further.

With each episode showcasing unique and authentic Australian holiday experiences which are within easy reach of the gateway cities, ‘My Kind of Place’ goes a long way in quelling Kiwis thirst for something new to do in Australia. With 92 percent of Kiwi holidaymakers returning for more, ‘My Kind of Place’ delivers a generous serve of ideas and holiday offerings in association with major partner Air New Zealand to take you someplace altogether different but still within easy reach of home.

New Zealand is Australia’s largest inbound market for visitor arrivals. 1,161,800 Kiwis visited Australia during 2010 (up 5% on 2009), spending more than $2 billion. Tourism Australia believes that the New Zealand market has the potential to grow to between $3.4 billion and $4.2 billion in total expenditure by 2020.

(From a press release)

A “Tuamanator” prize pack is up for grabs on Hyundai Code this week in the lead up to the heavyweight bout between David “The Tuamanator” Tua and American Monte Barrett.

In the lead up to this Saturday’s bout, Glen “Oz” Osborne heads along to a training session with the The Tuanamator. Watch the show this Thursday from 8.30PM to find out how you can win tickets to the fight at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre in Manukau, as well as boxing gloves signed by the Polynesian heavyweight.

Meanwhile, on the couch this week is Warrior Manu “The Beast” Vatuvei who fills in the Hyundai Code crew on how the NRL team is going this year. He is joined on the couch by up-and-coming young American rugby players Kevin Jones and Jacky Reyes, from the New York projects, who are in New Zealand on an AUT scholarship.

Also on this week’s show, Wairangi Koopu schools up his little brother Tama on what is required to make the big time in the rugby league world and on this week’s Rugby World Cup All Black “Te Turu” profile has Aaron Cruden in the hot seat.

Reggae band Three Houses Down are also jamming live in the studio this week so tune into Hyundai Code this Thursday at 8.30pm on Maori Television to check it out.

Hyundai Code screens live every Thursday at 8.30-9.30PM on Maori Television.

New Zealand actress Simone Kessell will have a major role in the new Steven Spielberg–produced series Terra Nova.

The actress joined the sci-fi drama during the reshoots of the pilot and has appeared in every subsequent episode, reports Deadline.

The series, produced for the Fox network in the US, centres on an ordinary family from 2149 who are transported back 85 million years in time to prehistoric Earth where they join a colony of humans who are building a civilisation.

Kessell plays the character of Alicia Washington, the second-in-command to colony leader Nathaniel Taylor (Steven Lang).

Her credits include the likes of Underbelly, Fringe, CSI: Miami and the 2008 film Frost/Nixon.

Source: Digital Spy


Most watched

  1. One News: 763,220 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 622,910 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 529,020 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Close Up: 518,060 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. My Kitchen Rules: 393,630 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Coronation Street: 529,020 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. My Kitchen Rules: 393,630 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  3. NCIS: 378,500 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Missing Pieces: 372,910 (TV3, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Target: 354,430 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News 4:30: 105,310 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)
  2. The Erin Simpson Show: 95,510 (TV2, 4:00pm – 4:05pm)
  3. Ned’s Declassified School: 93,420 (TV2, 4:05pm – 4:30pm)
  4. Emmerdale: 92,850 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 1:30pm)
  5. ONE News Midday: 92,120 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 763,220 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Coronation Street: 529,020 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Close Up: 518,060 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Undercover Boss Australia: 346,150 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. Infested: 250,020 (9:30pm – 10:35pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 622,910 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. My Kitchen Rules: 393,630 (7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  3. Grey’s Anatomy: 332,470 (8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  4. Private Practice: 285,600 (9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  5. F.R.I.E.N.D.S: 202,150 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. NCIS: 378,500 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Missing Pieces: 372,910 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. 3 News: 358,140 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  4. Target: 354,430 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. Campbell Live: 249,140 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. The Simpsons: 111,070 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Cruel Intentions 3: 92,070 (8:30pm – 10:20pm)
  3. America’s Next Top Model: 85,440 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. The Wild Thornberrys: 46,490 (7:55am – 8:25am)
  5. That ’70s Show: 45,040 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime Evening News: 149,030 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Scott & Bailey: 118,300 (8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Prime Rocks: 92,600 (9:35pm – 10:50pm)
  4. Deal or No Deal: 81,990 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  5. The View From River Cottage: 78,440 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)

The Crowd Goes Wild: 48,610 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on Maori TV

  1. International Documentary: 28,800 (8:30pm – 9:50pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. ITM Cup Rugby: 91,320 (7:30pm – 9:15pm)
  2. ITM Cup Rugby Post Game: 48,620 (9:15pm – 9:25pm)
  3. Reunion: 28,020 (9:30pm – 10:25pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:30am – 6:55am): 110,360
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 8:00am): 159,860
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 137,090
  • 3 News Firstline (6:00am – 6:25am): 46,900
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 44,380
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 8:00am): 49,060
  • 3 News Firstline (8:00am – 8:30am): 24,100
  • AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 46,140
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 92,120
  • 3 News at 12 (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 26,410
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 763,220
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 358,140
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 518,060
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 249,140
  • Tonight (10:35pm – 11:05pm): 174,580
  • Nightline (10:35pm – 11:05pm): 157,490

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. Shortland Street: TV2 622910 – up from 571710 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Coronation Street: TV ONE 529020 – up from 487690 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Infested: TV ONE 250020 – up from 211810 (9:30pm – 10:35pm)
  4. Undercover Boss Australia: TV ONE 346150 – up from 312880 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. The Block: PRIME 64780 – up from 32700 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. 3 News: TV3 358140 – down from 416690 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. The Erin Simpson Show: TV2 73020 – down from 122640 (4:30pm – 5:00pm)
  3. Spongebob Squarepants: TV2 73990 – down from 122480 (3:35pm – 4:00pm)
  4. Prime Evening News: PRIME 149030 – down from 197180 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  5. Ned’s Declassified School: TV2 93420 – down from 134300 (4:05pm – 4:30pm)


  1. The View From River Cottage: PRIME (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  2. International Documentary: Maori TV (8:30pm – 9:50pm)
  3. Scott & Bailey: PRIME (8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year: TV3 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. Nightline: TV3 (10:35pm – 11:05pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • TV ONE: 29.3%
  • SKY Network: 22.9%
  • TV2: 17.4%
  • TV3: 16.5%
  • PRIME: 5%
  • FOUR: 4.3%
  • Other TV Channels: 3.4%
  • Maori TV: 0.5%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

Kutcher describes Two and A Half Men character 

Ashton Kutcher has described his new Two and a Half Men character, a young internet billionaire called Walden Schmidt, as “somewhere between an alien and Jesus Christ”. 

Charlie’s Angels series like Sex and the City and 24

Australian actress Rachael Taylor has described the new Charlie’s Angels reboot series as a cross between Sex and the City and 24. The actress was quoted in saying “If [24 lead] Jack Bauer and [Sex and the City character] Carrie Bradshaw had a love child, it would be Charlie’s Angels.”

Hills movie possible

Audrina Patridge told Ryan Seacrest during a recent interview that the Hills cast could reunite for a movie.

Roache reprising role on SVU

Actor Linus Roache will reprise his Law & Order role on the spinoff series Special Victims Unit. Roache played Michael Cutter on the series from 2008 until its conclusion in 2010.

This month 3 News launched a new advertising campaign that incorporates its existing “Leading News Journalism” tagline.

The campaign aims to promote their news coverage throughout the day, beginning with 3 News: Firstline at 6am and ending with Nightline and Sports Tonight at around 11:30pm.

The new look can currently be seen on billboards around the country.

Source: Stoppress

For the year ended 30 June, Television advertising revenue was $613 million, compared to $583 million for the previous 12 months.

That translates into annual growth of 5.1% and is a strong indicator of the confidence advertisers place on the medium as the economic recovery begins to take hold.

While March quarter advertising revenues were adversely impacted by the earthquakes in Christchurch and subsequent events, growth returned in the June quarter.

It is expected the second half of 2011 will see even stronger growth, with the effects of the Rugby World Cup and the Election still to come.

Rick Friesen, Chief Executive of ThinkTV, the Free-to-Air Television industry body, stated “There is no doubt that Television continues to provide unparalleled reach and impact. Advertisers recognise this and, with the building confidence in the economy, Television is best able to provide major brand marketers with the most efficient way to reach their customers.”

Revenue figures are sourced from returns prepared by TVNZ, MediaWorks TV and SKY Network Television (including Prime).

(From a press release)

There are claims surrounding the Kate Lynch/Close Up saga that the journalist was “made a scapegoat and hung out to dry” by the broadcaster.

Last month, the TV One programme ran a story entitled made in New Zealand that appeared to be plagiarised from a story run on ABC in the US earlier in the year.

While Close Up aired an apology, an investigation was launched by TVNZ over the matter.

Media commentator Brian Edwards believes Lynch was made the scapegoat.

“I would be astonished if the programme’s producer and director were not shown the rough cut of Lynch’s story, were not sent a detailed rundown of the final cut, and had not received a copy of the to-camera and voice-over script. And not a peep from anyone,” he wrote.

“What this entire debacle reveals is an appalling lack of oversight at all levels in the organisation. Lynch may have made an error of judgment, but against a background where her employer and her immediate superiors considered what she had done was something she and they were ‘perfectly entitled to do’ … And only Lynch has paid the price.”

Media trainer and journalist Janet Wilson disagrees with Edwards stance.

 “I think that’s bollocks. I think it’s really clear-cut. If you copy a story, not only word-for-word but frame-for-frame, could you be accused of plagiarism? Yes. I think that’s the answer. If I was a news producer, as I have been, and that person was in my employ, I would feel that they were entirely entitled to do what they’ve done. In fact my view would be, that person should no longer work for the organisation. I think TVNZ have been incredibly fair to allow her to keep her job.”

Source: Herald