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


Football Ferns v Cameroon, 6,45am

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).

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 »

Glee creator awarded International Emmy

Glee creator Ryan Murphy will receive the 2012 International Emmy Founders Award for his work on Glee, American Horror Story and new series The New Normal.

No Doctor Who movie any time soon

Doctor Who writer and exec Steven Moffat has denied reports that a movie is set to be made anytime soon. “The BBC own Doctor Who and, for the moment, I run it for them. So I can assure you definitively that was all nonsense – not the idea of making a film, we’d love to make a film, but the idea of a rebooted continuity, a different Doctor.” Continue reading »

Maori Television will screen this weekend’s much anticipated Super Rugby final free-to-air after coming to an agreement with Sky TV, owners of Prime Television.

This will allow rugby fans to enjoy coverage of the final on Maori Television at the same time allowing Olympics fans to enjoy the unprecedented coverage of London 2012 free-to-air on Prime.

Maori Television will screen delayed coverage of Saturday’s Super 15 Final between the Chiefs and the Sharks, kicking off at 9.00pm. The agreement will also allow Maori Television to screen uninterrupted delayed coverage of two NRL matches over the coming two weekends. Live coverage will continue as usual on Sky Sport. Continue reading »

I’m planning on watching Sayed Kashua Forever Scared and Band of Brothers

There’s a documentary on Maori Television tonight at 8.30pm that sounds like it will be fascinating. It’s called Sayed Kashua Forever Scared and it has been filmed over seven years. It follows the complicated life of a Palestinian man living in Israel. He is a talented and ambitious Israeli writer with a top-rated television comedy series, but Kashua never feels at home.

It’s part five of Band of Brothers tonight on Soho at 8.30pm. On tonight’s episode, Winters is promoted, and Easy Company rushes to the Ardennes Forest to help defend the crossroads of Bastogne. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Missing: 62060 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  2. Unforgettable: 42570 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Modern Family: 19170 (TV3, 8:05pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Junior MasterChef Australia: 18610 (PRIME, 8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  5. MasterChef Australia: 16580 (TV ONE, 4:45pm – 6:00pm) Continue reading »

Heather Locklear to guest-star on Hot in Cleveland

It has been confirmed that Heather Locklear will appear in at least three episodes of Hot in Cleveland next season, as a former beauty queen who hired Melanie to work at her PR firm.

The Big C has been cancelled

Laura Linney’s show, The Big C, has been cancelled. The fourth season will be its final season. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 754,130 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Border Security: 655,030 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 626,570 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. The Force: 585,560 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Close Up: 455,900 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »