Most watched

  1. Dog Squad: 664,270 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Coastwatch: 641,350 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. One News: 607,150 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 601,410 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Trek Spy on the Wildebeest: 485,660 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:40pm) Continue reading »

Chris O’Dowd to feature in new sitcom

Chris O’Dowd will feature in a new HBO/BBC sitcom called Family Tree, which is created by This is Spinal Tap writer Christopher Guest. Filming for the show has begun in LA and the UK.

Ariel Winter custody battle continues

A judge will soon decide whether 14-year-old Modern Family actress Ariel Winter will return to her mother or not following allegations of physical and emotional abuse. Winter is currently in the care of her sister who filed similar abuse claims against their mother in the 1990s. Continue reading »

New Zealand scenery features heavily in the new Christmas advert for British retail giant John Lewis.

The ad, currently screening on the major channels in the UK, follows the journey of a snowman as he attempts to find the perfect gift for his female companion.

Central Auckland was made to look like a wintery London while the South Island’s high country played host to the bulk of the filming for the rural scenes. Six-year-old New Zealand actress Georgia Haskell also features.

The $11.5m production was the brainchild of UK advertising agency Adam & Eve DDB and UK producers Blink, who worked with NZ-based production company Robber’s Dog. Continue reading »

The Broadcasting Standards Authority has released its annual report, which shows that it received fewer complaints than last year.

The BSA received 195 complaints and issued 162 decisions. This compared to a record high last year of 236 decisions, a number of which related to single broadcasts. Upheld decisions and orders also reduced.

BSA Chief Executive Susan Freeman-Greene says while it’s pleasing that complaints have reduced, it’s too early to say if this is a trend.

“We believe that if the system is working well, complaints will drop over time. The implication of this is that broadcasters breach codes less often, the public are better able to identify breaches and the broadcasters’ own complaints processes are more effective, prompting fewer referral to us.

“The reduction in upheld decisions and orders could relate to the BSA’s more robust analysis of freedom of expression. It is a crucial part of our regulation system to balance the right to freedom of expression and the responsibility to avoid harm. To justify upholding a complaint we must be satisfied that the potential harm is such that the importance of free speech is outweighed,” Susan Freeman-Greene says. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Homeland: 39640 (TV3, 8:35pm – 9:40pm)
  2. Grey’s Anatomy: 22080 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  3. Private Practice: 19430 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  4. Unforgettable: 19130 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. Shortland Street: 15500 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm) Continue reading »

Confirmation has just come through about the time/channel for the Maori All Blacks v Canada at Oxford University on Saturday November 24.

The game will be LIVE on SKY Sport 1 @ 8.20am with kickoff at 8.30am

We received this brilliant piece of marketing from Prime recently, inviting us to their 2013 new season launch.

Nice way to tie in Elementary, one of the new shows they’ve picked up from their CBS deal. Continue reading »

Flipping through one of the Sunday newspapers I came across a mention that The Edge‘s Dom Harvey had supposedly made it past a couple of auditions to be a judge on The X Factor NZ.  My immediate response was “You can’t be serious?!

As much as I like Dom and think he is excellent at his day job, he is a joker and serious just isn’t what he does.  His personal brand, which has been developed over decades, is jovial, fun and often times, rude.  When you compare those attributes with The X Factor, they are poles apart. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. The Force: 661,230 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Border Patrol: 635,400 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 597,110 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. One News: 596,520 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  5. The Suspects: 502,070 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm) Continue reading »

Foxx to host SNL

Jamie Foxx has been confirmed to be hosting an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live. The actor will guest host the December 8 episode with Ne-Yo serving as the musical guest.

Sheridan loses appeal

Former Desperate Housewives actress Nicolette Sheridan has lost her appeal against producers of the drama series. Her lawsuit, which began in 2010, claimed that she had been wrongfully terminated from her role on the show and stated that she had been a victim of assault and sexual harassment.