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


Most watched

  1. One News: 763,920 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 642,470 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. The Force: 574,580 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Dog Squad: 562,320 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Close Up: 536,200 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. The Force: 574,580 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  2. Dog Squad: 562,320 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. My Kitchen Rules: 489,360 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  4. The Mentalist: 472,010 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  5. Dog Patrol: 350,730 (TV3, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 145,490 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. Spongebob Squarepants: 136,750 (TV2, 3:40pm – 4:05pm)
  3. Emmerdale: 125,150 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 1:30pm)
  4. The Erin Simpson Show: 118,170 (TV2, 4:05pm – 4:05pm)
  5. Ned’s Declassified School: 114,250 (TV2, 4:05pm – 4:30pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 763,920 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. The Force: 574,580 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Dog Squad: 562,320 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Close Up: 536,200 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Criminal Minds Suspect Behavio: 345,510 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 642,470 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. My Kitchen Rules: 489,360 (7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  3. The Mentalist: 472,010 (8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  4. Body of Proof: 337,060 (9:35pm – 10:30pm)
  5. F.R.I.E.N.D.S: 200,030 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 396,570 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Dog Patrol: 350,730 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Road Cops: 338,640 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Star Trek: 255,500 (8:30pm – 11:05pm)
  5. Campbell Live: 236,590 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. The Simpsons: 103,350 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. How I Met Your Mother: 72,050 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Rules Of Engagement: 65,210 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. The Glee Project: 60,510 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. Teen Choice Awards: 56,060 (5:05pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime Evening News: 161,050 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Deal or No Deal: 77,460 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  3. MasterChef: 63,270 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Deal Or No Deal: 56,990 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  5. Millionaire Hot Seat: 53,740 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)

The Crowd Goes Wild: 31,540 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. Law & Order: 32,370 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. World Golf Champs: 25,810 (6:00am – 10:15am)

Most watched on SKY Sport 2

  1. NRL: 41,930 (9:00pm – 10:40pm)

Most watched on SKY Movies 1

  1. From Paris With Love: 46,610 (8:35pm – 10:00pm)

Most watched on TV3 Plus 1

  1. Dog Patrol: 58,490 (9:00pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Road Cops: 47,210 (8:30pm – 9:00pm)

Most watched on SKY Movies 2

  1. Knight and Day: 27,730 (3:55pm – 5:50pm)
  2. The Spy Next Door: 25,450 (8:55pm – 10:25pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:30am – 6:55am): 80,360
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 8:00am): 150,850
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 134,100
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 35,580
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 8:00am): 46,510
  • 3 News Firstline (8:00am – 8:30am): 38,620
  • AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 41,530
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 145,490
  • 3 News at 12 (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 33,010
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 763,920
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 396,570
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 536,200
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 236,590
  • Tonight (10:25pm – 10:55pm): 173,810
  • Nightline (11:05pm – 11:35pm): 103,850

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. Close Up: TV ONE 536200 – up from 493610 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Spongebob Squarepants: TV2 136750 – up from 94380 (3:40pm – 4:05pm)
  3. Pocoyo: TV2 112320 – up from 73610 (3:30pm – 3:35pm)
  4. The Erin Simpson Show: TV2 112320 – up from 73610 (3:35pm – 3:40pm)
  5. Neighbours: TV2 132200 – up from 93780 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Campbell Live: TV3 236590 – down from 317880 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Home and Away: TV3 234620 – down from 315350 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  3. 3 News: TV3 396570 – down from 463650 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  4. Everybody Loves Raymond: TV3 75850 – down from 115020 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  5. Deal Or No Deal: PRIME 56990 – down from 94910 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)


  1. Dog Patrol: TV3 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Criminal Minds Suspect Behavio: TV ONE (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Star Trek: TV3 (8:30pm – 11:05pm)
  4. MasterChef: PRIME (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. True Blood: PRIME (9:30pm – 10:35pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • TV ONE: 27.8%
  • SKY Network: 26%
  • TV2: 20%
  • TV3: 15.5%
  • FOUR: 3.3%
  • PRIME: 3.3%
  • Other TV Channels: 2.8%
  • Maori TV: 0.3%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

Vampire Diaries wins at Teen Choice Awards

The Vampire Diaries has proved the big winner at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards, claiming five awards in the TV categories. Glee, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars were also popular with voters.

Sheen says sacking saved his career

Charlie Sheen insists that his sacking from Two and a Half Men has saved his career. Sheen told TMZ: “I have always been told that I have nine lives, so it is going to be amazing to witness my own funeral, which is clearly a win-win situation because Ashton has just given me a tenth.”

Sheridan not returning to DH

Former Desperate Housewives actress Nicollette Sheridan has confirmed that she won’t be returning to the drama series for its final season next year. “I had an amazing time playing that character. I loved her dearly, but they killed her! She’s dead.”

DH producers want Delany back

Meanwhile, Dana Delany says producers of Desperate Housewives are looking to bring her back to the series in order to wrap up her storyline. 

Tyler seeking Idol payrise

Steven Tyler is reportedly seeking a pay rise on American Idol due to the fact Jennifer Lopez is negotiating a new deal worth about $20 million. Tyler however has already signed a two-year deal.

Kiwi actress Melanie Lynskey is said to be playing a major part in the death of Charlie Sheen’s Two and a Half Men character, Charlie Harper.

With Ashton Kutcher replacing the actor on the sitcom this year, the producers are reportedly going to kill Sheen’s character off in an “accident” in the Paris Metro.

TMZ is reporting that Sheen’s character, who had run off to Paris with Lynskey’s stalker character Rose, will indeed to be killed off.

The website says Rose will tell the other characters at the funeral that she found Harper in the shower with another woman. The following day she says he “slipped and fell” while the two were waiting for a subway train.

Source: Herald


Sky Television introduced its newest toy at Eden Park on Saturday night with the first New Zealand outing of the spidercam.

The Austrian-developed high definition overhead camera was used for the first time in New Zealand at the All Blacks match on the weekend as part of a trial for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

The camera will be used for 12 matches at the tournament in Auckland and Wellington, starting with the All Blacks match against France on September 24.

Sky Sports head Kevin Cameron said the broadcaster was using the Bledisloe Cup test as a trial to prove the camera will not be a distraction for players.

“The team operated the camera for the Six Nations and they worked out that during play a level of about 20m high [was acceptable], and when play stops, such as for penalty goals, it could be placed nearly at grass level.”

Temporary structures were built at the edges of Eden Park’s stands to create the cable lines that are required to run the camera.

Winches are used to tighten and loosen four Kevlar cables that enable the camera to move in any direction at a speed of up to 8m per second.

Another spidercam will be imported for use at Wellington Westpac Stadium.

Source: Herald

Jersey Shore Season 4 will be premiering on MTV  – SKY channel 014 – on Wednesday September 7 at 9.30pm.

Get ready to say “G.T.L” in Italian! MTV’s Jersey Shore cast goes to Florence, Italy for Season 4.

This season will be hotter than ever when America’s favorite roommates head overseas to learn all about the culture they love and live by in the birthplace where it all began.

As they navigate a new country, they will bring their trademark hilarity, fist-pumping and family dysfunction to “the beautiful country.”

Legendary ex-rugby player turned commentator and Comedy Central Roastee, Murray Mexted, is in for one fiery evening.  

Comedy Central New Zealand announced today that Rugby Sevens legend, Eric Rush, will be the Roast Master for “The Comedy Central Roast of Murray Mexted”.

Rush will head an all-star lineup of crash tackling local roasters including, Simon McKinney, Leah Panapa, Neil Waka, Phil Kingsley Jones, Raybon Kan, Jessie Mulligan and Stu Wilson.

“The Comedy Central Roast of Murray Mexted” premieres on Comedy Central SKY Channel 010 Thursday, 8 September at 8:30pm.

‘If the Roast Master is like a football referee then you can expect a no-holds-barred roasting of Murray…  laughter will be the winner on the night!’, says Eric Rush.

The sizzling roster of local roasters joining Roast Master Rush will ensure the night is full of foul play and offside hookers.  The roasters of “The Comedy Central Roast of Murray Mexted” include:

Simon McKinney – Past Billy T Award nominee and 2007 Best Male comedian at the New Zealand Comedy Festival

Leah Panapa – The Rock FM Radio DJ and media personality

Neil Waka – Active sports commentator and TVNZ broadcast journalist

Phil Kingsley Jones – Successful sports manager, coach and one of New Zealand’s best comedians.

Raybon Kan – New Zealand comedian and newspaper columnist

Jessie Mulligan – Accomplished comedian and breakfast radio show host on 91.8 MORE FM

Stu Wilson – Former rugby union player and captain of the All Blacks


Internationally, the Comedy Central Roast is a star-studded event in which Comedy Central hand-picks a special Roastee to sit on the hot seat and take it on the chin for the evening with good-natured ribbing from colleagues and comics.

“The Comedy Central Roast of Murray Mexted” will be recorded at the Aotea Theatre, Auckland on Thursday August 11, 2011.