TVNZ 7’s art series The Sitting has raised $76,570 for the Starship Foundation through an auction of portraits of well-known New Zealanders painted by acclaimed artist Stephen Martyn Welch.

Portraits of Sir Graham Henry, Keven Mealamu, Richard O’Brien, Mark Sainsbury, Petra Bagust, George Henare, Peter Elliott, Greg Johnson, Sir Michael Hill, Sir Peter Leitch, Nikki Kaye, Jacinda Ardern, Greg Johnson, Jo Seagar, Al Brown, Siobhan Marshall, Geradine Brophy, Dick Frizzell and Otis Frizzell went under the hammer at the auction held last night at Auckland’s Pah Homestead.

All of the portraits were painted as part of the TVNZ 7 show The Sitting, in which Welch, the winner of the prestigious 2012 Adam Portraiture Award, chats with his subjects while he sketches and paints, exploring their pasts and revealing new information about them. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. NCIS: 50480 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. MasterChef New Zealand: 45790 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Rookie Blue: 37770 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  4. NCIS: Los Angeles: 29960 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. New Tricks: 24220 (PRIME, 8:30pm – 9:40pm) Continue reading »

TV ONE’s daily news shows remained on top for the month of April, with all programmes winning against their respective counterparts.

TV ONE’s Breakfast audience was three times the size of TV3’s Firstline. Breakfast ended the month with a 36% share of the available audience aged 5+ at that time, ahead of 3 News: Firstline with 12%.

At 6pm, ONE News had double the viewers, with a 44% share of the available 5+ audience at that time, compared to 3 News which had 22%. On average, more than 655,000 New Zealanders in this demographic watched each edition of ONE News in April. Continue reading »

The GC premieres tonight at 8:00pm on TV3.

Most watched

  1. One News: 747,630 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 588,260 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. MasterChef New Zealand: 545,600 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Close Up: 520,130 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Yellowstone: 512,610 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:35pm) Continue reading »

Actors close to signing new Two and a Half Men deals

Deadline is reporting that Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T Jones are all close to signing deals to return to Two and a Half Men for another season.

New cop drama picked up by HBO

The new Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson cop drama has been picked up by HBO in the US. The series, entitled True Detective, has been given an eight-episode season. Continue reading »

It may not feature any new footage, but we’re still excited.

Zee Tana became the tenth contestant from the Top 16 to leave MasterChef New Zealand on Tuesday 1st May (7.30 pm – 8.30 pm) on TV ONE.

In tonight’s episode, the Top Seven contestants were introduced to the Young Guns, three of the ‘hottest’ young chefs in Auckland: Hayden McMillan from Tribeca, Nick Honeyman from Cru and Makoto Tokuyama from Cocoro.

The contestants were presented with each chef’s signature dish, all five-star restaurant meals with complex, intricate processes requiring a high level of skill.

They then had to cook a three-course, fine-dining meal to a similar quality as the guests’ dishes in just two and a half hours, with an eight-minute pantry run to choose all their ingredients. Continue reading »

The title track of hotly anticipated new TV3 series The GC has been released as a single.

Vibrations, performed and co-written by The GC star, Jade Louise, features RIAA certified platinum rapper Savage and has been released by Frequency Media Group.

The single is now available to download from iTunes
Vibrations (feat. Savage) - Vibrations (feat. Savage) - Single

Writing and performing from an early age, Jade Louise has been living on the Gold Coast for 21 years and singing live professionally since 2007. She was a finalist on The X Factor Australia in the Top 12 Groups category in 2011.

The GC premieres Wednesday, 2 May at 8:00pm on TV3.

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Person Of Interest: 68510 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  2. Revenge: 58240 (TV2, 9:30pm – 10:35pm)
  3. Criminal Minds: 50490 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Homeland: 47970 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:40pm)
  5. Desperate Housewives: 37210 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm) Continue reading »