michelle-dockery-downton-abbey-Family Guy cameo for Downton Abbey actress

Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley, will make a guest appearance on Family Guy. Dockery will “appear in a cutaway gag on the Griffins’ television playing… an aristocrat in a British period drama”.

JJ Abrams looking into Stephen King adaptation

JJ Abrams is looking at adapting the Stephen King novel 11/22/63 for television. The 2011 book follows a teacher who travels back in time in order to prevent the assassination of John F Kennedy. Continue reading »





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Tonight’s episode of The X Factor was by far the most enjoyable to watch so far.  There were no silly sob stories or chicken men, just singer after talented singer after talented singer.  Not all of them had the X Factor but it certainly showed that we’re not talent poor in little old Aotearoa.

Melanie Blatt is such an asset to the judging panel and continues to provide insightful and thoughtful comments.  Stan Walker is just the nicest guy.  The character that is Daniel Bedingfield makes for such great television. I’m still struggling to find a connection with Ruby Frost though.  I just can’t take her seriously.  Her name is fake, her hair is fake and the same could easily be said of her career.

TV3 really crammed the talent into the fourth episode so here were my highlights. Continue reading »

game-of-thrones-s3The US ambassador to Australia has called out Aussies and urged them not to illegally download Game of Thrones.

Jeffrey Bleich took to Facebook with a post entitled “Stopping the Game of Clones” to get his point across, saying Aussies were among the worst culprits for pirating TV shows in the world.

“As the Ambassador here in Australia, it was especially troubling to find out that Australian fans were some of the worst offenders with among the highest piracy rates of Game of Thrones in the world,” he wrote.

“While some people here used to claim that they used pirate sites only because of a delay in getting new episodes here, the show is now available from legitimate sources within hours of its broadcast in the United States. Continue reading »

The tenth season of The ITM Fishing Show kicks off this coming weekend on TV3.

While Matt promises more of the things his fans love in this series, there are also some new filming techniques introduced.

Cameras are going higher with the use of kites to get amazing overhead views, and deeper, with a specially built camera complete with lights that follows baits into the deep, dark depths. Continue reading »

maori-tv-logo-300pxA new Maori Television series is coming in May that will tell the stories of Maori spiritual leaders.

Presented by Rev Hirini Kaa (son of the late Dr Hone Kaa) and produced by the award-winning Scottie Douglas Productions, The Prophets uncovers the epic stories of the Māori prophets who rose to prominence in times of great change.

“The tales of individual prophets has been the inspiration for films, novels and history books, but there has never been a comprehensive account for television – until now,” says producer Meg Douglas. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Puberty Blues: 45350 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax: 33470 (SKY Movies 1, 5:15pm – 6:40pm)
  3. DCI Banks: 29800 (PRIME, 9:35pm – 10:40pm)
  4. 666 Park Avenue: 23200 (TV2, 10:40pm – 11:35pm)
  5. Packed to the Rafters: 20260 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm) Continue reading »

Campbell Live began last week with one of its highest rating episodes in recent years, topping the figures set the week before and clocking up its fourth win over TV One and Seven Sharp.  It was all downhill from there.

When Seven Sharp first hit our screens, critics panned the show and lambasted the fact that it had lost approximately 200,000 viewers in its first week, a 40% drop.  Last week’s fall by Campbell Live saw the show’s ratings drop from its high of 374,090 down to an average audience of 218,930 viewers, a fall of 155,160 and a 41% loss of audience.  Friday’s episode was also one of the lowest rating of the year.

Compared to the 12% gain Campbell Live enjoyed the week before, it was a 13% loss this time around taking the average audience per episode back to 302,442.

Seven Sharp also has a 5% drop in viewers, down to an average audience of 380,192 viewers per episode.

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Most watched

  1. One News: 710,560 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Sunday: 607,270 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. MasterChef New Zealand: 494,060 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. The X Factor: 446,890 (TV3, 7:00pm – 8:35pm)
  5. Packed to the Rafters: 353,840 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm) Continue reading »