nz-on-air-logo-300Temuera Morrison has landed himself more work hosting a new series for TV One.

Both light entertainment and examination of a significant historic event will be covered in new programmes funded by NZ On Air under its Māori programming strategy, Te Rautaki Māori.

Hikoi, a one-hour one-off documentary will focus on the 1975 Land March. It will retrace the steps of the original marchers, speak to living participants and use archival footage of the actual march. Made by Scottie Douglas Productions, it will screen on TV One. Continue reading »

short-poppiesI have to admit, I’m really not a fan of awkward comedies. From Meet the Fockers to The Office to Hello Ladies, there really is so much I can take.  While I’m sure we can all attest to certain people who have crossed paths with us over the years, most people just aren’t either that stupid or that naive.

They also say that there is nothing new under the sun.  A series where the lead characters are all played by the same actor has certainly been done before.  Australia’s Chris Lilley in Summer Heights High and locally, Madeliene Sami’s Super City.

Last night I sat down and watched the first two episodes of Short Poppies thanks to TVNZ’s decision to put the entire 8 episode NZ On Air funded series online after we exposed that they had allowed the series to be made available overseas first.  There were certainly laugh-out-loud moments but there were also plenty of cringeworthy Rhys Darby moments that back all those memories of band manager Murray from Flight of the Conchords. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 669,040 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. The World’s Oddest Animal Couples: 555,370 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:45pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 454,230 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Seven Sharp: 382,770 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Nabbed: 339,250 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:05pm)

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Sitting down to watch Short Poppies last night on TVNZ on demand, I noticed they’d added WORLD EXCLUSIVE to their promo on the homepage.  Had we not pushed this, I doubt they’d be enjoying the ability to say this.

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David Duchovny lands new gig

Once Californication ends this year, David Duchovny will star in a new series Aquarius where he will play a Los Angeles police sergeant with a complicated personal life. In the late 1960s, he and his younger partner begin tracking a small-time criminal who specializes in luring vulnerable young women to his “cause.” That criminal turns out to be none other than hippie cult leader, Charles Manson.

What to do with $1m Continue reading »

Welcome to our daily general discussion thread.  As always, your word is what drives this so feel free to discuss whatever you want about TV.

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The aftermath of the fire at The IV. Continue reading »


These mistakes can’t be good for Paul’s OCD…

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Person Of Interest: 52960 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Trophy Wife: 41290 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:30pm)
  3. The Walking Dead: 35170 (TV2, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  4. The Following: 28390 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. Shortland Street: 27060 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm) Continue reading »

q_a_logo_2013_N3I had to laugh on Sunday morning at how quickly the new Radio New Zealand CEO Paul Thompson emphatically responded to Susan Wood’s question about the two state broadcasters potentially merging news rooms.

SUSAN Quick last question.  Do you fancy, or would you be in favour of a joint newsroom with TVNZ?

PAUL No. Continue reading »