Banks returning to 30 Rock

Elizabeth Banks will return to 30 Rock this year to reprise her role as Avery Jessup, the wife of Alec Baldwin’s Jack.

Bones renewed

Bones has been renewed for another season by the Fox network. The crime drama, which features Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, will return for an eighth season. Continue reading »

State Insurance is set to launch one of the longest advertisements in New Zealand on Sunday night.

The 90-second ad will screen at 7.10pm this Sunday evening on TV One, TV2, TV3 and FOUR.

Characters on the ad will find themselves in a range of unfortunate situations involving car crashes and house fires, singing along to the 1980s track ‘Break My Stride’.

“It was one day of rehearsal and one day of shooting,” State Insurance head of marketing and communication Michael Pryor told the National Business review. Continue reading »

Leading TV company Eyeworks New Zealand is on the hunt for stories for a groundbreaking new series that will try to solve ordinary Kiwis’ personal or family mysteries.

Eyeworks is the company behind TV3’s award-winning reunion show Missing Pieces, and other popular shows like The Secret Lives of Dancers and My House My Castle.

It’s now turning its attention to the personal or family mysteries many Kiwis carry around in their hearts and minds, hoping to one day find answers to, but never sure how or when they might find them. Continue reading »

TV style guru Gok Wan has postponed his tour of New Zealand and Australia due to health issues.

The Brit, who has been seen on the likes of How To Look Good Naked and Gok’s Fashion Fix, was scheduled to be hosting the Westfield Style Tour during April.

However, due to issues with his back, Wan will be staying in the UK to have surgery.

Wan tweeted: “Not a great day with my back… Love would be greatly appreciated!” Continue reading »

Stuff is reporting that TV3 is set to screen a reality TV show along the lines of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” about Sally and Jaime Ridge. TV3 and Jaime Ridge have neither confirmed nor denied the story.

Now whether it’s true or not hardly seems to matter: it seems everyone has something to say about it.

The first I heard of the story was on Facebook where a friend commented: “When the buttons fall off the paper lamps, the cats s*** on the flower cushions and no-one wants your overpriced knickers … why not make a reality tv show? What’s the bet this brings Nicky Watson and Charlotte Dawson out from under their [collagen] rocks..” while another said “faith in humanity status: dwindling”. There’s over 200 comments on Stuff’s story in just a couple of hours. I read through them for a while and couldn’t find a single comment remotely in favour of the idea.

Call me crazy, but with such fervent reaction to the show’s concept, it makes me think that the show could be ratings gold. Kiwis would secretly tune in to fulfill their favourite pastime: hating on anyone who’s a local celebrity (unless they’re a sports star) and there’s already a long list of specific reasons why people love to hate Sally and/or Jaime Ridge too. The show would be a chance for people to add more reasons to that list.

PS. Geordie Shore. Need I say more?

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Once Upon A Time: 60730 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: 31080 (TV2, 7:55am – 8:20am)
  3. Coronation Street: 23240 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Project Runway: 20210 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. SGU Stargate Universe: 17930 (PRIME, 9:40pm – 10:40pm) Continue reading »

Presented By Rachel Smalley (Duncan is having the week off)

The Foreign Affairs Ministry — Foreign Minister Murray McCully on the Ministry’s restructuring.

Robert Ayson (VUW) and Penny McDonald (former diplomat) will debate the Ministry’s future.

A special report on the Bainimarama Government and interview with the Fijian Leader.

Murray McCully will also comment on this and the future of our sanctions with Fiji.

And on Sunday Brian Edwards and Bill Ralston will look back (but only occasionally in anger) at the week and the way the media saw it.

Most watched

  1. One News: 605,640 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Coronation Street: 530,190 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 530,120 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  4. Highway Patrol: 471,630 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Police Ten 7: 470,110 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:05pm) Continue reading »

I’m planning on watching Portlandia

TV3 is starting screening this show tonight from 10pm (taking over the slot left by WANNA-BEn. Season 2 has just finished in the US, and it’s already been renewed for another season.

Or, if you’re wanting to see a movie tonight, there’s a decent amount on offer on Sky Box Office, including:

The Help, Drive and One Day.

I loved The Help and want to read the book. Just don’t be eating your dessert while watching the movie… I saw Drive at the theatre (cough, Ryan Gosling) but I only really loved the first scene (incredible) and the music, but the rest wasn’t exactly my genre…

What are you watching tonight?

Kutcher looking to extend time on Two and a Half Men

The future of Two and a Half Men may be finalised soon with word Ashton Kutcher is talks about staying with the series for another season. Kutcher had initially signed a one-year deal when he replaced Charlie Sheen.

Cougar Town actor to guest in Touch

Cougar Town’s Ian Gomez, who plays Andy, has joined the cast of new Kiefer Sutherland drama Touch.  Continue reading »