Reps for Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively have denied that the actress is involved in the supposed nude photos that have hit the internet this week.

The actress is said to feature in the iPhone snaps which are believed to be a few years old.

However, Lively’s publicist has said the images are 100 per cent fake.

“The photos of Blake Lively which have just surfaced on various websites … are 100 percent FAKE,” a spokesperson for the actress said.

“Blake has never taken nude photos of herself.”

Source: Daily TelegraphCelebutopia

Lynch confirmed to host Emmys

Jane Lynch has been confirmed as the host of the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards this year. The Glee actress will host the ceremony scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on September 18.

Fear Factor to be revived

NBC has announced plans to revive reality series Fear Factor after it came to a close in 2006. NBC’s head of alternative programming Pail Telegdy said: “The stunt and camera technologies have evolved since then; we’re going to be able to make it even bigger. We’re going to make it more visually arresting.”

Rossdale to guest on Burn Notice

Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale has been confirmed to appear in an upcoming episode of Burn Notice. Rossdale has acted previously in the likes of Constantine and Criminal Minds.

Coogan in talks for Alan Partridge series

Steve Coogan is reportedly in talks to reprise his role as Alan Partridge in a new BBC series. The BBC has confirmed that they are interested in the project but that it is at a “very early stage”.

Handler may not renew contract

E! presenter Chelsea Handler has said that she may not renew her contract for Chelsea Lately when it expires in 2012. Handler says she wants to do something that will “utilize my brain a little more than this show”.

South Pacific Pictures, in association with Script to Screen, is launching the South Pacific Pictures Emerging Writers’ Lab.

John Barnett, Chief Executive Officer of South Pacific Pictures says: “The South Pacific Pictures Emerging Writers’ Lab is a terrific opportunity for aspiring writers to gain first-hand experience from some of New Zealand’s top drama writers and creators.

“Not only will they experience five days storylining on a new television series concept under the guidance of Tim Balme, Maxine Fleming, Rachel Lang, James Griffin and Steven Zanoski, they will actually be contracted and paid by South Pacific Pictures for their services.

“I look forward to meeting the eight successful candidates and watching their careers progress in the future,” Barnett says.

The Lab will run from 1 – 5 August 2011. Participants will be contracted and paid for their week’s participation.

You must be Auckland-based to apply. Application Deadline: 5pm 24 June 2011.

For full application requirements and to apply please click here.

ESPN has today announced the launch of ESPN HD on SKY NZ and ESPN3.com on ISKY.

ESPN’s HD signal is well known for its unrivalled crystal clear clarity, delivering the best of international sport through an amazing picture experience.

The detailed life like picture quality, with up to five times the sharpness of today’s television, delivers sports fans with a truly amazing viewing experience.

ESPN3.com’s broadband channel allows sports fans the option to choose from multiple simultaneous events, to view events on demand at their leisure and view short form news clips and full length programs featuring their favourite teams and athletes.

ESPN, ESPN HD and ESPN3.com will deliver NZ Sports fans more LIVE and EXCLUSIVE sport than ever before.

With a portfolio of international sport that continues to expand, ESPN, ESPN HD and ESPN3.com will offer more choice and more unrivalled and exclusive international sports coverage – including Live and Exclusive coverage of the ATP World Tour, NBA, NFL, MLB, European Football and Rugby, College Sports, action sports and thousands of hours of news and information programming, all delivered in ESPN’s market-leading High Definition.

ESPN3.com will be the online home for LIVE and ON DEMAND sports video available to SKY Sport subscribers with multiroom , delivering exclusive access to more than 2500 LIVE events each year.

ESPN3.com offers EXCLUSIVE access to LIVE online coverage of games that are not broadcast anywhere in New Zealand, as well as simulcasts of games televised on ESPN and ESPN HD.

ESPN3.com’s new video player will allow users to participate in social networking features such as FACEBOOK live stream conversations with friends and other fans who are watching ESPN3.com events.

“This is a very exciting time for ESPN, the launch of ESPN HD and ESPN 3.com represent a significant expansion of ESPN’s business in New Zealand,” said Mike Morrison, ESPN’s VP & General Manager, Asia Pacific.

“In conjunction with our partner SKY, we are able to deliver New Zealand sports fans more of the best sporting content from around the globe. ESPN remains at the forefront of sports broadcasting from our coverage of the best games from some of the world’s biggest leagues to our innovative and entertaining news and information programming. The addition of ESPN HD and ESPN3.com will allow us to bring more content, more choice and unrivalled crystal clear pictures to an ever-increasing fan base.”

To access ESPN3.com, SKY Sport subscribers with multiroom can go to www.isky.co.nz/ESPN3.com. Subscribers can watch it in standard or full-screen mode in high-quality.

ISP charges may apply for this service and some corporate networks may restrict access.

Freeview

Most watched

  1. One News: 695,760 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. $#*! My Dad Says: 625,010 (TV2, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Two and a Half Men: 612,920 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 606,550 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  5. Packed to the Rafters: 540,340 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. $#*! My Dad Says: 625,010 (TV2, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Two and a Half Men: 612,920 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Packed to the Rafters: 540,340 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Fair Go: 538,530 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. The Investigator: 368,530 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 128,400 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. The Erin Simpson Show: 108,930 (TV2, 4:00pm – 4:05pm)
  3. H20 Just add water: 107,100 (TV2, 4:05pm – 4:30pm)
  4. Emmerdale: 103,890 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 1:30pm)
  5. The Erin Simpson Show: 101,100 (TV2, 4:30pm – 5:00pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 695,760 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Packed to the Rafters: 540,340 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Fair Go: 538,530 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Close Up: 524,690 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. The Investigator: 368,530 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. $#*! My Dad Says: 625,010 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Two and a Half Men: 612,920 (7:35pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 606,550 (7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  4. Comedy Jam: 275,680 (8:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. F.R.I.E.N.D.S: 209,510 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 339,890 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Inside New Zealand: 322,880 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Sons Of Anarchy: 281,960 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  4. Home and Away: 226,790 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  5. Campbell Live: 210,150 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. The Simpsons: 90,180 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. That ’70s Show: 61,820 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Malcolm In The Middle: 50,200 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  4. The Biggest Loser: 48,940 (7:30pm – 9:25pm)
  5. Sticky TV: 38,320 (4:00pm – 4:30pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Prime Evening News: 199,270 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  2. Deal or No Deal: 143,960 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  3. Man vs Wild: 102,810 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Deal Or No Deal: 86,650 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  5. Secret Millionaire: 75,840 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. CSI Miami: 44,360 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Criminal Minds: 32,840 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:30am – 6:55am): 94,170
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 7:55am): 159,420
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 148,290
  • 3 News Firstline (6:00am – 6:30am): 28,350
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 35,320
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 8:00am): 34,570
  • 3 News Firstline (8:00am – 8:30am): 34,510
  • AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 48,760
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 128,400
  • 3 News at 12: No information available.
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 695,760
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 339,890
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 524,690
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 210,150
  • Tonight (10:30pm – 11:00pm): 201,860
  • Nightline (10:30pm – 11:00pm): 165,400

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. $#*! My Dad Says: TV2 625010 – up from 530250 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Packed to the Rafters: TV ONE 540340 – up from 477040 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Sports Tonight: TV3 126800 – up from 71790 (11:00pm – 11:15pm)
  4. Neighbours: TV2 155140 – up from 111680 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)
  5. Man vs Wild: PRIME 102810 – up from 65660 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Tonight: TV ONE 201860 – down from 287050 (10:30pm – 11:00pm)
  2. Fair Go: TV ONE 538530 – down from 602010 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. The Erin Simpson Show: TV2 69770 – down from 97540 (3:30pm – 3:35pm)
  4. Spongebob Squarepants: TV2 77490 – down from 105060 (3:35pm – 4:00pm)
  5. Ellen: TV ONE 142160 – down from 168530 (4:55pm – 6:00pm)

New

  1. Comedy Jam: TV2 (8:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Inside New Zealand: TV3 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. The Investigator: TV ONE (9:30pm – 10:30pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • TV ONE: 30.8%
  • SKY Network: 23.7%
  • TV2: 20.1%
  • TV3: 14.8%
  • PRIME: 4.5%
  • FOUR: 3.3%
  • Other TV Channels: 2%
  • Maori TV: 0.3%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

Connelly to direct Entourage episode

Entourage actor Kevin Connolly will step behind the camera to direct the penultimate episode of the comedy/drama series this year. Connolly, who play Eric Murphy, has directed a previous episode of the series as well as well as a film.

Berry returning to TV?

Reports are suggesting that actress Halle Berry will feature in a new TV project called Higher Learning. Berry’s last regular TV role was back in 1991.

Smallville actress joins pilot

Smallville actress Erica Durance has signed on to feature in a new pilot described as a “sexy, fast-paced drama”. Durance featured on Smallville as Lois lane.

Heroes actress lands Dexter role

Heroes actress Brea Grant has signed on for a role in the sixth season of Dexter. Grant has landed a recurring role in the series alongside new additions Mos Def, Colin Hanks and Billy Brown.

Boxing star Shane Cameron makes a special announcement on this week’s HYUNDAI CODE, but you need to tune in tomorrow night to find out what all the fuss is about.

Cameron is joined on the HYUNDAI CODE couch by former All Black Eroni Clarke in this week’s episode broadcast live at 8.30pm.

The Mana Shield Challenge goes another round as the Bro’s and the Fressional’s channel their inner fashion designer in the “Project Runway” challenge to design and make a sports uniform in 10 minutes. They will then model it before guest judge, international supermodel and Kiwi fashion icon Racheal Hunter. Find out who she picks, who models the outfits and who faces the consequence of having their armpits waxed – will the Bros end their losing streak and scrape back some points?

Away from the studio, Awen and Oz go head to head in the pool with the New Zealand women’s water polo team.

Back in the studio, The Geeks perform live with their self-described “electro-Nintendo pop groove” tunes. Led by former Disney Channel and C4 Select Live presenter Jermaine “JGeek” Leef, The Geeks describe themselves as an avant-garde mix of bright colours, suit jackets, ties and high-top kicks, contrasted with neoteric Maori moko.

Independent data detailing what news and current affairs programmes people chose to watch in May shows TV ONE won in every category and each programme significantly outrated its counterpart from TV3 or MTS.

The main game is in prime time and that’s where TV ONE had the biggest leads.  ONE News had an average of 700-thousand viewers a night in May; 3 News’ average audience was half that size with only 370-thousand watching per night.

Not only did ONE News have almost double the audience of 3 News but Close Up’s audience was double that of Campbell Live’s and Sunday’s was almost double that of 60 Minutes. 

ONE News at Midday had five times as many viewers as 3 News at 12.  Q+A’s audience was four times the size of The Nation’s.  Marae Investigates had three times as many viewers as Native Affairs.  Te Karere 4:30pm bulletin had an average audience 11 times the size of MTS’ prime time show Te Kaea.

Fair Go picked up on average an extra 75,000 viewers per episode in May (from April) and maintained a substantial lead over Target.  Tonight beat Nightline by an average of 50,000 viewers per night.

Breakfast’s average audience was almost four times the size of Firstline. 

On average 439,700 people tuned into Breakfast each morning over the last four weeks (reach/cume) and they watched for an average of 45 minutes per morning. 

“Average viewing time of 45 minutes in the morning is a really great result,” said TVNZ Head of News and Current Affairs, Anthony Flannery.

“That’s a very long time to be engaged with television in the morning and about the same amount of time people spend listening to radio including commuting time each morning.

“It tells me that Breakfast viewers are enjoying the broad mix of content they’re getting.

“The Breakfast team continues to be very focused on delivering what the viewers want – it continues to be a very popular and successful show.”

In contrast Firstline had less than 200-thousand tuning in across the morning (178,000 reach/cume) and their viewers watched on average for 29 minutes.

 

*Please note on the graph above the “average number of viewers tuning in each day” is a reach or cume audience figure.

The Electoral Commission has released its decision on the broadcasting funding for political parties ahead of this year’s general election.

National and Labour will get the biggest slice of the pie with $1.15 million and 36 minutes of air time each.

The Greens will receive $300,000 and 15 minutes. ACT and the Maori Party will both get $160,000 and nine minutes while NZ First and United Future get $100,000 and five and a half minutes.

Non-Parliament parties such as Alliance and Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis will receive $20,000 and two minutes.

Hone Hawariwa’s Mana Party has missed out on funding due to the party being lunched after the application date.

The parties can use the money for production costs and to buy airtime. Their own money can be used to help with production but not to buy airtime.

Source: Stuff 

Freeview

Most watched

  1. One News: 776,770 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 643,680 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 567,030 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Close Up: 527,510 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. 3 News: 437,640 (TV3, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Coronation Street: 567,030 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. My Kitchen Rules: 410,470 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Grey’s Anatomy: 404,340 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. What’s Really In Our Food?: 362,130 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. Undercover Boss: 338,650 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 129,340 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. The Erin Simpson Show: 109,560 (TV2, 4:30pm – 5:00pm)
  3. H20 Just add water: 97,070 (TV2, 4:00pm – 4:30pm)
  4. Emmerdale: 96,660 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 1:25pm)
  5. Good Morning: 95,960 (TV ONE, 9:00am – 12:00pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 776,770 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Coronation Street: 567,030 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Close Up: 527,510 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Undercover Boss: 338,650 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. I Shouldn’t Be Alive: 255,130 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 643,680 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. My Kitchen Rules: 410,470 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Grey’s Anatomy: 404,340 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Private Practice: 272,060 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. F.R.I.E.N.D.S: 220,160 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 437,640 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. What’s Really In Our Food?: 362,130 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Campbell Live: 298,340 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Australian Federal Police Fron: 284,130 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. NCIS: Los Angeles: 279,180 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. American Pie Presents TheBookO: 127,730 (8:30pm – 10:35pm)
  2. The Simpsons: 101,650 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Beauty and the Geek: 73,930 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: 58,140 (7:55am – 8:20am)
  5. That ’70s Show: 54,090 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Downton Abbey: 288,980 (8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  2. Prime Evening News: 231,210 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  3. Deal or No Deal: 136,670 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  4. Killing Time: 94,320 (9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  5. The Great British Bake-Off: 90,250 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. Whose Line Is It Anyway?: 25,660 (4:30pm – 5:00pm)

Most watched on SKY Movies 1

  1. Extract: 22,120 (8:35pm – 10:00pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:30am – 7:00am): 95,970
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 7:55am): 158,460
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 121,560
  • 3 News Firstline (6:00am – 6:30am): 25,890
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 32,420
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 8:00am): 31,030
  • 3 News Firstline (8:00am – 8:30am): 38,360
  • AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 30,390
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 129,340
  • 3 News at 12 (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 36,600
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 776,770
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 437,640
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 527,510
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 298,340
  • Tonight (10:30pm – 11:00pm): 200,480
  • Nightline (10:25pm – 10:55pm): 155,060

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. One News: TV ONE 776770 – up from 685450 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Prime Evening News: PRIME 231210 – up from 162080 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  3. Campbell Live: TV3 298340 – up from 234070 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Coronation Street: TV ONE 567030 – up from 507060 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Close Up: TV ONE 527510 – up from 470830 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. I Shouldn’t Be Alive: TV ONE 255130 – down from 308570 (9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Undercover Boss: TV ONE 338650 – down from 390540 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Tonight: TV ONE 200480 – down from 230120 (10:30pm – 11:00pm)
  4. Blues Clues: TV2 41460 – down from 68780 (8:15am – 8:40am)
  5. Bakugan Battle Brawlers: TV2 64560 – down from 89800 (7:50am – 8:15am)

New

  1. The Great British Bake-Off: PRIME (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. The Crowd Goes Wild: PRIME (10:35pm – 11:05pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • TV ONE: 27.9%
  • SKY Network: 22.3%
  • TV2: 18.6%
  • TV3: 16.7%
  • PRIME: 6.5%
  • FOUR: 4.9%
  • Other TV Channels: 2.3%
  • Maori TV: 0.4%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+