Maori Television’s captivating new documentary series follows two teenage boys as they attempt to get a job in the risky but lucrative deep sea fishing industry.

He Kupenga Hou (The New Fishing Net) premieres on Friday, September 7 at 8.00pm.

The 13-part series follows teenage friends Joseph and Timoti on their journey through the Westport Deep Sea Fishing School as they learn the skills needed to make it in the industry. Continue reading »

This week on Q+A, does anyone have the right to own water? John Key says absolutely not. But next week, the Waitangi Tribunal will tell the Government what it thinks. Shane Taurima speaks to Maori Council co-chair Sir Eddie Durie, and Iwi Leadership Group member Haami Piripi – what do they actually want, and how far are they prepared to go?

Plus, the “Beast of Blenheim”, Stewart Murray Wilson is being released into Whanganui amidst outrage from locals. How far will they go to prevent him from moving in? Mayor Annette Main explains what the council is trying to do to give him his marching orders. Continue reading »

After all the furore over Prime’s Olympic coverage being interrupted by advertising we thought it would be worthwhile checking to see what the coverage was last time.

The Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony began broadcasting at 8:08pm on the 8th of August, 2008.  That much I can remember as just after 8am that morning our first child arrived into the world.  By the time the opening ceremony started, both Rachel and I were well and truly ready for some sleep, despite straining to stay awake for the epic Chinese presentation to the world.  I couldn’t remember whether the event had screened live or whether there were ads so it was great to get some clarification from TVNZ. Continue reading »

Here’s an interesting graphic for you.  The following shows the 5+ channel share from the 16th of July to the 16th of August.

There are a couple of interesting points from this graph.  Firstly, it’s rather obvious how beneficial the Olympics were for Prime’s ratings.  They typically hover around the 5% mark most days and yet drew approximately 4 times that amount during the London Olympics.  TV One were the biggest losers with their lowest day delivering only a 13.6% share. TV2 also dipped while the impact on TV3 and Four wasn’t as big.

However, the most interesting line in this graph is the Sky one.  With exclusive, live coverage of the games, and despite being in about half of all households, there really doesn’t appear to be any impact on their share of viewers at all.

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+ Daily Share

I’m planning on watching The Promise

On Soho at 8.30pm tonight is part one of a new four-part drama called The Promise. It is a political thriller set in contemporary Israel and British Occupied Palestine in the aftermath of World War II, and it examines the origins of the conflict in the Middle East.

On the first episode tonight, 18-year-old Erin travels to Israel to discover first-hand the struggle her grandfather faced when he was a British peacekeeper in Palestine in the 1940s. I love a good historical drama, so I’ll be watching this series.

New episodes of Who Do You Think You Are USA begin on Prime tonight at 8.30pm. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Mrs. Brown’s Boys: 51120 (TV ONE, 9:35pm – 10:15pm)
  2. Coronation Street: 48790 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Fringe: 34680 (TV2, 10:35pm – 11:35pm)
  4. The Block NZ: 28790 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:40pm)
  5. MasterChef Australia: 25960 (TV ONE, 4:45pm – 6:00pm) Continue reading »

Christopher Guest comedy gets green light

Christopher Guest (director of Best In Show and For Your Consideration) is heading to TV, to work on his new comedy series. It’s called Family Tree, and will follow a 30-year-old man who receives a mysterious box from his great aunt, and then embarks on a journey to find his family’s roots. Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) will star in the show, but Guest will also make an appearance.

Fringe star back to work after sleep disorder

Fringe star John Noble is back working on the set of Fringe, after recovering from his sleep disorder. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. Shortland Street: 626,480 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. One News: 619,630 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. Mrs. Brown’s Boys: 538,190 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:10pm)
  4. Coronation Street: 489,330 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Close Up: 442,430 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

Name: Maria Barlow-Cooper

Job Title: Manager – External Channels, Entertainment Content at SKY TV

What does your job entail?
I manage the content and relationships with 16 of SKY’s key external entertainment channels, including UKTV, Discovery Channel and E! In a nutshell, I’m SKY’s content expert for these channels.

What are your three favourite shows right now?
True Blood, Come Dine With Me and The Newsroom. Continue reading »

Mad Men actor joins Arrested Development

Mad Men actor John Slattery is set to join Arrested Development for its news 10-episode run. Slattery is best known for playing the role of Roger Sterling on Mad Men.

Elliot leaving SNL

Actress Abby Elliot is reported to be leaving Saturday Night Live after four seasons. She has been cast in a new comedy pilot. Continue reading »