Hulk TV series planned

A Hulk TV series is in development according to ABC president Paul Lee. The adaptation of the Marvel comic in being planned for release in 2013.

Harold & Kumar animated series to be developed

An animated series based on the Harold & Kumar films is on the cards at Adult Swim. The channel announced plans to develop the show alongside the films’ producers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. Continue reading »

Kiwi actor Cliff Curtis has had his new drama series Missing axed by the ABC network in the States.

The series, which features Ashley Judd in the lead role, started promisingly enough before ratings began to drop over the 10 episode season.

The bad news continued this week for NZ talent, with Sam Neil’s series Alcatraz also cut by its network after just one season.

Add to that Rhys Darby’s axed sitcom How To Be A Gentleman and all-in-all it hasn’t been the most promising TV season for kiwis in America. Continue reading »

The man who has become the butt of many a joke this week has been granted name suppression after appearing in court yesterday.

The carpet cleaner who was caught with his hands down his pants in a classic Target hidden camera sting appeared in Manukau District Court on charges of burglary and wilfully accessing a computer.

He was bailed to reappear on June 6. Continue reading »

Paul Henry has offended Australian Breakfast viewers with some comments regarding asylum seekers.

Henry was commenting on the subject of asylum seekers and the recent decision by the Australian federal government to pay households up to $300 a week to accommodate them.

“If this is all about saving money you could broaden it out. Why not criminals? Not murderers, but low level criminals,” Henry said.

“The jails could be smaller and you could put them in homestay situations … The mentally ill could go into homes.”

Henry then said that it would be a good idea to put an asylum seeker in a linen cupboard.

“You’d want to get the linen out, wouldn’t you? Otherwise (inaudible) ‘oh, these sheets are dirty. Ergh’. Continue reading »

WannaBen’s Ben Boyce has appeared in the Manukau District Court this afternoon with his fellow accused over the stunt they tried to pull at Auckland Airport last September.

Boyce, The Rock host Bryce Casey, TV producer Andrew Robinson, Daniel Watkins, Craig O’Reilly and Gregory Clarke appeared at Manukau District Court today charged with providing false information in an attempt to gain access to a secure area.

At the sentence indication hearing all the accused changed their plea to guilty.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 12 months imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

The case had originally been set down for a defended hearing but last week a decision was made to hold a sentence indication hearing. Continue reading »

Significant  concerns  about  access  to  content  and  Sky’s  contracts  with  ISPs. 

The Commerce Commission today announced the completion of its investigation into Igloo, the joint venture between TVNZ and Sky. It concluded that Igloo was unlikely to reduce competition in the pay TV market, despite concerns also being raised about Sky’s entry into the free-­‐to-­‐air market.

However, Sky’s not off the hook with the Commission. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. NCIS: 51480 (TV3, 8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  2. NCIS: Los Angeles: 37520 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. MasterChef New Zealand: 32980 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Yellowstone: 31960 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  5. Rookie Blue: 29340 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:35pm) Continue reading »

FOUR Live co-host Tumehe Rongonui is stepping up to the plate – and off the side of a building – in support of the 40 Hour Famine event next week. Tumehe has bravely
agreed to complete 40 SkyJumps in 40 hours off the 192meter high Sky Tower in the heart of Auckland City and FOUR Live is bringing viewers Tumehe’s crazy and
inspiring stunt.

Both FOUR Live host, Shannon Ryan, and ‘co-pilot’ Tumehe, are proud supporters of the 40 Hour Famine’s cause, which this year is focusing on raising money for children in Mali and Niger.

As leaders of ‘Team Green’ their goal has been to get as many other 40 Hour Famine participants to back their team, and Tumehe was more than happy to put himself on the line as a way of thanking fans for their support:  Continue reading »

The number of households with Freeview has increased significantly over the last four months, according to the latest figures.

The Digital Tracker, funded by Going Digital, shows 47% of all households with a working television now have Freeview, up from 41% last quarter.  The percentage of homes with Sky TV or TelstraClear dropped from 57% to 55% over the same period.

Freeview General Manager Sam Irvine said the figures show free to air digital television is becoming more popular in New Zealand, and he expects the trend to continue as digital switch over gets closer. Continue reading »