Vampire Diaries, 90210 renewed

The CW network has renewed The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural and 90210 for another season each.

Bay working on pirate drama

Transformer director Michael Bay will work with the Starz network on a new pirate drama called Black Sails. The series will be a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island. Continue reading »

A “serial complainer” has successfully had a Broadcasting Standards Authority ruling overturned, meaning he will no longer have to pay a $50 fine for making too many complaints.

Wellington man Donald McDonald submitted a complaint to the BSA regarding an item on One News that incorrectly stated that a supernova was 240 light years away, instead of 240 million light years.

The BSA rejected the complaint, saying it was “peripheral” to the news item and issued a $50 fine to McDonald as deterrent against making “frivolous and trivial” complaints.

McDonald is known a prolific complainer, with his complaints alone making up five per cent of TV One’s complaints. Continue reading »

New Zealand will soon have its very own dedicated shopping channel on Sky TV.

The Shopping Channel will feature on Sky channel 18 from October 1, screening eight hours of live, locally produced television each day.

The content will also be streamed online, as well as be made available on YouTube and accessible via smartphones, tablets and on-demand.

Greg Partington, managing director of advertising firm Ogilvy, says his new channel will mark a change for retail in this country.
“We aim to produce compelling television, giving consumers access to the world of TV home shopping, providing New Zealand retailers, importers, entrepreneurs and inventors a venue to showcase and sell their products to the New Zealand shopper,” he says.

“Viewers can window shop on TV, purchase online, mobile or call centre and, through a collaboration with Mainfreight, will receive their purchase delivered promptly to their door. Continue reading »

The latest group to voice their disapproval of The GC are Gold Coast Tourism representatives who are worried the show may put some New Zealanders off visiting the area.

With 174,000 kiwis visiting the Gold Coast last year, this country is the Coast’s largest overseas tourist market and there are fears that

The GC is promoting a kind of lifestyle that may put visitors off.

Gold Coast Tourism chief executive Martin Winter said: “We would prefer for The G.C. series to have taken a broader and more positive approach to the city by successfully showing the larger qualities of life in the region and avoid the cliched Jersey Shore format.” Continue reading »

A new Shortland Street website has launched on Blogger.  First up is an interview with Peter Mochrie (Dr Callum McKay) who is ending his 6 year run to head to LA to see what Hollywood can offer.

His character Dr Callum McKay has been a blackmailer and a womaniser. He has cheated death in an explosion, seen his son Hunter battle drug addiction and even had an affair with Hunter’s ex girlfriend, nurse Jill Kingsbury.

Now, after appearing in 489 episodes over six years on Shortland Street, Peter Mochrie is packing his stethoscope and leaving the fictional hospital for good – heading for LA to discover what Hollywood has in store. “It’s been a wonderful journey, but it’s time to go. From Shortland Street, from this end of the world,” says Peter (53). Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Once Upon A Time: 38220 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Project Runway: 27680 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. The Finder: 19230 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Kitchen Nightmares: 18060 (TV2, 9:35pm – 10:30pm)
  5. Shortland Street: 17270 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

The following is Peter Dunne’s response to TVNZ’s announcement this morning that TVNZ7 is to become a +1 channel.

TVNZ’s decision to replace TVNZ7 with a “repeats” channel of TV One programmes is the ultimate insult to the intelligence of New Zealand television viewers, UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne said today. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 728,170 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 619,610 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. Police Ten 7: 559,530 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Coronation Street: 475,460 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Last Chance Dogs: 455,680 (TV2, 8:00pm – 8:35pm) Continue reading »

TVNZ will launch a ‘plus one’ channel on the frequency now occupied by TVNZ 7, from July 1 2012.

The new channel will be an exact duplicate of TV ONE, broadcast an hour later.

Changing viewer habits have seen time-shifted channels develop as an internationally-established method of meeting viewer demands for greater flexibility – especially with News and Current Affairs.  Long working hours, shift work and traffic problems have had an impact on the numbers able to watch the evening news in its traditional time slot, and there is now an identifiable global trend towards time-shifting by consumers. Continue reading »