Breaking Bad actor joins Parks and Recreation

Breaking Bad actor Jonathan Banks has joined the cast of Parks and Recreation. Banks will play the father of Ben (Adam Scott) in the show’s fifth season.

New monster pilot being produced

Gossip Girl execs Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have teamed up with Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke for a new pilot that was written by acclaimed writer Bret Easton Ellis. Entitled Copeland Prep, the pilot will focus on a high school where the students are being transformed into monsters. Continue reading »

British comedian Russell Brand will head to New Zealand for the first time to perform his stand up show I Am a Walrus.

Brand will be in town on Wednesday, November 28 to perform at the Vector Arena.

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, September 25 at or by calling 0800111999 or Auckland (09) 970 9700.

I’m planning on watching The X Factor USA

I wonder how The X Factor USA (TV3, 7.30pm) will compare to NZ’s Got Talent? Just as well they weren’t scheduled for the same night, or a lot of people would have had a tough time deciding which to watch.

The X Factor USA has the big guns in the judging department: Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid, which is a bit of a drawcard (Britney in particular!). No doubt, with such a massive pool of talent from which to choose, they’ll have a few more ‘wow’ moments, but to its credit, NZ’s Got Talent was extremely watchable and had a few good contestants of its own. I’ll definitely be tuning in to The X Factor USA tonight. It will be screening twice a week – Thursdays and Fridays.

I’m enjoying watching Four Weddings Australia on TV One (8.30pm) each Thursday. Continue reading »

What did the NZ Herald have to say about The Block NZ premiere?

“”[T]he Block a hit from the get-go… New Zealand’s next reality TV obsession has begun…already TV3′s top-rating programme in 2012…”

Stuff described The Block’s first two episodes’ ratings as “high”.

And about The Ridges? The NZ Herald says:

“More people tuned in for a re-run of Two and a Half Men last night than the debut episode of The Ridges.”

While Stuff‘s most read headline of the day says:

 “Ridges‘ ratings fail to impress”

So let’s set a few things straight: Continue reading »

Heathers being made into TV series

The 1988 cult hit film Heathers, which starred Winona Ryder, is being rebooted for television, by Bravo. The movie starred Ryder as Veronica, who was part of the most popular group of girls at Westerburg High School. The TV version will pick up 20 years after the movie left off. Veronica moves back to Sherwood with her teenage daughter, who has to face the next generation of mean girls at high school, the “Ashleys”, who are the daughters of the “Heathers.”

Bill Maher joins The Good Wife cast

Bill Maher will appear on the upcoming season of The Good Wife. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Game Of Thrones: 24050 (PRIME, 9:30pm – 10:45pm)
  2. Anger Management: 23960 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  3. The Killing: 23450 (TV3, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  4. Castle: 20550 (TV ONE, 9:35pm – 10:30pm)
  5. Keep Calm and Carry On: 20060 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 720,590 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Fair Go: 624,000 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 570,980 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  4. Close Up: 532,660 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Keep Calm and Carry On: 390,160 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »

NZ On Air supports new season of Back Benches

NZ On Air is pleased to announce support for a new series of Back Benches to screen on Prime.

“We are thrilled to be able to support the talented Back Benches team” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson. “Their particular combination of political current affairs and humour makes topical political debate highly accessible.”

“The series found a loyal audience on TVNZ 7 and NZ On Air and Prime are delighted to join forces to find it a new home.” Ms Wrightson says.

NZ On Air has supported Back Benches for 20 episodes to run in 2013.

I tuned in to see the first episode of The Ridges last night, not really expecting too much. I was right not to have high expectations. While slightly amusing in places, I generally just found myself rolling my eyes a lot.

Jaime describes herself as a princess, and princess she is. I think she would fit in quite nicely on Keeping Up With The Kardashians; she just needs to work on the Kardashian “Thank-yewww”. She went off to help with renovating the new house (which Sally bought without Jaime’s approval…odd, considering how close they are, supposedly)…but had to make sure the kink in the back of her hair was straightened properly first (because you never know which famous ex-boyfriend may drop in to visit, right?) Continue reading »

Sudeikis returning to SNL

Jason Sudeikis has confirmed he will be returning to Saturday Night Live for his ninth season of the show.

Ne-Yo to cameo on 90210

R&B singer Ne-Yo will join fellow musicians Carly Rae Jepsen and Nelly Furtado in making cameo appearances on 90210’s fifth season. Continue reading »