homeland-season-2Just like the return of Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day, the next season of Homeland is being filmed outside of the US.  The fourth season of the anti-terrorism drama will be filmed in South Africa after Carrie Mathison was reassigned to a station in the Middle East.

“We’ve been so lucky to work with one of the best crews in the business for the last three seasons in Charlotte,” “Homeland” showrunner and exec producer Alex Gansa said in a statement. “We knew going into season four that we would need to move the production overseas to tell the story of Carrie returning to the Middle East as chief of station.  We are thrilled to have found a new home in Cape Town and look forward to getting season four production off the ground.” Continue reading »

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Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Ice Road Truckers: 33050 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. CSI:NY: 29410 (TV3, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Hyundai Country Calendar: 22820 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. The Book of Eli: 16920 (TV2, 11:35pm – 1:50am)
  5. Above Suspicion: 16010 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 10:05pm) Continue reading »

tim_watkinFormer Q+A, 3rd Degree and The Vote and now The Nation executive producer, Tim Watkin has taken exception with David Farrar’s commentary on yesterday’s Countdown interviews.  Farrar writes

On the original allegations against Countdown, I’ve praised Shane Jones for the work he did in exposing their allegedly ugly tactics of asking for retrospective payments from suppliers. I don’t think such a practice (if it happens) should be condoned.

But yesterday, it turned into almost a smear campaign against Countdown. They were accused on TV3 of everything from threatening a select committee, to bullying competitors also, to bullying Councils to shock horror selling Lotto tickets.  I think a line has been crossed, and we are now just seeing a degree of mindless bashing.

On his Pundit website, Watkin produces another lengthy retort with an open letter: Continue reading »

True Detective’s Michelle Monaghan Joins Adam Sandler’s Pixels – source

Game of Thrones Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) to join The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part2 – source

Mandy Moore To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Good Session’ – source

Carrie Diaries Chloe Bridges to join Pretty Little Liars – source

Welcome to the start of a new week.  A week where typically the ratings start to get higher due to the end of daylight savings.  It won’t be long and we’ll be preparing to sit down for those hour long Shortland Street winter season episodes.

This is our daily general discussion thread about anything and everything to do with television.  Whatever you want to discuss, this is the place to do it.

Here is today’s list of TV people with birthday’s today.

Kevin Alejandro (True Blood) 38
Russell Crowe 50
James Garner (Maverick) 85
Wayne Rogers (M*A*S*H) 81
Cristine Prosperi (Degrassi) 21
Andrew Sachs (Fawlty Towers, Coronation Street) 84
Teri Ann Lynn (Bold and the Beautiful) 48 Continue reading »

My super scientific Masterchef rankings*:

1 (no change) Tanisha and Verena

2 (up from 3): Karina and Kasey

3rd equal: Jaimie and Bec, Nikki and Jordan and Trudie and Shelley (I can not separate these three duos).

*I think that any of these duos could win.  The competition is so hot.

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THE NATION_Patrick Gower and Shane Jones_01Continuing on the coverage of Progressive Enterprises and Countdown supermarkets, Patrick Gower talks to Labour’s Shane Jones on The Nation.

Shane Jones says Parliament’s Commerce Select Committee has been subject to “threatening behaviour” from Countdown’s lawyers

Gower: We are aware that a letter exists

Jones: There is a letter around….I challenge you to follow up and you’ll find further evidence that when this Aussie-owned supermarket feels it’s backed in a corner, it comes out and uses every device available. Continue reading »

THE NATION_Lisa Owen and Patrick Gower_03The Nation took on Progressive Enterprises this morning with an interview with The Mad Butcher’s Michael Morton and Local Government New Zealand president Lawrence Yule.

Morton makes new claims that his suppliers are being pressured by Countdown (who is a direct competitor).

Owen: But you’re concerned that your supply chain’s being squeezed by Progressive aren’t you?

Morton: Yes I am, it is my belief that that is happening, yes. Continue reading »

On the eve of the royal tour, Sir Don McKinnon, former deputy Prime Minister and Commonwealth Secretary General, told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that it’s inevitable that New Zealand will become a republic.

“I think it’s inevitable. I don’t know when and I’m not going to campaign actively one way or the other. I have a great respect for Her Majesty the Queen. I had so many meetings with her, and I have respect for Prince Charles. We had him here a little over a year ago and he proved very popular with the people. But it’s a debate that will continue, it’s important we have a good debate about this and about the flag. Continue reading »