Pukeko Pictures has finalised a deal to work alongside Chinese production house Grand Entertainment to produce a new global kids TV show.

The Wellington-based company – who created the successful WotoWots series – will work alongside the Chinese production house on Apple Dog’s Adventure, a live-action puppet-based series.

The main character in the series is based on a popular series of Chinese books, which tells the story of a dog with a magical apple growing from the end of its tail that teaches simple life lessons.

“It is not going to employ a lot of people here. It will be fairly small from that aspect but for our purpose it is about understanding the Chinese market, how things are done at a production level, then being able to collaborate with the Chinese on something we actually believe could be a very exciting show,” said Pukeko Pictures chief executive Andrew Smith. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. The Mentalist: 39440 (TV2, 9:00pm – 10:00pm)
  2. Body of Proof: 39080 (TV2, 10:00pm – 11:00pm)
  3. Top Gear 50 Years of Bond Cars: 26560 (PRIME, 8:30pm – 9:50pm)
  4. C.S.I.: 17960 (TV3, 11:25pm – 12:20am)
  5. Shortland Street: 14370 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 622,200 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 530,590 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. Border Security: 480,210 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Renters: 469,480 (TV2, 7:35pm – 8:30pm)
  5. The Mentalist: 382,710 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm) Continue reading »

Hamm and Slattery to direct Mad Men episodes

Jon Hamm and John Slattery will both direct upcoming episodes of Mad Men. Slattery (Roger Sterling) will direct two episodes in the sixth season while Hamm (Don Draper) will be in charge of one.

Fellowes discusses recasting Downton role

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has dismissed the idea of recasting the role of Matthew Crawley in the show’s fourth season if actor Dan Stevens does indeed decide to depart. “I can’t see us doing that,” he said, “If they don’t want to come back, there’s nothing we can do.” Continue reading »

Shortland Street star Shavaughn Ruakere has written an open letter to Prime Minister John Key, calling on the PM to ensure Auckland’s 24/7 sexual violence crisis line remains open beyond Christmas.

Ruakere’s open letter joins with over 12,000 people who have signed a petition on Change.org calling on the Key government to stop the closure of the service.

Ruarkere says she was inspired to write the open letter to Key because of her recent experience on Shortland Star, in which her character Roimata was sexually assaulted in a story line. Ruakere relays the importance of the crises line based on this encounter in her letter to Key:

“I had the chance to talk to Help crisis line counselling staff to find out what it’s like for victims of sexual violence. In the middle of the night when they feel like they can’t go on, this service can be the difference between life and death. When court processes are underway, and women and children are testifying about what they’ve suffered, this is the service they call on. This experience has shown me we can’t afford to lose the crisis line.” Continue reading »

It’s been confirmed that Quickflix will be available to FreeviewHD viewers from next year.

Viewers who connect their Freeview set-top boxes to the internet will be able to access the pay-TV service via their on-screen guides.

Quickflix offers an unlimited internet TV service that allows subscribers to access movies, TV and other content for $14.99 a month.

The difference between standard Freeview channels and Quickflix is that the latter is streamed to Freeview devices over the internet rather than through digital terrestrial radio. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Homeland: 42280 (TV3, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  2. Grey’s Anatomy: 28720 (TV2, 8:40pm – 9:40pm)
  3. Unforgettable: 26180 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 21040 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Private Practice: 20510 (TV2, 9:40pm – 10:40pm) Continue reading »

New Zealand’s Got Talent has maintained its #1 position as the most watched show in New Zealand now for 12 consecutive weeks.

16 of the top 25 shows aired on TV One and 8 on TV2 while 3 News was the only show for TV3.

Shortland Street was the most watched show on TV2 again this week.

Seven of the top 25 shows had also previously aired.

Here are the top 25 most watched shows on TV for the week ending December 1, 2012: Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 612,290 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 533,380 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  3. Piha Rescue: 524,230 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. High Country Rescue: 521,060 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Border Security: 445,340 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

Walking Dead actors to voice game characters

Walking Dead actors Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker will voice their respective characters on the upcoming Walking Dead video game. The prequel game will feature the Dixon brothers fighting their way across the state of Georgia to reach Atlanta.

BBC adapting new JK Rowling book

The BBC has announced they will be adapting the new JK Rowling novel The Casual Vacancy for TV. The novel – which was released this year – has become a global best-seller. Continue reading »