It was confirmed this morning that the Johnson boys are due back on TV3 on Thursday, July 4 at 8.30pm.

The series – which has gained a strong cult following both here in NZ and overseas through Syfy in the UK and Space in Canada – almost never made it to a third season with its cancellation confirmed by cast members in September last year before it was eventually renewed.

So with a quality cast and powerful team of producers behind it, will the third season be able to attract and hold viewers as well as or better than the first two seasons? Continue reading »

Many people believe Seven Sharp’s days are numbered but it appears some are more confident than others.

If you are someone who thinks the TV One current affairs series will last no longer than the start of 2014, then perhaps you might want to get amongst this action:


2013 has seen TV3 make great progress in current affairs with Campbell Live but the same cannot be said for 3rd Degree and in particular, their monthly debate show The Vote.

Last night’s debate, “Our kids: it not poverty, it’s parenting”, was poorly thought out and presented a false dichotomy.

The options for the debate weren’t mutually exclusive,  the voting results weren’t scientific and ultimately unsurprising considering TV3’s “middle New Zealand” audience. Duncan Garner’s unrelated attack on Destiny church’s Hannah Tamaki was appalling and other than ending on a cute note with a plug for a remade reggae song, the most important thing lacking from last night were actual solutions.

Is it any wonder that the average audience for the series so far is only about 178,000 viewers per episode?  While last night delved new depths in current affairs, it still rated 52,750 more viewers than the series low of 110,830.  That honor went to the second episode of The Vote which hoped to discover if New Zealand was a racist country.


In comparison, last year 60 Minutes drew an average audience of more than 100,000 more viewers per episode. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Arrow: 68990 (TV2, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  2. Elementary: 54900 (PRIME, 8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  3. The Big Bang Theory: 48110 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  4. 999 What’s Your Emergency: 30830 (TV ONE, 9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  5. 24 Hours In A&E: 26900 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:35pm) Continue reading »

TrueBliss is back.

The very-first TV-created girl group – comprising of Megan Alatini, Joe Cotton, Erika Takacs, Keri Harper and Carly Binding (who won’t be taking part) – are reuniting for the Child Cancer Foundation (CCF)’s ‘One Day Dance Challenge’.

In support of the Child Cancer Foundation, TrueBliss released “A Minute of One Day” in 2012 and have now got together again to inspire kids to choreograph and perform their own dance set to this song. Alatini, who is also a former New Zealand Idol judge will along with her band-mates critique the dances and judge the winning entry. Continue reading »

jamesgandolfiniSeveral media outlets are reporting the death of James Gandolfini.

The former star of The Sopranos is reported to have died of a heart attack in Italy, where he was on holiday and to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.

He was 51.

Gandolfini is best known for playing Tony Soprano in The Sopranos between 1999 and 2007. He won three Emmy nominations for the role.

premerleague“No EPL, no SKY TV” is the catchphrase of a Facebook page set up this week following the news Sky TV has lost the broadcast rights to the English Premier League.

The ‘Unsubscribing from Sky TV because no EPL’ page boasts just under 3,000 fans who look to be parting ways with Sky to watch football elsewhere.

It was announced yesterday that Coliseum Sports Media had outbid Sky for the rights and will be offering an online package to football fans alongside TVNZ’s limited free-to-air coverage.

TheVoteGuyon Espiner and the Affirmative team were declared the winners of last night’s The Vote debate with the moot ‘Our kids: The problem’s not poverty; it’s parenting’.

Viewer votes:


61% YES
39% NO Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 779,060 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Fair Go: 689,350 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Border Security: 615,530 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 486,330 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:35pm)
  5. The Big Bang Theory: 467,890 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:00pm) Continue reading »

AlmightyJohnsons20132The return date for The Almighty Johnsons has been set.

As confirmed on Twitter this morning, the third season of the Kiwi series will premiere on TV3 on Thursday, July 4 at 8.30pm.

The Almighty Johnsons features Emmett Skilton, Tim Balme, Dean O’Gorman, Jared Turner and Ben Barrington. Continue reading »