I’m planning on watching Longford and The X Factor USA

There’s an HBO film on Soho tonight at 8.30pm called Longford. It tells the true story of British Lord Longford, who befriended one of Britain’s most notorious criminals, child murderess Myra Hindley.

The very talented Jim Broadbent plays Lord Longford. I think this will be a good film.

I will definitely be watching The X Factor USA again tonight (TV3, 7.30pm). Oh boy, the standard of talent on this show is very, very high, and the first episode was very entertaining! Continue reading »

Episodes gets a third season

Episodes, starring Matt Le Blanc, Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig has been renewed for a third season. Nine new episodes will be made, and it will go into production next year. 

Will.i.am to be guest-mentor

Will.i.am will be a guest mentor on The X Factor USA. He will join Britney Spears during the  judges’ homes segment of the competition Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Mrs. Brown’s Boys: 59040 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:05pm)
  2. Coronation Street: 28720 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Embarrassing Bodies: 25600 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  4. Fringe: 23970 (TV2, 10:35pm – 11:35pm)
  5. Auckland Daze: 23680 (TV ONE, 10:05pm – 10:35pm) Continue reading »

With the announcement that New Zealand is going get a local version of The X Factor, the next logical question is Who will be the judges for The X Factor New Zealand?

Let’s compile a list of suitable music industry folk who might be keen to take the job on.

Who do you think TV3 should select as judges for The X Factor New Zealand?

I have some great news for all those people who wished NZ On Air hadn’t given TVNZ $1.6m in funding for New Zealand’s Got Talent.  There will be no funding for TVNZ to produce the show in 2013.

Instead, NZ On Air has announced that they will be giving $1.6m in funding to Mediaworks for a local version of The X Factor in 2013.  Oh, I can hear the thunder of fists on desks rolling in the distance.

So this announcement means that TVNZ will either need to get their sponsors to dig deeper in order to get a third series of the phenomenally high rating show to air or put it to bed until it can secure funding again.  If TVNZ does decide to cover the costs of producing the show, rest assured the usual suspects will complain that taxpayer money is still being spent to produce television they only secretly watch.  Either way, TVNZ producing the show will draw criticism. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 678,810 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Close Up: 527,240 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Police Ten 7: 504,480 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:05pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 498,250 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Mrs. Brown’s Boys: 489,180 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:10pm) Continue reading »

NZ On Air is proud to be able to announce support for The X Factor NZ 2013.

The X Factor NZ’s search throughout the country for singing talent will be shared with audiences next year on TV3.

As a proven concept The X Factor offers a highly successful way to develop the careers of New Zealand singers and introduce them to large New Zealand audiences.

NZ On Air will be a minority investor in the ambitious programme. Continue reading »

Last night an estimated average audience of 307,170 people watched the premiere episode of X Factor USA on TV3, compared with 325,130 watching The Ridges the previous night.  X Factor USA was down slightly on last year’s premiere average audience figure of 320,480.

X Factor USA was still TV3′s most viewed show yesterday, followed by 3 News on 263,600.

Full ratings figures for yesterday to come.


* Of course the reach for X Factor USA will be greater than that for The Ridges, but it was much longer show.

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 ticketmaster.co.nz or by calling 0800111999 or Auckland (09) 970 9700.