Maori Television will screen this weekend’s much anticipated Super Rugby final free-to-air after coming to an agreement with Sky TV, owners of Prime Television.

This will allow rugby fans to enjoy coverage of the final on Maori Television at the same time allowing Olympics fans to enjoy the unprecedented coverage of London 2012 free-to-air on Prime.

Maori Television will screen delayed coverage of Saturday’s Super 15 Final between the Chiefs and the Sharks, kicking off at 9.00pm. The agreement will also allow Maori Television to screen uninterrupted delayed coverage of two NRL matches over the coming two weekends. Live coverage will continue as usual on Sky Sport. Continue reading »

I’m planning on watching Sayed Kashua Forever Scared and Band of Brothers

There’s a documentary on Maori Television tonight at 8.30pm that sounds like it will be fascinating. It’s called Sayed Kashua Forever Scared and it has been filmed over seven years. It follows the complicated life of a Palestinian man living in Israel. He is a talented and ambitious Israeli writer with a top-rated television comedy series, but Kashua never feels at home.

It’s part five of Band of Brothers tonight on Soho at 8.30pm. On tonight’s episode, Winters is promoted, and Easy Company rushes to the Ardennes Forest to help defend the crossroads of Bastogne. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Missing: 62060 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  2. Unforgettable: 42570 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  3. Modern Family: 19170 (TV3, 8:05pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Junior MasterChef Australia: 18610 (PRIME, 8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  5. MasterChef Australia: 16580 (TV ONE, 4:45pm – 6:00pm) Continue reading »

Heather Locklear to guest-star on Hot in Cleveland

It has been confirmed that Heather Locklear will appear in at least three episodes of Hot in Cleveland next season, as a former beauty queen who hired Melanie to work at her PR firm.

The Big C has been cancelled

Laura Linney’s show, The Big C, has been cancelled. The fourth season will be its final season. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 754,130 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Border Security: 655,030 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 626,570 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. The Force: 585,560 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Close Up: 455,900 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

The happiest worker at the London Olympics.

Mums to guest on NCIS: Los Angeles

Four of NCIS: Los Angeles’s main cast members will have their mothers make guest appearances on the series. The women will play a group of gamblers at a casino.

Fringe to finish in three parts

Fringe exec Joel Wyman has revealed that the series will conclude with a three-part finale. “It’s the end of this saga,” Wyman said of season five. “You never know… but as far as this story and this saga [is concerned] – it’s over.” Continue reading »

London 2012 Olympics – Tuesday July 31


Canoe Slalom:
Women’s heats (Luuka Jones), 1st run – 1.22am, 2nd run 3.42am

Night session 6.30am-9.15am
Women’s 200m individual medley semis (Natalie Wiegersma if qualified) – 7.51am

Eventing (cross country) ends – 4.55am
(Andrew Nicholson, Jock Paget, Caroline Powell, Jonelle Richards, Mark Todd) Continue reading »

Paul Henry will remain on Australian television for the meantime after Channel Ten decided to keep Breakfast on the air.

The struggling morning series will be cut by 30 minutes but will remain in its timeslot.

The series was facing the axe after a crisis meeting was held this week to discuss the future of the show, which is consistently rating poorly up against the rival Channel Seven and Nine shows. Continue reading »

We arrived back home in New Zealand on Sunday morning to read in the Newspaper that viewers of Prime’s free-to-air broadcast of the Olympics opening ceremony were upset that it finished 45 minutes after Sky Sport’s coverage due to ad breaks.

Comments like “Having frequent ads during the first third of the main ceremony is completely and utterly shameful” were seen on twitter.

Those who had chosen not to pay for the privilege of watching the Olympic Games opening ceremony uninterrupted by advertising also complained that Prime had gone to ads just prior to the New Zealand team’s entrance into the stadium.

Let’s now contrast this to what happened in the USA where we were. Continue reading »