Agenda

Agenda’s producer Richard Harman has taken the show over to TV3, after being dumped by TVNZ.

The Sunday Star Times says rumoured hosts are Duncan Garner and Sean Plunket.  The show aims to start once Q+A finishes its run in June.

TV3’s Mark Jennings said:

“NZ On Air will have to decide whether it will fund [TVNZ’s] Q+A or whether they fund ours.  My pick is there won’t be two political shows.”

In our second post reviewing the world of TV in 2008, we reveal the Top 5 shows which ended this year:

  1. Boston Legal
  2. Jericho
  3. Agenda
  4. Men In Trees
  5. Eli Stone

Boston Legal: 5 seasons, 101 episodes and it’s a sad farewell to Denny Crane.  The LA Times said: “it has tried to address adult topics in full paragraphs in the only way possible given television’s current devotion to immaturity and outrageousness — with characters so odd they defied gravity. (With his tie-flipping, teeth-grinding, jaw-adjusting, arm-waving and sudden piercing stares, Spader’s Alan was so tic-driven he often seemed in danger of bursting through not just the fourth wall, but the entire set.)”.

Jericho: Not even 20 tonnes of nuts sent by fans to CBS and the largest online protest could stop the show from eventually being cancelled.  The fans did get 29 episodes in total and some closure.

Agenda: Being highly respected by journalists, quoted in Parliament and used to generate countless news stories didn’t count enough in the end, it was all about the low ratings early Saturday morning. The show celebrated 100 episodes early last year.

Men in Trees: The sweet sappy light hearted show lasted 36 episodes, with 5 screening for the first time in New Zealand.  The press seemed more interested in Anne Heche’s off-screen relationship sagas, leaving her husband for her co-star and on-screen love interest James Tupper.

Eli Stone: Barely given a chance on TV2, this delightfully warm, quirky and lovable show lasted a mere 26 episodes.  Notable guest appearances came from George Michael and Katie Holmes.

See also: Top 3 New NZ TV Shows in 2008

Agenda’s executive producer has revealed that the show has been cancelled by TVNZ.

Ratings for Agenda over the past four weeks have averaged at just over a mere 55,000 viewers, up slightly on the last four weeks of the show in 2007.

The numbers alone are somewhat misleading. The show is in a difficult Sunday morning time slot and could have been successful as a late evening show. More importantly, the show provided countless sound bites and generated stories for ONE News and Breakfast, as well as for TVNZ 7. Media commentators widely watched and discussed the show and many will miss the insights into New Zealand’s political landscape.


The below current affairs show is finishing on 28 November 2007:
-Fair Go

The below current affairs show is finishing on 2 December 2007:
-Sunday

The below current affairs show is finishing on 11 December 2007:
-Agenda

The below current affairs show is returning to on 13 February 2008:
-Fair Go

The below current affairs show is returning to on 24 February 2008:
-Sunday

The below current affairs show is returning to on 2 March 2008:
-Agenda

Sunday On Agenda – TVOne, Sunday 10am

We speak with Winston Peters about his role as a potential power broker after next year’s election.

Clayton Cosgrove unveils his plans to force a better deal for consumers selling their homes.

It’s also the fortieth anniversary of the musical ‘Hair’, which shocked New Zealand with full frontal nudity on stage.

We visit the Auckland community of Dannemora and ask locals what they think of the country’s largest and most recent Buddhist temple.

Our book giveaway this week is ‘Trainland: How Railways Made New Zealand’ by Neill Atkinson.

Hosted by Rawdon Christie, Agenda sets the news agenda for the following week, featuring interviews with headline-makers from politics, business and the media, plus a panel discussion and Dairy Diary, a weekly trip to gauge opinion at a neighbourhood dairy. ONE News political editor Guyon Espiner conducts the political interviews of the day.

This Sunday on Agenda:

National’s Health Spokesman Tony Ryall on the party’s health policy. Are there any more surprises?

James Belich on New Zealand nationalism, becoming a republic, changing the flag and bi-culturalism.

The panel will be Richard Long (former National press secretary and editor of The Dominion) and Chris Trotter, political columnist for The Independent and The Dominion Post.

Also, Dominion Day in Timaru and Chris Thompson, New Zealand’s unsung international rock-star.

Our book to giveaway is The Best Man Who Ever Served The Crown: A life Of Donald Mclean by Ray Fargher.

THIS WEEK ON AGENDA Saturday 1 September, 8.30am

Hosted by Rawdon Christie, Agenda sets the news agenda for the following week, featuring interviews with headline-makers from politics, business and the media, plus a panel discussion and Dairy Diary, a weekly trip to gauge opinion at a neighbourhood dairy. ONE News political editor Guyon Espiner conducts the political interviews of the day.

This week on Agenda:

Agenda talks Climate Change, APEC trade opportunities and political strategy with Green Party leader Jeanette Fitzsimons; interviews former UN weapons inspector and Iraq War whistle-blower Hans Blix; and visits a dairy in Hamilton where MooLoo Rugby fever is heating up for this weekend’s game against the Canterbury Crusaders.
Agenda’s new arts segment is launched with a sneak preview of New Zealand’s prestigious and lucrative Wallace Art Award. Our book to give away is ‘Stopover’ by photojournalist Bruce Connew.

TVNZ’s influential political interview programme is moving from its Saturday morning slot. From September 16 ‘Agenda’ will screen at 10am on Sunday mornings.

ONE News updates will also feature in a new-look ‘Agenda’.

THIS WEEK ON AGENDA Saturday 25 August, 8.30am

Hosted by Rawdon Christie, ‘Agenda’ sets the news agenda for the following week, featuring interviews with headline-makers from politics, business and the media, plus a panel discussion and Dairy Diary, a weekly trip to gauge opinion at a neighbourhood dairy. ONE News political editor Guyon Espiner conducts the political interviews of the day.

This week on Agenda: We ask Murray McCully how our relations with the rest of the world might change under a National government; Graham Henry describes how he is leading the All Black cultural revolution, and preparing his players for the mental challenges they’ll face at the World Cup; and we visit the Auckland community of Balmoral, where locals are fighting to keep a big multi-national out of their neighbourhood. The book giveaway is “The Reign of King Henry”, by Gregor Paul

THIS WEEK ON AGENDA Saturday 14 July, 8.30am

Hosted by Rawdon Christie, ‘Agenda’ sets the news agenda for the following week, featuring interviews with headline-makers from politics, business and the media, plus a panel discussion and Dairy Diary, a weekly trip to gauge opinion at a neighbourhood dairy. ONE News political editor Guyon Espiner conducts the political interviews of the day.

This week on Agenda:

Agenda talks to Phil Goff about New Zealand’s relationship with Asia.
We visit a dairy on Auckland’s North Shore for their views on a proposed harbour tunnel crossing, and our book giveaway is Icebergs: The Antarctic comes to town with photographs by Stephen Jaquiery.