8:30pm Wednesday, December 19 on TV One

From executive producer J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe) and starring iconic Kiwi actor Sam Neill (The Vow), comes TV ONE’s chilling new drama, Alcatraz.

Tonight, a terrifying killer from the past returns. Kit Nelson was locked up for abducting young children and then returning their bodies to their homes. Now out on the loose, Nelson strikes again.

Dr Soto uses clues from Nelson’s past to work out his next move, and confronts the killer, only for Nelson to escape. Has Dr Soto sent Nelson’s young captive to his doom?

With their cover blown, it’s up to Lucy and Hauser to find Nelson and the young boy, before it’s too late.

8:30pm Wednesday, December 5 on TV One

From executive producer J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe) and starring iconic Kiwi actor Sam Neill (The Vow), comes TV ONE’s chilling new drama, Alcatraz.

In 1963, America’s most infamous prison, Alcatraz, was closed and the nation’s most dangerous prisoners were transferred to another location – or at least that’s what the public were told.

Nearly 50 years later, Detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones, Big Love) is assigned to a grisly homicide case where a fingerprint leads her to a former Alcatraz inmate who died over 30 years ago. Desperate for answers, she seeks out Alcatraz expert Dr Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia, Lost) for help.

The two discover that the inmate is not only still alive, but he’s loose on the streets, and he doesn’t look to have aged a day since 1963.

In her search for the truth, Madsen turns to secretive government agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) and his technician (Parminder Nagra, E.R). Together, they discover that this prisoner is only the first of many to reappear from the depths of Alcatraz prison.

Kiwi actor Cliff Curtis has had his new drama series Missing axed by the ABC network in the States.

The series, which features Ashley Judd in the lead role, started promisingly enough before ratings began to drop over the 10 episode season.

The bad news continued this week for NZ talent, with Sam Neil’s series Alcatraz also cut by its network after just one season.

Add to that Rhys Darby’s axed sitcom How To Be A Gentleman and all-in-all it hasn’t been the most promising TV season for kiwis in America. Continue reading »

Two to guest on Glee

Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson will both stop by Glee next season for multi-episode guest spots.

Alcatraz and CSI: Miami cancelled

Alcatraz has been axed by Fox in the US after only one season. CSI: Miami will also not return after CBS gave it the axe. Continue reading »

Heigl asks for Grey’s return

Former Grey’s Anatomy actress Katherine Heigl says she has asked the showrunners if she can return to the series. “I’ve told them I want to [return],” she told E! “Being a showrunner and being a writer of a TV series like that is so complicated… balancing about 40 different storylines, so I don’t know if it fits in to their sort of vision for this season or next or however many seasons it goes. I really, really, really want to see where [Izzie] is. I just want to know what happened to her and where she went and what she’s doing now.”

Rossi to guest on Alcatraz

Sons of Anarchy actor Theo Rossi, who plays Juice, will make a guest appearance on the new J.J. Abrams series Alcatraz. Rossi was involved in the 2008 film Cloverfield, for which Abrams was a producer.

Sex and the City prequel ordered

An episode of the Sex and the City prequel – The Carrie Diaries – has been ordered by The CW network. The series is based on a novel by author Candice Bushnell, which centres on Carrie Bradshaw’s time at a small town high school.

Michelle Obama heading to late night TV

Michelle Obama will make her first appearance on a late night talk show as the First Lady of the United States by appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno later in January.

Modern Family criticised

Parents advocacy groups in the US are slamming Modern Family for showing the character of Lily, a toddler, saying the f-word in a recent episode with her adoptive father on the show laughing in response.

New Alcatraz trailer

The Fox network has released a new trailer for J.J. Abrams’s next series Alcatraz, which is set to hit screens next year.

Walking Dead exec promises “crazy new stuff”

The Walking Dead executive Robert Kirkman has promised there will be new characters and some “crazy new stuff” in the second half of the second season. “I think we’re going to see some new characters very early on, introduced in our first episode back. There’s going to be a lot of cool stuff coming up.”

Dunder Mifflin paper to be made

Dunder Mifflin is set to become an actual brand of copy paper with news the fictional paper company from The Office will be produced by an American office supplies firm. The paper packages will come with slogans from the show, such as “Our motto is, ‘Quabity First’” and “Get Your Scrant On.”

South Park renewed

South Park has been renewed until 2016 by Comedy Central. The cartoon will air for at least another three seasons.

Cain to guest on Criminal Minds

Former Superman actor Dean Cain has landed a guest role on Criminal Minds. The actor, who played Clark Kent in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, will appear in the 13th episode of the current season.

Pilkington and Davis to team up?

Karl Pilkington from An Idiot Abroad may be teaming up with Ricky Gervais again for a new series with Life’s Too Short actor Warwick Davis. Davis said “We’ve had a couple of meetings about it, and it is something in discussion at the moment.”

JJ Abrams swaps Alcatraz showrunners

JJ Abrams has swapped showrunners on his new thriller series Alcatraz, replacing the departing Elizabeth Sarnoff with Lost’s Jennifer Johnson and Miami Vice’s Daniel Pyne.

Olympic flame to visit EastEnders

The Olympic flame will feature on British soap EastEnders next year ahead of the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London. A character will carry the torch through the show’s iconic Albert Square.

Downton Abbey given third season

Downton Abbey has been picked up for a third season by ITV in the UK. The series will return for another run that is set in 1920 and 1921, covering an 18 month period in the life of the Crawley family.

Alcatraz filming delayed

Filming on new sci-fi series Alcatraz has been delayed due to complete reshoots on several previous episodes. Since the Sam Neill drama has an early 2012 premiere date, producers have opted to go back and improve on the seven completed episodes.

Steenburgen joining 30 Rock

Actress Mary Steenburgen has signed on to feature in the new season of 30 Rock, playing the mother of Avery (Elizabeth Banks). The actress has previously featured in the likes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Joan of Arcadia.

Spartacus returning in January

The Starz network has confirmed the return date of Spartacus: Vengeance as January 27 with new lead actor Liam McIntyre. The actor replaces Andy Whitfield in the role, with Whitfield having to leave due to his non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis. He passed away in September.

TVNZ launched their 2012 season tonight at the Viaduct Events Centre.  As per the invitation, it was very much a Pan Am themed event (Not Pam Am as the TVNZ press release stated).  While the girls who greeted everyone at the door and eventually directed everyone to their seats were dressed in the blue garb of the aviation icon, they lacked the true poise and sophistication that is displayed throughout the new series.

After an hour of plying the hundreds of advertisers with alcohol we were invited to board flight 2012.  First up, TVNZ’s head of Sales and Marketing pimped the network’s channels and how successful they’d been.  Special mention was made of all their social streams and how people should visit them to see how people are interacting with them, although, perhaps not the Coronation Street one.

Of all the shows screening on TV One in 2012, there were six that were made special mention of.  They were:

Pan Am (Thomas Schlamme – The West Wing)

Alcatraz (JJ Abrams)

Titanic (From the writers of Downton Abbey)

Person of Interest (JJ Abrams and Jonathan Nolan – Tha Dark Knight)


Prime Suspect

New local shows include High Country Reserve, Radar’s Pacific, the Phil Keoghan hosted Wild at Heart and Jacqui Brown’s new show Keep Calm and Carry On.  There’s also a local version of World’s Strictest Parents on the way.

Despite promoting it last year, TVNZ have decided to wait for the second season of Episodes before they screen the first one.  I would suggest buying a copy but it’s not out on DVD until the 28th of February in the US.

For those who loved Gyspy Weddings, wait until you see Seven Dwarves!

Another to look out for is the HBO series Enlightened although I’m not sure if it’ll be screening first on SoHo.

Returning shows
Nothing Trivial 
I Shouldn’t Be Alive
Beyond the Darklands
Food Truck
Intrepid Journeys
Winners and Losers
Packed to the Rafters
Criminal Minds
Harry’s Law 

Video previews of all the new shows commissioned by the Fox network in the US for the upcoming 2011/12 season.


Terra Nova




I Hate My Teenage Daughter


Napoleon Dynamite (animated)


The Finder


The New Girl


Allen Gregory


Fox has axed the following shows:

Breaking In

Human Target

Lie To Me

Running Wilde

The Chicago Code

Traffic Light