Auckland Daze

10:05pm Thursday, September 6 on TV One

TV ONE’s new local spoof comedy series Auckland Daze follows four hapless wannabes – a model, a stuntman, a dwarf entertainer and a stand-up comedian who are all chasing fame in Auckland’s ridiculously small entertainment industry.

Tonight, Millen goes on a blind date with a suicidal bunny boiler, before realising that the answer to his happiness might be right in front of him. But is he really over Natalie? Or is he using Jacqui as payback for Natalie’s new relationship with ‘Dane Rumble’ (guest star Johnny Barker, Go Girls)?

Glen realises he can’t perform when it counts and after ruining his chances with guest star Faye Smythe (Shortland Street), he makes a decision about what he really wants.

Fasi gets his confidence back but rejects a smitten Kerry.

And Jimmy’s addiction gets the better of him.

NZ On Air is pleased to announce support for an exciting new line up of documentaries and comedies set to hit screens in 2013.

The first funding round of the new financial year has seen nearly $12 million committed to comedies and documentaries to screen across five free-to-air channels.

“We had a large number of applications for this round” says NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.  “That has meant some very tough decisions. But audiences are in for some special treats next year from a particularly varied range of talent behind the successful projects”, she says. Continue reading »

10:05pm Thursday, August 23 on TV One

TV ONE’s new local spoof comedy series Auckland Daze follows four hapless wannabes – a model, a stuntman, a dwarf entertainer and a stand-up comedian who are all chasing fame in Auckland’s ridiculously small entertainment industry.

Starring a number of local talents including Millen Baird (The Millen Baird Show), Jennifer Ward-Lealand (The Jaquie Brown Diaries), Fasi Amosa (Sione’s Wedding), Jimmy James Fletcher (Jono’s New Show), Natalie Medlock (Shortland Street) and Glen Levy, the stuntman described by National Geographic as “the 20th deadliest man on the planet”, plus an abundance of guest appearances by New Zealand celebrities including Craig Parker, Anna Hutchison, Johnny Barker, Brendhan Lovegrove and Anna Julienne.

After proving to be an online hit, Auckland Daze is coming to the small screen where the boys will take their self-effacing comedy to new heights, or at least north of the Harbour bridge.

Get involved and make your vote count as you have your say on the Auckland Daze finale. 

Auckland Daze is giving viewers the opportunity to cast their vote and have a say on all the important issues. Should Millen pick Natalie or Jacqui when it comes time to choose his love? What will become of Jimmy and his quest for a big break on the acting circuit? Should Fasi choose Kerry over comedy and finally, will Glenjamin go after his dream Wanda woman?

Next week is the finale of Auckland Daze, an episode to end things for the season and viewers are put to the poll as they’re asked just how this should be done. From today, Friday 25th November to midday Tuesday 29th, viewers will have the opportunity to vote on how the series should end for each of our wannabes.

Starring Millen Baird (The Millen Baird Show), Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Xena: Warrior Princess), Natalie Medlock (Shortland Street), Glen Levy, the stuntman described by National Geographic as “the 20th deadliest man on the planet”, Jimmy James Fletcher (Jono’s New Show), Fasitua Amosa (Go Girls), Jacqui Nauman (Go Girls) and Kerry Warkia.

Check out the Auckland Daze Facebook page for extra content, to interact with the crew and post your vote for the series finale.

Auckland Daze was produced with funding from NZ On Air and will be available to view at TVNZ Ondemand. ‘Like’ Auckland Daze on Facebook to watch episodes and extra content. facebook.com/aucklanddaze.

Since its online launch last week, Auckland Daze has become the most watched show on TVNZ Ondemand.

With 14,264 stream views to date for the first episode, Auckland Daze’s premiere is now the highest ranking show on TVNZ Ondemand, ahead of Friday’s Shortland Street, which achieved 13,179 stream views over the same period. 

Auckland Daze follows the success of TVNZ’s Emmy Award-winning digital-only series Reservoir Hill. The new series is a spoof comedy that follows four hapless wannabes; a model, a stuntman, a dwarf entertainer and a stand-up comedian, who are all chasing fame in Auckland’s ridiculously small entertainment industry.

Auckland Daze takes the interactive experience that made Reservoir Hill a success to the next level. The show screens on TVNZ Ondemand and is also embedded into Facebook allowing viewers to watch, ‘like’ and share the episodes with their friends without having to leave their Facebook profile.

After each episode, the audience is prompted to say what they think. Filmed weekly, suggestions from viewers influence the next episode. The second episode of Auckland Daze will be available to view from 5pm tonight and features a viewer contributed pick up line for Millen. This second episode also guest stars Craig Parker.

With a growing Facebook fanbase and fan interaction rates running well above average, viewers are enjoying the chance to interact with and influence the show.

“In just one week, the success of Auckland Daze has demonstrated the growth in the digital audience’s appetite for high quality online video and interactive experiences. We are enjoying the positive viewer feedback and seeing that people appreciate the show’s humour as much as we do,” says Tom Cotter, TVNZ’s GM Digital Media.

‘Like’ Auckland Daze on Facebook and catch up on some of the guys’ antics to date at http://www.facebook.com/aucklanddaze.

TVNZ is proud to announce the launch of its newest online-only series, Auckland Daze. 

With over 25,000 impressions on the Auckland Daze Facebook page and over 5,000 video views on Facebook and TVNZ Ondemand to date, the series is already cementing its popularity.

Airing from 5pm tonight, Auckland Daze follows the success of TVNZ’s Emmy-Award winning digital-only series Reservoir Hill. This time, the series is a spoof comedy that follows four hapless wannabes – a model, a stuntman, a dwarf entertainer and a stand-up comedian who are all chasing fame in Auckland’s ridiculously small entertainment industry.

Starring a number of local talents including Millen Baird (The Millen Baird Show), Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Xena: Warrior Princess), Fasi Amosa (Sione’s Wedding), Jimmy James Fletcher (Jono’s New Show), Natalie Medlock (Shortland Street) and Glen Levy, the stuntman described by National Geographic as “the 20th deadliest man on the planet”, plus an abundance of guest appearances by New Zealand celebrities including Craig Parker, Anna Hutchinson, Johnny Barker, Brendhan Lovegrove and Anna Julienne.

Auckland Daze takes the interactive experience that made Reservoir Hill a success to the next level. Screening on TVNZ Ondemand, which has almost four hundred thousand unique viewers per month, Auckland Daze is also embedded into Facebook where viewers will be able to watch, “like” and share the episodes with their friends without having to leave their Facebook profile. After the episode, the audience will be prompted to say what they think. Filmed weekly, suggestions from viewers will influence the plot of the next episode.

“Auckland Daze is another demonstration of TVNZ’s leadership in online video. This hilarious new show combines high profile writers and actors with an innovative platform that allows the audience to ‘like’, watch, share and influence the show without having to leave their Facebook page” says Tom Cotter, TVNZ’s GM – Digital Media.

Co-created, produced and directed by kiwi actor Kiel McNaughton (Shortland Street), and with funding from NZ On-Air, the show promises to be hilarious, clever and full of twists the creators don’t even know about yet. “Auckland Daze is a ground-breaking digital-only show where the audience can have their say. It is a great opportunity for New Zealanders to get involved with their favourite characters while having a laugh along the way.”

The first episode of Auckland Daze will be available to view at TVNZ Ondemand from 5pm this afternoon. ‘Like’ Auckland Daze on Facebook and catch up on some of the guys’ antics to date at http://www.facebook.com/aucklanddaze.

TVNZ is proud to announce the launch of their newest digital-only series, Auckland Daze.

Airing on 27th October 2011, Auckland Daze follows the success of TVNZ’s Emmy-Award winning digital-only series Reservoir Hill.
This time, the series is a spoof comedy that follows four hapless
wannabes – a model, a stuntman, a dwarf entertainer and a stand-up
comedian who are all chasing fame in Auckland’s ridiculously small
entertainment industry.

Starring a number of local talents including Millen Baird (The Millen Baird Show), Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Xena: Warrior Princess), Natalie Medlock (Shortland Street) and Glen Levy, the stuntman described by National Geographic as “the 20th deadliest man on the planet”.

Auckland Daze takes the interactive experience that made Reservoir Hill a success to the next level. Screening on TVNZ Ondemand, which has almost four hundred thousand unique viewers per month, Auckland Daze
will also be embedded into Facebook where viewers will be able to
watch, “like” and share the episodes with their friends without having
to leave their Facebook profile. After the episode, the audience will
be prompted to say what they think. Filmed weekly, suggestions from
viewers will influence the plot of the next episode.

“Auckland Daze is another demonstration of TVNZ’s leadership in online
video. This hilarious new show combines high profile writers and actors
with an innovative platform that allows the audience to ‘like’, watch,
share and influence the show without having to leave their Facebook
page” says Tom Cotter, TVNZ’s GM – Digital Media.

Co-created, produced and directed by Kiwi actor Kiel McNaughton (Shortland Street),
the show promises to be funny, clever and full of twists the creators
don’t even know about yet. “Auckland Daze is a ground-breaking
digital-only show where the audience can have their say. It is a great
opportunity for New Zealanders to get involved with their favourite
characters while having a laugh along the way.”

Auckland Daze will be available to view at TVNZ Ondemand from October 27. ‘Like’ Auckland Daze on Facebook to watch the first outing for the guys. facebook.com/aucklanddaze.