Beauty And The Beast

Star-Wars-The-Clone-WarsNetflix acquires slice of Star Wars

Online streaming service Netflix has acquired the rights to the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and like many of their recent acquisitions, will screen a sixth, previously unreleased season titled “The Lost Missions”.  The episodes will become available on March 7th.

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English village changing name to honor Game Of Thrones

The Radio Times is reporting that the rural village of Kings Langley – a civil parish in Hertfordshire, England – will temporarily change its name to Kings Landing to mark the release of Game Of Thrones’ Season 3 DVD set. Apparently a producer on the show arranged the new title after hearing “Kings Langley” as a train stop while visiting London. No word on whether the people of Kings Langley will have to put up with an annoying brat king.

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9:30pm Friday, February 1 on Prime

Drama Series

Cat and Tess investigate a vehicular homicide of an immigration judge. Iris, a Bosnian immigrant, is arrested on the suspicion of killing him for deporting her brother. Vincent insists that Iris is innocent, so trusting his instincts, Cat works behind the-scenes to uncover the truth. When Cat’s actions disrupt the investigation, Joe places her on leave. Nevertheless, she continues on her own to discover that Iris is hiding a family secret, and needs Vincent’s help. JT is concerned that Vincent risks exposure to Murifield by helping Cat, leading Cat to work out a way to communicate with Vincent without seeking him out.

9:30pm Friday, January 25 on Prime

Drama Series

When a rising young ballerina mysteriously falls to her death, Vincent (New Zealander Jay Ryan) senses that the understudy, Victoria, is hiding information about the dancer’s murder. Cat and Tess discover that the victim tried to file a police report for an assault. Meanwhile, Cat seeks out Vincent’s help to decipher a medical paper found in her mother’s belongings, and J.T. worries that Cat’s visits to the warehouse loft leave Vincent vulnerable to discovery by Muirfield’s agents. Catherine encourages Vincent to help her investigate deeper into the Muirfield project, but when Vincent refuses, Cat investigates on her own, until her computer is wiped clean by a malicious virus.

9:30pm Friday, January 18 on Prime

Drama Series

In this re-imagining of the original series, Kristin Kreuk stars as Detective Catherine Chandler, a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective with a tragic past and New Zealander Jay Ryan as Vincent, a veteran with a dark secret. As a teenager Catherine witnessed the murder of her mother, she would have died too but someone saved her. Years later, Catherine working alongside her police partner Tess, discovers a clue whilst investigating a murder that leads her to a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller, reportedly killed by enemy fire while serving in Afghanistan in 2002. She discovers that it was Vincent who saved her those many years before, but he has been in hiding for the past 10 years because when enraged becomes a terrifying beast. Catherine agrees to protect his identity in return for any insight he may have into her mother’s murder thus beginning a complex relationship between the two, both powerfully drawn to each other yet aware of the extreme danger their connection may cause.

Prime’s new season launch also included the same sentiment used by TVNZ during their launch, that they had a stronger and more exciting range of programmes than ever before.  In Prime’s case, it is actually true.  Picking up the CBS deal has meant that a number of new shows will air on Prime from one of America’s biggest studios.  New shows like Vegas, Beauty and the Beast (starring NZ’s own Jay Ryan) and Elementary will provide excellent new US dramas while 60 Minutes will give Prime their first foray into current affairs.  There is also the new look American Idol which will air reasonably close to the US air dates as well.  There are a number of great looking NZ shows including a spectacular look at New Zealand From Above  and documentary series, Making New Zealand, about the big infrastructure projects that have made us.

Here is the complete list of what to look out for. Continue reading »

Prime TV is delighted to announce a studio volume deal with CBS Studios International.

The multiyear deal gives Prime exclusive free-to-air broadcasting rights in New Zealand to a broad range of new series that the Hollywood studio produces from the start of the new US television season in the fall of 2012.

Karen Bieleski, Head of Prime TV, said the volume licensing deal is Prime’s first and represents a very exciting opportunity for the channel. Continue reading »

Go Girls’ Jay Ryan has landed a lead role in the CW’s upcoming show Beauty and the Beast and will star alongside Kristin Kreuk.

The CW’s version of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a reboot of the popular 1980’s CBS version that starred Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. In this modern update, Ryan will play Vincent Koslow, the survivor of a military experiment that went disastrously wrong. According to plot details from Movie Hole, Vincent used to be a New York University Hospital doctor and became injured while working during the Twin Towers attack. While at a medical clinic, they inject him with a DNA changing drug but it turns him into a super soldier. He is sent to Afghanistan to fight but while there, realizes that the drug’s side effects cause his features to change and hair to grow everywhere on his body. When he returns to the States, he decides to hide from society with the help of his best friend T.J. (played by Austin Basis).

Ryan has had roles in a number of shows down under including Sea Patrol and Terra Nova.  

The biggest question is how will this affect Go Girls as he has narrated the series for the last four seasons and is a pivotal character to the story.

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In the animated classic, Belle, a bright and beautiful young woman is taken prisoner by a hideous beast in his castle. Despite her precarious situation, Belle befriends the castle’s enchanted staff – a teapot, a candelabra and a mantel clock, among others – and ultimately learns to see beneath the Beast’s exterior to discover the heart and soul of a prince.

Stars: Belle voiced by Paige O’Hara and Beast voiced by Robby Benson.