What’s on this week?

Monday 2 February
Knight Rider – 7:30PM on C4 – Movie length premiere of the 80 series remake.
CSI – 8:30PM on 3 – New series returns.
Life on Mars – 9:30PM on 3 – US version of the UK series where an NYPD officer wakes up in 1973.
Movie: Elizabethtown – 8:30PM on 2 – Starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst.

Tuesday 3 February
Target – 7:30PM on 3 – Series returns.
The 58th Westpac Halberg Awards – 8:30PM on One.
Man Vs Wild – 8:30PM on Prime.
Boston Legal – 9:30PM on 3 – Series returns.
Movie: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – 8:30PM on 2.

Wednesday 4 February
Prison Break – 9:30PM on 3 – Halfway through the last season.
Lost – 10:35PM on 2 – First half of last season’s finale. Could be a helpful reminder of what happened!
Movie: Talledega Nights – The Ballad of Ricky Bobby – 8:30 on 2 – Starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.

Thursday 5 February
Top Chef – 7:30PM on 3 – Return of the cooking show.
Burn Notice – 8:30PM on 3 – Return of former CIA spy Michael Weston.
Californication – 9:30PM on 3 – Return of David Duchovny’s sex-addicted writer.
Mad Men – 9:30PM on Prime.
24 – 9:30PM on C4 – Return of Jack Bauer!

Friday 6 February (Waitangi Day)
IRB World Sevens – 12:30PM on One – Live Sevens from Wellington.
American Idol – 8:30PM on 2 – The third week of auditions.
Movie: The Break Up – 8:30 on 3.
World Music Awards 2008 – 8:30 on C4.

It’s that time of year with new shows and old reliables starting to return to screens. My pick for the week is new 24 on Thursday, Jack is back and better than ever. Well, certainly better than lately anyway! Closely followed by the return of Burn Notice and Californication

What are you looking forward to this week?

Just in time for the change of presidency, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart returns to C4 tonight – 10.30pm. 

Tonight, the Washington Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera International “Abderrahim Foukara” gives his appraisal of Gaza and other Middle Eastern conflicts. Then, tomorrow night, tune in for the inauguration of  Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.  Jon Stewart and his team promise ” the most intense coverage of the world changing in a single moment you’ve ever experienced”.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  Daily, every night. (Except Monday) – at 10.30pm on C4.

This February the clock starts ticking again.  

A brand new season of  the hit tv show “24 ”  will premiere on C4 Thursday 5th February, 9.30pm.

This, the seventh season, combines the show’s unique and trend-setting format with compelling new elements. Each episode will cover one hour of real time, as viewers follow JACK BAUER (Kiefer Sutherland) through another astonishing day.

Set in Washington, DC, “Day 7” opens four years after Season Six with CTU dismantled and Bauer on trial. Bauer’s day takes an unexpected turn when former colleague TONY ALMEIDA (Carlos Bernard) returns. Meanwhile, newly elected President ALLISON TAYLOR (Cherry Jones) leads the country alongside White House Chief of Staff ETHAN KANIN (Bob Gunton) and First Gentleman HENRY TAYLOR (Colm Feore).

A national security crisis prompts an investigation by a team of FBI agents including JANIS GOLD (Janeane Garofalo), RENEE WALKER (Annie Wersching), LARRY MOSS (Jeffrey Nordling) and SEAN HILLINGER (Rhys Coiro). Although CTU is no longer, CHLOE O’BRIAN (Mary Lynn Rajskub) and BILL BUCHANAN (James Morrison) are back for another momentous day of shocking events.  

With a new location and new cast members this new season of 24 has delighted fans, who have been waiting for a long time for the shows return.  The season was delayed by more than a year due to the writers strike and then as producers scrapped and revamped the season’s entire plot – determined to reinvent the series after facing criticism for season 6.

To bridge the gap between seasons and reconnect with fans C4 will screen a feature length prequel “Redemption” on Sunday 1st February at 8.30pm.  This made for television movie was filmed partially in South Africa and finds Bauer dealing with his own internal struggles – Set 3 years and 6 months after Day 6 (Season 6)  Jack has put his jail time behind him but is a soul in turmoil.  Moving from place to place trying to find somewhere he can be at peace… instead, he finds himself caught up in a military coup. Meanwhile, the United States prepares for the inauguration of a new president.   

24, created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, is a production of Real Time Productions and Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Howard Gordon, Evan Katz, Jon Cassar, Manny Coto, David Fury, Kiefer Sutherland and Brian Grazer are executive producers.

Celebrating its 150th episode this season, 24 is one of the most innovative, addictive and acclaimed dramas on television. In its first six seasons, the suspenseful series was nominated for a total of 57 Emmy awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series (2006) and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for star Kiefer Sutherland (2006). Season Six garnered a sixth consecutive Emmy nomination for Sutherland and second consecutive nomination for supporting actor Jean Smart.

Please does anyone know why we cant get C4 free to air in nelson
(except for freeview), and does anyone know if we will be able to anytime in the future.

Call it another excuse to make plain how much I dislike Dai Henwood but I don’t care. I just can’t stand the guy and would wish they would stop giving him work so I wouldn’t have to see him on TV.

He was excruciatingly lame on the Vodafone Music Awards, but even without him the awards was pretty poor anyway. Can NZ not host a quality awards ceremony for once?

A popular television presenter on New Zealand screens is set to take on his biggest role yet, after landing a job on one of Britain’s best-known shows.

London-born Joel Defries, who learned his trade in New Zealand with three years on music channel C4, has been confirmed as one of the new presenters of BBC One’s children’s programme Blue Peter.

The magazine-style show, with 50 years of history and an audience of millions, is aimed at children between the ages of six and 12 and is shown before the evening news.

Defries, 23, left for Britain last year and this week he told The Daily Telegraph that his role as a Blue Peter presenter was “one of the finest jobs in the world”.

“I wake up every day thinking I can’t believe this is happening,” he said.

“I have never been so happy and can’t wait to see what other adventures Blue Peter has lined up for me.”

Defries, who was a 2007 finalist in the Air NZ Screen Awards but lost to Dancing With the Stars presenter Jason Gunn, was always destined for bigger things, C4 producer Angela Mann said.

He was a natural presenter with a gift for connecting with people of all ages.

Defries’ talent had “out-grown” New Zealand, Mann said.

Among the many things that bother me about New Zealand one of the biggest peeves has to be the number of foreigners who seem to pick up broadcasting jobs here. Is New Zealand so short on talent that we have to take UK imports in order to fill the hosting roles on TV and Radio?

Tuning into C4 to see Joel Defries hosting Select used to make me wonder why we were trying to make our local music programme look – and sound – like MTV UK. Is New Zealand so insecure with its own identity that our shows are only cooler if we have someone with a an accent fronting it?

It’s not that Defries was a bad host that does my head in but rather that he took the job of one of the countless debt ridden students from broadcasting school. Thankfully though, Defries has managed to land a job in his home country as a host on the ever popular Blue Peter.

And I wonder how much of an influence the line in his CV that said he was a 2007 finalist in the Air NZ Screen Awards helped? Obviously he was good enough to justify the nomination, and heaven forbid he be replaced by someone far less worthy of the role, but wouldn’t you rather that had been a Kiwi?

I hope Defries does well in the role he has earnt. More importantly, I hope Noelle McCarthy has a similar opportunity in the pipeline.

If anyone is watching the 80’s countdown at the moment is there anyone who can name the tune that plays before the ad break. It’s driving me mad!

C4 will move from Channel 64 up to Channel 12 on SKY Televisions digital platform from Tuesday 1 July 2008.

This new position between E! and Fashion TV reflects C4’s move towards being a complete entertainment channel – with a new programming launch expected shortly.

Well personally it is about time it found a home here in NZ. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet it really really rocks. My hope is that this will be prime time material in wide-screen.

The trailer is for season 3, but damn it looks mighty fine. Great to see Sci-Fi returning to C4.

Has anyone got an airdate?