Dancing with the stars

Production company sacked over Top Model gaffe

The production company behind Australia’s Next Top Model has been sacked following the live finale gaffe that saw the wrong winner named. The show’s host and executive producer Sarah Murdoch has reportedly instigated the move, saying it was “probably time for a change.”

Grey wins Dancing with the Stars

Former Dirty Dancing actress Jennifer Grey has been crowned the winner of the latest season of Dancing with the Stars in the US, beating out a Disney actor and the daughter of Sarah Palin in the finale. Grey, who appeared alongside the late Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing, was the favourite throughout the competition which also featured the likes of David Hasselhoff and The Hills’ Audrina Patridge.

Momsen’s absence for “creative reasons”

Gossip Girl producers have confirmed that while Taylor Momsen’s part has been cut down on the drama series, the actress “isn’t going anywhere.” They have underlined that her absence is for “creative reasons” as opposed to issues with the actress herself who has been accused of being difficult to work with on set.

Ugly Betty actor arrested for murder

A former Ugly Betty actor has been charged with stabbing his mother to death with a 1-metre sword in New York. 31-year-old Michael Brea, who had a small part in Ugly Betty and film Step Up 3D, was arrested at the scene.

Kiwi actor Cliff Curtis lands new role

Kiwi actor Cliff Curtis has landed a major role in new ABC drama Body Of Proof. Curtis, who is known in America for his role on paramedic drama Trauma, will play a recurring role on the new FBI series.

Brosnan to feature in new TV series

Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan will reportedly star in a new TV project being developed by Sony Pictures Television. It is said the actor will both produce and act in the series which follows the exploits of an international operative.

US man gets angry, shoots TV

A 67-year-old Wisconsin man has taken a shotgun to his TV following a performance by a contestant on the American version of Dancing with the Stars. The man was so enraged by the fact that controversial politician Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol was still in the competition that he pumped a shotgun round into his TV screen before conducting a 15-hour standoff with local police.

Original Dallas stars for re-boot series?

The original cast of classic TV series Dallas are reportedly negotiating deals for a re-boot series. Various websites are reporting that Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Grey are all considering returns to their iconic characters after an update of the series was announced in September this year by American network TNT.

Reality star promoted to series regular 

Former Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County reality star Stephen Colletti has been promoted to a series regular on teen drama series One Tree Hill. Colletti, who featured on the MTV reality series beside The Hills’ Lauren Conrad, joined One Tree Hill in its fourth season in a recurring role.

Obama to feature on Mythbusters

US president Barack Obama will film a guest appearance on science show Mythbusters where he will ask the hosts whether they can disprove the myth that the Ancient Greeks fought off a fleet of invading Romans by using mirrors to reflect the sun’s rays.

Cole completes show despite father’s death

Kiwi dance professional Brendan Cole took to the Strictly Come Dancing floor just hours after he learned of the death of his father on the weekend. Cole, who judges on Dancing with the Stars in NZ but competes as a professional on the UK version, showed his professionalism by completing his routine with partner Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child on the BBC show before flying back to NZ to be with his family.

Norton develops drama series

Actor Edward Norton is currently developing a new historical drama for HBO which is based on the book Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. “We’re trying to assemble [the series], and it’s very big,” he said. “It’s so out of scale with anything my partners and I have produced. It’s a very interesting set of equations to get something like that made. We’re pretty thick in that right now.”

Veteran actor to guest on Modern Family

95-year-old actor Norman Lloyd will make a guest appearance on Modern Family in the show’s second season. Lloyd has previously had roles in Dead Poets Society and in the TV series The Practice.

Supernatural actor joins Doctor Who

Supernatural actor Mark Sheppard has landed a role on the next season of Doctor Who. The actor has begun shooting on the BBC series which kicks off with a stint in the US.

Lopez, Tyler confirmed for Idol

Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler have both been confirmed as the new judges on American Idol after a special announcement overnight. The pop singer and Aerosmith frontman were formally introduced as the new additions to the show, joining original judge Randy Jackson.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent renewed for final season

A final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent has been ordered by the USA Network, with original lead Vincent D’Onofrio returning for the last couple of episodes. Next year’s season will be the tenth and final for the spin-off.

Katy Perry joins Sesame Street

Sesame Street has enlisted the help of pop star Katy Perry in order to teach kids opposites. The singer reworked her song ‘Hot & Cold’ for the show which is celebrating its 41st season.

The Hoff fails at dancing

David Hasselhoff has proven he’s not quite as smooth on the dance floor as some would have thought, after he got the boot from the latest season of Dancing with the Stars in the US. The Hoff was voted off the show in the first week while former Dirty Dancing actress Jennifer Grey topped the leader-board.

The organisers of the Dancing with the Stars Live show scheduled for Vector Arena in August have had to can the event due to poor ticket sales.

The event was to feature the favourite couples from the popular TVNZ show in a special one-night performance where the celebrities would team up with their dance partners and take to the floor once again.

Past winners and runners up were to be featured including Tamati Coffey, Lorraine Downes, Shane Cortese, Norm Hewitt, Beatrice Faumuina and Suzanne Paul. Jason Gunn and Candy Lane were to host the event.

The promoters have apologised to fans and ticket holders, and have said that full refunds will be given.

Source: Stuff


When the Dancing with the Stars winners and runners-up reunite for a special evening at Vector Arena in August, there will be more than a few nerves out there on the dance floor.

Original series winner Norm Hewitt and last year’s champ Tamati Coffey are among those set to unite for a special night of dancing in Auckland later this year in what’s shaping up to be a celebration of the best celebrity dancers from One’s hit series.

Victorious in the first season of the competition back in 2005, ex-All Black Norm Hewitt claims he’ll be a tad rusty when he reunites with dance partner Carol-Ann Hickmore for the first time in five years.

“Even if I do a wee bit of a dance at a school I am reminded of how fit you have to be,” Hewitt says.

The ex-rugby player is looking forward to a showdown with Shane Cortese, though makes it known the bare-chested dances will remain in the hands of the actor.

Another champ feeling a little apprehensive about returning to the dance floor is TVNZ weatherman Tamati Coffey who picked up a Mirror Ball Trophy last year.

“My fitness has gone downhill. I’m now the telly-tubby,” he says.

Coffey claims to have not hit the floor since his victory in 2009 and says the outfits he wore during the show are still hanging at the back of his closet, untouched.

2006 winner Lorraine Downes shares the pair’s apprehensions about dancing again in front of a live audience.

“When it was first mentioned, my initial reaction was [thinking] of being dance-fit and having to put on the costumes and I thought, ‘can I do this again?’ It was 2006, it was a long time ago. I had a chat to Aaron and he was pretty encouraging, so I decided to go ahead.”

So if you are keen to see how the celebrities handle the dance floor again, clear the night of August 27 on your calendar. Hewitt, Coffey and Downes will be joined by Beatrice Faumuina, Suzanne Paul and Shane Cortese on stage in a special reunion of winners and runners-up of Dancing with the Stars at Vector Arena in Auckland.

Tickets available from Ticketmaster at a later date.

Source: NZ Herald

World Flight are offering the chance to spend an hour with a New Zealand celebrity at the controls of a Boeing 737 flight simulator as part of a fundraising exercise for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

The stars:
Beth Allen, Ido Drent, Dai Henwood, Renee Wright, Toni Street, Pippa Wetzell, Mike Puru, Andrew Mulligan, Jeremy Corbett, Paul Ego, Rodney Hide, Jono Pryor, Miriama Kamo, Neil Waka and Clinton Randall.

The auctions are live on Sella.  Check out World Flight NZ for more info.

In 2009, TVNZ still managed to turn a profit which, it has to be said, is a fairly praiseworthy achievement in the current environment.  But what about 2010?  What is TVNZ banking on that will return another dividend?

As revenue is directly related to ratings, it has been interesting to watch TVNZ deliberately remove what one would have expected to have been two of the most watched events of 2010.  Firstly, the 2010 Dehli Commonwealth Games, which they had the rights to but decided that the income would not have justified the expense.  Secondly, Tuesday nights Jason Gunn extravaganza Dancing with the Stars.

While the screening of these offers enormous revenue opportunities independently, they also provide TVNZ with lead ins to other shows and the ability to promote other TVNZ content.  So what do they have in store instead?  Are there any major television events that will reach the same audience and achieve a better result?

The only thing that has any potential may be Masterchef New Zealand.  The Australian version did incredibly well in Australia and has proved a worthy show for the pre One News time slot but when would it air here?  If it follows a similar format, where could it fit in the schedule?  Would it find space on TV One?  Would the pre-news time slot deliver enough audience to justify the expense?

In a few days, TVNZ announce their line up for 2010 and I for one am incredibly intrigued to see just what they have lined up to deliver another profit.

TVNZ has decided against commissioning a production of Dancing With The Stars in 2010.

The decision has been made, reluctantly, because the current market conditions do not support such an expensive show.

Despite its huge popularity the cost of mounting the multi-million dollar, BBC-format production has made Dancing With The Stars a very marginal venture for TVNZ – even in strong market conditions.

In a recessionary environment the network can no longer absorb losses made by big-budget productions.

TVNZ is treating the decision as a ‘rest’ for the programme, and will re-evaluate the situation for the following year.

If market conditions have improved significantly, TVNZ will look to re-establish the show in 2011.

Provisional amounts have shown that $433,053.81 was raised for charity this year in TV ONE’s hit show Dancing With The Stars.

Dancing With The Stars winner Tamati Coffey’s chosen charity, Rainbow Youth, will receive a record amount from the series, $259,990.79. UpsideDowns Education Trust, the charity represented by 2009 series runner-up Barbara Kendall, will receive $99,009.02 and semi-finalist Josh Kronfeld’s charity, Koru Care Otago, will receive $37,276.01.

Geraldine Brophy’s charity, Arthritis New Zealand, will receive $24,795.53; Rebecca Hobbs’ New Zealand Spinal Trust $6,664.74; Chris Hobbs’ Ronald McDonald House $3,256.69; John Rowles’ Project Hope Foundation 1,425.81; and Lizzy Igasan’s Go Red For Women (The National Heart Foundation of NZ) $635.22.

The money was collected through the public-vote mechanism in Dancing With The Stars.*

Jeff Latch, TVNZ Head of Television, says “Dancing With The Stars has once again shown its ability to appeal to New Zealanders of all ages, and Kiwis have shown their willingness to support celebrities raising money for their chosen charities, even in challenging times.

“In its fifth year, Dancing With The Stars continues to be a success. We’d like to thank all those involved in the show for their incredible commitment and enthusiasm, everyone who watched the series, and all those who voted.”

Dancing With The Stars has now raised more than $1.75 million for New Zealand charities.

Dancing With The Stars is a BBC Worldwide format.

* After telecommunications and service provider charges are taken out of the cost of voting, all remaining money goes to the contestants’ nominated charities. Neither TVNZ nor BBC Worldwide retains any money from the viewers’ votes. The text and phone votes are tallied up by an independent service aggregator company, not TVNZ or the series producers. The voting system is based on the international format for Dancing With The Stars, and combines 50 per cent of the judges’ vote and 50 per cent of the viewers’ vote to give the final result.