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dancing-with-the-starsIt’s one of the shows that regularly comes up in conversation as being one of the shows people would most like to see return to screens in New Zealand.  Great Southern Television has picked up the rights to Dancing with the Stars and is looking to revamp the series and pitch it to all broadcasters after TV One dropped it after five seasons in 2010.

The British version of the show regularly outrates The X Factor in the UK where the two juggernauts go head to head in their timeslots. Continue reading »

We’ve tried to to make kiwi reality TV, we’ve gave it our best shot, but was it worth the ride? Depends on how you look at it. I think we don’t have the skills, or the brains to do so. We are not there with the Americans or the British, (a.k.a, Poms).

For example, let’s look at NZ Idol. At the time when it was coming out, lots of people got excited, because we’d saw the American and Australian version. But when they made the kiwi version, did it had the same effect? Was it as nearly as good? No. Because A: it was cheap, B: there was hardly anyone good enough to become a pop star, and C: it had average ratings. Not to mention the people who won disappeared and became a laughing stock. Ben Lumis and Rosita Vai brought out one album each. As for Matt Sonnua, he just put out a single. Blow that for a joke.

It might as well not have been made at all. Because all it did was put them down. It’s a kind of sad story.

What about Dancing With The Stars. Slightly happier story. It was a fun show to watch. (I just liked it because Jason Gunn hosted it.) But it got axed because TVNZ didn’t have the money to make it anymore. A perfectly good excuse. But on the same token, it could’ve lasted one more season. (Just an opinion.)

So, then came Stars In Their Eyes. Ahhhh yes. Weird weird story. It had so much potential. Only lasted two seasons. I’ve only seen clips off YouTube, so I can’t say much. I moved to Australia just before it was on.

Last but not least come New Zealand’s Got Talent. Again, I can’t say much because I moved to Oz, but I’ve seen clips on YouTube, but to be honest, I didn’t like it that much. I kind of envied it. I wasn’t happy that it was on Prime, because I didn’t think it would get enough ratings. But it did alright I guess.

Again, this is just my opinion, not everybody has the same point of view. So please share your opinion.

Have a fantastic day.

MediaWorks Radio is pleased to announce Alison (Ali) Leonard will join The Breeze team as the new 10am – 2pm announcer.

Best known for her role as a television judge on Dancing with the Stars, Leonard brings with her a wealth of radio broadcasting experience and is passionate about the music format.

Ian Avery, Programme Director for The Breeze said “We are thrilled Ali has decided to join us and we look forward to having her on-air.  With the return of Jeanette Thomas as breakfast newsreader for the station, it’s shaping up to be an exciting 2011.”

The Breeze would like to acknowledge the calibre of applicants for the 10am-2pm position, and to thank Tania Burgess who stepped into the breach at short notice in January and has done an amazing job.

An exact start date for Leonard is yet to be confirmed, and Burgess will continue in the role until Leonard becomes available.

Rob Dyrdek launching new MTV show

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Dancing with the Stars contestants named in the US

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Warner Bros to pay Men crew

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CSI actress to guest on Castle

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Grey wins Dancing with the Stars

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Momsen’s absence for “creative reasons”

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Ugly Betty actor arrested for murder

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Kiwi actor Cliff Curtis lands new role

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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

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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

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