FIFA World Cup

Doctor Who auctions

A number of major props from Doctor Who are going under the hammer next week including the Tardis from previous seasons. The item, used in 2005, is expected to fetch up to NZ$25,000 along with an original Dalek dating back to 1964 estimated at $NZ7000.

Entourage confirms guests

Entourage has confirmed Lenny Kravitz and P Diddy will make guest appearance sin the upcoming season of the show. Kravitz will play himself as a client of Ari’s while Diddy will join Mark Walhberg in one of his token golf course appearances.

CSI: Miami drops cast member

CSI: Miami have cut cast member Eddie Cibrian (Cardoza) for the next season of the show. The actor only recently joined the cast of the crime procedural after an original member left, but now the producers have decided to revert back to focussing on the remaining original cast.

New Hollywood stars

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced which television celebrities will be receiving stars on the Walk of Fame for 2011. 30 Rock’s Tina Fey heads the list, along with Idol creator Simon Fuller, Neil Patrick Harris, John Langley, Ed O’Neill, John Wells and Oprah Winfrey.

Vuvuzela-free games screened

Several international networks have screened vuvuzela-free games from the FIFA World Cup after receiving so many complaints from the viewers. German and French networks have led the way with the BBC in the UK also planning to filter out the drone for England’s next match against Algeria.

Eric Roberts joining soap

Eric Roberts is making a return to the world of soaps, with the actor confirming he is set for a role on The Young and the Restless. Roberts will play an attorney representing a familiar cast member on the soap, debuting in July.

Tommy Lee for Californication

Rocker Tommy Lee will make a guest appearance on the upcoming season of Californication. Lee will appear alongside David Duchovny in the drama series which has seen several celebrities make small appearances over the past few seasons.

The Office promotes Gabe

Zach Woods has been promoted to a series regular in the next season of The Office in the US. Woods plays Gabe Lewis in the comedy which is set to lose star Steve Carrell after the seventh season.

Another new signing for Dexter

Dexter has announced yet another cast addition with April Lee Hernandez set to join the drama in the new season. The ex-ER actress will play a new police officer alongside big-name signing Julia Stiles.

Desperate Housewives lawsuit

There’s been a twist in the tale of ex-Desperate Housewives actress Nicollette Sheridan and her alleged assault by series creator Marc Cherry. The actress’s lawyers now say the network responded to her claim by investigating the incident and concluding that the she had suffered a “light tap on the side of the head” during a rehearsal of a scene. She is attempting to claim damages for wrongful termination, assault and battery, and discrimination.

Benben secures Practice promotion

Actor Brian Benben has been promoted to a series regular on Private Practice. The actor, who plays Dr. Sheldon Wallace, will take up a major role in the medical drama next season after joining in season 2.

Glee soundtrack tops charts

The latest Glee soundtrack has shot to the top of the Billboard charts this week, beating out the likes of Christina Aguilera and the Twilight soundtrack. Glee: Journey to Regionals is a compilation of tracks from the show’s latest run.

TV commentator fired

A British World Cup commentator has been sacked after he was involved in securing tickets for a group of women as part of an ambush marketing campaign. ITV gave Robbie Earle the boot after the tickets allocated to him at the Netherlands-Denmark match were used in the stunt which saw 36 young women dressed in orange miniskirts with a beer logo on them fill a section of the stand.

Spacey lining up TV role

Kevin Spacey is in talks to feature in a new drama series for HBO. The Oscar-winning actor is eyeing up the role of a cult leader in the series entitled The Crux. His last regular TV role was back in the 1980s series Wiseguy.

Sons of Anarchy sued

A member of the motorcycle gang Hell’s Angels is filing a lawsuit against the creators of the drama series Sons of Anarchy, claiming they stole his idea for the show. Chuck Zito pitched the idea to the FX network back in 2004 but they said they didn’t want to pursue it.  He is claiming the idea of the 2008 series Sons of Anarchy came from him and he has received no credit for it.

Glee guests?

The latest big names bandied around for guest spots on Glee are singers Leona Lewis and Justin Timberlake. Only time will tell as to whether these rumours eventuate to anything.

New Bachelor series

America’s latest reality show is made up entirely of ex-reality contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette series. Bachelor Pad will see 19 ex-contestants from the show’s various seasons all crammed into a house for the purpose of “finding love” and a $250,000 paycheque for the winner.

The drone of the Vuvuzela is the trademark sound of the World Cup so far but television broadcasters are attempting to find ways of toning down the noise as the tournament rolls on.

With a ban of the horn unlikely, broadcasters are trying to find ways to shut out the noise in order to provide better coverage for the millions watching the South African tournament.

TVNZ spokeswoman Andi Brotherston has said they are looking at different technologies which could filter sound for kiwi viewers despite the network receiving very little in the way of complaints from the NZ public.

“We’ve been looking at ways to tweak down the sound, but in saying that, we do have to be careful because in sports, all that sound is part of the atmosphere,” she said.

“It gives viewers a sense of what it’s like at the game.”

The problem is not as simple as turning down the sound of the crowd, as TVNZ receives its source material with the commentary attached and the two cannot be separated.

Extra soundproofing in the commentary boxes at the South African stadiums is being considered but the sound will never be completely absent from the international coverage we receive.

However, it seems the English are the most upset by the vuvuzela with the BBC receiving a load of complaints, forcing the network to look at a “vuvuzela-free” channel is the complaints keep rolling in.

Maybe the English should be more worried about their football team.

Source: NZ Herald

The All Whites’ 1-all draw with Slovakia in their opening game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup was watched by an average audience of 455,150 on NZ screens late last night.

A solid turn-out of kiwis exchanged a few hours sleep for 90+ minutes of football which turned out to be some of the best in New Zealand’s footballing history.

With both TV One and Sky Sport 2 covering the game, the numbers total over 455,000 which is the most by far for any World Cup game on NZ screens this year.

An audience of 353,800 watched the game on One while Sky’s coverage pulled an additional 101,350 for the 11.30pm kick-off from Rustenburg in South Africa.

The cumulative audience was 631,110.

Hopefully every single one of those watching stayed until the 93rd minute when Winston Reid headed the All Whites into the history books from a brilliant Shane Smeltz cross.

With NZ’s next match against Italy scheduled for a 2.30am start on Monday morning, there’s sure to be more bleary eyes at work the following day.

Broadcasters complain

Organisers of the FIFA World Cup are copping complaints from broadcasters and television viewers worldwide following the opening weekend of the tournament due to the sound of the vuvuzela (the large plastic horns) in the crowds at the stadiums. The continuous drone of the horns are upsetting some broadcasters whose sound coverage is being affected by them.

Sky rugby signal failure

A signal failure in New Plymouth on Saturday night cut coverage of Richie McCaw’s post match interview following the All Blacks big win over the Irish in the opening rugby test of the year. Sky lost power during McCaw’s live interview and failed to restore it for roughly ten minutes. The interview was not replayed and neither was Irish captain Brian O’Driscoll’s.

More talent joins Dexter

After the news last week the Julia Stiles was joining the cast, Dexter has pulled further talent for the next season of the show. Actress Maria Doyle Kennedy and actor Shawn Hatosy will be major parts of the series in recurring roles.

Piers Morgan the new Larry King?

Englishman Piers Morgan is rumoured to be lining up a gig replacing chat show king Larry King on a nightly CNN show. Following dwindling ratings for King’s show this year, the producers are desperate to revamp the show and believe Morgan is the man to do the job.

Stars against Cougar Town name change

Cougar Town stars Busy Philipps and Josh Hopkins are against a planned name change for the new comedy series which its producers believe is a good idea. The pair feels the name is now ingrained and the brand has been set and changing it would be detrimental to the show.

Follow all the FIFA World Cup action from South Africa with Sky Television’s first iPhone application.

Watch daily video news bulletins and top player profiles, plus news articles, live scores, photo galleries and much more on the official SKY TV Road to South Africa application.

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1:10am Friday, June 11 on TV One

The biggest global television event of the year has finally arrived – FIFA World Cup. TV ONE is the home of football for the next six weeks and it all kicks off in the early hours of Saturday 12 June (at 1.10am on TV ONE) with the FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony LIVE from South Africa.

Radio’s Sport Broadcaster Of The Year, Martin Devlin, anchors TV ONE’s FIFA World Cup coverage and he will be joined in studio by former players and football experts during this worldwide celebration of soccer.

Devlin acknowledges that he’s not only got the best seat in the house, but believes he has also scored the best job in the world for the next month, “if you have to go to work where there’s no television, or you can’t spare time to watch every minute of every match, we’ve got you covered. We’re doing a LIVE highlights package that includes the best action from every game played running into ONE News At 6pm, it’s repeated at 11pm.”

Devlin remembers watching his first FIFA World Cup in1974 as a ten-year-old boy. “Only seven teams have ever lifted the trophy so it would be hard to go past those usual suspects if you’re trying to pick a winner: Brazil, Italy, Germany and if Euro champions, Spain, can field a fully fit side they’d be as good a bet as any.”

With his tongue firmly in his cheek Devlin believes, “there is one certainty at the World Cup – England will provide much hype and deliver another campaign clouded in controversy, destined for disaster, full of flaws and failure, expect another glorious tragedy.”

Devlin understands why the FIFA World Cup is always a huge global television event that attracts as many non-fans as fans, “there’s a good reason why it’s called the beautiful game, you don’t have to understand the rules to sit back and watch in wonderment at the effortless skill of these players.

“The 2010 event has the added bonus of having our own All Whites standing alongside football’s elite again, it’s been a long 28 years between drinks.

“So it stacks up like this, for the next month we get to watch the best players on earth going hard out to claim the greatest prize in world sport – I’m not sure that heaven will get better than that?”

Coverage of the spectacular start to football’s premier tournament includes the opening game between host country South Africa and Mexico, as well as updates on the All Whites preparation.

TV ONE is bringing viewers 11 LIVE games broadcast in HD. The schedule includes all of the All Whites games, one second round game, two quarter finals, both semi-finals, 3rd vs 4th play-off and the World Cup Final LIVE.

The folks over at UK website have put together the interesting wee graphic below which charts the broadcasting path of the FIFA World Cup over the years.

Worth a look.