Billy Crystal returning to television

FX announced Wednesday that it has ordered 13 episodes of The Comedians, a single-camera comedy series that takes us behind the scenes of a late-night sketch show. Crystal will star as a famous comedian who is, much to his dismay, paired up with Josh Gad (1600 Penn, Frozen, The Book of Mormon).

The role marks Crystal’s return to television, as it will be the comedian’s first regular appearance since starring as Jodie Dallas in the ABC comedy Soap from 1977 to 1981.

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8:30pm – Monday, November 12 on FOUR

This week sees the supernatural drama, Grimm conclude its first season on Monday, November 12 th at 8:30pm on FOUR. But according to series star David Giuntoli, not everyone might make it to next season.

“We have three major cliff-hangers, and, I’d say, maybe one of us doesn’t live to the next season,” Giuntoli teases.

The instalment, titled “Woman In Black”, will introduce a new character called the Woman in Black, who will help launch the series’ into its second season.

And though not much is known about the character, Grimm executive producer, David Greenwalt says: “Next year will be about Nick [David Giuntoli] coming into his own a lot more.”

“There will be people from Nick’s life who appear – and it’ll be about him becoming a more realised Grimm, if you will.”

But what does this have to do with the Woman in Black? Find out when Grimm concludes its first season on Monday, November 12 th at 8:30pm on FOUR.

Nigel Barker lands new TV show

After being fired from America’s Next Top Model by Tyra Banks, former judge Nigel Barker (noted fashion photographer) has been cast in a new TV role: host of a new modelling competition show called The Face. The show will also include supermodel coaches Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha and Karolina Kurkova. It’s due to air in 2013.

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8:30pm – Monday, June 18 on FOUR

Brand new to FOUR, Grimm sees Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) discover that he is a descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms”, charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world. Grimm premieres on Monday, June 18 th at 8:30pm on FOUR. The Brothers Grimm wrote fairy tales that children have adored for generations, but imagine if their villains were real, and Nick was the only one who could stop them.

“Nick has always had this deep-down feeling he was different because he came from a weird family that was always on the move – he just didn’t know how different,” David Giuntoli explains about his new character. This week’s premiere, involving a series of Little Red Riding Hood crimes, will be followed by spins on Cinderella, Goldilocks, Snow White and the Three Little Pigs. As each story unfolds, “Nick buries himself deeper and deeper in lies because he must keep his true nature a secret,” Giuntoli says. “This job of mythic hero has been thrust upon him. He must go out and kill the bad monsters and protect the good ones, when he’d really rather be home watching movies with his girl.”

Make sure not to miss your first introduction to Detective Nick Burkhardt when Grimm puts a supernatural spin on crime on Monday, June 18 th at 8:30pm on FOUR.

Fairy tales are being given a new lease on life recently with Grimm, Once Upon a Time and now Snow White and the Huntsmen.  Who is the fairest of them all though?

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Mediaworks TV have launched their 2012 new season for TV3 and Four with an interesting line up of new and old shows.

The event kicked off at the SkyCity Theatre in Auckland this morning with a mock X Factor style audition for the MC job. Video showed the network’s stars getting txt messages while they were recording their own shows and then bailing in the middle to rush to the audition.  The funnier of them all was Rachel Smalley leaving the Prime Minister during the middle of an interview.

Paul Henry was one of the judges who was ruthless in saying no to everyone, including Mike McRoberts, Ben Boyce and the 7 Days crew.  In the end, having been appalled at the talent, Henry decided that if you wanted a job done properly, then you did it yourself.

Henry took to the stage to introduce the event and the various presenters but not before he told a number of expletive ridden stories, mainly directed at his former employer TVNZ.

Everyone had been given fortune cookies as we arrived.  Paul opened his and read, “If you sit by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.”

Many of TV3’s best performers are back in 2012 as well as new international dramas and some promising looking local shows.

On the local front, TV3’s programmer Kelly Martin has confirmed that The X Factor New Zealand is definitely in the works. The X Factor Australia, which is currently on across the Tasman, will screen during the summer.  

Also receiving some localization is the hit Australian show The Block.

New local comedies include a new panel show hosted by Jesse Mulligan called Would I Lie To You? based on the UK series.  Funny Roots will take comedians back to their roots to see if their routines work on them.  Also on the cards is a new comedy series from South Pacific Pictures called Golden, about an overweight rower who was a gold medal winning Olympian and has decided they want to get back in shape.

Possibly the most anticipated show will be at 7pm on Sunday night. The Paul Henry Show.  The format is still in development but no doubt it will be a hit.

The new dramas to look out for on TV3 are Homeland, a new cable show from the makers of 24, Awake, Grimm, Terra Nova, The Finder and American Horror Story from the makers of Nip/Tuck and Glee.

TV3 are planning on taking TV2 head on on Wednesday with new comedies Up All Night starring Christina Applegate and Last Man Standing which features the return of Tim Allen in a new fatherhood role, this time of daughters.

Two other shows to watch out for are Deadliest Roads and local show Road Madness which is real footage taken from the cabs of trucks on New Zealand roads.  You can only guess what that trailer looks like!

New Shows:
American Horror Story
Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms
Deadliest Roads
Funny Roots
Last Man Standing
Paul Henry Show
Road Madness
Terra Nova
The Block
The Finder
Up All Night
Would I Lie To You?

7 Days
Grand Designs Australia
Grand Designs UK
Home and Away
ITM Fishing Show
Missing Pieces
Modern Family
NCIS: Los Angeles
New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker
Nurse Jackie
Project Runway
Road Cops
Sons of Anarchy
The Almighty Johnsons
The Big C
The Comedy Gala
The Good Wife
The Graham Norton Show
The Secret Lives of Dancers
The X Factor
What’s Really In Our Food?
60 Minutes
3 News: Firstline 
3 News at 12
3 News
Campbell Live
Sports Tonight