Home and Away

One News were was running promos during the first episode of Home and Away’s new run on TV2 this evening with a counter indicating when it would start.  However, the counter appeared to be the minutes and seconds past the hour as opposed to a countdown as the graphic suggested.

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Home and Away begins screening on TV2, from 5:30pm tonight.

SamaraHome And Away star Samara Weaving has announced she is leaving the soap to try her hand in Hollywood.

The 21-year-old actress – who was recently revealed to have been shortlisted for a role in the new Pirates Of The Caribbean film with Johnny Depp – has filmed her final scenes in Summer Bay after four years playing student Indigo Walker. Continue reading »

jamies-15-minute-mealsAfter their receivership cost them Home and Away, TV3 have taken a different approach to the lead in to the evening news bulletin with a cooking show.  I can’t say this is a bad decision.

Jamie Oliver is coming to TV3 weeknights, with Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals screening at 5.30pm, Monday to Friday from 19 August.

Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals condenses Jamie’s trademark simple, unpretentious and delicious food into 15 minute bursts as he prepares two inviting family meals back-to-back in each half-hour episode.  Continue reading »

april-dexter-home-and-awayWhile I originally expected this to be at 5:30pm on TV One, it should be somewhat comforting to Home and Away fans that the timeslot is still going to be the same, albeit on a different channel.

TVNZ is thrilled to announce that Aussie soap Home and Away will launch weeknights from Monday August 19 at 5:30pm on TV2.

Jeff Latch, TVNZ’s Head of TV ONE and TV2, says: “We’re delighted to give Home and Away fans what they want with this fantastic weeknight timeslot. They won’t miss an episode as the first-rate storylines continue on TV2 from August 19.” Continue reading »

home-and-awayMediaworks have just released the following statement regarding losing Home and Away and point blame at TVNZ.

MediaWorks NZ Limited (In receivership) said today that it was disappointed that the distributor of Home & Away had chosen to cancel its agreement and grant the licence to TVNZ.

KordaMentha partner and receiver, Brendon Gibson said that while the management team was disappointed at the loss of the programme, MediaWorks would continue to produce and broadcast great television for its viewers. Continue reading »

the-almighty-johnsons-2013We’ve heard it said a number of times that there is a common courtesy between broadcasters where they don’t deliberately program content against locally funded shows. This appears to be broken with the new season of The Almighty Johnsons set to be challenged by some sneaky programming changes from TVNZ.

Late last year there was rumour that TV3’s The Almighty Johnsons had been axed, presumably because the ratings weren’t that flash.  However, a month later NZ On Air confirmed funding for a third season.

In 2011, TV3 broadcast the fantasy series about Norse gods who have wound up in New Zealand on a Monday night.  In 2012, it was shifted to Wednesdays and subsequently had a drop in ratings.  This year, TV3 have scheduled the show to screen at 8:30pm on Thursdays from July 4th.  In 2011, the first season drew an average audience per episode of 251,485 viewers while season two drew 193,669 viewers per episode.

The 8:30pm Thursday timeslot on TV2 has had the US fantasy series Once Upon a Time screening.  The series comes to an end this next week with a double episode finale.  The last six episodes have had an average audience of 210,140 viewers per episode.

At the start of the week we heard that TVNZ had sent out an amendment to their schedules (we don’t receive these because we’re not one of those TV praising print organisations) with an interesting change to their Thursday night line up.  We asked TVNZ to confirm if what we’d heard was correct but they were cagey about it and told us that the listings wouldn’t be finalised until Wednesday.  This morning, TVNZ confirmed what we already knew, that they were going to be counter-programming Arrow against The Almighty Johnsons. Continue reading »

StevePeacockeHome and Away actor Steve Peacocke will be seen alongside the likes of Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt and Rufus Sewell in a new movie from Brett Ratner.

Peacocke, who plays Brax in the Aussie soap, has nabbed himself a role in the new action movie Hercules: The Thracian Wars.

He will return to his Home and Away role after taking a couple of months off to film the movie.

He said: “This is an incredible opportunity for me to experience film on a massive scale, work with a world-class director, actors and two of the biggest studios in the world. I’m grateful Seven is allowing me time out to get a taste of that world.” Continue reading »

jaylagaaiaFormer Home and Away actor Jay Laga’aia will be seen on stage in Auckland in the new season of Wicked.

The Kiwi actor, who plies his trade mainly in Australia, will play The Wizard of Oz in the Broadway musical when it comes to Auckland in September.

“To be able to come home with a show that is absolutely awe-inspiring is something that this prodigal son could only dream about,” Laga’aia said. “My biggest fear is not The Wizard but the amount of ticket requests from family and friends! Maybe Glinda or Elphaba could whip up a spell for me.” Continue reading »

AsherKeddieAustralia’s top TV prize has been handed out to the star of Offspring.

Asher Keddie claimed the Gold Logie prize for her role in the drama series at last night’s 2013 Logie Awards, which celebrate the best in Australian television.

Keddie triumphed over comedy due Hamish and Andy, Carrie Bickmore, Adam Hills and Steve Peacocke to win the award, which is given to the most popular personality on TV.

She also claimed the Most Popular Actress award ahead of Rebecca Gibney of Packed to the Rafters. Continue reading »