Last Man Standing

5:30pm – Tuesday, January 1 on TV 3

In celebration of New Years Day, Kim Kardashian is making a very special guest appearance on Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing, screening on Tuesday, January 1 st at 5:30pm on 3. Fans will get to see the reality TV star in a book-signing where she is introduced to Mandy Baxter (Molly Ephraim), who goes a bit crazy when she meets the star. Kardashian told Entertainment Tonight that she didn’t prepare too hard for the role. “I play myself, so if I do bad at this, I have some issues,” Kardashian said. “It’s fun to play the more dramatic version of myself.”

Make sure not to miss her when Last Man Standing screens on Tuesday, January 1 st at 5:30pm on 3.

5:30pm – Monday, December 10 on TV 3

With Home and Away enjoying its summer holidays, this week sees Home Improvement star Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing returning to our screens for an encore screening of it’s first series. Last Man Standing screens Monday to Friday at 5:30pm, premiering on Monday, December 10 th on 3. As with his previous TV role, Last Man Standing presents the former Home Improvement star as a macho dimwit, but Allen’s co-star Nancy Travis says that she gets to be dopey too. “They are unlike a traditional sitcom couple, where he’s the buffoon and she’s the patient wife,” Travis, who portrays Allen’s onscreen wife explains.

“We toss that ball back and forth. There are episodes where [I’m] just fumbling around and he comes off as the voice of reason. They’re both kind of trying to find their way.”

Allen plays Mike Baxter, the director of marketing for an outdoor sporting goods store. When Mike’s boss puts him in charge of focusing on the company’s internet sales – and his wife Vanessa (Travis) gets promoted in her job – Mike finds himself spending more time at home with his three daughters – single mum Kristin (Alexandra Krosney), dim, self-centered teen Mandy (Molly Ephraim) and tomboy Eve (Kaitlyn Dever).

Travis insists that it’s the family dynamic that will emerge as the heart of the show. “It’s not as black and white as a guy surrounded by girls,” Travis says.

“Part of launching a show is you need a hook or gimmick, and that happens to be the gimmick. But what evolved is a show about a real family in the middle of this country where both parents are working…”

“It’s not your cookie-cutter family – it’s a family that is just trying to get through the day and make it work.” Make sure not to miss the return of Tim Allen and his television family when Last Man Standing screens on Monday, December 10 th at 5:30pm on 3.

7:30pm – Monday, February 13 on TV 3

This week sees Home Improvement star Tim Allen’s much anticipated return to television when 3 premieres Allen’s brand new comedy series Last Man Standing on Monday, February 13 th at 7:30pm. As with his previous TV role, Last Man Standing presents the former Home Improvement star as a macho dimwit, but Allen’s co-star Nancy Travis says that she gets to be dopey too.

“They are unlike a traditional sitcom couple, where he’s the buffoon and she’s the patient wife,” Travis, who portrays Allen’s onscreen wife explains.

“We toss that ball back and forth. There are episodes where [I’m] just fumbling around and he comes off as the voice of reason. They’re both kind of trying to find their way.”

Allen plays Mike Baxter, the director of marketing for an outdoor sporting goods store. When Mike’s boss puts him in charge of focusing on the company’s Internet sales – and his wife Vanessa (Travis) gets promoted in her job – Mike finds himself spending more time at home with his three daughters – single mum Kristin (Alexandra Krosney), dim, self-cantered teen Mandy (Molly Ephraim) and tomboy Eve (Kaitlyn Dever).

Travis insists that it’s the family dynamic that will emerge as the heart of the show. “It’s not going to be as black and white as a guy surrounded by girls,” Travis says.

“Part of launching a show is you need a hook or gimmick, and that happens to be the gimmick. But we’ve shot eight episodes and what is evolving is a show about a real family in the middle of this country where both parents are working…” “It’s not your cookie-cutter family – it’s a family that is just trying to get through the day and make it work.” Make sure not to miss your first introduction to Tim Allen’s new television family when Last Man Standing premieres on Monday, February 13 th at 7:30pm on 3.

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

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

Last Man Standing Wednesday 28 November, 9.30pm

This incredible new reality series on TV2 sends six adventurers to some of the most remote parts of the world for a tournament that will test them to their limits. The winner will be named the Last Man Standing.

Six athletes make up two teams who are sent to live with indigenous villages, to train with them, and to take part in their ancient sporting festivals. These are real tribes with real dangers. Taking up the challenge for the Brits are Richard Massey (22) – a classic English gentleman and cricket star; Rajko Radovic (29) – a smooth fitness expert and self-styled ‘Renaissance Man’ from London; and Mark Hoban (28), skilled in martial arts and salsa dancing from Birmingham.
The American team poses formidable competition, with top strongman Brad Johnson (29); the USA’s hottest BMX rider, Jason Bennett (21); and Harvard skier Corey Rennell (22).

The boys’ first challenge sees them heading deep into the Brazilian rainforest to prove themselves as Kalapalo Warriors – with the ultimate aim of becoming the first Westerners ever to fight in The Festival of Death. Common injuries include dislocated arms and broken necks. The Kalapalo tribe train for years just to be allowed to compete in this extreme sport, the two teams will have just 10 days to master the required skills.

From wrestling deep in the Amazonian rainforest, to bullock racing in India, and spear fishing in the Pacific, the six must play by the rules – local rules. But their experiences are much more than a sporting challenge; the adventurers enter the very heart of local societies, becoming part of them and performing all the rites and rituals, however dangerous they may be. In Brazil the Kapapalo tribe’s initiation ceremony involves being repeatedly scoured with piranha teeth, then having chilli and salt rubbed into the open wound.

Over the eight weeks we will see the young men competing in everything from Zulu stick fighting to Senegalese wrestling. In Papua New Guina they face a two-day endurance canoe race competing against the best canoeists in the region. As if this didn’t sound gruelling enough, they will be paddling upstream, in crocodile-infested waters.

In the rocky mountains of West Mexico, the athlete’s must compete against the Tarahumara Indians in a high-altitude endurance race that involves kicking a small wooden ball the entire way. The Indians are amongst the greatest endurance runners in the world, and they have the advantage of already being acclimatised to the altitude. To make the race just that little more challenging, the teams discover they have to wear local sandals and that the canyon course is snake-infested.

After wrestling with the Kalapalo tribe and canoeing with crocodiles, a game of cricket in Papua New Guinea probably sounded easy to the athletes. However, this is not cricket as we know it. Methodist missionaries introduced the game to the remote coral lined Trobriand Islanders 90 years ago. But the locals changed the rules, and adapted it into an extraordinary sporting event of eroticised dancing, taunting, and tribal rivalry.

How will our adventurers cope when pitted against the locals… and each other? Do they have what it takes to gain the respect of the tribe, to really become one of them?

Last Man Standing starts this Wednesday 28 November at 9.30pm on TV2.


Sunday 29 April:
NZ Surf League

Monday 30 April:
Let’s Go Quintuplets
Committed
Last Man Standing

Tuesday 1 May:
Cold Turkey