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Teen Wolf for MTV

MTV has picked up a new series based on the 1980s movie Teen Wolf. The network has ordered 12 episodes of the revamped series which is described as being less comedic than the Michael J. Fox starrer was. Tyler Posey will lead a rookie cast in the series which will join the US remake of Skins on the network’s new line-up.

Lost simulcast

UK’s Sky1 network is going to extraordinary lengths to air the Lost finale episode before internet pirates get a hold of it. The network is set to screen the finale at 5am on Monday 24 May, which means it will run simultaneously with the ABC broadcast in the US. They join Italy, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Turkey and Canada in simultaneously broadcasting.

Emmy approval for Lost

The upcoming super-sized finale of Lost has been granted a special entry into the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards should ABC want to submit the show for awards consideration. Whereas previously only shows that ran for two hours were allowed to be up for consideration, the Awards has allowed the mammoth two-and-a-half hour finale special approval.

Spice Girl’s new show

Ex Spice Girl Melanie Brown has scored herself a new reality show that will focus on her life as she juggles her musical career and motherhood. “The Mel B Project” will run for 10 episodes and is described as non-scripted. It premieres in September.

Curb moving to NYC

Larry David is moving his Curb Your Enthusiasm series from LA to New York. Whereas location is not an issue for many shows, Curb fans are worried the move will affect the comedy series in that Larry’s neurotic oddball character, who stood out in laid-back California, may appear normal in New York.

MasterChef debacle

Supermarket giant Coles has been left red-faced across the ditch after the latest episode of MasterChef Australia where two contestants had to rethink their dishes due to the pastry they bought from the supermarket was discovered to be past its use-by date. Worse still is the fact Coles is a major sponsor of the hit series.

Christine creator slams axing

The creator of axed sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine has slammed the show’s cancellation, saying the CBS decision was sexist. “As far as what happened at CBS, we’ve suffered from a serious lack of support from them since the beginning,” Kari Lizer said. “I hate to say it, but I’m afraid they don’t care much for the female-of-a-certain-age point of view over there.”

New Planit Schedule Released Shows that TVNZ is airing Lost episode What They Died For on Wednesday followed by the 2.5 hour season finale on the following Saturday.

Extended Lost ending on DVD

There has been talk that the season 6 Lost DVD could include an extended finale. A source at ABC leaked the information, saying the box-set will feature an additional 20 minutes of footage. They went on to say that the producers of the show had wanted to include the additional scenes in order to answer some of the questions that fans may still have after the finale screens towards the end of May.

MacLachlan leaving Wisteria Lane 

Another Wisteria Lane resident is set to leave, with news today that Desperate Housewives regular Kyle MacLachlan, who plays wheelchair-bound Orson Hodge, will depart the series. MacLachlan follows fellow cast members Drea de Matteo (Angie) and Dana Delany (Katherine) in leaving the show next season.

Bad reality show idea

Here’s another addition to the list of reality shows that really shouldn’t have been made: Auction Heroes. Ordered by American network Spike, the show takes two ordinary friends who each purchase a storage container full of stuff and have to re-sell the contents off at pawn shops for a profit. It is described as being as “cutthroat as Wall Street”.

Twitter sitcom

A new sitcom is in the works at American network CBS which has been based on a Twitter page. The series entitled “Bleep My Dad Says” is inspired by the supposedly hilarious utterances of a retired doctor posted on a Twitter page by his son. Signed on to play the dad is none other than William Shatner.

Heroes movie?

Heroes creator Tim Kring has planted a small seed of hope for fans of the cancelled series by saying he is investigating a number of ways in which they he can “keep the Heroes universe alive for its fans”. In short, he is not ruling out a possible movie or mini-series wrapping up the Heroes story.

Susan Boyle on Glee?

It has been confirmed that reality show sensation Susan Boyle has been offered a guest role on hit musical series Glee. The show’s creator Ryan Murphy says the idea has been pitched and while he would love the Britain’s Got Talent runner-up to appear on the show he doesn’t even know if she’s interested.

Madonna sequel on Glee?

In related Glee news, Murphy has also announced that a follow-up to the hit Madonna episode of the series may take place next season. He says the “sequel” episode will be a part of next season but is unsure as to whether the singer herself will make a cameo appearance despite being a fan and avid supporter of the show.

Smallville ending

American network The CW has confirmed the final season of drama series Smallville. The show, which charts the early years of Clarke Kent as he eventually becomes Superman, has run for nine seasons to date with a tenth and final on the cards this year.

Wednesday 19 May, 9.30pm on TV2

With the big finale just around the corner, the stars of Lost: The Final Season promise tonight’s episode will feature a huge reveal about the island’s mythology.

The smoke monster, who currently resides in the body of former island resident John Locke (Terry O’Quinn), has been stalking the plane crash survivors since the first episode, and tonight’s show finally exposes the darkly malevolent ‘Man In Black’s motives.

Jorge Garcia, who plays Hurley in the show, told E! Online that the episode, is “total movie quality”. “It’s such a huge piece of mythology and a big, big story.”

9:30pm Wednesday, May 19 on TV2

With the big finale just around the corner, the stars of Lost: The Final Season promise tonight’s episode will feature a huge reveal to the island’s mythology.

The smoke monster, who currently resides in the body of former island resident John Locke (Terry O’Quinn), has been stalking the plane crash survivors since the first episode, and tonight’s episode finally exposes the darkly malevolent Man In Black’s motives.

Jorge Garcia, who plays Hurley in the show, told E! Online that the episode, is “total movie quality”.

“It’s such a huge piece of mythology and a big, big story. It was just such a great read.”

Fans of TV drama The West Wing are also in for a treat tonight, as Allison Janney, who played CJ Gregg in the popular White House drama, guest stars in a mystery, but pivotal, role.

Speaking to TV Guide USA, creator Damon Lindelof praises the actress’ performance, which he calls “incredible”. Fellow executive producer Carlton Cuse adds:

“We were so happy that she was able to do this. It was really hard for her because she was getting ready to shoot a pilot, but she squeezed us in. Then once we saw her in this part we were like, ‘How could anyone else have done this?'”

Lindelof reveals that they called the character ‘Allison Janney’ while writing the script, but explained that they never expected she would agree to join the show.

Cuse says that Janney’s role required a commanding female performer. “She had so much presence in The West Wing. She was in charge, and had the strength we needed.”

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Lost: The Final Season will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.

100 props from TV series Lost are about to go under the hammer.

With the finale of the series closing in, the producers are looking to auction the props off from the various seasons of the show to anyone who is interested.

The props include Charlie’s acoustic guitar, characters’ boarding passes for the Oceanic Flight 815, Hurley’s striped canteen, Desmond’s backpack and sets of Oceanic Airlines water bottles and life jackets.

The auctions can be viewed at ProfilesInHistory.

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Lost finale t-shirt

With the series finale of Lost rapidly approaching, one fan of the series has designed a Lost t-shirt to celebrate the end of an era.

Called ‘108 Objects from Flight 815’, the shirt features the items, which are all related in some way to the show, bunched together in the shape of a crashed plane.

The shirt is available for purchase over at online apparel company Threadless.

Lost

Now I am well aware that this is subject to change and is not cofirmed but at this point in time the finale of Lost is set to air on May 26th, 3 days (more like 2 days if you factor in the time zone differnece) after it has aired in the US . I know it still isn’t the best but it is better than what it was!

Source: Planit

Lost took a short break in the US allowing countries where the show is being screened a week or more behind the chance to catch up.  That’s good news for Kiwis who now only have to avoid the internet for a week before the episodes air here.  However, Australia is proving once again to be the lucky country.

Australia’s Channel Seven and 7Two have now caught up thanks to the short break and are screening the episodes within a few hours of them airing in the US.

TVNZ originally gave us a bunch of excuses about how difficult it was to make such a close broadcast happen.  Channel Seven though, seem to be able to do it.

We spoke to Channel Seven this afternoon who told us that they had a courier who was transporting the tapes back to their studios in LA so they could beam them down under via satellite in time for their 8:30pm (10:30pm NZ) broadcast.  What’s more, the show is going to air with captioning.

So again I ask, why is it that TVNZ aren’t able to make this happen when it appears that it can be done.  Why aren’t TVNZ piggybacking off this?

9:30pm Wednesday, March 3 on TV2

Locke (Terry O’Quinn) goes in search of help to further his cause, and time-lines continue on their separate paths, in tonight’s Lost: The Final Season.

When John Locke (Quinn) was killed by Ben Linus (Michael Emerson) last season, viewers could be forgiven for thinking it was the end of the road for one of the original survivors of Flight 815. However, since the Oceanic Six returned to the island, he’s been in the thick of the action – suspiciously alive and well.

This season, after the nuclear bomb was detonated, two separate time-lines emerged. As well as the continuing drama on the island, viewers are also given glimpses of what would have happened to the characters if the plane hadn’t crashed in the first place. For O’Quinn, that means playing both the original Locke, still wheelchair bound and miserable, and ‘Fake Locke’ – the esoteric embodiment of Jacob’s mysterious nemesis.

The new season premiered with a huge twist – the smoke monster that has been plaguing the island since episode one was revealed to be the man currently residing in Locke’s body. The mystery of who the figure is remains a secret, however, as O’Quinn tells TV Guide USA.

“I am apparently some other incarnation who has taken on John’s face, body, sore knees,” the actor explains. “He’s on a mission, and he’s a dark presence, almost like the devil. The more the others know about him, the more fear he inspires.”

The secrets of the island are kept so under wraps that O’Quinn and the rest of the cast are still in the dark about what’s really going on. He reveals that to develop the character blindly is difficult, and he’s had to place his trust in the quality of the writing and the production team.

“Doing this role has been a pure act of faith,” he says. “You go forward and assume there’s going to be something when you step there.”

There is one key question that O’Quinn hopes will be wrapped up before the show ends in May.

“What is the island? That does have to be answered. I don’t care who lives, who dies, who’s happy, who’s not. What was all this for? I can’t think of anything more important than that.”

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Lost: The Final Season will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.