Masterchef USA

8:35pm Monday, September 20 on Prime

Reality Series

The 14 best amateur cooks in the country enter the Master Chef kitchen for the first time tonight. They are met with their first mystery box challenge, where the mystery ingredients are both sweet and savory – and the cooks must decide between making a sweet dessert or a savory entree. The winner of the mystery box gains the advantage of picking the main ingredient for the next stage of the competition, the invention test. Judges Chef Gordon Ramsay, Chef Graham Elliot, and restaurateur Joe Bastianich pull the cooks out of their comfort zone with the first invention test, where some rise to the occasion, and others plummet to the bottom of the competition.

The stakes are even higher than the mystery box, as the worst two chefs are eliminated. The remaining 12 cooks are split into teams and sent to cook a full-course meal for 400 marines. The losing team must face their first pressure test, where they have to name the ingredients of a dish by taste alone. The cook who names the least ingredients is eliminated, and the remaining 11 will go on to compete for $250,000, their own cookbook publishing deal, and the title of the first American Master Chef.

8:35pm Monday, September 13 on Prime

Reality Series

The top 30 amateur chefs in America have been selected from auditions around the country, now it’s time to see if they’re worthy of entering the MasterChef kitchen. The cooks are brought to a gigantic warehouse kitchen, where they will be tested on the most basic of culinary skills – a knife in an onion chop. Those who make it through will get to prove their creativity, as they are challenged to make a dish using one single egg. Chef Gordon Ramsay, Chef Graham Elliot, and restaurateur Joe Bastianich will select only 14 who will make it through the challenges of the day, and go on to compete in the MasterChef kitchen. The winner of MasterChef will receive $250,000, their own cookbook publishing deal, and the title of the first American MasterChef.

Apatow returning to TV


Judd Apatow is returning to TV with a new series in which he will act as executive producer. The Freaks and Geeks creator will work on the untitled HBO project about “the assorted humiliation and rare triumphs of a group of young women in their early 20s” with 24-year-old filmmaker Lena Dunham.

MasterChef USA renewed

Prime’s MasterChef USA has been given a second season by its American network Fox after the success of its first season, which is currently still taking place in the US.

Sackoff heading to CSI

Battlestar Galactica actress Katee Sackoff will join crime series CSI in what is possibly a recurring role. The actress will also guest star on an upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory.

Englund lands Chuck role

Robert Englund, who played the original Freddy Krueger in the A Nightmare on Elm Street movies, will make a guest appearance on the latest season of Chuck. Englund will play an evil scientist on the show.

CNN officially confirms Morgan show

CNN has finally confirmed the worst kept TV secret, officially announcing that Piers Morgan will take up the primetime slot on the network left by the departing Larry King. Morgan will host a one-hour “candid, in-depth newsmaker interview programme” starting in January.

8:35pm Monday, September 6 on Prime

Reality Series

The auditions continue as Chef Gordon Ramsay, Chef Graham Elliot, and restaurateur Joe Bastianich judge the top amateur cooks from around the country. Tonight each cook will present a signature dish for the three judges. Some will be sent home, while others will earn the coveted Masterchef apron and advance to the next round of the competition. And spots are highly sought-after with the winner receiving $250,000, their own cookbook publishing deal, and the title of the first American Master Chef!

Over the next month or so New Zealand’s free-to-air networks will roll out their big guns for the winter season and that spells good news for TV lovers.

TV3 is leading the charge with a swag of brand news seasons of their popular local and international shows.

Of course the brand new season of Outrageous Fortune hits screens on July 13, which may well be the most anticipated premiere of the year.

The second cycle of New Zealand’s Next Top Model is also on the way along with a fresh season of reality cooking show Top Chef. Family Guy, Nurse Jackie, NCIS and Wipeout all return with new seasons along with the premiere of The X Factor Australia as a warm-up to our very own version.

Across on C4, new seasons of The Office (USA) and How I Met Your Mother are coming.

TV One will introduce a brand news local series from the makers of Outrageous Fortune and Go Girls called This Is Not My Life.

TV2 has the returns of Chuck, Fringe and The Mentalist for the winter season.

Meanwhile, Prime is boasting a strong line-up of shows including the premiere of MasterChef USA which features chef Gordon Ramsay.

A new supernatural drama called Being Human is coming to the network as well along with celebrated UK action series Survivors. America’s Got Talent will return also with new local travel series Peta Unplugged in Marrakech featuring kiwi foodie Peta Mathias coming to Prime.

Source: NZ Herald

The thing I love about hanging with the folk at Prime is that while they are genuinely nice people, they really love television.  I mean, they really love television.  So much so that they’re quite comfortable acknowledging that they’re self confessed TV geeks.  Listening to the banter between the presenters at their 2010 Season Launch definitely cemented that.

Prime has experienced some pretty good growth this year, recently achieving its highest peak share.  One can only assume 2010 will see that peak moved higher with a fantastic lineup as well as the Winter Olympics.

So what’s on the cards for next year?  Check out the list below and let us know what you think:

New Shows

Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics – 6am – 6pm daily

Celebrity MasterChef Australia & MasterChef USA

Last Chance to See

50 Years of New Zealand Television

Monty Python: Almost the Truth

Life After People: The Series

Nazi Hunters

Ten Things You Need To Know About Losing Weight

Make Me

World War II in Colour


Toddlers and Tiaras

Video Killed the Radio Star


Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire


The Goode Family

Surviving Suburbia

Being Human

Rescue Special Ops

New Tricks

Stargate Universe


The Listener

My Dad is Better Than Your Dad



Peta Unplugged in Marrakech


Property Ladder


Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey


Danger Beach: Muriwai


The Real Swiss Family Robinson


It’s Me or the Dog

Meet the Hasselhoffs



Extraordinary Kiwis


Doctor Who

True Blood

Midsomer Murders


Ashes to Ashes




Legend of the Seeker

Judge John Deed

Secret Diary of a Call Girl

Who Wants to be a Millionaire

Top Gear

Who Do You Think You Are

Bondi Rescue

Man Vs Wild

Super Nanny

Secret Millionaire

Wife Swap USA


Robin Hood