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Cast to change on Glee

Glee creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that in 2012 the series will start phasing out its current cast of characters and bring in new ones to keep the series believable. Murphy said: “Every year we’re going to populate a new group. There’s nothing more depressing than a high schooler with a bald spot.”

More talent added to J.J. Abrams series

Two more actors have been added to J.J. Abrams new series Alcatraz, joining Lost’s Jorge Garcia in the line-up. Jonny Coyne and Jason Butler will play prison wardens on the drama series which centres on the infamous San Francisco prison.

More Glee-style shows on the way

American network ABC is attempting to cash in on the success of the Glee series by developing two new musical series. The network is developing a project around former Glee cast member Idina Menzel about a single mother who dreams of a musical career along with another project described as a female-led musical comedy.

Actress to return to Desperate Housewives

Lesley Ann Warren is set to make a return to Desperate Housewives after last appearing on the show in its first season. The actress played Susan’s (Teri Hatcher) mother when the show debuted in 2005 and hasn’t returned since.

Kiwi actor Cliff Curtis lands new role

Kiwi actor Cliff Curtis has landed a major role in new ABC drama Body Of Proof. Curtis, who is known in America for his role on paramedic drama Trauma, will play a recurring role on the new FBI series.

Brosnan to feature in new TV series

Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan will reportedly star in a new TV project being developed by Sony Pictures Television. It is said the actor will both produce and act in the series which follows the exploits of an international operative.

US man gets angry, shoots TV

A 67-year-old Wisconsin man has taken a shotgun to his TV following a performance by a contestant on the American version of Dancing with the Stars. The man was so enraged by the fact that controversial politician Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol was still in the competition that he pumped a shotgun round into his TV screen before conducting a 15-hour standoff with local police.

Original Dallas stars for re-boot series?

The original cast of classic TV series Dallas are reportedly negotiating deals for a re-boot series. Various websites are reporting that Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Grey are all considering returns to their iconic characters after an update of the series was announced in September this year by American network TNT.

Reality star promoted to series regular 

Former Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County reality star Stephen Colletti has been promoted to a series regular on teen drama series One Tree Hill. Colletti, who featured on the MTV reality series beside The Hills’ Lauren Conrad, joined One Tree Hill in its fourth season in a recurring role.

The Simpsons renewed

The Simpsons has been picked up for a 23rd season by Fox in the US. The extensions will keep the cartoon running until at least 2012 and make sure it sees its 500th episode. Executive producer Al Jean says: “Like many 22-year-olds, The Simpsons is extremely happy remaining at home, on Fox, and hopes it doesn’t have to go out into the real world for many years to come.”

Jennifer Aniston chased for new reality show

TV execs are chasing former Friends actress Jennifer Aniston for a new reality series that would focus on her life. Successful MTV producers Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley, who brought the likes of The Hills and Laguna Beach to the screen, are chasing the actress to appear in order to boost her flagging career.

Arrested Development movie to happen soon

Arrested Development’s Will Arnett has confirmed that the much-hyped movie adaptation of the series is close to getting underway. Arnett said that production on the movie will commence “sooner rather than later” but refused to divulge any plot details.

New Christian Slater series planned

US network Fox are reportedly planning to commission a new Christian Slater workplace comedy series entitled Breaking In. Slater was attached to the project as far back as March this year but Fox sidelined it in favour of another series.

People Productions and Flava present the casting calls for a new hit show “The Family We Are” at ZEAL Global Café at 9am on Saturday 6th November.

Are you the next Kim Kardashian or The Situation? This is your chance to be discovered. Audition to be part of a television show and the first online New Zealand mockumentary. The show is similar in style to Chris Lilley’s “Summer Heights High” and the UK version of “The Office” starring Ricky Gervais. 

The show will be filmed in January and launched after a Red Carpet Event in May 2011. The show will feature New Zealand celebrities and the successful contestants from the auditions.

The day will feature a revolving panel of celebrity and industry professional judges such as Dave Fane, Pete Da Palagi, Pio Terei, Erakah and casting agent Sally Spencer Harris (Studio 111). The Flava unit and A-list will be on site, Cut Above Academy will be doing hair and make up, Red Bull product sampling, café, giveaways and opportunity to be filmed as part of the casting call event that will be launched online after November.

Hosts for the event are television and radio personality Clinton Randell and singer songwriter Nik Carlson. Both of the hosts identify with all the contestants as they once graced our screens as finalists in NZ Idol.

“It’s going to be a great event! We can’t wait to see all the talent out there! Come and show us what you’ve got on 6th November. We are casting for a wide variety of different roles. We are looking for the reality TV stars, singers, dancers and everyday people“ says Casting Director Sarah de Janiero.

Come along and audition on Saturday 6th November at ZEAL (20 Alderman Drive Henderson). Pre-register by e-mailing and receive an audition number. No charge to audition. Registrations are at 9am. Come prepared with a 1 minute humorous story about your family. Also looking for singers and dancers. Check out

Hitch to be developed into series

A TV series adapted from the 2005 movie Hitch which starred Will Smith is being developed by Fox in the US. The show is said to be an “action-packed” hour-long programme which will centre on a suave date doctor. It is being produced by Smith’s company Overbrook Entertainment.

Kevin Bacon to feature in new comedy

HBO is developing a new comedy series with actor Kevin Bacon which is based on the 1995 novel The Member Guest by Clint McCown. The book focuses on a retired golfer who attempts a comeback. The series will be produced by Entourage producer Steve Pink.

Awkward Family Photos turned into series

The latest online sensation to be developd into a TV series is the popular blog Awkward Family Photos which features hilarious pics from some disturbed families around the world. ABC is developing the series although details as to how they will convert it to a TV shows are still unknown.

Controversial Kiwi boxer Soulan Pownceby is reported to be in the running to compete in a local version of reality fighting series The Contender.

Pownceby and top kickboxer Shane “Chopper” Chapman are both being lined up to appear in the series which would consist of a six-man New Zealand team taking on a squad from Australia.

Fellow Kiwi fighters Daniel McKinnon, Moyoyo Mensah, Robbie Berridge and American import Jameson Bostic are also on the wish-list for the show’s producers.

The series is being developed by Sky TV and Australia’s Foxtel and would film in Auckland with ex-Kiwi model and television personality Charlotte Dawson fronting it.

Weekly “Bledisloe” bouts would take place at a purpose-built venue with a grand final at Vector Arena.

Source: Stuff

Spielberg planning comic book series

Steven Spielberg is to team up with Star Trek producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to develop a TV series around the comic book Locke and Key. The story centres around the Locke children as they attempt to recover from the murder of their father.

Doctor Who video games launched

A Doctor Who video game is set to be launched on Nintendo DS called Doctor Who: Evacuation Earth and Wii called Doctor Who: Return To Earth. The games are aimed to be family focussed and centre around the Daleks and the Cybermen.

Hurt Locker TV series on the way

American network G4 is developing a new reality show inspired by the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker. The ten-episode series entitled Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan will follow a US Navy unit as they go about their lives in the war zone.

Austin joins Desperate Housewives

Reggie Austin has joined the cast of Desperate Housewives for the next season to play the husband of the character to be played by Ugly Betty actress Vanessa Williams.

Marvel comics coming to television

New animated versions of classic Marvel comics Iron Man, X-Men, Wolverine and Blade are on the way to TV with news Sony is teaming with G4 in order to produce the four series.

Obama to make rare talkshow appearance

American president Barack Obama will dive head on into the daytime talk show scene when he makes an appearance on The View later this week. It is believed it is the first time a sitting US president has appeared on a daytime talk show.

Glee cast new character

Glee has signed an actor called Chord Overstreet to appear on season two of the show. Overstreet, who has guest starred on Nickelodeon’s iCarly, will play a young protégé who ends up rivalling Finn (Cory Monteith).

The preliminary casting phase has begun for a new reality TV show centring on the world of blogging.

Producers for the series entitled ‘Project Mom Casting’ are seeking out female bloggers for the show which is still in the early stages.

Producer Leane Vanderman believes that all the right ingredients are already there in the blogging community for a good reality show – tension, drama, feel good stories, conflict and resolution, big personalities and humour.

Of course the show will not be simply a bunch of bloggers sitting around a computer screen. Vanderman and co. plan on utilising an original reality format which doesn’t require the participants to even be in the same city.

The format will depend on the characters and storylines they receive during the open casting call.

Vanderman describes the open casting call as a fishing expedition.

“This is step one of the journey. It’s a long road but a huge step.

“I am trying to return with footage and with interviews and stories that give a glimpse of the [blogging] community.”

She says the aim of the process is finding the right people and crafting a storyline around them in order to engage women outside of the blogging world.

“This isn’t just for mummy bloggers to get a peek into the greatness of their community. This has to be broad enough and interesting enough that mums without blogs will watch.”

Check out the show’s Facebook page for info.

Source: ShePosts

A television series celebrating the life of an extraordinary New Zealander, will premiere in China on Friday to coincide with New Zealand Day at the Shanghai World Expo.  The series on Rewi Alley will air on CCTV, which has an audience of 300 million viewers.

The five part series is a co-production between China’s state broadcaster, CCTV, Dunedin based production company NHNZ and the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Earlier today the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Honourable John Key, officially launched the series, at a function in Beijing, attended by distinguished guests from China and New Zealand, and co-hosted by the Chinese Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

The series explores the life achievements of Rewi Alley, a farmer from New Zealand who dedicated 60 years of his life to improving the lives of ordinary Chinese people.  From 1927, until his death in 1987, Rewi Alley worked tirelessly in China, firstly as a fireman and factory inspector in Shanghai, and then as the founder of the “Gung Ho” industrial co-operatives, and the Bailie Technical Schools.

After the formation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, Alley was one of a handful of foreigners allowed to reside in Beijing as a guest of the Communist Party, where he became a prolific writer about China, authoring 30 books in as many years.

The biographical series was filmed in New Zealand and China earlier this year and showcases rare archive film footage and interviews with Rewi Alley’s family, colleagues and students.  The series provides both a unique insight into Alley’s incredible life and an extraordinary commentary on the tumultuous events of 20th Century China.

In October last year Alley won a posthumous award as one of “China’s Top Ten Foreign Friends.”

“Today Rewi Alley is revered in China and probably much better known in that country than in New Zealand,” says NHNZ Managing Director, Michael Stedman.

NHNZ is currently in negotiations to create a one hour version of the production for the New Zealand market.

(From a press release)