Nothing Trivial

nothing-trivial-300pxNBC are developing a series based around a group of twenty something friends who team up once a week to compete in their neighbourhood pub quiz.

Pub Quiz, which has been given a script order at NBC, is inspired by a surge in popularity among millennials for bar trivia. At many bars and pubs around the country, trivia has taken on a serious competitive vibe as teams (usually sporting cheeky or ironic names) challenge each other for drinks, food or even just bragging rights. According to the Los Angeles Times, the popularity of the game Trivial Pursuit in the 1980s led to a pub quiz phenomenon in the U.K., which then spread to the East Coast and arrived in Southern California around six years ago.

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With the telefeature for image060 almost upon us, here are some questions and answers with Blair Strang.

1. What does your job entail?
I’m a lawyer at The Law Lounge Takapuna

2. What’s your favourite work story
Having to appear in Court in Jeans and short sleeve shirt because I left my suit at home.

3. What are your three favourite TV shows right now?
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The 2014 TV Guide Best On The Box awards winners are announced. There are a few surprises…

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Nothing TrivialGreat news for fans of Nothing Trivial.  You won’t be left hanging!

Fans of Nothing Trivial will finally get some answers – NZ On Air has agreed to fund a two-hour tele-feature to wrap up the series, after series three ended unexpectedly on a cliff-hanger.

NZ On Air will provide $1.6million for the tele-feature which will trace the lives of the popular characters over a year. Produced by South Pacific Pictures, it is expected to screen on TV One later this year.

“The storylines, acting and production values on Nothing Trivial were terrific. We have supported this tele-feature because there was still a loyal fan base of 265,000 throughout the third series, and we think they deserve the catharsis of a conclusion,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson. Continue reading »

Nothing Trivial may be back for a one-off special

Fans of cancelled Kiwi drama Nothing Trivial may get some satisfaction, with news that TVNZ have agreed to look at a one-off special from South Pacific Pictures that would wrap up the series. “There are plenty of ifs and buts, and it’s perfectly possible that this won’t go ahead, so we don’t want to raise hopes only to dash them,” TVNZ spokesperson Megan Richards revealed in a statement. “We’ve had to disappoint fans once and we’d rather not do it again.” Nothing Trivial was cancelled late last year due to poor ratings – the average 5+ audience for the show had dropped from 412,000 to 258,000 and it had fallen to new lows in its target demographic. TVNZ took criticism from fans due to the timing of the cancellation: the news broke with two episodes left in the third season, which also ended with a cliffhanger.

HBO giving free access to Girls S3 premiere on YouTube

US network HBO is making the first two episodes of Girls available for free on YouTube around twelve hours after they premiere there. “For us, this is an increasingly challenging demographic to reach with traditional means,” HBO exec Sabrina Caluori told Mashable in an interview. No mention of New Zealand, but with the show airing here Thursday, I would imagine the double-episode will be geo-blocked.

True Detective creator discusses anthology shows

“There could be a season that’s much more of a wide-spread conspiracy thriller,” True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto explained to journalists at the TCA press tour over the weekend, “a season that’s a small town murder mystery, a season where nobody is murdered and it’s a master criminal versus a master detective. Even the title True Detective is meant to be, of course, purposefully somewhat generic. There are deeper indications, the word true can also mean honorable….as long as there is some crime in there.” True Detective starts on SoHo, Tuesday at 8.30pm.

The Walking Dead gets a parody film

It was only a matter of time: production company MNDFCK have entered development on a parody film of hit drama The Walking Dead, titled – wait for it – Walking The Dead. The official synopsis of the film reveals additional references to Zombieland and Warm Bodies. No word on when the film might be released. The Walking Dead returns to TV2 in early February. As they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery …

First trailer lands for Starz’ Outlander

The first trailer for Outlander – a new show from US network Starz, based on the hit book by Diana Gabaldon (known as Cross Stitch in most parts of the world) – has a trailer online, our first look at the new show. Starz announced over the weekend that the show will be debuting in the middle of this year.Outlander is produced by Ronald D Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies in the main roles. Click here to check out the trailer.

AMC confirm programming slate for 2014

AMC have confirmed details on their 2014 slate at the TCA press tour over the weekend, spending the first part of their session revealing scheduling plans for the year: brand new Revolutionary War spy drama Turn will debut with a ninety-minute episode on April 6, while the first half of the seventh (and final season) of Mad Men will premiere on April 13. Brand new drama Halt & Catch Fire, about the computing boom of the 1980s, will debut in June; the fourth season of Hell On Wheels will debut during our winter; hit drama The Walking Dead will be back for its fifth season in October; and much anticipated Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul will hit the airwaves in November. Expect all these shows to follow close behind the US when they make it to New Zealand.

Nothing Trivial ended its run on TV One last night drawing in an average audience of 249,510 viewers for the cliffhanger ending that left one of the characters lying in the street after being hit by a car.  It was the third highest rating episode of the series.

Overall, Nothing Trivial has had an average audience of only 223,972 viewers per episode.  This a drop of 41% on last year.

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There has been a little bit of criticism of TVNZ for their decision to can Nothing Trivial.  Shifting it from Sunday night had a huge impact on the shows ratings after it lost the enormous lead in that New Zealand’s Got Talent had provided it. What replaced Nothing Trivial on TV One this year is A Place Called Home which has rated 19% higher despite the NZGT audiences being lower.

I was asked to take a look at a few more numbers so here they are.


The first thing to really address is how the 8:30-9:30pm timeslot has fared in 2013 compared to 2012.  In 2012, Ramsay’s Best Restaurant and Criminal Minds were the shows that Nothing Trivial has replaced and despite the argument that it was the move to Wednesdays that affected the rating, the numbers would suggest that isn’t the full story. Continue reading »



In regards to TVNZ’s decision to cancel Nothing Trivial Matt Griffiths said in the comments:

The lower ratings are probably caused from the timeslot switch to Wednesday from Sunday after NZ Got’s Talent (last year’s highest rated show, eh?). Not sure why TVNZ are so surprised.

He’s right, of course, that Nothing Trivial did air after New Zealand’s Got Talent for part of the season in 2012 and NZGT was the highest rating show of the year.  But let’s take a look at some context just for a minute, which I suspect would be part of TVNZ’s response to that statement.

There are two things to consider.  Firstly, the ratings of New Zealand’s Got Talent this year and secondly, the show that replaced Nothing Trivial. Continue reading »

Nothing-TrivialTVNZ has provided a statement regarding their decision to not renew Nothing Trivial for a fourth season.

TVNZ has made the call not to renew Nothing Trivial at the end of its third series.

We absolutely love the show and we’re really disappointed more people didn’t come to it this year, but we have to follow the lead of our audience. If they’re walking away from a show in significant numbers we have to pay attention.

The fact is 2013 has been the series’ lowest rating season to date: audiences are significantly down on last year. We’ve gone from an average audience 412,000 for series 2 to an average audience of 258,000 this year, which is well below what we’d hoped for.   Continue reading »