Once Upon A Time

8:30pm Thursday, May 31 on TV2

Rock god Roger Daltry, from The Who, lends his voice to a talking caterpillar in tonight’s Alice In Wonderland themed Once Upon A Time.

While searching for a missing Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin), Emma (Jennifer Morrison) is kidnapped by a man whose affinity for hats has him teetering on the edge of madness.

Meanwhile, viewers will be transported outside of the fairy tale land that was for the first time when the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) persuades a skilful man of magic to come work for her one last time and travel to Wonderland in order to help steal something from the Queen of Hearts (Jennifer Koenig).

8:30pm Thursday, May 24 on TV2

Even the innocent can have an evil streak – Snow White turns to the dark side tonight in Once Upon A Time.

Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) hires Mr Gold (Robert Carlyle) as her attorney when Emma (Jennifer Morrison) is forced to arrest her for the suspected murder of David’s (Josh Dallas) wife.

Meanwhile, back in the fairytale land that was, Prince Charming (Dallas) sets out to stop a determined and unhinged Snow White (Goodwin), whose memory is still clouded by Rumplestiltskin’s (Carlyle) potion, from assassinating the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla).

8:30pm Thursday, April 26 on TV2

Beauty and the Beast’s Belle joins the cast of Once Upon a Time this week, and is played by Australian Emilie de Ravin, best-known as Claire on Lost.

“I was a child who watched Hitchcock and murder-mystery documentaries”, de Ravin told the US TV Guide. But after filming for Once Upon a Time wrapped, she immediately watched the Disney classic of Beauty and the Beast.

“It’s very beautiful,” she says. “Belle’s gorgeous gold and blue outfits as well as the shiny dark hair were definitely influences for [the show’s] costume and hair departments. They made me a beautiful wig.”

Just as in the classic tale, the growth of her relationship with the beast will feature strongly in the episode.

“It’s all very sweet,” says de Ravin. “There’s a lot of trepidation as to how he’s going to act around her, but after a few days, he starts becoming bemused at how relaxed she becomes.” de Ravin adds that Belle “starts to bring out some joy in him he hasn’t experienced. Even something small, like being touched on the arm, is huge for him.”

8:30pm Thursday, April 12 on TV2

Kiwi Alan Dale (The OC, Entourage) guest stars as King George tonight in Once Upon A Time.

Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) and David (Josh Dallas) continue to grapple with their unrequited love. Emma (Jennifer Morrison)and Regina (Lana Parrilla) grow suspicious over a mysterious new stranger in town.

Meanwhile, in the fairytale land that was, Snow White (Goodwin) yearns to ease her breaking heart as Prince Charming’s (Dallas) wedding to a foreign King’s daughter approaches.

Media7, 9:05pm, TVNZ7

Radio New Zealand’s Media Watch and TVNZ7’s Media7 are two intelligent shows which I enjoy following. This week on Media7they are covering celebrity endorsements, in particular Kevin Milne’s new ad campaign with Carpet Mill: Continue reading »

8:30pm Thursday, March 1 on TV2

Two TV2 dramas of fantasy proportions collide tonight when Falling Skies’ Jesse Schram appears on Once Upon a Time.

One of the biggest dramas to come out of the US this year, Once Upon a Time follows Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison, House), a tough woman who has been fending for herself ever since being abandoned as a baby. But when the son she gave up years ago comes back to find her, her life turns upside down when she is brought into a world where fairy tales are real and no one is quite who they seem.

Tonight, Emma tries to help a young pregnant woman escape from the clutches of Mr Gold aka Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle, Trainspotting). Back in the fairytale world that was, Cinderella (Schram) makes a regrettable deal with the little man.

8:30pm Thursday, February 23 on TV2

Not all fables are for children! The modern-day characters come closer to learning the truth about fairytales tonight in 2’s hot new drama, Once Upon A Time.

Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) knows how to take care of herself. She’s a 28-year-old bail bondsperson who’s been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when Henry (Jared Gilmore), the son she gave up years ago, finds her, everything changes.

This week, at Henry’s urging, Emma convinces Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin, He’s Just Not That Into You) to pay a visit to a comatose John Doe (Josh Dallas) in the hospital and to read to him from the storybook. Mary Margaret is left stunned at the end of her visit.

Meanwhile, back in the fairytale world, Prince Charming (Dallas) meets Snow White for the first time in a most unexpected way.

Guest Starring The Vampire Diaries David Anders.

8:30pm Thursday, February 9 on TV2

The USA’s break-out hit new show comes to New Zealand screens tonight when Once Upon a Time premieres on TV2 at 8:30pm.

Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison, House) knows how to take care of herself; a bail bondsperson who’s been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when Henry – the son she gave up years ago – finds her, all that changes.

Henry, now 10, is in desperate need of Emma’s help. He believes Emma comes from an alternate world and is the missing daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin, Big Love) and Prince Charming who was sent away, according to his book of fairytales, to protect her from the Evil Queen’s curse. That curse has trapped the characters of fairytale world, frozen in time, and brought them into our modern world.

Not believing a word of this, Emma brings Henry back to his strange New England town, Storybrooke. She decides to stay for a while, but soon comes to realise that Storybrooke is more than it seems, a place where magic has been forgotten but is still powerfully close, where fairytale characters are alive but don’t remember who they once were, and where the Evil Queen, Regina, is now Henry’s foster mother.

Following on from last night’s post about the new shows coming to TV One, here’s what’s instore for TV2 in 2012.

First off, a rebrand.  If my assumptions are correct, think the TV One logo but take the “One” out of the circle and put the current “2” inside it.  This would certainly bring some consistency between the channels.

Shortland Street will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2012 while Go Girls will be back for a fourth season.  The trailer shows Kevin returning from Thames to tell the girls that he thinks he’s just left his wife.  Considering Zoe Cramond (Amanda) is now a regular on Packed to the Rafters in Australia, that’s probably why.

TV2 seemed to be a bit light on the big new dramas to fill the gaps of final seasons of Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy but there are some good new shows in there. Continue reading »

Secure your seat belts, stow away your tray tables and prepare for take-off as TVNZ today announces its New Season 2012 line-up which includes the launch of the international new hit series, Pam AM.

As well as announcing the hottest new international series, the TVNZ line-up includes all the biggest returning series, the very best of our local dramas and factual entertainment series as well as international blockbuster movies, consolidating its position as market leader.

Head of Sales and Marketing Paul Maher says, “In 2012 we have outstanding content for both TV ONE and TV2, and look forward to developing opportunities to leverage that content with the 2.5 million New Zealanders we engage with every day. Working closely with our customers we will utilise these assets to create competitive advantage for their brands and businesses.”

Head of TV ONE and TV2, Jeff Latch says that TVNZ continues to strive to bring our audiences programmes that Kiwis want to watch. “We work with the best local production companies and international distributors to create a schedule that provides our viewers with a mix of exciting, dramatic and above all, entertaining content that resonates with New Zealanders,” says Latch.

TV ONE will heat things up again in the kitchen, introducing the third series of the hit local show MasterChef New Zealand, as well as MasterChef Masterclasses, the successful series that helps foodies up-skill their cooking abilities, guided by expert judges Josh Emmett, Ray McVinnie and Simon Gault.

New local smash hit, Nothing Trivial will continue to follow the lives of our favourite pub quiz team in a second series. Resident clinical psychologist, Nigel Latta will this year tackle The Politically Incorrect Guide To Grown Ups, an hilarious look at how to manage adults from all walks of life. Michael Van de Elzen will be back with another wonderful cook-up in The Food Truck and Te Radar this time ventures into the South Pacific in Radar’s Pacific.

Following on from the success of this year’s Sunday Theatre, TV ONE will showcase another series of locally made dramas. Intrepid Journeys will throw more local celebrities into remote places across the globe to discover new adventures and learn more about other cultures, and more importantly, learn about themselves.

Returning favourites include Beyond The Darklands, Fair Go, Coastwatch, Piha Rescue and Border Security.

TV ONE showcases the new international series, Pam AM which focuses on the loves and lives of four stewardesses who traverse the globe encountering romance, intrigue and adventure every time their cutting-edge 707 hits the tarmac, and starring Christina Ricci (Monster). Other leading series include Unforgettable, featuring Poppy Montgomery (Without A Trace), Person of Interest which features Michael Emerson from Lost in his new leading role. Another Lost star, Jorge Garcia features in the new series Alcatraz, which also stars New Zealand’s own Sam Neill.

Popular returning series include family favourite Packed To The Rafters, Undercover Boss, Criminal Minds, Castle and Off Spring, featuring Kiwis’ favourite lad Jay Ryan from Go Girls; and a new series of the hugely successful My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

TV2 is the home of New Zealand’s most watched comedies and the new year launches with the new-look, Two And A Half Men, including Ashton Kutcher; the award-winning The Big Bang Theory, Cougar Town, Happy Endings, The Middle, and Hot In Cleveland.

All of TV2’s favourite series will also return in 2012. These include: The Mentalist, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Body Of Proof, Hell’s Kitchen, American Idol, and the return of the much anticipated second series of The Walking Dead. My Kitchen Rules this year will feature a New Zealand couple taking on the Aussies; The Amazing Race will be back, as well as the finale to the world’s most popular drama, Desperate Housewives.

New international series launching on TV2 include Revenge, starring Emily Van Camp (Brothers & Sisters) and Madeleine Stowe (12 Monkeys), a series which focuses on one young woman’s desire not to forgive those who destroyed her family, but to get her revenge on them. Once Upon A Time commands a stellar cast including Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting), Ginnifer Goodwin (He’s Just Not That Into You), and Jennifer Morrison (House). Created by the writers of Lost it is a modern day take on fairy tales and the constant battle between good and evil.

Other new dramas to the new TV2 line-up include Dallas, featuring Jessie Metcalf (Desperate Housewives), G.C.B starring Kristin Chenoweth from Pushing Daisies, and Leslie Bibb (Iron Man); Missing featuring Ashley Judd (Double Jeopardy) and Kiwi star Cliff Curtis; as well as the much anticipated new series from renowned director Steven Spielberg, The River.

The number one new hit series in America, 2 Broke Girls will join the Comedy Wednesday line-up; Fran Drescher (from The Nanny) will return to TV2 in the new series Happily Divorced, other new comedies include Man Up!, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Suburgatory and Chelsea Straight Up starring Laura Prepon (That 70’s Show).

This year marks a television landmark with Shortland Street turning 20. TV2 will be celebrating with another feature length episode, and a special birthday episode. TV2 will also see the return of the ratings winner Go Girls, as well as popular factual reality winners Neighbours At War, Police Ten 7, the award-winning Rescue One, and Motorway Patrol. 20/20 also returns with more in-depth local investigations.

Hit international movies coming to TV2’s Sunday Premiere Movie slot in 2012 include: Eat, Pray, Love, Toy Story 3, The Karate Kid, Where The Wild Things Are, The Time Traveller’s Wife, Law Abiding Citizen, Alice In Wonderland, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, and Disney’s A Christmas Carol.