CBS inks massive 3 season renewal

The #1 primetime comedy in the US, The Big Bang Theory, has been renewed for 3 more seasons and will see the cornerstone series run through until at least 2016/17.  This will take the hit series through to it’s 10th season and with it, the very likely chance of payrises for the cast.

Amazon puts The Rebels on hold Continue reading »

GameofThrones AryaGame of Thrones most-pirated

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Game of Thrones was the most-pirated TV show of the US spring, according to TorrentFreak. The drama topped the list ahead of The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother.

Anger Management casting new role

Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management series has put out a casting call for a replacement for Selma Blair, who was dumped from the show last week. The new role has been written for a “sexy” Latina or white actress to play a psychiatrist to help Sheen’s character. Continue reading »

Homeland renewed for season three
Homeland has been renewed for a third season by its US network, Showtime. The third season will be 12 episodes long, and will begin broadcasting in the US spring 2013 (NZ autumn 2013).

Breaking Bad star joins Parenthood
Breaking Bad star Betsy Brandt is going to be a guest-star on Parenthood. She will play the ex-wife of Ray Romano’s character, Hank Rizzoli.

Michael J. Fox returning to The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox is set to return to The Good Wife, reprising his role as Louis Canning, the head of Lockhart/Gardner’s rival law firm. He will appear on the 11th episode of season four. Continue reading »

Steven Tyler criticises Idol

Steven Tyler has said in an interview with Rolling Stone that American Idol wasn’t his “cup of tea”. He said he enjoyed with with Jennifer Lopez and taking home a big paycheck ($10 million per season), but that he didn’t enjoy criticising the contestants: “The show’s about kids and what you do to nurture their talent. They wanted me to take the piss out of the kids and I don’t have that in me.”

Friday Night Lights star joins Parenthood cast

Matt Lauria is joining the cast of Parenthood, as a soldier who returns from Afghanistan and connects with Zeek (Craig T. Nelson), the Braverman family patriarch.  Continue reading »

Romano joins Parenthood

Everybody Loves Raymond actor Ray Romano will feature in an ongoing role in Parenthood’s next season.

Friend cast in Homeland

Homeland has added Rupert Friend to the cast for its second season later this year. The actor will play a CIA analyst. Continue reading »

9:30pm – Wednesday, December 28 on FOUR

Forgive him or forget him? That’s the dilemma Joy Bryant’s Jasmine is wrestling with in this week’s unmissable Parenthood season finale, screening on Wednesday, December 28 th at 9:30pm on FOUR. Ever since Jasmine’s now former fiance, Crosby (Dax Shepard), had a one-night stand earlier this season, he has been pulling out all the stops in his campaign to win back the mother of his son, Jabbar (Tyree Brown).

But despite Crosby efforts, Bryant won’t let on about whether the two will get back together in this week’s finale. “I honestly don’t know which way it’s going to go,” teases Bryant. “He’s surprising everybody with how serious he is about doing the right thing. We shall see if Jasmine goes for it.”

Still, it just might be viewers who have the hardest time letting Crosby off the hook for his bad behaviour. “I was in an airport and a woman was like, ‘Don’t take him back, girl – don’t do it,'” recalls Bryant. “People are so invested. It’s wonderful and amazing.” As for what’s going on with the rest of the Braverman crew, Bryant reveals; “Everybody is going through something in varying degrees, and there are lessons to be learned across the board. Be prepared to bug out.” Adding that the finale is “so good, it’s going to take your love of the show to a whole other level.” Make sure not to miss it when Parenthood concludes its second season on Wednesday, December 28 th at 9:30pm on FOUR.

9:30pm – Wednesday, July 27 on FOUR

Following last week’s season one finale, FOUR’s hit series Parenthood enters its second season on Wednesday, July 27 th at 9:30pm on FOUR. The first season of Parenthood focused on the youngest of the Braverman children. There was Max’s Asperger’s Syndrome, Haddie’s first love, Amber’s disastrous one night stand, Crosby’s surprise son. In its second season, the focus will shift to the parents. “One of the things we didn’t have an opportunity to do much in the first season is introduce more of Adam Braverman’s life at work,” executive produce Jason Katims explains about Peter Krause’s character. “So he’ll get a new employee who is a real pain in the ass. That’s his sister, Sarah, who starts working!”

“And also we’re introducing his boss, Billy Baldwin, who is going to do an ongoing arc in the show. So we’re going to sort of talk more about that.”

Katims adds that Haddie (Sarah Ramos) will get a new love interest who will “challenge them in a different way”, while Julia (Erika Christensen) will battle her “control issues” and discuss whether to have children with Joel (Sam Jaeger).

He also promises that the storylines surrounding Zeek (Craig T. Nelson) and Camille (Bonnie Bedelia) will focus on “questions about their marriage”, saying: “It starts sort of in a comedic way, with the two of them in marriage counselling.” “But one of the things that I was kind of excited about when I thought about doing the show at the beginning was having the role of the patriarch and matriarch of this family be real characters and see who they were.” “I think sort of by the end of the last season you really started to see them, not only as the parents of our adult siblings or the grandparents of the kids, but you started to see them as real people in a marriage with real sort of situations they were going through. So we want to continue that throughout the season.”

Make sure not to miss these family dramas when Parenthood enters its second season on Wednesday, July 27 th at 9:30pm on FOUR.

9:30pm – Wednesday, April 27 on FOUR

Based on Ron Howard’s hit 1989 film and starring Gilmore Girls’ Lauren Graham and Six Feet Under’s Peter Krause, the comedy-drama Parenthood returns with the series’ premiere episode on Wednesday, April 27th at 9:30pm on FOUR.

According to series executive producer Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), when Lauren Graham joined the cast of Parenthood, she brought something unexpected to the family drama.

“Lauren brings so much to the role,” Katims explains to Buddy TV. “One of the things that she brings is an incredible humour.”

Graham joined Parenthood as struggling single mum Sarah Braverman after Maura Tierney had to drop out of the series to accommodate her cancer treatments.

Katims explains that Tierney’s performance, though moving, was decidedly more dramatic.

“When we went back to [reshoot], there was also a second chance to do some other things as well,” Katims says. “Some of that was to lighten the tone, some was simply storytelling, making things clearer.”

Graham, who had never seen the original pilot episode, says it was easy to find comedic moments in a series filled with such heart-wrenching drama.

“The moments of depth and weight play better against the contrast of looking at things with humour,” she says. “To me, you don’t want a show that doesn’t have one or the other. That’s life, isn’t it?”

“I wouldn’t be good on something where I can’t have a sense of humour,” Graham continues. “I said to Jason, ‘I can’t do those lines; it doesn’t feel right to me.’ He said, ‘Oh God, you make it yours, you do what you want’.”

The actress also credits the show’s “documentary” shooting style. “They set up cameras and just let us go,” she adds. “I’m just doing what I do the way I serve the story best. I’m a sarcastic person with a sense of irony, so that’s just what I do.”

Make sure not to miss Parenthood when the series returns to our screens on Wednesday, April 27th at 9:30pm on FOUR.

Parenthood was dropped after a very short run by TV 3 from its Thursday night lineup and upset a number of viewers.  No worries. Season one is out on DVD now.  Get it here from Amazon.

Over the last few weeks, fans of Top Chef and Parenthood have vented their anger and frustration at the programing decisions at TV3 to cut the shows due to poor ratings.

Now however, TV3 have announced that they have scheduled The X Factor Australia into the 7:30pm slot on Thursday nights from the 2nd of September, just 3 days after it airs across the ditch.  Certainly better than what TVNZ did with American Idol.

There will be a second episode that will air on Friday the 3rd of September after New Zealand’s Next Top Model which should give TV3 an incredible platform to significantly increase their ratings, if not win the night.

The judges include former Idol judge and radio DJ Kyle Sandilands, the first winner of Australian Idol, Guy Sebastian, Australian performing artist Natalie Imbruglia and Irish pop singer Ronan Keating.