9:30pm Monday, May 7 on TV2

The rocky road to Revenge is littered with an unexpected milestone, tonight on TV2.

Emily (Emily VanCamp) has set about systematically destroying the lives of those who destroyed her father, but when the son of two of her greatest foes Victoria and Conrad Grayson (Madeleine Stowe and Henry Czerny) plans a romantic proposal, it may lead to dire, and long-term ramifications.

This son Daniel (Josh Bowman) is not the only child from their union who is defying his parents, as their daughter Charlotte (Christa B. Allen) has long been a wild child. However, her wild streak is subdued this week, and she is devastated when forced to move back home.

As Emily’s ally Nolan (Gabriel Mann) forces her to think twice about her actions, the one person from this town and Emily’s past that she genuinely cares for, Jack (Nick Wechsler), finds his life put in jeopardy tonight when he is betrayed by someone he adores.



9:30pm Monday, April 23 on TV2

An unstable visitor turns Daniel’s birthday celebration into a life changing event as the thorny road to Revenge continues on TV2.

An unwelcome and unstable visitor makes a nightmare of Daniel’s (Josh Bowman) intimate birthday celebration with family and friends; Charlotte (Christa B Allen ) becomes a pawn in Conrad (Henry Czerny) and Victoria’s (Madeleine Stowe) bitter divorce battle, and Emily (Emily VanCamp) watches her ultimate plan begin to unravel.

I’m planning on watching Revenge and Homeland

Ok, so I love both of these shows so much and I’ve written about them before, but I really ought to check out Junior Masterchef Australia over on PRIME. I know so many people who love it and keep raving on and on about it. Tonight’s episode is all about chocolate. Could you name the 20 ingredients that go into Rocky Road without cheating?

What are you watching tonight?


Here’s all the TV shows I’ve been watching lately:  


From the makers of 24, this is a much more grown up version of the same themes of terrorism and politics.  Clare Danes is outstanding and Damian Lewis is such a fascinating character.  I love the character intricacies, the unexpected twists and the endless guessing games as to what’s going on.  Love this show. 


This is a pretty dark and dirty political drama starring Kelsey Grammar as the mayor of Chicago.  I enjoyed this much more than The Wire, but it had a similar feel to it.  I love the politics of the relationships between the characters: they are all so flawed and messed up individuals but you want them to not give up on each other.  A warning: after watching this, you end up being very suspicious of all other real-life politics.  


A fantastic weekly soap which I can’t imagine doing well plot-wise after one or two seasons, but I’m going to enjoy every episode of it until then. Emily VanCamp and Madeleine Stowe play two very strong female leads which you can’t help but love and love to hate respectively.  This is in the genre of Gossip Girl and The O.C. with their the rich, beautiful and unhappy families but with the added fun of seeing the high and mighty brought down to earth with a nasty thud each week.  I’m just waiting for the tables to be turned on the revenger…  


I loved last season of Survivor (religious manipulation much!).  I hadn’t watched much of Survivor for many, many years (I think the last one I got hooked on was Survivor Australia!) so tuned into this season as well.  The male/female split has only made me embarrassed for the women involved, but I haven’t yet got as interested in the characters like I did early on last season but it is only the start of the season.  


Not as into it lately with the cast changes, but Gregory House is still one of the best characters on TV.  

Go Girls

Gotta love the bubbly zany fun characters and such a strong talented core cast.  I also love all the attention to detail in the scene changes and the music. 

Masterchef NZ

I’m always a little bored at the start of the show, but can’t wait for the regular weekly eliminations to start and getting to know the contestants more.  

Home and Away

Yes, yes.  It’s my little bit of regular soap escapism.  Normally I listen to it while I’m working away in the evening. 


9:30pm Monday, February 20 on TV2

TV2’s thrilling new drama Revenge continues tonight, with Emily setting her sights on a new target.

Revenge is the story of the seemingly friendly, girl-next-door Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp, Brothers & Sisters) who returns to her childhood home in the swanky Hamptons, where she slips effortlessly back into the privileged life she left.

But Emily is anything but friendly. Armed with a false identity and fuelled by an unstoppable rage, she’s hell-bent on taking revenge against the former friends and neighbours who 17-years ago framed her father for a crime he didn’t commit.

Emily is angry, violent and unstoppable, and tonight her target is Bill Harmon, a wealthy hedge funds manager and trusted family friend who testified in the trial that wrongfully convicted her father.

Meanwhile, one resident’s suspicions about Emily grow and launches an effort to dig up a little dirt on this new arrival to the Hamptons.

9:30pm Monday, February 13 on TV2

Emily Van Camp (Brothers & Sisters) stars as a young woman who takes a road over to the dark side in Revenge, the hit new US drama premiering in New Zealand tonight on TV2.

Friendly, girl-next-door Emily Thorne (Van Camp) returns to her childhood home in the swanky Hamptons, where she slips effortlessly back into the privileged life she left. But Emily is anything but friendly. Armed with a false identity and fuelled by an unstoppable rage, she’s hell-bent on taking revenge against the former friends and neighbours who 17 years ago framed her father for a crime he didn’t commit.

Angry, violent and unstoppable, with the help of her only friend, Ashley (Ashley Madekwe), Emily sets her sights on her first target and puts her carefully organised plan in motion. However, her focus unexpectedly wavers when she comes across Jack (Nick Wechsler), a friendly face from the past, makes a new romantic connection with the son of her sworn enemy, and is pushed into an uneasy alliance with the only person who knows her secret.

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.