Spielberg eyes down under

Steven Spielberg is eyeing up Queensland as the filming location of his new big budget series Terra Nova. The Hollywood heavyweight sang the praises of Australia after shooting war drama The Pacific in Melbourne and is looking at the far North this time to provide the backdrop for his new dinosaur series which is said to cost around $150 million.

Pro-whaling comedian says more on the way

The comedian who duped Breakfast host Paul Henry earlier in the week pretending to be a pro-whaling supporter has sent out a gentle warning of more pranks on the horizon. Guy Williams is a part of C4 show The Jono Project whose goal it was to make it onto a live interview on the rival broadcaster’s news and current affairs show as a joke.

Vinnie Jones lands TV role

British tough guy Vinnie Jones has signed on for his first regular TV role in the new superhero series The Cape. The footballer-turned-actor will play a powerful criminal called Scales whose rare condition causes his body to look as though it is covered in green and gold scales.

Skins “unrealistic”

Teen drama Skins has been voted the most unrealistic representation of student life on TV in a poll carried out by a UK website. The results showed that 67% of those polled agreed that the British series was the most unrealistic with fellow British soap Hollyoaks second and Gossip Girl third.

DeWyze signs record deal

American Idol winner Lee DeWyze has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings/RCA Records. The 24-year-old singer will release his album in spring this year.

Grey’s promotes actress

Grey’s Anatomy has promoted another character to a full-time role with news that Sarah Drew will become a regular next season. Drew plays April on the show and will join the recently promoted Jesse Williams in beefed-up roles in season 7 of the medical drama.

TV3 in slogan war

TV3 is coming under fire from across the Tasman after cloning a slogan used by the SBS network in Australia. The Aussie network is angry over TV3’s use of the slogan “Over Six Billion Stories… and counting” which they say is too similar to their own “Six Billion Stories… and counting”. TV3 says it’s a generic phrase based on the population of the world and that it’s not particularly unique to SBS.

Cowell to be honoured

American Idol judge and producer Simon Cowell will be honoured by BAFTA for his contribution to entertainment at next week’s BAFTA Television awards. Cowell, who not only fronts Idol but also Britain’s Got Talent and The X-Factor in the UK, has been described as “one of the most brilliant entertainment producers of our time” by BAFTA TV chairman John Willis. The 50-year-old will be presented a special award at the June 6 ceremony.

Homer named the greatest

Homer Simpson has been named the greatest character created for TV and film in the past 20 years. Homer narrowly edged Harry Potter to take the title in the survey for Entertainment Weekly which asked readers to choose who they believed to be the greatest screen characters from the past couple of decades. Heath Ledger’s Joker, James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano and Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel took the runner-up positions.

MTV to remake another UK show

MTV is set to continue building on their remake tally with news the network is to remake UK series The Inbetweeners in the US. After confirming their remakes of Teen Wolf and UK teen series Skins, MTV is now planning on Americanising The Inbetweeners, a comedy centring around a group of four young Brits in a London high school.

UK Eurovision fail

The recent Eurovision Song Contest has drawn it lowest ever audience in the UK. As it turns out, the Brits weren’t missing much with their entrant Josh Dubovie failing miserably, scoring only ten points compared to the winner’s 246.


Skins on C4

9:30pm Monday, May 31 on C4

Starring the same breakthrough cast from Season Three, Season Four kicks off with the gang returning from their summer holidays. There are no limits to the risks they will take, no consequences for their actions and no need for them to worry about tomorrow, or is there? Tonight: Cook is in prison. After beating someone up at the party in front of a room full of witnesses, he’s told by his lawyer that he has no choice but to plead guilty.

Greenlight for Skins movie

Teen series Skins is heading to the big screen with news today the producers of the English series will begin shooting a movie in September. The intention is to bring back cast members from the first four seasons as well as introduce new characters into the mix. The script is being written by an original Skins writer and will be directed by another series regular.

Keaton, Page in new pilot

Dianne Keaton has signed on to star in a new comedy pilot for HBO which centres on a famous entertainment blogger. She is reportedly set to be joined by Juno lead Ellen Page who will play Keaton’s journalistic protégé in the pilot, entitled Tilda. The project is loosely based on real life blogger Nikki Finke of the website Deadline Hollywood.

Lost actors series?

A pair of Lost actors are thinking of developing their own series according to Access Hollywood. Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn who played Ben and Locke, are currently working through some ideas which they have already pitched to a producer. There has been no word as to what kind of show they are exploring.

Law & Order setback

Any recent optimism around the possibility of Law & Order being saved from cancellation has been dealt a serious blow with American network TNT, who were reported as interested in taking over the rights to the show, saying they have no plans to broadcast new episodes. So it looks as if the show will not receive a record-breaking 21st season after all.

Housewives star in MTV pilot

Desperate Housewives actor Beau Mirchoff has been cast in a new MTV series pilot called That Girl. Mirchoff, who plays Danny Bolen on Housewives, will take the role of a high school heartthrob in the teen series.

Idol advertisement

The winner of American Idol’s finale this week will be featured in a Disney advertisement on TV signing When You Wish Upon A Star. The ad will be promoting the American Idol Experience at the Disney World Resort in Florida.

Mad Men promotion

Young actress Kiernan Shipka has been given a regular role on hit series Mad Men. The 10-year-old who plays Sally Draper the daughter of Don and Betty, has been promoted to a major role in the upcoming fourth season of the series.

Futurama comeback

The revival of Futurama is almost complete with the sixth season of the cartoon set to screen later this year. It has been seven years since the show last produced new episodes and executive producer David X Cohen has said the series has been saved by its “fans’ enthusiasm”. He has also said that the for the upcoming season the “quality of borderline material is a little higher.”

New season for The IT Crowd

English comedy series The IT Crowd has been granted a fifth season. The BAFTA-winning series, which is written by Graham Linehan (Father Ted, Black Books), is yet to start its fourth season in the UK but due to its popularity a fifth has been commissioned which will feature a new team of writers.

Celebrity Rehab for reality star

Reality star Tila Tequila will join the next season of Celebrity Rehab to try and kick her addiction to prescription sleeping med Ambien. Tequila, who starred on two seasons of A Shot at Love, has said she hopes she doesn’t become another Lindsay Lohan and will try to turn her self destructive ways around on the reality show.

9:30pm Monday, May 24 on C4

Starring the same breakthrough cast from Season Three, Season Four kicks off with the gang returning from their summer holidays. There are no limits to the risks they will take, no consequences for their actions and no need for them to worry about tomorrow, or is there? Tonight: Emily and Naomi are loved up and enjoying their extended summer of love together.

FlashForward close to cancellation

Drama series FlashForward is reportedly close to cancellation in the US due to poor ratings. Despite performing well overseas, the American series is not hitting the mark stateside and ABC is said to be thinking of axing it. Fans will know next week as to the future of the show.

New series to be shot in NZ

A prequel to swords and sandals series Spartacus: Blood and Sand is set to start production in New Zealand this winter. The six-part series will star Lucy Lawless and John Hannah and focus on the rise of the House of Batiatus and its champions before Spartacus. Meanwhile, the second season of Spartacus has been delayed due to star Andy Whitfield’s cancer diagnosis.

Burn Notice gains Reynolds

Burt Reynolds has signed on to appear in Burn Notice next season. The 74-year-old will take on the role of a former CIA operative who has since retired alongside series regular Michael Western (Jeffrey Donovan). The upcoming season of Burn Notice hits American screens this June.

NZNTM wants more Maori models

Producers of the second cycle of New Zealand’s Next Top Model are urging more Maori women to apply for the show. With auditions being held next month around the country, producer have said they would love to see more Maori models auditioning as they believe they would have better opportunities overseas due to their “special New Zealand look”.

Cast additions to True Blood

Several new faces will appear on the next season of vampire series True Blood with Lara Pulver and Michael Steger confirmed as series regulars. British actress Pulver will play Sookies’s fairy godmother Claudine while 90210’s Steger will feature as a gay prostitute named Tony. The pair join Alfie Woodard and Ugly Betty’s Grant Bowler as newbies for the next season.

US remake Skins

MTV has ordered a US remake of hit UK teen series Skins. As with the UK original, the remake will utilise unknown talent and young writers on the staff in order to keep the show as close to the original as possible. There will be, however, an overhaul of character names.

New additions to Jersey Shore

The next season of MTV reality series Jersey Shore will feature several new characters. It has been reported that the new faces will make their appearance halfway through the season. The original cast will still headline the show which is currently filming scenes down in Miami before returning to their usual beach haunt of Seaside Heights in New Jersey.

The Office star on new series

The Office star Mackenzie Crook, who played office weirdo Gareth alongside Ricky Gervais’s David Brent, has signed on for a new BBC crime drama. The six-part series entitled Accused will feature Crook and fellow Brit Christopher Eccleston along with four other headlining actors. Each episode of the series will focus on how one of the men came to be in court.

Astronaut to host WWE

Ex-American astronaut Buzz Aldrin will guest host an episode of WWE Raw in Canada. Aldrin, who headed to the moon alongside Neil Armstrong, has been all over TV recently after featuring in the American version of Dancing With The Stars. When he hosts the two-hour wrestling special he will appear under his official WWE name ‘Rocket Hero’.

Grey’s actress in new role

Grey’s Anatomy actress Sandra Oh has signed on to a new British crime drama. Oh, who plays Cristina Yang on the medical series, will take a lead role in Thorne: Scaredy Cat, an adaptation of a Mark Billingham novel which focuses on the Metropolitan Police as they investigate a number of murders in London.


Monday 7 September 2009 9:30pm

The BAFTA award winning sensation that is Skins returns with a brand new season and an almost all new cast.

Tonight: Cook and Effy are in self-imposed exile from the gang, having gone to stay with Cook’s father. Problem is, Cook is slowly falling out of lust, and in love. Final.

“If you’re really looking for satisfying drama (and let’s face it, we’re starved of it) then you should be watching Skins on C4 ….  it’s funny and sad and annoying and totally gripping” – Linda Burgess, The Dominion Post.

It’s the show everyone has been talking about.   It’s famous for inspiring a party that made global headlines, for breaking rules about writing & television production (co-created by a father and son duo) , for putting Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel on the map and has been described as the show for the spliff generation.  But SKINS is even more than that.  Says ruthless Guardian television reviewer Charlie Brooker “anyone of any age could tune in to Skins and draw something from it. Which makes it weird. And somewhat wonderful.”

Over the past couple of months C4 has been screening catch up seasons of UK drama ‘SKINS’ on Monday night.    But on Monday July 6th C4 premieres a BRAND NEW  season of the acclaimed drama .  SKINS revolves around the lives of a group of 16-19 year old friends living in Bristol .  And this, season 3 of the show, introduces an almost entirely new cast with the focus moving to the second generation and original cast members moving on.     In particular, attention moves to the younger sister of previous lead Tony (Nicholas Hoult).  Having played something of a bit role in the first 2 seasons, EFFY (Kaya Scodelario) moves into the forefront this season.  Her beautiful but elusive self assumes position as queen bee around whom the season (and scandal!) revolves.  EFFY is joined by her sweet and kooky best-friend, PANDORA (Lisa Backwell)  – the only other returning character.  Twins KATIE (Megan Prescott) and EMILY (Kathryn Prescott) are pulling in different directions. One wants to shed her twin and gain status, the other is hanging on, crippled by shyness. Completing the girls is passionate, political and principled NAOMI (Lily Loveless).

As far as boys go, it’s a clean slate. This season the guys are led by the irrepressible and irresponsible COOK (Jack O’Connell)  – and best mates FREDDIE (Luke Pasqualino)  –  the skateboarding, weed-smoking ‘cool’ one, and JJ aka Jonah Jeremiah Jones (Ollie Barbieri), the master illusionist. 

Series 3 will see guest stars Harry Enfield and Morwenna Banks return as the parents  of EFFY (and Tony) , alongside new guest appearances from UK DJ Scott Mills,   Mackenzie Crook,  Sally Phillips ,  Geoffrey Hughes  along with comedians Jordan Long and Justin Edwards .

As has become its trademark, the ten new episodes are written by a young British writing team – headed by Executive Producer Bryan Elsley.   The show has drawn praise from critics and teens alike for it’s real, warts and all take on teen issues – and the depth of storylines – which reach into the true heart of teenagers lives.

Make no mistakes – although SKINS focus is teenagers – this is a compelling, mature watch .  The Age described it as “complusary viewing for teenagers as much as parents of teens” whilst NME have flat out called it “the most exciting show in a generation”.

SKINS  – Season 3 premieres  Monday July 6th at 9.30pm (following the premiere of local series Rocked the Nation)

Monday 18 May 2009 9:30pm

C4’s hit series Skins is back with all new episodes following the chaotic lives and lusts of a group of spliff toting British teenagers.

Tonight: Michelle – Michelles new evil step sister, Scarlett, inveigles herself onto Michelles birthday trip and gets too close to Sid. Michelle must do something. But wait whos that coming back from Scotland?

Monday / September 1st / 8.30pm


It’s the day of A-level results, and also of Chris’s funeral. The gang have made a pact not to look at their grades til after they’ve said goodbye to Chris. But Jal can’t face getting out of bed and Cassie’s half way across the world.

Then, to cap it off, Chris’s Dad appears and gives Sid a problem. So who does Sid go to? Tony, even though they’re not really friends anymore. And Tony comes up with an enterprising solution. So in the end our friends get to say their goodbyes to Chris, and to each other. Tony and Sid’s friendship is set in stone once more. And who’s that coming up behind ready to take the lead? It’s Effy of course.