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Clarkson complaints reach 31,000

Jeremy Clarkson’s controversial comments on a TV show regarding the striking public sector workers last week has drawn more than 31,000 complaints from viewers. The One Show is now one of the most complained-about TV shows of all time.

Simpsons crossover on Family Guy

The Simpsons have paid a visit to Family Guy in a brief crossover episode where Homer, Marge and other characters made up a jury. King of the Hill characters had appeared on an episode of The Simpsons earlier in the night.

Smallville to continue in novel form

Smallville may be continuing in novel form with news that writer Bryan Q Miller is working on a book that picks up from events in the show’s final season.

Derek to guest in CSI: Miami

Actress Bo Derek will feature in an episode of CSI: Miami next year, it has been confirmed. The actress will play the owner of a horse stable where a murder takes place.

Kutcher more popular than Sheen

The Ashton Kutcher-led Two and a Half Men is currently proving more popular than the Charlie Sheen equivalent was this time last season in the US. 15.7 million tuned in to the latest episode, which is 10 per cent more than for the corresponding Sheen episode last season.

Laurie hints at directing future

Hugh Laurie has hinted that he may move on to writing and directing when House comes to an end. The British actor said: “I think I will probably be as interested by either writing or producing or directing, or some other aspect. I find the whole field of it fascinating.”

New comedy dropped

HBO has dropped the new comedy pilot from Tea Leoni called Spring/Fall. The network passed on the comedy, which was written by Six Feet Under’s Kate Robin.

Smallville actor joins Castle

Former Smallville actor Justin Hartley has landed a guest role on Castle, playing the boyfriend of One Tree Hill actress Hilarie Burton’s character, which was announced last week.

11:30pm Friday, July 8 on TV2

The tale of a teenage Clark Kent; in the days before he was Superman; comes to an an action-packed and heart-breaking end tonight in the finale of Smallville.

Smallville is the town where very strange things started happening with Clark’s (Tom Welling) arrival in a spaceship in the midst of a meteor storm of green rocks.

Clark has dealt with a variety of individuals given powers by the green rocks, kept his powers a secret, coped with his friendships with a young Lex Luthor and balanced the girls in his life, Chloe, Lana and Lois (Erica Durance). In tonight’s series finale, Clark and Lois both reconsider their wedding plans, unaware that Darkseid and his prophets plan to disrupt the ceremony. Meanwhile, Apokolips draws nigh and Lionel abducts Tess as part of his plan to bring his dead son back to life.

Missed an episode of Smallville? Full episodes are available online. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘Ondemand’ button.

Cameron Diaz to film Man vs Wild episode

Following the news Jake Gyllenhaal had filmed an episode of Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls, it’s been announced that Cameron Diaz will film an episode also. Grylls confirmed in a recent interview: “She’s agreed to it, which is great. So we’re going to do it in due course.”

Guest stars confirmed for new Gervais comedy

Sting, Steve Carell and Johnny Depp have all been officially confirmed to appear in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s new comedy series Life’s Too Short. The trio will appear in cameo roles on the sitcom that centres on the life of dwarf actor Warwick Davis.

Project Runway guest judges announced

Kim Kardashian, Christina Ricci, Zoe Saldana and Malin Akerman have all been confirmed to make guest judging appearances on the new season of Project Runway. 

Smallville actor jailed

A former Smallville and ER actor has been sentenced to one year in prison for his role in a drug ring. Sam Jones III pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell large quantities of the painkiller Oxycodone.

Connelly to direct Entourage episode

Entourage actor Kevin Connolly will step behind the camera to direct the penultimate episode of the comedy/drama series this year. Connolly, who play Eric Murphy, has directed a previous episode of the series as well as well as a film.

Berry returning to TV?

Reports are suggesting that actress Halle Berry will feature in a new TV project called Higher Learning. Berry’s last regular TV role was back in 1991.

Smallville actress joins pilot

Smallville actress Erica Durance has signed on to feature in a new pilot described as a “sexy, fast-paced drama”. Durance featured on Smallville as Lois lane.

Heroes actress lands Dexter role

Heroes actress Brea Grant has signed on for a role in the sixth season of Dexter. Grant has landed a recurring role in the series alongside new additions Mos Def, Colin Hanks and Billy Brown.

10:30pm Friday, September 10 on TV2

The Toyman (guest star Chris Gauthier, Watchmen) returns and takes Oliver (Justin Hartley) hostage, this week on Smallville.

Tess Mercer (series star Cassidy Freeman) forces Oliver to come to a Queen Industries gala to put the Board at ease, but things go awry when the Toyman shows up with a bomb and a plan to take revenge on Oliver. The Toyman tells Oliver he must confess to murdering Lex (Ayron Howey) or he will blow the place up. Meanwhile, as part of his training, Jor-El (voice talent of Terence Stamp) gives Clark (Tom Welling) the ability to hear other people’s thoughts.

Executive Producer Kelly Souders says the writing team had a flood of new ideas as they went into the brand new season.

“Last year, we had an amazing document we called ‘next season stories’, which was a list of ideas where we’d thought, ‘Oh, that’s a great idea, it doesn’t fit with our characters right now, but that’s a great episode for next year,'” she reveals. “So we came into this season with a hundred ideas already.

“Strangely, you’d think in season nine and looking at season ten, we’d be going, ‘Oh my gosh, what the hell are we going to talk about this year?’ But it’s not felt like that at all. It’s felt like a pilot season.”

As this new series evolves, she says viewers will see Clark edging closer to his destiny as Superman.

“Clark is training with Jor-El, and for the first time really embracing what it means to be a hero, but finding how hard that is when you’re in love with somebody. We’re pitching it as his darkest hour, and there are a lot of dark decisions he has to make. He’s obviously not Superman yet – but he’s getting there.”

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Smallville will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.

10:30pm Friday, August 20 on TV2

Clark (Tom Welling) is ready to start his training, but is sent back to Metropolis to cut his ties with Lois (Erica Durance) first, in the new season premiere of Smallville.

Clark tells Jor-El (voice talent of Terence Stamp) he’s ready to start his training, but Jor-El sends him back to Metropolis to cut ties with Lois before he can begin. Chloe (Allison Mack) is shocked when Lois suddenly reappears after having been missing for weeks – but Lois has no recollection of vanishing into thin air with the Legion ring. While investigating a monorail crash, Lois meets John Corben (guest star Brian Austin Green, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), a new reporter at The Daily Planet, with a negative attitude toward the ‘Red-Blue Blur’.

Tom Welling only agreed to sign on for a ninth season after hearing the production team’s exciting plans for the story, as he tells TV Guide USA.

“What I don’t want to do, and what nobody ever wants for the show they’re on, is for it to dwindle out and lose its credibility. And I think this season, if anything, we’ve re-energised it,” Welling says. “We have a great group, and I love everybody that’s a part of it. Their ideas made sense to me.”

Welling hints that Clark will be in a darker place than he has been in previous series.

“In the past Clark has always been the reluctant hero. With the events of Jimmy’s death, along with the eight seasons building up, he realises that his view on humanity has been wrong, so he starts his training with Jor-El – which will prepare him to be who we all know he’s going to be in the future.”

Welling has directed several episodes of Smallville, and this year has added producing duties to his role on the show, which he says was a natural progression.

“When I started, I hadn’t done much acting; my goal was to learn everything I could. And along that road I’ve always tried to be open and collaborative and make the show better.” Now that his production input is more formal, he says one crucial aspect of his working life has changed.

“There’s a lot more paperwork that comes to me! Now I literally have a stack of memos at the end of every day.”

Elsewhere in tonight’s episode, Chloe begs Clark to use the Legion ring to go back in time to save Jimmy, but he refuses, driving a wedge into their friendship. Oliver (Justin Hartley), meanwhile, continues down a dark road, and Zod (new series star Callum Blue, Secret Diary Of A Call Girl) arrives at the Luthor mansion.

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Smallville will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.

Can anyone in the know tell me when season 9 of smallville will screen in new zealand.

Or will i have to buy it from ebay?

cheers

Underbelly sued

The makers of crime series Underbelly are being sued by a woman who claims that some incidents involving the character based on her never happened. Former NSW policewoman Wendy Hatfield is filing the lawsuit against TCN Channel Nine Ltd for defamation after a previous legal attempt failed to allow her to access to the footage before it screened.

Xzibit joins Extreme Makeover

The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition bus is about to get a whole lot more crowded with news that rapper Xzibit and ex-Bachelorette Jillian Harris are climbing aboard to offer their design services to the show. The pair have previously made guest appearances on the show, but will take up permanent roles next season.

Janet Jackson on Americal Idol?

The American Idol finale already has a bundle of major international talent set to perform on the Thursday night show but the rumour-mill is suggesting Janet Jackson is a possibility to appear. If so she would join Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Kris Allen and Enrique Iglesias on the three-hour finale.

Smallville team join Charlie’s Angels

The team behind recently cancelled Smallville are jumping behind the new television version of Charlie’s Angels. Executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar will take over scripting duties of the Drew Barrymore produced reboot series which is expected to be a fresh take on the Farah Fawcett classic.

Paula Abdul returning to TV

Ex American Idol judge Paula Abdul will return to television on a new talent competition called Got To Dance. Abdul will take up a producer, creative partner, mentor, judge and coach role on the series which will look to find the next big dance talent in a similar fashion to the plethora of existing televised reality competitions already on our screens.

NZ in nightmare TV scenario

New Zealand and North Korea have been named as the “nightmare” pairing for a football World Cup final in terms of television audience. In the unlikely event that the two teams would meet in the final, the worldwide television audience would be worst of all that matchups in the competitions according to research conducted by the tournament’s broadcasters. England versus Brazil would be the most popular audience-wise.

Lost technical hitch

A technical hitch left thousands of UK Lost fans fuming when the screen blacked out during Sky1’s live simulcast of the finale episode. Screening at 5am in order to coincide with the West Coast of the US, the UK channel suffered an unknown technical issue which caused a disruption to the picture. The network has apologised and will re-screen the episode several times during the week.