Terra Nova

7:30pm – Saturday, May 12 on TV 3

Don’t expect the season finale of Terra Nova to end with a bang – it starts with one! Screening on Saturday, May 12 th at 7:30pm on 3, this week’s finale kicks off with the colonists warily awaiting the arrival of the 11th Pilgrimage. They’re not sure if this is good news or bad. “Our evil guys, the Phoenix Group, will send somebody through the portal with a bomb, and it explodes,” says executive producer Rene Echevarria. “Jim Shannon [Jason O’Mara] is hit by the blast and wakes up three days later to a very surreal scene – Phoenix soldiers have taken command of the colony.”

This will eventually force Shannon and Nathaniel Taylor (Stephen Lang) to do the unthinkable. “We have supercharged the premise of our show in a very chilling way,” says executive producer Brannon Braga. “Everything changes.”

The jam-packed finale also includes an unexpected return to 2149 and a head-scratching discovery that will leave the colonists – and the audience – rethinking the space-time fracture that connects the future with the past. And audiences should also prepare for the demise of two notable characters, including one who has become quite a fan favourite.

“A person who is without family will willingly go to [his or her] death in order to help the Shannons survive.” Fans should also expect the turmoil between Taylor and his son, Lucas (Ashley Zukerman), to hit full boil. “We know Lucas has been helping the Sixers and the Phoenix Group, and we’ve teased that something bad happened between the two men in Somalia, but we don’t yet know why Lucas so intensely hates his father,” says Echevarria. “That will all come out in the finale. It’s Shakespeare meets Sophie’s Choice.” Make sure not to miss this when Terra Nova concludes its firs season on Saturday, May 12 th at 7:30pm on 3.

Longoria joins new pilot

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Alana leaves MasterChef NZ

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Terra Nova extinct for now!

USA channel Fox has pulled the plug on its pricey prehistoric drama Terra Nova that currently airs on Saturday nights at 7.30pm on TV3

The Steven Spielberg show is currently being shopped around to other networks by 20th Century Fox Television.

“Bad news guys, Terra Nova has been cancelled by Fox,” leading man Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars – also cancelled – is he the kiss of death?) tweeted late Monday. “We’re gonna try and get another network to do it. Stand by.”

Justified Renewed

FX has ordered 13 episodes for season four of its Emmy® Award-winning hit drama series Justified, announced Americas FX Vice President Nick Grad.

“Justified is one of television’s best series and this season has reinforced that excellence,” said Grad. “Graham Yost and his writing team continue to deliver compelling material and richly drawn characters brought to life by the brilliance of Timothy Olyphant and our terrific ensemble cast.  Their work is validated by universal acclaim, awards, and ratings that have grown every year. We look forward to many more seasons to come.”

Developed for television by Graham Yost and starring Timothy Olyphant, Justified is based on the popular Elmore Leonard character “Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens” from his short story Fire in the Hole and some of his other novels.

“There are many reasons all of us on Justified are grateful to get a chance to do another season,” said Yost.  “We get to do more work with amazing actors, writers, producers, directors, musicians, editors and a jaw-droppingly talented crew.  We get to keep doing a show that appeals to a wide demographic: people in Harlan, retired US Marshals, criminals (we honestly did hear that), and, most happily, our guide, our muse, Elmore Leonard.  Best of all, we get to keep doing a show on FX (and while that may sound like craven ass-kissing, when you look at their roster, you can’t help but feel grateful to be on that list).”

“Graham’s modern day take on the western and masterful storytelling have helped bring the genre to the forefront,” said John Westphal, Senior Vice President, US. current programming, Sony Pictures Television. “The storytelling and performances brought to life by Tim Olyphant, Walton Goggins and the rest of the cast, continue to elevate the series season after season.”

Katherine Heigl NOT returning to Greys Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy boss Shonda Rhimes has confirmed what was pretty much expected – Izzie Stevens, Katherine Heigl’s charachter will not be returning to the show.

After actress Ellen Pompeo was on Chelsea Lately last week she laughed and said “No, I don’t think that’s happening,” when asked about the prospect of her former co-star returning to the series.

Creator Rhimes was even more definitive about a possible Izzie comeback.

“We are on a track we have been planning, and the idea of changing that track is not something we are interested in right now,” Rhimes tells TV Guide Magazine, adding that it’s “really nice to hear [Heigl] appreciating the show.”

In January, Katherine told E! Online: “I’ve told them I want to [return]. I don’t know … Being a showrunner and being a writer of a TV series like that is so complicated that, I mean, she’s got how many characters are there now? There’s a lot and so she’s balancing about 40 different storylines, so I don’t know if it fits in to their sort of vision for this season or next or however many seasons it goes.”

7:30pm – Saturday, February 25 on TV 3

Steven Spielberg’s highly-anticipated time-travelling drama, Terra Nova premieres on Saturday, February 25 th at 7:30pm on 3. The series takes place in 2149, where after the Earth is destroyed by overpopulation, scientists discover a crack in the space-time continuum, which leads to a pre-historic, dinosaur era.

Presented with a new, lush landscape, a military-lead colony heads to the past in hopes of giving humanity a fresh start.

The series’ intricate storyline and verdant setting may seem similar to Lost, but producers insist that’s the furthest thing from their mind.

“This has nothing to do with Lost for one major reason: It’s so made for a massively broad audience,” executive producer Alex Graves explains. “Terra Nova, more than anything I’ve ever done in my life, is for everybody.”

The series’ dinosaurs aside, producers say they’re mostly interested in the show’s central question – if humans were given a second chance to start over, would they make the same mistakes?

“They’re hoping to send people back to re-colonise Earth and give humanity a second chance,” executive producer Brannon Braga says. “What effect that has on the future? That still remains to be seen…” Make sure not to miss Terra Nova when the series premieres on Saturday, February 25 th at 7:30pm on 3.

Clarkson investigated over comments

British media regulator Ofcom is investigating Jeremy Clarkson over his comments on a UK TV show regarding the striking public service workers. Ofcom has received nearly 800 complaints while the BBC received 32,000.

Terra Nova producers optimistic about second season

The executive producers of new season series Terra Nova say they are “guardedly optimistic” about the prospects of the series getting renewed for a second season. “We’re guardedly optimistic; we’re hoping for good news any day,” said Rene Echevarria. “There are a lot of factors in play and a lot of things for the network to consider. We know we have a lot of people there who like the show and we have a core audience that seems to like what we’re doing. We’re hoping for good news soon.”

Farrelly to write new comedy

There’s Something About Mary writer Peter Farrelly is set to write a new comedy series for the CBS network. Farrelly is working on a pilot based around a group of six parents and step-parents who are bringing up two children.

Radcliffe to host SNL

Daniel Radcliffe will host the second episode of Saturday Night Live’s 2012 schedule. The Harry Potter actor has been confirmed to make his debut on the series on the January 14 episode.

Mediaworks TV have launched their 2012 new season for TV3 and Four with an interesting line up of new and old shows.

The event kicked off at the SkyCity Theatre in Auckland this morning with a mock X Factor style audition for the MC job. Video showed the network’s stars getting txt messages while they were recording their own shows and then bailing in the middle to rush to the audition.  The funnier of them all was Rachel Smalley leaving the Prime Minister during the middle of an interview.

Paul Henry was one of the judges who was ruthless in saying no to everyone, including Mike McRoberts, Ben Boyce and the 7 Days crew.  In the end, having been appalled at the talent, Henry decided that if you wanted a job done properly, then you did it yourself.

Henry took to the stage to introduce the event and the various presenters but not before he told a number of expletive ridden stories, mainly directed at his former employer TVNZ.

Everyone had been given fortune cookies as we arrived.  Paul opened his and read, “If you sit by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.”

Many of TV3’s best performers are back in 2012 as well as new international dramas and some promising looking local shows.

On the local front, TV3’s programmer Kelly Martin has confirmed that The X Factor New Zealand is definitely in the works. The X Factor Australia, which is currently on across the Tasman, will screen during the summer.  

Also receiving some localization is the hit Australian show The Block.

New local comedies include a new panel show hosted by Jesse Mulligan called Would I Lie To You? based on the UK series.  Funny Roots will take comedians back to their roots to see if their routines work on them.  Also on the cards is a new comedy series from South Pacific Pictures called Golden, about an overweight rower who was a gold medal winning Olympian and has decided they want to get back in shape.

Possibly the most anticipated show will be at 7pm on Sunday night. The Paul Henry Show.  The format is still in development but no doubt it will be a hit.

The new dramas to look out for on TV3 are Homeland, a new cable show from the makers of 24, Awake, Grimm, Terra Nova, The Finder and American Horror Story from the makers of Nip/Tuck and Glee.

TV3 are planning on taking TV2 head on on Wednesday with new comedies Up All Night starring Christina Applegate and Last Man Standing which features the return of Tim Allen in a new fatherhood role, this time of daughters.

Two other shows to watch out for are Deadliest Roads and local show Road Madness which is real footage taken from the cabs of trucks on New Zealand roads.  You can only guess what that trailer looks like!

New Shows:
American Horror Story
Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms
Deadliest Roads
Funny Roots
Last Man Standing
Paul Henry Show
Road Madness
Terra Nova
The Block
The Finder
Up All Night
Would I Lie To You?

7 Days
Grand Designs Australia
Grand Designs UK
Home and Away
ITM Fishing Show
Missing Pieces
Modern Family
NCIS: Los Angeles
New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker
Nurse Jackie
Project Runway
Road Cops
Sons of Anarchy
The Almighty Johnsons
The Big C
The Comedy Gala
The Good Wife
The Graham Norton Show
The Secret Lives of Dancers
The X Factor
What’s Really In Our Food?
60 Minutes
3 News: Firstline 
3 News at 12
3 News
Campbell Live
Sports Tonight 

New Zealand actress Simone Kessell will have a major role in the new Steven Spielberg–produced series Terra Nova.

The actress joined the sci-fi drama during the reshoots of the pilot and has appeared in every subsequent episode, reports Deadline.

The series, produced for the Fox network in the US, centres on an ordinary family from 2149 who are transported back 85 million years in time to prehistoric Earth where they join a colony of humans who are building a civilisation.

Kessell plays the character of Alicia Washington, the second-in-command to colony leader Nathaniel Taylor (Steven Lang).

Her credits include the likes of Underbelly, Fringe, CSI: Miami and the 2008 film Frost/Nixon.

Source: Digital Spy

Video previews of all the new shows commissioned by the Fox network in the US for the upcoming 2011/12 season.


Terra Nova




I Hate My Teenage Daughter


Napoleon Dynamite (animated)


The Finder


The New Girl


Allen Gregory


Fox has axed the following shows:

Breaking In

Human Target

Lie To Me

Running Wilde

The Chicago Code

Traffic Light

Big Bang’s Galecki lands film role

The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard, has been cast in new Justin Timberlake film “I’m.Mortal”. The role will be Galecki’s first major film effort since he joined The Big Bang Theory. House’s Olivia Wilde will also feature in the film.

Creator teases Misfits second season

The creator of British teen series Misfits, which screened here on C4, has revealed details of the second season. Howard Overman said that the unresolved storylines from the first season will be wrapped up quickly in the new run along with a new central character introduced.

American Dad seventh season ordered

Fox has ordered another series of American Dad, which is currently in its sixth season. Eight more scripts have been announced for the cartoon as well as several other animated projects including the TV remake of 2004 movie Napoleon Dynamite.

Walhberg announces spy drama plans 

Mark Wahlberg has announced plans for a new spy drama with fellow Entourage and Boardwalk Empire producer Stephen Levinson. The project will focus on a Berlin missionary who becomes involved with the CIA during the Cold War.

24 actor joins Terra Nova

24 cast member Mido Hamada has landed a fulltime role on upcoming Steven Spielberg series Terra Nova. Hamada, who played Samir Mehran on 24, will take on the role of head of security in the prehistoric series.

Spielberg series hits trouble

Steven Spielberg’s latest big-budget TV series Terra Nova is said to be blowing out way over budget already during its current production in Australia. Along with creative disagreements, the pilot is said to be already $10m over budget.

Big Bang writer cover Cuoco’s injury

The writers of The Big Bang Theory will cover up actress Kaley Cuoco’s recent leg injury by writing her character Penny into the existing storyline as a bartender. Cuoco missed several episodes of the comedy series due to her broken leg.

E! to screen rock stars’ wives series

E! Channel will launch a new series which focuses on the lives of rock stars’ wives. Married To Rock will centre on the other halves of well-known rock stars such as ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell and Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens.

De Niro cop drama picked up

Robert De Niro has reportedly sold his new police drama Rookies to a network in the States. The actor is producing the series through his company Tribeca Productions alongside The Wire’s writer Richard Price.

The Situation gets boot from DWTS

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino may be top dog on MTV’s Jersey Shore but the reality star has been knocked down a peg or two overnight after getting eliminated from the American version of Dancing with the Stars. The judges described his efforts as a “terrible mess” and “consistently bad”.