the event

10:30pm – Thursday, November 3 on FOUR

There’s event television, and then there’s The Event… Coming to FOUR this conspiracy-thriller is hitting our screens on Thursday, November 3 rd at 10:30pm. The Event is an emotional, high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Parenthood’s Jason Ritter), an everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his would-be fiance Leila (Sarah Roemer) and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history. “Everything’s designed to answer questions so you’re not frustrated, feeling ripped off, feeling like we don’t know what we’re doing,” executive producer Evan Katz said at a Comic-Con panel for the series.

“We’re just trying to be smart and good to the fans in the audience and keep people guessing in kind of a fair way.”

“We all had the same fear,” adds Laura Innes (ER), who plays one of the series’ more secretive characters, the leader of a mysterious group of detainees, Sophia Maguire.

“We don’t want to end up on a show that drives people crazy.” To which Katz responded: “One of my main goals was to write a show that could keep the audience hungry but not frustrate people.”

The producer also promises the series won’t be left aimless once the initial mystery ends, saying that The Event does not focus on the event alone. “There’s definitely an element of mystery and science-fiction to the show,” Katz explained. “I wanted to create something that had a bit of everything for everyone. The entire story doesn’t rest on it. The show is designed with a lot of cliff-hangers and what I call ‘holy crap’ moments.”

Make sure not to miss when The Event comes to FOUR on Thursday, November 3 rd at 10:30pm.

8:30pm – Tuesday, January 11 on TV 3

Get ready for the biggest shocker yet as The Event concludes its first season on Tuesday, January 11th at 8:30pm on 3.

In this week’s season conclusion cliff-hanger, “Leila (Sarah Roemer) makes a discovery about one of the cast members that is a stunning revelation and will change the way she views everything,” series star Jason Ritter explains to Zap2it.

Whatever this discovery is, Ritter and Roemer will be the last to know about it. “I think out of all of the actors, we know the least about what’s going on moving forward,” Ritter explains.

His co-stars, those portraying the aliens, received a little more information with their initial character dossiers. Ritter, on the other hand, “I meet up with Sarah every day, and we just kind of jump off into the unknown… and it’s exciting,” he says.

For Roemer, this lack of details makes her job far more exciting. “It’s kind of nice being in the dark and seeing how it unfolds along with everybody else,” she says.

“And it does keep things interesting and it is nice. Only, you know, we do – we only really know what our characters know and I think there’s something nice about that.”

Though both roles are subject to the will of The Event writers, each actor is content with the evolution of their characters.

“Yeah. I mean I, you know, I’m excited to – I’m excited to see how more of our stories start interconnecting,” Ritter says.

“I think we’ve been on our own little Sean and Leila story and that’s been so much fun. And I really have loved watching both of these characters transition from sort of innocence in the world to, you know, kicking a little bit more ass.”

“But it’s been an interesting journey. I was completely blindsided several times during the season. I mean, I did not think that I would – that Sean would find a kidnapped Leila in episode five. I really had been thinking about that as maybe a season-long problem.

“And so it was really exciting to make an assumption about where the show was going and have the rug pulled out from me over and over and over again. And next episode [this week’s season finale] is really exciting and takes everything up several notches!”

Make sure not to miss it when The Event concludes its first season on Tuesday, January 11th at 8:30pm on 3.

8:30pm – Tuesday, November 16 on TV 3

There’s event television, and then there’s The Event. The highly-anticipated conspiracy-thriller is hitting our screens on Tuesday, November 16th at 8:30pm on 3.

The Event is an emotional, high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Parenthood’s Jason Ritter), an everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his would-be fianc�e Leila (Sarah Roemer) and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history.

“Everything’s designed to answer questions so you’re not frustrated, feeling ripped off, feeling like we don’t know what we’re doing,” executive producer Evan Katz said at a Comic-Con panel for the series.

“We’re just trying to be smart and good to the fans in the audience and keep people guessing in kind of a fair way.”

“We all had the same fear,” adds Laura Innes (ER), who plays one of the series’ more secretive characters, the leader of a mysterious group of detainees, Sophia Maguire.

“We don’t want to end up on a show that drives people crazy.” To which Katz responded: “One of my main goals was to write a show that could keep the audience hungry but not frustrate people.”

The producer also promises the series won’t be left aimless once the initial mystery ends, saying that The Event does not focus on the event alone.

“There’s definitely an element of mystery and science-fiction to the show,” Katz explained. “I wanted to create something that had a bit of everything for everyone. The entire story doesn’t rest on it. The show is designed with a lot of cliff-hangers and what I call ‘holy crap’ moments.”

Make sure not to miss the first of these when The Event sets 2010’s biggest television mystery in motion on Tuesday, November 16th at 8:30pm on 3.

2011 will see Mediaworks shift the target demographics for TV3 to the same as TV One; 25-54.  This has a few implications which will see some shows moving to the rebranded and refocused Four.

Below are a list of new and returning shows with trailers.

New

The Event

Hawaii Five-O

An Idiot Abroad

Raising Hope

The Defenders

Blue Bloods

The Gruen Transfer

James May’s Man Lab

Terriers

The X Factor USA

New local content
The Almighty Johnsons – From the makers of Outrageous Fortune – trailer
Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger – James Coleman’s new show – trailer
Super City – Taika Waititi’s six part observational comedy
Brown Bruthaz – Fast paced comedy about hitting the big time starring Taungaroa Emile, Scott Cotter, Nicola Kawana, Shane Cortese and Shavaughn Ruakere
Drug Bust – Fast paced factual observational series following police drug busts in Counties Manukau

Returning Shows
3 News
3 News At 12
Nightline
Sports Tonight
Campbell Live
60 Minutes
Reel Late with Kate
What’s Really In Our…?
New Zealand’s Next Top Model
New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker
7 Days
Road Cops
Target
Glee
The Graham Norton Show
Californication
Grand Designs
House
Home and Away
Farmer Wants a Wife
NCIS
NCIS: Los Angeles
CSI
CSI: Miami
CSI: NY
Bones
SVU
The Good Wife
Lie To Me
Law & Order: Los Angeles
The Big C
Nurse Jackie
Missing Pieces
Modern Family
Family Guy

From a ratings perspective, it shouldn’t be too surprising that NZ’s Hottest Home Baker returns, despite how much viewers loved to hate on it. 

Our pick of the bunch have to be Ricky Gervais’ new project An Idiot Abroad.  If you haven’t heard the podcasts with Karl Pilkington then go take a listen and you’ll quickly understand why this show has been a ratings hit for Sky1 in the UK.

With all the hype and expectation that Outrageous Fortune has set up for The Almighty Johnsons, the trailer seemed to fall a little flat.  It didn’t really deliver much of a hook other than “this is the show to follow on from OF”. Big shoes to fill and only time will tell as to whether it can deliver similiar audiences to TV3.

James Coleman’s new show Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger looks good and is reminiscent of Mythbusters where two teams try and improve stuff. If not for anything else, kiwi guys trying to blow stuff up should rate well.

The Hawaii Five-O remake is worth a watch too.

The big one for 2011 will be The X Factor US. Simon Cowell’s return in his own show for the first time in America will probably by the highest rating show in the US next year.  How TV3 capitalise on this will be fascinating.

What are your picks?  Any obvious duds?