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8:30pm – Thursday, June 14 on TV 3

George Stults – the real-life brother of Geoff Stults – guest stars as Langston, the sibling of Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults) in this week’s The Finder season finale, screening on Thursday, June 14 th at 8:30pm on 3. This week’s first-season finale sees Langston asking Walter to visit their father, Franklin (John Ashton) who is dying of emphysema. Franklin’s dying wish is to say goodbye to Walter’s mother (Annette O’Toole), who has been missing for years after she and her new husband joined a cult and disappeared. “He teaches drums to a bunch of tulip growers in wooden shoes,” Geoff Stults explains about his brother’s character. “That’s the line. He’s teaching traditional American music to a bunch of tulip growers that wear wooden shoes, right?” “He’s absolutely right,” adds George Stults. “That’s the line. I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ Obviously [executive producer] Hart Hanson and the writers have never met me before’.”

“Hart, when he was writing this, texted me,” says Geoff. “He said, ‘Does your brother play any kind of instrument?’ I said, ‘He and I both were in a band. He played the trumpet; I played the sax. We both got kicked out. That’s a true story’.”

“When they introduce my character,” says George, “it says, ‘Walter’s brother, Langston Sherman, slightly older than Walter, Langston is a professional musician and composer, sweet-natured, direct, an extremely decent guy’.”

Make sure not to miss him when The Finder concludes its first season on Thursday, June 14 th at 8:30pm on 3.

8:30pm – Thursday, May 10 on TV 3

The Finder marks another crossover with parent series Bones, however audiences will not see this on air. This week sees David Boreanaz (Bones) join the series as director, the first time he’s taken that role for a series that wasn’t his own. The Finder continues on Thursday, May 10th at 8:30pm on 3.

Directing five episodes of Bones to date and one of Angel, Boreanaz had previously split his time on both sides of the lens.

“It’s a little bit more calm and relaxing, due to the fact that I didn’t have to worry about jumping into a role and playing a scene,” Boreanaz says about directing The Finder.

“It’s just a great experience to do something outside of what you’re so familiar with. When you have that fear, it really helps push your creativity.”

The episode, which also features an appearance from Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, sees a deceased rapper’s songs being released illegally, so a music mogul (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) and his lawyer ask Walter (Geoff Stults) to locate the source of the leaks.

Make sure not to miss the David Boreanaz directed The Finder, screening on Thursday, May 10th at 8:30pm on 3.

8:30pm – Thursday, March 22 on TV 3

In “The Finder”, a sixth season episode of the popular series Bones, FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth and Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan were assigned a case in Key West, Florida involving the remains of a crooked maritime museum security guard found in the Florida Everglades. To help them piece together the puzzle, Booth turned to Walter Sherman, a former U.S. soldier and Iraq war veteran who has an uncanny knack for locating just about anything.

This episode was, in fact, a backdoor pilot for The Finder, which premieres this week, Thursday, March 22 nd at 8:30pm on 3.

Joining leading man Geoff Stults, who reprises his role of Walter Sherman, are Michael Clarke Duncan (Leo Knox), Mercedes Mashon (Deputy U.S. Marshal Isabel Zambada), and Maddie Hasson (Willa Monday). “My favourite thing about The Finder is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously,” Geoff Stults explains about the Bones spin-off series. “That’s also true of my character Walter, and that allows you, the viewer, just to enjoy the ride.”

“It’s just fun and entertaining and I think that’s what our goal is. We’re just trying to have a nice show that people can tune into at any point and during any part of an episode and not only enjoy themselves but also understand what’s going on.” In this week’s series premiere, Walter and Leo help a teenage boy (guest star Brett Davern) locate his missing father, a military pilot and war hero whose plane vanished after embarking on an undisclosed mission.

Will Walter Sherman be able to solve the mystery? Find out when The Finder premieres on Thursday, March 22 nd at 8:30pm on 3.

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