The Walking Dead

New Alcatraz trailer

The Fox network has released a new trailer for J.J. Abrams’s next series Alcatraz, which is set to hit screens next year.

Walking Dead exec promises “crazy new stuff”

The Walking Dead executive Robert Kirkman has promised there will be new characters and some “crazy new stuff” in the second half of the second season. “I think we’re going to see some new characters very early on, introduced in our first episode back. There’s going to be a lot of cool stuff coming up.”

Dunder Mifflin paper to be made

Dunder Mifflin is set to become an actual brand of copy paper with news the fictional paper company from The Office will be produced by an American office supplies firm. The paper packages will come with slogans from the show, such as “Our motto is, ‘Quabity First’” and “Get Your Scrant On.”

Actors returning to Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives will have at least three former cast members return to the series for the final season. Dana Delany, Kyle MacLachlan and Andrea Bowen are all expected to return to reprise their roles.

Comic book series coming

Fringe writer Andrew Kreisberg will pen the script for a new series based on Booster Gold, a DC Comics superhero who travels through time.

Area 51 series in the works

The Walking Dead’s executive producer Gale Anne Hurd has purchased the rights to a book about Area 51 with the intention of producing a drama series.

Treasure hunter series being developed

A new series centring on a young female treasure hunter is being developed by The CW network. The show is being produced by The Day After Tomorrow’s Stephanie Germain.

Following on from last night’s post about the new shows coming to TV One, here’s what’s instore for TV2 in 2012.

First off, a rebrand.  If my assumptions are correct, think the TV One logo but take the “One” out of the circle and put the current “2” inside it.  This would certainly bring some consistency between the channels.

Shortland Street will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2012 while Go Girls will be back for a fourth season.  The trailer shows Kevin returning from Thames to tell the girls that he thinks he’s just left his wife.  Considering Zoe Cramond (Amanda) is now a regular on Packed to the Rafters in Australia, that’s probably why.

TV2 seemed to be a bit light on the big new dramas to fill the gaps of final seasons of Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy but there are some good new shows in there. Continue reading »

The Walking Dead renewed

The Walking Dead has been renewed by the AMC network for a third season. The zombie drama’s second season has drawn record cable ratings in the US.

Hanks working on sports comedy

Tom Hanks is developing a new comedy series for HBO that will centre on a team of college athletes. Hanks will work alongside executive producer Gary Goetzman, who he worked on the likes of Band of Brothers and The Pacific with.

Elfman joins Damages

Jenna Elfman has been added to the cast of Damages final season. The actress will join Ryan Phillippe and John Hannah in the line-up, both of whom have major roles.

Presidential sitcom ordered

The NBC network has ordered a pilot for a new comedy about a US president. The sitcom, which is co-written by Modern Family writer Jason Winer, will focus on the president and his dysfunctional family.

12:00pm Thursday, January 1 on TV2

After waking from a coma in an abandoned hospital, police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln, Love Actually, Wuthering Heights) has struggled with the fact that the world he knows is gone – ravaged by a zombie epidemic of apocalyptic proportions.

In this week’s season finale, an odd scientist lets the refugees into the Centre for Disease Control.

While they stay at the facility, everything seems peaceful, despite the events going on throughout the outside world. However, peace cannot last forever.

Keep an eye out for the second season of this monster smash hit on TV2.

Missed an episode of The Walking Dead? Full episodes are available online. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the Ondemand link.

500th episode of The Simpsons

The landmark 500th episode of The Simpsons will air in the US on February 19, 2012. Executive producer Al Jean said of the episode: “There’s a big town meeting that the Simpsons don’t know about, and when they go in, they discover the town is saying they’re going to get rid of the Simpsons. They’re sick of them.”

Hitler to feature in Doctor Who

Hitler will feature in the storyline of the new run of Doctor Who episodes coming later this year. The character will be played by actor Albert Welling.

Brody joins MTV animation

Former The OC actor Adam Brody has signed on to provide the voice for a character on a new MTV animation. Brody will lend his voice to Good Vibes, a series that focuses on the lives of two friends in a Californian beach town.

Darabont steps down from The Walking Dead

Frank Darabont has stepped down as showrunner of new zombie drama The Walking Dead and has been replaced by his no. 2 Glen Mazzara.

9:30pm Wednesday, July 27 on TV2

The director of The Shawshank Redemption and the producer of The Terminator and Aliens are behind TV2’s brand new drama, the epic survival adventure series, The Walking Dead.

After waking from a coma in an abandoned hospital, police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln, Love Actually, Wuthering Heights) finds the world he knew gone – ravaged by a zombie epidemic of apocalyptic proportions.

Nearby, on the outskirts of Atlanta, a small encampment struggles to survive as ‘the dead’ stalk them at every turn. Can Rick and the others hold onto their humanity as they fight to live in this terrifying new world? And, amidst dire conditions and personal rivalries, will they ultimately survive one another?

In the premiere episode, Rick searches for his family after emerging from the coma. Along the way, he meets Morgan and Duane, who help teach him the new rules for survival.

It’s more solid programming from TV2 in 2011 with some excellent content.  The only thing obviously missing was any sign of new local shows on TV2.  

Check out the list of shows and trailers below.

New Shows

Shit My Dad Says

Off The Map

The Walking Dead

No Ordinary Family

Mike and Molly

Haven

Hot in Cleveland

Better Together

Happy Endings

Chase

Returning Shows
Desperate Housewives
Two and a Half Men
The Big Bang Theory
The Mentalist
Grey’s Anatomy
Private Practice
Cougar Town
Brothers and Sisters
The Middle
Hell’s Kitchen
American Idol
The Vampire Diaries
Scrubs
The Amazing Race
Gossip Girl 

Returning Local Shows
Shortland Street (With another feature length episode) 
Go Girls
Neighbours at War
Police Ten 7
Rescue One
Motorway Patrol
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