Jaquie Brown Diaries final this Friday

She’s finally done it. This week sees Jaquie wake up in celebrity rehab in the second season conclusion of The Jaquie Brown Diaries, screening on Friday, December 11th at 9:30pm on 3.

“Celebrity rehab is exactly what it sounds like,” Jaquie Brown explains when faced with the question ‘what exactly is celebrity rehab?’. “It’s a special place that celebrities go to detox, unwind, and escape the pressures of fame. Think Yoga at dawn, group therapy sessions and trust games.”

Brown says that like many celebrities, the series finale sees her character in serious denial about her issues, especially those surrounding arch nemesis Serita Singh (Madeleine Sami).

“Sometimes they [celebrities]go willingly [to celebrity rehab]other times they are sent because their behaviour is so out of control they need help,” she explains.

“That’s how Jaquie ends up in rehab. After losing her job, losing Tom (Ryan Lampp) to Serita and being publicly humiliated she goes on a massive booze and drugs bender which sees her mix with some unsavoury characters that lead her astray. Kim (Hannah Banks) knows the only way to get Jaquie to see straight is to send her to rehab.”

While Jaquie enters rehab and her therapist tries to cure her of her mental instabilities, Kim uncovers some disturbing secrets about Serita. Brown explains these secrets will vastly contradict the innocent and wholesome image Serita has so far portrayed.

“I don’t think anyone saw it coming, not Kim, not Tom and not Jaquie,” she says of the revelations, adding; “Well maybe Jaquie. Well, me Jaquie, I did because I read the scripts ages ago.”
She does however say that despite her character’s suspicions, doubts, and mistrusts towards Serita, not even Jaquie (the characters) could have predicted the dozey that’s going to come out in the season finale.

She’s [Jaquie the character] always found Serita to be a thorn in her side but her motivation has been selfish,’ she explains. “Now we can see that perhaps Jaquie wasn’t so wrong to mistrust Serita after all.”

This certainly sounds juicy… Make sure not to miss the secret that’s going to turn the C-grade celebrity world of The Jaquie Brown Diaries upside down when the series concludes its second season on Friday, December 11th at 9:30pm on 3.


New entertainment show for TV2

This Saturday TV2 launches a brand new entertainment series, where ordinary Kiwis are handed a chance to perform in the spotlight, in One Night Only.

The show, hosted by Jordan Vandermade (The Singing Bee) and Clinton Randall (Just The Job), pitches two teams of regular people from all walks of life against each other for a cash prize. The teams are given vocal and dance training, and whisked into the limelight of the studio to perform songs as a group, a duet and as a solo artist. Judging the contestants on their singing skills are NZ Idol’s Iain Stables, songstress Elizabeth Marvelly, and former Shortland Street and Dancing With The Stars alumnus David Wikaira-Paul.

Producer Debra Kelleher, who previously brought the hugely successful Dancing With The Stars to our screens, was excited to bring this brand new format to TV2.

Kelleher explains that the thing she enjoyed most about the series was finding the talent spread across New Zealand. “We found every day Kiwis across the whole country, and stood them in the spotlight to raise money for their local communities. We discovered some amazing unsung heros and gave them a chance to shine on national TV.”

Kelleher was also happy with the dynamic pairing of Jordan Vandermade and Clinton Randell, to present the show. “Jordan and Clinton are two proven performers. They provide fresh, funny and supportive banter with the judges and contestants, and it gives the show some real warmth and humour.”

With such a diverse trio of judges, Kelleher says the judging calls could be across the board. “Elizabeth is the girl next door and is very fair, David is an all-round nice guy, and Stables tells it like it is. Ultimately, however, it’s the studio audience who the teams have to impress, as they hold the voting power in their hands.”

This Saturday, a group of fire-fighters from Wanaka are performing for their town’s pride, and are up against some Kaitaia nurses. Who will prevail and take home the grand cash prize?

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

Sid Mitchell causes trouble on Shortland Street this week

Devious Sid Mitchell (Thijs Morris) causes some trouble on Shortland Street this week, but who will pay the price? When Sid’s plan to have some fun doesn’t quite pan out, it may not be him that takes the fall.

When it’s revealed that Sid was responsible for spiking a drink at the IV, a defeated Sid decides to distract himself. Scoring some ecstasy directly off Tupac’s (Mauri Stokes) cousin, Sid heads to Rebecca (Marise Wipani) and Kieran’s (Adam Rickitt) escort agency.

“Sid thinks that everyone needs to lighten up a bit and have a bit of fun,” says Morris. “He likes to party and feels like everyone else should take a page out of his book.”

Keen to spend some time with working girl Brandy (Sascha Moore), Sid uses drugs as her payment. But when the drugs react badly and Brandy becomes violently ill, mistress Rebecca (Marise Wipani) quickly becomes suspicious.

“Rebecca thinks that Tupac has something to do with it, and realising the repercussions that could come from this if he was implicated, Sid decides to keep his mouth shut,” says Morris. “As Brandy is taken off to hospital, Sid prays that she’ll keep quiet too.”

When Kieran discovers that Tupac may have sold drugs at the escort agency, he’s furious. But his fury soon turns to confusion when Tupac reveals to him that it is in fact Sid, his own brother, who is responsible.

“When the police are called on Tupac, Sid knows that he will be accountable for sending this young man to jail,” says Morris. “But without much of a conscience, it’s a fairly easy choice to let Tupac take the rap.”

Will Sid get away with this dirty business?

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


Drama as caller crashes car while live on radio

Listeners of The Edge were glued to their radios this evening after a car crash unfolded live on air.

A listener who was calling up to win concert tickets was involved in an accident with a truck on the motorway while talking with hosts Fletch and Vaughan. Listen below:

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The caller was reportedly using a hands free kit which disconnected due to the impact.

No one was seriously injured in the crash.

You can listen to the full podcast here.


Good Morning hits the road for final week

Good Morning is going on holiday, and have a final week full of special shows planned. On Monday 7 December, the team is packing up and hitting the road for another classic Kiwi summer with a ‘Summer Holiday Special’. Friday 11 December sees a star-studded line-up join the team for the Good Morning Christmas Special, and final show for the year.

On Monday, join Brendon Pongia, Steve Gray and Matai Smith in a LIVE broadcast from the Paekakariki Holiday Park, along with fellow celebrity campers like ‘That Guy’ Leigh Hart.

The team take a sneak peek at the country’s top house buses, big enough to host a state dinner; give viewers the low down on camping etiquette; and list the top camping spots for Kiwi summer holidays.

Viewers will also have a chance to win a package of camping and Kmart outdoor equipment worth more than $2,500, and a Supertramps trampoline.

Good Morning Producer Sally-Anne Kerr says “It will be an entertaining, fun-filled summer camping show like no other, with some terrific tips just in time for the holiday season”.

Friday’s final show for 2009 will also be jam-packed with exceptional entertainment and fun, she says. “We’ll celebrate the Christmas season and the end of another great year for Good Morning.”

Joining the Good Morning team on Friday for the Christmas special will be entertainers John Rowles, Brendan Horan, and Yulia, backed by Carl Doy and his band, who will perform before a LIVE studio audience.

Hosts Sarah Bradley, Brendon Pongia and Steve Gray will have their hands full when double act, Astar and The National Bank Country Calendar’s Frank Torley, perform a ballet routine like no other. The popular Male Panel will be seen as never before, and don’t miss it when Sarah Bradley and Matai Smith team up for a special duet.

Talented ‘Find a Star’ winner Anthony Utama, and finalists Renee Strawbridge and Rene Maurice, will return for an encore performance. Plus, from Tuesday 1 December, viewers will have the chance to choose a stocking from Good Morning’s Christmas tree and win a daily instant prize. One very lucky viewer will also win a Suzuki Alto worth $18,500.

So join Sarah Bradley, Brendon Pongia and Steve Gray for the final week of 2009 and help Good Morning go out with a bang.

Good Morning – weekdays at 9am on TV ONE.


Breakfast dominates: Sunrise down 25%

The latest news numbers show Sunrise lost a quarter of its audience in November while NZI Business and Breakfast continued to edge ahead.

AGB NMR data shows Sunrise had just under 30,000 viewers watching on average each morning in October compared to just over 22,000 viewers on average each morning in November – a drop of 25%.

Tonight and Nightline audiences have remained fairly static but Campbell Live’s audience has dropped again (by almost 20,000 from October) and was beaten on more than a third of the days in November by a late night news programme.

See November viewer numbers for all News and Current Affairs programmes on TV One and TV3 below.

(Source: AGB NMR (Measurement: All people 5 years and over – average daily audience nationwide)