Guy Montgomery and Tim Lambourne to host new late night show on TVNZ U


TVNZ U is making the move in to late night live programming with the launch of U Late.

A spin off show from the successful “U Live” the show will run from 10.30pm until midnight and will be hosted by Guy Montgomery and Tim Lambourne.

Here’s what Tim Lambourne had to say about the new programme:

WE’VE BEEN GIVEN OUR OWN TV SHOW! Its called U late. We write U late in italics so it looks official, because we still can’t quite believe we’ve been given our own tele show. Anyway, we’re very excited about this. It happens live on weeknights from 10:30 to midnight and will feature special guests, live viewer chat and heaps of lols. We’ve got a whole lot of segments, interviews, programmes and general banter coming your way so stay tuned to find out how you can get involved.

Every Thursday night Tim and Guy will be joined by a different politician where they hope to get to know them as people not just politicians.

“In the first two weeks we have Nikki Kaye and Jacinda Ardern. We’ve got some pretty entertaining questions lined up for them” Tim Lamboure told Dan News.

PJ from ZM will also jump in on Thursday’s to talk about sex….it promises to be great tele.

U Late starts on April 1 on TVNZ U.

Jeremy Wells takes a look at the state of NZ cricket on 60 Minutes

In a 60 Minutes exclusive, Jeremy Wells investigates whether cricket in New Zealand is a game in crisis and talks to Brendon McCullum about the challenge of taking on the Black Caps captaincy.

60 Minutes producer Belinda Henley wanted an in-depth look at the controversial national team and had no doubt that Wells was the best reporter for the story. “I think he is one of the most creative and intelligent broadcasters in New Zealand. I wanted to do a story on the Black Caps and he was, in my mind, the only man for the job. ”

Wells considers himself to be a cricket fan, to say the least. “The reason I wanted to do the story on cricket was because I don’t know about anything else. I live, breathe and eat cricket.”

Monday’s story is Wells’ first as a reporter with PRIME’s 60 Minutes. “I’ve grown up with 60 Minutes and names like Dianne Sawyer, Dan Rather, Walter Cronkite. I am equally humbled and surprised.”

Henley affirms Wells’ new role. “I am thrilled to have Jeremy as part of the 60 Minutes team, reporting on the fallout of one of New Zealand sports biggest controversies. He is one of the most talented broadcasters out there. To me, that was an irresistible combination.”

60 Minutes, Monday 25th March at 9.35pm on PRIME

New SKY channel to offer classic programming


At SKY we love TV and we are excited to announce the launch of JONES!, a brand new channel offering an affectionate homage to television’s finest moments with an eclectic mix of programming favourites from a time where innocent first screen crushes were made and friendships lasted a lifetime.

JONES! will launch on Monday 13 May, 2013 at 13.00 (1.00pm) on SKY Channel 013 and will be available to all SKY’s domestic customers with the basic package at no extra charge.

“For many New Zealanders this will be like catching up with some old friends, with content we have all grown up with ranging from Bonanza and The Good Life to Porridge and Twin Peaks,” said SKY CEO John Fellet.

“We are continually looking to broaden the range of programming available to our basic tier subscribers and we know the inclusion of JONES! with its schedule of favourite British and American series will have a wide appeal across our audiences,” he said.

“It was a natural progression to add a channel like JONES! to our basic tier and make it available to all customers” added SKY Television’s Director of Entertainment Programming, Travis Dunbar.

“We definitely see the channel as an entertaining and compelling addition to our basic tier line up. I remember seeing Kojak when it was first screened in this country and for me and many others this type of classic content will bring back brilliant childhood memories,” he said.

The name is also a nod to 70’s slang for being extremely fond of something and was chosen to reflect the content.

“We wanted to avoid anything predictable in favour of an ‘everyman’ name that befits the effervescence and colour of this eclectic content. New Zealand’s own Brandspank have done a wonderful job of creating a fun, friendly and iconic identity for the channel,” said Mr Dunbar.

JONES! programming features British and American content that has stood the test of time including Cheers, Columbo, The Wonder Years, Dad’s Army, Thunderbirds, Mork & Mindy, Minder, the Star Trek franchises, Shogun, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, The Bionic Woman, Kojak, Happy Days, Charlie’s Angels, TJ Hooker and many more.

Relax and catch up with some old friends when JONES! launches, Monday 13 May, 2013 at 13.00 (1.00pm) on SKY Channel 013.

JONES! at a glance:

JONES! will launch on Monday 13 May at 13.00 (1.00pm)
JONES! will be available on SKY Channel 013
Free to all SKY domestic customers with the basic package from 13 May 2013
The content will be broadcast in SD


Staff Pic: Russell Howard’s Good News coming to NZ screens!

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COMEDY CENTRAL – Tuesdays from 12 March, 9.15pm

Russell Howard’s Good News is a topical, comedy entertainment show with a fast-paced combination of stand-up, studio banter, interviews and video clips.

Written and presented by multi-award-winning comic Russell Howard, this show presents his unique perspective on the big stories dominating the 24-hour rolling news networks, newspapers and internet, as well as picking up on those sometimes overlooked little news nuggets that make him smile.

I’d love to make a show like this.