Filthy Rich cast announced

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Miriama Smith will lead an incredible cast in TV2’s fierce new multi-night drama, Filthy Rich, which began filming this week.

Created by top award-winning Kiwi writers, Rachel Lang and Gavin Strawhan (Outrageous Fortune, Go Girls, Nothing Trivial), Filthy Rich is a sexy drama series centred on three illegitimate children who discover they each have a claim to the fortune of one of New Zealand’s wealthiest men – John Truebridge.

When he dies, these unwanted, unexpected heirs stand to share in his legacy – but not if his legitimate family has anything to do with it!

Miriama Smith (Siege, Legend of the Seeker) plays Brady, the ambitious, younger second wife of John Snr who thought she’d inherit it all – or at least share in the spoils of a legacy with her step-son, John Jnr – played by Josh McKenzie (Shortland Street, Power Rangers).

But secrets are revealed, alliances forged and suddenly there are three cuckoos in the nest – with no intention of leaving soon.

Alex Tarrant (When We Go To War) plays athletic Joe, who is shocked to find he’s from somewhere else entirely and his whole life has been a lie.

Newcomers Taylor Hall and Emma Fenton play easy-going but secretive Vader and wily, beautiful Savannah respectively.

Also joining the cast are Elizabeth Hawthorne (Outrageous Fortune) as John Snr’s eccentric sister Nancy, Jodie Rimmer (In My Father’s Den) as Lorna, Mike Edward (Spartacus) as Fisher, and Erroll Shand (Underbelly) as Karl.

Filthy Rich is from Filthy Productions, and is produced by Steven Zanoski (Shortland Street).

“I’m delighted with this incredible cast and crew, who joined us a lot earlier than most productions to collaborate on a unique look and feel for the show. It’s been a dynamic process, now paying off as we film our first episodes,” says Zanoski.

TVNZ’s Head of Content, Jeff Latch adds, “Filthy Productions and everyone involved have done a fantastic job in making Filthy Rich an addictive, top quality, bold new series. We cannot wait to bring this show to TV2 viewers.”

Filthy Rich will air at a date to be set.

Photo: John Jnr (Josh McKenzie), Savannah (Emma Fenton), Brady (Miriama Smith), Vader (Taylor Hall) and Joe (Alex Tarrant).

New series looks at the ‘undateable’

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The Undateables

THURSDAY 28TH MAY, 8.30PM

Looking for love can be tricky, but some find it harder than others.

The Undateables is an uplifting new series that follows several extraordinary singletons as they enter the dating world in pursuit of love.

From a stand-up comedian with Tourettes and a trapeze artist with brittle bones; to a media student with Down Syndrome; an amateur poet with a learning disability; and a skateboarder with a facial disfigurement, their quest to find love and companionship is full of highs and lows, but they’re open to finding “The One.”

With the help of one of the UK’s leading personal introductions agencies and a specialist dating agency for people with learning difficulties, this touching series explores the realities of looking for love in a world where people make snap judgements or assumptions based on first impressions – and even consider some people to be ‘undateable’.

TVNZ’s massive spring line-up – fresh from the US

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TVNZ is about to fast-track 16 blockbuster international shows across TVNZ platforms.

Starting this month, exciting new releases and returning favourites will hit TVNZ screens faster than ever before – in some cases within hours of going to air in the US.

The most anticipated series of the year, Gotham, will debut on TV2 within days of its Stateside launch this month. This Batman prequel follows the epic story behind some of DC Comics’ most famous villains and vigilantes, and has garnered massive global hype.

Also fast-tracked for TV2 will be a new season of hit series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in September; and season three of fan favourite Arrow, teamed with its new spin-off series, The Flash, in October.

October will also see critically acclaimed series, The Walking Dead return, within hours of its American screening.

TVNZ’s Head of Content, Jeff Latch says, “Kiwis have a huge appetite for international content, and these blockbuster shows have an unprecedented level of talkability. With our fast-tracked content, Kiwis will be a part of this global conversation.”

Viewers will be spoilt for choice with TVNZ Ondemand set to premiere a raft of exclusive content first and fast. Hot teen drama, Red Band Society will kick this off, available exclusively from this coming Wednesday (September 17).

TVNZ Ondemand will also premiere chilling new drama, Constantine, and hilarious new comedy, Manhattan Love Story this spring. A number of returning favourites will also be available straight after the US, including The 100, Revenge, Two And A Half Men, Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy (season 11 will be available Ondemand immediately after the season 10 finale on TV2).

TVNZ’s Head of Digital Media, Thor Bayer says, “New Zealand has seen a surge in online viewing, with an 80 per cent growth in TVNZ Ondemand over the past year. Kiwis are increasingly viewing shows on multiple screens and we’re committed to ensuring they have the very best content as quickly as possible. It’s all about first run premium content, delivered fast, and free to view.”

TVNZ FAST- TRACKED PREMIERES:

Gotham – September – TV2

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – September – TV2

The Flash – October – TV2

Arrow – October – TV2

The Walking Dead – October – TV2

Red Band Society – September – TVNZ Ondemand

The 100 – September – TVNZ Ondemand

Scandal – September – TVNZ Ondemand

Constantine – October – TVNZ Ondemand

Manhattan Love Story – October – TVNZ Ondemand

Revenge – October – TVNZ Ondemand

Grey’s Anatomy – October – TVNZ Ondemand

The Vampire Diaries – October – TVNZ Ondemand

The Originals – October – TVNZ Ondemand

Supernatural – October – TVNZ Ondemand

Two And A Half Men – November – TVNZ Ondemand

New host of Police Ten 7 announced

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One of New Zealand’s top rating shows has a new host. After an in-depth search, Detective Sergeant Rob Lemoto has been named Police Ten 7’s new front man.

Rob has spent nearly 20 years in the police, the majority of which has been dealing with serious crime. Joining the Ten 7 team brings Rob full circle as he first appeared on the show in 2004 as he investigated an aggravated robbery at a McDonalds in his hometown.

Rob said of the opportunity to host the iconic show, “I really respect everything Ten 7 has achieved and can’t wait to be part of a team that makes those responsible for crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities accountable for their actions.”

Rob grew up in Manurewa, South Auckland where there was a gang element in his neighbourhood. It was seeing the police hold gangs to account that inspired Rob to join the police at age 21. After graduating, Rob spent the first part of his career working in General Duties dealing with the very gangs that he watched being arrested by police as a kid. Rob then joined the CIB where he trained to become a Detective investigating serious violence, sex offences, robberies, drugs, organised crime, and homicides.

Now based in the Bay of Plenty, Rob’s career has seen him occupy a variety of roles within the police, from Iwi Liaison and Community Constable in Te Puke, to member of the Armed Offenders Squad, and even a secondment to Bougainville, Papua New Guinea for seven months as part of the NZ Police Mentoring Programme.

TVNZ Factual Entertainment Commissioner Kathryn Graham said of the appointment: “We’re so excited to have Rob on board. Rob is an extremely talented officer, and his insights will no doubt strike a chord with Ten 7 audiences.”

Rob’s first episode will be broadcast on TV2, Thursday 18th September at 7.30pm.

Police Ten 7 is a Screentime production. Currently in its 21st season, Police Ten 7 has been broadcast on TV2 for the past 13 years. The show has achieved an average audience of 518,600 people per episode in 2014 (AP 5+).

New airline series for TV2

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Brand new series Airline USA: On The Fly follows the extraordinary stories of the staff and passengers at Southwest Airlines in America.

Long hours and high pressure situations mean that the Southwest Airlines staff always need to be on the ball.

In the premiere episode, Supervisor Steve Ramirez must handle an out of control drunken passenger – at 7am in the morning. In Chicago, stormy weather causes massive delays and stormy passengers push staff to their limits.

To add insult to injury, Supervisor Val Brown has the difficult task of informing a customer that he’s too big for one seat and will need to buy two plane tickets.

TV2: Airline USA: On The Fly: Thursday 21st November, 8pm