Opinion

  • The evolution of 'Seven Sharp'

    Melenie Parkes

    The announcement this week that Jesse Mulligan is leaving 'Seven Sharp' comes as no surprise, with the lone surviving member of the original team slowly fading from view since the show returned for 2014. We take a look back at the trials and tribula...

    April 15, 2:01 pm

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  • Best Bits: Take two

    Melenie Parkes

    We take a look at 'Best Bits', the revamped TV clip compilation show that debuted last year. Has the concept improved under a new host with a new panel? Or is there still some work to do for ‘Best Bits’ to live up to its name? ‘Best Bits’, now there...

    April 15, 11:32 am

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  • Short Poppies: We can be heroes

    Melenie Parkes

    We take a look at new series 'Short Poppies' in which comedian Rhys Darby stars as seven different uniquely Kiwi characters.Who’d be a New Zealand celebrity eh? Everyone loves you, then everyone hates you, then everyone waits to see what the rest of...

    April 14, 12:51 pm

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  • The Following: Is it past its use by date?

    Melenie Parkes

    In its second season, TV drama ‘The Following’ is hitting new peaks of ridiculousness with each episode. Have you given up on ‘The Following’ yet?5 Things You Need to Know About ‘The Following’1. It is very popular! It has just been renewed for a t...

    April 11, 7:31 pm

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  • David Bowie’s Golden Years

    Melenie Parkes

    This week, Prime Rocks returns with a new documentary covering five seminal years in the life and work of David Bowie and later in the week, actor and professional dwarf James Nesbitt explores his adopted homeland of two years, New Zealand.Music doc...

    April 9, 2:28 pm

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  • TV Snacks: Tidbits From the World Of Telly

    Melenie Parkes

    In this edition of TV gossip, Chelsea Handler plots to consciously uncouple from her partner of 8 years, reality TV runs amok, Prince Harry’s evil twin seduces the ladies and a Prince of a different kind makes reveals his secret to a brunch of life-...

    April 8, 3:47 pm

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  • A Nice Cup of Tea and an IED

    Melenie Parkes

    A new sitcom from the writers of ‘Miranda’ debuts this week and comedian Victoria Wood takes us on a journey through one of the world’s most enduring and storied beverages.“Too soon?” is something you’ll hear the cast of ‘Bluestone 42’ often ask as ...

    April 4, 6:13 pm

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  • DOs and DON'Ts of being an MTV VJ

    Melenie Parkes

    MTV NZ is on the look out for a new VJ, and it could be you! Just follow our handy guide to the dos and don’ts of how to be an MTV VJ. Could you be Kate Peck’s new pumpkin-headed co-host?If you’ve ever dreamed of rubbing shoulders with rock stars a...

    April 1, 12:18 pm

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  • The Blacklist Factlist

    Melenie Parkes

    Five fast facts about global hit ‘The Blacklist.’ James Spader stars as Red Reddington, a fugitive who offers the FBI exclusive access to his ‘blacklist’ of the world’s most heinous criminals, but only if he can work with rookie profiler, Agent Eliz...

    March 28, 4:52 pm

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  • Bring Back Nick: Shortland Street Resurrections

    Melenie Parkes

    Karl ‘Nick Harrison’ Burnett wants to go home to Shortland Street, and there’s a legion of fans who want him back too. Who else would you like to see back on New Zealand’s longest running soap?For 13 years Karl Burnett played gormless teen Nick Harr...

    March 28, 4:19 pm

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  • The Real World Ex-Plosion: Meet the cast

    Melenie Parkes

    It’s been 22 years since seven strangers were first picked to live in a house and find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. ‘The Real World’ returns for its 29th season, but there’s a nasty surprise in store for the...

    March 26, 8:56 am

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  • Six ways to improve MasterChef New Zealand

    Melenie Parkes

    MasterChef New Zealand returned this year for a fifth season with a mini makeover. Stretched out over two nights and with duos competing, is MasterChef New Zealand’s cosmetic tweaks enough of a rejuvenation for the franchise?After last year’s fourth...

    March 24, 9:04 am

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  • Malin Akerman talks 'Trophy Wife'

    Melenie Parkes

    She’s sung with Tom Cruise in ‘Rock Of Ages’, suffered through sunburn with Ben Stiller in ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ and squeezed into latex as Silk Spectre II in ‘Watchmen’. Now actress Malin Akerman is starring as a ‘Trophy Wife’, but not the kind you’...

    March 21, 5:11 pm

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  • The Media Magnates and the Magic Man

    Melenie Parkes

    Media moguls and a mind-bending magician debut this week on TV.Rupert Murdoch is of course best known as the real-life doppelganger of Mr. Burns from ‘The Simpsons’ (ok, maybe that is the second thing he's best known for) but before he became a yell...

    March 20, 9:18 am

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  • Best Dramas On TV

    Melenie Parkes

    We’re spoilt for choice with dramas on TV at the moment. How do you choose what to watch? We take a look at five of the most absorbing series’ on the box.There is such a glut of quality telly at the moment that it makes getting out and enjoying th...

    March 14, 11:38 am

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  • Chloe Bennet – Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D

    Melenie Parkes

    Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D’s Chloe Bennet loves her job as a crime-fighting defender of the universe. We spoke to the actress about how working on the hit series is a dream come true.Chloe Bennet is so enthusiastic about life and her onscreen job as an ...

    March 13, 12:46 pm

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  • Game of Thrones Returns: 7 Shocking Scenes

    Melenie Parkes

    To celebrate the return of the cult fantasy series and Sky TV’s Game Of Thrones pop-up channel repeating all three seasons, we take a look back at the most memorable moments of the addictively gory series.Autumn has arrived in New Zealand, but more ...

    March 6, 4:08 pm

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  • Academy Awards Memorable Moments

    Melenie Parkes

    The 86th Academy Awards were a meme-tastic success this year. The speeches were good, the winners deserving, emotions ran high, snacks were dispensed and there were enough flubs and blubbery moments to create a slew of viral content. Looking like a...

    March 4, 1:11 pm

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  • Best On The Box Awards: Our picks

    Melenie Parkes

    It’s that time of the year when we elect the nation's sexiest humans, beloved actors, respected presenters and favourite TV shows. Who gets your vote?Sexiest WomanHayley Holt - The Crowd Goes Wild, PrimeRachel Hunter - New Zealand’s Got Talent, TV O...

    February 28, 11:45 am

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  • Andy Samberg’s Double Bill: Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Cuckoo

    Melenie Parkes

    Comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni Andy Samberg has gone from zero television presence on New Zealand TV to starring roles in two new series airing simultaneously, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Cuckoo. We check them both out.Luminous-toothed comedian...

    February 27, 7:20 pm

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