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The Week in News: Vikings, Victories and Vast Viewerships

jono-ben-10JABAT Goes JABAST
Our favourite blazer-wearing larrikins are expanding their comedy empire even further. MediaWorks announced that Jono and Ben at Ten is now moving to the 7.30pm timeslot, and will be an hour long. The stripped-back title has become a simple Jono and Ben. ChicWith a brand new time, the team are hoping to expand their viewership to the young and the elderly, as Jono confirmed:moving our show to 7.30pm means my Nana who goes to bed at 7.50pm will be able to see 20 minutes of the show.”

The Paul Henry Show Starts a Group
In more exciting TV3 news, the Paul Henry Show enlisted the talents of Hilary Barry and Perlina Lau to join the daily multimedia breakfast show earlier this week. Hilz has been signed on as the news anchor, and Flat 3‘s Perlina Lau will be the programme’s social media presenter. The show will air from 6-9am, and will be broadcast on TV3, RadioLive and online. There’s still no set date for premiere, but it may well be May. Fingers crossed, I’m looking forward to Hilary schooling Paul at every opportunity.

Dallow? Is it Me You’re Looking For?
After a serious injury in her home, Susan Wood is taking some time off from TVNZ. Simon Dallow has been announced as her fill-in on Q&A, beginning on March 1. He will also be presenting Newstalk ZB and One News, but confirmed to Yahoo that he is returning a favour”there’s actually a degree of symmetry to this as Susan once filled in for me 10 years ago.” Good on ya Dallow.

the bachelorIs Art Green the Bachelor?
Rachel Glucina sort of leaked today that The Bachelor NZ is a lovely looking Paleo-loving man called Art Green. We still haven’t had this confirmed by the publicists, so we set about our own investigation, conduction wholly online. If you would like to see our exclusive findings, click here to get educated.

RIP Harris Wittels
Sad news came through Twitter this afternoon that comedian Harris Wittels has died of a potential drug overdose. He was an executive producer on Parks and Recreation and wrote for The Sarah Silverman Program and Eastbound and Down. 

Here Come the Vikings
Downtown Auckland city became overrun with bloodthirsty Vikings today, as promo for season three of Vikings being delivered express from the US to Lightbox tonight. If you are a Lightbox customer, click here to go straight to 793AD. Everyone else, start a free 30 day trial and get your fair share of blood, boats and battle.

Have a safe and happy weekend.