Calum Henderson

Calum Henderson is a staff writer at The Spinoff and television columnist for NZ Herald. Email him on calum@thespinoff.co.nz

Television
Feb 17, 2018

An actor, a reality star, a politician: Predicting the rest of the 2018 Dancing With the Stars roster

David Seymour and Gilda Kirkpatrick are confirmed. Now the Spinoff’s Dancing With the Stars pundit attempts to predict the remainder of this year’s celebrity line-up.

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Music
Feb 16, 2018

Jordan Luck’s real estate video is proof we need a New Zealand version of Cribs

Throw the man a dolphin and buy his $1.9m Point Chevalier house.

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Television
Feb 15, 2018

Bring It Back: Heroes with Philip Alpers

Bringing back an awesome show from 20 or 30 years ago may seem like the answer to all our modern TV problems, but is it really? We begin by exploring the case for bringing back Heroes with Philip Alpers.

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Society
Feb 6, 2018

Ranking New Zealand’s greatest celebrity animals

With his death going viral, Nigel the Mana Island gannet joins a proud tradition of New Zealand celebrity animals. Calum Henderson pays tribute to the creatures we've loved and lost.

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Television
Feb 4, 2018

What can Jeremy Wells’ back catalogue tell us about the new Seven Sharp?

Calum Henderson looks back at the best of Jeremy Wells and makes some predictions for what he will bring to the Seven Sharp desk. 

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Television
Jan 27, 2018

Does Country Calendar have the best TV theme ever written?

Calum Henderson is on a valiant quest to find New Zealand's greatest TV theme, starting with Country Calendar.

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Television
Jan 21, 2018

What international reality franchises should NZ adopt next?

2018 is going to be a big year for our local reality franchises from Dancing With the Stars to Project Runway, but what's still missing? Calum Henderson fills in the gaps.

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Media
Jan 20, 2018

Ranking New Zealand’s top celebrity summer beards of 2017-18

To paraphrase early-2000s chart-toppers LFO: Summer beards come and summer beards go, some are worthwhile and some are so-so.

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Gaming
Jan 1, 2018

Summer reissue: My advice for Jacinda and Bill after playing politics simulator Democracy 3

Just how hard is it to win an election and successfully lead a government? Seems easy enough, but there’s only one way to find out for sure: simulate it in a computer game.

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Television
Dec 15, 2017

100 possible host combinations for Seven Sharp in 2018

Who’s going to replace Toni and Mike behind the Seven Sharp desk next year? Here are one hundred possible combinations.

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Gaming
Dec 4, 2017

The world needs more games like Flutter, the butterfly sanctuary in your pocket

Runaway’s Emma Johansson tells Calum Henderson about the many benefits of diversity in gaming, the secret to making chilled-out but highly addictive mobile games and why Animal Crossing rules.

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Television
Nov 28, 2017

My Kitchen Rules NZ: This is how it all ends, with Manu in a tux

Four courses and six very famous chefs stand between our amateur cooking heroes and a $100,000 cheque.

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Television
Nov 26, 2017

The My Kitchen Rules NZ finale will be a battle of good and evil

Calum Henderson makes some very well-informed predictions for the finale of My Kitchen Rules tomorrow.

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Television
Nov 20, 2017

My Kitchen Rules NZ: Pete and Manu finally reboot Wedding Crashers

In an unexpected twist, the penultimate episode of My Kitchen Rules NZ pays homage to a classic Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson comedy vehicle.

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Television
Nov 16, 2017

When New Zealand’s most irritating TV host met Britain’s most irritable TV chef

Chef Gordon Ramsay meets a 'Kiwi megacelebrity' in what deserves to be remembered as one of the all-time great Holmes interviews.

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Television
Nov 14, 2017

My Kitchen Rules NZ: Heather and Mitch can’t lose

Jaryd and Ben take on the notorious foodie friends in a grim battle for cooking show survival.

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Television
Nov 10, 2017

Rude? Friday nights on TVNZ2 will show you rude

Where Three have cornered the Friday night comedy lineup, Calum Henderson finds that TVNZ2 are running with a very different, stripped-back viewing experience.

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Music
Nov 9, 2017

The Dutch version of Top of the Pops was absolutely wild

A vast YouTube archive reveals the weird, wonderful and sometimes genius parallel universe of TopPop – the Netherlands' anything-goes answer to Top of the Pops.

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Television
Nov 8, 2017

Overachiever Jacinda Ardern becomes DNA Detective as well as prime minister

Before she became prime minister, Jacinda Ardern went on a valiant journey to trace her ancestry on TVNZ's DNA Detectives. 

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Television
Nov 7, 2017

My Kitchen Rules NZ: Lucy’s back from the dead to hit on Paleo Pete

It’s out of the instant restaurant frying pan and into the sudden death cook-off fire – and half the Shortland Street cast has come for tea.

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Gaming
Nov 1, 2017

Here’s a real-life Wall-E who has come to replace our pets

Calum Henderson reviews this year’s pretender to the Hatchimals throne, a cool-but-rude robot called Cozmo.

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Television
Oct 31, 2017

My Kitchen Rules NZ recap: Honey, I shrunk Heather and Mitch

The demon foodies of Christchurch get brought down to size by a French celebrity chef as My Kitchen Rules NZ prepares to enter the sudden-death cook-off round.

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Television
Oct 24, 2017

My Kitchen Rules NZ recap: Everybody hates Chris (and Bex)

This week on My Kitchen Rules NZ, Chris and Bex learn you can lead ten amateur foodies to Wanaka for tea, but you can’t make them like it.

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Television
Oct 18, 2017

We found the genius behind the 1 News Tonight weather music

Fascinated by the surprising and often inspired music curation on TVNZ 1’s evening news bulletin, Calum Henderson goes in search of the person responsible.

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Television
Oct 17, 2017

My Kitchen Rules NZ recap: The secret ingredient that rocked Manu’s world

The youngest contestants in My Kitchen Rules NZ history write the weirdest menu in My Kitchen Rules NZ history, and poor old Pete Evans has to read it out loud.

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