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NewsJanuary 23, 2015

The Week in TV News: Roasts, Hosts and Rebooting Ghosts

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Summing up the past week in television news for you, because we care. //

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 12.49.39 pmWoohoo for Puru?
On Monday it was announced that our stalwart The Edge radio host and Shopping Channel presenter Mike Puru would be the host of The Bachelor NZ for 2015. It was a safe choice and a smart choice, but what if they had chosen someone a little weirder? No doubt he will do a solid job, “after 20 years on The Edge, I’ve seen a lot of weddings and I know how intense the search for love can be.” Here’s hoping this search for love isn’t quite as controversial as The Edge’s last marriage endeavour.

Let There Be Lightbox
This week, the powers that be at Spark announced that they would gift 12 months of free Lightbox to their broadband customers. If you are a part of the Spark family and want to know the hottest shows to start with, why not check out our breakdown of the top January additions. It’s a TV jungle out there.

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 12.51.16 pmI Want to Believe…Again
It’s happening, it’s all really happening. Vanity Fair confirmed this week that The X Files is getting a reboot. And guess who’s back? The OG Mulder and Scully. Gillian Anderson, after a tremendous performance in small town crime-thriller The Fall, stated that she would be “overjoyed” to get back with all the ghosts and aliens. The only puzzle piece missing is writer Chris Carter, who is yet to officially sign on. Is it a good idea? Or does it give you more chills than the theme song?

RIP Deirdre
A sad loss for Coronation Street this week, with the passing of Anne Kirkbride at the age of 60. Playing the bespectacled Deidre for a whopping 42 years on the show, her death has shocked fans worldwide. Deirdre and Ken Barlow were often referred to as “the heart of the show,” a part of people’s daily lives for several decades. Watch the cast pay tribute to their colleague, remembering the joys of both Deirdre and Anne here One News.

Just-In Time For a Roast
If there is one great thing about Justin Bieber – it’s that he lends himself very well to parody. There are countless times he has been ripped to shreds by the likes of Saturday Night Live – most recently in their fake Calvin Klein ad. Historically, Jimmy Fallon is also known for delivering an eerily accurate impression on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon most nights:

With all that comedy fodder flying around, it only makes sense that the next logical step is to give the guy a good roasting. Comedy Central confirmed this week that they will be doing a Justin Bieber roast special, after his many years of pleading to be made fun of. For a guy who is known for peeing in a mop bucket and abandoning a monkey in Germany, it’s sure to be a roast for the ages. The last Comedy Central Roast was of James Franco in 2013.


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