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NewsNovember 28, 2014

The Week in News: Birthdays, Bloopers and Big Little Lies

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ah, to laugh on a birthday
ah, to laugh on a birthday

Happy 25th Birthday TV3
This week marks the 25th year of TV3, and much like an excited 25 year old having an entire birthday week – they are going on an absolute bender. Check out this celebration page for daily vids featuring bloopers, politics, and international correspondence from the last 25 years. For more from the TV3 vault including the first Outrageous Fortune episode, Pulp Comedy and the terrible sitcom Melody Rules, check out the treasure trove at NZ Onscreen. According to this David Farrier tweet, it appears TV3 gifted out weird dog collars to staff for some reason. Happy birthday to ya.

Casting is a Flat Circle
After endless rumours, speculations and parody pitches as to who would be in True Detective season two, this week it was confirmed that Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch are also on board. McAdams will be playing the joke-name-sounding minor character of Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County detective with “uncompromising ethics.” Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch will be playing (again, the joke-name-sounding) Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and California Highway Patrol officer hailing from a tough past. Not much else is known about the second season, aside from the logline, “three police officers and a career criminal must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.” No surprises there.

Exclusive to Lightbox in NZ
Exclusive to Lightbox in NZ

You Better Watch Better Call Saul
Yesterday Lightbox announced that the hotly anticipated TV series of 2015 Better Call Saul would be available exclusively on their service from February next year. The spinoff show is set in 2002 with Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as Saul Goodman, a small time lawyer living his life long before Breaking Bad. Little else is known at this stage, help yourself to the Lightbox BCS hub here.

The Reese and Nicole Show
Talking of crazy casting news, big wig Ally McBeal and The Practice producer David E. Kelley has now thrown his weight and his writing behind a new show called Big Little Lies. Sounds normal, but here’s the kicker – movie stars. Following the likes of True Detective in enlisting massively famous film actors, Big Little Lies will have a double bill for the ages: Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. According to The A.V. Club, the series “will feature the Oscar-winning actresses exploring the potentially murderous ways of parents of kindergartners at an exclusive kindergarten.” Reese and Nic hit the sandpit!

Lorde the Fallon Angel
Our national treasure appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night and was as affable as ever:

Winston Peters’ Daughter to Join Shortland Street
The headline pretty much says it all. Spy confirmed at the start of the week that Winnie’s mini would be joining the good people of Ferndale next month. Bree Peters will be playing the role of Pania Stevens, who might just have her heart set on a little known widower we like to call TK. More exciting, obviously, is her Dad coming to set one day hopefully. Could this be the Winston/Shortland Street crossover the nation has been waiting for? Possibly.


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