I mustn’t have been reading The Gluc and The Bridge closely enough, because I didn’t even know that Emily Robins, who played Claire on Shortland Street, was leaving. Consequently, her death on Monday night was a bit of a shocker. There she was, lying in a skip all blue and strangled like it was CSI: Ferndale. It’s certainly giving the Street a pep up, after a bit of dreary run. I really wish Mark and Maia would at least have a pash. She can put it down to “hormones”.
• A Shadow of Doubt (Maori) is about the use of 1080.
• Charlize won an Oscar for Monster (TV1); Salma Hayek did not win an Oscar for Frida (TV1).
• Die Hard with a Vengeance (TV3) is tired.
• How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It) (Documentary) looks baadasssss.
• It’s the last of Gilmore Girls (TV2) (sob); read Ken Tucker in EW after watching, also Karen Valby shed a few tears and Alexis Bledel reflects on the ending. This 2005 piece about having a fantasy motherhood from Salon is safe to read now.
• The lovely Barbara Dreaver, TV1’s Pacific correspondent, has a two-part report on South Auckland gangs, starting during tonight’s 6 o’clock news.
• Marcus Lush does Antarctica in new series Ice (TV1).
• Sunday (TV1) has reports on how dishonest we’re becoming; a BBC report on Cherie Blair; and a report on Trade Me.
• Great reviews for Recovery (TV1) which stars the lovely David Tennant.
• Salon’s Heather Havrilesky loves 30 Rock (TV3) and I believe her.
• The fabulous Weeds returns on Prime.
• Secrets of Egypt’s Lost Queen is the Discovery documentary about Queen Hatshepsut that made headlines not long ago.
• Tonight’s episode of Extras (Prime) proves that Ronnie Corbett is quite a funny guy. The HBO website has a few, ah, extras. There’s a couple of videos on Ricky Gervais’s website that will tickle your fancy.
• Vanessa Rare will discuss her short film Pikowae as part of Maori Television’s short film season.
• Season three of Rescue Me starts on TV1, although Tommy is such an ass that it can get tedious.
• Season six of Scrubs starts (TV2). Here’s a Donald Faison Q&A about the upcoming season.
• Do we care that Cold Case (TV1) is finishing? Next week: The Closer.
• Serial Killers repeats on TV1 laaate at night. Here’s Diana Wichtel’s review from 2004.
• The Door in the Floor is on Rialto.
• Tonight’s episode of The Sopranos (TV1) was the first one to screen in the US after the long break. Read the HBO ep recap after watching.
• Lauren Graham and Sting are guest stars on Studio 60 (TV2).
• Hustle & Flow (Sky Movies 1) features a brilliant performance from Terence Howard.
• The OC (TV2) has so jumped the shark.
• Joan Collins is on Footballers’ Wives (TV1), here’s an interview from last year just after she’d played the part and before her one-woman tour. Remember this: she is 72.
• Waking Life (TV3) gets a nine from Philip in the Listener.