BEN AND KATE
What happens when an exuberant dreamer who always says "yes" moves in with his overly responsible little sister to help raise her five-year-old daughter? BEN AND KATE, a new single-camera ensemble comedy, follows a pair of odd-couple siblings and their friends as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into real life.
BEN AND STEVE PRESENT
An adaptation of Ben Hurley and Steve Wrigley's 2012 Comedy Festival show, Ben and Steve Presents sees stand-up, special guest comedians and musicians, plus Ben and Steve's own brand of unscripted banter.
THE BLUE ROSE
From the creators of Outrageous Fortune, The Blue Rose centres around two fresh characters – Jane and Linda – leaders of the Society of the Blue Rose, a group of PA’s and computer nerds who swear to fight for justice and fairness, even if they sometimes have to break the law to do so.
From renowned, Emmy Award-winning executive producer Dick Wolf (Law & Order brand) comes the high-octane drama Chicago Fire, - an edge-of-your-seat view into the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America’s noblest professions. For the fire-fighters, rescue squad and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51, no occupation is more stressful or dangerous, yet so rewarding and exhilarating. These courageous men and women are among the elite who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way and whose actions make the difference between life and death.
Welcome to the real world of New Zealand policing. Incorporating never-before-seen footage of police intelligence gathering and analysis, forensics and crime-fighting, Crime Exposed is an observational documentary series that follows police into the very heart of crime and crime prevention.
Family Secret is a fresh approach to telling historical and cultural stories which mirror NZ's rich past from a strongly personal perspective. The series investigates 10 family mysteries to find the truth, taking family member on the journey of discovery. In doing so Family Secret explores the collective history that has shaped New Zealand's social evolution as a nation.
Misery loves company. Unless you're sportscaster Ryan King, who thinks misery should just be left alone. After taking some time off, Ryan - who recently lost his wife in a car accident - is now ready to get back to work, but his boss won't put him on the air until he seeks counselling. Ryan reluctantly joins a support group with one goal in mind: get in, get out and get back on the radio as quickly as possible. His total lack of interest in healing might be just what this group needs - and maybe, exactly what he needs to move on with his life.
Sam Neill joins Oscar Kightley in Harry, a drama set amongst the widespread users and dealers of ‘P’.
International leading man Sam Neill joins one of New Zealand’s best-loved performers, Oscar Kightley in Harry, a drama series set in Auckland.
Harry follows Detective Harry Anglesea (Kightley), a solo father struggling with his personal demons as he investigates a major murder case.Neill plays Detective Jim “Stocks” Stockton, Harry’s boss and mentor.The story is set amongst the widespread users and dealers of ‘P’; from the drug-crazed gunman who murders two innocent people at the start of the series, through to the criminal importers who supplied the ‘P” he was hooked on, all inspired directly from real events from New Zealand news reports over the last two years.
HOPE & WIRE
Hope and Wire is a new drama series based on inspirational true stories from Christchurch where lives were changed forever following the devastating earthquakes of February 2011. Gaylene Preston is the director behind this major series, supported by the NZ on Air Platinum Fund.
HOUSE OF LIES
Series about a big-moneymaking management consultant and his high-rolling, low-ethics team.
Charming, fast talking Marty Kaan and his crack team of management consultants know how to play the corporate game better than anyone, by using every dirty trick in the book to woo powerful CEOs and close huge deals.
In the board rooms, barrooms, and bedrooms of the power elite, corruption is business as usual and everyone's out for themselves first. Nothing is sacred in this scathing, irreverent satire of corporate America today.
Prison Families is a ground-breaking new series following 10 New Zealand families as they grapple with the challenges of living with a loved one behind bars. From suburban housewives to notorious families of crime, each episode documents one family’s unique story of law-breaking, justice, and redemption.
SAVING GEN Y
Saving Gen Y takes eight young New Zealanders with food addiction, and helps them to develop the emotional, physical and behavioural tools to create a better future. With goal setting, a change of environment and cognitive therapy they'll be given the opportunity to lose weight and achieve a dream.
Cheerful slacker Deano and uptight city guy Oscar discover they are brothers when they both inherit a classic kiwi camping ground from their estranged and recently deceased father. His dying wish is for these two to run the camping ground together, and if they don't - they lose it. It’s Dad’s way of bringing his family together, even if it’s just to watch them struggle.
From the makers of top-rating documentary series Kalgoorlie Cops, comes a new series set in Australia’s Northern Territory; over 1.3 million square kilometres of spectacular scenery, and home to some of the hardest working cops in Australia. Behind the picturesque scenery and tropical climate is the drama that comes with any capital city – and at the centre of all the action is the Darwin police force, the heart and soul of Territory Cops. The series focusses on a core team from Darwin’s police headquarters – the real people behind the uniforms, who put their lives on the line every day one of Australia’s largest region.
A period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban WashingtonDC shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. The arranged marriage of Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, who have two children who know nothing about their parents true identity, grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War and the intimate, dangerous and darkly funny relationships they must maintain with a network of spies and informants under their control. Complicating their relationship further is Phillip’s growing sense of affinity for America’s values and way of life. Tensions also heighten upon the arrival of a new neighbour, Stan, an FBI agent working in counter intelligence.
THE NEW NORMAL
These days, families come in all forms - single dads, double moms, sperm donors, egg donors, one-night-stand donors... It's 2012 and anything goes. Bryan and David are a Los Angeles couple, and they have it all. Well, almost. With successful careers and a committed, loving partnership, there is one thing that this couple is missing: a baby. And just when they think the stars will never align, enter Goldie. Desperate and broke - but also fertile - Goldie quickly becomes the guys' surrogate and quite possibly the girl of their dreams. Surrogate mother, surrogate family.
Part stand-up, part situation comedy, THE RADIO takes place during a fictional radio show, hosted by comedians Jeremy Corbett and Paul Ego. Inspired by Jeremy and Paul's actual experiences, the show gives the television audience a peek into what really goes on behind-the-scenes of breakfast radio. Urzila Carlson plays their unhelpful receptionist, and each episode features an in-studio interview with a ‘real’ guest.
THE X FACTOR NZ
The wait is over! The first local version of global television phenomenon The X Factor is coming to TV3 in 2013.
Launching in 2013, 3RD DEGREE is a new approach to current affairs from the award-winning team behind former TV3 show60 Minutes. The weekly one-hour programme will feature reports on the issues that matter to Kiwis, from some of New Zealand’s best journalists and producers, including Guyon Espiner, Paula Penfold, Sarah Hall and 2012 Journalist of the Year, Melanie Reid, as well as in-depth interviews with the people making the headlines.