Yes, there are commercial breaks in each hour-long episode.
So how long does the slot go for then, or is the episode 42 minutes and ads?
On average, each episode is approximately one hour in length with commercial breaks added in, i.e. a commercial television programme in an hour-long format (44 mins approx = 5 parts + 4 commercial breaks; 16 min total break time).
Ok, so the episodes would be 42 x 42 minute episodes.
That’s right. Coastlands would go to air each week in primetime (7.30pm) for 42 weeks of the year, but stronger online presence through its digital and podcast content would be utilised.
Savae KJ Apa: From Ferndale to Riverdale
New Zealand actor KJ Apa has recently been bestowed with the Samoan chiefly title “Savae” at a ceremony near the capital Apia. At 25, the actor delivered his testimony in Samoan and vowed to serve his family, community, and his village Moata’a. His father is a local chief.
In the hour-long documentary Savae KJ Apa: From Ferndale to Riverdale, the actor talks about his career and his life.
Duration: 44 minutes (approx)
SunPix (the makers of Tagata Pasifika) would produce the documentary.
What do you think of the documentary idea?
I have some ideas for three new programmes in the fields of comedy and kids TV:
The Centre of Attention
A sitcom about four misfits and their amorous landlady who live in a rather undesirable Bed & Breakfast establishment.
Sitcom (multi-camera, filmed in front of a live studio audience), 13 x 22 mins (including 2 x commercial breaks = 30 mins)
Designs on You
A romantic sitcom about a graphic designer who falls in love with his female boss. The path of true love never runs smooth…
Sitcom (single-camera), 13 x 22 mins (including 2 x commercial breaks = 30 mins)
A weekday series for preschool children (0-5 year olds), loosely based on the beloved British series Rainbow. Live-action, animation, puppetry and music are brought together to form a powerful mix of education and fun.
Preschool show, 150 x 24 mins (non commercial)
In the past I created and developed a few ideas for the following dramas for television:
- The Cheese: A drama series set in Auckland about a unit of frontline police officers.
- Coastlands: A drama serial following the trials and tribulations of eight teenagers who live in a fictional seaside town.
- Deadline: A drama series set in the frantic world of print journalism and based around a national newspaper and its staff.
- Flower Street: A drama serial which follows the residents of a fictional South Auckland street in their everyday lives.
- Law & Order NZ: A New Zealand adaptation of the US Law & Order franchise, set in Wellington and revolving around the people who work in two separate yet equally groups - the police who investigate crime and the prosecutors who prosecute the offenders.
What do you think of the ideas I made so far?
Great work as always @Paddy!
Thanks, @greenpea. By the way, I created another sitcom idea:
A 10-part sitcom about four young adults who work in a high-street computer shop. They talk about their lives, have chats, do little work and sneer at any customers who are unfortunate enough to reveal they are not geeks.
Sitcom (multi-camera, filmed in front of a live studio audience), 10 x 22 mins (including 2 x commercial breaks = 30 mins)
Law&Order NZ would be great!
The Car Show
A weekly magazine show devoted to cars, giving audiences an in-depth view into the recent developments from the motoring world while also conducting various tests to deduce the capabilities of the vehicles. Each half hour episode is loosely based on the British series Fifth Gear, rather than the BBC’s award-winning Top Gear, and includes a mix of the latest motoring news, expert opinions and practical and reliable advices in a magazine-style format.
Veteran broadcaster Stephen McIvor and New Zealand motorsport great and four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Greg Murphy (from Sky Speed and SENZ’s Race Control, in real life) would host the new show and they would be joined by former Silver Fern Storm Purvis as an additional co-host.
A weekly, 15-minute programme of media commentary and analysis - similar in format to TVNZ’s Fourth Estate (1981-88) and the ABC’s Media Watch. Hosted by Nathan Rarere (from RNZ’s First Up), Media Bites takes a critical look at the New Zealand media - television, radio, newspapers and magazines as well as the ‘new’ electronic media.
Love this @Paddy. a Media7/Media Watch type program would certainly be an interesting concept for New Zealand but I’m not sure if it would suit TVNZ or TV3 unless either opted to restart or launch a rolling news service in some form.
Lowdown on League
A dedicated rugby league show, loosely based on 100% Footy from Australia’s Nine Network with minor differences. It’s described as a magazine-style talk show, ‘talking all things NRL, with some extra special attention on the mighty Vodafone Warriors’. Throughout the NRL season the hosts would ‘review every game, take a look at what’s coming up this weekend, and bring you the latest club news from the Warriors, and right around the NRL’ in a half hour, weekly format.
@greenpea What do you reckon about “Lowdown on League” and its format?
Nice work @Paddy. If this was an actual program would it be a Sky Sport/Prime co-production or on a non-rights holder like TVNZ Duke or TV3?
Good question, @greenpea. “Lowdown on League” would be co-production between Sky and Warner Bros. Discovery, and broadcast on Sky Sport, Prime and Three respectively.
Someone who I would love to host a TV show (probably a game show) is Paul Ego as he is my favorite nz comedian. What show do you think would be good for him? I thought he would be quite good at something like blankety blank
@Cja_Stuff Thanks for your feedback. Paul Ego would host an all new version of Blankety Blank (which aired on TVNZ during the early 1980s with the late David Halls, of Hudson & Halls fame, as host). Other Kiwi comedians include Ben Hurley and Rhys Mathewson, who would host New Zealand’s own Play Your Cards Right (which aired on TVNZ during the early 1980s with Kenny Cantor as host) and Whose Line Is It Anyway? (replacing Patrick Gower).
Sorry, Paddy, only just seen this. Yes, that is a great idea.