Step Dave Steps Up

Shooting starts next month of a new HD comedy/drama that TV2 will screen next year on Tuesday nights.

Step Dave is the latest South Pacific Pictures commission for the channel that needs a Go Girls successor after the fifth season of that series tumbled in the ratings this year.

The 13-hour comedy/drama from Go Girls scribe Kate McDermott follows a 24-year-old Kiwi slacker whose life is turned upside down when he meets the woman of his dreams – only she’s 15 years his senior with three kids and some serious baggage in tow.

Another Go Girls vet, Jono Kenyon, plays Dave opposite Sia Trokenheim (Siones II, This Is Not My Life) as Cara.

TV2 programmer John Kelly says Step Dave will be an integral part of TV2’s new season programming.

Step Dave will play in a primetime slot on Tuesdays next year.

“Its winning formula of relatable characters, hilarious moments and strong storylines contribute to it being one of the key pillars of TV2’s 2014 season.”

NZ On Air has invested $6,672,500 in the series and also is backing a second season of TV One’s Agent Anna with nearly $2.5 million.

The Robyn Malcolm hit about a real estate agent was the highest-rating NZ On Air-funded comedy programme for the 2012/2013 financial year and will be back for a longer, 10-week run.

Watch also for the six-part When We Go to War ($5.9 million), a World War I miniseries from Nothing Trivial’s Rachel Lang and Gavin Strawhan, and new vehicles for Nigel Latta and the team behind First Crossings.

Latta will demystify science in the eight-part Nigel Latta Blows Stuff Up ($722,930) and Intrepid New Zealand is an eight-week armchair adventure series ($1.1 million).

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3 Responses to “Step Dave Steps Up”

  1. Why isn’t this “entertainment” stuff being paid for by the networks rather than the taxpayer?

  2. ‘cos NZ On Air is being run by idiots and TV management is so poor they need govt subsidies like farmers did 40 years ago.

  3. Agree with both comments, the commercial television sector can’t even fund heavily commercial shows such as The X Factor and NZ’s Got Talent without NZ on Air funding while public broadcasting suffers and for that matter is non-existent after the death of TVNZ 7. Why should the networks be able to profit from these subsidised shows, shouldn’t there be an obligation to at least pay half of the NZ on Air money back if the show earns enough through advertising? I understand drama is expensive and needs an investment from NZ on Air but not the at the expense of public broadcasting.

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