Hot Off the Press Release: Three Googles Gogglebox

A Kiwi version of British hit Gogglebox leads the TV highlights MediaWorks has just announced for the rest of the year, along with new drama The Rookie and more of Married at First Sight NZ.

Gogglebox has been a Channel 4 sensation since it launch four years ago and NZ joins Australia and Canada in mounting its own variation.

Here’s the full press release:


A stellar lineup is ahead for Three, with favourite local and international shows returning including the highly anticipated second season of Married At First Sight New Zealand, along with shiny new additions to the schedule – Gogglebox NZ and international premium crime drama The Rookie.

Gogglebox NZ is a fantastic new addition to the Three schedule. We’ve been working on producing a local version for quite some time now, so the realisation of that is exciting for all involved,” says MediaWorks Chief Content Officer Andrew Szusterman.

The Rookie was one of the stand-out pilots from the latest LA Screenings, so adding that to our slate of returning favourites completes an amazing lineup for the second half of 2018 on Three.”


The BAFTA award-winning international format Gogglebox is getting a local makeover, with Gogglebox NZ coming to Three later this year.

Ever wonder what other people are saying about your favourite show? Are they voicing exactly what you’ve been thinking, or does their view shed a refreshing new light on popular culture? Sit tight, because all of your questions will soon be answered.

Once a week, the spotlight will be on 10 ordinary Kiwi households, as cameras capture their reactions while they watch entertainment television from the previous week across different networks.

Laugh, cringe and cry with them, all while gaining a unique insight into other people’s viewing rituals. It’s not only a show about TV, but also a reflection on culture and living room life in New Zealand.

The series will be narrated by Sharyn Casey, host of The Edge’s drive show and Dancing With The Stars NZ.

“I am obsessed with watching TV, to the point that I plan my life around my viewing habits! Gogglebox is a ‘see it to believe it’ show and you’ll fast be addicted to this surprising international phenomenon. Strap yourself in for a roller coaster ride of emotions with our amazing families!” says Sharyn.

Gogglebox is based on an original format created by Studio Lambert – an all3media company.

Gogglebox NZ will be produced by Satellite Media and Motion Content Group for Three. 


A brand new premium drama coming to Three later this year, The Rookie is based on a gripping true story about a small-town American, John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being a police officer.

As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as no more than a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humour to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life.


It’s the show that New Zealand can’t get enough of! The second season of the ultimate social experiment Married At First Sight New Zealand isn’t far away.

Love them or loathe them, last year’s romantic hopefuls had the nation talking. From dinner party disasters, to ‘will they’ or ‘won’t they’ vow renewals, these Kiwi hopefuls put their hearts on the line and took New Zealand along for the ride.

This year, 12 new singles will walk down the aisle in the hopes of finding their soulmate. Don’t miss all the tears, tantrums and touching moments as they share their experience of getting married at first sight.



7 Days*: Host Jeremy Corbett and team leaders Paul Ego and Dai Henwood continue to cajole their ever-changing merry band of misfits each week into interpreting the week’s news and events in hilarious and often outrageous ways.

Grand Designs New Zealand*: Returning to Three later this year, take a tour of some of the most interesting and inspiring homes in New Zealand with host Chris Moller as he meets eight new homeowners as they attempt to build their dream house.

Jono & Ben*: Jono and Ben are joined with a wider cast of comedians this season, including Brynley Stent, Chris Parker, Kura Forrester, Ray O’Leary and Angella Dravid! Brighten your Thursday night with plenty of laughs.

Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards*: The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards are back for 2018, with all the glitz and the glam for the biggest night of the year (and some impressive performances of course)!


9-1-1: Back for a second season, this high energy drama is based on the real-life, high-pressure experiences of emergency response providers who are thrust into heart-stopping situations that are unpredictable, intense and uplifting.

All New Graham Norton: Fast-tracked from the UK, Graham Norton returns with a new season of the hottest talk show in the world, bringing you more hilarious and revealing interviews with the biggest and brightest stars in movies, music and comedy.

Australian Ninja Warrior: After a successful premiere season, a second season brings a fresh lot of hopeful ninjas pushing their strength and agility to the limit; swinging, jumping and climbing as far and fast as they can through a brand new course on Ninja Island.

Chicago Med: The third season of Dick Wolf’s newest addition to the Chicago franchise continues in an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital, and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together.

Hawaii Five-0: Now in its seventh season, this contemporary take on the classic series focuses on an elite task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the Hawaii’s sun-drenched beaches.

House Rules: A favourite from across the ditch, follow six duos who are crazy enough to hand over their houses to their competitors in the hopes that renovating their rivals’ homes can win them the big bucks!


Boys Weekend: Four international chefs get together in Australia for some weekend fun, adventure and plenty of food. Miguel Maestre of Spain, Manu Fiedel of France, Gary Mehigan of the UK and Adrian Richardson of Australia visit unique Australian destinations where they sample the local cuisine and create some of their own.

Celebrity House Hunting: Have a peek inside the lives of the rich and famous as they show off their current homes and tour amazing ones on the market.

Fifth Gear: Get up to speed on the hottest automotive information, with new car reviews, second-hand bargains and industry titbits.

Food Porn: Chef and restaurateur Michael Chernow investigates the phenomenon of ‘food porn’ to find the most buzzed-about eats in America and discovers why the meals are worthy of talking about online.

Luxury Escapes: Explore the world’s best holiday destinations with a rather large dash of luxury.

Married at First Sight USA: It’s the American version of the social experiment that has taken off around the world. Watch as experts match brave singles who will meet their future spouse for the first time on their wedding day.

Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch: Budding chef Matilda Ramsay, daughter of Gordon Ramsay, cooks her way through various American and British dishes whilst blogging and adding her own unique twists to the food.

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5 Responses to “Hot Off the Press Release: Three Googles Gogglebox”

  1. New season of 5th Gear 😀 Didn’t realise it was coming back but so excited to watch it again. Also looking forward to The Rookie, Nathan Fillion is one of my favourite actors.

  2. I’m a big Sharyn Casey fan. But I’m not convinced she’s the right voiceover for Gogglebox. The UK one was done by Caroline Aherne, who of course wrote and starred in The Royle Family, which was almost a sitcom forerunner to Gogglebox. Aherne had the ability to voice over Gogglebox in a wonderfully, almost naive manner. Perhaps Angela Dravid or similar might have been better?

  3. YAY, good to see Three will be screening The Rookie, it looks excellent going by what I have seen of it.

  4. Also can’t wait to see 5th Gear again as haven’t seen it in ages. Too early for a launch date I guess? If MediaWorks play their cards right they may well pick up some disgruntled Top Gear audience from low-def Prime to ThreeLife HD.

  5. I believe 5th Gear is being broadcast in the UK in September. So hopefully they’ll fast-track it unlike Prime who show Top Gear months after it’s aired in the UK.

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