TV series

'Friends' reunion special reportedly in the works for HBO Max

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer, along with the sitcom’s creators, David Crane and Marta Kauffman, are discussing a possible reunion project for HBO Max.

The “unscripted reunion special” is said to be a long way from being a done deal.

The report comes as the loved show continues to celebrate it's 25th anniversary and amid ongoing hopes from fans that the cast will one day reprise their iconic characters.

New TV show puts comic spin on South Auckland police stories

Written and directed by Damon Fepulea'i, Māngere Vice follows two detectives in their pursuit of a notorious South Auckland gang, Killer Whales.

The cast features a range of Pacific and Māori talent, including Kiwi actress Rachel House, who's starred in blockbuster films Moana and Taika Waititi's Thor:Ragnarok and Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

Pacific actors that feature in the film are Iaheto Ah Hi, Haanz Fa'avae-Jackson, Lauie Sila and Italia Hunt.

Down Syndrome Association upset by Shortland Street episode

In a recent episode, the baby's father Chris Warner suggested the mother abort the pregnancy after learning it might have Down syndrome.

That's angered the Down Syndrome Association who say they weren't consulted about the episode.

Down Syndrome Association spokesperson Kim Porthouse told Morning Report the storyline reflected outdated thinking and failed to represent an inclusive society.

NZ Pacific MP upset at airing of Jonah from Tonga

Minister for Pacific Peoples Alfred Ngaro has criticised the decision by the network to air the show, saying it perpetuated negative stereotypes of Pacific people.

Ms Sepuloni agreed, saying it reinforced crude stereotypes of the Tongan community.

She said the TV series was not something a Pacific family could sit down together and watch.

Māori TV to screen controversial series Jonah from Tonga

Air New Zealand pulled Jonah from Tonga from its inflight entertainment as a result of the criticism.

But Māori TV's Head of Content Mike Rehu says Māori TV was open-minded about showing the series.

He said consultations with Auckland's Tongan community showed generally positive feedback.

Mr Rehu said Tongans can see the show's sensitive but also realised it was satire.

Cast of Friends reunite for 2 hour special

It's hoped all six besties - Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross - will reunite for a tribute to legendary comedy director James Burrows, who also helmed series such as Taxi,The Bob Newhart Show and Cheers.

The special will focus on Burrows' career.