Hercules & Xena, Saturday, 6.30pm, TV3
Forget Jenny Shipley as prime minister. As far
as thousands of US viewers are concerned, Lucy Lawless is the
princess of a tiny principality in the South Pacific known as
New Xena-land. Her prince consort is a half-man/half-god named
Hercules. In this one-hour special, US host Todd Newton heads
down our way and appears on the set of two of the most popular
shows on American television.
In this rare chance for the average New Zealander to look behind
the scenes of the two shows, and Lucy reveal what it's like to
be modern-day legends in the realm of TV heroes. "Our only rule
is to make 'em laugh, make 'em cry, but just don't bore 'em,"
says Lucy. It's a golden rule, too, judging by all the copy-cat
shows starting to hit the airwaves in an attempt to cash in on
the phenomenal success of Hercules and Xena. Knocking these two
off the Mt Olympus of TV ratings will take a Herculean effort.