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New Xena-Land

Woman's Day
(New Zealand)

1 December 1997

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New Xena-Land

Inside 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.