HD Heads-Up: August 22

Fear the Walking Dead limps back on to SoHo tonight with the mid-season premiere of season two. The episode chronicles Nick Clark’s nightmare trip to Tijuana and excludes the rest of the cast, save for one character who briefly appears in flashbacks. “Expect this structure to continue as FTWD pushes through the second half of its second season,” The Hollywood Reporter says. “While not every episode will be entirely focused on one storyline, showrunner Dave Erickson confirms that the fractured storytelling structure will be a prominent part of the season” …

“If this episode is a blueprint for the second half of the season then the move to split everyone up was a great one,” was Variety’s verdict. “Rather than each character wrestling for screen time, the midseason premiere, called Grotesque, focuses on one group for its entirety. Nick is the first character we catch up with after the events at Abigail’s compound. A large part of this episode is dialogue free, and thanks to actor Frank Dillane, who plays Nick, it works well” …

Next month SoHo will mark this year’s Emmy Awards with a box set bonanza of complete seasons of nominees in outstanding drama, comedy and limited series categories: The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, The Americans (season four), Game of Thrones (S6), Silicon Valley (S3) and Fargo (S2). The awards ceremony will screen live on Vibe from 12pm on September 19 …

Back for new seasons next month on SoHo are Masters of Sex (8.30 Sundays from September 18) and American Horror Story (9.30 Tuesdays from September 20) while being wrapped up in a feature-length finale is Looking: The Movie (September 8). The theme of this season’s AHS remains unknown, with FX adding to the mystery by releasing six trailers, only one of which is an accurate depiction of what to expect  …

Returning to The Zone is From Dusk Till Dawn, season three of which will screen the same day as the US (9.30 Wednesdays from September 7). Also new will be the final season of Continuum (9.30 Tuesdays from September 20) and The Invisible Man (8.30 Fridays from September 16), a 2000 variation on the HG Wells classic about a thief who gets out of jail by taking part in a top-secret government experiment …

Said a DVD reviewer of this dated adaptation that ran for two seasons: “This series was great fun and better than any other incarnation of this theme. The humour was such a part of the series that it took it out of the usual pseudo serious tone of sci-fi” …

There’s a frenzy of franchises next month on Sky’s movie channels. The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the first three Jurassic Park instalments will screen on Greats as triple features while Action is recruiting the first three Rambo movies. There will also be Alfred Hitchcock and Adam Sandler seasons on Classics (Psycho, The Birds, Marnie, Frenzy) and Greats (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, Grown Ups) …

And resuming on The Zone from September 23 is Friday Nights Frights. The season opens with People Under the Stairs and continues with Candyman (September 30), the original Night of the Living Dead (October 7), Creature (October 14), Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight (October 21) and Drag Me to Hell (October 28) …

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3 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: August 22”

  1. Hey Phil. Do you have a date for Psycho? We’re watching Bates Motel season 1 at the moment and my other half is struggling with it as he’s never seen the original movie therefore doesn’t have reference points for the characters. I think once he sees the movie he’ll get it.

  2. Sure do — September 9 …

  3. Brilliant thanks!

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