HD Heads-Up: August 24

Hawaii Five-O no longer on Death Row … The Night Of’s grand finale … Catch up with Catch Fire … Mayoral frontrunners on Back Benches


The good news for fans of Hawaii Five-O after years of it being in and out of primetime is it will stay in peak hour long enough to mark its 100th episode two weeks from tonight. Since TV3 resuscitated it for 9.30 Wednesday, the fifth season has rated competitively if not spectacularly. Last week’s episode averaged 3.2% of TV3’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds, ahead of Call the Midwife (2.5%) and within reach of The Mysteries of Laura (4.0%). And whereas its rivals lost viewers from their lead-ins, H5O maintained its viewership. It was a similar story in the 18-49 race and even in the 5+ stakes it ranks second, although the fortunes of Midwife and Laura are reversed …

Fans of Sky’s exceptional The Night Of (SoHo, 8.30 Wednesdays) can look forward to a super-sized season finale next week, when the climactic episode will run for 95 minutes …

Returning tonight as The Night Of’s 9.30 lead-out is Halt and Catch Fire. Even if you haven’t seen the first two seasons, the third’s as good as time as any time to catch up with this PC pioneers drama, say US critics.  The Hollywood Reporter reckons a “plot reboot” should welcome new viewers: “While my own instinct is always to tell people, ‘Watch the whole darned thing, because it’s a good show and you’ll get value out of seeing the full progression of the characters,’ I appreciate that Halt and Catch Fire has designed itself so that it can still gain viewers” …

Wellington’s mayoral candidates take centerstage on tonight’s Back Benches (Prime, 10.30), when Jo Coughlan, Andy Foster, Nick Leggett, Justin Lester, Helene Ritchie and Nicola Young front foot it in a panel debate …

Soon to end their runs are Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America (September 3), Lewis and In the Club (September 4), Shortland Street’s Winter Season (September 5), Call the Midwife (September 7) and Kirstie & Phil’s Love It Or List It (September 9) …

Guesting on Prime’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon this week are: Dolly Parton and Donald Glover (11.30 tonight), Aaron Paul, Tig Notaro and Florida Georgia Line (11.10 tomorrow), Barbra Streisand and Alec Baldwin (11.30 Friday), Jessica Alba and Jeff Foxworthy (10.30 Monday), and Kevin Bacon, Meghan Trainor and Meghan Trainor (10.45 Tuesday) …

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One Response to “HD Heads-Up: August 24”

  1. Whoop whoop! So glad to see that Five-0 news! ?

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