HD Heads-Up: February 2

Prime is digging deep into its video vault to “premiere” two shows that date to 2011: Suits and Elton John – BRITs Icon. The former, a slick law drama that’s into its sixth season on US TV and streams here on Lightbox, will open season one with a double episode and air 7.30 Wednesdays from February 15; Elton John – BRITs Icon (8.35 February 14) is a Prime Rocks special about the concert that was held when he received the first BRITs Icon award in 2013 …

The same week Prime will resurrect two whodunits on an 8.30 Sunday night double-bill: Death in Paradise and Elementary. Season six of the former will screen here only a month behind the UK, where The Telegraph described it as “upbeat whimsy” that offered something for everyone “other than for those looking to engage their brains” …

Season two of the Arctic western Fortitude premieres tonight on SoHo, picking up seven weeks on from those left standing at the end of season one. Digital Spy reckons it “trumps the gore and horror of its predecessor” while The Telegraph believes the “leaner Scandi drama could finally live up to promise … the second series is armed with a sharper blade“. Despite these plaudits, Fortitude returned to Sky Atlantic last week with less than half of the audience who tuned in for the series one debut …

From tomorrow, the DC Comics comedy Powerless will stream on TVNZ OnDemand. It stars Grease Live!’s Vanessa Hudgens as the head of a team of haphazard inventors who create products to keep ordinary civilians safe in a world full of superheroes. Reviews ranged from “funny idea that doesn’t quite attain the level of ‘funny show'” (Newsday) to “plotless, humourless, laughless and pointless” (San Francisco Chronicle) …

TV3 will screen two network movie premieres on the weekend of February 11-12: The Theory of Everything (8.55 Saturday) and Taken 3 (8.30 Sunday). Its other HD coming attractions for that week will include Paranorman (7.00 Saturday), Sanctum (10.40 Sunday) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (7.30 Friday) while TVNZ 1 will have 12 Years a Slave (10.35 Saturday) and Prime Gone (8.35 Monday) …

Exiting primetime in the week starting February 11 will be Silent Witness (Prime, 8.30 Saturday), Attenborough’s Zoo Quest in Colour (Prime, 7.30 Sunday), Sherlock (TVNZ 1, 8.30 Sunday) and Bodyshockers (TV3, 9.35 Wednesday) ….

The same week TVNZ 2 will premiere Dumb Builders Make You Laugh Out Loud (7.30 Wednesday) and the series, Car Crash Britain: Caught On Camera (9.10 Thursday), while TVNZ 1 will debut Nigel Latta’s bank-funded Mind Over Money (8.00 Monday), the latest in The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds frachise, Brothers and Sisters (8.30 Tuesday), and Are Health Tests a Really Good Idea? (9.30 Tuesday), …

Guesting this week on Prime’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon: Keanu Reeves, Judd Apatow and The Lumineers (11.30 Thursday); Kristen Stewart, Dan Rather and Big Sean (12.30am Saturday); Gordon Ramsay and Alessia Cara (11.35 Monday); and Tom Selleck, Joe Jonas and Kelsea Ballerini (10.55 Tuesday) …

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4 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: February 2”

  1. Yay, good to see TV3 screening an excellent movie, The Theory of Everything is wonderful and deserves HIGH ratings, also Suits is on Netflix, seems weird having it on Prime 🙂

  2. That’s right, Trevor, Netflix does have Suits, too, but it’s a season behind Lightbox, which streams weekly new S6 eps.

  3. Oh right. With TV3 screening the Taken movies do you think TV3 will screen the Taken TV series, Philip? It would be great to see TV3 screening new shows that aren’t reality TV related 🙂

  4. Afraid not, Trevor. TV3 has confirmed it’s not picking up the series, which isn’t surprising given its aggressive reality TV strategy and how it’s struggled with action shows, like American Odyssey, in the past. So it could wind up on Prime (which has been taking NBC Uni fare), go straight to The Box if it turns out to be B-grade dross or maybe screen on a streaming service in this market.

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