HD Heads-Up: February 5

Don’t have a cow but … MediaWorks has rejigged Four’s schedule to screen repeats of The Simpsons’ 26th season opposite TV2’s launch of season 27. The latter premieres February 14 at 7.00, which is when Four will repeat episode seven of s26. The last-minute change pushes The Big Adventure to 7.30 and sees Community dropped from it 8.00 slot. The spoiler strategy seems daft given it’s scarcely a tough choice for Simpsons fans: a new ep in HD versus a repeat in SD. Remember, it was Bart himself who wrote on the blackboard in the first-ever HD ep of The Simpsons: “HDTV is worth every cent” …

MediaWorks’ tactic looks as desperate and mean-spirited as The Simpsons’ success on TV2 seems assured. Sure, the series has long lost its lustre but TV2’s trailer for the new season makes the show seem wittier and sharper than it’s been in years. Such a shrewd and entertaining promotion should ensure a big turnout for Homer’s return — although the competition will be formidable: Sunday on TV One and House Rules ruling on TV3 …

Stuff reports a search engine has been created that matches any Simpsons quote to its screenshot. “Frinkiac, named for the show’s Professor Frink, contains almost three million screenshots, pulling images from every episode in the first 15 seasons,” the article says. Not surprisingly, the inspiration sprang from the creators “quoting The Simpsons at each other all day long” …

The Hollywood Reporter says while it’s unclear how many of the original cast of The Zone’s Wayward Pines will return for its second season, Jason Patrick (Rush, Narc) has been signed as Matt Dillon’s successor. He will play a new resident of the town who awakens from suspended animation in the middle of the rebellion that ended season one on a cliffhanger. “The series is currently casting the series regular roles of Theo’s wife, an underground rebel and a teenager who is part of the town’s new brain trust, as well as three other recurring parts,” THR reports …

Monk’s Tony Shalhoub will return to primetime drama in BrainDead, a comic thriller from the creators of The Good Wife that will air next year on Prime. About what happens when Capitol Hill is invaded by aliens, it stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Returned) and may wind up on The Zone first (as happened with Zoo, another CBS Studios production) …

Also no doubt destined for The Zone will be the latest Syfy commission, Incorporated, a futuristic thriller about corporations with unlimited power that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are producing …

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7 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: February 5”

  1. I realise they are in competition with each other, but this may be Mediaworks’ stupidest move yet. A better move would be to play a Simpsons episode at 7:30pm to catch people flicking around after the TV2 new episode ends. I’m not sure what Four hopes to achieve with this, because it surely won’t cannibalise viewers to the extent they want and if they hope to confuse viewers they should probably realise most are smarter than they seem to want to give credit for.

  2. I wonder if there are any plans to turn Four into HD? Also looking forward to seeing The Night Manager on TV3, looks amazing 🙂

  3. FOUR is dead!

  4. Yeah, Trevor, I think the conversation around FOUR will be less “can we switch it to HD” and more “can we keep it alive”. It’s probably time to wind it up. It seemed as though when it launched, MediaWorks was going to treat it with a bit of respect by moving over The Simpsons etc but now it is a dumping ground for repeats and old movies.

  5. Well, let’s hope we get Rush Hour and The Catch to do the same with plenty new coming soon sitcoms and what about new entaining game shows?

  6. FOUR needs investment. They’ve ended up repeating the SAME mistakes they made with TV4 nearly 15 years ago. If anyone from MediaWorks visits … please get some new programming!

  7. Not only is Four dead but 3 has a foot in the grave, too! They are just treading water until the big switch off.

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