HD Heads-Up: July 11

Michael McIntyre’s Big Show a no show … Barack Obama slow-jams with Jimmy Fallon … Mr Robot “hacked” … Beyond Borders beyond belief? …


TV3 is pre-empting Sunday’s 9.30 premiere of Michael McIntyre’s Big Show for the documentary special, Black Power: America’s Armed Resistance. According to the billing, “Filmmaker Dan Murdoch meets members of the Black Liberation Movement: to find out what black power means, what their motivations are and why their movement seems to be gaining traction.” The BBC publicity describes it as a flipside follow-up to KKK: The Fight For White Supremacy, which TV3 aired last month: “Murdoch quickly finds himself in the midst of an armed black militia, outraged at the treatment of black people at the hands of police, patrolling the streets of their communities and calling for change” …

Good news (kind of)? TV3 reports Story out-rated TV One’s Seven Sharp in the four core commercial demographics on Wednesday. It was the fifth time the show’s done this and the eighth time it’s trounced the competition in the 25-54 demo they both target – which, to this scribe at least, seems scarcely worth trumpeting when you consider how many times Story’s lost to SS

Season two of Mr Robot doesn’t stream on Lightbox until Thursday but today USA Network previewed the first hour of the two-hour season premiere online for a limited time. “USA embraced the ethos of the show about an anti-social computer hacker bent on battling evil in corporate America by ‘hacking’ a previously scheduled Facebook Live Q&A session with key cast members,” Variety reports. “The first hour of the two-part premiere began to stream a few minutes into the session” …

Starting tonight at 8.30 on TV One is the Criminal Minds spin-off, Beyond Borders. Unlike the first sister series, Suspect Behaviour, which lasted only one season, BB has been renewed for a second, despite largely dire reviews. It has one of the lowest aggregate ratings of any on Metacritic, where it averaged 28 out of 100 and was trashed by everyone except the Boston Herald, which damned it with faint praise: “CBS has wisely cast familiar faces in key roles, which gives the show a leg up given that the characters can barely pass for one-dimensional” …

Guesting this week on Prime’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon are: a slow-jamming Barack Obama and Madonna (10.30 tonight); Kristen Stewart, Chris Colfer and Shawn Mendes (10.45 Tuesday); Melissa McCarthy, Christian Slater and Penn & Teller (2pm Thursday); and Kristen Wiig, Rami Malek and Benjamin Clementine (10.30 Thursday). Friday’s guests are still to be confirmed and Wednesday night’s broadcast will be pre-empted by Holden State of Origin coverage …

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