HD Heads-Up: October 20

Humans joins Blacklist … Rocky reviews … New night shift for Nurse Jackie


TV3 will screen season two of Humans the same week as the UK. It will premiere on October 31 at 8.35, on a double-bill with season four of The Blacklist. The TV3 broadcast will will air within 24 hours of Channel 4’s, where the sci-fi series resumes on October 30. Humans was Channel 4’s biggest drama hit in 20 years when its first series aired, so big things are already expected from the upcoming episodes,” reports Digital Spy. Joining the cast this season are Carrie-Anne Moss (Jessica Jones), Marshall Allman (Prison Break) and Sam Palladio (Nashville) …

Channel 4’s marketing of Humans’ resurrection was praised for pushing audiences towards “a product recall website for Persona, personasynthetics.com/productrecall, where the fun really begins … It could be argued that going to such depths is a little indulgent for a second series – after all, fans of the show know the premise now, and it will just be confusing for those who didn’t see the first series,” Creative Review said. “But actually, it’s left me excited to tune in again, and due to the brilliantly pitched blurred lines between fiction and reality in the campaign, it’s a perfect reminder of how chilling the premise of the show is” …

Entertainment Weekly says The Blacklist’s premiere “picks up right where season 3 left off, and I have to admit that by the end of the hour, the plot hadn’t advanced much past that kicking-off point … Indeed, season 4’s premiere prioritises establishing the emotional stakes over building action or revealing any huge plot points.” After three episodes, Pop Matters reckons James Spader’s performance and the alternative music soundtrack keep the show watchable. “Unfortunately, when Red becomes as dull as the rest of the characters, the series will become unwatchable, no matter how good the music” …

It’s hard to see The Blacklist finishing anywhere but a distant third behind TVNZ 2’s The Walking Dead and TVNZ 1’s Lucifer in the ratings but kudos to TV3 for programming a decent two-hour drama block on one of the biggest nights of the week. TV3’s biggest nights ratings-wise, however, continue to be Fridays and Sundays. Grand Designs NZ won its 8.30 Sunday slot in the 25-54 demographic, as did lead-in House Rules and lead-out The Best of Graham Nortonwhile TV3’s Friday night trio of Norton, 7 Days and Funny Girls swept the 25-54, 18-49 and 18-39 demos …

By the way, appearing on November 4’s Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.30) will be Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Bryan Cranston and LeAnn Rimes …

TV3 will resume two HD dramas the same week as Humans, both hospital series. Marking a return to the network after previously airing in SD on Four will be the final season of Nurse Jackie (11.30 Saturdays from October 30). And The Night Shift will screen post-Newshub Late Tuesdays from November 1. The first season aired 8.30 Sundays but, with Chicago Med now a Wednesday staple for the network, the second season has been consigned to the late shift …

The Hollywood Reporter suggests viewers not follow the subtitled advice in TV3’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again (8.35 Monday). “Not airing live and never intended to air live, Let’s Do the Time Warp Again suffers from suffocating staging and an utter lack of reflection on the source material — but also from the source material itself, as what little energy it possesses is gone by a second half that turns into a real slog” …

Variety agreed — “It’s not freaky, or scary, or erotic, or even particularly weird. It’s just a kind of boring musical with a particularly nonsensical plot” — but the San Francisco Chronicle thought it “campy, fun and filled with archaic pop culture references” …

TV3 will start airing HD episodes of Wipeout when season two premieres 4.25pm on November 2 …

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2 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: October 20”

  1. Nice to see Humans coming back and hope that The Blacklist doesn’t get dumped again due to 3rd place after 2 weeks …

  2. The latest Blacklist isn’t very good, the series ran out of puff last season, and probably will get bumped.

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