HD Heads-Up: September 16

Dead drama walking? … Westworld goes west … Breakers back on Sky …


Fear the Walking Dead will end its second season with a double-episode on October 3 (SoHo, 9.30). The spin-off zombie saga was meant to conclude the following week. This week it was reported the show has suffered a ratings slump that it can’t seem to recover from. “Just 6.67 million viewers tuned in to watch the debut of its second season in April, and its most recent episode, the 11th, had just 3.4 million. By comparison, viewers for its parent show The Walking Dead averaged 13.15m across its sixth season.” But according to Forbes, “The numbers are certainly still good enough for AMC to justify its existence.” TWD, meanwhile, resumes on TV2 on October 24 …

Sky Movies Classics will screen Westworld for the last time on October 14. The final screening will come 11 days after the HBO series inspired by the 1973 movie premieres on SoHo …

Sky’s Classics channel has a season of Woody Allen movies in October that includes Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters, Annie Hall, A Midsummer’s Night Sex Comedy and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* But Didn’t Know Who to Ask. It’s fantastic to see programming of this calibre but subscribers deserve better than to have Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, which was made in 1991, masquerading as a classic horror …

Amazon has released the first trailer for Woody Allen’s Crisis in Six Scenes, two weeks before the series is released on the streaming service (September 30). No word on if or where it will screen/stream here …

And Star Trek: Discovery’s launch has been delayed from January to May to help the producers “achieve a vision we can all be proud of”. It will stream here on Netflix. Meanwhile, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It is being adapted as a ten-episode series for Netflix that the filmmaker will direct … …

The New Zealand Breakers and the National Basketball League will return next month to Sky Sport, which will screen every game over the 2016/17 season “and beyond”. Sky Sport and NBL have formed a three-year partnership for the rights but the agreement will be reviewed at the conclusion of each season. The Breakers’ first game is against Melbourne United on October 7 …

Don’t miss Jimmy Fallon messing up Donald Trump’s hair on The Tonight Show (Prime, 11.30 tonight). “The structure shook, but did not topple, mostly falling back into place,” Deadline Hollywood reports …

This weekend TV2 and TV3 will screen Sunday night movies for the last time until Christmas. Movies are still an important tool for the networks but the 8.30-ish Sunday broadcasts haven’t rated well of late. Last week Pacific Rim averaged only 2.6% of TV2’s 18-49 viewership and TV3’s The World’s End 3.2%. TV3 fared better with Transformers: Dark of the Moon at 7.00 the previous week (5.0%) but TV2’s We’re The Millers averaged only 3.1%. And TV2’s network movie premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy three weeks ago averaged only 3.9% …

Both channels are going out strong Sunday with the network movie premieres of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (TV2) and Gone Girl (TV3). Expect them to use the blockbusters to promote their spring season newcomers, including Sunday night successors Lethal Weapon and The Exorcist (TV2), and Grand Designs NZ and Michael McIntyre’s Big Show (TV3) …

Oscar-winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) is making a drama series with Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films and The Americans writer-producer Stephen Schiff. According to the blurb, Stuxnet concerns “what happens when a self-replicating computer virus developed by the West to disable and destroy nuclear facilities in the Middle East starts to spread beyond its intended targets, threatening the very security of those it was intended to protect” …

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2 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: September 16”

  1. Pity that Sky has the NBL basketball tied up for years to come. How are us plebs without Sky going to watch it? Prime doesn’t show it. In Australia you can stream it, watch it FTA or on Foxtel. Sky to NZ viewers: “Take a hike.”

  2. I would have thought that is business, Paul W. It’s too niche to justify a Prime replay. Sky did point out in their media release for the deal you can access it on FanPass.

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