HD Heads-Up: September 22

Nearly live from the BBC … New Humans due? … TV3 lifts lid on Boxtrolls …


TV3 will screen The Graham Norton Show within a week of the BBC when the chat show host returns for his 20th series on October 7. It will open with guests Daniel Radcliffe, Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick and Robbie Williams. A year ago Norton was musing over retiring before he fizzled out and was reduced to interviewing the cast of The Only Way Is Essex. “You want to get out when people are still watching your show. You don’t want it to be when people say: ‘That is still on, that is still a thing?'” Even in re-runs TGNS has been winning its slot on TV3 against the likes of first-run broadcasts of MasterChef Australia and The Voice Australia in the 18-49 and 25-54 demographics ….

TV3 hopes to strengthen its formidable Friday line-up further with the late-night addition of Live From The BBC. It will air 11.35 Fridays from October 7 and showcase some of the best new talent on the stand-up circuit in the UK, starting with Nish Kumar and Mae Martin. The show will cap an unprecedented light-ent block, from Jono and Ben and TGNS to 7 Days and Funny Girls (which returns for a second season next week) and, as of next week, Bob’s Burgers …

The Independent thought Live From the BBC’s Martin and Kumar were “worth watching, and the format was simple and pure” but observed it was “spectacularly misnomered” given it first went out online on BBC3. “So, then, diverse, innovative, funny – but recorded in a theatre as a TV show and viewed on the web, and, in due course, ‘repeated’, if that’s the right expression, on a conventional digital TV channel, which is also available via satellite and catch-up on the BBC iPlayer. But who cares about all that? It works” …

While TV3 doesn’t want for light-ent and reality shows, it’s short on drama outside of franchise procedurals. However, it’s soon to premiere an Aussie series with a Kiwi link and hopefully will resurrect Humans before year’s end. Series two of the sci-fi drama begins next month on Channel 4 and may screen here soon after given TV3 will repeat series one post-Newshub Late on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from October 4. It would conclude in time for the eight new episodes to complete their run before Christmas — unless TV3 opts to hold it back for its new season in February (which will be closer to when AMC screens Humans in the US) …

Series two of Humans will pick up “a few months” after the first, with the robotic Synths having “gone a bit deeper” into our culture, Digital Spy reports. “In short: they’re no longer a novelty.” Says head writer Sam Vincent: “Things are developing fast, as technology does in all areas. There’s lots of new, society-wide effects which we’re going to tell stories in.” New to the cast will be Carrie-Anne Moss (Jessica Jones) and Marshall Allman (Prison Break), whose characters “form part of what is a huge story”…

TV3 will screen the network movie premiere of The Boxtrolls on October 1 at 7.00. Other HD coming attractions that week include: Flushed Away (TV2, 5.25 Saturday), The Bridge to Terabithia (TV2, 7.00 Saturday), Troy (TV2, 8.55 Saturday), Along Came A Spider (TV3, 9.00 Saturday), Fright Night (TV2, 11.55 Saturday), The American (TV3, 10.35 Sunday), Meeting Evil (TV2, 11.25 Sunday) and Hancock (TV3, 8.35 Monday) …

Guesting on Prime’s The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon are: Kelly Ripa, Priyanka Chopra and Band of Horses (10.30 tonight); Hugh Jackman, Ken Jeong and Shawn Mendes (11.30 tomorrow); and Will Forte, Haley Bannett and Grave Vanderwaal (10.30 Monday) …

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5 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: September 22”

  1. Dont forget that the original Humans series, Real Humans, will premiere on The Zone (assumably in HD) on Oct 19.

  2. I notice on Netflix they have got Designated Survivor on weekly YIPPEE 🙂

  3. Thanks, Trevor. That’s great news! Amazingly, Netflix hasn’t yet issued a press release about this, despite only yesterday distributing a media update about what’s new on the service in October! Overnight Deadline Hollywood ran this scoop backgrounding the deal.

  4. Yes,it’s great to see Netflix having brand new shows on, hopefully they will have more like the new Twin Peaks or Timeless 🙂

  5. I loved the first episode of Designated Survivor, it definitely has a 24 vibe and not just because of Kiefer Sutherland, I bet it was an inside job 🙂

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