HDTV Heads-Up: December 8-14

TV2 will air the season finale of Revolution two weeks after its US broadcast, on December 12.

Although the sci-fi adventure has regularly won its slot on NBC, the series was in ratings decline until it bounced back this week with its mid-season finale.

It doesn’t resume on US TV until March, which creator Eric Kripke says will give writers a chance to “really craft the second half of the season in a way it deserves”.

He told Entertainment Weekly: “That’s an unprecedented luxury for me, to actually take a minute in the middle of the season and re-access without always being rushed toward deadline …

“We think the second half of the season will be better than the first. Bigger, more dire, more emotional. It’s about launching this battle against Monroe in earnest and really questing to turn the power back on.

“It’s exciting for the writers to get past the smaller prologue of the story — which was to find Danny — and really moving to bigger, more exciting and more dangerous issues. We think the show is getting better and better.”

Revolution spearheads a slew of season finales for the week starting December 8.

Others include On the Grill on Saturday, Nurse Jackie on Monday, The Mentalist and Body of Proof on Tuesday, and Shortland Street on Friday.

Also of note in HD for that week:

❑ Weeknight re-runs of the Tim Allen comedy, Last Man Standing, from Monday (TV3, 5.30) in a bid to boost its viewership ahead of season two and after season one’s primetime season was crushed in the ratings by hour-long winter episodes of Shortland Street

❑ The return of Ice Road Truckers, with the premiere of season four on Saturday (TV3, 7.30)

❑ Another re-run of the festive perennial, Love, Actually, on Sunday (TV3, 8.30)

The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar guests on Thursday’s Rove LA (TV3, 9.30) and Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Jake Gyllenhaal and Joan Rivers on Friday’s Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.30).

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4 Responses to “HDTV Heads-Up: December 8-14”

  1. I would hardly call Revolution a sci-fi adventure. It’s more like a western. I stopped watching it about two weeks ago.

  2. Duly noted. I stopped watching it after the pilot.

  3. Told you guys it sucked. Why do the US networks break up shows into two half-seasons? To work around end of year holidays? Or give networks the chance to kill poor performers? LOL

  4. It’s becoming more of a trend for serialised network TV dramas. Few US series complete seasons without interspersing re-runs among first-run eps because invariably there aren’t enough eps in the can for uninterrupted runs of original eps. Doesn’t matter so much with self-contained, episodic dramas but kills the momentum of serialised dramas. A mid-season hiatus also is a chance to re-tool a show that’s viewed as having more potential and longevity than initial ratings suggest. But if it quacks like a duck …

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