HD Heads-Up: March 8-14
February 27, 2014 0 Comments
Here’s ripping good news ahead of Sherlock’s belated third-season premiere on Saturday: the BBC is reviving the axed Victorian crime drama Ripper Street.
Both series, coincidentally, will be released on Blu-ray over the next few weeks: Ripper Street on March 12 and Sherlock on March 26.
Ripper Street’s revival is a joint initiative between the BBC and Amazon, which has commissioned a third season to help launch its Amazon Prime Instant Video Service in the UK.
Netflix in the US did something similar when it resurrected Arrested Development seven years after its cancellation.
Meanwhile, if you haven’t already downloaded or streamed Sherlock’s third season, TV One will debut the first of three episodes in a new 8.30 Saturday slot.
Despite its UK acclaim and popularity, the stylish update of this Victorian whodunit has never been a crowdpleaser here.
TV One aired the first series on a Sunday night, relegated the second to a Friday and is consigning the third to the least-watched night of the week.
Attempts to build interest by repeating the first two series 9.30 Saturday failed on the back of the low-rating Doctor Blake Mysteries (which is having its run cut short by four episodes).
Said New York Magazine of Sherlock’s comeback (seemingly from the dead after the season two cliffhanger): “Sherlock (and Sherlock) is that good, we do forgive his callousness, and yeah, we’ll wait for two years for his return and never let our fervour flag.
“In exchange, when the miracle happens and he (and the show) come back, he’s as good or maybe better than ever.”
“Mostly, the show deserves to do well,” Variety said, “because it’s so bloody good — smart, whimsical and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny, finding fresh, distinctive avenues into this venerable character, even with multiple incarnations currently in circulation.”
The Los Angeles Times dubbed it “the series’ funniest, and goofiest, year yet” while The Telegraph said “the triumphant return of the most charismatic, most fun character on British television … wasn’t flawless but it was brilliant”.
The same week TV One quits another top crime drama, Southland, which ends its penultimate season on Tuesday, the same night Australia’s Deadliest slithers off.
TV3 introduces TV’s newest magician, Troy, 7.30 Wednesday (apparently he’s not the next Dynamo) while TV2 farewells The Bachelor Australia on Friday ahead of Girls star and creator Lena Dunham sharing the couch with Rev’s Olivia Colman and Luther’s Idris Elba on The Graham Norton Show.
Late-night newcomers include Sullivan & Son (TV2, 11.30 Wednesday), which The Hollywood Reporter reckons “smelled like Cheers from the get-go, sans many of the laughs”, and re-runs of season one of Revolution overnight Fridays on TV2.
Network movie premieres in HD are limited to Sucker Punch (TV2, 2.30am Sunday) and Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs Evil (TV2, 6.50 Sunday) alongside re-runs of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (TV2, 7.00 Saturday), The Hoax (TV2, 12.20am Sunday), Final Destination 3 (TV2, 10.30 Sunday), 12 Rounds (TV3, 8.30 Monday) and Batman Begins (TV2, 9.00 Friday).