Christmas HD Line-up Ho-Hum Rather Than Ho-Ho-Ho
T’is not the season to be merry if you’re an HD buff.
All of the free-to-air networks are taking a Scrooge approach to Christmas week programming.
Otherwise, HD is largely limited to re-runs of movies like The Bucket List and The Family Stone on Christmas Eve, Die Hard on Christmas Day, Braveheart and Poseidon on Boxing Day, and Speed and Speed 2 on January 28 and 29.
There’s also TV2’s late-night Christmas Eve comedy special, A Feast of Funny, and TV3′s Christmas morning telemovie trilogy starring Peter Falk as an angel.
TV3 also is re-running Modern Family 7pm weeknights, TV One has a Christmas Day repeat of The Topp Twins and the APO, and TV2 is resurrecting season one of The Walking Dead as a curtain-raiser to season two’s premiere.
It will air 10.30pm Wednesdays, after two-hour instalments of the eight-part Falling Skies.
The Steven Spielberg production precedes TV3’s 2012 launch of another of the Hollywood titan’s TV series, Terra Nova.
All three have apocalypse or post-apocalypse themes but according to at least one analysis, are hampered by their family constructs: “Doomsday has been domesticated, to our loss.”
Nonetheless, despite such middling reviews, Falling Skies was US cable-TV’s highest-rating series launch in 2011 and as well as being renewed for 2012, sparked a graphic novel series.
Meanwhile, post-Christmas holiday HD viewing is looking equally grim, with the only HD premiere of note in the first week of January being TV3’s broadcast of Coraline on New Year’s Day.
The only other bright spot is the return of Justified — but not in HD: TV One will launch season two at 10.45pm on January 4, the same day it’s released on (hopefully region-free) Blu-ray in the US.