TV2 to "kind of" fast-track The Walking Dead

TWDS3_Gallery_Yard_Rick_5327.101920When you think fast-tracking, do you think that means “faster than the usual 6 months” or do you think within hours of its US broadcast?  Fast tracking these days tends to mean that if a show airs in the US at 8ET (12PM here) then seeing it screen here at 8:30pm (Eight and a half hours later) isn’t unthinkable and certainly not impossible.

32 Hours later, while much faster than what is typically the case, is still far too slow for those hard core fans who I can only assume this fast-tracking is supposed to be for.  I am convinced that those fans will still be downloading and watching at least 24 hours before TV2 screens it.

5/10 for effort but I don’t think it’s far enough.

Zombie fans rejoice! TVNZ is thrilled to announce season four of The Walking Dead will launch October 15 on TV2 – just 32 hours after its highly anticipated US premiere.

TV2 Programmer, John Kelly, says: “Given the overwhelming popularity of the show and its hit status, we’re delighted to be fast-tracking this season of The Walking Dead so closely behind the US.”

The Walking Dead receives an exceptional level of talkability worldwide and it will be exciting to see Kiwis included in that conversation.”

The Walking Dead is the number one show in America with record-breaking ratings in season three in key demographics adults 18-49 and adults 25-54*.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead follows Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors as they navigate an uncertain post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies. Season three saw the introduction of the town of Woodbury and its malevolent governor (David Morrissey).

Anticipation for season four is at fever-pitch with executive producer David Alpert eluding that the promise of civilisation will play a large part in the new season. But, with evolved ‘walkers’ as well as living enemies to contend with, a search for humanity will not be without obstacles.

The critically acclaimed series has garnered two Emmy awards as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, with further accolades expected to come award season next year.

TVNZ also offers viewers flexibility, with episodes available on TVNZ Ondemand so fans can get their zombie-fix at any time.

*Source: AMC

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Regan is one of the co-founders of Throng Media.
If they're on, I'm usually watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The X Factor, Survivor, House of Cards, Mad Men and the NRL.
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  • Citizen Cane

    32 hours gives them enough time to fix glitches that can happen and to check the quality of the programme.

    • Regan Cunliffe

      Are you suggesting that TVNZ are a sub-standard broadcaster then when there are plenty of other networks who can get content to air much quicker than that…

      • Citizen Cane

        Regan I work with FTP’d programmes all the time. errors can occur and I’d feel much better with a safety window then delivering substandard product to a viewer. As you are obviously aware Sky’s BOX channel used to fast track WWE’s main show RAW to screen 8 hours after broadcast in the states. Until a frozen frame in one episode (probably caused in file transfer) caused half an hour of promos to be used to fill the end of the show.

        At no time did I refer to TVNZ as sub standard. The problem can occur at the other end (Yes American broadcasters can make errors)

        • Regan Cunliffe

          I understand that there can be errors but what you’re suggesting isn’t a good enough excuse. When a punter at home can download their own HD 5.1 copy within hours of it airing, how is it that an organisation with the budget and resources that it has can’t do the same?

          I also understand that some US distributors are paranoid about releasing content prior to US broadcast but again, these are pretty pathetic excuses and if the multimillion dollar contracts that are in place don’t protect their interests and concerns then I don’t know what will.

          • Citizen Cane

            Well then we’ll just agree to disagree then. I’m not privy to the inner workings of TVNZ but I’ve had programmes sent here six hours from broadcast and there’s been errors in the file and we’ve had to replace them.

          • Chris Philpott

            I think what Regan is getting at – and I completely agree with him – is this: technical problems aren’t a good enough excuse when you consider that other channels are getting shows to air much faster; for example, SoHo airs Breaking Bad and Dexter some 6.5 hours after AMC in the US, Four is currently airing Futurama around 7 hours behind. The real reason TV2 are waiting 32 hours? Monday nights are all taken care of (Greys, Private Practice, Monday Mornings, OITNB), while Tuesdays are more flexible.

          • Jeseta


          • Citizen Cane

            I just offered up a hypothetical. I don’t work for TVNZ so I’m not sure what their situation is. As I said we’ve had trouble with rushed programmes before and there was also the Box incident I mentioned . But it could very well be just a scheduling decision.

  • Vegeta

    yet tv2 will put it on at 10:30

    • Drew Horan

      I thought they were relaunching it in the 9.30 Tuesday slot next month!