On a Monday? Who’s premier’s a premium huge budget TV show on Monday. HBO, that’s who. HBO clearly wants to be sure His Dark Materials has no other TV show competition as most flagship premium shows come on, on Sunday night. I’m curious as why HBO isn’t concerned about losing viewers to Monday night Football though. Could be because they know viewers are no longer chained to their TVs. We’re watching most things at all random times, so it really doesn’t matter as much when you air a show anymore. I’m a bit different though. I prefer to see shows I like as soon as they air, to avoid spoilers so I’m currently watching this at 9 PM on the dot and I still want to know HBO…. Why Monday?
So here I am, on a Monday watching His Dark Materials on a Monday instead of Bears vs Vikings because HBO doesn’t care about my Fantasy league. (I’m watching football on my tablet simultaneously. shhh) I chose His Dark Materials for the big screen in the Living room because I really liked the first season. I didn’t read the book but was hooked by the cast. It’s starting Dafne Keen from Logan who had one of the best child performances I’ve ever seen in a movie. Also, this TV show has Ruth Wilson who I fell in love with in the TV show The Affair, as did everyone on that show actually. Sorry, that’s a story for another post. They’ve also landed James McAvoy who seems to be one of the busiest actors in Hollywood right now. There’s also several other great stars on the show that helped lure me into the first season.
I can’t help but feel like HBO is trying to make lightning strike twice and spending huge amounts of money to try and duplicate the Game of Thrones success. These fantasy books are very different stories but the casting and directing have striking similarities. I was far more invested in GOT by the end of season 1 than I am with His Dark Materials but Season 2 was my least favorite in Game of Thrones so His Dark Materials can make up some ground right now with this new season. Hope you’re watching as well. Happy Viewings.