Miracle Workers
US TV

Review: Miracle Workers 1×1 (US: TBS)

In the US: Tuesdays, 22.30/21.30c, TBS
In the UK: Not yet acquired

Looking at modern politics – perhaps tinted by the prism of middle-age in my case – it’s hard not to conclude as previous generations did that the whole world is going to pot. We’re all doomed, the planet’s doomed. Doomed. To be fair, even kids think we’re doomed, so maybe it’s not just my age here.

To be even fairer, God seems to think the world’s going to pot, too, at least according to TBS’s new limited series Miracle Workers. God – here played by no less a man than Steve Buscemi – is a bit upset with how big his project has become since it was just a few thousand people in the stone age. To be honest, he’s having a bit of a slump. In fact, he’d much rather focus on his hobbies.

Meanwhile, minor angel Geraldine Viswanathan has been toiling away in Heaven’s ‘dirt’ department for millennia. She’s full of hope for the future and wants to work somewhere else, so is overjoyed when she’s transferred to the ‘unmet prayers’ department. There she finds God hasn’t increased the department’s resources since he started the project, meaning that Harry Potter (aka Daniel Radcliffe) is the only member of staff in the department – and he can fix maybe four prayers a day, tops, since he’s required to obey the laws of physics when doing so, just so no one can say for sure who saved their bacon.

But when Viswanathan points out all these problems to God and that the world needs fixing, He decides that maybe she has a point… and decides it’s time to bin the whole thing. Fortunately for us, she strikes a bet with God – if she can fix one impossible prayer within the next fortnight, Earth will be saved. What’s she got to do?

Make two humans fall in love.

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Weird City
Internet TV

Review: Weird City 1×1 (YouTube)

Available on YouTube

The Oscar-winning Jordan Peele seems to have ambitions to be the new Rod Serling. This might not be an obvious career choice for a long-time member of the cast of Mad TV, the co-star of Comedy Central’s eponymous Key & Peele and the co-creator of The Last OG, but the evidence is mounting up.

There was, of course, his directorial debut Get Out, which had a touch of the Ira Levins to it. Coming soon we have the most literal evidence – Peele is the creator and host of CBS All Access’ forthcoming The Twilight Zone reboot:

But first we have YouTube sci-fi anthology show Weird City. It’s set in the city of the near sci-fi future with a slightly odd set-up that it explains very early on:

Weird City

Sci-fi anthologies aren’t especially new, even on streaming services, where we have Netflix’s Black Mirror. Class divides aren’t that new in sci-fi either – it’s the entire foundation of the future society of The Time Machine, for example.

But Weird City is a little bit different from its predecessors in one main regard – it’s not dystopian. In fact, it’s actually quite nice and sunny.

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Osmosis
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Hanna, Good Omens and Osmosis

Every Friday, TMINE lets you know when the latest TV shows from around the world will air in the UK

Not a huge number of acquisitions of premiere dates this week, but we have a few, at least.

Acquisitions

  • Universal has acquired CityTV (Canada)’s The Murders, in which a rookie detective’s gun gets fatally mislaid. That doesn’t air in Canada until March 25, and will air in the UK “mid 2019”

Premiere dates

Hanna

Hanna (Amazon)
Premiere date: Friday, March 29

Slightly pointless remake of the movie of the same name about a teenage girl trained to kill by her dad and hunted by the authorities.

Episode reviews: 1

Osmosis

Osmosis (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, March 29

French Netflix original. The 8-episode series is set in Paris in the near-future where apps use your personal memory and all the data they’ve gathered over your lifetime to find your perfect match. But what happens if your memories – like all data – can be manipulated?

Paris, in the near future. Technology has conquered the last frontier: decoding true love. Digging deep into its user’s brain data, the new dating app “OSMOSIS” can find a perfect match with 100% accuracy, turning the concept of absolute soulmate into a reality. But is there a price to pay when letting an algorithm decide who you will love, forever and ever? When in exchange for this undying, ageless love, technology can access the innermost recesses of your mind — and the best kept secrets of your heart…

No trailer yet, I’m afraid.

Good Omens
David Tennant and Michael Sheen in BBC Two/Amazon’s Good Omens

Good Omens (Amazon/BBC Two)
Premiere date: Friday, May 31 (Amazon – will air on BBC Two afterwards)

Adaptation of the Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman book of the same name in which an angel (Michael Sheen) and a demon (David Tennant) team up to prevent the apocalypse.

Kim Bodnia and Jodie Comer in Killing Eve
News

Amazon’s 20 new and returning international shows; Viaplay’s Commando and Cryptid; a Holby City/Casualty crossover; + more

Every weekday, TMINE brings you the latest TV news from around the world

Internet TV

  • Amazon green lights/renews: 20 international series, including adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s The Power, María Dueñas’ La TemplanzaEl Cid, 80s Milan crime drama, adaptation of Annette Hess’ Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo (We Children of Bahnhof Zoo), Indian romantic comedy Bandish Bandits, and Himalayas crime thriller The Last Hour
  • Trailer for season 1 of Amazon’s Hanna

International TV

  • MGM developing: adaptation of Richard Dominguez’s El Gato Negro: Nocturnal Warrior

Scandinavian TV

UK TV

US TV

  • Teaser for season 2 of BBC America’s Killing Eve

US TV show casting

New US TV shows

New US TV shows casting

  • Liza Lapira joins ABC’s The Hypnotist’s Love Story
  • Kennedy McMann to star, Leah Lewis to co-star in The CW’s Nancy Drew pilot
  • Caitlin McGee to star in NBC’s Bluff City Law
  • Gabriel Bateman to star, Kyla-Drew Simmons to co-star in Syfy’s Cipher
  • Emily Alyn Lind, Jacob McCarthy, Cayden Boyd et al to star in Syfy’s (Future) Cult Classic
Time Traveling Bong
International TV

What have you been watching? Including Time Traveling Bong

It’s “What have you been watching?”, your chance to recommend to fellow TMINE readers anything you’ve been watching this week

The schedules are a shifting and new shows are arriving. Now, there’s not much on Mondays but lots on Wednesdays, meaning that for a second time, while I’ve watched Corporate, I’ve not had a chance to watch this week’s Magicians. Therefore, WHYBW might well be moving to Tuesday next week. Let’s see how it goes, though.

Close (2019)
Sophie Nélisse and Noomi Rapace in Close (2019)

This week’s reviews

I dedicated much of the weekend to watching this week’s Orange Wednesday movies Close (2019) and What We Do In The Shadows (2014), as well as the first five episodes of Das Boot.

Miracle Workers
Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi in TBS (US)’s Miracle Workers

New shows

Coming up in the next week, there’s a lot. YouTube launched Weird City last night, so I’ll be watching that, and TBS has also given us Miracle Workers, so I’ll be tuning in for that, too. However, there’s much more than that on the way, including some Australian programming, so expect quite a few reviews over the next week.

On top of that, Comedy Central (US)’s three-part mini-series Time Traveling Bong will be airing in the UK from Sunday, so I gave that a view. Well, some of it. I’ll take about that after the jump.

Mark Little in Cavendish
Mark Little in Cavendish

The regulars

Magnum P.I., DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and The Orville were all on a break last week, so after the jump, we’ll be talking about: Cavendish, Corporate, Counterpart, The Passage and Star Trek: Discovery, as well as the final three episodes of Das Boot. See you in a mo!

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