Every Friday, TMINE lets you know the latest announcements about when new imported TV shows will finally be arriving on UK screens – assuming anyone’s bought anything, of course
A little bit earlier expected, I know, but hey – it’s nearly September and there have been a few announcements, so I figured easing back into the swing of things with a round-up of all of August’s acquisitions and premiere dates might be a good idea.
First off, in acquisitions:
- The Good Doctor (US: ABC; UK: Sky Living)
Freddie Highmore is an autistic savant surgeon. Hasn’t aired in the US yet
- Reformation (Germany: ZDF; UK: BBC Four)
Martin Luther biopic. Hasn’t aired in Germany yet!
- Snowfall (US: FX; UK: BBC Two)
Cocaine drama set in 80s LA. I watched the first few episodes but it wasn’t that great.
Episode reviews: 1, 2, 3
- The Valley (Germany: TNT Serie; UK: Shudder)
A young man who has lost his memory wakes up near the corpse of a young woman hanging in the harvested grapes.
- Ronny Chieng: International Student (Australia: ABC; UK: BBC Three)
Ostensibly Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng in a semi-autobiographical comedy about life at an Australian University – but basically Oz’s answer to Spaced. I ended up recommending it
Episode reviews: 1-2, 3, 4, 5, 6
But we also have some premiere dates.
Star (US: Fox; UK: 5Star)
From the creators of Empire, Star follows three talented singers – running from their pasts and desperate for a new start – with ambitions of stardom, as they navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success. But reality soon dawns on the girls’ fantasies, and they start to learn that ambition often comes at a cost.
Premiere date: Thursday, August 31, 9pm
The Good Place (US: NBC; UK: Netflix)
Kristen Bell dies and ends up somewhere rather heavenly that’s run by Ted Danson. Unfortunately, it’s only for good people and Bell’s there by accident, which throws a spanner in the works, so either she learns to become a good person or the whole place will fall apart.
It started well and I watched the first five episodes, but by that point it felt like the show had expended most of its good ideas. I hear that there’s a fun twist at the end of the season that might have redeemed it, so maybe a Netflix box set is a better way of watching it.
The Gifted (US: Fox; UK: Fox UK)
Set in the X-Men universe, The Gifted tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Reed (Stephen Moyer) and Caitlin (Amy Acker) Strucker are typical middle-class parents dealing with the realities of raising a family. However, when their teenage kids, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White), are involved in an incident at their high school which reveals they are mutants, Reed and Caitlin do all in their power to protect their children. Forced to go on the run, the Struckers must leave behind their old lives to flee from a relentless government agency that tracks down mutants, which includes Agent Jace Turner (Coby Bell).
Premiere date: Sunday, October 8, 9pm
Devised by Steven Soderbergh, Godless follows notorious criminal Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels) and his gang of outlaws, who are on a mission of revenge against Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell), a son-like protégé who betrayed the brotherhood. While on the run, Roy seeks refuge with hardened widower Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery), an outcast herself, in a worn-down, isolated mining town that’s governed mainly by women. When word reaches La Belle that Griffin is headed their way, the town bands together to defend against the murderous gang in a lawless western frontier.
Premiere date: Wednesday, November 22
I’m not sure how regular or comprehensive a feature this will be, but I figured I might occasionally include some DVD/Blu-Ray release dates for TV series. Only one this week mind:
The Crown (Netflix)
Multi-season, multi-award winning biopic of Queen Elizabeth written by Peter Morgan. Season 1 starts with the 1950s and stars Claire Foy as our Liz and Matt Smith as our Phil. I enjoyed it a lot!
Release date: Monday October 16
Episode reviews: Season 1