When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Superstore, Outsiders, Underground, Innan vi dör, Black Lightning, Frankie Drake Mysteries and Seven Seconds

Seven Seconds

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

Christmas hasn’t stopped the acquisitions staff at various UK networks from rushing through some acquisitions, and the schedulers aren’t taking a break, either.

This week, 5Spike picked up History (US)’s inferior SEAL team drama Six, for broadcast in early 2018, while Channel 4 (and Walter) have picked up TV4 (Sweden)’s Rebecka Martinsson, which will air… some time.

Meanwhile, most of last week’s new acquisitions now have airdates, as do a few other shows that had already been acquired:

Superstore (US: NBC; UK: ITV2)
Premiere date: Tuesday, January 2, 8.30pm

America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) is a supervisor in a hypermarket and Ben Feldman (A to Z) is the new employee with airs and graces who finds her attractive but makes an immediate bad impression on her, which leaves her with little patience for him. The result is that he keeps making costly mistakes, such as marking everything as costing $0.25 rather than 25% less, resulting in Black Friday levels of customer in-fighting.

Without jokes, a comedy show is for naught, and while frequently it’s smart and comes perilously close to being funny and sometimes even witty, nothing ever really lands home, bar a joke about a cubic zirconium knock-off. Still, it’s better than Sky’s Trollied.

Episode reviews: 1

Outsiders (US: WGN America; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, January 5

An everyday tale of an inbred family of Southeners, sticking by their own kind, obeying a stern family figure, living by their own rules, drinking moonshine, racing all over the place, breaking whatever laws they want while the cops try and fail to catch them. About as smart a drama as you can make about a family of 200 or so cousins, only one of whose members can read.

Episode reviews: 1

Underground (US: WGN America; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, January 5

A look at the ‘underground railroad’ that helped slaves in the US to escape to freedom, usually in British North America (aka Canada). On the one hand, the show takes great pains to be as realistic as possible. On the other, it also takes great pains to be as ‘with it’ as possible, with flashy camerawork, a modern soundtrack, time jumps, slow motion, and dialogue that’s often no more than a decade old. I lasted an episode.

Episode reviews: 1

Innan vi dör (Before We Die) (Sweden: SVT; UK: Channel 4)
Premiere date: Tuesday, January 16, 9pm

Police officer Hanna Svensson uses her own son to infiltrate a Croatian criminal family.

Black Lightning (US: The CW; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Tuesday, January 23

Retired superhero returns to the action, while juggling responsibilities at home and work. Not yet aired in the US.

Frankie Drake Mysteries (Canada: CBC; UK: Alibi)
Premiere date: Tuesday, January 23, 9pm

Mash up of of Murdoch Mysteries and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries that sees Lauren Lee Smith (CSI, Good Dog, This Life, The Listener) playing the only female private detective working in 1920s Toronto. Jaunty fun, with the likes of Ernest Hemingway dropping by for a bit of flirtation, interspersed with female-empowering historicity, but let down by the singularly wet Lee Smith.

Episode reviews: 1, 2, 3

Seven Seconds (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, February 23, 2018

In a society fraught with racial tension, sensational headlines, and an audience who would rather be entertained than informed, seven seconds can mean life or death. The new Netflix original series Seven Seconds gives viewers a glimpse into the human stories behind the headlines.

In an instant, life is forever changed for Brenton Butler and his family. After a white cop accidentally hits and critically injures a black teenager, a northeastern city explodes with racial tensions, an attempted cover up and its aftermath, and the trial of the century. From creator and executive producer, Veena Sud (The Killing) comes Seven Seconds – a thrilling new anthology crime drama that explores the human stories behind the headlines.

The series stars two-time Emmy winner Regina King (American Crime) alongside breakout British actress Clare-Hope Ashitey (Doctor Foster), Russell Hornsby (Fences), Beau Knapp (Sand Castle), Michael Mosely (Ozark), David Lyons (Safe Haven), Raul Castillo (Special Correspondents), and Zackary Momoh (A United Kingdom).

 

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