Every Friday, TMINE lets you know when the latest TV shows from around the world will air in the UK
Just one acquisition this week, Corporate, and that’s already got a premiere date, which I’ll reveal in a mo. But a couple of other, previously acquired shows also have premiere dates now.
Tabula Rasa (Belgium: VRT; UK: Channel 4/Walter Presents)
Premiere date: Sunday, May 6, 10pm, Channel 4
I know I said a summer airdate, but apparently it’s summer now, for this Belgian show at least. It sees Veerle Baetens playing an amnesiac who becomes a key suspect in a missing person’s case, so has to reconstruct her memories to clear her name. However, her mind fills in the gaps in her memory caused by the amnesia using dreams, hallucinations and nightmares, making the show a bit trippy.
Corporate (US: Comedy Central; UK: Comedy Central UK)
Premiere date: Wednesday, May 9, 10pm
Without a doubt the funniest Comedy Central programme I’ve ever seen, Corporate is a biting, nihilistic look at working for a giant corporation. Starring show creators and writers Matt Ingebretson and Jake Weisman as two junior executives at a genuinely evil mega-corporation, the shows alternates between pastiching the soul-destroying, abusive nature of corporate culture and the desire for the sweet release of death from said culture. Also in the cast are Lance Reddick (The Wire, Fringe) as the company CEO and Anne Dudek (House, Covert Affairs) as one of our ‘heroes’ mid-level bosses.
Do yourself a favour and watch what is almost certainly going to be one of TMINE top’s shows of 2018.
Carter (International: AXN; UK: Alibi)
Premiere date: Wednesday, June 13, 9pm
Following on from Absentia, Gone and other “citizens of the world” (ie shows without a real country of origin), we have this new AXN comedy detective drama starring Jerry O’Connell (Sliders, Carpoolers, The Defenders) as a detective on hit US TV show Call Carter who has to return to his hometown after an embarrassing public meltdown in Hollywood. There, he taps into his acting experience to become a real detective, while dealing with all his childhood baggage.
Obviously not a hugely new concept – cf Pulaski, The World of Eddie Weary and The Grinder – Jerry O’Connell is something of a show killer and AXN shows tend to be bland in their desperate attempt to be American, without actually being American, but it might be good.
Even if the trailer suggests otherwise.