Rachelle Lefevre and Kelsey Grammer in Proven Innocent
US TV

Review: Proven Innocent 1×1 (US: Fox; UK: Universal)

In the US: Fridays, 9pm, Fox
In the UK: Acquired by Universal. Will air in March

Watching Fox’s new legal drama, Proven Innocent, reminds me of how it’s possible to feel sorry for actors even when they’ve managed to bag the lead role in a TV series. Sure, they’re the star. But in this? Oh dear, I’m so sorry.

I’ve always quite liked Rachelle Lefevre and thought she’s deserved a better career than she’s had, ever since she was bumped from the US adaptation of Life on Mars in favour of Gretchen Mol in the reshoot. She joined Off The Map, the only Shondaland series to get canned after one season. She was Victoria in the first two Twilight movies but was replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard in the third movie, Eclipse, just as the role got meaty. It’s only Under The Dome that’s really given her any success and that was a prevaricating lump of daftness at the best of times.

Kelsey Grammer, on the other hand, is a fabulous comedic actor who had huge success with two long-running comedies: Cheers and Frasier. Unfortunately, all his comedy series since Frasier – Partners, Hank, Back To You – have been truly awful. Boss and The Last Tycoon both demonstrated that he’s an amazing dramatic actor, too, but those shows got cancelled fast.

And with Proven Innocent, all I can do is feel sorry for the both of them – as well as Vincent Kartheiser (Angel, Das Boot, Mad Men), Laurie Holden (The Walking DeadThe Americans, The X-Files) and Riley Smith (Frequency) – as they endure some really quite pitifully poor material as they head towards yet another inevitable cancellation.

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Cloak and Dagger
News

Diablero renewed; Alibi’s Scottish murder mystery; Sanditon casting; + more

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

Internet TV

International TV

Scandinavian TV

  • Peter Plaugborg, Bjarne Henriksen to star in DR (Denmark)’s A Family Matter, Mikael Persbrandt and Samuli Edelmann join C More (Finland)’s Reindeer Mafia

UK TV

US TV

  • Teaser for season 2 of Freeform’s Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger
  • Teaser for season 4 of TNT’s Animal Kingdom

US TV show casting

New US TV show casting

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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
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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.