Tales of the City
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including The Bad Seed, Tales of the City, and Overspel

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

A little bit of catch-up, since TMINE was on a break last Friday, and a little bit earlier than usual since it’s Good Friday tomorrow, but here’s WTSYMST. That’s not catchy, is it?

Acquisitions

The following shows have been acquired this fortnight, but don’t yet have a premiere date:

Premiere dates

Dean O’Gorman and Matt Minto in TVNZ1 (New Zealand)’s The Bad Seed

The Bad Seed (New Zealand: TVNZ1; UK: Alibi)
Premiere date: Tuesday, May 14, 9pm

Based on a series of books by award-winning New Zealand author, Charlotte Grimshaw, The Bad Seed tells the story of two brothers from the same dysfunctional family who, having escaped the desperate days of their early childhood, find their newly ordered lives falling apart when one becomes a suspect in a murder.

I was planning to review The Bad Seed today, since the first episode was on Sunday. However, I wasn’t paying attention to the schedules and it turns out that it’s been airing nightly this week, with the final episode set to air tonight. So instead, I’ll try to boxset the whole series at some point in the next week or so – assuming it’s any cop, of course.

Vara (The Netherlands)'s Overspel (The Adulterer)
Vara (The Netherlands)’s Overspel (The Adulterer)

Overspel (The Adulterer) (The Netherlands: VARA; UK: Channel 4/All4)
Premiere date: Sunday, April 28, 11pm

When Iris and Willem cross paths, sparks fly and they cannot deny the intense chemistry between them… little do they know that their lives will soon become more entangled than they could possibly imagine.

Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, June 7

Fourth instalment of the series based on Armistead Maupin’s books, which started on Channel 4 in the UK in 1993 and was later revived by Showtime in the US in 1998 and 2001, and is now being revived again by Netflix.

Mary Ann (Laura Linney) returns to present-day San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross), twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture-perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann is quickly drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis), her chosen family and a new generation of queer young residents living at 28 Barbary Lane.

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The Gifted
News

The Gifted, Rel, Zapped cancelled; shorter Swamp Thing; + more

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

The Daily News will return on Tuesday

Internet TV

French TV

  • France 2 green lights: female cops in Martinique series Tropiques Criminels (Criminal Tropics), with Sonia Rolland and Béatrice de la Boulaye

Turkish TV

UK TV

US TV

US TV show casting

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

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Film

Orange Wednesday: Spider-Man – Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Every Wednesday, TMINE reviews two movies and infringes a former mobile phone company’s trademarked marketing gimmick

TMINE’s holiday break last week not only affected my TV viewing, it also had an effect on my movie watching, too. As a result, despite this being Orange Wednesday, I only had the time to watch one movie.

Excitingly, it was a recommendation from the TMINE-reading public, too: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, in which various, famously voiced versions of the even more famous wall-crawler come together from different dimensions to fight the notorious Kingpin, tell an origin story and reveal what it takes to be a hero.

That’s after the jump…

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Dax Shepard and Lake Bell in ABC (US)'s Bless This Mess
US TV

Review: Bless This Mess 1×1 (US: ABC)

In the US: Tuesdays, 9.30/8.30c, ABC
In the UK: Not yet acquired

Culture clashes seem to be one of the big concerns of network US comedies these days. Black/white, middle-class/working-class, traditional/modern, famous/unknown – imagine the hilarity as everyone tries to understand everyone else from different backgrounds. Not all such concerns are US-specific, of course. New US arrival Bless This Mess, for example, is somewhat similar to two other recent shows from other countries – Canada’s Cavendish and New Zealand’s Fresh Eggs – in trying to make us laugh at urban/rural culture clashes. But if you’re going to do it, you need to have something new to say and some observations to make. Bless This Mess doesn’t.

Here, the set-up is that a New York married couple – therapist Lake Bell (Boston Legal, Childrens Hospital) and music journalist Dax Shepard (Parenthood) – inherit a Nebraskan farmhouse and sight-unseen, decide to relocate the countryside for a new life as farmers. Plausible, huh?

However, once they’re there, they discover that the farmhouse is in need of a touch of repair, the farmland is barren and they have all manner of ‘interesting’ neighbours: live-in neighbour Ed Begley Jr, store owner/sheriff/amateur thespian Pam Grier and rival farmer David Koechner (Anchorman) who’d quite like to buy the property from them.

Can they make a success of both their farm and their relationships with their new neighbours?

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Britannia
News

John Cusack’s in Utopia; Alden Ehrenreich’s in a Brave New World; + more

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

Internet TV

  • John Cusack to star in Amazon’s Utopia
  • Thuso Mbedu, Chase W Dillon and Aaron Pierre to star in Amazon’s The Underground Railroad
  • Alex Landi to recur on Netflix’s Insatiable
  • Amazon developing: adaptation of Liv Constantine’s The Last Mrs Parrish

Australian TV

  • Hermione Norris to star in Seven’s Between Two Worlds

UK TV

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting