What time, TMINE? Including Amazing Stories, The Dead Lands, The Righteous Gemstones, The L Word, Defending Jacob, Onisciente and Luna Nera

Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell and Chris Evans in Defending Jacob
Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell and Chris Evans in Defending Jacob

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

This week’s premiere dates are mostly for streaming services’ original programmes, such as Netflix’s Onisciente (Omniscient) and Luna Nera (Black Moon) and Apple TV+’s Amazing Stories and Defending Jacob.

But we’ve also got dates for The Righteous Gemstones and The L Word: Generation Q, all of which will be revealed after the jump.

Mrs Fletcher
Kathryn Hahn in Mrs Fletcher

Acquisitions

The only acquisition this week was Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Run, which is going to air on HBO in the US and Sky Comedy… some time. It’s not even clear when it’s going to air in the US.

We also know that HBO’s Mrs Fletcher is going to air on Sky Comedy, too, rather than Sky Atlantic as originally planned. That’ll be coming in February but I can’t offer anything more precise than that yet.

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The Dead Lands

The Dead Lands (New Zealand: TVNZ; UK: Shudder)

Premiere date: yesterday (in New Zealand, too)

Adaptation of the movie of the same name that sees murdered Māori warrior Waka Nuku Rau sent back to the world of the living to redeem his sins and find honour in a land ravaged by the supernatural.

In a world where the dead now haunt the living, Waka Nuku Rau and a young woman quest to find who “broke the world” and how to close the breach between the living and the dead.

Stars: Darneen Christian and Te Kohe Tuhaka

Premiere dates

Onisciente (Omniscient) (Netflix)

Premiere date: Wednesday, January 29

Brazilian Netflix Original. In a city where citizens are monitored 24/7, a tech employee must outsmart her surveillance drone in order to investigate a murder.

Stars: Carla Salle, Sandra Corveloni, Jonathan Haagensen

Luna Nera (Black Moon) (Netflix)

Premiere date: Friday, January 31

Italian Netflix Original. In 17th-century Italy, a teenager learns about her destiny among a family of witches, just as her boyfriend’s father hunts her down for witchcraft.  

Stars: Antonia Fotaras, Giorgio Belli, Manuela Mandracchia

The L Word: Generation Q (US: Showtime; UK: Sky Atlantic)

Premiere date: Tuesday, February 4, 10pm

This sequel to The L Word continues to follow the intermingled lives of Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals), Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey) and Shane McCutcheon (Katherine Moennig), along with new characters Dani Nunez (Arienne Mandi), Micah Lee (Leo Sheng), Finley (Jacqueline Toboni), Sophie Suarez (Rosanny Zayas) and Gigi (Sepideh Moafi) as they experience love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success in LA.

Bette is weaving her way through a contentious mayoral run while co-parenting her and Tina’s teenage daughter. Shane is returning to LA and embarking on her new career as owner of a lesbian bar while trying to save her marriage, and Alice steps into the spotlight as host of her own queer-focused talk show.

Meanwhile, PR pro Dani is running communications for Bette’s campaign while balancing her relationship with fiancée Sophie, a producer for Alice’s show. Production assistant Finley and professor Micah are finding their footing in the LA dating scene, while Gigi navigates family dynamics with her ex, Nat (guest star Stephanie Allynne), who is Alice’s current girlfriend.

Righteous Gemstones

The Righteous Gemstones (US: HBO; UK: Sky Comedy)

Premiere date: Wednesday February 5, 9pm

Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals) writes and stars in the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work – all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesse Gemstone (McBride) is a maverick in the ministry game. He has taken the congregation that his father Eli Gemstone (John Goodman) created and used it to build a megachurch for the modern-day churchgoer.

But upon returning from a baptism marathon in China with his father and brother Kelvin (Adam Devive), Jesse receives a video from blackmailers seeking to sully his reputation. Meanwhile, Eli moves forward with plans to expand the Gemstone empire as he continues to mourn his late wife Aimee-Leigh.

Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories
Kerry Lynne Bishé in Amazing Stories

Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” (Apple TV+)

Premiere date: Friday, March 6

A reimagining of the original anthology series, each episode of Amazing Stories will transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today’s most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers.

Stars: Kerry Lynne Bishé, Dylan O’Brien, Victoria Pedretti, Josh Holloway, Sasha Alexander and Robert Forster.

Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell and Chris Evans in Defending Jacob

Defending Jacob (Apple TV+)

Premiere date: Friday, April 24

Based on William Landay’s novel of the same name, Defending Jacob is a limited drama series that unfolds around a shocking crime that rocks a small Massachusetts town, and follows an assistant district attorney who finds himself torn between his sworn duty to uphold justice and his unconditional love for his son.

Stars: Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell, Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Betty Gabriel and Sakina Jaffrey

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