Angie Tribeca
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Angie Tribeca, Power, For The People cancelled; six CBS shows renewed; + more

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

Internet TV

  • Trailer for season 2 of Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It
  • Netflix green lights: ballet-dancer bride-to-be period Spanish mini-series Alguien Tiene Que Morir (Someone Has To Die)
  • acquires: CJ ENM (S Korea)’s Designated Survivor: 60 Days and SBS (S Korea)’s Vagabond

Australian TV

  • 9Go!/9Now green light: series of sexual health clinic comedy Metro Sexual, with Riley Nottingham and Geraldine Hickey

UK TV

  • BBC One green lights: mini-series adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with Guy Pearce, Andy Serkis, Rutger Hauer et al

US TV

US TV show casting

  • Dustin Nguyen promoted to regular, Chan Tang, Celine Buckens, Miranda Raison join, Maria Elena Laas to recur on Cinemax’s Warrior

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

  • Scott Wolf replaces Freddie Prinze Jr on The CW’s Nancy Drew
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Billions
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Interactive Kimmy Schmidt; Billions renewed; + more

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

Internet TV

Australian TV

  • Geraldine Hakewill to guest on Fox Showcase’s Wentworth
  • Seven green lights: series of deadly wedding drama Secret Bridesmaids’ Business, with Abbie Cornish, Katie McGrath, Georgina Haig et al

UK TV

US TV

New US TV shows

  • Teaser for HBO’s Watchmen
  • Trailer for OWN’s Ambitions
  • Trailer for Starz’s The Rook
  • ABC green lights: series adaptation of Stumptown, with Cobie Smulders, Michael Ealy and Camryn Manheim

New US TV show casting

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The Bad Seed
Australian and New Zealand TV

Boxset Tuesday: The Bad Seed (season one) (New Zealand: TVNZ 1; UK: Alibi)

In New Zealand: Aired on TVNZ 1 in April
In the UK: Tuesdays, 9pm, Alibi. Starts May 14

On the whole, New Zealand doesn’t produce a lot of top-tier drama. Mostly, the schedules are filled with US and UK imports, plus some local entertainment shows, but original dramas are rare. Good dramas – and I do mean dramas, rather than comedy dramas such as Fresh Eggs and The Brokenwood Mysteries – are about as rare as unicorn droppings.

It’s unsurprising, therefore, that when an actual bona fide, home-grown decent drama shows up, New Zealand makes something of a song and a dance about it.

Dean O'Gorman and Matt Minto in TVNZ1's The Bad Seed
Dean O’Gorman and Matt Minto in TVNZ1’s The Bad Seed

The Bad Seed

The Bad Seed, based on two books by New Zealand novelist Charlotte Grimshaw, originally aired as an ‘event series’ over five nights on main channel TVNZ 1. Billed as ‘the birth of a new breed of New Zealand drama’, it’s certainly a bit different from its predecessors of the past five to 10 years or so in having an eye on both domestic and international distribution – the international language of TV being the crime drama. So dedicated to drama is it that Madeleine Sami (The Breaker Upperers) fails to make even one joke.

The show sees Matt Minto (The Blue Rose) and Dean O’Gorman (The Hobbit, The Almighty Johnsons, Trumbo, Westside) playing two brothers who are products of a broken home: dad seems to have done such crappy things to them that Minto’s getting sent to borstal was actually a welcome relief to him and who knows about what mum did.

However, Minto got his life together. He went to university and is now a doctor. He’s married to Jodie Hillock and has two teenage daughters. He’s caught the eye of would-be PM Xavier Horan (Westside) and his wife Chelsie Preston Crayford (The Code). He even lets his brother live in the guest house, in return for which he helps out with odd jobs and looks after Hillock and the daughters when necessary.

Unfortunately, Minto also has a bit of a wandering eye and is having an affair with Keporah Torrance for reasons even he finds a bit mystifying. Is he broken inside thanks to the years of abuse he suffered?

It’s a question that others start asking themselves when Minto is implicated in the murder of one of his patients and it’s discovered that he beat up a girl when he was 13. Is Minto a bad seed in the heart of his seemingly perfect family? Is there even a bad seed inside him? It’s something cops Sami and Vinnie Bennett hope to find out.

Full review after the jump, but a word of warning – I will have to reveal who the murderer is to discuss it properly, although the show itself does the same very quickly so I won’t be spoiling too much.

Continue reading “Boxset Tuesday: The Bad Seed (season one) (New Zealand: TVNZ 1; UK: Alibi)”
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Wrecked on TBS
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Santa Clarita Diet, Wrecked cancelled; + more

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Australian TV

  • Dustin Clare, Kate Jenkinson and Robyn Nevin join Nine’s Doctor Doctor (The Heart Guy)

US TV

US TV show casting

New US TV show casting

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Bryan Brown and Phoebe Tonkin in Bloom
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Bloom, What/If, Mr Iglesias and When They See Us

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

As usual, it’s mostly Netflix shows announcing airdates this week, but we have a few others.

Acquisitions

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

  • Surprisingly, Sky1, rather than Sky Atlantic, has picked up Cinemax (US)’s Warrior. That’ll start airing in June, but no exact date yet
  • Less surprisingly, it’s My5 that has acquired the first season of Crackle (US)’s The Oath

Premiere dates

Bloom
Phoebe Tonkin and Jacki Weaver in Stan (Australia)’s Bloom

Bloom (Australia: Stan; UK: My5)
Premiere date: Wednesday, May 1

A flood devastates a remote Australian town, but a year later, a strange flower is found growing in select places that were flooded. And if you eat its buds, you’ll be restored to your youth – at least temporarily.

Bryan Brown sees his chance to restore dementing wife Jacki Weaver to her film star youth, but will she still want him when he does so? And who else might want to keep those buds to themselves?

Episode reviews: season one

Renée Zellweger in Netflix's What/If
Renée Zellweger in Netflix’s What/If

What/If (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, May 24

What/If explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. The 10-episode first season focuses on a mysterious woman’s lucrative, but dubious offer to a cash-strapped pair of San Francisco newlyweds.

Stars: Renée Zellweger, Jane Levy, Blake Jenner, Samantha Ware, Keith Powers, Daniella Pineda, Juan Castano, John Clarence Stewart and Dave Annable.

When They See Us

When They See Us (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, May 31

Limited seriesWhen They See Us chronicles the notorious case of the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit.

Beginning in the spring of 1989, the series spans 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

Stars Michael K Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Storm Reid, Dascha Polanco, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriguez and Asante Blackk.

Mr Iglesias (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, June 21

Mr Iglesias follows a good-natured public high school teacher who works at his alma mater. He takes on teaching gifted but misfit kids to not only save them from being “counselled out” by a bully bureaucrat assistant Ppcipal, but also to help them unlock their full potential.

Stars: Gabriel Iglesias, Sherri Shepherd, Jacob Vargas, Maggie Geha, Richard Gant, Cree Cicchino and Fabrizio Guido.