Good Omens

Punisher, Jack Ryan, Gotham, The Last Post trailers; Tremors: the next generation; + more

Internet TV

New UK TV shows

  • Trailer for BBC One’s The Last Post


US TV show casting

New US TV show casting

  • Emily Tremaine, Megan Ketch and Shiloh Fernandez to star in Syfy’s Tremors
Australian and New Zealand TV

Boxset Monday: Glitch (season two) (Australia: ABC; UK: Netflix)

In Australia: Thursdays, 8.30pm, ABC
In the UK: Netflix. Available from November 28

The first season of ABC (Australia)’s Glitch was one of the high points of 2015.

The best of the “dead are coming back to life shows”, Glitch gave us a relatively unique slice of ‘Australian gothic’, where the returned came back to tell us something about Australian history, as well as people and possibly about the importance of death itself to the universe, with a bad guy who might have a point. With some genuinely spooky moments, its second season is going to be much anticipated.

The show got an almost instant renewal, but it’s only now that we’re getting a second season. Trouble was, the Australian acting industry is quite small and actors move around a lot, not just between networks but also between countries, looking to find fame and fortune in the US. Series lead Patrick Brammall not only had existing commitments with No Activity, Offspring and Upper Middle Bogan, he also went to the US for a while for an attempted remake of Upper Middle Bogan. Meanwhile, the ubiquitous Rodger Corser got his own show, Doctor Doctor, which is already on its second season and doing well internationally, while local doctor Genevieve O’Reilly has been off in Canada on Tin Star.

Still, there’s nothing like a bit of Netflix cash to make things happen, and with the show doing well globally, here we are at last with the second season. When we left our dead friends in 2015, we were on the verge of discovering what a mysterious pharmaceuticals company might have to do with their return; although the deceased’s memories were taking a long time in coming back, with Corser unable to even remember his own name, former town mayor Ned Dennehy was remembering that he had some aboriginal descendants, while Hannah Monson was remembering that she’d not had a good time of things. On top of that, Brammall was torn between his returned wife (Emma Booth) and his new wife (Emily Barclay).

On top of that, they’d had their own ‘grim reaper’ chasing after them – the recently deceased Andrew McFarlane, seemingly returned by death itself to restore the natural order of things by killing off the returned. They stopped McFarlane but would Barclay, who nearly died giving birth, take his place?

Season two does a surprisingly good job of answering almost all those questions and tying up all the hanging plot threads, as well as introducing some new characters. But there’s a fair old bit of retconning going on to take account of the cast’s new pecking order and schedules, and that Netflix money has somewhat changed the tone of the show. More on that, including a few spoilers, after the jump…

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Tin Star

Boxset Monday: Tin Star (UK: Sky Atlantic)

In the UK: Thursdays, 8pm, Sky Atlantic

Since Sky Atlantic’s outset, it’s had two missions:

  1. To make you want to buy a Sky HD add-on, by showing you some beautiful locations and lots of pretty celebrities
  2. To mess around with genre, so you never know what you’re going to get

The first has been a feature of virtually every Sky drama, whether it’s been the Spanish-set Falcón, the Riviera-set Riviera or the Iceland-based Fortitude, all of which were beautiful to look at, not all of which were great drama.

The less obvious, genre-switching remit has been there from the outset, too. Why have a drama about a trans woman meeting her hitherto unsuspected pre-transition children and another about a contract killer when you can have both in the form of Hit and MissFortitude, of course, initially looked like a simple piece of Nordic Noir, with a murder on an isolated island, before ultimately becoming a piece of sci-fi horror about parasitic wasps from before the dawn of time.

Now we have Tin Star, a new Sky Atlantic show created by Rowan Joffe (The American, 28 Weeks Later) that sets out to fulfil both Sky Atlantic remits. It sees Tim Roth playing an ex-Met officer who emigrates to a small Canadian town with his family in order to give them a safer, better life. He’s also a recovering alcoholic and believes that without the stresses of London, his chances of a relapse are smaller, too.

However, an oil company wants to set up operations near the town and sends PR woman Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and security officer Christopher Heyerdahl (Hell on Wheels) to persuade the townsfolk. The townsfolk could do with the cash, both from the company and the workers they’ll bring; Sheriff Roth points out that they’ll bring crime with them at levels the town might fight difficult to deal with.

A year later, all is as Roth predicted. And when he takes a stand, his house and family are attacked. Before you know it, there’s a family tragedy. Who did it? What will Roth do in response? Can he stay sober? Will he want revenge?

Indeed, Tin Star is billed as a revenge thriller. But who’s getting revenge on whom? And can Sky Atlantic do a straight revenge thriller, or is it all going to be something a whole lot weirder than that?

I’ll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum after the jump, as I reviewed the entire first series. Enjoy this trailer first, though.

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Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween reboot

Strike renewed; Stitchers cancelled; JLC returns to Halloween; + more


Internet TV

  • Trailer for season 3 of Netflix’s Fuller House
  • Corey Stoll, Andrew Rannells, Paul Reister et al to guest on Amazon’s The Romanoffs

International TV



US TV show casting

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

Dave Bautista in Blade Runner 2049

2048: Nowhere To Run – the second Blade Runner 2049 prequel

Following on from the previous Blade Runner: 2049 prequel, 2036: Nexus Dawn, we now have the second prequel short movie filling in the gaps between the original Blade Runner and its forthcoming sequel.

2048: Nowhere to Run is directed by Ridley Scott’s son, Jake, and stars that Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Skyfall), who looks a bit meeker than usual. Still, have a guess if there’s going to be some fighting in it.