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  • SBS green lights: series of school student explicit photo-sharing drama The Hunt

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  • Nic Bishop, Annabella Sciorra, Molly Hagan et al to recur on Apple’s Are You Sleeping
  • Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Laura Dreyfuss et al join Netflix’s The Politician
  • James Purefoy to recur on Netflix’s Sex Education
  • Netflix renews: Kingdom
  • Teaser for season 3 of Netflix’s Stranger Things

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  • Das Erste green lights: city dweller and a dog on a farm drama Racko – Ein Hund für Alle Fälle (Racko – A Dog for All Cases)[subscription required]

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  • Charlie Matthau developing: adaptation of David Pietrusza’s 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents

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The Outpost
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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Kim’s Convenience, The Outpost, The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, White Famous, Insatiable and Ghoul

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A big bunch of premiere dates this week, with only one new show getting picked up with just a vague date (“Some time in August“) – ABC (US)’s pretty dreadful Ten Days In The Valley. Otherwise, we know where and when all of the following will be showing up on UK TV and laptop screens:

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Kim's Convenience

Kim’s Convenience (Canada: CBC; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Today

Adaptation of the hugely successful Canadian stage play about a Korean family who run a convenience store. Fun but not always the funniest, I enjoyed it enough to stick around for three episodes at least.

Episode reviews: 1-2, 3

Bletchley Circle San Francisco

The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (US: BritBox; UK: ITV)
Premiere date: Wednesday, July 25, 9pm

US-made spin-off of ITV’s The Bletchley Circle that sees a bunch of former Bletchley Park codebreakers head off to San Francisco, where they link up with some American code-breaking friends to solve crimes.

White Famous

White Famous (US: Showtime; UK: Sky Atlantic)
Premiere date: Wednesday, July 25, 11:05pm

Series supposedly based on the life of Jamie Foxx, in which comedian Jay Pharoah decides he wants to be famous not just to black people but to white people as well. And that’s going to involve some compromises, some of which might involve dealing with the rather bizarre ‘Jamie Foxx’.

Sometimes funny because of its takes on ‘soft racism’, it felt more like a weak Entourage and Jamie Foxx wanting to get a few things off his chest than anything worthwhile.

Episode reviews: 1

Insatiable

Insatiable (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, August 10

Insatiable tells the story of Patty, who for years has been bullied, ignored, and underestimated by those around her because of her weight. But now that she finds herself suddenly thin, Patty is out for payback against anyone who has ever made her feel bad about herself. Bob Armstrong, a disgraced attorney whose true passion is coaching beauty pageant contestant, is the only one who sees Patty’s potential, and takes her under his wing – first as a legal client, and then as a pageant contestant whom he coaches toward becoming the top pageant queen in the country. But Bob and his wife Coralee have no idea how deep Patty’s rage goes, or how far she will go to exact revenge on anyone who has ever wronged her. Bullies beware: payback’s a bitch, revenge is sweet, and if you cross Patty, you’ll be her next treat.

The comedy series, which was created by Lauren Gussis, stars Debby Ryan, Dallas Roberts, Alyssa Milano, Christopher Gorham, Erinn Westbrook, Michael Provost, Kimmy Shields, Irene Choi and Sarah Colonna. The executive producers are Lauren Gussis, Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Andrea Shay, Todd Hoffman, Dennis Kim and Andy Fleming.

The Outpost

The Outpost (US: The CW; UK: Syfy)
Premiere date: Monday, August 13, 9pm

I’ve just watched the first episode of this, so consider it a review as well, to save me writing a full review.

The Outpost follows Jessica Green, ‘a strong female hero’ and the lone survivor of a race called ‘Blackbloods’. Years after her entire village is destroyed by a gang of brutal mercenaries, Talon travels to a lawless fortress on the edge of the civilised world, as she tracks the killers of her family. On her journey to this outpost, Talon discovers she possesses a mysterious supernatural power that she must learn to control in order to save herself, and defend the world against a fanatical religious dictator.

And it’s dreadful. It’s nearly unwatchable, low-budget, badly written, terribly acted dredge that is a throw-back to the syndicated likes of Relic Hunter in the 90s. If you make it past the first minute of plot-dumping dialogue, I’ll be surprised.

It desperately wants to be Game of Thrones, but it doesn’t come close to even the qualities of the somewhat similar The New Legends of Monkey – somewhat similar in that it not only features our heroine wandering around some nondescript fantasy realm, fighting mildly-threatening fantasy things, it’s stuffed full of Australians. While the present day antics are almost unwatchable, the little momentum they have is broken up by dreadful flashbacks to Green’s childhood in which everyone speaks a ludicrous made-up language (sorry in advance if it turns out to be Gaelic, as there are a lot of Irish actors around, too). Except they only speak it for about five seconds at a time before switching to English for no reason then starting again a minute later. The child who plays the younger Green looks so unlike her, too, it makes me wonder if that’s potentially even a plot point.

The fights are about the best bit of it, although the direction is so poor that you’ll spot every time a stuntwoman subs in for Green. Avoid like the zombie-alien plague. No, really. They have zombies with Alien mouths.

Ghoul

Ghoul (Netflix)
Premiere date: Tuesday, August 28

Three-part Indian  horror series about a prisoner who arrives at a remote military interrogation centre and turns the tables on his captors, exposing their most shameful secrets.

Ghoul
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  • Trailer for season 6 of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black
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  • Belle Shouse, Teagle F Bougere, Rana Roy et al join Facebook Watch’s Queen America
  • Michael K Williams, Vera Farmiga and John Leguizamo join Netflix’s Central Park Five

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  • Michelle Nolden, Varun Saranga, Andrew Chown et al join CBC’s Burden of Truth

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Mr Mercedes
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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Mr Mercedes and Burden of Truth

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Not a huge number of acquisitions this week. Netflix acquired ORF (Austria)’s Freud, but that hasn’t even started filming yet, so I can’t tell you any more than the Hollywood Reporter can. Otherwise, the following acquisitions also came with airdates.

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Mr Mercedes

Mr Mercedes (US: Audience; UK: Starzplay)
Premiere date: Available now

I missed this one as it started while I was on holiday, so all I can do is Wiki you:

Retired detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) is still haunted by the unsolved case of ‘Mr Mercedes’, who claimed 16 lives when he drove a stolen Mercedes through a line of job-seekers at a local job fair. Meanwhile, brilliant young psychopath Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway), the real Mr Mercedes, reemerges to focus his attention on Hodges. What begins as an online cat-and-mouse game between the two soon has deadly real-life consequences as an increasingly desperate Hartsfield becomes bent on leaving his mark on the world.

Apparently, it’s also based on Stephen King’s ‘Bill Hodges’ trilogy, with seasons two (on its way right now) and three following Finders Keepers and End of Watch.

Burden of Truth

Burden of Truth (Canada: CBC; UK: Universal)
Premiere date: Tuesday, August 14, 9pm

Big city lawyer Kristin Kreuk returns to her home town to defend a big corporation from accusations of having poisoned some teenage girls. However, Kreuk discovers something else is the cause and decides to remain behind to help the girls and find out why everyone still hates her family after all these years.

Actually not that bad and I might have carried on watching if my viewing schedule at the time had allowed it. Plus it actually does do some science now and then, rather than simply ask the audience to feel like something bad could be happening.

Episode reviews: 1, 23