The Name of the Rose
Italian TV

Review: Il nome della rosa (The Name of the Rose) 1×1 (Italy: Rai 1; UK: BBC)

In Italy: Aired on Rai 1 in March
In the UK: Acquired by the BBC

There’s a certain irony that while Netflix is introducing the rest of the world to foreign TV shows made in their native languages and in their own styles, national broadcasters in Europe are still keen on “the international co-production”. These have been around for ages and basically involve two or more big broadcasters from different countries getting together to make a production. They pack the cast with their own native talent… then force them all to speak English. They then simultaneously water down the script for “international tastes” – in other words, strip it of anything that won’t translate easily into other languages or cultures.

Rai 1 (Italy) and Tele München Gruppe (Germany)’s Il nome della rosa (The Name of the Rose) may be an advance on that standard formula and a definite cut above the average co-production of yore, but it’s also something that feels like it’s been stripped of flavour to suit “international tastes”.

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Berlin Station
News

Berlin Station cancelled; L&O: SVU renewed; JAG’s Rabb on NCIS: LA; France 2’s Romance + more

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

Internet TV

  • Netflix green lights: Northern Italian supernatural show Curon, series adaptation of Three Steps Over Heaven, and adaptation of Federico Moccia Fedeltà (Faithfulness)

European TV

  • Alpha (Greece) developing: adaptation of Viacom (International)’s ADDA, Amar Después de Amar
  • France 2 green lights: series of period “mysterious woman” thriller Romance, with Olga Kurylenko, Pierre Deladonchamps, Barbara Schulz et al [in French]
  • Mathieu Kassovitz, Florence Foresti, Boris Diaw et al to guest on Canal+ (France)’s Platane [in French]

International TV

UK TV

US TV

US TV show casting

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

  • Izzy Diaz joins CBS’s From Riches
  • Leo Howard and Alicia Coppola to recur on CBS All Access’ Why Women Kill
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Crime dans l'Hérault
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Sex and the City follow-up; Crime dans le Lubéron sequel; John Simm joins Game of Thrones prequel; + more

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

European TV

UK TV

US TV

  • Trailer for season 2 of BBC America’s Killing Eve
  • Trailer for season 4 of TNT’s Animal Kingdom

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

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Aidy Bryant and Lolly Adefope in Hulu's Shrill
International TV

What have you been watching? Including Shrill, Shadow, The Order and The Village

It’s “What have you been watching?”, your chance to recommend to fellow TMINE readers anything you’ve been watching this week

This week’s reviews

It’s not been super, super busy this week for reviews, since although there have been quite a few new shows that I’ve been watching, not many have been worth full-on reviews. But elsewhere, I’ve covered:

And for Orange Wednesday‘s film reviews, I turned my attention to: Triple Frontier (2019), Hotel Artemis (2018) and Special Correspondents (2016).

The Village

New shows

Last week, I listed a whole bunch of new shows that arrived on the scene and after the jump, I’ll be dealing with a whole bunch of them: Shrill (US: Hulu), Shadow (Netflix), The Order (Netflix) and The Village (US: NBC).

There are others on the way, but given how lukewarm the first episode was, I doubt I’ll be tuning in for the rest of Hanna (Amazon). And seeing as I didn’t watch all 160 episodes or whatever of Pretty Little Liars, I doubt I’ll be turning my attention to Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. I have a pretty strong feeling that next week’s Boxset Monday is going to be season two of The OA, but let’s wait to see what else turns up. Me and schedules, hey?

The Good Fight

The regulars

Magnum P.I. took another holiday this week – these lazy Hawaii-based detectives, hey? – as did The Orville – these lazy, barely concealed Star Trek knock-offs, hey? – so that means that after the jump, we’ll be talking about the latest episodes of Doom Patrol, Il Miracolo, The Magicians, Star Trek: Discovery and Whiskey Cavalier. Also returning is The Good Fight, but I’ve only managed to watch one episode of that this week – episode two next week.

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Nero a metà
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Project Blue Book, Green Door, Leila and Nero a metà

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

No new acquisitions without premiere dates, you’ll be pleased to hear, so let’s get straight down to it.

Premiere dates

Green Door

Green Door (Taiwan: Public Television Service; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Tomorrow

The six-episode show is adapted from Taiwanese author Joseph Chen’s novel of the same title. It tells the story of Wei Sung-Yen, a troubled psychologist who returns from the US to set up his own practice in Taiwan, where mysterious patients and uncanny events shed light on his murky past.

The series is directed by Lingo Hsieh (aka Xie Tingwei), known for her fantasy-horror movie The Bride, which she co-created with Japanese thrill-master Takashige Ichise. The screenplay is adapted by Hsieh and Li Ting-yu.

The cast is headed by Taiwanese singer-actor Jam Hsiao, who makes his debut to lead in a drama series, and co-stars Hsieh Ying-Hsuan, who won the Golden Horse best actress prize last year for her role in Dear Ex, and Lan Wei-Hua. The cast is fleshed out by Haden Kuo (Tiny Times) and Ruby Zhan (The Tag-Along 2).

Nero a metà

Nero a metà (Carlo & Malik) (Italy: Rai 1; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, March 22

A veteran detective must face both his own biases and ghosts from his past when he’s paired up with a star rookie on a string of murder cases in Rome. Stars Claudio Amendola and Miguel Gobbo Diaz.

Netflix has somewhat glossed over the racial issues (“own biases”) in that brief description and sensibly changed the name to Carlo & Malik from the original’s somewhat dodgy “black in the middle”…

Project Blue Book

Project Blue Book (US: History; UK: Syfy)
Premiere date: Wednesday March 27, 9pm

Dramatisation of the USAF’s 1960s UFO debunking programme starring Aidan Gillen. It’s initially 50% conspiracy nonsense, 50% moderately interesting adaptations of real Blue Book investigations, but by the second episode, it’s turned into 100% soporific stupidity that makes The X-Files look like CSPAN.

Episode reviews: 1, 2

Leila

Leila (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, June 14

Indian Netflix original. In the forgotten margins of the segregated communities of a dystopian future, a woman searches for the daughter she lost upon her arrest years ago.

Stars Huma Qureshi, Saddharth, Rahul Khanna.