The Bold Type
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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including The Bold Type and The Mechanism

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

This week, we’ve seen a few new acquisitions. Romper Stomper (Australia: Stan), the update to the old Russell Crowe movie about neo-Nazis, has been picked up by BBC Three to air some time this year. Meanwhile, Syfy’s picked up Outpost, Dean Devlin and Jonathan Glassner’s series about a strong female hero and the lone survivor of a race called ‘Blackbloods’ who discovers her magical powers as she seeks revenge. That should start some time late this year.

We also have a couple of premiere dates:

The Bold Type
THE BOLD TYPE – Freeform “The Bold Type” stars Matt Ward as Alex Crawford, Meghann Fahy as Sutton Brady, Aisha Dee as Kat Edison, Katie Stevens as Jane Sloan, Sam Page as Richard Hunter, and Melora Hardin as Jacqueline Carlyle. (Freeform/Justin Coit)

The Bold Type (US: Freeform; UK: Amazon)
Premiere date: Friday, February 9

Stupid old person’s idea of what smart, talented bold young women working on a magazine like Cosmo must be like. Virtually every line of dialogue is not just empowering, it tells you how empowering it is. Even though very little of it actually is empowering and usually simply reveals the ineptitude at real-life results of those with nothing much more than social media experience.

Episode reviews: 1

The Mechanism

The Mechanism (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, March 23

Character-driven original series inspired by real events in Brazil in which a small group of dogged investigators comes to discover the inner workings of a monstrous corruption scheme and the impact their pursuit has on everyone involved – including themselves.

DVD releases

Yes, bet you forgot I did these, too. Well, there’s one of note announced this week: BBC One’s Ghost in the Water.

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Rebecka Martinsson
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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Breathe, Absentia, Rebecka Martinsson, Doctor Doctor and Deep State

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

Only one acquisition without a premiere date this week – Netflix has picked up Syfy (US)’s yet-to-be-made George RR Martin piece Nightflyers. Otherwise, a lovely feast of dates for new shows lies ahead of you, two of which I’ve actually seen and reviewed, which is nice.

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The Disappearance
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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including The Disappearance and Six

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

Two premiere dates, including one new acquisition, to start the New Year, you’ll be glad to hear.

Six
History’s Six: (l-r) Jaylen Moore, Kyle Schmid, Barry Sloane, Walton Goggins, Juan Pablo Raba, Edwin Hodge, Donny Boaz

Six (US: History; UK: 5Spike)
Premiere date: Friday, January 19, 9pm

Former SEAL Team Six troop leader Richard ‘Rip’ Taggart (Walton Goggins) is captured by Boko Haram and it’s up to his former SEAL Team Six comrades to put their differences aside to locate and rescue their former troop leader.

Not even half as good as SEAL Team or even the less SEAL-ish The Brave, it’s a show that gets by on the kudos of its subject matter, rather than any real aptitude at drama or characterisation. ISIS terrorists recruiting online from plush apartments in Dubai and communicating using video games? In English? Hmm.

Episode reviews: 1, 2

The Disappearance
The Disappearance (l-r): Aden Young, Camille Sullivan and Peter Coyote

The Disappearance (Canada: CTV; UK: Universal Channel)
Premiere date: Tuesday, February 27, 9pm

I didn’t watch this one because it’s a mini-series and started while I was on holiday (IIRC). So here’s the rubric:

The Disappearance follows the Sullivan family in the wake of a terrifying family drama. As the fractured family bands together to solve the mystery that has uprooted their lives, long-held secrets are uncovered. Driven by hope and a relentless determination to do whatever necessary to uncover the mystery, the same hidden truths that threaten to shatter this family may also be the very key to reuniting them.

The six episode drama series was created by Normand Daneau and Geneviève Simard and stars Peter Coyote (ET), Aden Young (Rectify), Camille Sullivan (The Man In The High Castle), Joanne Kelly (Warehouse 13), Micheline Lanctôt (Unité 9) and Kevin Parent (Café de Flore).

Seven Seconds
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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Superstore, Outsiders, Underground, Innan vi dör, Black Lightning, Frankie Drake Mysteries and Seven Seconds

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

Christmas hasn’t stopped the acquisitions staff at various UK networks from rushing through some acquisitions, and the schedulers aren’t taking a break, either.

This week, 5Spike picked up History (US)’s inferior SEAL team drama Six, for broadcast in early 2018, while Channel 4 (and Walter) have picked up TV4 (Sweden)’s Rebecka Martinsson, which will air… some time.

Meanwhile, most of last week’s new acquisitions now have airdates, as do a few other shows that had already been acquired:

Superstore (US: NBC; UK: ITV2)
Premiere date: Tuesday, January 2, 8.30pm

America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) is a supervisor in a hypermarket and Ben Feldman (A to Z) is the new employee with airs and graces who finds her attractive but makes an immediate bad impression on her, which leaves her with little patience for him. The result is that he keeps making costly mistakes, such as marking everything as costing $0.25 rather than 25% less, resulting in Black Friday levels of customer in-fighting.

Without jokes, a comedy show is for naught, and while frequently it’s smart and comes perilously close to being funny and sometimes even witty, nothing ever really lands home, bar a joke about a cubic zirconium knock-off. Still, it’s better than Sky’s Trollied.

Episode reviews: 1

Outsiders (US: WGN America; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, January 5

An everyday tale of an inbred family of Southeners, sticking by their own kind, obeying a stern family figure, living by their own rules, drinking moonshine, racing all over the place, breaking whatever laws they want while the cops try and fail to catch them. About as smart a drama as you can make about a family of 200 or so cousins, only one of whose members can read.

Episode reviews: 1

Underground (US: WGN America; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, January 5

A look at the ‘underground railroad’ that helped slaves in the US to escape to freedom, usually in British North America (aka Canada). On the one hand, the show takes great pains to be as realistic as possible. On the other, it also takes great pains to be as ‘with it’ as possible, with flashy camerawork, a modern soundtrack, time jumps, slow motion, and dialogue that’s often no more than a decade old. I lasted an episode.

Episode reviews: 1

Innan vi dör (Before We Die) (Sweden: SVT; UK: Channel 4)
Premiere date: Tuesday, January 16, 9pm

Police officer Hanna Svensson uses her own son to infiltrate a Croatian criminal family.

Black Lightning (US: The CW; UK: Netflix)
Premiere date: Tuesday, January 23

Retired superhero returns to the action, while juggling responsibilities at home and work. Not yet aired in the US.

Frankie Drake Mysteries (Canada: CBC; UK: Alibi)
Premiere date: Tuesday, January 23, 9pm

Mash up of of Murdoch Mysteries and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries that sees Lauren Lee Smith (CSI, Good Dog, This Life, The Listener) playing the only female private detective working in 1920s Toronto. Jaunty fun, with the likes of Ernest Hemingway dropping by for a bit of flirtation, interspersed with female-empowering historicity, but let down by the singularly wet Lee Smith.

Episode reviews: 1, 2, 3

Seven Seconds (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, February 23, 2018

In a society fraught with racial tension, sensational headlines, and an audience who would rather be entertained than informed, seven seconds can mean life or death. The new Netflix original series Seven Seconds gives viewers a glimpse into the human stories behind the headlines.

In an instant, life is forever changed for Brenton Butler and his family. After a white cop accidentally hits and critically injures a black teenager, a northeastern city explodes with racial tensions, an attempted cover up and its aftermath, and the trial of the century. From creator and executive producer, Veena Sud (The Killing) comes Seven Seconds – a thrilling new anthology crime drama that explores the human stories behind the headlines.

The series stars two-time Emmy winner Regina King (American Crime) alongside breakout British actress Clare-Hope Ashitey (Doctor Foster), Russell Hornsby (Fences), Beau Knapp (Sand Castle), Michael Mosely (Ozark), David Lyons (Safe Haven), Raul Castillo (Special Correspondents), and Zackary Momoh (A United Kingdom).

 

Laurie Davidson as William Shakespeare
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When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Will

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

Netflix decided to binge this week, buying up a slew of shows that it’s going to air in January some time. Black Lightning is The CW (US)’s new superhero show – that hasn’t started yet and going on past form, Netflix will probably be showing episodes the day after they air in the US, which would mean it’ll become available starting Wednesday January 17.

Also coming to Netflix in January are Outsiders (US: WGN America) and Underground (US: WGN America), both of which I’ve reviewed elsewhere. Meanwhile, department store-set comedy Superstore (US: NBC) has been acquired by ITV2 and will air some time in 2018.

That just leaves:

Will (US: TNT; UK: Virgin)
Premiere date: Friday, December 29

Baz Luhrmann/A Knight’s Tale-esque retelling of William Shakespeare’s ‘missing years’ after he arrives in London as a young man. A punk-infused adrenaline-rush, the first episode is a genuinely great bit of television, after which everything becomes a lot duller and more pedestrian, and the whole thing gets messed up by an attempt to make Will a secret Catholic rebel. The show was cancelled after its first season of 10 episodes but watch the first if you can and regard it as a mini-movie treat to be savoured in its own right.

Episode reviews: 1, 3