Inspired by the popular New York Times column of the same name, Modern Love is a half-hour romantic comedy series exploring love in all of its complicated and beautiful forms, as each standalone episode brings some of the column’s most beloved stories to life with a stellar cast.
The cast includes Jane Alexander, Sofia Boutella, Olivia Cooke, Tina Fey, Andy Garcia, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Keener, Dev Patel, Andrew Scott, John Slattery and Shea Whigham.
Based on the graphic novel by Brian Ralph, the series is a dark comedy which follows 17-year-old high school outcast, Josh, as he searches for his missing girlfriend, Sam, in post-apocalyptic Glendale, California. Joined by a ragtag group of misfits including a pyromaniac 12 year old Angelica and Josh’s former high school bully Wesley, now turned pacifist samurai, Josh tries to stay alive amongst the horde of Mad Max-style gangs (evil jocks, cheerleaders turned Amazon warriors), zombie-like creatures called Ghoulies, and everything else this brave new world throws at him.
Delightfully bonkers prequel to Batman-prequel Gotham focused on the life of future Bat-butler extraordinaire Alfred Pennyworth. Set in an alternative reality 1960s London, it sees Alfred freshly out of the SAS trying to set up his own security company. Along the way, he encounters future boss Thomas Wayne, his boss’ future wife Martha Kane and a series of blighters ranging from the left-wing No Names League to the right-wing Raven Society – and Paloma Faith.
A wonderful homage to everything 60s from The Avengers through to kitchen sink dramas, with a cracking central performance from the world’s best young Michael Caine impersonator (Jack Bannon), the show alternates genres on a knife’s edge, going from comedy to Alan Bennett-style Talking Head, but always maintaining a real English, sardonic authenticity (“There’s a Happy Eater near Luton. You love a fry-up.”).
Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Spartacus, Battlestar Galactica) is a former cop turned private investigator who’s just so good, all her former colleagues keep turning to her for help. All she wants to do, though, is get her German coffee machine mixed.
Sequel to Alan Moore’s famous graphic novel about vigilante superheroes set decades after the original story. That’s about all I can tell you, though, since details on it are scant and it’s an original story – plus it won’t air in the US until Sunday October 20. But at the very least Dr Manhattan is thinking about coming back from Mars.
Valentine, an ambitious lawyer, has built her own law firm, DE FACTO, Inc., specialized in legal issues involving new technologies of the information age. She just recruited her cyber specialist, Fran, who happens to be her half-sister, a hacker on parole to boot. Together the duo will help various alleged victims (or perpetrators) of cyber criminality. On the sidelines, their intern, Theo, a young intern aspiring to be a legal eagle and looking up to Valentine, helps or throws oil on the fire.
So I’m not sure if this is the first time it’s been on TV5 Monde but it’s the first I’ve heard of it and the first time I’ve seen TV5 promote it. It was made in 2017, too, so chances are, it’s relatively new.
Here’s episode one, if you want to give it a try:
State of the Union (US: SundanceTV; UK: BBC Two)
Premiere date: Sunday September 8
Married couple Chris O’Dowd and Rosamund Pike meet for regular 10-minute meetings in a pub to talk about their failing marriage before they go across the road to the marriage guidance counsellor.
Every Friday, TMINE lets you know when the latest TV shows from around the world will air in the UK
What time, TMINE? has been away for a month now, and it would madness – madness, I tell you! – for me to try to round up four weeks’ worth of acquisitions and premiere dates.
So, instead, let’s pretend nothing’s happened over the past month and everything started off fresh and new from Monday*. And, in fact, there’s been a real splurge of acquisitions this week, although not all of them have premiere dates yet.
*Actually, I have been keeping an eye on things and there haven’t been that many acquisitions in the past month. So I’m not missing much out.
BBC Two has picked up ZDF (Germany)/ORF (Austria)’s Vienna Blood. That’ll air later this year