The Chi
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The Chi, Empire renewed; Spider-man universe TV series; + more

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

Internet TV

UK TV

  • Lisa Kudrow, Sophie Thompson and Charlotte Ritchie join E4/Netflix’s Mae and George
  • Horror Bites and CBS Catchup Channels added to YouView
  • Greenacre developing: adaptations of Thrity Umrigar’s The Space Between Us and The Secrets Between Us

US TV

US TV show casting

New US TV shows

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Bryan Brown and Phoebe Tonkin in Bloom
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including Bloom, What/If, Mr Iglesias and When They See Us

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

As usual, it’s mostly Netflix shows announcing airdates this week, but we have a few others.

Acquisitions

The following shows have been acquired this week, but don’t yet have a premiere date:

  • Surprisingly, Sky1, rather than Sky Atlantic, has picked up Cinemax (US)’s Warrior. That’ll start airing in June, but no exact date yet
  • Less surprisingly, it’s My5 that has acquired the first season of Crackle (US)’s The Oath

Premiere dates

Bloom
Phoebe Tonkin and Jacki Weaver in Stan (Australia)’s Bloom

Bloom (Australia: Stan; UK: My5)
Premiere date: Wednesday, May 1

A flood devastates a remote Australian town, but a year later, a strange flower is found growing in select places that were flooded. And if you eat its buds, you’ll be restored to your youth – at least temporarily.

Bryan Brown sees his chance to restore dementing wife Jacki Weaver to her film star youth, but will she still want him when he does so? And who else might want to keep those buds to themselves?

Episode reviews: season one

Renée Zellweger in Netflix's What/If
Renée Zellweger in Netflix’s What/If

What/If (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, May 24

What/If explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. The 10-episode first season focuses on a mysterious woman’s lucrative, but dubious offer to a cash-strapped pair of San Francisco newlyweds.

Stars: Renée Zellweger, Jane Levy, Blake Jenner, Samantha Ware, Keith Powers, Daniella Pineda, Juan Castano, John Clarence Stewart and Dave Annable.

When They See Us

When They See Us (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, May 31

Limited seriesWhen They See Us chronicles the notorious case of the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit.

Beginning in the spring of 1989, the series spans 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

Stars Michael K Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Storm Reid, Dascha Polanco, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriguez and Asante Blackk.

Mr Iglesias (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, June 21

Mr Iglesias follows a good-natured public high school teacher who works at his alma mater. He takes on teaching gifted but misfit kids to not only save them from being “counselled out” by a bully bureaucrat assistant Ppcipal, but also to help them unlock their full potential.

Stars: Gabriel Iglesias, Sherri Shepherd, Jacob Vargas, Maggie Geha, Richard Gant, Cree Cicchino and Fabrizio Guido.

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Tales of the City
Airdates

When’s that show you mentioned starting, TMINE? Including The Bad Seed, Tales of the City, and Overspel

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

A little bit of catch-up, since TMINE was on a break last Friday, and a little bit earlier than usual since it’s Good Friday tomorrow, but here’s WTSYMST. That’s not catchy, is it?

Acquisitions

The following shows have been acquired this fortnight, but don’t yet have a premiere date:

Premiere dates

Dean O’Gorman and Matt Minto in TVNZ1 (New Zealand)’s The Bad Seed

The Bad Seed (New Zealand: TVNZ1; UK: Alibi)
Premiere date: Tuesday, May 14, 9pm

Based on a series of books by award-winning New Zealand author, Charlotte Grimshaw, The Bad Seed tells the story of two brothers from the same dysfunctional family who, having escaped the desperate days of their early childhood, find their newly ordered lives falling apart when one becomes a suspect in a murder.

I was planning to review The Bad Seed today, since the first episode was on Sunday. However, I wasn’t paying attention to the schedules and it turns out that it’s been airing nightly this week, with the final episode set to air tonight. So instead, I’ll try to boxset the whole series at some point in the next week or so – assuming it’s any cop, of course.

Vara (The Netherlands)'s Overspel (The Adulterer)
Vara (The Netherlands)’s Overspel (The Adulterer)

Overspel (The Adulterer) (The Netherlands: VARA; UK: Channel 4/All4)
Premiere date: Sunday, April 28, 11pm

When Iris and Willem cross paths, sparks fly and they cannot deny the intense chemistry between them… little do they know that their lives will soon become more entangled than they could possibly imagine.

Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City (Netflix)
Premiere date: Friday, June 7

Fourth instalment of the series based on Armistead Maupin’s books, which started on Channel 4 in the UK in 1993 and was later revived by Showtime in the US in 1998 and 2001, and is now being revived again by Netflix.

Mary Ann (Laura Linney) returns to present-day San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross), twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture-perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann is quickly drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis), her chosen family and a new generation of queer young residents living at 28 Barbary Lane.

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Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes On Television
News

Bloom acquired; Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes, Champain ILL cancelled; Good Girls et al renewed; + more

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

Internet TV

  • Amazon renews: Hanna
  • YouTube cancels: Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes, Champaign ILL, Sideswiped and Do You Want To See A Dead Body
  • Kate Mulvany joins, James Le Gros, Ebony Obsidian, Celeb Emery et al to recur on Amazon’s The Hunt
  • Netflix green lights: man-and-dog comedy series It’s Bruno!, with Solvan “Slick” Naim, Rob Morgan and Shakira Barrera

Scandinavian TV

  • Trailer for YLE (Finland)’s Invisible Heroes

UK TV

US TV

US TV show casting

  • Iain Glen to play Bruce Wayne on DC Universe’s Titans
  • Lena Waithe joins HBO’s Westworld
  • Paul Sparks to replace Garrett Hedlund in Hulu’s Castle Rock
  • Martha Higareda, Shawn Ashmore, Barbara Crampton et al join Hulu’s Into The Dark
  • Ana Ortiz to guest on NBC’s Superstore
  • Joel McHale and Jimmy Simpson to guest in USA’s new Psych movie

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

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Bloom
Australian and New Zealand TV

Boxset Tuesday: Bloom (season one) (Australia: Stan; UK: My5)

In Australia: Available on Stan
In the UK: Acquired by My5. Will start Wednesday, May 1

When I was reviewing Glitch, the last entry in the worldwide “dead loved ones are coming back to life to screw up our lives” TV series stakes, I figured that was it from Australia. That was their entry for the top spot. No more for this genre from them.

Little did I know that Australia’s up-and-coming streaming service Stan was going to have a go, too.

Bloom is a bit different, though. Rather than the dead coming back to life after accidents, floods, etc as per The Returned (Les Revenants) et al, it instead gives us something potentially more terrifying: our loved ones returning to us but in the prime of their lives.

The show is set in a small country town in Australia that was a hit by a terrible flood a year previously that caused numerous deaths. Bryan Brown (FX – Murder By Illusion, The Wanderer, Old School) has been married to former movie star Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Squinters, Secret City) for nearly 50 years, but Weaver is now in a care home, suffering from dementia, and hardly recognises Brown. Then one day Brown notices that his dying dog seems to have recovered all its youth and vigour after eating the fruit of a strange plant in his garden. And he has an idea that might just cure his wife and return her to him…

However, he’s not the only one who’d discovered the miraculous properties of the plant and numerous old folk are already or are soon looking for it to become young again – for both good and bad reasons. And even if they don’t want to eat it, maybe others would like them to – and might even make them eat it without their knowing.

Unfortunately, it soon becomes apparent that the magic plant’s special powers only last for a short time and that it only grows on spots where someone died in the flood. With less and less of the plant available, what will people do to get hold of just a few more days of youth for both them and others?

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