Tales of the City

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?


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.

Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes On Television

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



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

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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