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What have you been watching? Including Magnum PI

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Godfather of Harlem
Giancarlo Esposito and Forest Whitaker in Epix’s Godfather of Harlem

This week’s reviews

Fall season is now well under way in the US and over the past week and a bit, I’ve been doing some pretty extensive coverage. However, since this is Peak TV™, this year, I’ve finally had to let my standards slip and only do full reviews for shows that actually look like I could watch them.

That means that since the previous WHYBW, I’ve managed to do proper reviews of Stumptown and Evil, as well as semi-reviews of The Unicorn, Carol’s Second Act, Perfect Harmony and Sunnyside.

Incidentally, I did try to watch Epix (US)’s period gangster drama Godfather of Harlem, as it stars Forest Whitaker, Giancarlo Esposito and Vincent D’Onofrio. However, it was after about 10 minutes of watching Whitaker get out of 1960s jail and return to Harlem that I realised that while the back projection was amusingly Hitchcockian, I was actually bored rigid.

Why? Oh yes. I remember. I hate gangster dramas and I actively dislike Forest Whitaker. Sorry, dude, but that performance was fine in Ghost Dog, but you can’t keep doing it.

Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman
Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman © Jack Rowand/The CW

What’s coming this week

We’re about to enter phase two of Fall 2019, so the regular US broadcast networks are hurling a couple of new shows in our direction this week: Almost Family (Fox) and Batwoman (The CW). Netflix has Raising Dion coming our way on Friday and I’m going to try to play catch up with Hotel Beau Séjour on Walter Presents. We also have some returning regulars to look forward to, including the final season of Mr Robot.

All during one of my busiest work periods of the year. Oh well – I’ll do my best. But PeakTV™, hey?

Michael Sheen in Fox's Prodigal Son
Michael Sheen in Fox’s Prodigal Son

The regulars

Fortunately for my viewing schedule, a whole bunch of regulars are coming to an end, which means that after the jump, we’ll be talking about the season/series finales of כפולים (False Flag), Flateyjargátan (The Flatey Enigma) and Glitch.

However, week two of the Fall season means we have new shows in the viewing queue. In the past week, I’ve separated the potential wheat from the obvious chaff and confined my second-episode viewing to Emergence, Mixed-ish and Prodigal Son – will they last another week?

I’ll also be chatting about the latest episodes of Mr Inbetween and Titans, as well as the return of Magnum P.I. Meanwhile, my catch-up of Pennyworth continues with Cilla Black.

Surprise, surprise! Indeed, can guess which show is getting promoted to the regulars list?

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What have you been watching? Including Prodigal Son, Bob ♥ Abishola, All Rise, Emergence, Mixed-ish and Bluff City Law

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Criminal: France
Netflix’s Criminal: France

This week’s reviews

Despite the launch of the Fall season in the US this week, it’s been a quiet one for TMINE, with just Netflix’s multi-country police interrogation show Criminal getting a Boxset Monday review.

Why so quiet? Well, I have been sad to discover that few have really been good enough so far to warrant a full review.

That means that after the jump, expect some brief rundowns on both Mondays and Tuesday’s new US shows: Bob ♥ Abishola (CBS), All Rise (CBS), Prodigal Son (Fox), Bluff City Law (NBC), Mixed-ish (ABC) and Emergence (ABC). None of them have been picked up UK networks yet, which suggests I’m not 100% wrong in my judgement of them.

However, that’s all four broadcast networks (that have viewers – sorry, CW) airing something new, and there are at least three keepers in there for now, one of which is really good. Which network produced the best ones? Find out after the jump – it might not be the one you’re expecting.

Netflix’s The Politician

What’s coming this week

With Fall in progress, I doubt I’ll be able to fit in an Orange Thursday, unfortunately, although I do have Netflix’s Between Two Ferns: The Movie pencilled in, in case of miracles.

But I should be able to do brief reviews at least before next WHYBW of the following shows: Stumptown (ABC), The Unicorn (CBS), Perfect Harmony (NBC), Carol’s Second Act (CBS), Sunnyside (NBC) and Evil (CBS).

Boxset Monday? Well, fingers crossed, it’ll be Netflix’s The Politician. But we’ll see. Could be anything.

DC Universe’s Titans

The regulars

It’s the usual usuals after the jump: כפולים (False Flag), Flateyjargátan (The Flatey Enigma), Glitch, Mr Inbetween and Titans. Unfortunately, my Pennyworth catch-up schedule has been hit by all the new shows, so that’ll have to wait for a bit. But I will get there in the end. Promise.

All of that, after the jump.

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What have you been watching? Including The I-Land and Mr InBetween

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Der Pass (Pagan Peak)

This week’s reviews

With the unofficial ‘week of boxsets’ over, TMINE’s been back to a slightly more normal pace. Last week’s Orange Thursday covered Long Shot (2019) and Mary Poppins Returns (2018), while Boxset Tuesday this week covered Austro-German Bron/Broen (The Bridge) adaptation Der Pass (Pagan Peak).

Tune in on Monday for a chance to win Der Pass on DVD, BTW.

However, that’s it for normal pace. Fall season 2019’s about to hit us, everyone. Brace yourselves – incoming…

David Tennant in Netflix’s Criminal

What’s coming this week

Tomorrow is Orange Thursday and as of yet, I’ve not watched a single movie. It’s not looking good is it, but I’ll try to sneak one in tonight.

Boxset Monday is almost certainly going to be Netflix’s multi-country anthology interrogation show Criminal. However, après ça, le déluge, as it’s new-show time.

I can’t say exactly which days the reviews will come and whether they’ll be rolled into next week’s WHYBW, but coming next week, I’m hoping to subject my eyeballs to: Bob ♥ Abishola (CBS), All Rise (CBS), Prodigal Son (Fox), Bluff City Law (NBC), Mixed-ish (ABC), Emergence (ABC), Stumptown (ABC), Creepshow (Shudder), The Unicorn (CBS), Perfect Harmony (NBC), Carol’s Second Act (CBS), Sunnyside (NBC) and Evil (CBS).

I won’t lie to you – there might be some slippage with that schedule, perhaps into the following week, and other things may suffer. But I’ll do my best.

Mr InBetween
Mr InBetween

The regulars

It’s the usual usuals after the jump: כפולים (False Flag), Flateyjargátan (The Flatey Enigma), Glitch, Pennyworth and Titans. However, on top of that, Mr InBetween has made his return. There’s lovely, hey?

I’ll also have a few words to say about Netflix’s The I-Land. Will they be kind words or harsh words, you may wonder? Well, either it was the best Netflix show I’ve ever seen or it was the absolute worst. Have a guess which.

All of that, after the jump.

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What have you been watching? Including The Flatey Enigma and Detective Cain

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Sacha Baron Cohen in The Spy
Sacha Baron Cohen in The Spy

This week’s reviews

It’s amazing how much easier it is to write TV reviews when there’s no new TV to review, isn’t it? This odd paradox is presumably the only explanation for the large number of boxsets I dropped on you during TMINE’s inaugural ‘Boxsets Week’ (catchy title, hey?):

However, TV’s coming back, so it’s going to be a more regular schedule for the rest of the month, at least.

In fact, after the jump, we can talk about two new shows that have already popped up on UK TV screens in the past week: Flateyjargátan (The Flatey Enigma) and Caïn (Detective Cain).

Toni Collette and Merritt Wever in Unbelievable
Toni Collette and Merritt Wever in Netflix’s Unbelievable

What’s coming this week

Tomorrow is Orange Thursday, of course, and at least one of the movies I’ll be reviewing is Mary Poppins Returns (2018); the other will be whatever I choose to watch tonight.

TV-wise, expect me to be at least glancing at Netflix’s The I-Land and Unbelievable, and I might get around finally to watching season 3 of GLOW as well.

But that’s about it for the premieres at the moment, I think. However, always expect the unexpected.

Esai Morales as Deathstroke in Titans
Esai Morales as Deathstroke in Titans

The regulars

My regular viewing queue is still a small list, but there are signs it’s coming back to life. We’ll be discussing the continuing adventures of False Flag and Glitch, of course, as well as my continuing efforts to catch up with Pennyworth.

But we also have the not quite triumphant return of Titans to consider, too. All of that, after the jump.

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