Motherland Fort Salem

Review: Motherland – Fort Salem 1×1 (US: Freeform)

In the US: Wednesdays, 9p/8c, Freeform
In the UK: Not yet acquired

As we noticed with The Plot Against America, most parallel history sci-fi TV is obsessed with the Second World War. True, we get the occasional exception, such as For All Mankind or 1983, but largely, it’s 101 explorations of what would have happened if the Nazis had won the war.

That at least makes Motherland – Fort Salem a refreshing change, since rather than being a twist on just 20th century history, it’s a feminist twist of pretty much all of American history. Here, we start with the Salem Witch Trials and imagine not only what would have happened if witches genuinely were supernatural, but also what they would have done if they’d agreed to put their powers to use for the state.

Imagine 300+ years of history in which the only soldiers were women and they fought using magic instead of weaponry.

Unfortunately, Motherland – Fort Salem also decides that the only really interesting thing about that potentially highly exciting set-up is who’s shagging whom and who’s in and out of what High School-esque clique at any one time. It’s more Pretty Little Liars: The Illusionists than anything else.

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Freeform’s upfronts 2019-20 – a rundown and clips from the new shows: Motherland: Fort Salem, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay and Party of Five

All through ‘upfronts’ week, TMINE will be revealing the new shows that are going to be hitting US TV screens from September 2019

It’s that time of year again – the ‘upfronts’. What’s that, I hear you ask?

What are the upfronts, TMINE?

It’s when all the US networks reveal to advertisers the new shows that are going to be hitting the TV screens some time from September 2019 through to nowish 2020. However, this isn’t the same as the international screenings, where buyers from TV networks around the world turn up to see what they’d like to acquire, so we won’t know what will be heading our way for quite some time.

This weekend, US TV networks killed off a whole bunch of existing shows (prompting howls of protest from their fans) and are about to commission a whole bunch of new shows (prompting howls of ‘you cancelled x for this rubbish?’ from said-same fans).

4. Freeform’s upfronts

As Freeform is the network formerly known as ABC Family, naturally enough it has it Upfronts on the same day as ABC’s. However, the lesser networks never normally announce many new shows, as they don’t really have much of a schedule to mention. Last year, for example, all Freeform had to announce at its upfronts was:

However, this year, three is the magic number, with ABC, Fox and NBC all announcing three new shows for the Fall. And now Freeform’s doing the same:

  • Motherland: Fort Salem
  • Everything’s Gonna Be Okay
  • Party of Five

How many of these will we end up seeing and when? Who knows? But welcome to the big leagues, guys.

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