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What have you been watching? Including Professor T, Lethal Weapon and כפולים (False Flag)

It’s “What have you been watching?”, my chance to tell you each week what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently and your chance to recommend anything you’ve been watching. TMINE recommends has all the reviews of all the TV shows TMINE has ever recommended, but for a complete list of TMINE’s reviews of (good, bad and insipid) TV shows and movies, there’s the definitive TV Reviews A-Z and Film Reviews A-Z. But it’s what you have you been watching? I bet it’s better than what I’ve been watching.

I’ve been both lazy and hard-working this past week. On the one hand, despite knowing every year that the US is going to start launching all its new shows around now, I’ve not actually bothered looking at the schedules. I just assumed it would all be chocka by now, so I cleared the decks accordingly.

Except it’s not been chocka at all, so I’ve ended up watching a whole load of extra TV in the gaps I’ve left. That means that this week, as well as previews of new US shows The Good Doctor (US: ABC; UK: Sky Living) and The Mayor (US: ABC), I watched all the first season of Tin Star (UK: Sky Atlantic) and all the second season of Glitch (Australia: ABC; UK: Netflix) for TMINE’s newly inaugurated ‘Boxset Monday’.

Impressive, huh? What will I do next Monday, hey? Probably nothing as I’m going to be busy on Monday, so take Glitch as a downpayment.

On top of all those shows, I’ve been trying to watch an awful lot of other new shows and movies – to somewhat limited success, I have to admit.

The rubbish

I tried to watch the second episode of Dear Murderer (New Zealand: TVNZ), but my hopes of a nice spy trial episode were dashed once it became apparent that the trial was going to be thinly spread across the entire season, with our ‘hero’ instead mostly losing lots of cases using the same attempt to inject reasonable doubt into proceedings every time. So I gave up on that.

I also tried to watch Netflix’s pastiche of true crime documentaries, American Vandal. That lasted about 10 minutes before I realised it was basically about a US high school kid accused of spray-painting penises on people’s cars. So I gave up on that.

I also tried to give The Edge of the Bush (Australia: ABC) a whirl. That’s a short-form character comedy in which a small cast play a large number of very stupid, related people: “What happened on The Edge of the Bush? Something so powerful it will bring the Watts family calisthenics dynasty to its knees.” I got through about five minutes of that before I decided the jokes were so bad, I couldn’t even.

For reasons unclear to me, Netflix, Amazon and iTunes have simultaneously decided to carry a movie that was actually a recent failed attempt to resurrect ‘The Saint’ as a TV series. Since it was free on Netflix, I decided to give The Saint a whirl, but it only took me about 10 minutes and a very bad humorous fight scene before I understood why it had failed and gave up. Even though Eliza Dushku and Ian Ogilvy are in it.

Lots of failures then. But I did have greater success elsewhere. Although I didn’t quite have time to watch the second episode of Bang today as I’d planned, there were of course the usual regulars: Get Krack!n, Halt and Catch Fire and The Last Ship as well as the series finale of כפולים (False Flag). I also watched the first episode of returning regular Lethal Weapon and the second episode of The Orville.

But since I still had a moment or two spare over the weekend, I tried the first two episodes of Belgium’s Professor T. And together with my lovely wife, I also gave two movies a try: The Lobster and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. All that after the jump.

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Thor: Ragnarok

All the best trailers from SDCC – Justice League, Marvel’s The Defenders, Star Trek: Discovery, Stranger Things, Thor: Ragnarok and Westworld

SDCC – aka San Diego Comic-Con – had turned into one of the most important events of the year, not just for comics but for movies and TV shows. At least of the nerdier and more US variety, since it’s not like there’s a great Poldark presence there every year.

But it’s where all the latest news is revealed and you get to see the new trailers, and this year, we’ve had a bevy. I’m not going to go through the whole lot, as that way madness lies, but you can find most of them in today’s news.

On top of that, unfortunately, a few of the best trailers that got shown haven’t yet been fed into YouTube (eg Netflix’s Marvel’s The Punisher and Black Panther). But at the very least, after the jump, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on trailers for the likes of Justice League, Thor: RagnarokReady Player One, Netflix’s Marvel’s The Defenders, CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery, HBO’s Westworld, and Netflix’s  Stranger Things (season 2). Oh yes, and The CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

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When’s that show you mentioned starting again, TMINE? Including Atypical and Star Trek: Discovery

Every Friday, I let you know the latest announcements about when new, imported TV shows will finally be arriving on UK screens

Acquisitions this week haven’t been huge, but we have:

Otherwise, all the new premiere dates are for new shows that haven’t aired anywhere yet, so I can’t tell you if they’re any good or not. Soz.

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later (Netflix)
Friday, August 4

Atypical (Netflix)
Friday, August 11

Star Trek: Discovery (US: CBS All Access; UK: Netflix)
Monday, September 25

CBS All Access’s trailer for Star Trek: Discovery

CBS All Access is a slight oddity, being a network in its own right making its own exclusive programming yet still being an adjunct of an existing broadcast network, CBS. So it doesn’t get a separate upfronts presentation from CBS proper, yet does have its own programmes – but is too small to do much better than TNT and other smaller networks. 

Which is basically my way of saying I’ll do CBS programmes in a bit but you can have this shiny trailer for CBS All Access’s one new, but highly anticipated programme. International viewers (including the UK) will be able to watch it on Netflix.

Star Trek: Discovery
A prequel to the voyages of Star Trek‘s USS Enterprise, in which Commander Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) gets her own command of the Discovery. Also features Doug Jones, Jason Isaac and Michelle Yeoh as Burnham’s mentor.

The series will premiere on CBS, with all subsequent episodes available on CBS All Access. It is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. EPs are Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J Berg & Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth.

More Fox trailers for the Fall 2017-8 season

Upfronts week continues and slightly uncharacteristically, the networks are releasing trailers for their new shows before as well as after their presentations. Yesterday, we looked at Fox’s trailer for The Gifted, but now it’s released a whole bunch more. 

So after the jump, take a gander at:

  • The Orville – Seth McFarlane’s comedy Star Trek
  • The Resident – Training Day with doctors
  • LA to Vegas – office comedy set on planes
  • Ghosted – comedy The X-Files

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