Merry Happy Whatever
US TV

What have you been watching? Including Merry Happy Whatever

It’s “What have you been watching?”, your chance to recommend to fellow TMINE readers anything you’ve been watching this week

Servant
Apple TV+’s Servant

This week’s reviews

Yep, despite my best efforts, it’s Thursday again for WHYBW. Next week, though. Next week.

Not much reviews-wise this week, but I did take in the first three episodes of Apple TV+’s Servant.

V-Wars
Netflix’s V Wars

What’s coming this week

It’s going to be another light one this week, since although Netflix released the (probably not that great) V Wars today, I’m away this weekend and Monday, so won’t have time to watch or review a whole boxset.

However, I will review Fox (US)’s remake of Australia’s The Moodys and Showtime (US)’s Work in Progress. I might also get round to watching at least an episode of Hulu (US)’s Reprisal and Apple TV+’s Truth Be Told – and maybe of V Wars, too.

Dollface
Hulu’s Dollface

The regulars

Evil‘s still on a Thanksgiving holiday, so after the jump, we’ll be talking about the latest episodes of the regulars: The Mandalorian, Mr Robot, Silicon Valley, Stumptown and Watchmen, as well as the season finale of Titans. I also barrelled through the remaining episodes of Dollface.

But it’s worth pointing out that pretty much all of those are on TMINE’s recommended list and thus the crème de la crème of current TV output. Sure, I’ve ragged on some of them of late, but I think this week I’ve learnt the value of patience, thanks particularly due to Mr Robot, but also Watchmen.

Therefore, perhaps I shouldn’t be so curt in this section – because not just one, not just two, but three of those shows have served up some really sublime TV this week, with a fourth serving up a meme and some soup.

See you in a mo.

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International TV

What have you been watching? Including Mad About You

It’s “What have you been watching?”, your chance to recommend to fellow TMINE readers anything you’ve been watching this week

Plan Coeur
Netflix’s Plan cœur

This week’s reviews

Yep, Thursday again. Thought I’d have a proper day off yesterday. Schedule therefore screwed, even if I am now somewhat refreshed.

This week, even though I didn’t manage to Orange Thursday after all, I did at least get around to reviewing season two of Netflix’s Plan cœur (The Hookup Plan) for Boxset Monday. Otherwise, that was it – work was a bit mad, plus it turned out that Amazon’s release of The Feed was US only. Duh.

But fingers crossed, it’ll be easier next week.

Servant
Apple TV+’s Servant

What’s coming this week

Barring miracles, there won’t be an Orange Thursday today, but there will be next week, you’ll be happy to hear. I really will be covering The Fear of God, as well as The Philadelphia Experiment (no, not that one). Or maybe something else. But that’s the baseline.

It being Thanksgiving in the US today, and with Christmas just round the corner, it’s going to be a bit quiet TV-wise for the next few days, though, but Apple has just released the first three episodes of Servant, so that’ll be this week’s Boxset Monday. Fingers crossed.

Mr InBetween
Mr InBetween

The regulars

After the jump, we’ll be talking about the latest episodes of the regulars: Dollface, Evil, The Mandalorian, Mr Robot, Silicon Valley, Stumptown, Titans, Treadstone and Watchmen, as well as the season finale of Mr InBetween and two episodes of For All Mankind, seeing as Apple put a new one out today, a day early.

However, one of those is now just so bad, I can’t be bothered to watch it any more. Can you guess which?

On top of that, we’ll also be discussing the first episode of Spectrum’s revival of Mad About You. The new Will & Grace it is not.

See you in a mo.

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The Mandalorian
Internet TV

Review: The Mandalorian 1×1-1×2 (Disney+)

In the US: Fridays, Disney+
In the UK: Available on Disney+ from March

I’m not sure what’s more interesting: the fact that all the giant US media mega corporations are starting their own streaming services, most of which will inevitably end in closure in a couple of years’ time; or what shows they’re choosing to launch their networks with – and when.

Apple has recently given us Apple TV+. With the likes of See and For All Mankind, it’s a combination of extremely good-looking, under-specced, American-centric TV shows that Apple assumes will be so desirable, everyone will just want them. WarnerBros is launching HBO Max soon, but only in territories where it can’t make money more easily by simply selling the shows to existing networks. CBS and NBC are launching or have already launched streaming services in the US, with no plans of launching them anywhere else.

And now we have Disney+. That’s coming out in phases, with the US first, the rest of the world next year, with the UK getting its bite in March.

What’s on it so far? Pretty much everything that Disney has ever made – the older stuff carrying a warning that it might be culturally insensitive. It’s done that by removing pretty much everything that it’s ever made from other services, including Netflix, in case you were wondering where it had all gone to.

But in terms of new shows, it’s going to be a while before much shows up. Because mock Apple for its four new TV shows all you like, Disney+ has a glorious one new show – one for adults, anyway, and I personally would never have counted High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, simply because of the number of colons in its title.

Naturally, it’s starting with one of its existing franchises. Yes, it’s a Star Wars show.

The Mandalorian

Not a manatee

Time was when three Star Wars movies was enough. Then we had six – and wished we still only had three. Now we’re on our way to nine movies in the main storyline, the three new ones wiping most of the bad taste of the prequels away, and two others – Rogue One and Solo – just sort of sitting there, hoping you’ll watch them because they have Star Wars in the title.

The Mandalorian sort of sits in the latter camp. Written by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), The Mandalorian is set five years after Return of the Jedi and ostensibly stars Pedro Pascal as a ‘Mandalorian’, a sort of religious bounty hunter who dresses a bit like Boba Fett, but isn’t.

I say ostensibly, because he never takes his helmet off so it might as well be Michael Crawford under there – which is odd because his boss is played by noted film director Werner Herzog, a man you’d normally hire to play a part purely because of his voice, not because of how he looks.

Herzog hires the Mandalorian via Weathers to go and kill a specific target on a desert planet that definitely isn’t Tatooine but might as well be. Off he trots and after bumping into another bounty hunter (voiced by Taika Waititi this time), he finds his target isn’t quite what he thought and ends up protecting him/she/it.

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Sakho & Mangane
News

Sakho & Mangane acquired; Supergirl’s Superman spin-off; Stumptown, The Rookie, Mixed-ish extended; + more

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

French TV

  • Trailer for France 2’s Tropiques Criminels (Criminal Tropics)
  • France 2 renews and revamps: Les petits meurtres d’Agatha Christie (The Little Murders of Agatha Christie)

UK TV

US TV

US TV show casting

New US TV shows

  • New trailer for Disney+’s Star Wars: The Mandalorian
  • ABC green lights: semi-pilot of Fresh Off The Boat Indian family spin-off Magic Motor Inn, with Vir Das and Preity G Zinta
  • The CW developing: Supergirl spin-off Superman & Lois, with Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch
  • Freeform developing: modern day adaptation of Dante’s Inferno as Dante’s Inferno

New US TV show casting

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Kingdom
News

Kingdom, Jerk renewed; Grisham-verse series cancelled; Neighbours spin-off acquired; + more

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

Internet TV

  • Trailer for season 2 of Amazon’s Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
  • Goran Visnjic and Claudia Doumit to recur on Amazon’s The Boys
  • Gary Sinise joins Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why
  • Netflix renews: Kingdom
  • green lights: Korean supernatural action drama The School Nurse Files, sci-fi romance My Holo Love, high school conflict drama Extracurricular and Park Narae: Glamor Warning
  • Apple developing: teacher dramedy Mr Corman, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Australian TV

  • Trailer for Ten’s Part-Time Private Eyes

UK TV

US TV show casting

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

  • Julia Jones joins Disney+’s Star Wars: The Mandalorian