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What have you been watching? Including LA’s Finest, Lucifer, The Spanish Princess, The Society and Sliced

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

Okay, so maybe Thursdays still isn’t a good idea for WHYBW, given that What We Do In The Shadows and The Twilight Zone air on Wednesday night in the US. That’s an hour and a half of TV to watch on the same day as I have to write TMINE’s most intensive weekly feature. Hard. I’ve basically spent half a day doing this.

So, what say we to moving WHYBW to Wednesday next week and moving Orange Wednesdays to Thursdays? At the very least, it’ll stop EE from suing me from trademark infringement.

Yes? Good. Glad we could all agree on that.

LA's Finest
LA’s Finest

This week’s reviews

Despite TMINE having covered the US upfronts season for 11 years now, they always seem to come up as a surprise to me. I don’t why that should be, given they’re at more or less the same time every year, but they do.

Anyway, their arrival means that despite wild promises last week to review lots of the new TV shows that have appeared on TV screens around the world since then, I’ve been doing upfronts coverage instead, giving hot takes on all the new shows NBC, ABC, Freeform, Fox and CBS are planning to give us over the next year; the last of the bunch, The CW, will see its newbies will getting the TMINE treatment tomorrow, so stay tuned for that.

All I’ve managed to review, as a result, is Australia’s Mr Black. Sigh.

Don’t worry, though, because I have done the background reading at least, so after the jump, I’ll be looking at the most TV – I surely will – with:

  • The Spanish Princess (US: Starz; UK: StarzPlay)
  • The Society (Netflix)
  • Sliced (UK: Dave)
  • LA’s Finest (US: Spectrum)

Meanwhile, Orange Wednesday was similarly deficient, only giving us The Death of Stalin (2017) this week. It’ll be the normal movie count for Orange Thursday next week, though: Snowpiercer (2013) and Glass (2019). Now you know what they are, you can watch them, too, and we can discuss them like we’re in a book club or something.

George Clooney in Catch 22
George Clooney, Christopher Abbott and Pico Alexander in Hulu’s Catch-22. © Philipe Antonello/Hulu

What’s coming this week

The 410 (Canada: CBC Gem) will probably get a look over tomorrow, given it’s only 3x30m episodes, but I think Educators (New Zealand: TVNZ OnDemand) might miss out, unless What/If (Netflix) turns out to be spectacularly dreadful.

I’m also going to be watching State of the Union (US: SundanceTV; UK: BBC Two), which is only 10×10-minute episodes, so normally too short-form for TMINE to consider. But given it’s by Nick Hornby, stars Chris O’Dowd and Rosamund Pike, and has been picked up by BBC Two already, that basically puts it on my radar. Also, there seems to be an increasing amount of TV made for US networks by British people in Britain (cf Killing Eve, the forthcoming The Rook), which is an interesting trend that TMINE should investigate, don’t you think?

On top of that, we’ve got Hulu (US)’s adaptation of Catch-22 coming up, as well as Netflix’s What/If. CBS (US)’s Blood and Treasure starts next Tuesday, too, but it probably won’t be until Thursday or Friday that I’ll review it.

And lest we forget the rest of the world, Five Bedrooms (Australia: Ten) started yesterday so I’ll be reviewing that as well.

Lauren German, Tom Ellis and Inbar Lavi in Netflix’s Lucifer

The regulars

As usual, I’ll be talking about the latest episodes of Doom Patrol, Game of Thrones, The Twilight Zone, Warrior, and What We Do In the Shadows after the jump. But Harrow (Australia: ABC; UK: Alibi) has returned for its second season, so I’ll be catching up with that. Mr Black (Australia: Ten)’s second episode has also aired, so I’ll be watching that closely. And since Lucifer is now a Netflix production, I thought I’d see if its fourth season was in any way different from those that preceded it on Fox (US) – judging from its first episode, at least.

See you in a mo.

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  • …legal drama For Life and family comedy United We Fall
  • …yellow lights: Heart of Life and NYPD Blue
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  • red lights: Under the Bridge and The Republic of Sarah
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  • …and soap southern Gothic family drama Filthy Rich
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What have you been watching? Including Dead to Me

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

Cobrai Kai – season 2

This week’s reviews

Despite yet another Bank Holiday weekend, TMINE did as good as it promised and dished you all up not one but two boxsets

Meanwhile, Orange Wednesday‘s film reviews gave us a Chinese-language double-bill of The Wandering Earth (2019) and The Water Margin (1973).

TVNZ On Demand’s Educators

What’s coming this week

Lovely Wife hasn’t felt motivated enough to watch Starz (US)’s The Spanish Princess and doesn’t seem likely to change her mind about that for a while, so we won’t be looking at that.

However, coming this week to our TV screens are the following shows, which I’ll rate in terms of the chance I’ll bother watching and reviewing them:

Also potentially up for review are some shows that I didn’t have time to watch this week and which in some cases were online-only:

  • Mr Black (Australia: Ten) – likely
  • The 410 (Canada: CBC Gem) – possible
  • Educators (New Zealand: TVNZ OnDemand) – possible

But they may all end up in one big WHYBW next week.

One show I did start watching is Netflix’s Dead to Me, but you can read about that after the jump.

The original cast of What We Do In The Shadows and Tilda Swinton
The original cast of What We Do In The Shadows (2014) and Tilda Swinton in FX (US)’s What We Do In The Shadows

The regulars

We’re down to quite small numbers of regulars, but after the jump I’ll be talking about the latest episodes of Doom Patrol, Game of Thrones, The Twilight Zone, Warrior, and What We Do In the Shadows.

See you in a mo.

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What have you been watching? Including Game of Thrones and The Orville

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

Yes, it’s Thursday! After a temporary relocation to Tuesday, WHYBW is back on its God-ordained day thanks to last week’s viewing queue cull. Fingers crossed, that’ll allow me to start boxsetting again at the weekends. Fingers even more crossed, we won’t need to reschedule anything for a while.

Elizabeth Laidlaw and Noel Fisher in The Red Line
Elizabeth Laidlaw and Noel Fisher in The Red Line. Photo: Elizabeth Morris/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

This week’s reviews

There’s been a trickle of new shows over the past week, although I’ve skipped the likes of Netflix’s Chambers, on the general grounds it sounded rubbish. But elsewhere, I’ve reviewed:

And this week’s Orange Wednesday took in Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Godzilla (1954)

Cobra Kai - season 2
William Zabka, Martin Kove and Ralph Macchio in season 2 of YouTube’s Cobra Kai

What’s coming this week

The observant will have noticed that I’ve been watching the second season of YouTube’s Cobra Kai. I’ll be reviewing all of that tomorrow.

I’ve also started watching TVNZ’s The Bad Seed and as that ain’t bad, I’ll hopefully be doing that as a boxset on Tuesday (it’s another Bank Holiday in the UK on Monday).

That makes Netflix’s Dead to Me unlikely to fit into the schedule when it starts on Friday, but I might do that later next week. The Spanish Princess starts on Starz (US) on Sunday, but I’ll be working to Lovely Wife’s schedule on that one, her being the Tudor/Philippa Gregory expert.

There’ll be other stuff, too, I’m sure, maybe even in countries other than the US. But I’m not sure what.

HBO (US)'s Game of Thrones
Apparently, there was a big fight this week in HBO (US)’s Game of Thrones

The regulars

After last week’s cull, we have a much more stable stable of regulars to talk about this week. However, as WHYBW has been pushed back a couple of days, some of them are on double-episode duty.

After the jump then, Doom Patrol, Game of Thrones, The Twilight Zone, Warrior, and What We Do In the Shadows – one of them is getting promoted to the recommended list. Can you guess which one? It was also the season (and possibly series) finale of The Orville, so I’ll be talking about that, too.

See you in a mo.

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