Happy 13th birthday to TMINE!

A birthday cake

Crikey, as I always say. How did that happen?

Time has flown again, since The Medium Is Not Enough emerged blinking into the world a stupifying 13 years ago, primed to make sarcastic comments about UK and foreign TV, mainly from the US, mainly in languages I can speak, with reviews of Prison Break, Supernatural, and Global Frequency.

This year, of course, we’ve had the great big WordPress migration and redesign. Boxset and Movie Mondays have arrived. YouTube Red has started producing watchable TV. And I’ve got a year older. Sigh.

As always, a great big thank you to all the regular commenters: Mark Carroll, JustStark, bob, Craig Grannell, idleworm, Adam Bowie, Ian Miller and new arrival MasterWitcher088. But thank yous to anyone who’s left even one comment this year – it’s been great to hear from you!

Same time next year everyone? I say that every year, don’t I? Anyway, there’ll be cake, so bring your friends.

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Finding Joy
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Alfred the Butler origin story; Brexit with Benedict Cumberbatch; STV2 to close; + more

Internet TV

European TV

UK TV

  • STV to close STV2
  • E4 green lights: series of former boyband star comedy Maxxx, with O-T Fagbenle
  • Channel 4 green lights: series of post-nervous breakdown comedy Happy AF, with Aisling Bea and Sharon Horgan…
  • …and data-driven political campaigning thriller Brexit, with Benedict Cumberbatch

US TV

New US TV shows

New US TV show casting

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Pretty Little Liars - The Perfectionists
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Freeform’s upfronts 2018-9 – a rundown and clips from the new shows – Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

All through ‘upfronts’ week, TMINE will be revealing the new shows that are going to be hitting US TV screens from September 2018

As Freeform is the network formerly known as ABC Family, naturally enough it has it Upfronts on the same day as ABC’s. However, as usual with the lesser networks, there’s not actually that many new shows. Besties is now on its way but there’s no trailer, so all Freeform really had to show off was Pretty Little Liars spin-off The Perfectionists. Oh, and Freeform Santa.

Honestly, even though it’s got Kelly Rutherford in the cast, I can’t even be bothered with The Perfectionists, as I really am too old for that now, and it’s a really short trailer, anyway, so you’ll have to do your own hot-take.

Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

The Long Version

The series features the return of fan favourites Sasha Pieterse as Alison and Janel Parrish as Mona. Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists stars Sofia Carson (Disney’s Descendants) as Ava, Sydney Park (The Walking Dead) as Caitlin, newcomer Eli Brown as Dylan, Graeme Thomas King (The Widow) as Jeremy, Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl) as Claire, and Hayley Erin (General Hospital) in an undisclosed role.

In Beacon Heights, a seemingly perfect town, a group of three college friends struggle with the stress of being overachievers. In the aftermath of the town’s first murder, each Perfectionist hides behind a secret, a lie and an alibi. The Perfectionists is also based on a popular book series by Sara Shepard. Marlene King (Pretty Little Liars, Famous in Love) wrote the pilot and serves as an executive producer on the series with Charlie Craig (Pretty Little Liars, The 100), Lisa Cochran-Neilan (Pretty Little Liars, Famous in Love), Leslie Morgenstein (Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries) and Gina Girolamo (The 100, The Originals). The pilot was directed and executive produced by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum (Relationship Status). Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists is produced by Alloy Entertainment and Long Lake Media, in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.

Freeform Santa

Not really a show, but worth watching.

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Nightflyers
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Syfy’s upfronts 2018-9 – a rundown and clips from the new shows – Nightflyers and Deadly Class

All through ‘upfronts’ week, TMINE will be revealing the new shows that are going to be hitting US TV screens from September 2018

Since NBC and Syfy are both owned by NBCUniversal, don’t be too surprised that at the same time we got a gander at NBC’s new shows for Fall 2018, we also got to look at Syfy’s. Unlike its UK counterpart which neither makes nor even broadcasts many shows as far as I can tell, Syfy (US) does actually produce TV programmes and it’s got two new ones for us to contemplate watching, even if they’re both almost certainly going to end up on Netflix over here (Nightflyers has already been picked up by Netflix).

Nightflyers

The Short Version

Psycho in space”, according to that George RR Martin (Game of Thrones), who created it.

The Long Version

Based on the 1980 novella and the 1987 film of the same name, Nightflyers follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of the solar system aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tight-knit crew and a reclusive captain – hoping to make contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place, they start to question each other, and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought. Gretchen Mol stars.

TMINE’s hottest of hot first takes

Even I can’t work out if this is going to be any good from just a bunch of people standing in a dark room. But that’s them putting their best foot forward, so I have less than high hopes now. Still, I’ve a lot of time for Gretchen Mol and George RR Martin ain’t too shabby either.

Deadly Class

Deadly Class

The Short Version

Harry Potter meets Kick Ass.

The Long Version

Deadly Class, set in a dark comic book world against the backdrop of late-1980s counterculture, follows a homeless teen recruited into a storied private school where the world’s top crime families send their next generations. Maintaining his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques and his adolescent uncertainties soon proves to be vital for the boy. The drama is described as a coming-of-age journey full of ancient mystery and teen angst. Benedict Wong (Marco Polo, Doctor Strange), Benjamin Wadsworth (Teen Wolf) and Lana Condor (X-Men: Apocalypse) are among the show’s cast.

TMINE’s hottest of hot first takes

This does actually look quite fun and the fact the Russo brothers (Captain America: Winter Soldier, Avengers: Infinity War) are behind it and Benedict Wong  is in front of it fills me with some confidence. All the same, Syfy, two shows set in a secret school? Was The Magicians not enough for you?

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800 words
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TMINE is on its Easter holidays

Just a brief reminder that TMINE is now off on an Easter break until 9 April, during which not much will be happening here. But maybe a bit – so stay tuned. However, for sure, there will be some updating of both the TMINE Facebook page and Twitter feed if any exciting news pops up – such as 800 words getting a UK airdate, for example. And if I spot something media-related on my international journeys, I might even put something on the Instagram feed.

TTFN!