The most notable (and best) TV show to come out this week technically didn’t really launch this week – online streaming sneak peeks of the new Jim Carey comedy Kidding have started in the last few days. After watching episode one, I’m not entirely sold on the show – the premise feels more like it would make for a great film, but I don’t feel so confident about it as an episodic.
The show is about a Mister Rogers-type of TV presenter who is dealing with a marriage that has failed in the aftermath of the death of one of his sons. Much of the comedy in the show comes from the supporting characters in the show, with Jim Carey starring as the sad sack lead. Kidding won’t be for everyone, but I think it is at least worth a look.
Also this week is the Sons of Anarchy spin-off series Mayans MC and the TV version of The Purge. But the show I am most enthused about is the new BBC drama Press. I haven’t yet seen anything from it, but I’ve hungered for a TV drama set in a newspaper for some time now. TV could use a crusading reporter character on its screens – it’s been too long.
– Newsletter editor and TV watching guy
Vanity Fair – ITV (UK)
Stars: Olivia Cooke, Johnny Flynn, Claudia Jessie
Set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, Vanity Fair follows Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society.
Wanderlust – BBC1 (UK)
Stars: Toni Collette, Steven Mackintosh, Zawe Ashton
Therapist Joy Richards tries to maintain the spark with her husband Alan, following a cycling accident that has put their sex life on hold. Suddenly Joy and Alan find themselves drawn to new people, and both are tempted to make the ultimate indiscretion. With their marriage in crisis, Joy comes up with an audacious, unorthodox but potentially brilliant proposal that will have huge ramifications for the future.
The Purge – USA Network (US)
Stars: Gabriel Chavarria, Jessica Garza, Hannah Emily Anderson
Set in an altered United States, several unrelated people discover how far they will go to survive a night where all crime is legal for 12 hours.
Mayans M.C. – FX (US)
Stars: JD Pardo, Clayton Cardenas, Edward James Olmos
Set in a post-Jax Teller world, “Mayans MC” sees EZ Reyes, a former golden boy now fresh out of prison, as a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California-Mexico border who must carve out his new outlaw identity.
Press – BBC1 (UK)
Stars: Bern Collaço, Sujaya Dasgupta, Shawn Dixon
Two rival fictional British newspapers and their staff navigate the changing nature of journalism in the digital age and the 24-hour news cycle. The Herald, a left-leaning broadsheet newspaper shares a building with The Post, a tabloid. The journalists at the Herald attempt to balance hard-hitting serious news delivered with integrity with selling stories. The staff at the Post however often put aside their moral and ethical standards in order to get the scoop. Both publications report on the same story from different angles and perspectives while the staff try to find a personal and professional balance in an industry that never sleeps.
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