TV Oct. 10-12: Jestination Unknown, Torn Apart, El Camino, The Birch, Fractured, The Awakening of Motti Wolkenbruch

I am so sorry to have missed the Rialto theatre launch of Antoni in the Kitchen, but at least I can get in on Queer Eye star and ex-Concordia student Antoni Porowski’s conversation with local journo Richard Burnett. Enjoy that invu right here.

Now then, actual TV? Sure. And — brace yourself — heads up that after Sunday’s post (which will cover major premieres for the next couple of weeks), I will be taking a break from this d2tv blog to enjoy a couple of weeks off.

Thursday Oct. 10

Returning series: Legacies (Showcase + PIX 9pm), Supernatural (CTV Sci-Fi + PIX 8pm), Riverdale (Netflix), 

New series

Jestination Unknown (Amazon Original) “An attempt to answer the question, what does India find funny? The clubs and pubs of India’s metros are only a sliver of an answer to that question. English stand-up comedy maybe new in India but comedy itself isn’t new to the country. The people of this country have laughed at kings, foreigners, neighbors, relatives, and more importantly, themselves. In a time when jokes are considered offensive, what if India answered otherwise?”

Torn Apart: Separated at the Border (HBO 9pm) “Nearly 3,000 families with children were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2018. Torn Apart: Separated at the Border offers first-person stories of how the immigration crisis has affected two of those mothers and their young children, who were separated from each other for months. Directed and produced by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ellen Goosenberg Kent (Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1) and Talos Films, this intimate 40-minute documentary followed those families for nine months after they fled life-threatening conditions in their home countries to seek asylum in the United States.”

Friday Oct. 11

Returning shows: Charmed (W Network + CW 8pm), Dynasty (CW + Pix 9pm), Haunted (Netflix), Insatiable (Netflix), Letterkenny (Crave)

New series

The Birch (Facebook Watch) Well, this wins for most terrifying bumph: “Protector. Predator. You decide. Get ready to summon the Birch.” DO NOT SUMMON THE BIRCH.

New movies

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (NETFLIX TELEVISION EVENT) This is no mere movie. By virtue of the weight of expectation it’s been carrying since the 2013 finale of one of the best series of TV ever made, it rates the all caps TELEVISION EVENT, twice even. “Written and directed by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, the Netflix Television Event EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE follows fugitive Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) as he runs from his captors, the law and his past.” This is one of those times I’m afraid to watch in case it’s not perfect, but can’t wait because even a so-so movie would be a return to the great characters and a beautifully crafted TV story.

Fractured (Netflix movie) “Driving home after a tense holiday weekend with his in-laws, Ray Monroe (Sam Worthington), a well-meaning but overwhelmed family man, pulls into a rest area with his wife Joanne (Lily Rabe) and daughter Peri (Lucy Capri). The trip takes a turn for the worse when Peri is hurt in an accident and the family rushes to a nearby emergency room run by a staff with dubious intentions. After being sent away for further testing Peri and Joanne vanish and all records of their visit disappear. Ray’s concern turns into a desperate race to find his family and discover the truth of what happened to them.”

The Awakenings of Motti Wolkenbruch (Netflix movie) “Pressured to marry a nice Orthodox Jewish woman, Motti is thrown for a loop when he falls for classmate Laura, who his mother will never approve of.”

Saturday Oct. 12

Banlieusards (Netflix movie) “Noumouké, 15, must decide which of his brothers’ footsteps he’ll follow: law student Soulaymaan or mobster Demba. Directed by Kery James and Leïla Sy.”

See you Sunday.


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