TV Sept. 6-27: Ratched, Fargo, Emmys, Kim Cattral, Jann Arden, Enola Holmes, Tehran, Utopia and more

Yes yes, this is my last blog post for a while, as I crawl west across the map of Canada to relocate back to Manitoba, aka the — you better sit down Toronto — aka the true centre of the universe. Pour vrai! You’re welcome. Anyway, rather than half-arsing it as I drive around trying to find a wifi hotspot, I’m doing this roundup post. I hope to be back online by Sept. 27 latest but we shall see. Here’s what I could gather together between learning knots, waterproofing my gear and doing COVID safety drills. Times and other facts subject to change. Good luck comrades.

Note: All times Eastern. Maybe one last time.

Sunday Sept. 6

Trigonometry (series premiere 9-10pm BBC Canada) “An accomplished baker named Gemma and her paramedic boyfriend Kieran take in a lodger to lessen their financial burdens.”

The First Team (series premiere 10-10:45pm BBC Canada) “Following three young footballers, Mattie, Jack and Benji, and their adventures with terrifying team tough guy Petey, mercurial Italian manager Cesare and eccentric chairman Mark Crane.”

Power Book II: Ghost (series premiere on Starz 10-11pm, Crave) “ picks up shortly after the earth-shattering events of POWER (the acclaimed STARZ drama series which recently ended its six-season run) as Tariq St. Patrick grapples with a new world order: his father dead and his mother, Tasha, facing charges for the murder her son committed. Truly on his own for the first time in his life, and with no better options, Tariq turns to the familiar drug game, entangling himself with a cutthroat family headed by Monet Stewart Tejada (played by Grammy®-winner Mary J. Blige). As Tariq tries to balance his drug operation with his grades, love life, and family, he figures out that the only way to avoid the same fate his father met is to become him — only better. The series stars Michael Rainey Jr. (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), Naturi Naughton (Fame, THE CLIENT LIST), Method Man (THE WIRE, THE DEUCE), Paige Hurd (Beauty Shop, EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS), Sherri Saum (THE FOSTERSRESCUE ME), Justin Marcel McManus (STAR, SEARCH PARTY), Shalim Ortiz (HEROES, BALLERS), Gianni Paolo (Ma), and LaToya Tonodeo (THE OATH, THE FOSTERS).”

Monday Sept. 7

My Octopus Teacher (doc premiere on Netflix) “A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African keep forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world.”

Record of Youth (premiere on Netflix) “Two actors and a makeup artist fight to make their own way in a world that weighs the backgrounds they were born into more than their dreams.”

Undercover (Season 2 premiere on Netflix) “Undercover agents infiltrate a drug kingpin’s operation by posing as a couple at the campground where he spends his weekends. Inspired by real events.”

Tuesday Sept. 8

Capital in the Twenty-First Century (doc premiere on Netflix) “Based on economist Thomas Piketty’s best-selling book, this documentary examines wealth accumulation and its looming social repercussions.”

#Alive (movie premiere on Netflix) “As a grisly virus rampages a city, a lone man stays locked inside his apartment, digitally cut off from seeking help and desperate to find a way out.”

Wednesday Sept. 9

Hacking Your Mind (four-part doc series premiere 10-11pm on PBS) “Follow host Jacob Ward (The TODAY Show), from the farthest corners of the globe to the inside of your mind as he sets out to discover we are not who we think we are. We imagine our conscious minds make most decisions but in reality we go through much of our lives on “autopilot”. And marketers and social media companies rely on it. Hacking Your Mind offers you the autopilot owner’s manual.”

The Social Dilemma (doc film premiere on Netflix) “We tweet, we like, and we share— but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? As digital platforms increasingly become a lifeline to stay connected, Silicon Valley insiders reveal how social media is reprogramming civilization by exposing what’s hiding on the other side of your screen.”

Get Organized: The Home Edit (series premiere on Netflix) “Join Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, the master organizers and bestselling authors behind the innovative home organization company The Home Edit as they bring their skills to their new Netflix lifestyle series, Get Organized with The Home Edit. Over eight episodes, Shearer and Teplin conquer clutter with their unique brand of interior styling, practicality and humor, dramatically transforming the lives of their featured clients. From their home state of Tennessee, to New York and California, each episode dives into an organizational project for a celebrity and a civilian, while showcasing the influential duo’s unique form-meets-function approach providing inspiration to every aspirational organizer. Celebrity clients featured in the series include Reese Witherspoon, Rachel Zoe, Khloe Kardashian, Eva Longoria, Marietta “Retta” Sirleaf, Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Jordana Brewster, and Kane & Katelyn Brown.”

Thursday Sept. 10

Good Fight (Season 4, Episode 2 premieres on W 9-10pm) God damn god damn. I missed the start of Season 4 last week. Maybe you did too? The season — delayed on W bc of the pandemic — is now underway. Never mind that I will miss it because I will be revelling in nature. God damn god damn. “Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart attempt to adjust to their new landscape as a small subsidiary of STR Laurie, a huge multi-national law firm; Diane encounters a familiar face in court; Lucca is given an exciting, high-profile divorce case.”

Greenleaf (Season 5 premiere on Netflix) “Battling H&H as Valvary teeters on the brink of destruction, the Greenleafs search for a way forward while trying to heal the division of the past.”

The Babysitter: Killer Queen (slasher premiere on Netflix) “Two years after Cole survived a satanic blood cult, … ” Wait a minute, never mind.

Unpregnant (movie premiere 7:15-9pm Crave) “The new HBO Max original film UNPREGNANT is adapted from a young adult novel by authors Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan, and follows 17-year-old Veronica (Haley Lu Richardson) who never thought she’d want to fail a test – that is, until she finds herself staring at a piece of plastic with a blue plus. With a promising college-bound future now disappearing before her eyes, Veronica considers a decision she never imagined she’d have to make. This never-taken-lightly decision leads her on a 1000 mile hilarious road trip to New Mexico over three days with her ex-best friend, Bailey (Barbie Ferreira, EUPHORIA) where they discover sometimes the most important choice you’ll make in life is who your friends are.”

Julie and the Phantoms (premiere on Netflix) “High schooler Julie (Madison Reyes) lost her passion for music after her mom died last year. But when the ghosts of three dreamy musicians (Charlie Gillespie, Owen Patrick Joyner, Jeremy Shada) from 1995 suddenly appear in her mom’s old music studio, Julie feels her own inner spirit beginning to reawaken, and she’s inspired to start singing and writing songs again. As their friendship with Julie grows, the boys convince her to create a new band together: Julie and the Phantoms.”

Friday Sept. 11

The Duchess (series premiere on Netflix) “From creator, executive producer, writer and star Katherine Ryan comes The Duchess, the comedian’s debut scripted comedy series which follows the powerful and problematic choices of a fashionably disruptive single mom living in London. Her daughter, Olive, is her greatest love so she begins to debate having a second child with her greatest enemy — Olive’s dad. But can two wrongs make another right?”

Family Business (season premiere on Netflix) “Joseph, 35, can think of a million businesses he could launch… even if he still works as a kosher butcher in his father’s shop (Gérard). When he hears that weed is about to be legalized ‘for sure’, he has an epiphany. His killer plan is to turn the family butcher shop into a ‘potcher’ shop, with the help of his family and friends…” Original French with dubbing or subtitles.

Arrow (Season 8 premiere on Crave) “In Season 8, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) fights in a battle that has the multiverse hanging in the balance. His quest sends him on a journey where he is forced to confront the ultimate question: what is the true cost of being a hero?”

Almost Never (series premiere CBC Gem) “charts the ups and downs of boy band The Wonderland as they juggle home life, school and relationships alongside their dreams of pop stardom. It’s a story of family and friendship, loyalty and dreaming big.”

Family Business (Season 2 premiere on Netflix) “Forced t choose between growing weed and raising his kids, Jo tries to convince his family to quit the business, setting of a wild chain of events.”

Saturday Sept. 12

Coastal Elites (comedy special on Crave 8pm) “From playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick (Addams Family Values) and directed by Jay Roach (Bombshell), HBO’s socially distanced comedy COASTAL ELITES debuts Saturday, September 12 at 8 p.m. ET. The comedic satire tells contemporary stories of characters breaking down and breaking through as they grapple with politics, culture, and the pandemic. Bette Midler (Hello, Dolly!), Kaitlyn Dever (UNBELIEVABLE, Booksmart), Dan Levy (SCHITT’S CREEK), Sarah Paulson (AMERICAN CRIME STORY), and Issa Rae (INSECURE) star in this special presentation that explores our current world of deeply divided politics and the universal pursuit of human connection.”

Monday Sept. 14

The Third Day (series premiere on HBO/Crave 9pm) “HBO’s new limited series THE THIRD DAY is divided into two parts: “Summer” and “Winter.” In “Summer,” one man (Jude Law) visits a mysterious island off the British coast and discovers a group of inhabitants intent on preserving their home at any cost. In the second half, “Winter,” a strong-willed outsider (Naomie Harris) comes to the island seeking answers, but instead causes a battle to decide its fate. THE THIRD DAY is an official selection of the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival.”

We Are Who We Are (series premiere on HBO/Crave 10pm) “Set in 2016, WE ARE WHO WE ARE is a new coming-of-age story from Luca Guadagnino, director of the Academy Award-nominated film Call Me by Your Name, about two American teenagers who live on an American military base with their parents in Italy. The series explores typical teenage drama themes including friendship, love, and overall confusion in this little slice of America in Italy. The cast includes Chloë Sevigny (THE ACT, BLOODLINE), Jack Dylan Grazer (ItIt Chapter Two), Alice Braga (Lower City), Jordan Kristine Seamón, Spence Moore II (THE ROOKIE), Kid Cudi (90210), Faith Alabi (VERA), Francesca Scorsese (The Departed),  Ben Taylor (Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace), Corey Knight (NOBODIES), Tom Mercier (Synonyms), and Sebastiano Pigazzi (Stupid Cupid).”

Lara and the Beat (film premiere on Netflix) “When their glamorous, fast-paced lifestyle comes to a screeching  halt, two sisters try to rebuild their fortunes through music and enterprise.”

Tuesday Sept. 15

Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice (doc premiere on Netflix) “A two-year-old girl from Bangkok — nicknamed “Einz” — became the youngest person in the world to undergo cryo-preservation. After her death from brain cancer, her family stores her remains in an American lab. Her head and brain now rest inside a tank in Arizona. Hope Frozen follows the family who made this unorthodox decision. The girl’s father, a laser scientist, yearns to give Einz the opportunity to experience a rebirth inside a regenerated body. He instills this dream inside his son, a 15-year-old whiz kid named Matrix, who wants to be a part of reviving his little sister. But what the boy later discovers will rattle the family’s radical hope in science.”

Michael McIntyre: Showman (comedy special premiere on Netflix) “Charming comic Michael McIntyre talks family, technology, sharks, accents and the time he confused himself for  world leader in this stand-up special.”

Taco Chronicles (Volume 2 premiere on Netflix) “Many of the most popular taco sales have long, rich, little-known histories. Explore some of them in this eye-opening, mouth-watering food adventures.”

Wednesday Sept. 16

Criminal: UK (season 2 premiere on Netflix) “Following a hugely successful first series and great critical acclaim, Criminal  returns to Netflix globally on Weds 16 September with four new cases, four new suspects and one room that changes everything. Prepare for bold stories, some surprises, and a completely innovative take on the police procedural.” And yes, that is John Snow.

The Paramedic (creepy film premiere on Netflix) “Unable to face his new reality in a wheelchair, Angel develops a deadly obsession with the woman who left him and unleashes a sinister revenge plot.”

The Devil All the Time (film premiere on Netflix) “In Knockemstiff, Ohio and its neighboring backwoods, sinister characters — an unholy preacher (Robert Pattinson), twisted couple (Jason Clarke and Riley Keough), and crooked sheriff (Sebastian Stan) — converge around young Arvin Russell (Tom Holland) as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family. Spanning the time between World War II and the Vietnam war, director Antonio Campos’ THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME renders a seductive and horrific landscape that pits the just against the corrupted. Co-starring Bill Skarsgård, Mia Wasikowska, Harry Melling, Haley Bennett and Pokey LaFarge, this suspenseful, finely-woven tale is adapted from Donald Ray Pollock’s award-winning novel.”

Challenger: The Final Flight (series premiere on Netflix) “This docuseries chronicles the buildup and aftermatch of the devastating Space Shuttle Challenger disaster on Jan. 28, 1986.”

C’est comme ça que je t’aime (premiere on CBC Gem, English-Language World Premiere of Radio-Canada Original Series) “In 1974, in the quiet suburb of Sainte-Foy, two discontented couples bring their kids to summer camp, and once back home, they must face the pitiful state of their marriages. Unable to deal with their problems, they become the most infamous criminals in the history of organized crime in Quebec City. Directed by Jean-François Rivard and written by François Létourneau, past collaborators on acclaimed Radio-Canada series Les Invincibles and Série noire, C’EST COMME ÇA QUE JE T’AIME received its World Premiere at the 2020 Berlin International Film Festival. Starring Létourneau, Patrice Robitaille, Marilyn Castonguay, Karine Gonthier-Hydman and Sophie Desmarais.

Dr. Jason Leong (comedy premiere on Netflix) “In this stand-up special, former doctor Jason Leong gives his diagnoses on the nonsense of tradition healers, business-class show-offs and more.”

Thursday Sept. 17

The Last Word (series premiere on Netflix) “Death is a bleak affair, but do funerals have to be? When her husband suddenly dies after 25 years of marriage, Karla Fazius’ (Anke Engelke) world breaks apart. Unexpectedly and to the astonishment of her family, however, she finds new energy in a new calling: she becomes a professional eulogist. On her way to regaining her own zest for life, she starts to accompany other mourners, making a great effort to break every single rule in the funeral business. Much to the regret of undertaker Andreas Borowski (Thorsten Merten). At the same time, however, she struggles to overcome her own loss, plunging her family deeper into chaos. The 6 episodes tell different stories of mourning, death and moving on: Sometimes funny, sometimes sad and always a bit absurd. No matter what others say: death does not have the last word!”

GIMS: On the Record (doc premiere on Netflix) “Go backstage with beloved rap superstar Gims in the year leading up to his major 2019 Stade de France performance in this up-close documentary.”

One Lane Bridge (series premiere on Sundance) “The riveting series, which “brings Broadchurch to Queenstown” (The New Zealand Herald), follows ambitious young Māori detective, Ariki Davis (Dominic Ona-Ariki,The Commons), who arrives in Queenstown with high hopes for his future. When local legend Grub Ryder is found dead at the bottom of the infamous One Lane Bridge, Ariki joins the investigation led by his boss, respected stalwart, Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen Tremaine (Joel Tobeck, The Luminaries). During the investigation, Ariki inadvertently unlocks his Matakite – a supernatural ability akin to second sight that he hasn’t experienced since his youth. As ONE LANE BRIDGE twists and turns and the pressure to solve the crime heats up, Māori metaphysics collides with Southern Man scepticism and Ariki’s spiritual gift threatens to endanger the case, his career and his life. And at the centre of it all sits the mysterious One Lane Bridge, a historic Queenstown landmark synonymous with murder, suicide and fatal accidents. Grub’s death wasn’t the first. And it won’t be the last…

Friday Sept. 18

All In: The Fight for Democracy (film premiere on Amazon Prime) “examines the issue of voter suppression in the US. The film interweaves personal experiences with activism and historical insight to expose a problem that has corrupted our country from the beginning. With the expertise of Stacey Abrams, the film offers an insider’s look into the barriers to voting. Directors Liz Garbus, Lisa Cortes. Starring Stacey Abrams, Ari Berman, David Pepper.”

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (series premiere on Netflix) “Six teens invited to attend a state-of-the-art adventure camp on Isla Nublar must band together to survive when the dinosaurs break out of captivity.”

Spies in Disguise (film premiere on Crave) “In this high-flying animated comedy, super-spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave, and debonair. Walter is none of the above. When a “biodynamic concealment” experiment transforms Lance into a brave, fierce, and majestic… pigeon, the unlikely duo must team up for the ultimate mission to save the world.”

Ratched (series premiere on Netflix) “From Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, RATCHED is a suspenseful drama series that tells the origin story of asylum nurse Mildred Ratched. In 1947, Mildred arrives in Northern California to seek employment at a leading psychiatric hospital where new and unsettling experiments have begun on the human mind. On a clandestine mission, Mildred presents herself as the perfect image of what a dedicated nurse should be, but the wheels are always turning and as she begins to infiltrate the mental health care system and those within it, Mildred’s stylish exterior belies a growing darkness that has long been smoldering within, revealing that true monsters are made, not born. RATCHED was inspired by the iconic and unforgettable character of Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and was created by Evan Romansky. The series stars Sarah Paulson as Mildred Ratched, Cynthia Nixon as Gwendolyn Briggs, Judy Davis as Nurse Betsy Bucket, Sharon Stone as Lenore Osgood, Jon Jon Briones as Dr. Richard Hanover, Finn Wittrock as Edmund Tolleson, Charlie Carver as Buck, Alice Englert as Dolly, Amanda Plummer as Louise, Corey Stoll as Charles Wainwright, Sophie Okonedo as Charlotte Wells, Brandon Flynn as Henry Osgood and Vincent D’Onofrio as Gov. George Wilburn. The series is executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, Sarah Paulson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Aleen Keshishian, Jacob Epstein, Jennifer Salt, Margaret Riley, Michael Douglas, Robert Mitas and Tim Minear.”

Saturday Sept. 19

Last Tango in Halifax (Season 4 premiere 8pm PBS) “Caroline’s new headship involves the family moving to a ramshackle farmhouse in Huddersfield in time for Christmas. Alan has a difficult conversation with Gillian about where he’d like to be buried. Meanwhile, Gillian is consumed by thoughts of the afterlife, convinced she’s being haunted by Eddie.”

Sunday Sept. 20

Primetime Emmy Awards (8pm CTV and ABC) Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who asks you to “Join your favourite stars live from their living rooms”. Pity me people. PITY ME! This is the first time in my adult life that I will miss the Emmys. Please send updates to @tweetinthebox on Twitter. PUHLEASE. I’l be shivering in a tent but I’ll be wearing a ballgown.

Monday Sept. 21

Filthy Rich (series premiere ABC 9pm) Kim Cattral (Sex in the City, Sensitive Skin)! Beloved! You’ve come back to me! “A southern Gothic family drama in which wealth, power and religion intersect – more correctly, collide – with outrageously soapy results. Meet the Monreauxes, a mega-rich Southern family famed for creating a successful Christian television network. On the cusp of launching a digital retail arm of the company, the family’s patriarch, Eugene, dies in a plane crash, leaving his wife, Margaret, to take charge of the family business. Not surprisingly, Eugene’s apparent death greatly impacts the family, who are stunned to learn that Eugene fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will. Now, Margaret must use her business savvy and Southern charm to control her newly legitimized heirs, whose very existence threatens the Monreaux family name and fortune.” Also stars Gerald McRaney, Aubrey Dollar, Corey Cott and Benjamin Levy Aguilar.

Jann (Season 2 premiere 8pm on CTV) Jann Arden’s sitcom is back. If you missed the first season, go now. It was good. “This season, Jann sets out to win her family and ex-girlfriend Cynthia (Sharon Taylor) back, as tensions arise between Jann and her new manager Cale (Elena Juatco), who lines up music gigs that are outside of Jann’s comfort zone. Throughout the season, Jann also faces a number of musical rivals, both old and new. Guest stars for Season 2 include singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan as herself; Canadian singer-songwriter, k.d. lang as herself; actress Elisha Cuthbert (THE RANCH, HAPPY ENDINGS) as school board parent Liz; singer, host, and actress Keshia Chanté (SOUL, PRIVATE EYES), as up-and-coming singer Nia Taylor; as well as Miguel Rivas (THE BEAVERTON, BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW) as Jann mega-fan Nigel; Cynthia Loyst, co-host of CTV’s THE SOCIAL, as a local talk show host; and more.”

Bang (series 2 premiere on Acorn) “This new season follows ambitious Detective Sergeant Gina Jenkins (Catrin Stewart, Doctor Who, Misfits, Stella), as she attempts to solve a series of killings apparently connected to an historic sexual assault, and works to solidify her relationship with her troubled younger brother, Sam (Jacob Ifan, Cuffs), who is struggling to adjust to life after his release from prison. Set and filmed on location in the South Wales steel town of Port Talbot, BANG was created by BAFTA award-winning writer Roger Williams (Tir), who was shortlisted for the prestigious Writers’ Guild Award for BANG series 1, and the producers of the acclaimed BBC/Netflix drama The Fall. Bang Series 2 premiered on Wales’ S4C in February 2020 and is bilingual in English and Welsh (with English subtitles).”

A Love Song for Latasha (film premiere on Netflix) “The injustice surrounding the shooting death of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins at a South Central Los Angeles store became a flashpoint for the city’s 1992 civil uprising. As the Black community expressed its profound pain in the streets, Latasha’s friends and family privately mourned the loss of a vibrant child whose full story was never in the headlines. Nearly three decades later, director Sophia Nahli Allison’s A LOVE SONG FOR LATASHA removes Latasha from the context of her death and rebuilds an archive of a promising life lost. Oral history and memories from Latasha’s best friend and cousin converge in a dreamlike portrait that shows the impact one brief but brilliant life can have.”

Tuesday Sept. 22

The Playbook (series premiere on Netflix) “The Playbook profiles legendary coaches as they share the rules they live by to achieve success in sports and in life. Through emotional and in-depth interviews, each coach reveals the critical moments in their personal lives and careers that ultimately helped form their coaching philosophies. Featured coaches include the Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers; two-time FIFA World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis, the winningest coach in U.S. soccer history; Premier League’s José Mourinho, one of the most decorated football managers of all time; Serena Williams’ famed tennis coach, Patrick Mouratoglou; and hall of fame basketball player and coach Dawn Staley.”

Kiss the Ground (documentary premiere on Netflix) “Science experts and celebrity activists unpack the ways in which the earth’s soil may be the key to combating climate change and preserving the planet.”

Wednesday Sept. 23

Enola Holmes (film premiere on Netflix) MILLIE BOBBY! HOW I HAVE MISSED YOU! “England, 1884 – a world on the brink of change. On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown) wakes to find that her mother (Helena Bonham Carter) has disappeared, leaving behind an odd assortment of gifts but no apparent clue as to where she’s gone or why. After a free-spirited childhood, Enola suddenly finds herself under the care of her brothers Sherlock (Henry Cavill) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin), both set on sending her away to a finishing school for “proper” young ladies. Refusing to follow their wishes, Enola escapes to search for her mother in London. But when her journey finds her entangled in a mystery surrounding a young runaway Lord (Louis Partridge), Enola becomes a super-sleuth in her own right, outwitting her famous brother as she unravels a conspiracy that threatens to set back the course of history. Based on the beloved book series by Nancy Springer, ENOLA HOLMES is a dynamic new mystery-adventure that introduces the world’s greatest detective to his fiercest competition yet: his teenage sister. The game is afoot.”

Agents of Chaos (documentary premiere HBO 9pm, Crave) “Agents of Chaos, a two-part documentary from director Alex Gibney (HBO’s The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley and Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief) examines Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Featuring interviews with key players and experts, classified information leaked by inside sources, and more, the film disentangles the complex details of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and highlights the frightening vulnerabilities in America’s political process.”

Thursday Sept. 24

The Chef Show (Season 4 premiere) “Jon Favreau takes a breather from directing blockbusters to link up with Chef Roy Choi to explore more amazing food and the talented cooks behind it.”

Friday Sept. 25

Tehran (series premiere Apple TV+) “Tamar is a Mossad hacker-agent who infiltrates Tehran under a false identity to help destroy Iran’s nuclear reactor. But when her mission fails and she’s trapped in a new life, Tamar must plan an operation that will place everyone dear to her in jeopardy.” Stars include Niv Sultan, Shaun Toub, Navid Negahban.

Utopia (series premiere on Amazon Prime) “Utopia is a conspiracy thriller that follows a group of young fans who come together when they discover that the conspiracy in an elusive comic, Utopia, is real. The comic foretells the demise of humanity and the world as we know it, thrusting this group of underdogs to embark on a high-stakes twisted adventure to use what they uncover to save themselves, each other and ultimately humanity. Starring John Cusack, Rainn Wilson, Sasha Lane.”

Sneakerheads (new on Netflix) “Devin (Allen Maldonado), a former sneakerhead turned stay-at-home dad, gets back in the game only to quickly find himself five G’s in the hole after falling for one of old friend Bobby’s (Andrew Bachelor) get-rich-quick schemes. Desperate to get his money back before his wife finds out he’s fallen off the wagon, Devin enlists the help of a ragtag group of fellow shoe lovers on his global hunt for the elusive “Zeroes,” the holy grail of hard-to-find kicks. Sneakerheads stars Allen Maldonado, Andrew Bachelor, Jearnest Corchado, Matthew Josten, Yaani King Mondschein, Justin Lee, and Aja Evans. Sneakerheads is a Complex Networks production created by showrunner Jay Longino with Dave Meyers directing. Executive Producers are Longino, Inny Clemons, Complex Network’s Justin Killion, Olive Bridge Entertainment’s Will Gluck and Richard Schwartz, Haven’s Kevin Mann and Brendan Bragg, Jason Belleville, Rod Grable and Meyers.”

Country-ish (series premiere on Netflix) “Country artist Coffey Anderson and his wife, hip-hop dancer Criscella, juggle family life, career goals and tests of faith in this reality series.”

The School Nurse Files (series premiere on Netflix) Well this seems pretty timely… “Eun-young might seem like an ordinary school nurse, but behind her mundane appearance is her supernatural ability to see monsters (ectoplasm) as jelly figures. When she’s appointed to a new high school, she quickly discovers mysterious secrets that threaten the students and fights alongside her fellow teacher In-pyo, the handsome heir to the school.”

Sunday Sept. 27

Fargo (Season 4 premieres on FX, time tba) The pandemic-delayed season is upon us, with star Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzmann, Salvatore Esposito and Jessie Buckley. “The fourth installment of FX’s Fargo is set in 1950 Kansas City, where two criminal syndicates fighting for a piece of the American dream have struck an uneasy peace.”

The Simpsons (Season 31 premiere on Fox, time tba) Also premiering new seasons this night on Fox Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Bless the Harts.

The Comey Rule (mini-series premiere Crave 9pm) “Based on former FBI Director James Comey’s best-selling book, A Higher Loyalty, THE COMEY RULE is an immersive, behind-the-headlines account of the historically turbulent events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, which divided a nation. The limited series focuses on two powerful figures, Comey (Jeff Daniels) and President Donald J. Trump (Brendan Gleeson), whose strikingly different personalities, ethics, and loyalties put them on a collision course.”

So that’s it for now. Courage everybody. As we say here in Quebec, ça va bien aller, aka it will be ok. How long that will take is another matter, but until then we have TV and vodka and, with luck, proper olives.

What is d2tv anyway? I’m so glad you asked. This is the latest iteration of my TV writing/blogging that began back in 1986 or so? at the Winnipeg Sun, continued briefly in print and on the web at the Montreal Gazette and finally, here, for myself and YOU! Having newly (July 2020) left the full-time journalism business for a brief rest aka vacation, I am hoping to put more time and features on this blog, which is still currently mostly a collection of Canadian streaming and broadcast programming notes focussing on premieres of new and returning series, specials etc, with the occasional series finale thrown in for sentimental reasons. Reviews are, for the moment, only occasional. If you spot an error or oversight or have a recommendation to share, please do so in the comments or by emailing me at the above address. Glad you’re here. And isn’t this era of too much TV a great time to be alive?

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