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Sunday June 20
Intelligence (Season 2 premiere 9pmCT/10ET Showcase) “At the end of the first series of Intelligence, we saw NSA agent Jerry Bernstein (David Schwimmer) narrowly avoid being extradited back to the States to face charges of treason. Indebted to his boss Christine (Sylvestra Le Touzel) for stepping in to protect him at the last minute – albeit with ulterior motives – we start series 2 with Jerry on the back foot. However when it’s revealed that the Russians have got their hands on a cyberweapon that Jerry was instrumental in developing, his intel suddenly becomes vital to national, if not international, security. Facing some demons from his past along the way, by the end of episode 1 he is firmly back in his alpha male comfort zone and heralded a hero. Meanwhile Joseph (Nick Mohammed) has romance on the cards since sparking up an online friendship with Charlotte from the GCHQ offices in Bude. Romance blossoms and not even Jerry’s meddling nor Christine’s ban on cross-departmental relationships can get in the way. As the series progresses, however, it soon becomes clear that while the initial cyber-attack has been thwarted, the Russians are able to mutate the cyberweapon and Jerry’s personal security comes under serious threat”
Kevin Can F**k Himself (series premieres at 8-10:07pmCT/9ET. on AMC) Schitt’s Creek star Annie Murphy gets her own show, here playing the wife character that, in other sitcoms, would be the butt of the jokes and a good sport about it. But when we meet Allison McRoberts, he’s had an awakening. Hm. Hoping it’s not as clunky as it sounds.
Code 404 (series premiere 9:30pmCT/10:30ET Showcase) “Detective Inspectors Major and Carver are the top crime-fighting duo at the Met Police’s Special Investigation Unit until Major is gunned down on the job; in an experimental artificial intelligence project, Major is brought back from the dead.”
Monday June 21
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (special episode premiere 9pmCT/10ET HBO, Crave app) returns with a special episode following “the critically acclaimed six-part documentary series based on the best-selling book of the same name debuted in June 2020 and explores writer Michelle McNamara’s investigation into the dark world of the violent predator she dubbed The Golden State Killer. “This episode brings shocking new revelations to light in the Lombardo case and features the late McNamara’s own research into the rape and murder, which led to her return to Oak Park in 2013 to investigate it on the ground, quickly finding inconsistencies in the police work. Featuring the late McNamara’s own archival research and voice recordings, and interviews with residents of present-day Oak Park, this episode highlights the trauma that persists when a crime goes unsolved, with McNamara’s work standing as a stark reminder of the importance of citizen sleuths who remain dogged in their search for the truth.”
Nurses (Season 2 premiere 8pmCT/9ET Global) “Set in Toronto, NURSES follows five young nurses working on the frontlines of a busy downtown hospital, dedicating their lives to helping others, while struggling to help themselves. The ensemble cast includes Tiera Skovbye (Riverdale) as Grace Knight, a young nurse looking for a fresh start until someone from her past turns up who could jeopardize her career; Natasha Calis (The Possession) as Ashley Collins, a wild and unapologetic adrenaline junky who lives for the fast pace of the hospital; Jordan Johnson-Hinds (Blindspot) as Keon Colby, a former college football star who’s trying to prove he’s more than he was on the field; Sandy Sidhu (Grey’s Anatomy) as Nazneen Khan, the whip-smart daughter from a wealthy family in India who moved to Canada to reinvent herself and is now starting her first job ever; and Donald MacLean Jr. (Workin’ Moms) as Wolf Burke, soft hearted and playful, who has a secret that may find him in over his head. Along with the young team of nurses, the medical series also features a supporting cast played by Cathy White (Vikings) as Sinead O’Rourke, the head nurse and den mother of the new graduates; Ryan-James Hatanaka (Chicago P.D.) as Dr. Evan Wallace, the charming and attractive head of the ER who gets all the nurses’ attention – especially Grace’s; and Nicola Correia-Damude (Shadowhunters) as Dr. Vanessa Banks, the magnetic OBGYN with a cutting wit who never lets Keon forget a mistake.”
Tuesday June 22
The Mysteries of Mental Illness (doc miniseries premiere 8-10pmCT/9ET PBS; two hours this night, final two on Wednesday) “explores the story of mental illness in science and society. The four-part series traces the evolution of this complex topic from its earliest days to present times. It explores dramatic attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness and gives voice to contemporary Americans across a spectrum of experiences.”
Wednesday June 23
Good on Paper (movie premiere Netflix) “Andrea Singer always put her stand-up career first, and while dating came easy, love wasn’t a priority… that is until she meets Dennis, a quirky nerd with disarming charm who coaxes her into letting her guard down. Her best friend Margot isn’t convinced he’s all he seems and she urges Andrea to embark on a wild goose chase to uncover who Dennis really is. Based on a mostly true story, GOOD ON PAPER is written by and stars the hilariously sharp-witted Iliza Shlesinger. Also starring Ryan Hansen, Margaret Cho, and Rebecca Rittenhouse.”
Too Hot to Handle (Season 2 premiere Netflix) “The world’s hottest no dating dating show is back with ten sexy new singles. Anyone who dares to break the rules of no kissing, no heavy petting, and no self-gratification of any kind will see the $100,000 prize drop faster than our contestants’ libido in the least sexy vacation getaway of their lives.”
Walker (Canadian series premiere 7pmCT/8ET CTV Drama) “This reimagining of the long-running series WALKER, TEXAS RANGER, stars Jared Padalecki (SUPERNATURAL) as Cordell Walker, a widower and father with his own moral code, who returns home to Austin, Texas after being undercover for nearly a year, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. Walker will attempt to reconnect with his creative and thoughtful son, August (Kale Culley, ME, MYSELF AND I) and his headstrong, somewhat rebellious teenaged daughter, Stella (Violet Brinson, SHARP OBJECTS) and navigate changes with the rest of the family. His ADA brother, William “Liam” (Keegan Allen, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) returned home from New York and stepped in during Walker’s absence, making it all the more difficult for Walker to resume his place in the family. The perceptive matriarch of the Walker clan, Abeline (Molly Hagan, HERMAN’S HEAD) doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind to keep everyone in line and their traditional rancher father, Bonham (Mitch Pileggi, THE X-FILES) isn’t much for long winded, sentimental prattling, but voices his opinion when it counts most. At work, Walker’s former colleague, Larry James, is now his Ranger Captain, (Coby Bell, THE GAME) and both men need time to adjust to their new dynamic. Walker finds unexpected common ground with his new partner, Micki Ramirez (one of the first women in Texas Rangers’ history) played by Lindsey Morgan (THE 100). She knows there’s a lot at stake for her in this new job and is quick to school Walker on curbing his maverick ways. Walker’s not Micki’s only distraction, as her relationship with an old friend, Trey (played by Jeff Pierre, ONCE UPON A TIME) becomes more serious. The series closely follows Walker as he tries to balance all the new details in his old life while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his wife’s (Genevieve Padalecki) death. WALKER is written and executive produced by Anna Fricke (BEING HUMAN, VALOR), and executive produced by Dan Lin and Lindsay Liberatore and Jared Padalecki. WALKER is from CBS Studios in association with Rideback.”
In the Dark (Season 3 premiere 9pmCT/10ET CTV Drama) “follows Murphy (Perry Mattfeld), a hard-living, hard-drinking, disaffected twenty-something with a penchant for cigarettes and casual sex–she’s also blind. Murphy lives with her supportive best friend, Jess (Brooke Markham, Dude), and–more reluctantly–her trusty guide dog, Pretzel, whose presence she resents. Her parents own a guide dog school, a venture they opened hoping it would give Murphy a job with some purpose, but so far it’s just another place where she sleeps off her hangovers. Murphy’s life comes crashing down when she stumbles upon what she’s sure is the lifeless body of her closest friend, Tyson (Thamela Mpumlwana), the sweet teenager who she befriended after he saved her from a violent mugging. When the police arrive and there is no body to be found, and with Murphy not exactly sober, they aren’t especially inclined to investigate. Murphy is devastated, and is only held back from spiraling downward even further by her resolve to learn what happened to Tyson. Murphy is determined to find the truth, no matter the risk… even if it means she has to sober up a little.”
See you Thursday.