TV Sept. 12-15: 60 Minutes, Michif Country, Dr. Death, American Rust, Scenes from a Marriage, Y: Last Man Standing, Ultra City Smiths, Back to Life, Murdoch Mysteries, Victoria, Finding Alice, American Experience: Sandra Day O’Connor, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Level Playing Field, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Strays, Moonshine, You vs. Wild, Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father, Nightbooks, Skindigenous, Schumacher

TV people! I have, as weakly promised, finished my Fall 2021 TV premiere dates list, which you can access here. But since you’re here for the new few days’ premieres, onward with that!

Catching up: premieres I missed earlier

Sept. 3: kid 90 (premiere Amazon Prime Video) “unlocks the vault and presents a true time capsule of a group of friends growing up in Hollywood and New York City in the ’90s, balancing childhood and fame pre-internet and social media explosion. It is a deeply personal coming-of-age story that explores how “sometimes we need to look back to find our way forward.” Soleil is joined by lifelong friends and fellow child stars who provide commentary on growing up in the ’90s; including David Arquette, Stephen Dorff, Balthazar Getty, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Brian Austin Green, Tori Leonard, Heather McComb and more.”

Sept. 7  Wild Game (season premiere APTN) “Chef Rich Francis is an advocate for decolonizing food and has one goal in life: to reinvent Indigenous cuisine. Rich visits First Nations across Canada to hunt and gather only the best ingredients nature has to offer. The result: imaginative, improvised, Indigenous cooking that combines traditional practices with modern methods, with the most creative and tasty results. ”

Sept. 7 On Country Kitchen (season premiere APTN) “Comic Derek Nannup and one-of a-kind Indigenous Chef Mark, tour around the beautiful South-West of Western Australia, seeking out some of the best local produce in the world, and meeting some characters along the way.”

Sept. 7 Easy Eats (series premiere APTN) “A unique culinary experience featuring presenter, Hera Te Kurapa, as she creates a rustic, but delicious fine dining menu filled with mouth-watering dishes.

Sept. 10 Unsettled (series premiere APTN) “When urban Indigenous power couple Darryl and Rayna Keetch uproot their family and abandon their affluent life in Toronto and move home to the rez, everything they’ve worked for is compromised, including their marriage.”

Sept. 10 Return of the Taliban: A Vice Special Report (Crave) “From the two-time Emmy® nominated documentary series VICE, this one-hour special explores the current Taliban take over of Afghanistan. Acclaimed VICE correspondents Hind Hassan, Ben Soloman, Seb Walker, and Isobel Yeung report from the ground in Afghanistan and surrounding areas – including exclusive footage and interviews captured before and after the takeover – and provide a deeper look at the militant group that seized control of the country in 11 days, following the U.S. military withdrawal.”

Sunday Sept. 12

60 Minutes (Season 54 premiere 6:30pmCT/7:30ET on Global moving back to 6CT/7ET the following week) “with a poignant hour from Scott Pelley commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The New York Fire Department’s top officers relive their personal experiences at Ground Zero when they lost 343 of New York’s Bravest.”

Michif Country (series premiere 8pmCT/9ET APTN) “This documentary series explores the unique landscape, culture and language of the Michif community of Saint Laurent, Man. In this series, Indigenous celebrities embark on traditional hunting, trapping and fishing expeditions with the locals. The result is a comedic, exhilarating and inspiring exchange of culture and knowledge. ​”

Dr. Death (series premiere 8pmCT/9ET Showcase) “Based on Wondery’s hit podcast, DR. DEATH is based on the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, Dr. Duntsch was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow physicians, neurosurgeon Robert Henderson (Alec Baldwin) and vascular surgeon Randall Kirby (Christian Slater), as well as Dallas prosecutor Michelle Shughart (AnnaSophia Robb), set out to stop him. DR. DEATH explores the twisted mind of Dr. Duntsch and the failures of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us.”

American Rust (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET Crave, Crave app) “Starring Emmy Award® winner Jeff Daniels (THE COMEY RULE, THE NEWSROOM) and Emmy Award nominee Maura Tierney (THE AFFAIR, YOUR HONOR), AMERICAN RUST tells the story of survival and transcendence through the eyes of complicated and compromised Del Harris (Daniels), Chief of Police of a Pennsylvania Rust Belt town, full of good people making bad choices. When news of a murder rips through the town, Harris must decide what lengths he is willing to take to protect the son of the woman he loves (Tierney). AMERICAN RUST also stars Bill Camp (THE OUTSIDER), David Alvarez (West Side Story), Alex Neustaedter (Colony), Julia Mayorga (It Is Decidedly So), Mark Pellegrino (Supernatural), and Rob Yang (The Resident). The series follows a weekly release schedule, with new episodes dropping Sundays at 10 p.m. ET.”

Scenes from a Marriage (miniseries premiere 8pmCT/9ET HBO, Crave app) “From Hagai Levi (IN TREATMENT) and starring Oscar Isaac (SHOW ME A HERO) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), HBO’s SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE premieres on Sunday, September 12 at 9 p.m. ET. The five-episode limited series explores love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage, and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple. Mira (Chastain) is a confident, ambitious tech executive left unfulfilled by her marriage, and Jonathan (Isaac) is a cerebral and accommodating philosophy professor desperate to keep their relationship intact. The series observes the full complexity of Jonathan and Mira as individuals who ultimately know their marriage isn’t being torn apart by any one event or flaw, resulting in a radically honest series that allows the audience to eavesdrop on private conversations between two people torn between feelings of hate and love. SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE follows a weekly release schedule, with new episodes streaming Sundays at 9 p.m. ET. In addition, Ingmar Bergman’s original drops September 10 on Crave.”

Monday Sept. 13

Y: The Last Man (triple-episode premiere 8pmCT/10ET FX) “Based on DC Comics’ acclaimed series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, Y: The Last Man traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event decimates every mammal with a Y chromosome but for one cisgender man and his pet monkey. The series follows the survivors in this new world as they struggle with their efforts to restore what was lost and the opportunity to build something better.”

Ultra City Smiths (adult animated series 10:08-11:11pmCT/11:08ET premiere AMC) “Animated noir following the adventures of two detectives in a city that is trying to find the last honest politician, Carpenter K. Smith, who went ou for a pack of cigarettes and hasn’t been seen since. Characters are voiced by Kirsten Bell, Dax Shepard, John C. Reilly, Luis Guzman, Terry O’Quinn, Tim Meadows, Bebe Neuwirth and Jimmi Simpson, Chris Conrad, Sunita Mani and DA’Vine Joy Randolph as the detectives.”

Back to Life (Season 2 premiere 9pmCT/10ET Crave) “The six-part second season … picks up six weeks after an optimistic Miri (Daisy Haggard, EPISODES) leaves prison. Her probation officer, Janice (Jo Martin, Doctor Who), has gotten her a trial shift at the supermarket. Miri and her neighbour Billy (Adeel Akhtar, Utopia) have been spending more time together, and she’s even found her hair crimper. However, Miri’s not talking to her mother Caroline (Geraldine James, Downton Abbey) after the revelation that she was having an affair with Miri’s ex-boyfriend Dom (Jamie Michie, Borderline), and she’ll need a lot of shifts at the supermarket before she can afford to move out. She’s also avoiding her best friend Mandy (Christine Bottomley, DOMINIA) after learning that Mandy’s secret affair with Lara’s father led to Lara’s death all those years ago. Things are about to get a whole lot worse with the arrival of Lara’s mother, Norah, who is still grieving her daughter. It is clear that Miri cannot escape her past. SHOWTIME’s BACK TO LIFE follows a weekly release schedule with episodes dropping Mondays at 10 p.m. ET.”

Murdoch Mysteries (Season 15 premiere 8pmCT/9ET CBC, CBC Gem)

Victoria (Season 2 premiere 9pmCT/10ET CBC, CBC Gem)

Finding Alice (series premiere Acorn TV) “Shortly after moving into their newly finished dream house, Alice’s (Keeley Hawes, Line of Duty) beloved partner of 20 years, Harry (Jason Merrells, Agatha Raisin), dies from falling down the stairs. As Alice grieves-and searches for the fridge in the impractical home Harry designed-his sudden death kicks up a storm of secrets and suspicion. “Bittersweet black comedy” -London Evening Standard.”

American Experience: Sandra Day O’Connor: The First (8pmCT/9ET PBS) “When Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor as the Supreme Court’s first female justice in 1981, the announcement dominated the news. Time Magazine’s cover proclaimed “Justice At Last,” and she received unanimous Senate approval. Born in 1930 in El Paso, Texas, O’Connor grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona in an era when women were expected to become homemakers. After graduating near the top of her class at Stanford Law School, she could not convince a single law firm to interview her, so she turned to volunteer work and public service. A Republican, she served two terms in the Arizona state senate, then became a judge on the state court of appeals. During her 25 years on the Supreme Court, O’Connor was the critical swing vote on cases involving some of the 20th century’s most controversial issues, including race, gender and reproductive rights — and she was the tiebreaker on Bush v. Gore. Forty years after her confirmation, this biography recounts the life of a pioneering woman who both reflected and shaped an era.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Season 6 premiere 10pmCT/11ET CTV, CTV Comedy Channel)

Tuesday Sept. 14

Level Playing Field (doc series premiere 7pmCT/8ET HBO, Crave app) “The four-part sports documentary series LEVEL PLAYING FIELD premieres Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. ET. The series examines how multi-billion-dollar industries in and out of sports have historically underpaid their most valuable assets, politicized community-based initiatives, and stifled the voices of athletes of colour. Featuring stories and insights from sports and policy changemakers including the WNBA’s Elizabeth Williams, U.S. senators Cory Booker and Raphael Warnock, Rep. Joaquin Castro, and sports journalist Jemele Hill among others, the dynamic four-part series looks at the far-reaching twin impacts of legislation and activism, as they intersect with sports.”

This Hour Has 22 Minutes (Season 29 premiere 8pmCT/9ET CBC, CBC Gem) 

Strays (series premiere 8:30pmCT/9:30ET CBC, CBC Gem) “follows Shannon Ross (Nicole Power) from Kim’s Convenience as the new executive director of the Hamilton East Animal Shelter, where she is boss to an eclectic staff. Now in her 30s, Shannon is ready for a change and new challenges. She’s putting Toronto in the rearview to focus on her new job, new relationships, reuniting with family and learning more about herself. Shannon’s trademark positivity is put to the test as she manages an oddball team, including her apathetic cousin Nikki (Nikki Duval), her over-eager animal care manager Kristian (Frank Cox O’Connell), her overly sheltered office manager Joy (Tina Jung) and the building’s maintenance guy Paul (Tony Nappo), whose straight-faced prison humour keeps everyone on their toes.”

Moonshine (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET CBC, CBC Gem) “from creator, showrunner and executive producer Sheri Elwood (Call Me Fitz), is a raucous, one-hour dramedy that tells the story of the Finley-Cullens, a dysfunctional clan of adult half-siblings battling for control of the ancestral business, The Moonshine, a ramshackle summer resort on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, two stars on a good day — and that day was in 1979. It’s an epic tale of lust, legacy and lobster, set against the backdrop of financial hardship, insane tourists, small-town intrigue and a long-buried secret that threatens to annihilate the Finley-Cullens once and for all. Featuring an ensemble cast including Jennifer Finnigan (Salvation), Anastasia Phillips (Reign), Emma Hunter (Mr. D), Tom Stevens (Wayward Pines), Alexander Nunez (Avocado Toast), Corrine Koslo (Anne with an E), Peter MacNeill (This Life), Erin Darke (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Farid Yazdani (Suits), Allegra Fulton (The Shape of Water) and Jonathan Silverman (Weekend at Bernie’s).”

You vs. Wild: Out Cold (series premiere Netflix) “Bear Grylls is back for another exciting interactive movie for the whole family. Following a plane crash in the ice ravaged mountains, Bear finds himself with amnesia trying to save himself and the pilot from the harsh winter elements. Bear will face huge rock walls, freezing dark tunnels and creepy wildlife creatures. He’s in big trouble, and he needs your help to find his friend and get out of danger.”

Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father (Season 5 premiere Netflix) “Jovial comic Jack Whitehall and his stuffy father, Michael, take unusual and amusing trips to foreign lands in an attempt to strengthen their bond.”

Wednesday Sept. 15

Nightbooks (premiere Netflix) “Scary story fan Alex must tell a spine-tingling tale every night — or stay trapped with his new friend in a wicked witch’s magical apartment forever.”

Skindigenous (Season 3 premiere 9:30pmCT/10:30ET APTN) “Profiling some of the most talented Indigenous tattoo artists in the world, this season highlights more Canadian artists than ever before. The adventure once again takes us deep into various Indigenous communities from around the world using the art of tattoo as a lens.

Schumacher (doc premiere Netflix) “Fully supported by Michael Schumacher’s family, SCHUMACHER features rare interviews and previously undisclosed archival footage and draws a very sensitive yet critical portrait of the seven-time World Champion. The documentary explores the many facets that made and define this complex athlete and accompanies him on his meteoric rise in this challenging and dangerous sport, which is followed by millions worldwide. His strong will and triumphant fight to win against all odds put Michael Schumacher at the centre of global attention. Michael Schumacher’s journey has captured the imagination of millions, but there is a lot more than motor racing to the success of this very private man. However, it is not only his fighting spirit and striving for perfection that define Michael Schumacher as a person; his self-doubt and insecurities complete the picture of a sensitive and reflected man. At the heart of Michael’s story are his parents, his children and Corinna Schumacher, his childhood sweetheart and the love of his life. They are now ready to tell his story…”

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Thank you so much for reading this far. So, what is d2tv? Glad you asked. There is so much great TV right now, but too much to easily keep track of. So this blog is me sharing my lifelong habit of tracking TV in general, but premieres in particular — series and seasons and one-offs on Canadian broadcast, cable and streaming. And since I’m doing it for myself, I share it here with you, every Sunday and Thursday. So thanks, fellow traveller, for stopping by. If you want this sent to your email inbox instead, shoot me an email or join the 50! others who subscribe (free, no strings) by typing your email into the box at the bottom of d2tv.wordpress.com, where it reads: “Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.” Who am I, Denise Duguay? Been writing about TV since 1986 or so at the Winnipeg Sun, then at the Montreal Gazette, currently at the Winnipeg Free Press and of course here, for myself and YOU! You might want to know – no judgement – I hate and mostly ignore “non-scripted” reality programming. (BECAUSE IT’S SO MEAN, THAT’S WHY.)

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