If you’d like that, here’s my Fall 2021 TV premiere dates list, slightly updated even! Or, if you’re here for the new few days’ premieres, scroll baby, scroll!
Thursday Sept. 16
Family Law (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET on Global) This is a full-length preview of the pilot episode, which “officially” premieres Friday at 8CT/9ET) “Starring Jewel Staite, Victor Garber, Zach Smadu and Genelle Williams, a 10-episode, one hour legal drama.”
Trickster (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET on APTN after first run on CBC last fall) “Showcasing a vast amount of Indigenous talent, the show follows Jared who is a teenager in the town of Kitimat, B.C. Like his mom and dad, Jared uses drugs and alcohol to escape the daily grind of poverty, violence and abuse. Jared starts seeing weird things like talking ravens, doppelgängers and monsters. To his relief, and terror, he isn’t crazy: he’s inherited magical abilities from his mom and someone he didn’t know existed: his biological dad.”
My Heroes Were Cowboys (premiere Netflix) “Robin Wiltshire, an immigrant inspired by the iconography of the Hollywood western, finds meaning and redemption through the art of horse training. My Heroes Were Cowboys, directed by Tyler Greco and produced by Barry Linen Motion Pictures & Dress Code, releases globally on Netflix September 16, 2021.”
Friday Sept. 17
The Morning Show (Season 2 premiere Apple TV+) “The 10-episode second season will premiere with the first episode, followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday. Picking up after the explosive events of season one, season two finds “The Morning Show” team emerging from the wreckage of Alex (Aniston) and Bradley’s (Witherspoon) actions, to a new UBA and a world in flux, where identity is everything and the chasm between who we present as and who we really are comes into play. Along with Aniston and Witherspoon, the star-studded returning cast includes Steve Carell, Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Nestor Carbonell, Karen Pittman, Bel Powley, Desean Terry, Janina Gavankar, Tom Irwin and Marcia Gay Harden. Joining the cast for season two are Greta Lee as Stella Bak, a tech world wunderkind who has joined the UBA executive team; Ruairi O’Connor as Ty Fitzgerald, a smart and charismatic YouTube star; Hasan Minhaj as Eric Nomani, a new member of “The Morning Show” team; Emmy Award winner Holland Taylor as Cybil Richards, the savvy chairwoman of the UBA board; Tara Karsian as Gayle Berman, a news producer; Valeria Golino as Paola Lambruschini, a documentary filmmaker; and, Emmy and SAG Award winner Julianna Margulies as Laura Peterson, a UBA news anchor.”
Sex Education (Season 3 premiere Netflix) “In season 2, as a late bloomer Otis must master his newly discovered sexual urges in order to progress with his girlfriend Ola whilst also dealing with his now strained relationship with Maeve. Meanwhile, Moordale Secondary is in the throes of a Chlamydia outbreak, highlighting the need for better sex education at the school and new kids come to town who will challenge the status quo. The series is written and created by Laurie Nunn and produced by Eleven. Season 2 is directed by Ben Taylor, Alice Seabright and Sophie Goodhart. Jamie Campbell, Laurie Nunn and Ben Taylor are also Executive Producers on the series.”
The Uprising (doc series premiere Amazon Prime Video) “Directed by Steve McQueen and James Rogan, Uprising is a vivid and visceral three-part documentary series (comprised of three hour-long episodes) examining three events from 1981 in the UK: The New Cross Fire that killed 13 Black youths, the Black People’s Day of Action, which saw more than 20,000 people join the first organized mass protest by Black British people, and the Brixton riots. Uprising will reveal how these three events are intertwined, and how, in the process, race relations were defined for a generation. Uprising will premiere on Friday, September 17 on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and Canada.”
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (movie premiere Amazon Prime Video) “the much-anticipated film adaptation of the award-winning West End hit musical, will launch exclusively on Prime Video on 17th September, 2021 in over 240 countries and territories. The film, from New Regency, Film4 and Warp Films, stars the breakout discovery Max Harwood as Jamie New, alongside Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel, Shobna Gulati, Ralph Ineson, Adeel Akhtar,Samuel Bottomley, with Sharon Horganand Richard E. Grant. Inspired by true events, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie follows Jamie New (Harwood), a teenager from Sheffield, who dreams of life on stage. While his classmates plan their livelihoods after they leave school, Jamie contemplates revealing his secret career ambition to become a fierce and proud drag queen. His best friend Pritti (Patel) and his loving mum (Lancashire) shower him with endless support, while local drag legend Miss Loco Chanelle (Grant) mentors him toward his debut stage performance. But Jamie also has to contend with an unsupportive father (Ineson), an uninspired careers advisor (Horgan), and some ignorant school kids who attempt to rain on his sensational parade. In rousing and colourful musical numbers, Jamie and his community inspire one another to overcome prejudice, be more accepting, and to step out of the darkness into the spotlight.
The Mad Women’s Ball (movie premiere Amazon Prime Video after TIFF premiere) “tells the story of a young, radiant and passionate woman, Eugénie, living during the close of the 19th century. As a young woman, Eugénie discovers that she has the special power to hear the dead. After her family discovers her secret, she is taken to La Pitié Salpétrière Hospital without any way of escaping her fate. The hospital is a neurology clinic in Paris run by the famous professor and pioneer of neurology Dr. Charcot, where women diagnosed with hysteria, “craziness”, egomania, epilepsy and other types of mental or physical diseases are committed. Her destiny becomes entwined with that of Geneviève, a nurse at the hospital whose life is passing her by. Their encounter will change both their futures as they will prepare for the annual “Bal des folles” organized by Dr. Charcot at the hospital.”
Chicago Party Aunt (adult animated series premiere Netflix) “Diane Dunbrowski has been the life of the party in her beloved hometown since the 1980’s and has no plans on giving up the reins anytime soon. What she lacks in adulting skills, she makes up for with her heart of gold and stubbornly loyal determination to her family and friends. Still, it’s clear Diane needs to adapt to the rapidly changing world around her unless she wants to become a relic of the past like her favorite Spuds McKenzie poster. Luckily her favorite (and only) nephew, Daniel, defers going to college and decides to ditch the suburbs and live with his aunt in the big city. She is Daniel’s blue-collar fairy godmother, ready to show him a good time, and he is her guide through the often treacherous perils of modernity that is shifting beneath her on a daily basis. Inspired by the popular Twitter account, Chicago Party Aunt, the adult animated comedy follows Diane and Daniel as they navigate work, family, romance, and most of all, how to party their brains out in the best damn city in the world. Cast: Lauren Ash, Rory O’Malley, RuPaul Charles, Jill Talley, Ike Barinholtz, Jon Barinholtz, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Katie Rich, Chris Witaske.”
Travel Man: 48 Hours In… Marrakech (series premiere 8:30pmCT/9:30ET CBC) Richard Ayoade is joined by actor Stephen Mangan (Episodes, the Split, Hang Ups). If you haven’t checked out Ayoade’s travels, please do.
The Passionate Eye (season premiere 8pmCT/9ET CBC, CBC Gem) Nike’s Big Bet: Alberto Salazar and the Fine Line of Sport.
Do, Re & Mi (series premiere Amazon Prime Video) “is a joyful musical series starring Kristen Bell, creating an experiential world for preschoolers, entertaining and educating through the heartwarming adventures of three loveable songbirds.”
The God’s Honest Truth with Lenard “Charlamagne” McKelvey (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET CTV Comedy Channel) ”Rooted in truth, coated in comedy and unapologetically Black, Charlamagne Tha God takes on social issues and topics permeating politics and culture.”
That Damn Michael Che (series broadcast premiere 9:30pmCT/10:30ET CTV Comedy Channel, after streaming on Crave since spring) “The six-part comedy sketch series uses sketches and vignettes to illustrate what it feels like to experience various everyday situations including racial profiling, unemployment, falling in love and more, from Che’s perspective. In addition to Che, the series features SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE cast members Cecily Strong, Heidi Gardner, Colin Quinn, Ellen Cleghorne, and Che’s “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost, along with guest stars Omari Hardwick, Geoffrey Owens, Godfrey, Billy Porter, and Method Man.”
Saturday Sept. 18
Ummmm. Nothing new I can see. Fight me.
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