TV Sept. 23-25: Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Organized Crime, Creepshow, Doom Patrol, Foundation, Birds of Paradise, Goliath, The Starling, Midnight Mass, Six Minutes to Midnight, Eli Roth’s History Of Horror

I’m semi-retired and I can barely keep up. How are you all handling the new fall-TV premieres of new and returning shows? What? You have lives? Pfft. (But if you find a spare can you send it my way?) Anyway, onward! Oh and if you are wondering when other new and return series are premiering, you can check out my Sept.-Nov. premiere list, right here.

Thursday Sept. 23

Law & Order: SVU (Season 23 premiere 7pmCT/8ET NBC City) “This hard-hitting and emotional series from NBC’s Law & Order brand chronicles the lives of Captain Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and the other members of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate crimes of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence.”

Law & Order: Organized Crime (Season 2 premiere 9pmCT/10ET NBC City) “Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) “has returned to the NYPD to battle organized crime after a devastating personal loss. However, the city and police department have changed dramatically in the decade he’s been away, and he must adapt to a criminal justice system in the midst of its own moment of reckoning.”

Creepshow (Season 3 premiere AMC+ / Shudder) “Based on the 1982 horror comedy classic, the anthology Creepshow returns for a third season and is still the most fun you’ll ever have being scared! From showrunner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), a comic book comes to life in a series of vignettes, exploring terrors ranging from murder, creatures, monsters, and delusions to the supernatural and unexplainable. You never know what will be on the next page.”

Doom Patrol (Season 3 premiere 8:30-11pmCT/9:30ET CTV Sci-Fi Channel, Crave app) “reimagines one of DC Comics’ most beloved groups of superheroes: Robotman aka Cliff Steele (Brendan Fraser, NO SUDDEN MOVE), Negative Man aka Larry Trainor (Matt Bomer, THE NORMAL HEART), Elasti-Woman aka Rita Farr (April Bowlby, Drop Dead Diva), Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero, Orange is the New Black), and Cyborg aka Victor Stone (Joivan Wade, The First Purge), all led by modern-day mad scientist Niles Caulder aka The Chief (Timothy Dalton, Licence to Kill). Season 3 opens on the culmination of Dorothy’s (Abi Monterey) confrontation with the Candlemaker that leads to a devastating loss. Each member of the Doom Patrol struggles to face who they are and who they want to be. Things get a whole lot more complicated when Madame Rouge (Michelle Gomez, THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT) arrives in a time machine with a very specific mission, if only she could remember it. Two back-to-back episodes will stream on weeks one and two, then the series will follow a weekly release schedule with one episode dropping Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on Crave and one episode airing at 10 p.m. ET on CTV Sci-Fi Channel.”

Je Suis Karl (movie premiere Netflix) “After most of her family is murdered in a terrorist bombing, a young woman is unknowingly lured into joining the very group that killed them.”

Friday Sept. 24

Foundation (series premiere Apple TV+) “marks the first-ever on-screen adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s iconic, award-winning novel series of the same name. The 10-episode first season of “Foundation” will debut globally on Apple TV+ on September 24, 2021 with the first three episodes, followed by one new episode weekly every Friday.”

Birds of Paradise (movie premiere Amazon Prime Video) “Kate Sanders is an ambitious and gifted, if tomboyish, aspiring ballerina from Virginia who, because of her low-income status, is given a scholarship to attend a prestigious ballet school in Paris, France. Upon arriving at the cutthroat, internationally-renowned institution, her confidence and emotional fortitude are tested by a beautiful, mysterious fellow dancer, Marine Durand, who recently lost her brother (and dance partner) to suicide. While confrontational at first, Kate and Marine’s relationship evolves into an emotionally-charged, competitive union beset by lies, sexual awakening and, ultimately, emotional breakthrough as they risk everything to win the school’s ultimate prize: a contract to join the Opéra national de Paris.”

Goliath (final season premiere Amazon Prime Video) “In the final season of Amazon Original series Goliath which premieres on September 24, Billy returns to his Big Law roots after Patty (Nina Arianda) takes a job at a prestigious white-shoe law firm in San Francisco.  Together, they try to take down one of America’s most insidious Goliaths: the opioid industry. As Billy deals with his own chronic pain and Patty can’t shake the feeling she’s being used, their loyalties will be tested, putting their partnership on the line. In a world where money can buy anything, even justice, they’ll have to risk everything to do what’s right. Goliath stars Billy Bob Thornton, Nina Arianda, Tania Raymonde, Diana Hopper, Julie Brister, Bruce Dern, Brandon Scott, Jena Malone and J.K. Simmons.”

The Starling (movie streaming premiere Netflix) “A woman adjusting to life after a loss contends with a feisty bird that’s taken over her garden — and a husband who’s struggling to find a way forward. Starring:Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Kevin Kline.”

Midnight Mass (movie premiere Netflix) “From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan, MIDNIGHT MASStells the tale of a small, isolated island community whose existing divisions are amplified by the return of a disgraced young man (Zach Gilford) and the arrival of a charismatic priest (Hamish Linklater). When Father Paul’s appearance on Crockett Island coincides with unexplained and seemingly miraculous events, a renewed religious fervor takes hold of the community – but do these miracles come at a price? Created and directed by Flanagan, the seven episode limited series also stars Kate Siegel, Rahul Abburi, Crystal Balint, Matt Biedel, Alex Essoe, Annarah Cymone, Annabeth Gish, Rahul Kohli, Kristin Lehman, Robert Longstreet, Igby Rigney, Samantha Sloyan, Henry Thomas, and Michael Trucco. The series is executive produced by Flanagan and Trevor Macy for Intrepid Pictures.”

Six Minutes to Midnight (movie premiere Crave) “With Germany and the United Kingdom on the brink of war, an undercover British agent poses as a teacher at a finishing school for daughters of high-ranking Nazis.” Stars include Judy Dench, Eddie Izzard (who also gets a writing credit here), Jim Broadbent.

Kota Factory (Season 2 premiere Netflix) “Kota Factory, the first black and white web series of India, revolves around Kota – its students, its people and its coaching industry. The show depicts this universe through the eyes of Vaibhav, a vulnerable teenager, and Jeetu Bhaiya, a modern-day Dronacharya. The show captures the melancholic life of Indian students who prepare for competitive exams. In this season, will Vaibhav move onto greener pastures, leaving behind Jeetu Bhaiya, his friends and his love interest.”

Ganglands (series premiere Netflix) “Mehdi, a qualified robber, and Liana, an apprentice thief, get involved in a turf war between drug dealers, and have to collaborate in order to save their loved ones.”

Blood & Water (series premiere Netflix) “After crossing paths at a party, a Cape Town teen sets out to prove whether a private-school swimming star is her sister who was abducted at birth.”

Saturday Sept. 25

Eli Roth’s History Of Horror (Season 3 Premiere AMC+ app, Oct. 1 on AMC) “This season continues to explore the fun and the fear of scary films – both timeless classics and wildly frightening films that flew under the radar – with episodes exploring a variety of themes including Infections, Psychics, Sequels (That Don’t Suck), Holiday Horror, Apocalyptic Horror, and Mad Scientists. Master of Horror Eli Roth returns as host, with an all-star lineup of interviewees including Cate Blanchett, Jamie Lee Curtis, Quentin Tarantino, Jennifer Tilly, Geena Davis, Jeffrey Combs, Rob Zombie, Edgar Wright, Greg Nicotero, Robert Englund, Meat Loaf, Giovanni Ribisi, Vanessa Hudgens, Jonah Ray, Margaret Cho and more.”

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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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