There is still, as I write this, five days to go before the arrival of Jon Stewart’s new current-affairs show, The Problem with, coming Friday to Apple TV+. But the long wait is alleviated by the return of The Rookie (hey Nathan!) as well as the Britney Spears legal-battle doc coming Tuesday to Netflix. Onward to more of this week’s premieres of new and returning shows.
Sunday Sept. 26
Nuclear Family (doc series premiere 9pmCT/10ET HBO Crave app) “Nuclear Family is a three-part documentary series following filmmaker Ry Russo-Young as she turns the camera on her own past to explore the meaning of family. In the late 70s/early 80s, when the concept of a gay family was inconceivable to most, Ry and her sister Cade were born to two lesbian mothers through sperm donors. Ry’s idyllic childhood was threatened by an unexpected lawsuit which sent shockwaves through her family’s lives and continues to reverberate today. “
BMF (series premiere 10pmCT/11ET Starz, Crave app) “From the producers of the POWER franchise, the new STARZ drama series BMF begins streaming Sunday, September 26. The series is inspired by the true story of the Flenory brothers who rose from the decaying streets of southwest Detroit in the late 1980’s and gave birth to one of the most influential crime families in the United States. Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory’s (played by his son, Demetirus “Lil Meech” Flenory) charismatic leadership, Terry “Southwest T” Flenory’s (Da’Vinchi, Grown-ish) business acumen, and the fraternal partnership’s vision beyond the drug trade and into the world of Hip Hop, renders the brothers iconic on a global level. Their unwavering belief in family loyalty is the cornerstone of their partnership and the crux of their eventual estrangement. BMF is a story about love, kinship, and capitalism in the pursuit of the American dream. The cast also includes Ajiona Alexus (13 Reasons Why), Arkeisha “Kash Doll” Knight (2Eleven), La La Anthony (POWER), Michole Briana White, Miles Truitt (Kin), Russel Hornsby (The Hate U Give), Snoop Dogg (Starsky and Hutch), and Serayah McNeill (Empire). The series follows a weekly release schedule with new episodes dropping Sundays.”
The Rookie (Season 4 premiere 9pmCT/10ET ABC CTV)
The Simpsons (Season 33 premiere 7pmCT/8ET Fox)
The Great North (Season 2 premiere 7:31pmCT/8:31ET Fox)
Bob’s Burgers (Season 12 premiere 8:01pmCT/9:01ET Fox)
Family Guy (Season 19 premiere 8:31pmCT/9:31ET Fox)
Monday Sept. 27
American Masters: Citizen Hearst (8pmCT/9ET PBS) (This isn’t a premiere but a reminder to myself because I love this series.) “In the 1930s, William Randolph Hearst’s media empire included 28 newspapers, a movie studio, a syndicated wire service, radio stations and 13 magazines. Nearly one in four American families read a Hearst publication. His newspapers were so influential that Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Winston Churchill all wrote for him. The first practitioner of what is now known as “synergy,” Hearst used his media stronghold to achieve unprecedented political power, then ran for office himself. After serving two terms in Congress, he came in second in the balloting for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1904. Perhaps best known as the inspiration for Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane and his lavish castle in San Simeon, Hearst died in 1951 at the age of 88, having transformed the media’s role in American life and politics. The two-part, four-hour film is based on historian David Nasaw’s critically acclaimed biography, The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst.“
The Good Doctor (Season 5 premiere 9pmCT/10ET CTV ABC) Prepare for the fidgetiest wedding of the season as Shaun and Lea get ready to pledge troth.
Jann (Season 3 premiere 7pmCT/8ET on CTV) “A star that’s fading and a family in need of help, Season 3 of JANN is a period of new beginnings as Jann (Arden) takes her life, career, and relationships into her own hands – but will the same old antics ensue? After months without a manager and letting everything in her life (including paying the power bill) slide, she hires a personal assistant, commits to making a new album from the heart, and after her girlfriend refused her marriage proposal, starts dating someone new…a younger man. Confirmed to guest star on the series’ third season is Grammy® Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Michael Bublé as himself. Season 3 also features cameos from JUNO Award-winning Canadian indie pop band Tegan and Sara and Canadian singer-songwriter Bif Naked.”
Kidnap and Ransom (season premiere Acorn TV) “Master negotiator Dominic King draws ire from the British Foreign Office with his risky, unconventional tactics, but he gets results.”
Midsomer Murders (Season 22, Part 2 premiere Acorn TV) “With more than two decades of intriguing mysteries and shown in over 200 territories worldwide, Midsomer Murders is one of the most popular and longest-running mystery series of all-time and remains one of Acorn TV’s top-performing franchises and a fan favorite. In Midsomer Murders, Detective Chief Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and Detective Sergeant Winter (Nick Hendrix) investigate homicides, blackmail, greed, and betrayal in England’s most murderous county. The first two movies premiered in April with four more feature-length mysteries to arrive this fall. In the upcoming mid-season debut, the owners of a handmade board game gather for a murder mystery weekend, but the immersive experience takes a puzzling twist when a killer strikes for real.
Tuesday Sept. 28
Britney vs Spears (doc premiere Netflix) “How do you get out?” is the question posed in this doc about the pop star and the seriously drawn out legal conservatorship battle. The answer, off-screen, possibly by Britney herself? “You don’t get out until you scream.” This pierces even my tabloid-news aversion. Can’t wait. “Journalist Jenny Eliscu and filmmaker Erin Lee Carr investigate Britney Spears’ fight for freedom by way of exclusive interviews and confidential evidence.”
La Brea (series premiere 8pmCT/9ET NBC and CTV) “An epic adventure begins when a massive sinkhole opens in the middle of Los Angeles, pulling hundreds of people and buildings into its depths. Those who fell in find themselves in a mysterious and dangerous primeval land, where they have no choice but to band together to survive.”
Attack of the Hollywood Clichés! (doc special Netflix) “One-man armies, meet-cutes, casual strolls away from huge explosions — stars and industry insiders toast and roast these cinematic chestnuts and more.” Narrated by Rob Lowe (whose 9-1-1: Lone Star returns for Season 3 in Januaryish 2022, btw).
Wednesday Sept. 29
Official Secrets (premiere AMC+ app) “She risked everything to stop an unjust war. Her government called her a traitor. Based on world-shaking true events, Official Secrets tells the gripping story of Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), a British intelligence specialist whose job involves routine handline of classified information. One day in 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, Gun receives a memo from the NSA with a shocking directive: The United States is enlisting Britain’s help in collecting compromising information on United Nations Security Council member in order to blackmail them into voting in favor of an invasion of Iraq. Unable to stand by and watch the world be rushed into an illegal war, Gun makes the gut-wrenching decision to defy her government and leak the memo to press, setting off an explosive chain of events.”
Séance (premiere AMC+ and Shudder apps) “Camille Meadows is the new girl at the prestigious Edelvine Academy for Girls. Soon after her arrival, six girls invite her to join them in a late-night ritual, calling forth the spirit of a dead former student who reportedly haunts their halls. But before morning, one of the girls is dead, leaving the others wondering what they may have awakened.”
The Chestnut Man (series premiere Netflix) “From the creator of The Killing now comes The Chestnut Man, a Danish character-driven psychological thriller with its roots in the Nordic noir genre. The series is based on the debut novel by award winning writer Søren Sveistrup which has been translated into 28 languages and published in 50 countries… The Chestnut Man is set in a quiet suburb of Copenhagen, where the police make a terrible discovery one blustery October morning. A young woman is found brutally murdered in a playground and one of her hands is missing. Next to her lies a small man made of chestnuts. The ambitious young detective Naia Thulin (Danica Curcic) is assigned to the case, along with her new partner, Mark Hess (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard). They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man – evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and was presumed dead – the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung (Iben Dorner).”
No One Gets Out Alive (premiere Netflix) “Ambar (Cristina Rodlo) is embarking on her American Dream after years spent dutifully tending to her terminally ill mother in Mexico. She arrives in Cleveland illegally, with very little money and unsuitable clothing for what’s expected to be the coldest winter on record. After finding cash-in-hand work at a local garment factory, she rents the cheapest room available from Red (Marc Menchaca) in a near derelict boarding house. Kept awake by the other tenants’ sobbing, disturbing nightmares and strange unearthly noises echoing from the basement, Ambar begins to wonder exactly who – or what – lives inside the house with them. Soon it becomes clear that Ambar has walked into a trap, one where she will soon be introduced to the evil that has been lurking in the basement. Ambar must fight to escape her living nightmare, but in a house where no one listens to the screams, will she ever get out alive?”
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