TV Sept. 30 – Oct. 2: I’m Not an Indian, Controlling Britney Spears, The Problem with Jon Stewart, Station 19, Grey’s Anatomy, Big Sky, This Old House, 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez, Unusual Suspects, Magnum P.I., Blue Bloods, SWAT, The Guilty, Maid, Forever Rich, Diana, Eli Roth’s House of Horror, W5, Austin City Limits, Saturday Night Live with Owen Wilson, Kacey Musgraves

You better sit down. The spigot on TV premieres has be set to wide open this week. Remember to breathe.

Thursday Sept. 30

I’m Not an Indian (doc premiere Crave) “From Residential School to alcoholism, it was all a learning process,” says Chief Smoke. As the leader of the Dakota Plains in Manitoba, he has spent 40 years fighting the Canadian government. He is on a mission to pull his people out of poverty, and he has a plan.”

Controlling Britney Spears (doc premiere Crave) “From the producers of FRAMING BRITNEY SPEARS, the New York Times’ follow-up documentary is now available for streaming on Crave. While the first documentary covers Spears’ conservatorship battle, CONTROLLING BRITNEY SPEARS exposes new shocking allegations from those who’ve worked close to the star throughout the years, and the intense surveillance apparatus that monitored every move Spears made.”

The Problem with Jon Stewart (series premiere Apple TV+) Very happy this has finally arrived. New episodes every other week. Will that be enough? Nope, but beggars, choosers, etc. “The highly anticipated new current affairs series from acclaimed host, writer, producer, director and advocate Jon Stewart, taking a deep dive on the issues affecting us most. … The Apple Original series will also feature a companion podcast that will extend the conversation from each episode, featuring staff members from across the show who will bring us interviews with activists in the space, the facts on the issue, and yes, lots of jokes.”

Station 19 (Season 5 premiere 7pmCT/8ET ABC CTV)

Grey’s Anatomy (Season 18 premiere 8pmCT/9ET ABC CTV)

Big Sky (Season 2 Premiere 9pmCT/10ET ABC CTV)

This Old House (Season 43!!! premiere 7pmCT PBS)

Ask This Old House (Season 20 — pfft — premiere 7:30pmCT PBS) 

69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez (premiere Amazon Prime Video) “unpacks the life of polarizing rap sensation and internet troll Tekashi69. One of the most controversial figures in contemporary pop culture, 69 repeatedly broke the internet with his sensationalist music videos and social media beefs before infamously testifying against Brooklyn gang the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods in a landmark trial. Director Vikram Gandhi (KUMARÉ, BARRY) gets up close and personal with the neighborhood  locals who knew 69 when he was still just Danny Hernandez—before the hard-core persona and the face tattoos—to chronicle his meteoric rise and fall from fame and probe the harsh extremes of addiction to fame in the digital era.

Friday Oct. 1

The Unusual Suspects (miniseries premiere Crave, previously pegged for Nov. 1 premiere fyi) “Follows the theft of a multi-million-dollar necklace and the women from different walks of life who come together to ensure that justice is served.” Stars include Miranda Otto, Tina Dumlao and Michelle Vergara Moore.

Magnum P.I. (Season 4 premiere 8pmCT/9ET CTV CBS)

Blue Bloods (Season 12 premiere 9pmCT/10ET CTV CBS) 

The Guilty (movie premiere Netflix) “The film takes place over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Call operator Joe Baylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) tries to save a caller in grave danger—but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.”

Maid (movie premiere Netflix) “Inspired by the New York Times best-selling memoir, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land, MAID follows the story of Alex, a single mother who turns to housecleaning to — barely — make ends meet as she escapes an abusive relationship and overcomes homelessness to create a better life for her daughter, Maddy. Seen through the emotional yet humorous lens of a desperate but determined woman, this series is a raw and inspiring exploration of a mother’s resilience.”

Forever Rich (movie premiere Netflix) “The film tells the story of Richie and his journey to becoming the greatest rap-artist in the Netherlands. One evening he is violently robbed by a group of teenagers and loses his most prized possession: an expensive watch. When images of the humiliating robbery go viral, Richie’s hard-earned reputation is damaged. Can Richie restore his image or will this be the end of his career?”

Diana (musical special premiere Netflix) “celebrates the life of Princess Diana and the light of her legacy that continues to shine across the world. Debuting on Netflix before opening on Broadway, this first-of-its-kind landmark musical event brings us face to face with one of the 20th century’s most compelling figures. Directed by Tony Award® winner Christopher Ashley, DIANA was filmed in 2020 at the Longacre Theatre without an audience and features the original Broadway cast, led by Jeanna de Waal as “Diana”, Roe Hartrampf as “Prince Charles”, Erin Davie as “Camilla Parker Bowles”, and two-time Tony Award® winner Judy Kaye as “Queen Elizabeth.” ”


SWAT (Season 5  premiere 7pmCT/8ET on Global CBS)

Seinfeld (entire-series premiere Netflix) Yada yada, etc.

Eli Roth’s History Of Horror (Season 3 premiere 9pmCT/10ET AMC, after earlier premiere on AMC+ app) “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.”

Saturday Oct. 2

W5 (Season 56 premiere 7pmCT/8ET CTV) 

Austin City Limits (Season 47 premiere 9pmCT PBS) with performances by Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall.

Saturday Night Live (Season 47 premiere 10:30CT/11:30ET Global, NBC) with host Owen Wilson and musical guest Kacey Musgraves.

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, 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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