New TV Aug. 7-13: Rutherford Falls, I Am Groot, Resident Alien, Bump, Never Have I Ever, Children of the Underground, Day Shift, Five Days at Memorial, Rogue Agent, 13: The Musical, A League of Their Own, The Princess

OOOoooooh. And this warrants every one of those os. (please note: no apostrophe!) Two of my fave returning series are returning: Rutherford Falls and Resident Alien, plus a few more that don’t start with Rs (once again, for emphasis: no apostrophe; please remember this one grammatical thing that I CANNOT abide a second longer). Ahem. TV anyone?

Tuesday Aug. 9

Rutherford Falls (Season 2 premiere Showcase, StackTV sooooo looooong after the mid-June premiere in U.S.) “life-long best buds Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding) help each other tackle work, romance, and major changes to their small town and the Native American reservation it borders, initiated by Tribal Casino C.E.O. Terry Thomas (Michael Greyeyes).”

Wednesday Aug. 10

I Am Groot (series of shorts premiering Disney+) “is a collection of five original shorts starring Baby Groot, everyone’s favourite little tree, and will feature several new and unusual characters. All five shorts will be available for viewers to watch upon launch. There’s no guarding the galaxy from this mischievous toddler! So get ready as Baby Groot takes center stage in his very owns series, exploring his glory days growing up—and getting into trouble—among the stars. Vin Diesel, who is the voice of Groot in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise, voices Baby Groot. The writer/director is Kirsten Lepore, and the executive producers are Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum and James Gunn.”

Resident Alien (Season 2.5 premieres CTV Sci-Fi Channel 9pmCT/10ET) There’s a dead body to with as the second half of the second season gets under way. Yay (to the return, not the dead body obvs). And while Harry (Alan Tudyk) is loath to admit it, he is getting more and more human every day he stay to help avert total disaster. Well avert now that he’s over that phase of wanting to wipe out humanity.

Thursday Aug. 11

Bump (series premiere 7pmCT/8ET CW) An unexpected teenage pregnancy starts the action on this new Australian family … sitcom? Hmmm. Maybe. Convince me, Bump.

Friday Aug. 12

Never Have I Ever (Season 3 premiere Netflix) “In Season 2 of the coming-of-age comedy Never Have I Ever, Indian American teenager Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) continues to deal with the everyday pressures of high school and drama at home, while also navigating new romantic relationships. Never Have I Ever is created by executive producer Mindy Kaling, with Lang Fisher serving as executive producer, showrunner and writer. The Universal Television project is also executive produced by 3 Arts Entertainment’s Howard Klein and David Miner.”

Children of the Underground (series premiere 7pmCT/8ET FX) “tells the true story of charismatic vigilante Faye Yager, who built a vast underground network that hid hundreds of mothers and children, saving them from the alleged abuse of husbands and fathers when a broken court system would not. When she helped the ex-wife and children of the wealthy banker who pioneered the ATM disappear, Yager finally met her match and a loud public reckoning was at hand.”

Day Shift (movie premiere Netflix) “Jamie Foxx stars as a hard working blue collar dad who just wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted daughter, but his mundane San Fernando Valley pool cleaning job is a front for his real source of income, hunting and killing vampires as part of an international Union of vampire hunters.”

Five Days at Memorial (series premiere Apple TV+) “Based on actual events and adapted from the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink, “Five Days at Memorial” chronicles the impact of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath on a local hospital. When the floodwaters rose, power failed and heat soared, exhausted caregivers at a New Orleans hospital were forced to make decisions that would follow them for years to come.”

Rogue Agent (movie premiere AMC+ app) Oof. There’s a serious chill coming off this thriller. “Director: Declan Lawn, Adam Patterson Starring: Gemma Arterton, James Norton, Sarah Goldberg The chilling true story of conman, Robert Freegard, who posed as an undercover MI5 agent kidnapping countless victims amidst a high-stakes manhunt until the woman who fell for him brought him to justice.”

13: The Musical (movie premiere Netflix) “Following his parents’ divorce, 12-year-old Evan Goldman (Eli Golden) uproots from New York City with his mother Jessica (Debra Messing). With his Bar Mitzvah fast approaching, Evan is devastated that he must leave all his friends, his father (Peter Hermann) and his rabbi (Josh Peck) behind. But upon arriving at his grandmother’s (Rhea Perlman) house in small-town Walkerton, Indiana, he hatches a plan to win new friends by turning his Bar Mitzvah into the coolest party ever. As an outsider navigating the complicated social circles of his new school, Evan quickly finds out he’s not the only one grappling with the all too familiar anxieties of eighth grade. While his new friends Patrice (Gabriella Uhl) and Archie (Jonathan Lengel) fret over the fate of the planet and unrequited love, respectively, popular cheerleader Lucy (Frankie McNellis) desperately plots to stave off a first kiss between her crush Brett (JD McCrary) and best friend Kendra (Lindsey Blackwell). To make matters worse, Evan invites the popular kids to his party—who aren’t fans of Patrice. With these competing interests in play, Evan faces the impossible task of bringing everyone happily together in time for his party, or else risk social ruin. Suddenly, turning 13 isn’t looking as good as it’s cracked up to be. Directed by Tamra Davis, and based on the hugely popular musical 13, which debuted on Broadway in 2008, 13: THE MUSICAL is a coming-of-age journey through the unforgettable ups and downs of preteen life.”

A League Of Their Own (series premiere Prime Video) “evokes the joyful spirit of Penny Marshall’s beloved classic, while widening the lens to tell the story of an entire generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball, both in and outside of the AAGPBL. The show follows Carson (Abbi Jacobson) and Max (Chanté Adams) and a new ensemble of sharp and hilarious characters as they carve their paths toward the field, along the way finding their teams and themselves.”

Saturday Aug. 13

The Princess (doc premiere Crave 8 p.m. ET) “commemorating the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death on August 31. Princess Diana’s story is told exclusively through contemporaneous archival footage creating a bold and immersive narrative of her life, and death. Turning the camera back on the viewers, the film illuminates the profound impact she had, and how the public’s attitude to the monarchy was, and still is, shaped by these events. Directed by Ed Perkins.”

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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. 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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