New TV Sept. 18-24 Updated: ANDOR!, The U.S. and the Holocaust, Vampire Academy, Quantum Leap, the Neighbourhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, Children Ruin Everything, NCISes, The Cleaning Lady, 9-1-1, Superman and Lois, New Amsterdam, FBIs, the Resident, Patton Oswalt, the Chicagos, Conners, Goldbergs, Abbott Elementary, Home Economics, Big Sky, Escape from Kabul, Perfumer, Law and Orders, Sidney, Girls in the Back, Transplant, Jazzman’s Blues, Athena, Lou, Creepshow

Update: In a classic case of forest-for-the-trees, I forgot to add the bit Disney+ premiere this week, Sept. 21’s Andor. Gah. 

Someone left the TV premiere machine on overnight by mistake and now the showroom is flooding with new drama and documentary series as well as one-off movies and comedy specials!!! COME ON DOWN …. AND HELP! OK, This opening will have been a lot (?) more funny to those of you with a memory for a Winnipeg furniture store’s retro TV ads, but hopefully the point is made: despite the new digital streaming era, the glut of fall TV season and series premieres is still a thing. Here’s a rough map. Pacing is important. Remember to hydrate. Share your thoughts and reviews with someone who cares for you or, in a pinch, leave a comment on this post. I’ll definitely see it before the year’s out.

Sunday Sept. 18

The U.S. and the Holocaust (doc series premiere 7pmCT/8ET PBS) is the latest from Ken Burns, Lynn Novick. “The U.S. and the Holocaust is a three-part, six hour series that examines America’s response to one of the greatest humanitarian crises of the twentieth century. Americans consider themselves a “nation of immigrants,” but as the catastrophe of the Holocaust unfolded in Europe, the United States proved unwilling to open its doors to more than a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of desperate people seeking refuge. Through riveting firsthand testimony of witnesses and survivors who as children endured persecution, violence and flight as their families tried to escape Hitler, this series delves deeply into the tragic human consequences of public indifference, bureaucratic red tape and restrictive quota laws in America. Did the nation fail to live up to its ideals? This is a history to be reckoned with.”

 

Vampire Academy (series premiere W Network)

 

Monday Sept. 19

Quantum Leap (series premieres on NBC and Citytv) Scott Bakula was my TV boyfriend for the entire run of the original 1989-93 time-travel series. Fast-forward 30 years — ooh dizzy again — and Dr. Sam Beckett is now … missing? Something about a glitch in the accelerator? A new team is assembled to repair the machine and FIND MY BOYFRIEND. Ernie Hudson (Grace and Frankie, Ghostbusters movies) stars alongside younger guns led by Raymond Lee (Here and Now), Mason Alexander Park (The Sandman) and Nanrisa Lee (Bosch).

The Neighborhood (Season 5 premiere CBS, Thursday on Global)

Bob Hearts Abishola (Season 4 premiere CBS, CTV)

Children Ruin Everything (season premiere CTV

NCIS / NCIS: Hawaii (return CBS, Global)

The Cleaning Lady (returns Fox, CTV)

9-1-1 (season premiere Global/Fox)

Superman & Lois (Season 2 premiere CTV2)

Tuesday Sept. 20

New Amsterdam (returns NBC, Global)

FBI / FBI International / FBI: Most Wanted (return CBS, Global)

The Resident (returns Fox, CTV)

Patton Oswalt: We All Scream (comedy premiere Netflix) “Filmed at Paramount Theatre in Denver Colorado, Patton makes his directorial debut with his fourth Netflix comedy special, We All Scream. Discussing what happens to our bodies as we get older, who he could have been had he just followed the list he created during the lockdown, the Baby Boomer’s last temper tantrum and much more.”

Wednesday Sept. 21

Andor (series premiere Disney+) “will explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It’s an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero. … Cast: Diego Luna, Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, Fiona Shaw.”

Chicago Med /  Chicago Fire / Chicago P.D. (return NBC, City)

The Conners (returns ABC, CTV)

The Goldbergs (returns ABC, CTV2)

Abbott Elementary (returns ABC, Global)

Home Economics (returns ABC, Global)

Big Sky (returns ABC, CTV2)

Escape From Kabul (doc premiere 8pmCT/9ET HBO/Crave app) “unfolds over 18 monumental days in August 2021, from the U.S. withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan, through the subsequent evacuation of tens of thousands of Afghan citizens from Kabul airport after the Taliban seized the city. Directed by Jamie Roberts (HBO’s Four Hours at the Capitol), this deeply immersive and emotional documentary combines never-before-seen archival footage, with exclusive interviews with people who were there throughout the period, including Afghan citizens attempting to flee, U.S. Marines tasked with managing the evacuation, and Taliban commanders and fighters who had recently taken the city.”

The Perfumer (movie premiere Netflix) “A female detective who’s lost her sense of smell, steals a potion from a deranged perfume maker, who kills to create the perfect concoction, to hold on to the man she believes she loves and later joins forces with the perfume maker to regain her sense of smell.”

Thursday Sept. 22

Law & Order / Law & Order: SVU / Law & Order: Organized Crime (return NBC, City)

Friday Sept. 23

Sidney (doc premiere Apple TV+) “From producer Oprah Winfrey and directed by Reginald Hudlin, this revealing documentary honors the legendary Sidney Poitier and his legacy as an iconic actor, filmmaker and activist at the center of Hollywood and the Civil Rights Movement. Featuring candid interviews with Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Robert Redford, Lenny Kravitz, Barbra Streisand, Spike Lee and many more, the film is also produced by Derik Murray, in close collaboration with the Poitier family.”

Girls in the Back (movie premiere Netflix) “The Girls in the Back is the story of five 30-year-olds, close friends since school, who organize a one-week getaway together every year without exception. This year, something has come up that will force them to invent new rules of the game: One of them has been diagnosed with cancer. There are trips that change your life forever. There are lives that travel changes forever.”

Transplant (Season 3 premiere CTV) “Filmed in Montréal, Season 3 of TRANSPLANT finds Bashir “Bash” Hamed (Hamza Haq, MY SALINGER YEAR) continuing on his journey to start over, but with each new milestone comes a new challenge. While pursuing Canadian citizenship for both himself and his younger sister Amira (Sirena Gulamgaus, ORPHAN BLACK), Bash closely examines who he is becoming in his adopted country. Bash is still being asked to repeatedly prove himself, and while he and his colleagues work to move forward following the dramatic conclusion of Season 2, everyone finds themselves looking to adapt to change and understand how they fit in, both within and beyond the walls of York Memorial Hospital. The first two seasons of TRANSPLANT are available for streaming now on Crave, CTV.ca, and the CTV app. Joining the cast as a series regular is Rekha Sharma (YELLOWJACKETS) as Dr. Neeta Devi, the new Chief of Emergency Medicine who comes to York Memorial Hospital with big ideas.”

A Jazzman’s Blues (movie premiere Netflix) “A sweeping tale of forbidden love, A JAZZMAN’S BLUES unspools forty years of secrets and lies soundtracked by juke joint blues in the deep South. Written, directed and produced by Academy Award honoree Tyler Perry, the film stars Joshua Boone and Solea Pfeiffer as star-crossed lovers Bayou and Leanne alongside an ensemble cast that includes Amirah Vann, Austin Scott, Milauna Jemai Jackson, Brent Antonello, Brad Benedict, Kario Marcel, Lana Young and Ryan Eggold. The film features an original song performed by Ruth B., songs arranged and produced by multi-Grammy winner & two-time Academy Award nominee Terence Blanchard, music by Aaron Zigman and choreography by Debbie Allen.”

Athena (movie premiere Netflix) “Hours after the tragic death of their youngest brother in unexplained circumstances, three siblings have their lives thrown into chaos.”

Lou (movie premiere Netflix) “Thinking she’d put her dangerous past behind her, Lou (Allison Janney) finds her quiet life interrupted when a desperate mother (Jurnee Smollett) begs her to save her kidnapped daughter. As a massive storm rages, the two women risk their lives on a rescue mission that will test their limits and expose dark and shocking secrets from their pasts. Academy Award winner Allison Janney and Emmy Award nominee Jurnee Smollett star in Lou, alongside Logan Marshall-Green and Ridley Asha Bateman. The film is directed by Anna Foerster from a screenplay by Maggie Cohn and Jack Stanley, with Bad Robot’s JJ Abrams, Hannah Minghella, and Jon Cohen producing.”

Creepshow (Season 3 premiere AMC) The horror anthology is back!

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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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