Hello chickens. The fall-TV season continues to unspool.And look! There’s October staring us straight in the pumpkin-spice eye. Load up at the snack cupboard and let’s go!
Reboot (series premiere Disney+) Hulu has launched a series about Hulu rebooting an early 2000’s family sitcom, ‘forcing its dysfunctional cast back together. Now they must deal with their unresolved issues in today’s fast0changing world.” I still haven’t plugged the leak between Hulu launches and their often surprising appearance on Canada’s Disney+ but that’s my problem not yours. Recommending this (I’ve watched and not hated the three episodes currently on the app with fresh ones dropping Tuesdays, it appears?) is the creator Steve Levitan (Modern Family, Just Shoot Me, Frasier) and cast Keegan-Michael Key, Johnny Knoxville (!!!!!), Rachel Bloom and Judy Greer.
Sunday Sept. 25
Hudson and Rex (Season 5 premiere City)
The Rookie (returns ABC, CTV)
The Simpsons / Great North / Bob’s Burgers / Family Guy (return Fox)
Van der Valk (returns PBS) “In three all-new episodes airing Sundays, September 25-October 9 at 9/8c, maverick detective Piet Van der Valk (Marc Warren, Beecham House) and his team return to face high profile cases and gritty murders that immerse them in contemporary Amsterdam’s contrasting worlds, from artists living as squatters to a philosophy-obsessed serial killer; from the city’s dazzling diamond trade to the dysfunction of its ruling family; and from the vibrant world of classical music to the dark heart of sex trafficking.”
Monday Sept. 26
A Trip to Infinity (doc premiere Netflix) Does your brain need stretching? “Eminent mathematicians, particle physicists and cosmologists dive into infinity and its mind-bending implications for the universe.”
Tuesday Sept. 27
La Brea (returns NBC, CTV)
The Rookie: Feds (spinoff series premieres Tuesday Sept. 27 on ABC, CTV) In the wake of the Sunday, Sept. 25 Season 5 premiere of the very dependable cop series The Rookie comes this spinoff which was set in motion at the end of Season 4. Like Officer John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) before her, Special Agent in training Simone Clark (Niecy Nash-Betts) is the oldest recruit in the FBI academy. Also like Nolan, Clark has both lived wisdom and good instincts. When introduced last spring, the character looked at risk of being a little too much nail polish and stiletto heels, but Nash-Betts gave Clark a good no-nonsense foundation, with a great edge of comedy. You might not recognize the name Nash-Betts, but you’ll recognize one of the busiest actors in Hollywood (Scream Queens, Mrs. America, When They See Us, Claws, Reno 911! And most charmingly as the tough-love therapist on Netflix’s Never Have I Ever).
Nick Kroll: Little Big Boy (comedy premiere Netflix) “After performing stand-up for 20 years, Nick Kroll makes his Netflix stand-up special debut with Little Big Boy. Filmed at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC, in a set that is hilarious with an emotional undercurrent, Nick also shows a bit of his vulnerable side as he talks getting his heart broken for the first time at the ripe age of 33, the power of mothers, his journey to fatherhood, the trick to farting without making any noise … and much more.”
The Munsters (movie premiere Netflix) Rob Zombie pays homage to the 1960s sitcom with an origin love story of when Lily met Herman Munster and Grampa was not happy. Oh hey, is that Sheri Moon Zombie, Mrs. Rob Zombie?, playing Lily? Yup. Say. No. More! Except to say that I can’t find this on the Netflix app yet, but all signs seem to be pointing to a Sept. 27 premiere.
Wednesday Sept. 28
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers (Season 2 premiere Disney+)
Blonde (movie premiere Netflix) “Based on the bestselling novel by Joyce Carol Oates, Blonde boldly reimagines the life of one of Hollywood’s most enduring icons, Marilyn Monroe. From her volatile childhood as Norma Jeane, through her rise to stardom and romantic entanglements, Blonde blurs the lines of fact and fiction to explore the widening split between her public and private selves. Written and directed by Andrew Dominik, the film boasts a cast led by Ana de Armas and featuring Bobby Cannavale, Adrien Brody, Julianne Nicholson, Xavier Samuel and Evan Williams.”
Thursday Sept. 29
Young Sheldon (Season 6 premiere CBS, CTV)
Ghosts (Season 2 CBS, Global)
So Help Me Todd (series premiere CBS, Global)
CSI: Vegas (Season 2 premiere CBS, Global)
Welcome to Flatch (returns Fox)
Call Me Kat (returns Fox, CTV)
Friday Sept. 30
Nothing Compares (doc premiere Crave/Crave app) “Directed by Kathryn Ferguson (Taking the Waters, Space to Be), NOTHING COMPARES charts Sinéad OʼConnorʼs phenomenal rise to worldwide fame and examines how she used her voice at the height of her stardom, before her iconoclastic personality led to her exile from the pop mainstream. Focusing on O’Connor’s prophetic words and deeds from 1987 to 1993, the film presents an authoritative, richly cinematic portrait of this fearless trailblazer through a contemporary feminist lens. The archive-led documentary features era-defining music videos and concert performances alongside previously unseen footage from this period. The film is underpinned by a new interview with O’Connor herself, in which she reflects on events in her own words from a present-day perspective. Intimate first-hand contributor interviews add to the tapestry with additional insights from contemporary artists, musicians and social commentators introducing broader themes of Irish history, politics and global activism, all the while reflecting on O’Connor’s artistry, impact and legacy.”
Rainbow (movie premiere Netflix) “is a modern tale of a teenager’s coming-of-age journey loosely inspired by the all-time classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. The cast is led by Dora Postigo, Áyax Pedrosa, Wekaforé Jibril (Spirit Disco), Carmen Maura, Carmen Machi and Luis Bermejo.”
Hocus Pocus 2 (movie premiere Disney+) “It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve. “Hocus Pocus 2” also stars Sam Richardson (“The Tomorrow War”), Doug Jones (“The Shape of Water”), Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”), Whitney Peak (“Gossip Girl”), Belissa Escobedo (“American Horror Stories”), Lilia Buckingham (“Dirt”), Froyan Gutierrez (“Teen Wolf”), and Tony Hale (“Veep”). The film is directed by Anne Fletcher (“Dumplin,’” “The Proposal”) and produced by Lynn Harris (“King Richard,” “The Shallows”), with Ralph Winter (“Hocus Pocus,” “X-Men” franchise), David Kirschner (“Hocus Pocus,” “Chucky”) and Adam Shankman (“Disenchanted,” “Hairspray”) serving as executive producers. ”
Entergalactic (animated special premiere Netflix) “Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi and Kenya Barris join forces to present Entergalactic, an original, animated story about a young artist named Jabari — voiced by Mescudi — as he attempts to balance love and success. Finding the latter brings Jabari a step closer to the former, when moving into his dream apartment introduces him to his new neighbor, photographer it-girl, Meadow — voiced by Jessica Williams. An explosion of art, music, and fashion, Entergalactic takes place in the only city that can handle all three: New York. Alongside Mescudi and Williams, Entergalactic boasts an all-star cast including Timothée Chalamet, Ty Dolla $ign, Laura Harrier, Vanessa Hudgens, Christopher Abbott, 070 Shake, Jaden Smith, Keith David, Teyana Taylor, Arturo Castro and Macaulay Culkin.”
Ramy (Season 3 premiere Starz, Crave) “The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series RAMY returns for its third season, and continues to follow first-generation, Egyptian-American Ramy Hassan (Youssef) and his family as they navigate spirituality in their politically divided New Jersey neighbourhood. RAMY also continues to bring new perspective to the screen as it explores the challenges of what it’s like to be caught between a religious community who believes life is a moral test, and a millennial generation that doubts an afterlife even exists. The series also stars Laith Nakli, Hiam Abbass, Amr Waked, and Dave Merheje, who’s Crave Original stand-up comedy special, DAVE MERHEJE: I LOVE YOU HABIBI, is available for streaming now on Crave.”
Chris Locks: Captain Bones (comedy premiere Crave) “Chris Locke brings his personal brand of offbeat humour in his 30-minute special… Taped in Montréal during the Just For Laughs Festival, Locke delivers hilarious takes on everything from chip flavours and sausage rolls, to kids’ brains and vasectomies.”
Greatest Beer Run Ever (movie premiere Apple TV+) “Chickie (Zac Efron) wants to support his friends fighting in Vietnam, so he does something wild — personally bring them American beer. What starts as a well-meaning journey quickly changes Chickie’s life and perspective. Based on a true story. Hailing from Skydance Media, screenplay is adapted by Peter Farrelly, Brian Currie and Pete Jones, and is based on the book The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty and War, by Joanna Molloy and John “Chickie” Donohue. Peter Farrelly as Director. Producers are David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger on behalf of Skydance, with Andrew Muscato and Jake Myers. The book/source material became a New York Times best seller when it was published in 2020 and generated stories of this journey across a wide spectrum of media and news programming.” Also stars Russell Crowe and Bill Murray.
The Capture (Season 2 premiere Prime Video) “Invisible assassins stalk London, and DCI Rachel Carey is drawn into a case involving a rising politician that brings greater risks than she first imagines.”
Saturday Night Live (Season 48 premieres at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 on NBC, Global with host Miles Teller off Top Gun: Maverick and musical guest Kendrick Lamar) Fresh off an Emmy win for best sketch comedy show (beating its only competitor, HBO’s small but mighty A Black Lady Sketch Show), the long-running Lorne Michaels show returns for a new season with a big question mark. How will the show feel minus Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney, who announced their departures after the finale in May. Also gone, as announced in early September, are B-team players Alex Moffat, Melissa Villasenor and Aristotle Athari. Is the 11th hour timing of the second wave of departures cause for concern? New faces include Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow and Devon Walker. Every new season is a crapshoot, like going to a party where you only know one other person. Will there be chemistry? Will you nervously give in to your social anxiety and leave early? Wait, that might just be me. Hello? Anyway, here’s hoping it will be a season of discovery.
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., 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.)