It’s an interesting week for TV with lots of new shows that have clear connections for existing fans of actors and shows. RuPaul fans will be drawn to new Netflix comedy AJ and The Queen. David Tenant fans will want to check out the new UK murder mystery Deadwater Fell. Fans of CBS procedural FBI will likely check out it’s spin-off FBI: Most Wanted. And then there’s the spin-off from the weirdo Adult Swim comedy Children’s Hospital - Medical Police.
For Australian viewers, might I just give a quick recommendation for a US drama that is currently streaming at SBS On Demand: American Soul. It’s a biopic drama that debuted to very little attention in mid 2019 in the US on the BET channel. The show is a look behind the scenes at the creation and production of the seminal African American music show Soul Train. The drama is a little light on and I think the audio mix on the music doesn’t pop as much as it should. But the show is worth a look. The first two episodes will leave SBS On Demand late next week, so check it out ASAP. It is streaming HERE.
There’s also a slew of returning favourites this week. Might I draw your attention to the second series return of The Young Pope. It’s technically a new series that follows on, with this one titled The New Pope. It stars John Malkovich as the new guy.
Call The Midwife (s9), Father Brown (s8), Infinity Train (s2), Coroner (s2), Silent Witness (s23), Holby City (s22), Infinity Train (s2), Manifest (s2), Schitt’s Creek (s6), Kim’s Convenience (s4), Burden of Truth (s3), Criminal Minds (s15), Death in Paradise (s9), Sick of It (s2), The Young Pope (s2)
AJ and The Queen - Netflix (US)
Stars: Izzy G., Tia Carrere, RuPaul
Ruby Red, a down-on-her-luck drag queen traveling across America, develops an unlikely sidekick named AJ.
Medical Police - Netflix (US)
Stars: Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Sarayu Blue
Two American physicians in São Paulo, Brazil, discover a civilization-threatening virus and are recruited as government agents in a race against time and around the world to find a cure and uncover a dark conspiracy.
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist - NBC (US)
Stars: Jane Levy
A whip-smart computer coder begins to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through songs. At first, she questions her own sanity but soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift.
FBI: Most Wanted - CBS (US)
Stars: Julian McMahon, Keisha Castle-Hughes
It follows the division of the FBI tasked with tracking and capturing the notorious criminals on the FBI's Most Wanted list.
Nurses - Global (Canada)
Stars: Tiera Skovbye, Natasha Calis, Jordan Johnson-Hinds
Following five young nurses working on the frontlines of a busy downtown Toronto hospital, who dedicate their lives to helping others, while struggling to help themselves.
Fortunate Son - CBC (Canada)
Stars: Stephen Moyer, Matthew Edison, Patrick Gallagher, Darren Mann
Spy drama set in the social and political chaos of 1968, inspired by a true story. Pursued into Canada by the FBI, the matriarch of an American activist family helps smuggle Vietnam war deserters and draft dodgers across the border. What she doesn't know is that one of the deserters is an agent of the CIA sent to spy on her.
King Gary - BBC One (UK)
Stars: Roy Martin Thorn, Tom Davis, Laura Checkley
Sitcom following the trials and tribulations of family man Gary King and his wife Terri as they aspire to achieve success in competitive suburbia - and impress Gary's dad Big Gary.
Watch: BBC One
Deadwater Fell - Channel 4 (UK)
Stars: David Tennant
Set in the fictional Scottish town of Kirkdarroch, Deadwater Fell follows the story of two families in the aftermath of an unthinkable crime. When a seemingly perfect and happy family is cuddled by someone they know and trust, cracks appear on the surface of a supposedly idyllic community.
Watch: Channel 4