Look, there's some decent TV to be watched. But all I am 100% legit excited by this week is Andor, which this week streamed its 6th episode.
Folks... the show is really good. It's a Star Wars fans, but isn't especially Star Wars-y.
Andor lives up to the promise of what a story set in the Star Wars universe could look and feel like when it isn't tied to any of the other movies of TV shows. It doesn't get more free-standing than this.
This week saw the conclusion of its second arc, which was largely an elaborate heist story, the likes of which have been flirted at in other Star Wars movies and TV shows, but this one really delivered the goods. It's to little surprise considering it is from screenwriter brothers Dan and Tony Gilroy. Tony Gilroy, notably, was the creative behind the rather good romantic heist/con-artist film Duplicity.
The show is leisurely paced and maybe the most satisfying show on TV right now. It's just incredible grown-up manchild fun.
I also noticed this recurring role cast with an actor very familiar to fans of early 90s kids show Press Gang (the show that launched writer Steven Mofatt and then-actor/now-director Dexter Fletcher into the world):
Welcome to the new weekly newsletter section that is bold enough to ask the question: what are the five shows of the moment that you should have at least checked out?
- Andor (Disney+)
- Interview With The Vampire (AMC+)
- House of The Dragon (HBO/HBO Max/Binge)
- The Good Fight (Paramount+ / SBS On Demand)
- The Midnight Club (Netflix)
SWAT (s06), Blue Bloods (s13), All American (s05), All American: Homecoming (s02), The Oval (s04), Avenue 5 (s02), NCIS: Los Angeles (s14), Big Shot (s02), Diggstown (s04)
Fire Country - CBS
Stars: Max Thieriot, Billy Burke, Diane Farr
Bode burned down everything in his life, leaving town with a big secret.
Shantaram - Apple TV+
Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Antonia Desplat
Fugitive Lin Ford looks to get lost in chaotic 1980s Bombay; alone in an unfamiliar city, Lin struggles to avoid trouble but falls for an enigmatic woman and must choose between freedom and love and the complications that come with it.
The Watcher - Netflix
Stars: Naomi Watts, Bobby Carnavale
A family moves into their dream home, only to be plagued by ominous letters, strange neighbors and sinister threats.
Let The Right One In - Showtime / Paramount+
Stars: Demián Bichir, Anika Noni Rose, Grace Gummer
The lives of Mark and his daughter, Eleanor, were forever changed 10 years earlier when she was turned into a vampire. As Eleanor is only able to go out at night, Mark does his best to provide her with the human blood she needs to stay alive.
Wreck - BBC3
Stars: Ryan J Brown
Searching for answers about his missing sister, Jamie joins the crew on a mysterious cruise liner.
The Windchesters - The CW
Stars: Jensen Ackles, Meg Donnelly
A prequel to the long-running series "Supernatural," "The Winchesters" tells the epic, untold love story of how John Winchester met Mary Campbell and put it all on the line to not only save their love, but the entire world.
Belascoaran PI - Netflix
Stars: Luis Gerardo Mendez
A detective practises his profession in 1970s Mexico City.
Holy Family - Netflix
Stars: Najwa Nimri
A family hiding a shocking secret starts over in Madrid, where new relationships complicate their plans and the past begins to catch up with them.
The Playlist - Netflix
Stars: Edvin Endre
How Swedish tech entrepreneur Daniel Ek and business partner Martin Lorentzon revolutionized the music industry through free and legal music streaming when they launched Spotify.
Rosaline - Hulu / Disney+
Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Kyle Allen
A comedic retelling of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," told from the point of view of Romeo's jilted ex, Rosaline, the woman Romeo first claims to love before he falls for Juliet.
Halloween Kills - Peacock
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis
Michael Myers escapes Laurie's trap and tries to reach her, killing people on his way. On the other hand, Laurie finds support in a group of survivors of his previous rampages.
That's your viewing for the weekend. Some alright options.