Welcome to an exceptionally weird moment in television.
Usually in this week I would write something like this: “It’s a patchy week with the dregs of the TV year as we wait for the onslaught of new shows debuting through September”.
Generally, in the first and second week of September is where all the US networks start debuting the large volume of new broadcast shows. Most of them will be terrible, but occasionally there’s a surprise.
But this year? It’s crickets. The production delays caused by the stupid virus means there’s only a handful of new shows debuting throughout the month.
This week… there’s still dregs.
I Am Woman looks to be a bit paint-by-numbers, but something that appears to be a bit of a quiet gem is UK comedy I Am Suzie. A 6-part series of half-hour episodes, the show stars Billie Piper as a celeb whose nude pics are released online. Lucy Mangan at The Guardian raves about it in a five-star review.
Aggrestuko (s3), Trinkets (s2), Reno 911 (s8)
I Hate Suzie - Sky Atlantic | Stan
The Vow - HBO
Stars: Anthony Ames, Sarah Edmondson, Catherine Oxenberg
A look at the experiences of the members of the NXIVM, an organization and sex cult who made headlines for being charged with sex trafficking and racketeering conspiracy.
I Am Woman - Stan
Class Action Park - HBO Max
New Jersey's Action Park earns a reputation as the world's most insanely dangerous amusement park.
Million Dollar Beach House - Netflix
A bird’s eye view into the day-to-day life of the Hampton’s youngest and most exclusive group of real estate agents, documenting their private lives and posh coastline listings.
Hungry Ghosts - SBS
Stars: Bryan Brown, Clare Bowen, Catherine Van-Davies
When a powerful amulet is broken on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Melbourne, a vengeful spirit is unleashed, bringing the dead with him. As they wreak havoc across the Vietnamese Australian community, reclaiming lost loves and repaying old grudges, a young woman who's never taken responsibility for who she could be, must finally step up and accept her destiny.
Halifax: Retribution - Nine
Stars: Rebecca Gibney, Fabricio Christian Amansi, Michala Banas
A sniper is on the loose, as Jane Halifax comes back to the rescue to find the sniper before its too late. 20 years on the race for answers is more important than ever.
Masaba Masaba - Netflix
Unknown Origins - Netflix
Stars: Leonardo Sbaraglia, Verónica Echegui, Javier Rey
Madrid, 2019. A serial killer is spreading chaos. Anonymous people with no apparent connection are being murdered while imitating the first appearances of the most famous superheroes.
Emily’s Wonder Lab - Netflix
Stars: Emily Calandrelli
Acclaimed science communicator Emily Calandrelli takes kids through lively experiments and entertaining activities in this new live-action series.
Let’s chat again next week.