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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Always Be Streaming - 28 August 2020
Your weekly guide to all of the new and returning shows from US | UK | Australia
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.
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.
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.
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.