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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 - 4 September 2020
Your weekly guide to all of the new and returning shows from US | UK | Australia
This is most certainly one of the biggest weeks for TV in 2020. Great news after what has been a pretty quiet couple of weeks. Months?
This is what you need to know:
The big mainstream release is Netflix drama series Away - a science-fiction family drama starring Hilary Swank as an astronaut on the first manned mission to Mars and the family she has left behind (with her husband played by Josh Charles). This is the series that dares to ask: can a woman astronaut have it all?
Another big series is Ridley Scott directing HBO Max’s Raised By Wolves. Scott is only directing the pilot of the series about androids raising two children. Reviews haven’t been kind to the series for the episodes following the pilot.
Returning for a second season is the cult hit The Boys.
Art-house movie fans will want to check out the new film by Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind) which was made for Netflix - I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Kaufman has struggled to find funding to direct his second feature following 2008’s Synecdoche New York.
Stars: Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette, Jesse Plemons Written & Directed: Charlie Kaufman Full of misgivings, a young woman travels with her new boyfriend to his parents' secluded farm. Upon arriving, she comes to question everything she thought she knew about him, and herself.
Stars: Maisie Williams, Sian Clifford, Taheen Modak, Mawaan Rizwan Kim Stokes is a strange young misfit raised by her survivalist mother Tina. Now all grown up, Kim sets out into the real world for the first time on a secret mission when she runs away from her mother.
[Note: An earlier version of this article said Two Weeks To Live was streaming in Australia on Stan. As far as I am aware no Australian service yet has this title announced.]
Stars: Rachelle Lefevre, Matt Whelan, Matt Nable Maggie and Tom Cabbott move to the town of Pelorus to escape the oppressive influence of Tom's family. But when he disappears, unsettling facts about Tom soon come to light and the search brings long-buried wounds to the surface.
Stars: Karamo Brown, Grace Byers, Common Prominent Black celebrities and artists read children's books from Black authors that highlight the Black experience. Conversations center around themes of identity, respect, justice, and action.
Enjoy your weekend. Let’s be careful out there.
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