As I type this at the Always Be Watching HQ in Sydney, Australia, it is currently bucketing with rain outside. Perfect weather to hit the couch and thankfully the TV gods have rained a bunch of interesting shows.
The Dark Crystal prequel series is the absolute pick of the weekend. You don’t need to have seen the film to understand this (I recall trying to watch the film as a kid and I was possibly just too young for it at the time). The critics have raved about it.
Amazon have its own genre show for the weekend with Carnival Row. It’s a sexy steam-punky kind of show that critics have been a bit middling on.
I’m also still re-working my way through Mindhunter season 1. I tried to get started on the 2nd season after a 2+ year gap and was just a bit too confused, so I’m currently rewatching an episode every night before bed. I should be onto season 2 tomorrow.
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Power (s6), The Affair (s5), Ballers (s5), Glitch (s3), Peaky Blinders (s5)
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance - Netflix (US)
Returns to the world of Thra, where three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis' power, and set out to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.
Carnival Row - Amazon (US)
A human detective and a fairy rekindle a dangerous affair in a Victorian fantasy world, where the city's uneasy peace collapses when a string of murders reveals an unimaginable monster.
On Becoming a God in Central Florida - Showtime (US)
Krystal Gill is a minimum-wage-earning water park employee who will eventually scheme her way up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise: the cultish, flag waving, multi-billion dollar pyramid scheme that drove her family to ruin.
Sanditon - ITV (UK)
Charlotte Heywood, a spirited and impulsive woman who moves from her rural hometown to Sanditon, a fishing village trying to reinvent itself as a seaside resort, is exposed to its 'intrigues and dalliances' and the locals whose fortunes depend on Sanditon's commercial success in a story of love and self-discovery in the 19th century. Inspired by Jane Austen's unfinished final novel of the same name.
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When Hope Calls - Hallmark (US)
Spinoff series of 'When Calls the Heart' centering on the lives of orphan siblings Lillian and Grace, who grow up apart but reunite later in adulthood in the early 1900s.