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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.
What you'll watch this weekend! 14-16 June 2019
Always Be Watching is curated by Dan Barrett who thinks there may actually be too much good TV.
What a wild week of TV. Big Little Lies launched with a very loud whimper (huge buzz, very muted episode). But then there’s also the return of Jessica Jones for its final season and Younger fans will be happy to see that is back. Plus there’s a bunch of cult shows that will be highly anticipated.
But this week has two big questions. Actually the same question, but spread across two shows:
How is there a new UK show starring Rob Lowe that I’ve not heard anyone mention until I just stumbled upon it today? It seems like something someone would be talking about/promoting. It’s called Wild Bill. Details below.
We’re truly in an era of peak TV where a new show can launch on Amazon this weekend starring Miles Tellar and directed by Nicholas Winding Refn and nobody is talking about it either! Refn directs all ten episodes and is listed as a co-creator/co-writer alongside respected comic book writer Ed Brubaker. The show, Too Old To Die Young premiered at the Cannes Film Festival with episodes four and five screened.
Oh, and there’s also a new Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston film debuting on Netflix. Murder Mystery:
NEW & RETURNING
These are the notable new and returning shows that aired this week - meaning you can go right ahead and stream them now…
RETURNING SHOWS: Jessica Jones (s3), Baskets (s4), Strange Angel (s2), Pose (s2), Big Little Lies (s2), Claws (s3), Good Little Witch (s5), Krypton (s2), Queen Sugar (s4), Younger (s6)
When US Cop Bill Hixon, who is appointed chief of police in rural England, arrives in Boston, Lincolnshire, with his 14 year-old daughter Kelsey in tow, he's hoping they can flee their painful recent past. But this unfamiliar, unimpressed community will force Bill to question everything about himself and leave him asking whether it's Boston that needs Bill, or Bill that needs Boston?
A group of teenagers' lives are disrupted when a spiritual figure appears in front of them in the ancient city of Petra. They must try and stop Jinn before he destroys the world. This is Netflix’s first Arabic production.
India's first dystopian story, Leila is set in an imagined world, Aryavarta in which there is great suffering, extreme and totalitarian rules of engagement and fictional extremes constructed around an obsession with purity, communal and divisive societal dramas and grit. Leila is the story of a mothers' imperishable maternal love for her daughter set in the political and emotional dystopia of Aryavarta. Based on the 2017 eponymous novel by Prayaag Akbar.