TV Time: Six new shows to air in September | Screen News | Spokane | Interior of the Pacific Northwest
critics are scrambling to cover all the new fall premieres and separate the good from the bad. This year, not so much.
Here are just six new shows I can recommend for September, and even a few are uncertain. I left out Hocus Pocus 2because… Why Disney+, why?
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Prime Video; Thu. Sept. 1)
It’s the most expensive TV series ever made, and it comes with free shipping right to your door! The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (no one will ever call it all – nice try, Prime Video) is set millennia before The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbitand — surprise — not everyone is white and British. LOTR: ROP is only 98% white and British, so progress. Be sure to watch it before it’s stolen from your porch, nerds.
american gigolo (Showtime; Sunday, September 11)
Jon Berntal (The Punisher) reprized the role of Richard Gere in 1980 as Julian Kaye, a male Los Angeles escort who gets caught up in a homicide case. In this american gigolo, Kaye is released from prison after serving 15 years for a murder he did not commit. Can he adapt to a new market of sex workers, reconcile with his ex (Gretchen Mol) and find the real killer? With maximum nudity and an obligatory remake of Blondie’s “Call Me”, probably.
Monarch (Fox, Hulu; Sun, Sept. 11)
A country music family dynasty is threatened by dark secrets from the past…right? Nashville A TV series from 10 years ago? In any event: Monarch is a slightly different soap opera with a twang, starring Susan Sarandon, Anna Friel, ex-Gossip singer Beth Ditto and literal country giant Trace Adkins. Monarch is loaded at Truck Nutz with big hair, rhinestones, and guest appearances by bona fide country stars, but it’s totally different from Nashville…right?
To restart (Hulu; Tue. September 20)
It had to happen: a new show about the reboot of an old show. The cast of an early 2000s sitcom (including Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key, Rachel Bloom and Johnny Knoxville) reunites — uncomfortably — to hear a pitch for a reboot of their hit show. Besides hooking up a killer cast, To restart was created by the showrunner behind modern family, fraser and The Larry Sanders Show – it can’t suck. Unless that’s the case, how much I’ll disavow all of this.
Andor (Disney+; Wednesday, September 21)
A prequel to the best star wars movie of all, A thug (I will die on this hill on a watery planet), Andor follows the adventures of Rebel Alliance pilot Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). Contrary to The Mandalorian and the other previous Disney+ star wars series (I mean Bald Goon and Space Jesus?), Andor will span 12 episodes, which feels like an eternity. It also features screenwriters and directors from Card castle, Americans and black mirror, so it might become dark AF.
So help me Todd (CBS, Paramount+; Thu., Sept. 29)
This is not so much an overview as a warning: So help me Todd’s The trailer might be the most boring 2:44 minute I’ve ever endured – and I’ve seen New Found Glory live. Skylar Astin (Perfect) plays Todd, a failed private detective recruited by his mother (Marcia Gay Harden) to work at her prestigious law firm. It’s a legal comedy-drama that could only be made worse by allowing Astin to sing. He doesn’t sing here, does he? Answer for your inhumane crime, CBS! ♦