IF YOU still watch free-to-air commercial TV, you may have noticed Channel 10’s new logo.
As many have observed, it looks like a lotto ball – bit silly but not a big deal.
Then there’s the rebranding of Eleven and One to 10 Peach and 10 Boss, which Channel 10 insists is divided along age demographics and not between female and male. Let’s hope that’s true because if not, then I don’t really need to point out the problem between equating women to peaches (sticky, soft and prone to rot) and men to bosses.
Anyway, here are this week’s highlights, none of which are on 10 Peach or 10 Boss, and none of which are reruns of Two and a Half Men, which is inexplicably on 10 Peach.
YOU’RE THE WORST
(SBS on Demand — now)
There are certain shows that, thanks to its limited distribution, that has never won the audience and adulation it deserves. You’re the Worst is one of them — I don’t even know who has had the rights to it over the years, only ever buying it on iTunes.
Well, now its first four seasons (it’s about to go into its fifth and final season in the US) is finally available for mass consumption with the whole lot dropping on SBS’s streaming platform this week. And this dark, snarky comedy with soul is well worth your time.
The series starts with two narcissistic monsters — music publicist Gretchen (Aya Cash) and writer Jimmy (Chris Geere) — hooking up after a wedding. But instead of the one-night stand it was intended to be, they find themselves drawn to each other.
Over four seasons, their uneasy relationship is a gold mine for storytelling as they both struggle to cope with their demons — depression, family and more. As two people who thought themselves destined to be alone, being able to accept another person’s love is something that comes up again and again.
And then there are their two friends, clueless Lindsay (Kether Donohue) and kind Edgar (Desmin Borges) whose characters develop over the seasons into rich storylines.
You’re the Worst is a brilliantly written and performed show that is funny, sad, insightful and raw. No regrets.
(ABC — Wednesday, November 7 at 9pm, then iview)
Not content with just covering breaking news, Tomorrow Tonight is trying to predict what’s going to happen next. Hosted by Charlie Pickering with regular panellist Annabelle Crabb and special guests, Tomorrow Tonight will break down a news event that hasn’t happened yet — but easily could.
Last week, on its first episode, a hypothetical hacker stole all the information from a US government database containing every text message ever sent and was blackmailing the world with it. Tomorrow Tonight’s panel, which included guest Julie Bishop, had to posit what would happen next.
GOD FRIENDED ME
(First episode on 7plus now, then Mondays on Seven at 9pm)
The first thing to know about God Friended Me is that it’s very American — American in that cheesy, sentimental network TV way, which makes it insufferable for some and perfect for others and you know which camp you fall into.
But that is somewhat redeemed by a charming central performance by lead Brandon Micheal Hall who’s had a lot of buzz the past couple of years after great turns in Search Party and The Mayor.
The premise for God Friended Me is preacher’s son and atheist Miles Finer, the host of a faith-denying podcast, is sent a Facebook friend request by an account called “God”, which sets off a turn of coincidences and events that leads Miles to question his beliefs.
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(BBC First on Foxtel and Fetch — Tuesday, November 6 at 8.30pm, then Foxtel Now)
There’s no newspaper business quite like the one they have in the UK — a competitive and demanding industry full of exclusives, splashes and ambitious reporters looking for the next breaking story.
Press is set in this world and tells the story of two papers — one a highbrow broadsheet in the mould of The Guardian or The Times and the other a mass-market tabloid like The Sun or The Mirror. It’s a delicious, fast-paced series dealing with the moral complexity and quandaries of the news business.
Starring Ben Chaplin, David Suchet, Charlotte Riley, Brendan Cowell, Priyanga Burford and Elle Kendrick, Press explores the never-ending pressure of the unrelenting 24-hour news cycle and the havoc it wreaks on the lives of all those trapped within it.
THE SINNER S2
(Netflix — Friday, November 9 from 7pm AEDT)
The Sinner was an under-the-radar surprise when its first (and then, only) season dropped. The Jessica Biel-starring mystery about a mother who inexplicably stabs someone to death during a beach outing was so popular the miniseries morphed into an anthology series.
Biel is not returning for this second season (her story is done). In fact, the only carry-over character is Bill Pullman’s Detective Harry Ambrose, who is lured to his hometown by the case of a 13-year-old child who killed his parents.
New cast members for season two include Carrie Coon and Tracy Letts.
THE BOLD TYPE
(Stan — Friday, November 9)
The Bold Type is going to appeal to a certain viewer who loves nothing more than watching a group of female friends live their fun New York lives — fans of Younger and Sex and the City should definitely check this out.
It’s a trope for a reason — who hasn’t fantasised about packing it all up and living it up in a Tribeca loft? If only you could find $10,000 a month for rent because, you can’t have a glam NY life by slumming it out in Queens.
Inspired by the life of former Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles, the series centres on three friends who all work for the same women’s magazine, navigating all the outrageous spoils on offer in a city as vibrant as New York.
But it’s not just fairy floss TV, the show does delve into deeper topics that will resonate with many young women.
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