They say the tradition of a new fall TV season is over and over. But what do you know? From this critic’s point of view, new and returning series announcements this time of year still become an avalanche. It seems no one has told network, cable, and streaming services to drop the expectation that viewers will want new content when the weather changes.
Fair warning here – the lineup can be confusing if you’re in Canada. Series you read airing on FX may be available on Disney+ in Canada. Some shows on Peacock may or may not be here on Crave. They could be featured on Amazon Prime Video in Canada. If something is on Hulu, it could appear anywhere in Canada.
But there are certainties — the Emmy-winner’s highly-anticipated second season The White Lotus Coming to HBO/Crave in October, date to be announced. Jennifer Coolidge is back and apparently in Sicily. Beautiful and multi award-winning Type of returns for a second season on CBC beginning November 15. And a top British drama you may have missed on PBS, Ridley Roadarrives on CBC on October 25.
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Anne Rice Interview with the vampire (AMC, launches October 2) is a seven-part “contemporary reinvention” of Anne Rice’s celebrated novel. The series follows the life of Louis (Jacob Anderson), a young black man in New Orleans in the early 1900s. In the end, of course, he becomes a vampire when Lestat de Lioncourt (Sam Reid) offers it to him to escape a world of racism and strife. That’s not that easy. Garish, dark, sensual and visually striking, it’s sexy-horror escapism. And with the dazzling teenage romance Vampire Academy already airing (Sundays on the W network), the beautiful undead are definitely back in pop culture.
Nothing compares (Showtime/Crave, Oct. 2) is a powerful and moving look at the turbulent years in Irish singer Sinead O’Connor’s career. Her story is extraordinary, from a bleak childhood to early fame and huge controversy. (Your autobiography memories is an often stunning book, a furious and funny account of growing up as a young woman who never did what she was told.) Raw and poignant, it’s a documentary that Showtime is about to hit theaters and an Oscar winner – Anticipates nomination.
Alaska Daily (ABC, starts October 6th) tells us yes, an Oscar winner will do a network TV show. Hilary Swank plays journalist Eileen Fitzgerald, who leaves New York to work for a local newspaper in Anchorage. She personally needs a clean start. The pilot is very solid as our aggressive heroine prefers to write about the deaths of local indigenous women.
Let the right one in Inspired by the classic film of the same name, (Showtime/Crave, opens October 9) is further evidence of a vampire comeback trend. Demian Bichir plays the father of vampire Eleanor (Madison Taylor Baez), who stays 12 forever, in a part thriller, part agonizing reflection on loneliness. It’s weird, mesmerizingly realistic, not fantasy.
Shantaram (AppleTV+, launches October 14) with Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) as Lin, a convict who escapes from prison in Australia using a fake passport and flees into the busy streets of Bombay, where he hopes to disappear but gets sucked into the local crime underworld.
magpie murders (PBS masterpiece, launching October 16) aims to elevate the British crime genre. Based on the novels by Anthony Horowitz, it follows book editor Susan Ryeland (Lesley Manville) and the unfinished mystery manuscript that leads her into another, real-world mystery. Set in the 1950s to today, it’s sharper than most thrillers in the genre.
Annika (PBS Masterpiece Mystery, launches October 16) also aims to change the tone and style of UK cop shows. Nicola Walker plays Annika, an officer in Police Scotland’s Maritime Homicide Squad. Born in Norway, she is a single mother with a very naughty teenage daughter who interferes in her mother’s life in an annoying way. The character often turns to the camera, offering dry, tongue-in-cheek shots of the shenanigans around her.
Guillermo del Toros cabinet of curiosities (Netflix, launches October 25) is an anthology series – made in Toronto – by del Toro, all good-looking horror stories intended to “challenge traditional notions of horror,” with two new episodes airing daily until the entire package is available in time for Halloween.
The talented Mr. Rosenberg (CBC on The passionate eye, 10/21) is a documentary film by Barry Avrich about Albert Rosenberg, who posed as a Swiss billionaire in Toronto and used dating sites to meet women whose life savings he had stolen. This could only be the tip of the true story.
The Periphery (Amazon Prime Video, launches October 21) is a pure sci-fi thriller with alternate realities and some spectacular action sequences. Based on the novel by William Gibson, Chloë stars as Grace Moretz, whose character discovers a secret connection to an alternate reality and then to her own strained future. From the producers of western world and possibly just as amazing.
the idol (HBO, Streams on Crave, Starts November, Date TBA) was created by Abel Tesfaye (aka The Weeknd) and euphoria Creator Sam Levinson. Tesfaye also stars alongside Lily-Rose Depp and Dan Levy in a concoction about the music industry and a self-help guru in what HBO calls “the shabbiest love story in all of Hollywood.”
The crown Season 5 (Netflix, date November TBA) now has Imelda Staunton as the queen and appears to cover the period of Diana’s split from Charles and her tragic death. Diana is played by Elizabeth Debicki. Also, Dominic West plays Prince Charles and Olivia Williams portrays Camilla Parker Bowles.