GLOW (Netflix)

Glow

GLOW (Netflix) – Premieres 23rd June

A comedy drama that follows Ruth, an out of work actress who is desperate to get a meaningful role that doesn’t involve playing a secretary to a businessman, and ends up performing in a televised womens wrestling league.

After accosting an agent in the womens toilets, she is given an audition for a new promotion being created by a former B movie director Sam Sylvia. When she turns up Ruth finds out the the gig is to be part of a new wrestling promotion called Glow (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling).

After being booted from the audition for trying to introduce a backstory to her character and acting out a scene in the ring, she then turns up only to have her best friend throw down with her after she discovered that Ruth is sleeping with her husband.

For an opening ep its ok, though surprisingly light on any comedic elements given the premise.

5.0/10

The Gong Show (ABC)

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The Gong Show (ABC) – Premieres 22nd June

A reboot of the 70’s Variety show, where three judges sit rate amateur talent acts where the winner takes home a cheque for $2000.17. Though if the judges find the act to be boring they can hit the gong to halt the performance, or if the act makes it to the end they rate it out of ten.

The talent show itself is a plethora of borderline insane acts where the judges lightheartedly mock them along with the innuendo driven Mike Myers created host Tommy Maitland. And unlike other talent shows such Little Big Shots or any of the singing competitions, the acts are quickly introduced then they go straight into the thing, meaning there’s a constant stream of some truly weird stuff going on.

For what it is, it’s the most entertaining of the talent shows on offer since everything on it is up for ridicule and the acts play up to it. It’s a decent enough way to burn through 45 minutes if you fancy being constantly bemused at what you’re seeing.

4.0/10

Boy Band (ABC)

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Boy Band (ABC) – Premieres 22nd June

Singing competition hosted by Rita Ora where 30 lads are judged by three “architects”, Nick Carter, Timbaland and Emma Bunton, where the final five singers remaining will become a signed boyband.

The initial round of the show has all 30 performing indivdually in front of the “architects”, followed up where a couple of the contestants are chosen to pair up to see if they can perform in certain boyband scenarios.

After which the “architects” whittle the 30 down to 18, and three groups of 6 are formed. These groups then have to go through learning a song and routine where the weakest two members are put up for elimination with the loser leaving the show.

For a singing competition it’s no different to The X Factor and the like, where the performers backstories all seem to have varying elements of personal tribulations set to emotive backing tracks. The show offers nothing different to what is already out there and is a slog to sit through.

1.6/10

The Mist (Spike)

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The Mist (Spike) – Premieres 22nd June

TV series of the Stephen King book/film, where a soldier suffering from amnesia wakes in a forest to discover that the approaching mist leads to people getting killed if they enter it. As the soldier flees to the nearest town to inform the locals, they treat him to the confines of a police cell believing he’s mad.

While this is going on it switches focus to the Copeland family where the mother Eve has just been sacked from her teaching job, and her reporter husband Kevin is going against her wishes in allowing their daughter to head off to a party hosted by the school quarterback Jay.

This ends up with the daughter Alex going down to the party with her friend Adrian, where after having a few drinks gets drugged and raped. After informing the police chief that his son sexually assaulted their daughter, the town believe the rumours that it never happened and take great joy in calling Alex a slut in public.

As this is occuring the mist begins to cover the town leaving Eve and Alex stranded in a shopping mall where Jay is also at, along with some undercover military personnel that appear to know what the mist is. And Kevin after breaking out the prisoners in the police station is holed up in the local church with the police chief and a couple of locals.

The show itself impressively boring to watch, while everything about it seems poorly made from the writing to acting, and the pacing is almost non-existent. It’s not good, to the point it makes Under The Dome look well made.

2.6/10

Outrageous Acts Of Danger (Science Channel)

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Outrageous Acts Of Danger (Science Channel) – Premieres 21st June

Science show where the host Todd Sampson introduces a scientific law that he demonstrates in a small scale experiment to members of public, and then devises a large scale experiment that puts him in a situation that could prove fatal if the sums behind it go awry.

During the build up to the main experiment, Todd visits various experts and looks into each element that could effect the outcome. After each visit the experiment becomes more refined, where at the end everyone he has met are brought together to witness the attempt.

The show is like a more risky Mythbusters challenge with Todd placing himself in the position where a test crash dummy would usually be. It’s a decent enough way to waste 30 minutes though it’s something you wouldn’t go out of your way to watch like you would shows such as Mythbusters or Experiemental.

3.8/10

Little Big Shots: Forever Young (NBC)

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Little Big Shots: Forever Young (NBC) – Premieres 21st June

Spinoff of Little Big Shots where instead of kids showing off their talents, it focuses on the skills of elderly guests. Like the original show each act gets their brief backstory told, and they have a chat with Steve Harvey where a few jokes are cracked, and Harveys range of face pulling is shown off before performing their act.

Unsurprisingly the talents on offer in this version are slightly more impressive, though everything else is exactly the same. It’s one for those that enjoyed the original.

2.7/10

Big Pacific (PBS)

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Big Pacific (PBS) – Premieres 21st June

Nature documentary that looks at the wildlife that inhabits the Pacific on both land and sea. In it the show looks at a variety of animals where it shows how they survive and procreate.

Along with the usual nature show staples, the programme explains how some of the more curious natural phenomenon occur, some of which that are created by animals, and old relics of human civilisation. It then also looks at how conservations programmes have been put together and how some explorers are discovering species that were previously thought to be extinct.

While it is reminiscent of any Attenborough documentary you’d care to think of, it’s still a decent watch.

5.3/10