Absentia (Channel TBA)

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Absentia (Channel TBA) – Premiere TBA

A thriller where six years after suspected serial killer Conrad Harlow was convicted for the abduction and murder of FBI agent Emily Byrne, a body is found with the hallmarks of the killings he was suspected of.

As the case is being looked into, Emilys husband Nick is called by Harlow where he reveals that Emily is still alive and that he has 60 minutes to save her. After her rescue, Harlow is released before he can go on a retrial for abduction, while Emily, having no real recollection of the past six years she’s been held captive for, struggles to help the FBI in identifying the captor that was with during that time.

Then during a filmed session with a psychiatrist, Nick notices that one of Emilys recollections links to a sex trafficking case she worked on, leading the case to take on a wee bit of a twist.

The show is definitely one of the better opening eps of the year, where it goes along at a decent pace and keeps the dark atmospheric going throughout. It’s well worth a watch.

7.5/10

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The Mayor (ABC)

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The Mayor (ABC) – Premieres 3rd October 

Comedy where aspiring rapper Courtney Rose decides to run for mayor in his hometown as a way to promote himself and to get his music career up and running. Though after beating his opponent during the final debate, he unexpectedly ends up winning the election leaving him being in charge and not having a clue what to do.

The show is the usual inoffensive network comedy, where a bloke with good intentions messes up then manages to rectify everything at the end of the day.

2.6/10

Ghosted (FOX)

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Ghosted (FOX) – Premieres 1st October 

Sci-fi comedy where after an agent for the Underground Bureau is abducted, his last communication urges them to recruit two civilians to work on his disappearance. Max, a former Stanford professor who worked on the multiverse theory and claims his wife was abducted by aliens, and Leroy, a mall cop who lost his job at the LAPD after his partner was killed.

Together Max and Leroy are challenged by the Bureau for a one off mission to track down and bring back the missing agent, and in return they get their old jobs back.

This leads to the pair finding the agent but witness him being transported onto a UFO. When reporting their findings they decide to stay on at the agency to uncover what really is going on, and find out that the bureau is monitoring a group of former abductees that includes Maxs wife.

As comedy most of the jokes miss the mark, and it’s a bit of a slog to get though.

1.7/10

Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC)

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Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders (NBC) – Premieres 26th September 

A Law & Order take on American Crime Story this is a dramatised version of events of the Menendez Murders. Where after discovering their parents killed upon returning home, the two brothers Lyle and Erik behaviour begins to arouse suspicions with the police that they may have committed the crime.

As it goes through the first ep, the story drops in a few flashbacks to bring you up to speed about the family as well as introducing the characters that will involved later on, though while it does this it never really grabs your interest like you’re expecting it should do.

5.0/10

Alias Grace (CBC)

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Alias Grace (CBC) – Premieres 25th September – Miniseries

Adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel, where after being sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper, Grace Marks has a group from the Methodist church trying to get her pardoned. To help with their case they employ the help of Dr Jordan, an psychiatrist, to help Grace remember what happened on that day of the killings.

As Jordan tries and fails to get Grace to do general association and talking about her dreams, suspecting she is giving answer she expects him to hear. Jordan makes an arrangement with so they can have their sessions held in the governors mansion when Grace used to work as a way to get her comfortable. There Jordan asks Grace to recount her life story in hope that it will help her remember what happened.

While it’s a slow paced period drama, there’s enough going on to keep you watching.

5.9/10

The Good Doctor (ABC)

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The Good Doctor (ABC) – Premieres 25th September 

Medical drama where young surgeon savant Shaun Murphy has received a residency at St Bonaventure much to the displeasure to some of the hospitals directors, due to him being autistic.

While the hospital president agues the case for employing him, Shaun is off helping folks and spotting problems that the other doctors haven’t noticed, who  duly ignore the advice until it becomes apparent in surgery.

For what it is this has more in common with medical shows like Pure Genius than it does with the more ER styled Code Black and Chicago Med. It’s not a bad show, but it’s something that at times is riddled with the usual cliches and tropes you’d expect from a hospital based programme.

5.7/10

Young Sheldon (CBS)

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Young Sheldon (CBS) – Premieres 25th September

Spinoff prequel of The Big Bang Theory, that follows Sheldon Coopers early life as a 9 year old genius in East Texas where no one really understands him.

Thankfully for something that Chuck Lorre has created there’s no laugh track throughout the episode, which helps the programme feel more like something like Speechless than it does TBBT. That said it’s still pretty low on any decent jokes.

2.4/10