Camping (HBO)

Camping

Camping (HBO) – Premieres 14th October

Based on the UK comedy of the same name, this follows Walt and Kathryn who have arranged a camping holiday for them and their friends to celebrate Walts 45th birthday.

As their guests arrive Kathryn becomes irked at how everyone isn’t abiding to her carefully planed out itinerary. Highlighted by one of the couples splitting up, and bringing an uninvited guest who is pretty much Kathryns opposite and challenges everything she’s planned.

As comedies go this is a disappointing watch, as virtually none of the jokes hit, and the annoyance of the character of Kathryn removes any watchability. Making all of it a grind to get through.

2.0/10

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Pod Save America (HBO)

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Pod Save America (HBO) – Premieres 12th October

An extension of the podcast it comes from, this is an hour long programme that looks into the current political climate in the US. Where along with going over some of the recent news events, has interviews with folks involved in politics, goes over voter rights and the such and has some crowd based interaction.

In each episode the programme is hosted in a different city, and focuses on the issues found specifically in that area. As hosts Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, Dan Pfeiffer and co host Erin Ryan, break down specific news events pointing out the failings of what is happening within the government. Along with this there are a few filmed segments, mainly showing how to register to vote, interviews with guests onstage.

With this being filmed in front of fans of the podcast, it does feel like the programme is preaching to the converted. And with the small parts of the show that are supposed to inject some humour missing the mark, and while the subject matter is interesting it does end up feeling like a lecture, it’s a bit of a chore to get through.

3.3/10

The Shop (HBO)

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The Shop (HBO) – Premieres 28th August

Fronted by LeBron James and his business partner and friend Maverick Carter. This is a talk show set in a working barber shop, where a group of folks from the sport and entertainment world have a chat about various issues.

The show itself has no real format, and is just a group of people having a conversation about current events, their career and life, and what ever else the chat flows into. All with the occasional haircut being received.

With the relaxed way the conversation flows throughout, it makes it one of the more enjoyable talk shows that’s been released, and is a decent watch.

5.5/10

Random Acts of Flyness (HBO)

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Random Acts of Flyness (HBO) – Premieres 4th August – Renewed

A 30 minute sketch comedy programme hosted by Terence Nance, where each piece differs in style while focusing on black centric issues.

The show is interlinked with Nance doing a continuing series of short skits. And while the main marts of the programme are longer in format to other sketch shows, they range from Adult Swim style surrealness to a more serious stance.

Even though the programme isn’t an out-and-out comedy it is a an easy bit of watching. And with each sketch having such a variance in look and approach, it does keep your interest throughout. It’s worth checking out.

5.6/10

Sharp Objects (HBO)

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Sharp Objects (HBO) – Premieres 8th July – Miniseries

A thriller where functioning alcoholic Camille Preaker, a reporter for a St Louis newspaper, is given an assignment to cover a story in her home town of Wind Gap. Where a girl has been murdered and another is currently missing.

As Camille heads off to Wind Gap she has constant flashbacks of her childhood, which begin to intensify the longer she is there. And after arriving ends up staying with her mother, Adora, who is in constant fear of what the rest of the town thinks of her. As well as having a reluctance to move on from the past, as she has kept the room of Camilles sister Marian as it was from when she died. While transferring her overprotectiveness onto Camilles step-sister Amma.

As Camille works on the story she interveiws the parents of the missing girl, and soon after, along with a couple of other towns folk, find the missing body staged near the town centre. After being interviewed by the towns new detective Richard he confirms that he believes a serial killer is in town.

For an opening episode, it’s very much a slow burner where for an hour long programme not too much really happened. Though in the way that it’s made, it’s like Rectify where the slow pacing manages to keep your interest and make you want to check out another episode. It’s a decent watch.

6.9/10

Succession (HBO)

Succession

Succession (HBO) – Premieres 3rd June – Renewed

Drama that follows the Roy family, where the father Logan is the founder of a large media and entertainment company. With is health slowly deteriorating his son Kendall is now running the business in everything but name. And believes that his father will soon hand over the company to him.

On the day of Logans birthday, Kendall is working on a company acquisition of digital media company, who end up backing out of signing the deal at the last minute. As Kendall and the management try to work on a new offer to get the deal back on track, he decides to leave to attend his fathers party. Where after arriving, Logan reveals that his decision to leave the negotiations before the deal is wrapped up shows that he isn’t ready, and has decided to stay as the head of the company.

After receiving the news Kendall goes back to the office to resurrect the failed bid, where he offers a deal that that gives the owner a role on the board. As the offer is accepted Kendall is unaware that his father is taken ill, and the deal that has been accepted gives the person the chance to mount a leadership challenge.

For a first episode it plods along at a slow pace, and along with none of the family being in any way likeable, doesn’t really grab your interest fully.

4.3/10

Elvis Presley: The Searcher (HBO)

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Elvis Presley: The Searcher (HBO) – Premieres 14th April – Miniseries

A two-part documentary about Elvis Presley where it looks at the music that influenced him, how he used aspects of them in his act and how his career developed.

As the documentary follows Elvis throughout his life it uses archival footage of him along with interviews from Priscilla Presley and family friends, through to historians and fellow musicians that are used to narrate Elvis’ life.

As music documentaries go it’s an in depth and interesting watch. And even if you’re not into the work of Elvis it’s still something that would keep your attention.

/10