SMILF (Showtime)

SMILF

SMILF (Showtime) – Premieres 5th November – Renewed

A comedy drama that follows Brigette, a single mother who is trying to balance her parental, work and social life while dealing with her strenuous relationship with her mother and coming to terms that her ex is now dating again.

For an opening ep it takes a while to get going, and some of the relationships shown are vaguely touched upon making some parts feel like you’ve missed something with the way they play out. It’s not a bad opener though it doesn’t really does much to make you wanna check out the next episode.

4.6/10

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White Famous (Showtime)

WhiteFamous

White Famous (Showtime) – Premieres 15th October 

Comedy that follows Floyd, a stand up comedian who is on the brink of making the jump to national recognition, but dislikes the idea of compromising his credibility to become famous.

In the show his agent sets Floyd up with all manner of industry bigwigs in the bid that he can win them over, and each time Floyd manages to alienate himself by either reading the room wrong or calling someone out on there behaviour.

After his friend films him mocking a white guy acting racist out side a restaurant. It emerges that the guy is a film producer who, to apologise, gets Floyd a part in a Jamie Foxx film where he instantly calls in to question what the role has him doing.

It’s a solid opening ep.

5.3/10

Naked SNCTM (Showtime)

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Naked SNCTM (Showtime) – Premieres 17th August

Docu-series that follows Damon Lawner, a chap that founded and runs the private members club SNCTM, and his staff. The club along with hosting masquerade parties, runs VIP events for its $100k a year members that are a mix between burlesque, erotic theatre and sex orgies. Though according to Lawner they are not a sex club.

So in the show it follows them organising an event, creating the theme then showing the actual event, along with getting interviews from the guests as to why they like attending them. And in between the buildup to the party follows Damon as he explains how the place has cost him his marriage.

As a docu-series it actually pretty bland viewing.

1.8/10

The Putin Interviews (Showtime)

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The Putin Interviews (Showtime) – Premieres 12th June – Miniseries

Made up from 12 interviews taken over a two year period, Oliver Stone talks to Vladimir Putin where they cover, amongst others, his assent to leadership, Americas foreign policies, Russias recent history of civil unrest and the growth of Al-Qeada.

Before each main change in the conversation news footage is used to set the scene of the topic they’re about to delve into. Then Stone asks questions and Putin offers the most diplomatic of responses.

It’s a interesting bit of TV.

6.3/10

I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime)

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I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime) – Premieres 4th June – Renewed

A drama where a group of comedians in the early 70’s are trying to get out of the club circuit and get their chance to appear on national television.

It starts off when one of the group, Clay, gets to appear on the holy grail of Johnny Carson’s show, and after nailing his performance heads off to a hotel room to watch it on TV and then head out to commit suicide by walking in front of a bus.

News of his death filters back to the comedy club, and where after holding a wake they being to find out that the booking agent for Johnny Carson has been told to hold back from getting new acts on the show. At the same time two of Clays friends from Boston arrive in Hollywood to try and make it big in comedy unaware of his death, leaving them having to move in with one of the more dubious comedians in the club.

As the show follows the comedians trying to to work their way up the ladder it centres on Clays ex-girlfriend Cassie, who after being continually overlooked in performing on the main stage, due to the clubs owner thinking she’s not ready, manages to get a chance where she uses the recent experience to give her routine the focus it was previously lacking.

As a comedy drama it shares some similarities to The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, though with its darker outlook this is the more watchable of the two.

5.4/10

Guerrilla (Showtime/Sky Atlantic)

Guerrilla

Guerrilla (Showtime/Sky Atlantic) – Premieres 16th April – Miniseries

Set in London during the protests of the Immigration Act in the early 70’s, it follows a couple, Jaz a nurse and Marcus a unemployed teacher, where after witnessing the increasing violence occurring at the demonstrations instigated by a South African filled section of the police force, decide to increase their protests.

After hearing how a Timothy Leary was aided in braking out of prison, Jaz and Marcus devise a plan to liberate a political prisoner they know being held in Wormwood Scrubs. During implementing the plan things begin to go awry, leading to Marcus shooting a policeman, though they manage to escape being caught leading them to form a radical underground cell.

For an opening episode it’s a decent watch.

6.3/10

Roadies (Showtime)

Roadies

Roadies (Showtime) – Starts 26th June – Cancelled

A drama about the crew of the State House Band, who are dealing with the placement of a new boss who is hired by the record label to reduce the tour costs of the band.

Along with some over schmultzy depictions into why a light rigger is looking to leave the crew and to why a few others have lasted 30 years in the industry it goes nowhere fast while the crew set up the venue on the day of a gig.

It’s like an unbearably twee Newsroom-eque take on the music industry.

4.3/10