BET’s Mancave (BET)

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BET’s Mancave (BET) – Premieres 18th January 

Talk show hosted by Jeff Johnson, where he is joined with comedian Slink Johnson, R&B singer Tank & music producer Kosine. Where the four talk about current news stories through to getting their perspective of everyday things. It’s like a male version of Loose Women or The View.

The show begins with the four chatting about certain news stories, ranging from the serious to the silly, that have appeared during the week and give their opinions on what’s happened. After that segment, a celebrity guest is introduced where they have an interview about their life and get their outlook on certain pivotal moments.

It then moves on to the four asking light hearted one-or-the-other questions to the guest and is wrapped up with a pre-recorded Mancave Mission, where two of the four go to a location to create something for the show, then going back to the studio where everyone gets to sample it.

As chat shows go it’s lightweight to the extreme, and is akin to something that would be aired during the daytime. It’s all very forgettable.

1.1/10

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I Love You America (Hulu)

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I Love You America (Hulu) – Premieres 12th October

A comedy talk show hosted by Sarah Silverman where along with interviewing a guest, heads off to to meet folks with differing outlooks to see why they back the thing they do and what common ground they have with each other.

The show is like a watchable version of Chelsea, with Silverman actually listening to her guests answers and not talking over them at every opportunity.

It’s not too bad.

4.8/10

The Rundown with Robin Thede (BET)

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The Rundown with Robin Thede (BET) – Premieres 12th October

A weekly topical comedy show in a similar vein to Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, where host Robin Thede goes through a selection of things that have happened in the news while giving her take on things.

As well as the usually satirical stuff in front of an audience there’s also a musical performance, and all in all, the show does what you expect and for a comedy it gets the job done.

5.1/10

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

Terror (Viceland)

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Terror (Viceland) – Starts 1st October

A standard Viceland docu-series offering, which looks into the different islamic terrorist groups, where they show how they came into existence, why they’re doing what they’re doing, and looks at how they’ve changed their approach of the years.

Hosted by Vice founder Suroosh Alvi, he travels to the country of the groups origin, where he interviews locals to find out how their world view has been been altered by the War on Terror, and talks to a couple of folks within the groups to explain what drives them.

The show feels like an extended episode of Vice, and does exactly what you’d expect. Though with the extended run time it doesn’t feel like you learn any more than from a 15 or 30 minute Vice segment.

4.7/10

The Jim Jefferies Show (Comedy Central)

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The Jim Jefferies Show (Comedy Central) – Premieres 6th June – Renewed

A weekly topical comedy show that is similar to Last Week Tonight and to a lesser extent Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Jim Jefferies covers the recent news events.

The show is split into three segments, in the first part Jim does a brief round up of the weeks news, which has a Daily Show light feel to it, and is the weakest part of the programme. After that there’s a video segment where Jim Visits a country to to interview folk about a regional custom that can be seen as offensive. Then the show is finished off with Jim tackling a subject and offering up his theory on how the problems could be resolved.

It’s a solid bit of current affair based comedy that’s well worth a watch.

5.9/10

American Race (TNT)

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American Race (TNT) – Premieres 11th May

Docu-series where Charles Barkley goes across the the US to find out how the current race issues are effecting folk in the country. In it Barkley heads of to a city that has recent problems, where he talks to people that were involved in either documenting or participated in events and getting them to explain the causes of the problems, and how they believe they could be resolved.

Along with conversing directly to a select few individuals, Charles attempts to get a dialogue going with the two parties involved with mixed results. For a docu-series it’s similar to United Shades Of America, but with approached from a more serious angle.

It’s a decent bit of viewing.

6.0/10