So unbelieavkly charming

What’s on TV: Emmy Awards, Maniac, Paddington 2, The Good Cop and more

THE Emmys are like crack to a TV junkie.

Well, maybe not as inelegant as that but you get the idea. It’s like the Logies, but (mostly) actually legit.

There’s nothing like watching all your favourite TV shows showered with praise, or snubbed (which then gives you an excuse to raaaaaaaaaage to anyone within earshot, even if you know they don’t care).

So, cross your fingers your favourites come out on top.


(Netflix — Friday, September 21 from 5pm AEST)

The Good Cop is the kind of crowd-pleasing, easy-watching police procedural that’s hard to find these days in a crowded landscape of grim and gritty crime thrillers. From the creator of Monk (yes, that other lighthearted police procedural), The Good Cop stars Tony Danza (yes, THAT Tony Danza) and Josh Groban (yes, the singer) as an odd-couple father and son.

Tony Caruso Sr (Danza) is a dirty cop out on parole who has to bunk with his son, a straight-laced, rule-abiding detective (Groban). The father’s know-how and connections sees him partnered with his son as a civilian consultant. The Good Cop has a throwback vibe, with its largely episodic format and jaunty score. It’s not going to blow your mind but it is affable, especially if you liked dramedies like Monk, Psych or White Collar.


Whos’ the boss now?Source:Supplied


(BBC First on Foxtel and Fetch — Thursday, September 20 at 8.30pm)

If you particularly love those episodes of The Crown that focus on one historical event, you’re going to love A Very English Scandal. Featuring spectacular and enthralling performances from Hugh Grant (a career best) and Ben Whishaw, this British series dives into an ugly episode in political history that most Australians would have little knowledge of.

In the three-part miniseries, Grant plays Jeremy Thorpe who in the 1970s is accused of trying to murder his lover Norman Josiffe (Whishaw). It’s a twisted tale of deceptions, repressed desire and powerful men trying to exploit the vulnerable. Just beneath the surface, it’s also an indictment of the social mores that led to this scandal.

A career best performance for Grant

A career best performance for GrantSource:Supplied


(Netflix — Friday, September 21 from 5pm AEST)

When the book closes on 2018 TV, Maniac is going to be right at the top of “Best of” lists — no doubt. Bold, ambitious and entirely bonkers, this new Netflix series starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill is entirely captivating television — like nothing you’ve seen before. And you should expect nothing less from director Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective, Jane Eyre).

Maniac is aesthetically incredible to look at with amazing performances from not just Stone and Hill but also Justin Theroux, Billy Magnussen, Julia Garner and Sally Field. It’s a reality-bending experience about two lost souls undergoing a drug trial with mind-altering side effects.

Jonah Hill and Emma Stone reunited for the first time since their breakout roles in Superbad.

Jonah Hill and Emma Stone reunited for the first time since their breakout roles in Superbad.Source:Supplied


(Fox8 on Foxtel — Tuesday, September 18 at 10am AEST)

Whatever you may think of hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost (meh), the Emmys (mostly) celebrate the best of American TV. If nothing else, over 27 categories, it’s a great shopping list for all the shows you really should’ve seen by now. Or maybe you just want to perv at the gowns and tuxes. And there’s usually at least one rousing speech that gets everyone on their feet.

This year’s competition seems like a tighter race than most and Emmys predictions are all over the place — which makes it that much more exciting. Will The Handmaid’s Tale continue to dominate? Will Atlanta sweep the comedy categories? Will Game of Thrones take home anything shiny? Find out tomorrow.


Hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che are from Saturday Night Live (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che are from Saturday Night Live (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images


(SBS — Saturday, September 22 at 7.30pm)

Who isn’t, at least a little bit, curious about the Bermuda Triangle and why planes and boats constantly seem to disappear in this 500,000 square mile stretch of the Atlantic Ocean? Is it natural phenomena, is it statistically even abnormal, is it aliens? Well, no, it’s obviously not aliens.

So what do we really know about it? This documentary seeks to go deeper, literally and metaphorically, than anyone else has before, using data from sonar surveys to map out the bottom of the ocean, hoping to understand why this part of the world has the fearsome reputation that it does. There may be some mythbusting involved.

Look, it’s not aliens, OK?

Look, it’s not aliens, OK?Source:Supplied


(Netflix — Friday, September 21 from 5pm AEST)

Make it a Hugh Grant/Ben Whishaw double feature this week with Paddington 2, the most charming kids’ movie in recent years, one that every adult will lose themselves in, unless, of course, you’re dead inside. The iconic and unerringly polite bear, with his blue duffel coat, floppy red hat and marmalade obsession, returns for more exploits filled with mishaps, friendship and bonhomie.

This utterly delightful sequel sees Paddington (Whishaw) settled in with the Browns at Windsor Gardens, bringing joy to everyone. The trouble begins when he crosses paths with a neighbour, Phoenix Buchanan (Grant), an unhinged, soliloquy-sprouting former stage actor desperate for his comeback, thanks to a dastardly plan that will take them all over London.

So unbelieavkly charming

So unbelieavkly charmingSource:Supplied


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