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american gigolo

Following the 1980 film, this series stars Jon Bernthal as Julian Kaye’s Richard Gere, now leaving prison after a wrongful murder conviction and trying to get to the bottom of the frame that robbed him of 15 years of his life. life. Gabriel LaBelle plays young Julian, as the roots of his work in the Los Angeles sex industry are explored. It’s a dark, low-key affair – Kaye’s emotional disconnect was one of the hallmarks of the film and Bernthal picks up where Gere left off, enlivening the inner life of an alienated, successful and damaged con man whose childhood troubled and the professional need to cycle through multiple identities left him completely out of touch with himself.
Paramount+, starting Saturday, September 10

The Serpent Queen

Survival of… Samantha Morton as Catherine de’ Medici in Serpent Queen.

One of the least solemn or respectful historical dramas you’ll see – and that’s an apt treatment of the subject, as Catherine de’ Medici lived a life that was constantly turned around at age 11. Born in 1519, Catherine was, in the words of Charles Dance’s Pope Clement, “the orphaned scion of France’s most despised family.” She had to live by her intelligence from an early age and managed to work her way up to the highest levels of power. In this entertaining and dirty and brutal series, she is played with arch-ice by Samantha Morton, while Liv Hill does a persuasive job of making young Catherine smart and devious.
StarzPlay, starting Sunday, September 11

Don’t hug me I’m scared

Don't hug me I'm afraid.
No monsters here… Don’t hug me, I’m afraid. Photo: Channel 4

Talk about a slow burn. This bizarre creation first appeared as a web series in the summer of 2011. After more than a decade of fun and glacial progress, it finally made it into a TV series. Created by Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling, the show is unnerving and unpredictable surrealism disguised as a children’s puppet show. At the start, there are top notes of Sesame Street and Rainbow. But macabre details of a much darker hue quickly become unavoidable. Deliciously demented and, despite early appearances, probably not one to share with little ones.
Every 4, from Monday September 12

Our mother’s sins

Fatal attraction… Sins of Our Mother.
Fatal attraction… Sins of Our Mother. Picture: Netflix

This week’s new true crime portion is a jaw-dropping illustration of the dangers of religious extremism. Lori Vallow was a diligent mother of three until she met a man called Chad Daybell who was a follower of various Christian doomsday cults. Vallow was seduced by his value system and quickly became erratic. The couple committed several murders, including those of two of Vallow’s children. This three-part series tells the disturbing story, centering on the testimony of Vallow’s son, Colby, who is currently out on bail after being arrested for alleged sex crimes.
Netflix, starting Wednesday, September 14

Raised from heartache

New kids on the block... Heartbreak High.
New kids on the block… Heartbreak High. Photography: Elise Lockwood/Netflix

A racy reboot of the 90s Australian teen classic. The original broke a few boundaries itself, often praised for its insightful treatment of multiculturalism. This time, the focus is on sexual and gender diversity: Loudmouth Amerie (Ayesha Madon) has created a “sex map” detailing all of her castmates’ preferences, affairs, and one-night stands. Before long, she made herself an outcast, unmasked several classmates, and earned herself the nickname “the psycho card bitch.” It’s bold, brash, and delivers pure teenage drama with horny, unapologetic glee.
Netflix, starting Wednesday, September 14


Poles apart… Jake Johnson as Doug and Ophelia Lovibond as Joyce as Minx.
Poles apart… Jake Johnson as Doug and Ophelia Lovibond as Joyce as Minx. Photo: Paramount+

Joyce (Ophelia Lovibond) is a young feminist who edits a magazine called The Matriarchy Awakens. Business is slow – even in 1970s Los Angeles, his labor of love is a bit serious to cut. Luckily, she’s about to meet Doug (Jake Johnson), a porn editor who’s spotted a market for female erotica. The characters are largely drawn: Joyce is a snob who corrects people on their pronunciations of French words; Doug is a jerk with as many different words for penis as the Inuit would have for snow. But the strange couple has a certain chemistry.
Paramount+, starting Wednesday, September 14

vampire academy

Makers of the Night… Sisi Stringer as Rose Hathaway in Vampire Academy.
Makers of the Night… Sisi Stringer as Rose Hathaway in Vampire Academy. Photography: Peacock/Jose Haro/Getty Images

Adapted from the YA novels by Richelle Mead, this series brings the world of St Vladimir’s Academy to life, but not much more compelling than the 2014 film version. It’s a coming-of-age story as two young women , Rose (Sisi Stringer) and Lissa (Daniela Nieves), become friends across social boundaries. What unfolds is an all-too-familiar tale of class gradations as the girls struggle against the predetermined limits of their society. Vampires are generally a safe bet in terms of commissioning, but the brilliance of teen drama can’t make up for some decidedly squeaky performances.
Peacock, from Thursday September 15

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