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It’s a quieter week, although there’s a lot happening on SBS. It’s really just the calm before the storm of next week, when Netflix adds season 5 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the new season of The Good Place begins. As far as this week goes, I’m really looking forward to Maniac after this week’s Storm of Spoilers podcast (I didn’t listen to the spoiler section. Be nice), and I might watch Paddington 2 this weekend after nearly buying it last week. Happy watching!

Also between Paddington 2 and A Very English Scandal, it’s quite a good week for Ben Whishaw.

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This was quite a fun one to write. Some of you may be wondering how I came across Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s description of BoJack Horseman Season 5. To start, I want to say that I’ve never seen the show, and I realise I would probably like it if I saw it. As a result, I didn’t ask for screeners when the Netflix publicist sent out an email for screener requests. I know that this is a show many people (including friends) love dearly, so I couldn’t not include it, but I’d never seen it, so how could I describe it? So, I went through my emails for a press release, found that same screener request email, and Raphael Bob-Waksberg had written a description about some stuff that BoJack’s going through, but the main thing that happens is Diane gets a haircut. It was perfect, and everybody needed to see it, so I put it in, and I’m going to put it in here as a quote again.

Raphael Bob-Waksberg, creator of BoJack Horseman: All right, season five of BoJack Horseman, here we go. Has it really been five seasons? Where does the time go, huh? Anyway, this season finds BoJackstarring in a new TV show called Philbert, playing a character with disturbing parallels to BoJack’s real life, echoes that force BoJack to confront himself and his past in ways large and small, but the main thing that happens this season is Diane gets a haircut. We spent a lot of time figuring out the haircut — the style, the volume, the bounce, the sheen — and we’re really proud of the way it came out. We really think people are going to like this new season, and Diane’s new haircut!

It’s just a couple of sentences, but it there’s so much happening: it teases the show without spoiling it – BoJack gets a new job that makes him examine his decisions, Diane gets a haircut – each of these won’t be the only thing that happens to these characters during the season, and they’re not the only characters in the show. What’s happening to BoJack may seem more important to viewers than Diane’s haircut – and at first you think that’s the joke – but this is an animated show, so it’s not as simple as giving an actor a haircut. The artists needed to come up with a hairstyle that worked, which then became the new design for that character – in every frame she’s on screen. Bob-Waksberg writes all of this as if it was a joke, but everything about the haircut process is probably true. It’s funny, a character confronts his emotions, and there’s a lot more happening than you think. It’s what everyone has told me is so great about BoJack Horseman, and this short description is what has convinced me to watch the show (I’ll admit that the silent episode came close), because it’s a perfect piece of writing.

Other thoughts:

  • I don’t usually do this for streaming guide posts, but I am today. Unfortunately highlighting BoJack meant that I didn’t have room for American Vandal, another show I haven’t watched but would probably love.
  • I chose the least spoiler-y still I could find on the Netflix PR site. Unless there’s some significance to lightbulbs of which I am unaware. It doesn’t matter, the season has dropped! Go and watch it.
  • I’ve watched half of a season of American Horror Story (Roanoke, for those of you who are interested), and it’s not necessarily my thing. If it hadn’t been for my new obsession with a paragraph of writing, I might have said more about Ryan Murphy, anthology series and what his move to Netflix means.
  • Currently watching: Schitt’s Creek (just finished season 3), The Great British Bake Off (series 8), probably something else I’ve forgotten.

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I’ve been in Sydney – sorry, Miscellaneous Australian City – for the past week, and as expected Chris and Kristie have taken me out for some excellent meals (give or take a Korean BBQ experience that really annoyed Chris) in between their coverage of The Great Canadian Baking Show. This trip is multipurpose (which I may discuss in the future), but most of my days have been free, and they’ve been powering through it after work.

Today after an excellent yum cha we came back to our friend Gabby’s house and watched Episode 6 – Holiday Week and podcasted about it. It was fun as always, but being in the studio with them was a new experience. My only regret is that I didn’t take the chance to audition for the upcoming musical episode.

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There’s so much new television! This week’s guide isn’t QUITE as long as last week’s, but there’s a lot. I’m interested to see Kidding, and was surprised to learn that Jim Carrey doesn’t have an Oscar. I love The Truman Show. There are two other shows starting on Stan this week, and I had to put in The Purge on Amazon Prime because I didn’t have space for it last week. The entire month of September could be described as ‘Here is a thing that started last week but I didn’t have room for it, so it’s here now!’ Sorry to Warriors of Liberty City.

I’ve been in Sydney this week for reasons that I may or may not talk about in the future, and staying with my friend Gabby. The entire week has been a Bake Off bonanza. One day I watched four episodes of three versions of the show, which I can safely say is too many for one day, especially since two of them were bread themed, so I couldn’t remember which show was which.

I also saw Calamity Jane at Belvoir St theatre last night, and it was wonderful. I’ll write more about that soon, because I have a lot of thoughts (including some issues I’ve always had with the script that has no bearing on this particular production). Either way, if you’re in Sydney, it’s on until the end of the month, so you should definitely see it. Until next week!

What’s New In Streaming For The Next Seven Days — DeciderTV

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Yes, there is a French show set in 2026 in which clothing has been outlawed. I watched about 5 minutes of it, but the subtitles weren’t working, and it’s been 10 years since I studied French. Anyway, I’m looking forward to this one because the premise is interesting – I don’t know yet what happens in winter – and it’s somehow in the Venn diagram intersection of all the things SBS loves. And it’s a murder mystery.

Also, this might be the longest streaming guide I’ve put together in the time I’ve been doing them, simply because it’s a new month, and that month is September. I could’ve highlighted at least 10 properties for this week alone – there are new weekly shows starting on Foxtel and Prime Video, and also Magic Mike XXL is coming back to Netflix. I really wanted to highlight The Tale, which I’ve heard a lot about since it premiered at Sundance and aired on HBO. The subject matter is difficult, but I’m interested in the way the story is told. I got an email from Stan this morning to let me know that the first episode of Kidding will drop at 3pm AEST. It would’ve been nice to know earlier, but I also wouldn’t have been able to cut anything out.

Anyway, September is going to be great, and there’ll be a lot for you to watch.

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It’s a slow week in streaming. I’m not sure whether this is a good or bad thing given what’s happening in Australian politics at the moment. The Innocents is really good, and I’m looking forward to America to Me. There are also several finales this week, including Sharp Objects, which I’m excited about (I read the book a couple of months ago and it’s great).

If however, you’re looking for something nice to watch to keep your mind off current events, some suggestions:

  • Kim’s Convenience: a low stakes sitcom about a Korean-Canadian family who run a convenience store. It’s hilarious. Seasons 1 and 2 are available on Netflix.
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: This is an adorable Netflix original film based on a YA novel. I don’t love Peter Kavinsky as much as the rest of the internet, but he’s a pretty great guy. I also loved the family relationships in this film, and cried about sisters A LOT.
  • The Magicians: If you’re in Australia, the first two seasons are on Amazon Prime.
  • Younger: I have no idea how realistic this show is in its depiction of the publishing industry, but as I’ve written elsewhere, it’s one of the best representations of female friendship I’ve sen on television. Every episode is on Stan, and the fifth season finale drops Wednesday.

I actually have other things that I need to be doing, I hope you find something you like!

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One thing you may not know about me is that I don’t watch a lot of animated comedies. I’m one of a handful of people who didn’t grow up watching The Simpsons – to the extent that most references go over my head – but I like what I’ve seen. It was never appointment viewing though. I really like what I’ve seen of Futurama, but same deal. I’m only talking about Matt Groening shows because they’re the ones I’ve spent the most time with, and I’m here to tell you that his new show Disenchantment is great. It’s a fully realised fantasy world, and the artwork is stunning. The character design is great, but what I loved the most were the wide shots of the kingdom. It’s all 2D, but it’s drawn and composed in a way that conveys depth, and it’s beautiful. I really like the core trio of characters as well, there’s a lot to recommend.

In other news, I really wanted to top last week’s Space Jam shout-out, so I talked around the fact that I’ve never seen Ballers, because I wanted to make a reference to Hello From the Magic Tavern. I love Usidore and Chunt’s interpretation of “Hibbo’s Ballers starring a sentient rock,” which is now my official headcanon for the show. The final season of A Place to Call Home starts this weekend, and Deep State starts on SBS next week. It’s a shame I didn’t have time to preview that one, but I might have a look. Until next week!