Nine TV shows to watch this September
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From the explosive final season of Money Heist to two science-fiction adaptations and Ryan Murphy’s Impeachment: American Crime Story, Amy Charles runs down the TV not to miss this month.
Based on the classic trilogy by Isaac Asimov (I, Robot), which traces the tumultuous fortunes of a future civilization, this new Apple TV+ series centres on mathematician and revolutionary Dr Hari Seldon, who predicts the fall of the Galactic Empire, and brings together a band of exiles to save humanity. Named The Foundation, they try and decide what the most important things are to pass on to their descendants. Starring Jared Harris (Chernobyl, Mad Men), Lee Pace (The Hobbit Trilogy, Guardians of the Galaxy) and newcomer Lou Llobell, it’s the first time this epic saga has been adapted for the screen. You can watch the trailer here.
Premieres 24 September on Apple TV+.
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Y: The Last Man
September is proving fertile ground for science-fiction TV adaptations, with this long-awaited adaptation of the DC Comic book series of the same name also debuting this month. It is set in a post-apocalyptic, almost woman-only world where every mammal with a Y chromosome is killed by a plague, expect for one man and his pet monkey; the story follows him and his surviving family as they try to understand what happened, why he survived and what society will look like in the future. Diane Lane, Ben Schnetzer and Ashley Romans star, and you can watch the trailer here.
Premieres 13 September on FX on Hulu in the US, and 22 September on Disney+ in the UK.
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Impeachment: American Crime Story
In late 1998, then-President Bill Clinton became the first US president in over a century to be impeached, in a case that stemmed from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by civil servant Paula Jones, and his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, among other things. Now prolific showrunner Ryan Murphy is re-telling the story in the latest instalment of his American Crime Story anthology series, following on from The People v OJ Simpson in 2016 and The Assassination of Gianni Versace in 2018. Starring Beanie Feldstein as Lewinsky (who serves as a producer), Annaleigh Ashford as Jones, and Sarah Paulson as whistleblower Linda Tripp, American Crime Story sets to re-examine the lives of these three women thrust into the spotlight during the national crisis. Lewinsky was initially reluctant to give her blessing to the project, but was persuaded by Murphy, who wouldn’t move forward on the project without her blessing, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The results should be fascinating. Watch the trailer here.
Premieres 7 September on FX in the US and Canada.
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The students of Moordale are back, with a new head teacher (played by Girls star Jemima Kirke) and a hideous school uniform to boot. In season three, Dr Jean Milburn (Gillian Anderson) is pregnant, Eric (Ncuti Gawa) and Adam (Connor Swindells) are officially in a relationship, and Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood) discovers feminism. And after the heartwrenching finale of season two, in which an earnest voicemail was deleted before reaching its intended recipient, viewers will be eager to discover what the future holds for Otis (Asa Butterfield) and Maeve (Emma Mackey). Watch the season three announcement here.
Premieres 17 September on Netflix.
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Scenes from a Marriage
How do you remake an auteur’s masterwork? That is the challenge that Israeli showrunner Hagai Levi (The Affair, Our Boys) has set himself in turning his hand to Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage, the 1973 Swedish TV series, which was then re-edited into an equally revered film. Set in the contemporary US, the remake once again focuses on an imploding relationship, as tech executive Mira (Jessica Chastain) and philosophy professor Jonathan (Oscar Isaac) navigate modern love, marriage and divorce in all its complex ecstasy and misery. The trailer suggests the series will pay stylistic homage to the film, with the recreation of iconic shots and the same raw, deeply personal dialogue, though interestingly the gender power dynamics have been flipped. Watch the trailer here.
Premieres 12 September on HBO in the US.
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Following The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor, horror maestro Mike Flanagan returns with another creepy tale for Netflix. Midnight Mass tells the story of an isolated island community, in which the residents begin to experience miracles after the return of a former local and a charismatic priest. As religious fervour takes hold, is all as it seems? Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) and Hamish Linklater (The Big Short) lead Flanagan’s cast, in what could be just the spooky show to herald autumn and Halloween season. If the trailer is anything to go by, this seven-episode limited series will keep us up all night in terror.
Premieres 24 September on Netflix.
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Looking for something to fill the Mare of Easttown hole in your life? Enter American Rust, another crime drama set in a small Pennsylvania town marred by deprivation. An adaptation of Philipp Meyer’s acclaimed 2009 novel, it tells the story of a chief of police (Jeff Daniels) who becomes very personally caught up in a murder investigation, after the son of the woman he loves (Maura Tierney) is accused. Questions of loyalty – and bad decisions – ensue. Watch the trailer here.
Premieres 12 September on Showtime in the US.
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Money Heist (La casa de papel)
The final series of this gripping heist drama picks up where we left off, with the gang having been shut in the Bank of Spain for more than 100 hours. Now, the stakes couldn’t be higher: the brains behind the operation, the Professor, has been captured, while those inside the bank are mourning the loss of comrades and have no way to escape before the army are sent in to take them down. What will happen to The Professor and the surviving gang of geographically-named robbers? Don your red boiler suit and Dalí masks for the final time and prepare for an action-packed showdown. Watch the trailer here.
Premieres on Netflix in two volumes, with the first on 3 September, and the second on 3 December.
The Morning Show
Jennifer Aniston and Reece Witherspoon return to our screens in a new series of this topical drama about a breakfast news show. After the dramatic finale of season one, where anchors Alex (Aniston) and Bradley (Witherspoon) exposed the sexual misconduct at network UBA live on TV, the story picks up with the fall-out of that explosive event. Expect more heavy-hitting issues to be explored, while the trailer reveals it will also include the Covid-19 pandemic as a storyline.
Premieres 17 September on Apple TV+.
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