Alex steps in to the ever-so-slightly Wayback Machine to feature one of New Zealand's most successful comedy exports,Flight of the Conchords. How does the humour stand up at the ten year mark? And how on earth do we still remember the words to all the bloody tunes?
Would a series by any other name have such yick connotations? Possibly. Alex makes a case for the unfortunately named SMILF, a dark comedy about a Boston-based basketball-enthusiast single mother struggling to give her three-year-old the best life possible.
Alex looks into our 2018 future, detailing some of his most anticipated telly fare, as well as looking at an unlikely (but, it turns out, direct bloodline) heir to the The O.C., Marvel's Runaways. Welcome to The Pride, b*tch.
Returning to the topic of television shows considered stronger than the films they're based upon, this week Alex talks to us about Starz' The Girlfriend Experience. Human behaviour often gets confusing when caught in the crosshairs of money, power or sex - so how does a TV show fare that tries to articulate the interplay of all three?
Alex dives back in to the comic book hero gruel to cover Legion - the 'intelligent person's superhero fiction'. With not _that_ Matthew Crawley but the other one (Dan Stevens), how tricky is it for a big budget production to nail portrayals of mental illness, the antihero superhero _and_ much-loved comic source material? ...Alex, you're on.
Alex picks a show Mike's had on the brain for ages - the '70s crime drama Quarry. With an antihero whose story spans the Mekong to the Mississippi, Alex gets in behind to make some bold claims of quality.