New to SoHo in October

The premieres of Astronaut drama The First, The Big Chill-sounding A Million Little Things and hitman hoot Mr Inbetween, along with the latest seasons of Ray DonovanGet Shorty and American Horror Story make October a banner month on SoHo.

The First (8.30 Thursdays from October 4) stars Sean Penn in near-future drama about the the first astronauts to try to set foot on the moon.

It was created by House of Cards’ Beau Wilson and co-stars Natasha McElhrone (Californication), LisaGay Hamilton (Chance), Oded Fehr (Covert Affairs), James Ransom (Bosch) and Hannah Ware (Boss).

The First launched last week on Hulu in the US, where the mixed reviews ranged from “orbits high above the cable traffic” (Wall Street Journal) to: “By the time the astronauts do get into space it doesn’t feel like a triumph for mankind at all. It feels like what should have happened six episodes ago” (TV Guide).

A Million Little Things (8.30 Tuesdays from October 16) concerns a group of friends from Boston who bonded under a series of unexpected circumstances but feel stuck in a rut until one of the gang unexpectedly dies.

David Giuntoli (Grimm), Ron Livingston (Loudermilk), James Roday (Psych), Romany Malco (Weeds), Alison Miller (13 Reasons Why), Christina Moses (Containment), Christina Ochoa (Valor) and Stephanie Szostak (Dinner for Schmucks) star.

Mr Inbetween (10.00 Thursdays from October 18) stars The Magician’s Scott Ryan as a debt collector-cum-hitman who rips the lid off a Pandora’s Box of inter-gang conflict and personal retributions when his best friend is set up boy his brother-in-law.

Brooke Satchwell (Packed to the Rafters), Justin Rosniak (Squinters) and Damon Herriman (Justified) co-star.

Random Acts of Flyness (9.30 Fridays from October 19) is billed as “a fluid, stream-of-consciousness in response to the contemporary American mediascape [that] explores evergreen cultural idioms such as patriarchy, white supremacy and sensuality from a new, thought-provoking perspective.”

Each episode features a handful of interconnected vignettes, showcasing an ensemble cast of emerging and established talent. The show is a mix of verité documentary, musical performances, surrealist melodrama and humorous animation. Terence Nance and his collaborators weave together such themes as ancestral trauma, history, death, the singularity, romance and more, creating a television show like nothing seen before.

The HBO series debuted to effusive reviews last month in the US. Variety dubbed it “a surreal shapeshifter that defies categorisation with every (purposefully) jarring cut” and The Hollywood Reporter “a kaleidescopic vision of black America … Random Acts of Flyness exists to let blackness bloom.”

➢ Two HBO specials to watch for are Flight of the Conchords: Live in London (7.30, October 7) and My Dinner With Herve (8.30, October 21), in which Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage plays Fantasy Island’s Hervé Villechaize.

It promises to provide “a dark window into the life of a celebrity in decline and the regrets that come with squandered opportunities”; Jamie Dornan (The Fall), Mireille Enos (The Killing), Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Harriet Walter (Patrick Melrose) and David Strathairn (Billions) co-star.

➢ Also new will be American Horror Story: Apocalypse (8.30 Fridays from October 5) and seasons two of Get Shorty (9.30 Tuesdays from October 23) and six of Ray Donovan (9.30 Mondays from October 29).

➢ Weekend box sets will include The Affair (S4), Fear the Walking Dead (S4b), Mystery Road, Howards End and Ray Donovan (S5).

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4 Responses to “New to SoHo in October”

  1. I thought A Million Little Things was TVNZ-bound. Does TVNZ no longer have an exclusive output deal with Disney anymore?

  2. Turns out A Million Little Things was made by CBS Studios for the ABC network, so Sky’s picked it up via its CBS/Showtime deal.

  3. Fantastic! Thanks for letting us know, Clint. Long overdue but terrific news.

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