New to SoHo in September

SoHo will premiere three drama series next month: Sons of Anarchy spin-off Mayans M.C., mind-bending British thriller The City and the City and occultist drama Strange Angel.

Mayans M.C. (8.30 Mondays from September 5) picks up after the series finale of Anarchy, when EZ Reyes (JD Pardo), fresh out of prison, is a prospect in the Mayan M.C. charter on the California-Mexico border.

Mayans M.C. hit a few speed bumps on its path to the small screen,” says The Hollywood Reporter.

First announced in August 2015, the spinoff following the recurring and pivotal players from Sons was picked up to pilot in December 2016. In July, news broke that the pilot was going to be completely reshot with several roles recast. [Creator Kurt] Sutter stepped back as the pilot director and Norberto Barba was brought in to helm the new pilot.

The 10-episode series stars Edward James Olmos, Sarah Bolger, Clayton Cardenas, Richard Cabral, Michael Irby, Raoul Trujillo, Antonio Jaramillo and Carla Baratta

Olmos predicts it will “move the needle” in depicting Latino characters because it unflinchingly explores gritty and topical themes, including border security.

“This thing is going to go through the roof because it deals with a really dark situation and it’s about time. “

And while Sutter says there will be some crossover with Anarchy, it would likely occur only in flashbacks. “I don’t want to mess with that mythology,” he said on the Television Critics Association summer tour.

Sci-fi meets crime fiction in parallel worlds,” The Guardian said of The City and the City (9.50 Sundays from September 16).

Adapted from China Miéville’s novel, it stars David Morrissey as a detective investigating the murder of a foreign student in two different cities Counterpart-style. According to The Guardian:

Both cities exist in the same physical space, but remain distinct because citizens of one are taught from childhood to “unsee” the people, buildings and events of the other. Anyone caught crossing these psychological borders, or “breaching”, risks punishment from a merciless and all-powerful authority, confusingly referred to as “Breach” …

The Handmaid’s Tale has already proved it’s possible to translate a richly imagined dystopia from page to small screen, but so far, this flat-footed adaptation has apparently been held up at the border.

But The Telegraph thought the “gritty fantasy procedural” a perfect fit for Morrissey.

It features all the trappings of a regular murder case. “Dead girl: always the same story, isn’t it?” said a sardonic young policewoman when a body was found in a seedy part of town. Everything else feels creepily, unsettlingly different.

Strange Angel (8.30 Sundays from September 19) is a US adaptation of George Pendle’s novel about an ambitious and brilliant janitor-turned-rocket scientist who’s pulled into an occult religion in 1930s LA.

Reviews ranged from “a handsomely produced period drama that, through three of the first season’s 10 episodes, is more tantalising than satisfying” (The Hollywood Reporter) to “it’s too content early on to dwell on the mundane instead of truly embrace the strange” (IndieWire).

Also new will be the documentary series, It Will Be Chaos (10.30 Mondays from September 3), which is billed as “a harrowing look at what refugees go through when forced to escape war and terror at home, bringing to light some of the troubling anti-immigrant populism and logistical issues they encounter after reaching the shores of Europe”.

Said The Hollywood Reporter: “Sympathetic both to those who take enormous risks to keep their families safe and to the unprepared hosts who must decide how to deal with them, the sober doc puts viewers in refugees’ shoes; though it doesn’t explicitly advocate any particular governmental policies, those who make such policies would do well to see it.”

Returning for new seasons will be Insecure (9.30 Thursdays from September 6), The Deuce (8.30 Mondays from September 10), Shameless (9.30 Mondays from September 10) and Snowflake (8.30 Sundays from September 30), and for box set weekends, Sharp Objects, The Deuce (S1), Succession, Little Women, CB Strike and American Horror Story (S7).

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