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.
Our resident cinematographer sits in studio after sitting within the weird triple narrative of Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals. Known for heading fashion houses Gucci and YSL, brewing jaunty eau de parfum, and directing 2009's A Single Man - how did Ben find Ford's latest release?
Aidee went searching for a scary Halloween movie and ended up joining the pre-Christmas rush. Sure, it's a US production filmed in Wellington with the help of Weta Workshop, but just what the hell _is_ a Krampus?