Thursday , June 8 2023

Shameless, Broad City, Escape From The City, Black Monday and more


It's a week of endings.

And not just because once the tennis is over and the ratings season begins with our senses will be assaulted by more than just ads My Kitchen Rules and Married At First Sight – there will be real episodes, brimming with adults who must know better than to sign up to be devoured by a voracious public desperate for the concocted scandal.

But, hey, anything to kick off that Instagram career, right? Maybe someone will give them a free beach umbrella to promote! #ad #blessed

No, it's the end of one of my favorite shows, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which has been on the wane for a little while but still has moments of comedic gold.

Netflix's original content has been growing for almost six years and Kimmy Schmidt Every first month – so you could trust that it was going to be at least semi-decent.

Now, not so much.

So, the end of the show is also the end of an era when we could trust that being on Netflix alone made it worth watching.


(Netflix – Friday, January 25th from 7pm AEDT)

For the final six episodes of Tina Fey's Netflix comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt wisely swings behind its strongest character – Titus Andromedon, he who can not spell his surname without a mnemonic device – with hilarious results.

The wacky story about a plucky and optimistic young woman who spent years being locked up in a bunker before trying to find herself in New York City is drawing close to this second half of season four.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix's first wave of original content, most of which have either ended or have their expiry date stamped ink.

Now is the right time for it to finish. It feels like Kimmy's story, who despite her Pollyanna surface dealing with some dark traumas, has been played out. That's partly why her bestie and roommate Titus has been the real spark for the series for some time now.

This last batch of episodes will tackle the #MeToo movement through comedic absurdity and a special extended episode will ask the Sliding Doors question of what would have happened if teenage Kimmy never went into Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne's white van.


(Fox Showcase and Foxtel Now – Tuesday, January 22, 8.30pm)

Few shows make it to nine seasons, especially when they're not cop dramas with an acronym in the title. So it's remarkable that Shameless, the story of a recalcitrant single dad and his six kids, have stuck around for this long.

The second half of the season begins with Emmy Rossum who confirmed during the hiatus.

So expect the next seven episodes to be dedicated to how Rossum's character will bow out and how much is she toomed to live her father's life.


(Stan – now)

1987 – The financial calamity that brought to an end the greed is good (and free-flowing cocaine in the open).

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's bonkers take the story of a group of Wall Street outsiders who inadvertently take down the economy, starring power cheats, Andrew Rannells, Paul Scheer and Regina Hall.

Black Monday is rude, crude and often cringe-worthy. But it also has moments of biting commentary about sexism, racism and capitalism in between the literal ball-grabbing. I've only seen three episodes and it's a mixed bag so far, but it has the potential to tighten up over its run.

At the very least, it's more watchable than The Wolf Of Wall Street.


(Comedy Channel on Foxtel and Foxtel Now – Friday, January 25, 8.30pm)

After shenanigan-ing around New York City for five years, the post-college misadventures had to end sometime. For Ilana and Abbi, that time is now – there's some adulting to be in their near future. Also their Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson's film and TV career have become much busier since they started down this road.

Glazer and Jacobson's cult comedy Broad City closes out with its final season, starting this week, as the characters approach their 30th birthdays.

The irreverent and hilarious comedy about a couple of lost friends with a knack for trouble, Broad City'S devoted fans will hate to see the show end but will sour every moment of it until then.


(ABC and iview – Thursday, January 24, 7.30pm)

As a self-confessed fan of the British original, Escape To The Country, I was excited about an Australian version, even if it's not going to feature the verdant landscape and stone cottages of the Cotswolds.

But, hey, Australia has some pretty picture-perfect postcard views too and the concept is easy, relaxing watching.

With five rotating presenters, the idea is that every week, one Australian family will try to trade the hustle and bustle of the city for a more idyllic and quiet lifestyle – a seachange or treechange.

They are shown in four properties that may be appropriate and have to decide if they are cosmopolitan life is an adventure they want to take.

This week, a newlywed couple is on the hunt in Kangaroo Valley.


(SBS and SBS On Demand – Saturday, January 26, 9.25pm)

Filmed less than a year after the accidental death of his 15-year-old son Arthur in 2015, Nick Cave's One More Time With Feeling documentary is a portrait of loss and creativity.

The movie, directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford) was originally pitched as a straightforward music doco, but after his devastating personal tragedy it became something else, especially for a man who has been famously guarded.

Made during the studio recording of his 16th album Skeleton Tree, it gives a rare glimpse into the mind and emotional state of a father, a musician and a legend.

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