For sharp political television, Borgen’s post-election comeback gets a winning vote

From 1984, Angelyne’s billboards were part of Los Angeles’ distinctive topography: prominent pink advertisements for an artist whose provocative poses simply delivered on her name. A retro blonde bombshell with an LA punk patina, Angelyne was a prototypical brand – it sold, not a movie or an album. If that makes you think of the brand’s contemporary upkeep, then the focus of this limited run is already apparent.

Portrayed by Emmy Rossum (Shameless), Angelyne’s best role is an exaggerated version of herself; he’s a Corvette driving star who isn’t particularly good at singing or acting.

“Paint me however you want,” Angelyne says directly to the camera. “More than anything, it’s about survival.” The story agrees: each episode sees her through the eyes of a stranger, whether it’s Martin Freeman’s manager or Alex Karpovsky’s journalist.

Created by Nancy Oliver (Six feet Under ground), the limited series is both an anthem to reinventing itself in Los Angeles and an effort to replicate the confusion that Angelyne has applied to her own story. Contradictory stories coexist, the narrative cuts and changes, and the texture bristles with interjections – men have tried to define Angelyne; she wanted her billboards to talk. The show does not always last, but the subject is always central.

Lincoln’s lawyer

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller in a new adaptation of a crime thriller by Michael Connelly.Credit:netflix

With Bosch Now a franchise on Amazon, another of crime writer Michael Connelly’s popular Los Angeles characters, maverick lawyer Mickey Haller, is coming to streaming. Created by David E. Kelley, who’s been on an absolute tear lately, this legal drama stars Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Haller (Matthew McConaughey played the character in the 2011 film of the same name), a recovering drug addict who treats his car like an office and the justice system as a way to right wrongs. Worn-out but charming, Haller is more of a hero than an anti-hero, making it an easy-on-the-eyes viewing proposition.

night sky

JK Simmons and Sissy Spacek in Night Sky.

JK Simmons and Sissy Spacek in Night Sky.Credit:Amazon Premier

Does Jeff Bezos have a thing for unexplainable portals? In April, Amazon released the sci-fi drama Outdoor beachwhere Josh Brolin’s ranch has acquired an otherworldly emptiness, and now there’s their shape-shifting story where Sissy Spacek and JK Simmons — absolutely aces together — play a retired couple whose backyard has a room leading to another planet. night sky looks like several shows trying to coexist, including a portrait of aging devotion and a conspiracy thriller, but each of them is worth persevering with, and together, disgraceful as it may seem, there’s an intriguing series in Game.

prehistoric planet

One of many dinosaurs featured in Prehistoric Planet.

One of many dinosaurs featured in Prehistoric Planet.Credit:AppleTV+

Dinosaurs scare me – every jurassic park the film is a trial to watch. So you can reluctantly accept my praise for this documentary series, overseen by the considerable triumvirate of showrunner Jon Favreau (The Mandalorian), produced by the BBC’s Natural History Unit and narrated by Sir David Attenborough, as a ringing endorsement. Combining cinematic digital effects with scientific research, the show is a deep dive into the Cretaceous period, with… plenty of dinosaurs (for the record, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Mosasaur and Carnotaurus are some of the creatures featured). The faithful will be delighted.

Denmark alone (season 2)
SBS on demand

A scene from the Danish edition of the survival franchise, Alone.

A scene from the Danish edition of the survival franchise, Alone.Credit:SBS

No more fights to emerge victorious from Denmark. Set in the vast wilderness of northern Norway, where the nights are obviously very cold, the Danish edition of the survival documentary franchise is proof that a great concept transcends language barriers. The English subtitles do nothing to diminish our voyeuristic enjoyment of the challenge faced by the eight competitors seeking to last the longest in the desert with just a few basic tools and equipment. The difficulties and frustration transcend language, and given that this is a European production, there are also swear words and a touch of nudity.

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