Starting on 1 September on Netflix, we can finally catch up on what has been happening in Medellin since Pablo Escobar was killed by the DEA at the end of season two. This time around, veteran DEA agent Javier Pena begins tackling the new drug lords in town – the Cali cartel. With Gilberto, Miguel, Pacho and Chepe running this cartel, they are an entirely different beast to lone wolf Escobar. The subtlety of their operation will contrast with Escobar’s violent approach and create a whole new set of headaches for authorities as they become the richest drug trafficking cartel in the world.
The X Factor
The X Factor has long been everyone’s guilty pleasure, and with it returning to our screens for its fourteenth season, we know that we will be entertained. Simon Cowell will be joined again this year by Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger on the judging panel with the welcome return of Dermot O’Leary as presenter. Starting on TV3 on 2 September, we’ll get to enjoy the journey as aspiring singers overcome their nerves and give (hopefully) outstanding performances in the live shows. As expected, there will be the giggles, tears and the dodgy performances we all love to hate.
American Horror Story: Cult
American Horror Story: Cult is the latest incarnation of this “anthology” show, the brainchild of Glee mastermind Ryan Murphy. This season sees the usual familiar faces in new roles, with some new characters played by Billie Lourd and Allison Pill. In a very timely fashion, this season will tackle American politics. Set in Michigan just after the 2016 election and while this show has often been quite extravagant, it has also dealt with serious issues such as sexuality, race, family and gender. This season looks like it will be no different with early promos suggesting anxiety about mob mentality, which will certainly resonate with a modern politically aware audience. Check it out when it begins on 8 September on FOX UK.
After the success of its reboot last year after a thirteen year absence, season seven will be back on ITV on 8 September. This will pick up ten months after the end of season 6 and will see Adam and Tina completely loved up and perhaps ready to take the next step in their relationship. Karen is struggling to juggle her new publishing house, her debut novel and her teenage twins; David is trying to rebuild his life after narrowly escaping a jaunt to prison while Pete and Jenny look for more meaning in their lives and struggling to maintain a happy marriage. It always was must-watch television and it looks like this new season will be as well.
Star Trek: Discovery, S1, Netflilx, 25/09
Star Trek is returning to the small on 25 September when Star Trek: Discovery hits Netflix. This series is set about ten years before the original 1960s series and will explore the cold war between the United Federation and the Klingons. Sonequa Martin-Green (“The Walking Dead”) will be taking the lead role as Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burnham will be joined by some great acting talent including Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”) and Jason Isaacs (the “Harry Potter” series). Star Trek: Discovery will be a little different to previous shows as there will be a more serialised narrative, allowing for some great character development and arcing stories. Sounds absolutely perfect for an evening of Netflix binging.
This animated series about an alcoholic, misanthropic horse is one of Netflix’s true gems. This show has a stellar cast including Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”) as the eponymous character, as well as Alison Brie (“Community”) and Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) and a ton of guest stars whose names would knock your socks off. Back for season 4 on 8 September, the dark comedy will undoubtedly make you laugh, think and want to watch even more.
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