WE’RE never short of exciting new TV releases at the moment, and this week is no exception.
There are plenty of hot new series and movies set to come out over the next few days, and we’ve rounded them all up for you.
Yellowstone – Paramount+
Kevin Costner is one of the huge Hollywood stars to have strutted his stuff in a streaming series in recent years, and this project of his has become one of the most successful – Yellowstone’s modern take on the Western is a smash hit in the US.
Kevin stars as John Dutton, the patriarch of a family who have owned Montana’s largest ranch Yellowstone for six generations.
But it shares a border with the national park and the Broken Rock Indian Reservation, which provides plenty of challenges, and outside developers are threatening to swoop the family is in danger of being taxed off their land.
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Internal conflicts are ever-present too, and the show feels like a more macho successor to, with melodrama, dark secrets, backstabbing, murder and scandal in the mix.
John’s three children are Kayce (Luke Grimes), a former US Navy SEAL who has a Native American wife; Jamie (Wes Bentley,), an attorney and aspiring politician; and Beth (Kelly Reilly), who works in corporate finance and is highly intelligent but has a substance-abuse problem.
It’s an epic saga with Shakespearean and even Biblical themes, and the magnificent Montana mountains and landscape create a suitably large backdrop to the power struggles that take place.
Plus, the show has also generated not one but spin-offs, including 1883 and the upcoming 1923, starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren.
When we left at the end of season three, the entire Dutton family were targeted one-by-one for assassination by their enemies.
As we return to Montana for a fourth series, John is lying bloodied by a roadside, having been shot multiple times, and the rest of his family are fighting to survive.
Saddle up, because this is going to be a wild ride.
Episodes 1-3 kick off from Wednesday, August 17, then weekly
She-Hulk: Attorney At Law – Disney+
What if Ally McBeal suddenly developed superpowers? Well, it would probably end up something a little like this, the latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ongoing takeover of TV.
Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) is a hot-shot lawyer, who also happens to be the cousin of Bruce ‘The Hulk’ Banner.
After she gets cross-contaminated with his blood, she develops the same tendency to turn green, ginormous and grumpy.
Despite initially being unhappy about having these powers thrust upon her – life as a single, thirtysomething lawyer was tough enough – the arrival of some unpleasant troublemakers including Titania (Jameela Jamil) and Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth, reprising the role), helps Jennifer realise they might come in handy.
Cue some superhero masterclasses from cousin Bruce (Mark Ruffalo).
If you’ve never seen any MCU movies or spin-offs before, you might find some of what happens in the nine-episode She-Hulk pretty confusing – it really does pay to have a good background knowledge.
That said, the humour, energetic performances and cutting edge effects will do a lot of the heavy lifting for MCU newcomers.
Going green has never been so much fun.
Available Wednesday, August 17
Bad Sisters – AppleTV+
Has Sharon Horgan ever disappointed her fans? Whether it’s Catastrophe, Pulling or Motherland, the multi-talented writer-performer-producer never puts a foot wrong – and her hit rate looks set to continue with new 10-parter Bad Sisters.
This blacker-than-black comedy thriller follows four Dublin sisters – Eva (Horgan), Bibi (Sarah Greene), Ursula (Eva Birthistle) and Becka (Eve Hewson) – who secretly decide to bump off their arrogant, unpleasant brother-in-law, John Paul, who’s been making their other sister Grace’s (Anne-Marie Duff) life a misery for years.
But when life assurance broker Thomas (Brian Gleeson) realises that he can’t afford to pay out on John Paul (Claes Bang)’s sudden death, and starts looking for anything suspicious to use as an excuse not to cough up, the sisters begin to worry that their terrible secret is about to be revealed.
Sure, it’s not a million miles from shows like Big Little Lies, but there’s more than enough of Sharon’s trademark razor-sharp wit and warmth to make this a fiercely funny, murderous treat.
Available Friday, August 19
Echoes – Netflix
Warning: this horribly bingeable new series could leave you seeing double. Michelle Monaghan stars as identical twins Leni and Gina, who have secretly shared and swapped lives since they were kids.
Now, as adults, they share two separate homes, two husbands and even a child.
But the twins’ incredibly well-choreographed but highly dangerous secret looks certain to be revealed when one of them suddenly goes missing, in very suspicious circumstances.
Available Friday, August 19
RuPaul’s Secret Celebrity Drag Race – WOW Presents Plus
Celebrities dragging up for our entertainment? Yes, please!
The all-star version of RuPaul’s hit show is back for a second sashay across our screens, with some heavily made-up famous faces battling it out in the ultimate lip sync showdown, hoping to be the one to win $100,000 for their chosen charity.
Excitingly, however, this time there’s a big twist because the nine celebrities’ identities will be kept until they’re booted off the show.
Join Ru, plus regular judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews, for all the colourful fun.
Available Saturday, August 20
Power Book III: Raising Kanan – Starzplay
The universe goes from strength to strength with a second series of the prequel spin-off, which shines a light on Kanan Stark’s early years.
As we rejoin the early 1990s-set action, ruthless Raq (Patina Miller) has taken control of the Queens drug trade and is plotting to expand the business even further.
Meanwhile, Kanan (Mekai Curtis) isn’t sure where he fits in with his ambitious mother’s plans, and his desperation to discover the truth about Detective Howard looks set to muddy the waters even more.
Compelling, uncompromising drama.
Available Sunday, August 21
The Disappearance Of Gabby Petito – Paramount+
It should have been the road-trip of a lifetime. In July 2021, 22-year-old blogger Gabby Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie set off from New York in their Ford Transit Connect Van, planning to drive across the US, visiting many of America’s spectacular national parks along the way.
But when Gabby suddenly disappeared in mid-August, the internet went into a frenzy, theorising about what might have happened.
The truth was dark and tragic and this three-part documentary follows the police investigation into her disappearance and features interviews with her parents.
Available Thursday, August 18