Always Be Watching - 13 January 2018
TV craves the Early Edition
Missing among all the cops, doctors, and lawyers on TV are journalists. The news is such an active element of our lives and yet so rarely is the media ever really depicted on TV as the main focus.

We can all name several great films about journalists, but where are the great TV shows? Lou Grant back in the 80s? And if you want to stretch, maybe Lois & Clark in the 90s. It's a subject that is perfect for TV too, with journalists facing moral and ethical questions, exposing truth and questioning power. 

I've just walked out of a session of the film The Post and it has again left me wondering why we are not seeing journalists in our scripted dramas.

Maybe one day I'll see my dream realised with a TV adaptation of Ron Howard's hugely entertaining 1994 film The Paper.

For your viewing this weekend, don't overlook the Dave Letterman/Barack Obama interview on Netflix - if Dave's not for you, maybe give it a miss, but fans will appreciate the return of the rejuvenated TV host. Also, the BBC drama Hard Sun has had a lot of buzz behind it for a few months now ahead of its debut this week.

Oh, and if you love food, check out the food travelogue Somebody Feed Phil. It aired a reason on PBS as I'll Have What Phil's Having where it proved to be highly entertaining. Host Phil Rosenthal was the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond. But don't hold that against him.

Dan Barrett
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Featured show of the week
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman - Netflix (US) [Season 11]
Stars: David Letterman, John Lewis, Barack Obama

Monthly for the next 6 months, Netflix are releasing specials featuring interviews between Dave Letterman and a different guest. It debuted this weekend with the former US President Barack Obama and will go on to feature George Clooney, Jay Z, Tina Fey, Howard Stern, and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.

There was the danger that these interviews would feel somewhat lifeless and an exercise of a past his use-by date former TV star host going through the motions to pick up a healthy paycheck. But that really isn't the case. The first special has Letterman vibrant on stage, reflective of his own current station in life, and eager to engage in the politics of the moment.

David Letterman is, once again, the most important voice in US talk television.
Feature features
President Barack Obama joins the inaugural episode for a conversation about family, race, and America.

Da.vid Letterman is back, at least in person, but his interview with Barack Obama suggests the spark is gone
The man's still a little grumpy, a little goofy. For anyone who grew up watching him on NBC's Late Night and CBS's The Late Show, it's hard not to feel a surge of warm nostalgia, just seeing him on TV again.
While Letterman is no Weinstein, the Indiana native’s previous workplace behavior equally merits censure from the sisterhood: He had sex with numerous female “Late Show” staffers.
New this week
Hard Sun - BBC1 (UK)
Stars: Jim Sturgess, Agyness Deyn, Nikki Amuka-Bird

Two detectives with an uneasy working relationship discover a terrible secret - the world is going to end in the immediate future. The crisis presents them with additional challenges in keeping the peace, as well as keeping their families safe in the face of impending doom.
Somebody Feed Phil - Netflix (US)
Stars: Philip Rosenthal

The new original documentary series from the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, Phil Rosenthal, takes viewers on a goodwill eating tour of the world (Tel Aviv, Lisbon, Saigon, Mexico City, New Orleans and Bangkok.) 
Watch now
The Chi - Showtime (US)
Stars: Jason Mitchell, Jacob Latimore, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

A fateful turn of events sends shockwaves through a community on the Southside of Chicago and connects the lives of Emmett, Brandon, Ronnie and Kevin in unexpected ways.
Next of Kin - ITV (UK)
Stars: Archie Panjabi, Jack Davenport, Viveik Kalra 

Successful GP Mona Mirza receives word that her brother has been kidnapped in Pakistan while en route back to the UK. The family's shock is not made any easier as it emerges her brother's teenage son Danny has aroused the interest of the police counter-terrorism unit following his disappearance from university, so Mona attempts to find Danny before the police do.
Burden of Truth - CBC (Canada)
Stars: Kristin Kreuk, Peter Mooney, Nicola Correia-Damude

Fast-rising corporate attorney Joanna Hanley returns to her small hometown of Millwood – a prairie town with an industrial past and uncertain future – to represent a major client in a case against some sick high school girls.
Alone Together - Freeform (US)
Stars: Benji Aflalo, Esther Povitsky

Esther and Benji are platonic best friends who want nothing more than to be accepted by the vain and status obsessed culture of Los Angeles.
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