Always Be Watching - 14 October 2017
Is this 2017's BEST new series?
This week delivered one of the most anticipated new series of 2017. I'm just the one episode in, but I'm almost ready to declare it the best new show of the year.

Mindhunter is the new Netflix series from David Fincher, who directs four of the ten first season episodes. Based on a true crime novel, the show explores the early examination of criminal psychology within the FBI. In a sense, it is a TV show that offers an origin story to every police procedural show we have been watching for the past 25 years.

I'm a HUGE fan of David Fincher's work, and particularly his film Zodiac, so I am approaching this new series with a considerable bias. If one was to ever make a TV series spin-off from Zodiac. This is that series.

Also returning this week is the third season return of Mr Robot. The first season of that show blew my socks off and the second was responsible for some of the boldest decisions ever taken on US television. It'll be exciting to see what the third season delivers.

Next week is a less noisy TV week than we have seen for a while now. The season 8 return of The Walking Dead lands, along with the third season return of one of my favourite shows - the 80s throwback young adult comedy Red Oaks.

Dan Barrett
Newsletter editor and TV watching guy
Your weekly guide on the TV shows that launched this week in the US, UK, and Australia.

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New & returning shows this week
Mindhunter - Netflix (US)
Stars: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Hannah Gross

An agent in the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit tracks down serial killers and rapists.
Valor - The CW (US)
Stars: Brian Alexander, W. Tré Davis, Jared M. Reeder

The boundaries between military discipline and human desire are tested on a U.S. Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. The drama unfolds in the present as well as in flashbacks to a failed mission involving one of the first female pilots in the unit, ultimately uncovering layers of personal and government/military secrets and leading to a season-long plan to rescue a group of MIA soldiers.
Dynasty – The CW / Netflix (US)
Stars: Elizabeth Gillies, James Mackay, Nathalie Kelley

Follows two of America's wealthiest families as they feud for control over their fortune and their children.
Riverdale [Season 2] - The CW / Netflix (US)
Stars: K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes 

A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade.
Berlin Station [Season 2] – EPIX (US)

Season two of Berlin Station opens in the thick of a New World Order that has taken root and is steadily deepening. 

Mr Robot [Season 3] - USA Network (US)
Stars: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday 

Follows Elliot, a young programmer working as a cyber-security engineer by day, and a vigilante hacker by night.
Red Dwarf [Season 12] - BBC (UK)
Stars: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles

The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.
Your weekend reading list
Apple is set to reboot the cult classic sci-fi series “Amazing Stories” from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.
The fallout from the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal shows no signs of subsiding. After the name of the embattled mogul was removed as executive producer from the credits of all of The Weinstein Company’s TV series, now the card with the logo of the company also is being scrubbed.
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