THE CENTRAL CONFLICT: It’s complicated, of course, and HBO isn’t coming. But it appears to be about relatives Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Prince Daemon Targaryen and their struggle to conquer the Iron Throne from King Viserys. Think of the other HBO hit “Succession” but with sharp swords instead of sharp words.
WITH: The two contenders for the throne mentioned above are played by Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith. She has appeared in Wanderlust and Truth Seekers. He is best known for playing the 11th incarnation of Doctor Who and Prince Philip on The Crown. Meanwhile, Viserys is played by Paddy Considine, who starred in The Outsider and The Third Day.
BACKSTAGE: Ryan Condal (“Colony”) and George RR Martin co-developed the show, which is based on Martin’s “Fire & Blood.” Miguel Sapochnik, who directed landmark episodes of Thrones including The Long Night, will serve as co-showrunner with Condal. DB Weiss and David Benioff of Thrones are not involved in the new series.
THERE WILL BE: dragon.
THERE WILL NOT BE: Clear heroes and heroines. Martin told the Hollywood Reporter, “There is no such thing as Arya – a character that everyone will love. They are all flawed. They are all human. You do good. they do bad things. They are driven by lust for power, jealousy, old wounds – just like people.”
THE MUSIC: The series may sound a little like its predecessor; Ramin Djawadi, two-time Emmy winner for “Thrones,” scores.
AND THE REST: The cast is large and includes Olivia Cooke, Rhys Ifans, Eve Best, Tom Glynn-Carney, Steve Toussaint and John Macmillan.
FAN: Here is one. Here’s another one.
WHAT I’M WATCHING THIS WEEK
1. The dark comic “Bad Sisters” – here’s the trailer – is a 10-part English language adaptation of a Belgian series about five sisters who may have murdered someone. Airing Friday on Apple TV+ and set in Ireland, it follows the insurance company’s twisted investigation into the death – but the real draws are the actresses playing the sisters: Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Birthistle, Sarah Greene, Eve Hewson and the show’s creator Sharon Horgan (from “Catastrophe”). The cast also includes Brian Gleeson and Claes Bang as the meanest, cruelest and most manipulative man ever.
2. Hulu “Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers” is a 10-part docuseries premiering Monday and covering part of the same territory as HBO’s “Winning Time” last spring. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”), it will take a look at one of the most iconic franchises in the sports world. According to the press release, look for “exclusive access to the Buss family and probing, insightful interviews with players, coaches and front-office managers.” Here’s the trailer.
3. “She-Hulk: Lawyer” which premieres Thursday on Disney+ comes to you straight from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tatiana Maslany, so amazing in “Orphan Black,” plays a lawyer who gets a blood transfusion – and some magical powers – from her cousin, a guy named Bruce Banner (watch her turn green). The nine-episode dramedy also stars Tim Roth, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jameela Jamil from The Good Place.
4. The near future, British intelligence and cyberattacks ahead of an election? With Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg and Adrian Lester? OK, “The Undeclared War” is definitely on my list. The six-episode thriller, set in 2024, premieres Thursday on Peacock (trailer here). Created by Peter Kosminsky (“Wolf Hall”), it premiered in the UK earlier this summer, and those reviews averaged 62 on Metacritic.
5. After six seasons, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould’s Breaking Bad prequel “Better call Saul” comes to an end. The AMC drama ends Monday at 9 p.m
6. If you’re missing “Raising Hope,” you’re set “Jump.” It’s the new comedy from Greg Garcia, creator of Hope and My Name Is Earl, and it premieres Friday on Freevee (Amazon’s free ad-supported service). Garret Dillahunt and Martha Plimpton – both from “Hope” – star in the story of three convicts who are released early from prison because of the pandemic and decide to use their criminal skills forever. In the trailer, the show has the same tone as Garcia’s other shows.
7. Get ready for some logical impossibilities. Netflix “echoes”, Premiering Friday, is a seven-episode thriller about identical twins (played by Michelle Monaghan) who have secretly swapped lives (including husbands, jobs and children) since they were young. The whole setup is thrown into chaos when one of the twins goes missing. It was created by Brian Yorkey (“13 Reasons Why”) and stars Matt Bomer and Daniel Sunjata as the husband. Here is the pendant.
“In the Head of a Cat” A documentary about our cat friends. Netflix, Thursday
“Leonardo” Aidan Turner plays da Vinci in this eight-episode drama. The CW, Tuesday, 8 p.m
“Decoupled” An entertaining but shallow comedy starring Neil Patrick Harris as a newly single New Yorker. Netflix
“Turn up” The twists and turns in this amnesiac thriller are fun until they get boring and silly. AppleTV+
“Black bird” Taron Egerton stars in Dennis Lehane’s chilling prison drama. AppleTV+
“maggie” A pleasant but cute sitcom in the vein of How I Met Your Mother. Hi
“The bear” A drama set in a Chicago restaurant, starring Jeremy Allen White as the chef. Hi
“Chloe” Social media plays a role in this gripping six-part British thriller. Amazon
“Prey” Maya Rudolph is a billionaire trying to do good in this workplace comedy. AppleTV+
“The old man” Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow shine in this thriller. FX, Hulu
“Queer Like Folk” A reboot of the LGBTQ soap opera. peacock
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