Get ready for game time this long weekend on Telstra TV. Whether you’re swept up in footy finals fever or in the mood for a mind-game drama series, we’ve got you covered.
AFL Grand Final (7plus and Channel 7)
Catch all the excitement of grand final day live on Telstra TV. For the first time ever this year, the AFL GRAND FINAL will be streaming live on the 7plus app on Telstra TV from 2:00pm (AEST) on Saturday 29 September. Watch the West Coast Eagles go head to head with Collingwood direct from the MCG – also airing live on Channel 7.
NRL Grand Final (Channel 9)
And from 7:20pm (AEST) this Sunday 30 September, catch the NRL GRAND FINAL live on Channel 9 – with the Sydney Roosters taking on last year’s Telstra Premiership winners, the Melbourne Storm, direct from Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.
Playing for Keeps (tenplay)
And for a totally different side of Aussie Rules, tune into Ten’s addictive new Australian drama series, PLAYING FOR KEEPS – airing each Wednesday at 8:45pm (AEST) and streaming on demand on tenplay. Paige Dunkeley has just moved to Melbourne with her boyfriend, a new star recruit in the fictional Southern Jets AFL football club. She’s thrown into the deep end when she meets the rest of the team’s WAGs (wives and girlfriends), the very stylish and sophisticated socialite women-behind-the-players played by Madeleine West, Annie Maynard, Olympia Valance and Isabella Giovinazzo. With her life now on public display, Paige needs to learn the rules fast – and these are just the women to show her the ropes. As the series unfolds, secrets and lies are uncovered, salacious scandals rock the club and there’s even a death – but was it an accident or murder? From the locker rooms to the bedrooms, this daring new drama will quickly become your latest guilty viewing pleasure.
Just in time for your weekend binge on Stan is the entire first season of HEATHERS, the highly anticipated ten-part dark comedy series that follows a popular yet feared high school clique of friends. Based on the cynical and subversive 1988 cult classic film of the same name (starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater), this modern day reboot upends traditional stereotypes – with the new cutthroat crew consisting of the “body positive” leader Heather Chandler (played by Melanie Field), genderqueer Heather Duke (Brendan Scannell) and timid underling Heather McNamara (Jasmine Mathews). When best friend of the Heathers, Veronica Sawyer gets on the wrong side of their controlling commander, she sets off a fierce rivalry with startling and seemingly deadly consequences. Fans of the original will also recognise guest star Shannen Doherty, who played Heather Duke in the film.
New to Netflix this week is the hypnotically mind-bending limited drama series, MANIAC. Directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, The Alienist), this ten-part series tells the story of Annie (played by Emma Stone) and Owen (Jonah Hill) – two strangers who are brought together during the clinical trial of a new medication that its chemists claim can permanently repair any mental affliction. Annie is hoping Neberdine will help her feel less alienated after a lifetime of difficult family relationships, Owen has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia and fired from his job. And while they’re promised there won’t be any side effects, strange things start to happen as they delve deeper into the trial – transporting the participants on a journey through different times and identities. Brilliantly acted and visually stunning, this latest Netflix original series is sure to keep you hooked until the very end.
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 21 September:
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (BigPond Movies)
For en epic movie night in, grab the popcorn and grip onto your armchair as you stream JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM – fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. It’s been three years since the island zoo of Jurassic World was overtaken by its prehistoric inhabitants set free from their enclosures, and now former dinosaur trainer Owen (Chris Pratt) and corporate exec Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) are heading back to Isla Nublar to save the cloned creatures from a volcano on the brink of eruption. However, it’s not long before they discover those coordinating the rescue mission have sinister plans in play – engineering ferocious new species of frankenstein dinos that could ultimately endanger the existence of mankind.
To celebrate the film’s release on digital, BigPond Movies are giving you the chance to win an exciting family holiday for four to New Zealand – including flights, accommodation, car hire and a Hukafalls jet boat ride. Simply buy^ (or rent from 26 September) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on BigPond Movies for your chance to win. Entries close 21 October 2018.
Pose (Foxtel Now)
Be transported to the devastatingly glamorous ball scene of Manhattan in the 1980s with POSE, streaming weekly from 11 September on Foxtel Now. This groundbreaking drama series follows the lives of New York’s growing community of transgender and gay outcasts – with a mix of high fashion, kindness amidst adversity, and a sprinkling of competitive catty banter. As the characters are discarded by their families and mainstream society, they make their way to the big city to form their own chosen families. Joining “Houses”, as they’re known, they live together under the guidance of Mothers Blanca (played by Mj Rodriguez) and Elektra (Dominique Jackson) and compete against other houses in balls – nightly dance hall gatherings where the aim of the game is to slay the runway and snatch all the trophies. Downtown and out-of-town worlds collide as Stan (Evan Peters), a married family man and corporate hotshot, falls for Angel (Indya Moore) – a transgender woman from the House of Evangelista. Created by Ryan Murphy, who recently won an Emmy for his work on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (available on BigPond Movies), the show made history for the largest cast of transgender actors in leading roles.
Jim Carrey delivers a moving performance in his latest drama series, KIDDING, streaming weekly each Sunday from 3pm (AEST) on Stan. Carrey plays Mr Pickles, a long-running and beloved children’s television personality on public broadcaster PBS, whose mission is to spread optimism, empathy and kindness to the nation’s developing young minds. But when the real Jeff Pickles suffers a family tragedy, his life begins to come off the rails – leading to a separation with his wife (played by Judy Greer), a growing distance with his son and a strained relationship with his father (Frank Langella) who produces the show and manages its business interests. As the story unfolds, we meet the cast of the show-within-a-show including Jeff’s puppet-making sister Deirdre (Catherine Keener), as well as Bert and Clay, the Snagglehorse puppeteers who seem to be sharing more than just a working relationship inside their communal costume. While often heartbreaking, the series is also genuinely funny – and although Mr Pickles’ persona can at first seem naive and out of step with the real world, his innately kind-hearted nature serves as a reminder that we could all afford to be a little nicer to one another.
Take Me Out (7plus)
And for a dating show with a difference, tune into TAKE ME OUT, Tuesday nights at 7:30pm (AEST) on Seven and streaming on demand on 7plus. Comedian Joel Creasey hosts this hilariously cheeky new series, as each week a “flirty thirty” panel of ladies meet a string of eligible bachelors lining up to charm them. As each bachelor stands before the girls, his goal is to convince one of them to go on a date – by impressing them with his life story, demonstrating his special skills and of course, attracting them with his charisma and good looks. If the girls like what they see, they’ll keep their light-up podium switched on – but if they’re turned off, well, they turn it off – and wait for the next Mr Right to come along. And when the girls tell us what they’re looking for in a partner, what they think of each contestant and share their past dating horror stories, well that’s where the real laughs come rolling in.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 10 September:
Ocean’s 8 (BigPond Movies)
For an edge-of-your-seat heist caper, bust into OCEAN’S 8 – available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. It’s been a decade since the Ocean’s trilogy ended and this time the ladies are calling the shots, with Sandra Bullock leading the cast as Debbie Ocean – the younger sibling to George Clooney’s character. After spending five years in jail plotting her next job, Debbie goes straight to work upon her release, enlisting the help of her former partner Lou (Cate Blanchett) to steal a $150 million Cartier necklace from the celebrity host of New York City’s exclusive Met Gala (played by Anne Hathaway). The pair assembles an all-star team of daring experts to pull off their intricate plan, including a bankrupt fashion designer (Helena Bonham Carter), a crafty jewellery-maker (Mindy Kaling), a brilliant hacker (Rihanna), a nimble pickpocket (Awkwafina) and a suburban racketeer (Sarah Paulson). As always, half the fun is watching the incredible ingenuity unfold as the team prepares for the robbery – and you’ll spend the other half white-knuckling the armchair as they attempt to pull off their well-laid plans.
Marvel’s Iron Fist (Netflix)
Marvel Universe fans are in for a rock-solid smackdown of a treat this weekend with the release of the entire second season of IRON FIST, available on Netflix from this Friday 7 September. In the first season, billionaire monk turned dragon-branded martial arts master, Danny Rand (played by Finn Jones from Game of Thrones) returned to New York City 15 years after disappearing in the Himalayas amidst a plane crash that killed his parents. As he attempts to reclaim his rightful place as heir to his father’s business empire, he’s met with mistrust and murderous intent at the hands of his childhood friends who now control his family fortune. But thanks to his underground upbringing in a sadistic warrior monastery, he now possesses the mystical power of the Iron Fist – an ability to stop bullets and break down walls with a single punch of his red hot fist. In season two, we pick up after the events of The Defenders (also on Netflix) as Danny fights to keep the peace and protect New York City from its warring gangs. And he also has his adoptive brother, Davos, to contend with – a fellow candidate for the Iron Fist, whose bitter resentment of Danny leads to some truly epic fight sequences.
Mayans M.C. (Foxtel Now)
From Kurt Sutter, creator of the acclaimed Sons of Anarchy series, comes the much-anticipated spin-off MAYANS M.C. – roaring onto our screens express from the US each Wednesday night at 8:30pm (AEST) on Showcase and streaming on Foxtel Now from 5 September. Set on the California/Mexico border, the series follows the members of the Mayans Motorcycle club, who were initially rivals of the Sons but eventually became allies as the series unfolded. After Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (played by JD Pardo) is released early from his jail sentence for killing a dirty cop, he joins his brother Angel as a prospective member of the Mayans. To earn his way into the club, he’s initiated into their business of smuggling drugs for the cartel and taking care of those who get in their way (expect to see plenty of blood-soaked semiautomatic shootouts and intimidating, but beautifully shot hordes of choppers crossing open country). As the story unfolds, you’ll learn that EZ is out for revenge – but against who? With a twist or two in store, you can be certain Mayans will become your latest weekly obsession.
The Last Ship (Stan)
New to Stan this week is season five of THE LAST SHIP, with new episodes streaming every Monday direct from the US from 10 September. Based on William Brinkley’s novel of the same name, this post-apocalyptic drama series follows the crew of a US Navy destroyer, who return from a mission in the Arctic to find that eighty percent of the world’s population has been wiped out by a deadly virus. In a race against time to find and spread the cure across the world, the ship’s Captain Chandler (played by Eric Dane) and his crew of 200 must navigate dangerous waters to save what’s left of humanity. In season five, the newly rebuilt US naval fleet faces new threats, including a cyber attack that could lead to the start of the next world war. From Executive Producer Michael Bay, the series is packed full of thrilling blockbuster action and sweeping, visually stunning scenes played out across the high seas.
Wellington Paranormal (SBS On Demand)
And for action fans with an offbeat sense of humour, check out New Zealand’s latest mockumentary police procedural, WELLINGTON PARANORMAL – with all six episodes available now on SBS On Demand. From the minds of Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), the series is a spin-off of the 2014 vampire film, What We Do in the Shadows – and follows bumbling beat cops Kyle Minogue (played by Mike Minogue) and Karen O’Leary as they investigate the capital’s creepy yet comical supernatural disturbances. From shopping mall exorcisms and ghostly party-goers, to tree-top livestock and denim-clad werewolves, the Paranormal Unit have their work cut out for them in this uniquely Kiwi answer to the X-Files.