Media Manda is still doing what she does best – knowing good TV! Want to know what’s new this month? Check out some of her picks below.
By Amanda Thornton (aka Media Manda)
Unscripted Series to Watch for the Month
Dog: Impossible – Nat Geo Wild, premieres September 8 at 10pm
Nat Geo WILD’s new six-part series Dog: Impossible invites viewers on an inspiring, uplifting journey with dog behavior specialist Matt Beisner, who has dedicated his life to working with some of the most dangerous, most aggressive and most misunderstood dogs in the country. These are dogs everyone else has given up on – even other trainers. In many cases, they are in danger of being put down. But, while everyone else may think there is no hope for these dogs, Beisner is making a difference in the lives of dogs and their owners around the country.
REVIEW: I used to play The Dog Whisperer for a pit bull I used to dog sit and she loved that show. My new puppy also has a love for television, so I will definitely tune in to this show to see what my dog thinks of it and to learn a few new tricks.
A Very Brady Renovation – HGTV, premieres September 9 at 9pm
America has passionately followed HGTV’s Brady Bunch journey – from the network’s purchase of the world-famous North Hollywood house in 2018 to the monumental renovation that made the home a replica of the original TV set design. Now, HGTV is set to unveil the astonishing transformation in the hugely anticipated series A Very Brady Renovation. The six Brady Bunch siblings teamed up with HGTV’s biggest renovation star experts to execute the boldest home renovation the world has ever seen. The series will kick off with an extended 90-minute blockbuster premiere episode.
REVIEW: I loved the Brady Bunch as a kid and watched it on Nick at Nite. And, when I was little I was told I look like Marsha Brady. I love the idea of a big crossover of all of the big HGTV stars. Overall, this series look great, and I can’t wait to tune in and see how they renovate it.
MTV’s Ghosted: Love Gone Missing – MTV, premieres September 10 at 9pm
MTV nabs America’s Bachelorette sweetheart Rachel Lindsay and recording artist Travis Mills to host its new docuseries, MTV’s Ghosted: Love Gone Missing. In the eight-episode docuseries, Lindsay and Mills help distraught individuals track down and confront a former lover, friend, or family member in an effort to uncover the harsh realities of why they “ghosted” them. The term “ghosting,” the act of ending a relationship by abruptly cutting off communication without explanation, was born out of the current ever-changing digital landscape. The investigative series explores how social media has connected the world more than ever, while also undercutting our ability to deeply connect and communicate.
REVIEW: Hopefully, this show doesn’t promote stalking, and is more about finding someone who’s missing. It’ll be interesting to see why people ghost other people. All in all, this looks like a very dramatic series to watch.
Campus Eats – Cooking Channel, premieres September 5
Troy Johnson and Jenny Dell visit unique restaurants near college campuses around America, searching for the tastiest breakfast, burgers, pizza and dessert.
REVIEW: Who doesn’t love good campus food? I still miss the little Mom & Pop restaurants I used to go to in college that aren’t available now that I don’t live there. There are so many hidden gems on college campuses, which means this show will be an interesting one to watch.
Scripted Series to Watch for the Month
Criminal – Netflix, premieres September 20
Criminal is a hugely ambitious new series coming to Netflix, comprising 12 different stories set across four different countries (UK, France, Germany, & Spain) and filmed in four languages. David Tennant and Hayley Atwell lead the cast of the UK episodes of the drama. The series is set exclusively within the confines of a police interview room and is described by Netflix as a “stripped down, cat-and-mouse drama” which “focuses on the intense mental conflict between detectives and suspects”.
REVIEW: This show seems fascinating and very different compared to other standard police procedurals out there. I look forward to seeing the differences between the four locations in the series.