October 28, 2021

To watch this September (thenook guide)

In September, we have a lot of new international series and movies coming in , including the return of The Boys and The Simpsons, a new Charlie Kaufman film, and a lot more. Others involve Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson, Sherlock Holmes and his younger equally-capable sister, and Donald Trump — well, an actor playing him anyway. With that, here’s thenookafrica’s September 2020 guide to watch on NetflixAmazon Prime VideoDisney+ HotstarApple TV+, and Voot Selec.

1. Away

When: September 4
Where: Netflix

Hilary Swank plays an astronaut who’s part of the first manned mission to Mars in this sci-fi series executive produced by Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), Matt Reeves (The Batman), and creator Andrew Hinderaker (Penny Dreadful). While she’s gone, her husband and NASA engineer (Josh Charles) looks after their teenage daughter. Loosely based on Chris Jones’ Esquire story.

2. The Boys

When: September 4
Where: Amazon Prime Video

The second season of Amazon’s anti-superhero show is taking a different release approach: first three episodes on release date, followed by one each week until October 9. In this season, the titular non-superpowered group — that’s Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) and crew — are at the centre of a nationwide manhunt following the events of the first season. Aya Cash (You’re the Worst) joins the supe cast as Stormfront.

The Boys is already renewed for a third season, with Supernatural star Jensen Ackles set to join the show.

3. I’m Thinking of Ending Things

When: September 4
Where: Netflix

Charlie Kaufman’s first film in five years — after the stop-motion Anomalisa — is an adaptation of Iain Reid’s 2016 eponymous novel about a woman (Jessie Buckley) who’s looking to end her weeks-old relationship with her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) but agrees nonetheless to see his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis) on a remote farm, where she begins to question everything

4. Raised By Wolves

When: September 4
Where: HBO Max

Belief in the unreal aka religion has destroyed the Earth and two Androids are tasked with raising atheist children on a virgin planet. All goes as planned until a colony of humans land on the mysterious planet for refuge. It’s humans versus robots in this upcoming Ridley Scott sci-fi thriller series on HBO Max. Catch the trailer below

5. The Third Day

When: September 15
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

Jude Law and Naomie Harris lead this miniseries that is split into two parts — “Summer” and “Winter” and will air as such, about a man (Law) drawn to a mysterious British island whose inhabitants will preserve their traditions no matter what, and a woman (Harris) whose arrival on said island puts a question mark on its future

But that’s not all. There’ll also be a third part — “Autumn” — that will be held live in London between the release of the other two. Emily Watson, Katherine Waterston, and Paddy Considine also star. Dennis Kelly (Utopia) and Felix Barrett are the creators

6. The Devil All the Time

When: September 16
Where: Netflix

Set in post-World War II southern Ohio USA, it chronicles the stories of a false preacher (Robert Pattinson), a serial killer couple (Jason Clarke and Riley Keough), and a crooked sheriff (Sebastian Stan), whose lives converge in unexpected ways around a young man (Tom Holland). Bill Skarsgård, Haley Bennett, Eliza Scanlen, and Mia Wasikowska co-star

Antonio Campos (Christine) directs off a script he co-wrote with brother Paulo Campos, based on Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 debut Southern Gothic novel of the same name.

7. Ratched

When: September 18
Where: Netflix

In this psychological horror series that serves as a prequel to Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and its 1975 film adaptation, Sarah Paulson plays asylum nurse Mildred Ratched, the role original essayed by Louise Fletcher in the movie. This is basically her origin story. Cynthia Nixon, Judy Davis, Sharon Stone, Corey Stoll, Finn Wittrock, and Vincent D’Onofrio co-star.

Prolific creator Ryan Murphy is an executive producer. Newcomer Evan Romansky is the creator. Already renewed for season 2.

8. Enola Holmes

When: September 23
Where: Netflix

Sherlock Holmes’ younger teenage sister (Millie Bobby Brown) is the star of this vehicle as she sets out to find her mother (Helena Bonham Carter) after she goes missing on the morning of Enola’s sixteenth birthday. Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin play her elder brothers Sherlock and Mycroft. Directed by Harry Bradbeer (Fleabag) and adapted by Jack Thorne (His Dark Materials) off Nancy Springer’s books

9. Utopia

When: September 25
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn is the showrunner for this reimagining of the 2013 British series, which once had David Fincher attached to the project. It’s about a group of comic book fans who discover that everything in the titular comic — a massive government conspiracy involving biological warfare and the possible end of the world — is possibly real.

John Cusack, Sasha Lane, Rainn Wilson, Dan Byrd, Desmin Borges, and Jessica Rothe star.

10. The Comey Rule

When: September 27
Where: Voot Select

Jeff Daniels and Brendan Gleeson play former FBI chief James Comey and Donald Trump in this two-part four-hour miniseries, which is set prior to and after the 2016 US presidential election and draws off Comey’s 2018 best-selling memoir, “A Higher Loyalty”, after he was fired by Trump. Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) writes and directs. Two parts air on two successive days.

Other present-day figures include Peter Coyote as former special counsel Robert Mueller, Michael Kelly as former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, Holly Hunter as former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, William Sadler as former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Jonathan Banks as former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Joe Lo Truglio as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

11. The Simpsons

When: September 28
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

Having dropped in its entirety back in April, the longest-running American sitcom will now air be a weekly fixture in India with all new seasons. Production for The Simpsons’ thirty-second season has taken place entirely from the makers’ homes thanks the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. And in the wake of protests around police killings of black Americans, The Simpsons won’t have white actors voice any non-white characters, a long overdue move for a show that continues to be tone deaf elsewhere.

Olivia Colman, David Harbour, Ben Platt, Hannibal Buress, and Michael Palin have been announced as guest stars for The Simpsons season 32.

Hope this guide helps to keep you entertained throughout the month of September 2020.

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