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Buro TV Guide: 8 Shows you should binge-watch this month


By Tammy Chan

Buro TV Guide: 8 Shows you should binge-watch this month

Killing Eve

Premiere date: 2 August (Season One) and 16 August (Season Two) on BBC Player

Starring: Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer

ICYMI, this British spy-action thriller series earned nine nominations (categories include: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series) for the 71st Annual Emmy Awards happening on the 22 September!

Described as a tale of “two women going head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse”, Killing Eve revolves around Eve Polastri (played by Sandra Oh), a bored MI5 officer who is tasked to capture a psychopathic Russian assassin she nicknames Villanelle (played by Jodie Comer). The chase between them eventually leads to a mutual obsession. We won’t reveal anything more as you’ll have to watch it yourself to find out what happens.

Heads up though, the show was recently picked up for a third season, so catch up on it quick if you want to get in on the buzz when the Emmy Awards winners are announced!



The Righteous Gemstones

Premiere date: 9 August at 10AM, followed by half-hour episodes on subsequent Mondays, on HBO GO and HBO (Astro Ch 411/ 431 HD). The episode encores on the same day at 11PM on HBO.

Starring: Danny McBride, John Goodman, Edi Patterson and Adam Devine

With comedy veterans like Danny McBride (best known for his role in Pineapple Express), John Goodman (who we all loved in Roseanne) and Adam Devine (yes, that guy from Pitch Perfect) in the main cast, we guarantee this show is going to get some laughs out of you.

Not meant to be taken seriously, this ‘controversial’ nine-season show is about a twisted, evangelical family and their massive mega church (complete with arena size audiences). It follows Danny as Jesse Gemstone, the eldest of three grown Gemstone offspring, who looks to lead in his father’s footsteps but finds his past sins jeopardizing the family ministry. Adam Devine plays his brother, pseudo-hipster Kelvin, who’s the youngest of the trio and we’ll see John as Eli Gemstone, their father who finds himself at a crisis point as he mourns the loss of his wife and questions the Gemstones’ mission.



E! Travel Diaries

Premiere date: 13 August at 10PM on E!

Hosted by: Ksenija Lukich, Jemma Wei and David John Schaap

Now here’s something to fuel your wanderlust! Inspired by the online influencers of our generation and the Instagram-worthy moments captured on each other’s smartphones, E! Travel Diaries is a brand new original series that aims to showcase what Indonesia has to offer—with a twist.

The show’s two protagonists, Ksenija Lukich (E! Australia Host) and Jemimah Wei (Singaporean lifestyle influencer), are accompanied by local Indonesian host David John Schaap, while they travel and explore tropical destinations islands in the country. Think pristine beaches in Bintan, arts and culture in Yogyakarta and going off the beaten track in Lombok. Here’s the fun part: Ksenija and Jemimah will have to compete to see who gets the most online engagement throughout their journey!

Mindhunter (Season Two)

Premiere date: 16 August on Netflix

Starring: Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany

The streaming giant’s bone-chilling original crime thriller series is returning this month (Season One was released back in October 2017) and it’ll have nine episodes in total. Based loosely on the true crime book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas, this new season will start of with FBI agents, Holden Ford (played by Jonathan Groff) and Bill Trench (played by Holt McCallany) taking on the infamous Atlanta child murder case, a series of killings which unfolded between 1979 and 1981.

Besides that, this second season will also feature ‘Son of Sam’ killer, David Berkowitz and cult leader Charles Manson. Coincidentally, the actor playing Charles Manson in this series, Damon Herriman, also plays Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s feature film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, that’s premiering on 15 August in Malaysia.

Impractical Jokers (Season Eight)

Premiere date: 27 August at 8:35PM (weekdays) on Warner TV

Hosted by: Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano

New Shows August Impractical Jokers

This hidden-camera reality series follows four lifelong friends who take dares to an outrageous level. Since they were young, the quartet have challenged one another to do ridiculous dares in public. On the show, to find out who is best under pressure, the guys compete in awkward and outrageous hidden-camera hijinks. At the end of each episode, the loser must perform what is deemed to be the most-mortifying challenge yet.

In an interview with US Magazine, James shared that the pranks this season are some of the best. “The cool thing about season eight is that we are able to pull off challenges and punishments we never dreamt of in season one.” He also adds, “We have a celebrity guest cameo coming in this season that shocked even us. We never knew he was even a fan!”

Bonus suggestions

These shows might have already been released, but if you haven’t had the chance to watch them, consider this a sign to give it a try. Who knows, you might just end up binge-watching the whole season in one night like we did!

Hotel Del Luna

Premiere date: 23 July on Viu

Starring: Lee Ji-Eun and Yeo Jin-Goo

New Shows August Hotel Del Luna

Popular actress and singer IU (Lee Ji-Eun) stars in this Korean fantasy drama about a hotel for ghosts in downtown Seoul. IU plays Jang Man-Wo, the CEO of Hotel del Luna for the past 1,000 years. Described as “beautiful, fickle, suspicious and greedy”, the show’s mystery unravels with flashbacks of what she did in her past that led her to be cursed as the hotel’s proprietress for so long. Yeo Jin-Goo, on the other hand, plays Goo Chan-Seong, a guy who becomes a manager at the Hotel Del Luna due to a deal his father made with Jang Man-Wo many years ago.

The Boys

Premiere date: 26 July on Amazon Prime Video

Starring: Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott and Chace Crawford

Ever wondered what it’ll be like to live in a universe where superheroes are real?

Amazon’s live-action version of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s cult comic of the same name is a superhero satire series (by Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen) that centers around what a modern world with actual superheroes would look like. Yup, in The Boys, the costumed vigilantes known as The Seven, come with an army of publicists just like how celebrities would in our world today.

So go on this journey with Hughie (who has been living an ordinary life until his girlfriend gets brutally murdered by one of The Seven) as he joins an underground squad to get his revenge on the “supes”.

I Am The Night

Premiere date: 29 July on Astro Go and Astro On Demand

Starring: Chris Pine and India Eisley

A loose adaptation of the One Day Shell Darken memoir by Fauna Hodel, this melodramatic period noir mini-series partially follows the true story of Fauna, a woman in the early 60s, who decides to find her birth family when she discovers that she was given away as a baby. In her search for identity, she meets Jay Singletary, a disgraced journalist (played by Chris Pine). Together, they follow a sinister trail that leads them to the suspect of one of Hollywood’s most infamous unsolved crimes – the Black Dahlia case.

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