Ireland and the UK might never get two of the best shows of recent years
Given their rapturous reviews Stateside, we hope we get these shows soon.
It can be very frustrating for avid TV show watchers in Ireland and the UK when a buzzy new series premieres in the US but does not get an official release date across the Atlantic until weeks, maybe months later.
Two standout recent examples of this phenomenon are the Peacock shows Mrs. Davis and Poker Face. Both series have earned rave reviews Stateside but yet there has been no word of an Irish or UK release date.
Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll) stars in Poker Face as Charlie Cale, a woman with an extraordinary ability to determine when someone is lying, who winds up hitting the road with her Plymouth Barracuda. However, at every stop on her travels, she "encounters a new cast of characters and strange crimes she cannot help but solve".
Created by filmmaker Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed the acclaimed mystery movies Brick, Knives Out and Glass Onion, the series is unique in the current TV landscape. As opposed to following a season-long investigation the way modern shows like Mare of Easttown, The Sinner or True Detective did, Poker Face sees each episode focus on a different mystery, recalling older programmes like Columbo.
It also seems like Poker Face's case-of-the-week structure enabled Johnson to recruit a star-studded cast of guest stars for the project, with Adrien Brody, Chloë Sevigny, Ellen Barkin, Jameela Jamil, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lil Rel Howery, Nick Nolte, Ron Perlman, Simon Helberg, Stephanie Hsu and Tim Blake Nelson all making appearances in the show.
However, despite receiving a near-perfect 99% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, wrapping up its 10-episode first season over a month ago and already being renewed for a second season, Poker Face's broadcasting rights for Ireland and the UK appear to still be up in the air.
The same issue applies to Mrs. Davis, a new sci-fi adventure series from creators Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers, Lost, Watchmen) and Tara Hernandez (The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon).
Four of the show's eight episodes have already been released in the US, with the series following a nun named Sister Simone (Betty Gilpin, GLOW) who teams up with her ex-boyfriend (Jake McDorman, Limitless) on a globe-spanning journey to destroy an all-powerful artificial intelligence.
Currently sitting on a 88% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, Mrs. Davis has earned overwhelming praise from critics thanks to Gilpin's lead turn and the show's "highly imaginative mixture of spirituality and technology".
That said, as it stands, we do not know when or if the series - along with Poker Face - will ever come to Ireland or the UK. We wait in hope.
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