What to watch this week
– James Croot
Poker Face (Thursday, TVNZ+)
Knives Out creator Rian Johnson turns his attention to the small screen with this 10-episode ‘‘mystery-ofthe-week’’ show. Russian Doll’s Natasha Lyonne plays Charlie Cale, a travelling crime-solver who can tell when someone is lying. Those lined-up to guest star include Adrien Brody, Benjamin Bratt, Chloe¨ Sevigny, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nick Nolte, Ron Perlman, Judith Light and Jameela Jamil. Johnson told Deadline it’s a ‘‘how to catch ’em’’ rather than a whodunnit, as the crime is front and centre in each episode.
Shrinking (Friday, Apple TV+)
Jason Segel joins Ted Lasso co-creator Bill Lawrence and one of that show’s stars Brett Goldstein for this 10-part comedy about a grieving therapist who breaks the rules by telling clients exactly what he thinks. Ignoring training and ethics, he makes tumultuous changes to people’s lives … including his own. The cast also includes Christa Miller, Jessica Williams and Harrison Ford.
Lockwood & Co (Friday, Netflix)
Based on Jonathan Stroud’s popular series of young adult supernatural thrillers, this eight-part detective show revolves around a trio of London-based ghost hunters. While their rivals are more like corporate agencies, the eponymous company is operated by two teenage boys and a psychically gifted girl. The renegades are free of financial motives and adult supervision, and are seemingly destined to unravel a mystery that threatens to change the course of history.
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