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If you are a fan of this Dun­geons and Dragon­sin­spired se­ries, equally loved by chil­dren and an­i­ma­tion afi­ciona­dos (and, let’s face it, ston­ers), you are in for a treat with a ver­i­ta­ble on­slaught of con­tent. The eighth and penul­ti­mate sea­son pre­mieres on Fox­tel’s Car­toon Net­work today, and streams there­after on Stan, where sea­sons one to seven are cur­rently avail­able. Plus the minis­eries Ad­ven­ture Time Is­lands screens on Car­toon Net­work from March 13. It co­in­cides with the Ad­ven­ture Time Live fes­ti­val in Mel­bourne on Fri­day, then Syd­ney on March 11 and Bris­bane on March 12, at­tended by Jeremy Shada (Finn the hu­man), John DiMag­gio (Jake the dog), Olivia Ol­son (Marce­line the vam­pire queen) and Hyn­den Walch (Princess Bub­blegum). This Judd Apa­tow-pro­duced se­ries re­turns this week with its much-an­tic­i­pated sec­ond sea­son. A tale of 30-some­things look­ing for love in con­tem­po­rary Los An­ge­les, it stars Paul Rust as Gus, Gil­lian Ja­cobs (Dan Har­mon’s Com­mu­nity) as his love in­ter­est Mickey, and Aus­tralian ac­tor Clau­dia O’Doherty (daugh­ter of Reg Mom­bassa) as Mickey’s quirky flat­mate. Some el­e­ments of the show are for­mu­laic, to be sure. Gus is the nerd with a heart of gold; Mickey is the hot girl with a “sex and love ad­dic­tion” who can’t choose the right kind of guy. Gus’s as­pi­ra­tion to be a TV writer is the sort of sto­ry­line that prob­a­bly in­ter­ests other TV writers. But it’s got real heart too, such that these flaws can be over­looked. (I es­pe­cially loved the episode star­ring Andy Dick as him­self last sea­son.) A third sea­son has just been com­mis­sioned. The Moon­stone Fri­day, 8.30pm, BBC First This pleas­ant, five-part pe­riod drama from the Watch­men, BBC is based on the 1868 de­tec­tive novel by Wilkie Collins about a di­a­mond that goes miss­ing af­ter a party at an English coun­try house, and the nu­mer­ous sus­pects who may have pil­fered it. Franklin Blake (Joshua Sil­ver) re­alises he can win the heart of Rachel Verinder (Tere­nia Ed­wards) if he can catch the thief. He per­suades Sergeant Cuff (John Thom­son) to come out of re­tire­ment to as­sist him. Promis­ing cliffhang­ers, tragedy and in­trigue, episode two screens this week. If you are feel­ing nos­tal­gic for the 1980s, and the TV se­ries Deutsch­land 83, The Amer­i­cans, This is Us and the multi-part doc­u­men­tary The Eight­ies aren’t enough to sate you, check out Watch­men (Mon­day, 8.45pm, Fox­tel Movies More), an al­ter­na­tive his­tory based on the DC Comic book se­ries of the same name. A team of cos­tumed fight­ers have out­lived their wel­come and their ac­tiv­i­ties are now out­lawed; Rorschach (Jackie Earle Ha­ley) wants to find out who is killing them off one by one. It must be said it has a sex scene that caused me to laugh out loud in the theatre when it was re­leased in 2009 — fore­warned is fore­armed. Like so many of Pe­dro Almod­ovar’s films, Bad Ed­u­ca­tion (Sun­day, 1.40pm, World Movies) sears it­self into the mem­ory. The 2004 film, star­ring Gael Gar­cia Ber­nal among oth­ers, tells a story of two re­united child­hood friends set against a back­drop of sex­ual abuse by Catholic priests, trans­sex­u­al­ity and drug use. Per­versely, some­thing about a crit­i­cally re­viled film makes me want to see it even more. At least for the spec­tac­u­lar vi­su­als, check out Gods of Egypt (Fri­day, 8.30pm, Pre­miere), star­ring Niko­laj Coster-Wal­dau ( Game of Thrones), Ger­ard But­ler and Aus­tralia’s Ge­of­frey Rush.

based on the DC Comic book

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