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With an A-list cast of com­edy tal­ent, the mak­ers of the long-run­ning se­ries Ro­bot Chicken now bring us Su­perMan­sion. Bryan Cranston ( Break­ing Bad) voices Ti­ta­nium Rex, the ge­ri­atric leader of The League of Free­dom, a hope­less team of su­per­heroes turned roomies. Other stars in­clude Kee­gan-Michael Key ( Key & Peele), Seth Green ( The Fam­ily Guy), Jil­lian Bell ( Idiot­sit­ter), Chris Pine ( Won­der Woman) and Yvette Ni­cole Brown ( Com­mu­nity). It has echoes of Team Amer­ica: World Po­lice and the lit­tle-remembered an­i­mated sit­com Drawn To­gether, which screened from 2004 to 2007. Cre­ated by Matthew Sen­re­ich ( Ro­bot Chicken) and Zeb Wells (Marvel comics), it packs more than the re­quired laughs, and has re­cently been re­newed for a third season. More on the an­i­mated sit­com front this week with a very wel­come sec­ond season of Michael Price ( The Simp­sons) and Bill Burr’s F is for Fam­ily. (Here, F also fre­quently stands for a four-let­ter word.) It’s set in the 1970s, and Burr voices Frank Mur­phy, the Archie Bunker-es­que fam­ily pa­tri­arch who ex­em­pli­fies that self-pity­ing strain of Amer­i­can man­hood seen in characters from Ralph Kram­den to Tony So­prano and Homer Simp­son. But it’s not all swear­ing and gags; it has some­thing to say about blue-col­lar fam­ily life that is sel­dom de­picted on tele­vi­sion any more. The cast also in­cludes Laura Dern, Sam Rock­well and Justin Long. Mai­gret: Night at the Cross­roads Thurs­day, 8.30pm, BBC First I dare say the sin­gle fac­tor that might pre­vent some au­di­ences from giv­ing Mai­gret a go is the fact Rowan Atkin­son plays the lead role, and they fear they won’t be able to dis­tin­guish him from his sig­na­ture comic characters from Mr Bean to Spec­tre Black­ad­der. This con­cern is un­war­ranted. In Night at the Cross­roads, Mai­gret in­ter­ro­gates sus­pected mur­derer Carl An­der­sen ( Game of Thrones’ Tom Wlaschiha). But de­spite his ef­forts, An­der­sen, a Danish ci­ti­zen, main­tains his in­no­cence, even though the body of a jewel dealer was found in his car, a mur­der weapon in his pocket, and he had ap­par­ently fled the scene of the crime on a train to Paris. Plus, his over­pro­tec­tive re­la­tion­ship with his sis­ter is a mys­tery unto it­self. Di­vert­ing en­ter­tain­ment. If you can’t bear any more Frank Un­der­wood (see above) check out Kevin Spacey as sub­ur­ban hero Lester Burn­ham in 1999’s Amer­i­can Beauty (Tonight, 10.30pm, Mas­ter­piece). The film, which won five Os­cars, also stars An­nette Ben­ing, Chris Cooper and Mena Su­vari, among oth­ers. The trailer for the new Star Trek TV se­ries was re­cently re­leased — it looks sim­ply as­ton­ish­ing. If they re­fresh the fran­chise only as well as Star Trek (Mon­day, 8.30pm, Ac­tion) did for the cur­rent cin­e­matic se­ries, fans should end up be­ing very sat­is­fied. Di­rected by JJ Abrams, this film stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Si­mon Pegg. This week we farewelled Roger Moore, the ac­tor who played James Bond seven times. He died af­ter a short ill­ness. The cur­rent 007 Daniel Craig paid trib­ute on Instagram say­ing: “No­body Does It Bet­ter — love Daniel.” Craig’s last out­ing in Spec­tre (Mon­day, 10.35pm, Fox­tel Movies More), was let down by some scenes such as when Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) drills into Bond’s brain, be­fore the su­per spy af­fects an un­likely es­cape. Some have spec­u­lated that every­thing we see Bond ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter this am­a­teur brain surgery is a hal­lu­ci­na­tion … some­thing to think about.

Daniel Craig as 007 in

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