Created by Justin Spitzer ( The Office), Superstore is a reliably funny US network sitcom about a group of misfits working in Cloud 9, a “big box” supermarket in St Louis, Missouri. Starring America Ferrera ( Ugly Betty) and Ben Feldman ( Silicon Valley), these reluctant workers must face everything from elderly patrons dying on the garden furniture and children testing the plastic potties to virtual reality training sessions that quickly descend into apocalyptic zombie attack simulations. Of course they make it through with a sense of humour and become unlikely friends. Also starring Colton Dunn (a writer on Key & Peele), Mark McKinney ( Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), the hilarious Nico Santos and Lauren Ash ( Lars and the Real Girl). Before Game of Thrones returns for its penultimate season on July 17, check out this 90minute special on the most thrilling moments of the series thus far, as presented by cast members and celebrity fans. My only question is this: is 90 minutes enough? My inner purist would say only if you’ve already watched all 60 episodes. If you haven’t done that — shame! shame! — check out seasons 1 to 6 via catch-up options such as Foxtel Now. The 100 Wednesday, 8.30pm, Fox 8 I wonder how many viewers have realised Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley, who play the lead roles in The 100, are Australian? (Or, on a similar note, Adelaide Kane, in the lead role in Reign, now four seasons strong?) I have watched it for years and just discovered that; frankly, there are Aussies beyond counting across the current television landscape. This science-fiction drama, which premiered in 2014 and was recently renewed for Superstore a fifth season, began with the conceit that humans had fled Earth after a nuclear apocalypse for a space ark of linked orbital space stations. The 100 were more or less naughty children sent back to Earth to save oxygen for more important adults, and to find out whether the planet was still radioactive. While it appeals most to a teenage audience, it is certainly of high enough quality to sustain interest. The action begins here in the aftermath of a major death in the season three finale. Just in time for the school holidays, check out Tim Burton’s 2016 fantasy film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Saturday, 7.30pm, Family Movies). Starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell and Judi Dench, it tells a tale of time loops, paranormal abilities and, naturally, a battle between good and evil. Apropos of nothing it seems — though who’s complaining? — Foxtel will show all six Peter Jackson Tolkien films on a pop-up channel beginning with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Friday, 6am, Channel 400). It will be followed in narrative sequence — rather than the order in which they were made — by the two Hobbit sequels, then by The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Recently rewatching The Battle of the Five Armies, and the copious bonus documentaries on YouTube, leads to the conclusion the whole franchise has held up well. The disaster film Deepwater Horizon (Sunday, 8.30pm, Premiere) goes to show you can make an effective film about anything, even when we all know the ending ( Titanic anyone?). Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich and Kate Hudson, this film is well worth a look.
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