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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.

and its cast of mis­fits

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