This time last year, it looked like the second season of The Almighty Johnsons was going to be the last. But – ta-dah! – we got our miracle: a third season was commissioned and the world’s best brothers-cum-Norse-gods are back.
Just a couple of months after it began in New Zealand, then, season 3 starts in the UK tonight (Wednesday) on Syfy at 10pm, picking up right where season 2 left off with that insanely AWESOME cliffhanger. Even more good news is that Dean O’Gorman is now back from Middle Earth so there’s plenty of Anders (I ADORE Anders) to go around – WOOT again!
I know I’ve said this before, but TAJ is just so good: brilliantly clever, riotously funny, unashamedly honest, surprisingly poignant and generally just a total delight – why more people haven’t cottoned on to this is both a mystery and an injustice, but if you haven’t seen the first couple of seasons yet, trust me: you should. And then spread the word.
Those of you who’ve already met the Johnsons will know what I’m talking about, though, and you guys will not be disappointed in season 3. It is glorious. Check in with the boys, then check out the episode reviews at friend-of-unpopcult kiwigods’ fantastic blog , endorsed by no less than Mikkel Johnson himself, and deservedly so. Comments are also welcome on this thread, as usual, since the Johnsons are one of my favourite subjects too – let’s enjoy them while we can.
“Enjoyment” is a slightly less straightforward business when it comes to Aaron Sorkin’s frustrating but addictive The Newsroom, however. We’ll do another reminder about it (and all our problems with it – Hi Maggie and Mac!) next week, when it returns to UK TV proper, then regular reviews after that, but meantime the first episode of season 2 is currently available On Demand if you want to get in ahead of the game.