The best of SoHo in August

If you have the SKY TV SoHo channel then get ready for another month of action. You’d make a very valid argument if you said that the best of SoHo in August is just, Game of Thrones but my friends there is more to the channel than the Monday “Thrones” fix.

Here’s what you can expect in August:

Snowfall (New Zealand Premiere) – Sundays from 6 August at 8:30pm, Encores are Tuesdays from 8 August at 7:30pm

Los Angeles. 1983. A storm is coming and its name is crack.

Snowfall is a drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on culture as we know it. The story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course, including: Franklin Saint, a young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata, a Mexican wrestler caught up in the struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald, a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras; and Lucia Villanueva, the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord.

Starring Damson Idris (Babylon), Carter Hudson (The Night Of), Emily Rios (Breaking Bad) and Sergio
Peris-Mencheta (Resident Evil: Afterlife).

Get Shorty (New Zealand Premiere) – Tuesdays from 22 August at 9:30pm, Encores are Thursdays from 24 August at 10:20pm

Based on Elmore Leonard’s novel and the hit movie of the same name, Get Shorty centres on Miles Daly (Chris O’Dowd), who works as muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada. For the sake of his daughter, he attempts to change professions and become a movie producer, laundering money through a Hollywood film. But instead of leaving the criminal world behind, he accidently brings it with him to Los Angeles. Rick (Ray Romano), a washed up producer of low quality films, becomes Miles’ partner and guide through the maze of Hollywood.

Starring Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd), Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond, Vinyl), Sean Bridgers
(Recify) and Lucy Walters (Power).

Ray Donovan (Season 5 Premiere) – Tuesdays from 8 August at 8:30pm, Encores are Fridays from 11 August at 7:30pm

Ray Donovan, a professional ‘fixer’ for LA’s rich and famous, can make anyone’s problems disappear except those created by his own family.

The fifth season of this revered show kicks off with Susan Sarandon joining the cast as legendary media mogul Samantha Winslow. A powerful figure, Winslow taps the services of Ray and sets him against her own fixers, fearing that may know too much. Ray is also tasked with protecting a beautiful young star, or rather the interests of the multi-billion dollar movie franchise she is tied to. Meanwhile, Ray’s father Mickey is overjoyed to at last be welcomed into Ray’s home and swears to finally mend his criminal ways, promising to change for the better. The Donovan family emerged from last season battered, but defiant and in a better place. Will this fragile peace survive Ray’s latest plunge into the depths of Hollywood’s underbelly?

Starring Liev Schreiber (The Manchurian Candidate), Paula Malcomson (Sons of Anarchy), Eddie Marsan
(War Horse), Jon Voight (24), Lili Simmons (Banshee) and Susan Sarandon (Feud).

Berlin Station (New Zealand Premiere) – Fridays from 25 August at 8:30pm, Encores are Saturdays from 26 August at 10:30pm

CIA analyst Daniel Miller has been transferred from Langley to the Berlin field office. His mission: to work undercover to track down a mysterious hacker who goes by the alias “Thomas Shaw”, and who may be collaborating with someone on the inside to leak a series of damaging confidential CIA secrets.

Packed with captivating drama, strong character narratives and standout
performances, this contemporary serial goes above and beyond to deliver solid storytelling for lovers of espionage and intrigue.

Starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under), Rhys Ifans (Elementary), Michelle Forbes (The Killing), Leland Orser (Ray Donovan) and Keke Palmer (Masters of Sex).

Tour de Pharmacy (New Zealand Premiere) – Tuesday 1 August at 8:30pm, Encore Friday 4 August at 7:30pm

In 1982, during a dark and fictitious time in cycling history, the sport’s most venerable, time-honored race
was marred by the doping of virtually all of its competitors. Riddled with nefarious characters, that year’s
competition was a hornet’s nest of moral depravity. Through the perspective of five riders, Tour de
Pharmacy gives an inside look into the grim realities of the darkest event in a sport notoriously tainted by
controversy.

Starring and executive produced by Andy Samberg (Brooklyn 99, 7 Days In Hell), and written and executive
produced by Murray Miller (King of the Hill, Girls). Among the notables making appearances in Tour de
Pharmacy are: John Cena (Trainwreck), Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings), Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic
Park), Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), James Marsden (Westworld), Kevin Bacon (The Following), Maya
Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Mike Tyson, J.J. Abrams, and others.

 

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