new and noteworthy tv: 2/12-2/18

I’m leaning away from the Olympics in hopes that I’ll get a little way through my backlog or at least my to do list, but we’ll see.

  • Olympics (NBC+) – Let the games continue.
  • The Bachelor Winter Games (ABC) Series Premiere, Tuesday – I don’t even know about this franchise but here’s another outing.
  • The Close (SundNow) Series Premiere, Wednesday – Created and performed by two deaf is said to bring a new perspective to familiar stories.
  • Everything Sucks! (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – A new 90s set show looks at the mix of a/v and drama in a high school in Oregon is getting some good buzz.
  • Mozart in the Jungle (Am) Season Premiere, Friday – Based on some reccos I’ve recently upped this on my list of shows to sample.
  • The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (Net) Series Premiere, Sunday – A weekly comedy show looking at news and pop culture.

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation. Times noted are typically PST.

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new and noteworthy tv: 2/5-2/11

This always brings up the question for me as to how much Olympics I want to watch, sometimes if I dabble too little I don’t have enough context to care, but I just don’t have the time to dedicate the following I might want, but with most shows taking a little hiatus maybe I do.

  • Olympics (NBC+) – We start the week off on Monday with a preview of the games featuring stories of the people that at this point they think we should watch, with prime time coverage kicking off on Thursday with the opening ceremony on Friday, check your local and extended channel listings for your faves, let the games begin!
  • Queer Eye (Net) Wednesday – We’re getting another round with a new Fab 5 and intrigued to see if this still captures the fun of the first.
  • Here & Now (HBO) Sunday, 9pm – Holy Hunter and Tim Robbins head up the family at the center of this new Alan Ball dramedy and sounds like it has some good ingredients but initially isn’t quite there yet.

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation. Times noted are typically PST.

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new and noteworthy tv: 1/29-2/4

Not a ton coming in which is good because the backlog is getting deep.

  • State of the Union (Various) Tuesday, 6pm – Public address.
  • A.P. Bio (NBC) Thursday, 9:30 – Glenn Howerton stars in a role of failed philosophy scholar as rogue teacher.
  • Absentia (Am) Friday – The woman from Castle is now an FBI agent missing for 6 years to return to her life moved on without her and to become a suspect in new murders.
  • Altered Carbon (Net) Friday – Based on the cyberpunk noir futuristic novel
  • Kitten Bowl (Hall)/Puppy Bowl (AnPl)/Super Bowl (NBC) Sunday, 9am, 3pm – Something for everyone and the note here is This is Us holds the post slot so give your DVRs significant padding, though I’m about to break up with this show.

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation. Times noted are typically PST.

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new and noteworthy tv: 1/22-1/28

I’m getting ready to do my best tv of 2017 and knowing that I can’t watch everything people love wondering what I’m missing and could cram in. And the new stuff keeps coming…

  • Mosaic (HBO) Series Premiere, Monday, 8pm – This drama is first shown via the Mosaic app as a sort of choose your own adventure then hits as a six-part linear miniseries about a disappearance of a woman, Sharon Stone, and two men in her life.
  • The Alienist (TNT) Series Premiere, Monday, 9pm – Based on the book a look at late 1800s murder investigation with Dakota Fanning, I’m already over these previews.
  • Baskets (Fx) Season Premiere, Tuesday, 10pm – This charming, kooky show returns.
  • Bellevue (WGN) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 10pm – Anna Paquin stars as a detective looking into a disappearance that may be linked to a murder 20 years ago.
  • Prison Playbook (Net) Series Premiere, Wednesday – This Korean show had an about to be major league baseball player landing in prison and navigating that world.
  • Let’s Get Physical (POP) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 8:30pm – In this comedy a man inherits the family gym and must compete against another gym.
  • Waco (Para) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – This six-part series looks at the events leading up to the standoff.
  • Breathe (Am) Series Premiere, Friday – This Indian psychological drama follows a Mumbai cop tracking seemingly unrelated deaths.
  • Britannia (Am) Series Premiere, Friday – 43AD the Roman Imperial Army heads to conquer Britannia.
  • One Day at a Time (Net) Season Premiere, Friday – This revisit to the series actually worked well for a fun and thoughtful comedy.
  • Australian Open (ESPN) Saturday/Sunday, 12:30am – Who will take the first major of the year?
  • Grammy Awards (CBS) Sunday, 7:30pm – A little song, a little award.

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation. Times noted are typically PST.

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procrastinator’s picks – best books of 2017

I should abandon the ‘best’ language since this is just all the books that I’ve read. There were some gems but if nothing else I’ve read more books this year! Listed in order read with months indicating my book club’s pick.

  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Jan) – This was sort of the book of 2016 and definitely appreciated the fictional, somewhat fantastical, and yet illuminating journey seeking freedom.
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – This book was certainly readable but I didn’t buy the story ingredients that our heroine gets herself wrapped up in.
  • Tenth of December by George Saunders – Another on my list because of high regard, I really enjoyed this collection of slightly off kilter short stories.
  • Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer (Feb) – I’ve read a few of his books and this tale of a woman time traveling between lives struck about the same balance in being a little unusual and basically enjoyable.
  • The Nix by Nathan Hill (Mar) – This was one of my faves of the year, if not the fave, as it wove a very smart story with great cultural awareness and enjoyable characters as we follow a man who gets reconnected with the mother who abandoned him and a whole lot more.
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Apr) – After really enjoying the short story collection earlier I was excited for this much buzzed about book, and I don’t want to say I hated it but I just could not get into the odd format and tale of Lincoln and the living and dead characters.
  • 1984 by George Orwell (May) – This year just seemed like a time for a reread, and while the book was still enjoyable what was most interesting about the reread is the parts that I did and didn’t remember.
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Jun) – I’d had this on my list since someone being interviewed at City Arts & Lectures (and I can’t remember who, maybe Zadie Smith) raved about it and it’s well worth a read to follow through the stories of the lineage of two sisters born in 18th century Ghana.
  • Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo (Jul) – Even though this wasn’t one of my favorites of his, his writing is still some of my favorite and was glad to revisit this town from Nobody’s Fool and some of its interesting characters.
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – This had been on my shelf for years and I was glad to pick up and dive into the poignant tale of two friends unfolding their story from Afghanistan and beyond.
  • In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware – Also readable but didn’t really get into the unbelievable bachelorette weekend gone darkly awry.
  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (Aug) – This fantastical book covering technology, magic, romance, and the complications these can bring was fun enough if not totally successful for me.
  • Razorgirl by Carl Hiaasen – You can’t go wrong with a campy Florida caper and this one is very typical Hiaasen.
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Sep) – I really enjoyed this quirky rom com of a book following a socially awkward scientist trying to boil down the ingredients to marriage with the help of a slightly less by the book female.
  • The Brookly Follies by Paul Auster – Another off the shelf, this protagonist comes to Brooklyn to die only to reconnect with life, very enjoyable and I have some Auster backlog still to do.
  • Everyman by Philip Roth – Speaking of backlog, I haven’t done a ton of Roth but I enjoyed the look at one man’s life through illnesses.
  • Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (Oct) – As a fan of his television work I was curious about the writing and enjoyed the story of the last survivors of a private plane crash and its look at media.
  • Intrusions by Ursula Hegi – I had a stack of old Hegi options after falling for Stones From the River and this book about an author mixing her life, her in progress novel, and talking to her characters was odd and entertaining enough.
  • Golden Hill by Francis Spuffold (Nov) – I almost stopped reading the heavy handed language of this novel of old world New York but stuck it out because others said it got better, and it did in that the treatment of the protagonist, the story, and the writing got less annoying but though it moved to have some entertaining moments I can’t quite endorse.
  • I Remember You: A Ghost Story by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Dec) – Well it was definitely a ghost story, and although I didn’t read it late at night I thought it did an appropriate job of being spooky and tying a few yarns of creepy abandoned remote island house and creepy kids of years gone by together.
  • The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood – This was sort of a year of Atwood so I picked up another one of the books on my shelf and while the overall story wasn’t completely successful for me I really enjoyed the stories of three women and their relationship to a college ‘friend’.

For a more consolidated list of critic picks check out Largehearted Boy or Literary Hub. What were your favorites?

 

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new and noteworthy tv: 1/15-1/21

Well I finally finished The Wire! And it was well worth watching, although it does hold the test of time it would have been nice to see some of the technology elements in real time. And now I’m continuing on with Deadwood and the rest of the roundup but starting to eye what missed series to visit next.

  • Australian Open (ESPN2) – First week play.
  • Black Lightening (CW) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 9pm – A superhero is drawn back into his old persona getting some initial good buzz.
  • The Paynes (OWN) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 9pm – A spinoff from Tyler Perry’s House of Payne starts with a road trip to Florida.
  • The Path (Hulu) Season Premiere, Wednesday – This cult show returns.
  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace (Fx) Season Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – It’s reportedly not another OJ but still worth a look.
  • Corporate (Com) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – A new comic look work looking at two downtrodden employees of a multinational corporation.
  • Grace & Frankie (Net) Season Premiere, Friday – Though not earth shattering I have still be finding this show amusing.
  • Counterpart (Starz) Series Premiere, Sunday, 8pm – Espionage, intrigue, and government conspiracies oh and a parallel dimension J.K. Simmons
  • SAG Awards (TNT) Sunday, 8pm – Kristen Bell hosts.
  • The Resident (Fox) Series Premiere, Sunday, 10pm – This look from the POV of three different doctors at three different stages looks annoying from the previews but with some good talent I’ll still check it out.

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new and noteworthy tv: 1/8-1/14

The first week and I’m already behind. Though happy to see some new reality coming back I’ll definitely have to limit the tennis watching.

  • End of the F***ing World (Net) Series Premiere, Friday 1/5 – I missed this on last week’s list and it’s getting some good buzz so wanted to call it out
  • ANTM (VH1) Season Premiere, Tuesday, 8pm – Yes, Tyra is back and looking at women of all (relatively) ages.
  • Ink Master (Spike) Season Premiere, Tuesday, 10pm – This season they’re bringing three ‘masters’ back to act as team leaders to coach competitors.
  • Alone Together (Free) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 8:30pm – Millennial platonic couple navigates the world of LA, comedically.
  • The Critics’ Choice Awards (CW) Thursday, 8pm – Another awards show I won’t watch but am mildly interested in the results, though this year I am further behind on movies than ever.
  • My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – Letterman is back doing interviews in a more focused form and starts with Obama.
  • Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams (Am) Series Premiere, Friday – A new sci-fi anthology series based on Dick’s work and featuring some good talent, I’m only on season 2 of Black Mirror.
  • Australian Open (ESPN2) Sunday, 4pm – Let the first Grand Slam of the year begin.

Some season premieres of shows to check for dvr recording if you’re watching this sort of thing: The Magicians (Syfy) Wednesday, 9pm; Taken (NBC) Friday, 9pm; Victoria (PBS) Saturday, 9pm; Divorce/Crashing (HBO) Sunday, 10/10:30pm.

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new and noteworthy tv: 1/1-1/7

I’ve culled some of the backlog but need to do something about the full seasons of Mr. Robot and Queen Sugar and things are starting to kick back off again. Happy New Year!

  • Lovesick (Net) Season Premiere, Monday – The comedy of a man recalling his former encounters while pining for one of his best friends has its moments.
  • LA to Vegas (Fox) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 9pm – Dylan McDermott leads a cast of the airline crew and their passengers planning to hit big in Vegas, doesn’t look all that promising.
  • grown-ish (Free) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 8pm – black-ish never quite made my list so not sure this spin off of daughter heading to college will be my bag.
  • The X-Files (Fox) Season Premiere, Wednesday, 8pm – Picking up where last season left off which is likely a very uneven season.
  • 9-1-1 (Fox) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 9pm – Touching on emergency responders with some top talent including Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, and Connie Britton
  • Project Runway All Stars (Life) Season Premiere, Thursday, 9pm – Time for me to catch up on the last season of Runway.
  • Golden Globes (NBC) Sunday, 8pm – And the winner is…
  • The Chi (Show) Series Premiere, Sunday, 10pm – A look at the South Side of Chicago.

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation. Times noted are typically PST.

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new and noteworthy tv: 12/25-12/31

Can you believe 2017 is wrapping up? I’ve been whittling away on Longmire, Orange is the New Black, Punisher, In Treatment, Deadwood, and yes The Wire (I only have 2 more episodes!). And hoping to dive into a few backed up streaming including Mindhunter and Mrs. Maisel. And catch up on the last seasons of Mr Robot, Top of the Lake, Underground, and Queen Sugar. All before I do my best tv of 2017… Something else is going to have to go. And of course there are more holiday specials this week, check your local listings.

  • Las Chicas Del Cable (Cable Girls) (Net) Season Premiere, Monday – I haven’t caught this Spanish series to vote whether the chicas are worth checking.
  • Travelers (Net) Season Premiere, Tuesday – Another show I haven’t tuned into, I have heard some notes that it was entertaining enough.
  • Black Mirror (Net) Season Premiere, Friday – I think I’ve only watched the first season of this one and think the future seasons are similar in that there are some gems but it’s a bit uneven.

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new and noteworthy tv: 12/18-12/24

Most of tv has wrapped up for the holidays but there are a few new episodes and new shows mixed in with the holiday specials.

  • Gunpowder (HBO) Miniseries Premiere, Monday, 10pm – A three part 17th century tale behind Guy Fawkes Day, and if you don’t know what that is I guess you could watch.
  • Black Lake (Shudder) Series Premiere, Thursday – Another horror supernatural psychological thriller set in the reopening of an abandoned ski resort where of course horrific crime has taken place, on another streaming service focusing on horror.
  • Peaky Blinders (Net) Season Premiere, Thursday – I’ve yet to tune into this British period crime drama.
  • The Last Post (Am) Series Premiere, Friday – Mid sixties Yemen with the Royal Military reportedly has some booze and flair.

The procrastinator lists items that may not be on your regular season pass, though notation does not imply recommendation. Times noted are typically PST.

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