new and noteworthy tv: 11/19-11/25

January 19th, 2015

backstrom

A little tennis, the start of the final run of Raylan, and worth checking into the new he’s a jerk but a smart jerk formula, this time with Rainn Wilson, and of course some new reality.

  • Monday – Australian Open (ESPN2, Various)
  • Tuesday – State of the Union (Various, 6pm), Friday Night Tykes/The Short Game, Season/Series Premieres (Esq, 6/7pm), Justified, Season Premiere (Fx, 10pm)
  • Wednesday – Dual Survival, Season Premiere (Disc, 9pm), All-American Makers, Series Premiere (Sci, 10pm), Best New Restaurant, Series Premiere (Brav, 10pm)
  • Thursday – Backstrom, Series Premiere (Fox, 9pm), Morgan Spurlock, Season Premiere (CNN, 9pm), Nightwatch, Series Premiere (A&E, 10pm), Million Dollar Critic, Series Premiere (BBCA, 10pm)
  • Friday – Bring It!/Preachers’ Daughters, Season Premieres (Life, 9/10pm), King of the Nerds, Season Premiere (TBS, 9pm), Love, Lust, or Run, Series Premiere (TLC, 10pm)
  • Saturday – Black Sails, Season Premiere (Starz, 9pm)
  • Sunday – Miss Universe (NBC, 8pm), Sons of Liberty, Mini-series Premiere (Hist, 9pm)

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

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new and noteworthy tv: 1/12-1/18

January 11th, 2015

12-monkeys
Pass on Eye Candy a dabble into serial killing via dating app, ready to check out Man Seeking following Sunny and the tv version of 12 Monkeys, but may pass on Granchester which isn’t getting quite the buzz of other British mysteries. I also have M&J and Muskateers on my guilty list but not sure I recommend either other for anything but fluff, which isn’t bad. And of course the final season of Parks.

  • Monday - Eye Candy, Series Premiere (MTV, 10pm), Friends to Lovers?, Series Premiere (Bravo, 10pm)
  • Tuesday – Genealogy Roadshow, Season Premiere (PBS, 8pm), Parks & Recreation, Season Premiere (NBC, 8pm), Face Off, Season Premiere (Syfy, 9pm), Big Giant Swords, Series Premiere (Disc, 10pm), Wrestling with Death, Series Premiere (WGN, 10pm), The Kroll Show, Season Premiere (Com, 10:30pm)
  • Wednesday – Melissa & Joey/Baby Daddy, Season Premieres (ABCF, 8/8:30pm), Nova, Season Premiere (PBS, 9pm), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia/Man Seeking Woman, Season/Series Premieres (Fxx, 10/10:30pm), Workaholics/Broad City, Season Premiere (Com, 10/10:30pm)
  • Thursday – The World Dog Awards (CW, 8pm), Critics’ Choice Awards (A&E, 9pm), Chopped Canada, Season Premiere (Food, 9pm)
  • Friday – World’s Funniest Fails, Series Premiere (Fox, 8pm), 12 Monkeys/Helix, Season/Series Premieres (Syfy, 9/10pm), Diners, Dive-ins & Dives, Season Premiere (Food, 10pm),
  • Saturday – Beverly Hills Pawn, Season Premiere (Reelz, 9pm), The Muskateers, Season Premiere (BBCA, 9pm), My Big Redneck Family, Season Premiere (CMT, 9pm)
  • Sunday – Christina Milian Turned Up, Series Premiere (E!, 10pm), Granchester, Series Premiere (PBS, 10pm)

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

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critics’ picks – top tv of 2014

January 8th, 2015

transparentWe’ve said goodbye to 2014 and when I think of how we spent it, it mostly with some television. The critics have posted their top picks so take a look and see what they think. Stay tuned for more top picks including my top tv.

  • The Affair (Show) – MRo, GG
  • The Americans (Fx) –  JP, MR, MRo, TG, AS, HS, MZS, DF, AFI
  • Broad City (Com) – JP
  • Cosmos (Fox) – MZS
  • Downton Abbey (PBS) – GG
  • Enlisted (Fox) – MR
  • Fargo (Fx) – JP, MRo, TG, AS, HS, EW, DF, AFI
  • Game of Thrones (HBO) – MRo, TG, HS, EW, DF, AFI, GG
  • Girls (HBO) – GG
  • The Good Wife (CBS) – JP, MRo, HS, EW, GG
  • Hannibal (NBC) – AS, EW, MZS, DF
  • Happy Valley (Net/BBC) – MR
  • High Maintenance (JP)
  • The Honorable Woman (Sund) – TG
  • House of Cards (Net) – GG
  • How to Get Away with Murder (ABC) – AFI
  • Inside Amy Schumer (Com) – EW
  • Jane the Virgin (CW) – MR, MRo, AFI, GG
  • The Knick (Cin) – AFI
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) – JP, MZS, DF
  • The Leftovers (HBO) – AS
  • Louie (FX) – JP, TG, EW
  • Mad Men (AMC) – TG, AS, EW, MZS, DF, AFI
  • The Missing (Starz) – MZS
  • The Normal Heart (HBO) – MRo
  • Olive Kitteridge (HBO) – MRo, HS, MZS
  • Orange Is the New Black (Net) – JP, MR, TG, AS, HS, DF, AFI, GG
  • Penny Dreadful (Show) – MR
  • Private Violence (HBO) – MZS
  • Please Like Me (Piv) – EW
  • Rectify (Sund) – MR, AS, EW, DF
  • Review (Com) – MR, AS, DF
  • The Roosevelts (PBS) – MRo, HS, MZS
  • Shameless (Show) – DF
  • Silicon Valley (HBO) – JP, HS, AFI, GG
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC) – MRo
  • Transparent (Am) – JP, MR, MRo, TG, AS, HS, EW, AFI, GG
  • True Detective (HBO) – TG, AS, MZS
  • The Walking Dead (AMC) – TG, HS
  • You’re the Worst (Fx) – MR

AFI, AS – Alan Sepinwall for HitFix, MR – Maureen Ryan for Huffington Post, MRo – Matt Roush for TV Guide, TG – Tim Goodman for The Hollywood Reporter, JP – James Poniewozik for Time, HS – Hank Stuever for The Washington Post, EW – Entertainment Weekly, MZS – Matt Zoller Seitz for Vulture, DF – Daniel Fienberg for HitFix, GG – Golden Globe Awards

And for a roundup of more lists check out: News for TV Majors 

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new and noteworthy tv: 1/5-1/11

January 4th, 2015

empire

So things are finally starting to come in and I’ll be giving a look to the latest Marvel spin off for some 40’s secret agent, some campy music biz, and perhaps a little 90’s do over. Of the reality fare I might give a look to the furniture makers though I’m not sure making furniture is suited to quick construct formula. And of course the final season for any Cougar fans.

  • Monday – Antiques Roadshow, Season Premiere (PBS, 8pm), The Bachelor, Season Premiere (ABC, 8pm), Love It or List It, Season Premiere (HGTV, 9pm)
  • Tuesday – Marvel’s Agent Carter, Series Premiere (ABC, 8pm), Masterchef Junior, Season Premiere (Fox, 8pm), Dance Moms/Child Genius, Season/Series Premieres (Life, 9/10pm), Fixer Upper, Season Premiere (HGTV, 9pm), Haves and Have Nots, Season Premiere (OWN, 9pm), Living Different, Series Premiere (Oxy, 9pm), Switched at Birth, Season Premiere (ABCFam, 9pm), 60 Minute Sports, Season Premiere (Show, 10pm), Framework, Series Premiere (Spike, 10pm), Wild Transport, Series Premiere (A&E, 10pm), Cougar Town, Season Premiere (TBS, 10:30pm), The Challenge, Season Premiere (MTV, 11pm)
  • Wednesday – American Idol/Empire, Season/Series Premieres (Fox, 8/9pm), People’s Choice Awards (CBS, 9pm), My 600-lb Life/My Strange Addiction, Season Premieres (TLC, 9/10pm), Hindsight, Series Premiere (VH1, 10pm), Nazi Mega Weapons, Season Premiere (PBS, 10pm), Wahlburgers/Donnie Loves Jenny, Season/Series Premieres (A&E, 10/10:30pm)
  • Thursday – Archer, Season Premiere (Fx, 10pm), Babylon, Series Premiere (Sund, 10pm), Love Thy Sister, Series Premiere (WE, 10pm), Portlandia, Season Premiere (IFC, 10pm)
  • Friday – Cold Justice, Season Premiere (TNT, 8pm), Glee, Season Premiere (Fox, 8pm), Marriage Boot Camp/David Tutera’s Celebrations, Season Premieres (WE, 9/10pm), Banshee, Season Premiere (Cine, 10pm), Golden Globes Special (NBC, 10pm), Real Time with Bill Maher, Season Premiere (HBO, 10pm), Comedy Bang! Bang!, Season Premiere (IFC, 11pm)
  • Saturday – All About Sex, Series Premiere (TLC, 11pm)
  • Sunday – Golden Globes/Arrivals (NBC, 7/8pm), Girls/Togetherness/Looking, Season/Series Premieres (HBO, 9/9:30/10pm), Shameless/House of Lies/Episodes, Season Premieres (Show, 9/10/10:30pm)

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

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new and noteworthy tv: 12/29-1/4

December 29th, 2014

galavant

Epic musical comedy fairy tale, what could go wrong? And a happy new year!

  • Monday – It Takes a Choir, Series Premiere (USA, 12pm), Happy New Year, Charlie Brown/Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (ABC, 8/9pm), Street Outlaws, Season Premiere (Disc, 9pm), Hardcore Pawn/Branson Famous, Season/Series Premiere (Tru, 9:30/10pm)
  • Tuesday – Kennedy Center Honors (CBS, 9pm), Ink Master, New Year’s Special (Spike, 10pm)
  • Wednesday – Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest (ABC, 8/10/11:30/1:30pm/am), Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution (Fox, 8pm), A Toast to 2014/New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly (NBC, 8/10/11:30pm)
  • Thursday – The Rose Parade (various, 8am), Little Women: LA/Big Women: Big Love, Season/Series Premiere (Life, 9/10pm), Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory/Ridiculousness, Season Premiere (MTV, 10/10:30pm)
  • Friday – Lucas Bros. Moving Company/Stone Quackers, Season/Series Premiere (FXX, 12/12:15am), Whale Wars, Season Premiere (AnPl, 8pm), Love It or List It Too, Season Premiere (HGTV, 9pm), Mysteries at the Castle, Season Premiere (Trav, 9pm), Say Yes to the Dress, Season Premiere (TLC, 9pm)
  • Saturday – Raising Whitley, Season Premiere (OWN, 9pm), House Hunters Renovation, Season Premiere (HGTB, 10pm)
  • Sunday – Galavant, Series Premiere (ABC, 8pm), Beachfront Bargain Hunt/Caribbean Life/Island Life, Season/Series Premieres (HGTV, 8/9/10pm), Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, Season Premiere (CMT, 8pm), The Apprentice, Season Premiere (NBC, 9pm), Downton Abbey, Season Premiere (PBS, 9pm)

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

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new and noteworthy tv: 12/22-12/28

December 21st, 2014

yule-log

Tis the season!

  • Monday: The iHeartradio Jingle Ball (CW, 8pm), Anger Management, Series Finale (Fx, 10:30)
  • Tuesday: Mozart in the Jungle, Series Premiere (Am, 12;01am), One Direction/Michael Buble’s Christmas in New York/Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale (NBC, 8/9/10pm), Shrek the Halls/Toy Story That Time Forgot/The Year: 2014 (ABC, 8/8:30/9pm)
  • Wednesday: I Love Lucy Christmas Special (CBS, 8pm), Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol/Merry Madagascar (CW, 8/9:23pm)
  • Thursday: Yule Log (Local 12am), How Murray Saved Christmas/Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas/Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC, 8/9/10pm), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (ABC, 8/8:30), The 12 Dogs of Christmas (CW, 8pm)
  • Friday: Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (Fox, 8pm), Now That’s Funny! On Set With TV’s Hottest Comedies (CBS, 8pm)
  • Saturday: WWE Tribute to the Troops (NBC, 8pm)
  • Sunday: The Great British Baking Show, Series Premiere (PBS, 8pm)

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

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new and noteworthy tv: 12/15-12/21

December 14th, 2014

hart

 

I’m happy to see the return of Zoe and her drama, though this show isn’t going to make top ten lists it’s cute for what it is, only other thing of note this week is some new animated show from Netflix. Now on to holiday shopping.

  • Monday: American Country Countdown Awards (Fox, 8pm), Hart of Dixie, Season Premiere (CW, 8pm), Love & Hip Hop, Season Premiere (VH1, 8pm), Ascension, Miniseries Premiere (Syfy, 9pm)
  • Tuesday: Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, (NBC, 8pm), A Charlie Brown Christmas/Disney Prep & Landing/Prep & Landing: Naughty vs Nice (ABC, 8/9/9:30pm), The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (CW, 9pm), Pizza Masters/Taco Trip, Series Premieres (Cook, 9/9:30pm), The Real World, Season Premiere (MTV, 10pm), Secrets of the Arsenal, Series Premiere (AHC, 10pm)
  • Wednesday: Michael Buble’s Christmas in New York (NBC, 8/9pm), Greatest Holiday Commercials (CW, 8pm)
  • Thursday: iHeartradio Jingle Ball (CW, 8pm), People Magazine Awards (NBC, 9pm), White Collar, Series Finale (USA, 9pm)
  • Friday: All Hail King Julien, Series Premiere (Net, 12:01am), Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon, Series Premiere (NBC, 8pm), A Home for the Holidays (CBS, 9pm), Mr Magoo’s Christmas Carol/Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special (CW, 8/9:30pm), Myth Hunters, Season Premiere (AHC, 10pm)
  • Saturday: The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Series Finale (CBS, 12:37), I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown/CMA Country Christmas (ABC, 8/9pm)

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

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new and noteworthy tv: 12/8-12/14

December 7th, 2014

sons

Well it’s been an interesting road, and though I know it can’t go on and I’ll be somewhat relieved to be done with it, I’ll miss the men and the mayhem. I’ll also check back and see how the second season of Ground Floor comes together.

  • Monday: The Great Christmas Light Fight, Season Premiere (ABC, 8pm), Mike & Molly, Season Premiere (CBS, 8:30)
  • Tuesday: Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (ABC, 8pm), Bye Felicia!, Series Premiere (VH1, 9pm), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (CBS, 8/10pm), Ground Floor,  Season Premiere (TBS, 10pm), Sons of Anarchy, Series Finale (FX, 10pm)
  • Thursday: Blake Shelton’s Not So Family Christmas (NBC, 10pm)
  • Friday: Marco Polo, Series Premiere (Net, 12:01am), Wake Up Call, Series Premiere (TNT, 9pm)
  • Saturday: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Frosty the Snowman/Frosty Returns (CBS, 8/9/9:30pm)
  • Sunday: Backstage with Disney on Broadway/Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014 (ABC, 7/9pm), Undercover Boss, Season Premiere (CBS, 8pm),  The Bible’s Greatest Secrets/Secrets of the Bible, Season Premieres (AHC, 9/10pm), The Newsroom, Series Finale (HBO, 9pm)

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

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new and noteworthy tv: 12/1-12/7

November 29th, 2014

ggtd

More holiday fun and a dabble into some new cable fare, neither looks amazing but I’ll tune in for some chick tv and more random protectors of the mystical or such, Rebecca Romijn and Christian Kane might make the latter a good cheesy.

  • Monday: CMA Country Christmas (ABC, 8pm), Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer/Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown (CW, 8/9pm)
  • Tuesday: Toy Story That Time Forgot/A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC, 8/8:30pm), The Little Couple, Season Premiere (TLC, 9pm), Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Series Premiere (Brav, 10pm), Screen Machines, Series Premiere (Reelz, 11pm)
  • Wednesday: Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC, 8pm), Mob Wives/Suave Says, Season/Series Premiere (VH1, 9/10pm)
  • Thursday: Peter Pan Live! (NBC, 8pm), The Taste, Season Premiere (ABC, 8pm)
  • Friday: How Murray Saved Christmas (NBC, 8pm), A Very Grammy Christmas (CBS, 9pm)
  • Sunday: I Love Lucy Christmas Special (CBS, 8pm), The Librarians, Series Premiere (TNT, 8pm), The Millionaire Matchmaker, Season Premiere (Brav, 9pm)

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

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new and noteworthy tv: 11/24-11/30

November 23rd, 2014

The_Mentalist_2008_Intertitle

The holiday week has a few specials and of course rounding out the weekend with the return of Patrick Jane.

  • Monday: Booze Traveler, Series Premiere (Trav, 10pm)
  • Tuesday: The Sisterhood, Series Premiere (Life, 10pm)
  • Wednesday: The Making of Peter Pan Live (NBC, 8pm), A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC, 8pm), The Property Brothers at Home, Series Premiere (HGTV, 9pm)
  • Thursday: Thanksgiving Day Parade/The National Dog Show (NBC, 9am/12pm), Thank you, America (ABC, 8pm), An All-Star Dog Spectacular (Fox, 8pm)
  • Friday: Frosty the Snowman/Yes, Virginia (CBS, 9/9:30), Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer/Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special/Merry Madagascar (CW, 8/9/9:30)
  • Saturday:  National Dog Show (NBC, 8pm), The Flight Before Christmas/The Story of Santa Claus (CBS, 8/9), Transporter, Season Premiere (TNT, 10pm)
  • Sunday: Ax Men/Alaska Off-Road Warriors, Season/Series Premiere (His, 9/10pm), Only Happens In…, Series Premiere (Trav, 9pm), The Mentalist, Season Premiere (CBS, 9)

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

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