new and noteworthy tv: 1/2-1/8

Regular programming is starting to return as are a few new items to keep a little diversity in the queue. I’ve been making some progress on movies as well as a few of my Netflix backlog items.

  • The Bachelor (ABC) Season Premiere, Monday, 8pm – This is happening again…
  • Masterchef Celebrity Showdown (Fox) Monday, 8pm – ‘Celebrities’ test their culinary skills.
  • Kids Baking Championship (Food) Season Premiere, Monday, 8pm – Kids return for a cuter side of baking.
  • Beyond (Free) Series Premiere, Monday, 9pm – Waking up from a 12 year coma with special skills and to a conspiracy, I’m sure our key players are also young and attractive.
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Fxx) Season Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – Somehow this show is striking out with their 12th season of the gang getting into ridiculous messes.
  • One Day at a Time (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – I’ve actually heard a few good reports on this reimagining of the ’70s Lear sitcom.
  • Emerald City (NBC) Series Premiere, Friday, 9pm – I love a retelling though I’m dubious I’ll certainly check out this modern take on Dorothy’s journey.
  • Mythbusters: The Search (Sci) Series Premiere, Saturday, 4pm – For those who miss the original this brings contestants to bust myths.
  • Golden Globe Awards (NBC) Sunday, 8pm – the 74th annual gala.

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new and noteworthy tv: 12/26-1/1

Time to go see some movies!

  • Happy New Year, Charlie Brown/Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (ABC) Monday, 8/9pm – We’re getting ready to celebrate another new year.
  • Kennedy Center Honors (CBS) Tuesday, 9pm – Stephen Colbert hosts.
  • Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (ABC) Saturday, 8/10/11:30pm – Ryan Seacrest keeps the helm with the help of Fergie and Jenny McCarthy.
  • A Toast to 2016/Late Night with Seth Meyers/NYE with Carson Daly (NBC) Saturday, 8/10/11:30pm – Kathie Lee and Hoda host followed by the regular evening hosts at special times.
  • Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution (Fox) Saturday, 11pm – When did Pitbull become a celebrity that warrants his own NYE show, no diss necessarily I really just didn’t know he was a thing?
  • The Bachelor: Countdown to Nick (ABC) Sunday, 8pm – A look at the newest bachelor and his bimbos.
  • The Mick (Fox) Series Premiere, Sunday, 8pm – A fan of the shouldn’t-be-funny-but-is Always Sunny I’ll check out Kaitlin Olsen’s latest turn at irresponsible caretaker.
  • Ransom (CBS) Series Premiere, Sunday, 8pm – No early word on this hostage negotiator new drama.
  • Sherlock (PBS) Season Premiere, Sunday, 9pm – If you haven’t been watching get on board as the fourth season begins.

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new and noteworthy tv: 12/19-12/25

Digging into the official ho ho ho week there’s not a ton new going on but I’ve still got some backlog to get through.

  • First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell (CBS) Monday, 8pm – Oprah and Michelle (I’m clearly on first name basis with both) chat one-on-one.
  • Marie Claire Young Women’s Honors (CW) Monday, 9pm – Gina Rodriguez hosts the first annual honors.
  • Michael Buble Sings and Swings/Tony Bennet Celebrates 90 (NBC) Tuesday, 8/9pm – Catch some tunes.
  • Terry Crews Saves Christmas (CW) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 8pm – Design and food experts help a family.
  • Toy Story that Time Forgot/Shrek the Halls/The Year (ABC) Tuesday, 9pm – Old school holidays and the year that was.
  • Game Changers with Robin Roberts (ABC) Wednesday, 10pm – Some of the most influential people.
  • Project Runway Junior (Life) Thursday, 10pm – A new crew of youngsters start to make it work.
  • Sense8 (Net) Friday, Special – Picking up where the last season left off, I haven’t checked in yet but this series is supposed to be worth a watch picking up after a few.
  • Travelers (Net) Friday, Series Premiere – A new time traveling drama where consciousness is sent back to the 21st century to save humanity, I haven’t heard about this yet so we’ll see.
  • A Home for the Holidays (CBS) Friday, 8pm – Performances in the special to raise awareness about adoption and foster care.
  • Yule Log (KOFY) Saturday, 11pm – Burning log and holiday music can get you into the spirit!

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

More holiday fare to be found and a few other things…

  • Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer/Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown (CW) Monday, 8/9pm – A little holiday fare for all.
  • ANTM (VH1) Season Premiere, Monday 10pm – Yes it’s true this CW show is resurrected in new form, still produced by Tyra we’ve got a new host and panel, can’t wait!
  • The Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time (CW) Wednesday, 8pm – In case you need to stock up on suggestions for the holidays.
  • A Pentatonix Christmas/SNL Christmas (NBC) Wednesday, 8/9pm – Tunes and jokes.
  • Star (Fox) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 9pm – From Lee Daniels this may or may not be a good follow to Empire, focusing on girl group, but Latifah and Benjamin Bratt might make it worth a look.
  • iHeartRadio Jingle Ball (CW) Thursday, 8pm – Elvis Duran hosts.
  • Prep & Landing/Naughty vs Nice (ABC) Thursday, 8/8:30pm – Something about an elf.
  • The Man in the High Castle (Am) Season Premiere, Friday – Another season returns.
  • Hollywood Christmas Parade (CW) Friday, 8pm – Olivia Newton-John serves as grand marshal.
  • I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown (ABC) Saturday, 8pm – Hanging with Snoopy and Spike.

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prague, budapest, viking cruise, munich…

It all started in Prague, with lots of jetlag and no clear mass transit opting for the hotel pickup to the lovely 987 Prague Hotel was a good call; the hotel’s in a pretty good locale with all walkable though a bit on the outer side of the old city. The Wenceslas Square shopping area was a good pass through to get to the more traditional old town. First stop the Black Madonna, one of the cubist style buildings housing both the cubist museum and the Grand Cafe Orient for a nice coffee. Then further to Tyn Church in the main square where there are some fun old timey car ride tours to get a look at spots near and far including the castle (photo above), the Rasin Building aka Fred and Ginger, the Lenin Wall, and a view of the glass blocked National Theater building, Nova Scena. Heading back for a more detailed look with a stroll across Charles Bridge to funicular number one of the trip up to the Eiffel tower’s little sister the Petrin Tower; some pretty gardens and up top a nice view. Walking the Old Jewish Cemetery is a poignant visit seeing the list of Holocast victims in the Pinkas Synagogue followed by a walk of the small span fitting the hundred thousand graves is beautiful nonetheless. A stop at a recommended hot spot for Hot Chocolate at Hotel Neruda (I can only assume it’s good if the delicious Soy Latte and croissant dipped into a pool of chocolate were any indication), up to the changing of the guard at Prague Castle at noon followed by a bit of a tour and of course an ice cold beer to drink in the cold, but with that view who could resist sitting outside. And they do love their beer, a visit to the Beer Museum (the pub not the museum) to continue to explore the love of pilsners with a flight of samples, not to stick to all things beer there’s also the Champagneria and La Bodeguita del Medio for a quick mojito. And a couple amazing dinners at Kampa Park for a fancy, beautiful, and delicious seafood meal and a more traditional Italian dinner at La Finestra, also stumbling upon Vinograf Wine Bar near the hotel for a perfect merrying of pasta and a little vino.

Then hopping on a train and heading onto Budapest which was Airbnb action, a great location and had the weather been better we would have quite enjoyed our rooftop deck. We were right by the Central Market Hall for a nice look at some of the local fare before journeying out for the sites. The Castle District is worth a visit and not just for my second funicular of the trip. The Hungarian National Gallery was pretty impressive while the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art was not. One can head across the Chain Bridge and check out the fabulous looking Parliament (photo above). Food and drink were had at some hotspots like The Four Seasons which has fancy fare but also amazing architecture, Mai Mano Cafe where the arty hipsters are reported to be, Trattoria Toscana for some delicious Italian, traditional fare at Hung(a)ry, and Csendes one of the ruin pubs for a complete experience. And no trip complete without a trip to the traditional baths at Veli Bej Baths we managed our way through the protocols to great relaxation (basically you should bring anything you need including towels).

And onto the cruise up the Danube on the Viking riverboat! So it’s basically set up like a floating hotel (rooms, restaurant, bar…) that mostly travels overnight to give you the most time in each port city each day. And of course meals are included as is Julie McCoy cruise director to let you know every day what you’re going to see and coordinate your included tour, as well as some options. We arrived for our first outing (we skipped the organized Budapest trip) in Bratislava, Slovakia with a bus tour including the Castle followed by a walking tour of downtown. Our freetime was capped off by our special outing for drinks and dinner at the UFO Restaurant atop the “new” bridge – it only sways a little in the wind! (photo above). Then three separate days in Austria. Vienna, which after a morning of walking tour and history was followed by a Viennese coffee at Cafe Hawelka and an afternoon of good museums both Belvedere and Leopold. November is too early for the Christmas Markets but the structures were starting to pop up everywhere (which was actually kind of annoying). I skipped our next port stops of Melk & Dürnstein, which were undoubtedly charming, mostly due to a minor onboard injury. And then went for the day trip outside of Linz (which was a bummer not to check out more of) to the Czech Ceský Krumlov which was in fact a charming site (photo above) including a nice pop in to the interesting Egon Schiele Art Centrum. And then on to Germany with a stop in Passau for another walking tour covering days of yore including yet another church differentiated by the largest church pipe organ and a lackluster exhibit at the MMK Modern Art Museum was balanced out by a charming lunch stop at Anton coffee house and winebar before wrapping this part of the trip.

After a decent bus ride an amazing final respite in Munich (here’s to a cheap Flixbus that took us from Passau and caught a few of the more architectural highlights on the way in). Our hotel Deutsche Eiche was on an adorable street and as we took off our first evening to see what we could see and turns out we were right by the Viktualienmarkt (market), where it was actually warm enough to pop in to the beer garden with the most giant soft pretzel you’ve ever seen in close proximity of the amazing St. Peter’s Church (photo above). Museum day started with a walk through the impressive but never ending Residenz, then the four part Pinakothek der Moderne, which houses Design, Architecture, Contemporary, and Classical Modernism, followed by a pop over to the slightly too modern Museum Brandhorst. For the Sunday where it turned out most things are closed we went through the large Englischer Garten with a stop off at the Chinese Tower. And lest one worries there is also good food to be found, from a fun Burger & Bier to Italian at L’Osteria Kunstlerhaus to more traditional fare at Wirsthaus in der Au we were more than covered.

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new and noteworthy tv: 12/5-12/11

I am finally making a dent on my backlog but have dropped Pitch and Timeless in the process, while Queen Sugar and Undercover are sitting backed up their fate to be determined, just too many other things I’d rather be watching and even I have limited TV watching time after all.

  • Showtime at the Apollo (Fox) Monday, 8pm – Music and comedy stars perform.
  • Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (CBS) Monday, 10pm – How is this still a thing?
  • Shut Eye (Hulu) Series Premiere, Wednesday – Fake psychic becoming psychic sounds played but with Burn Notice‘s Jeffrey Donovan it might be worth a look.
  • Taraji’s White Hot Holidays (Fox) Thursday, 8pm – Celebrate.
  • Toy Story that Time Forgot/Shrek the Halls (ABC) Thursday, 8pm – Ho ho ho!
  • Captive (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – This docuseries looks into the captives and captors of false imprisonments.
  • Fuller House (Net) Season Premiere, Friday – They’re back.
  • Mozart in the Jungle (Am) Season Premiere, Friday – I’ve heard some good things about this series.
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Frosty the Snowman/Frosty Returns (CBS) Saturday, 8/9/9:30pm – And a little more good cheer.
  • Critic’s Choice Award (A&E) Sunday, 8pm – What the season is really about.
  • Frozen/The Making of Frozen (ABC) Sunday, 10pm – I think this movie was a thing.

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new and noteworthy tv: 11/28-12/4

I’m trying to measure out Gilmore Girls so I’ve still got some tv catch up to do.

  • CMA Country Christmas (ABC) Monday, 8pm – Jennifer Nettles hosts.
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS) Tuesday, 8pm – You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen…
  • Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (A&E) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 10pm – She’s looking into the whole thing.
  • Christmas in Rockefeller Center/Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors (NBC) Wednesday, 8/9pm – The tree will be lit and a look back at a Dolly family tale.
  • Incorporated (Syfy) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – Dennis Haysbert is one of the known commodities in this Affleck/Damon look at fictional life in sinister corporate future, pedigree makes it worth a look.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas/The Great American Baking Show (ABC) Season Premiere, Thursday, 8/9pm – Holiday pageantry and bakers bundting.
  • Top Chef (Brav) Season Premiere, Thursday, 10pm – Eight new and eight returning chefs compete.
  • Pacific Heat (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – An animated cop unit…
  • Mariah’s World/The Royals (E!) Series/Season Premiere, Sunday 9/10pm – I was tempted not to list Mariah but it is happening, followed by a cheesy show I’ve so far quite enjoyed.

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new and noteworthy tv: 11/22-11/27

We’re officially in the holiday season so a good time for me to catch up on the TiVo backlog, with of course some dedicated time to Lorelei, Rory, and Emily.

  • The Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors (CW) Wednesday, 8pm – A tribute to memorable moments.
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Special/SNL Thanksgiving (NBC) Wednesday, 8/9pm – If you can’t get enough of the parade or skits.
  • Thanksgiving Day Parade/National Dog Show (NBC) – Parades and puppies, ok they’re full grown dogs but who doesn’t like a little alliteration.
  • Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (ABC) Thursday, 8pm – Some traditions never end.
  • The Wonderful World of Disney (ABC) Thursday, 8pm – Julianne and Derek Hough host.
  • Gilmore Girls (Net) Friday – I’m cautiously optimistic that this four part season, set over the span of a year, will have enough of the quirky delight and touching relationships that I remember to make it a nice reunion.
  • 3 Percent (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – Post apocalyptic competition, haven’t heard anything but fictional new world orders always an option.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas/How Murray Saved Christmas / Frosty the Snowman/Frosty Returns / Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town / Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (NBC/CBS/ABC/CW) Friday, 8/8:35pm – Thanksgiving is over…

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new and noteworthy tv: 11/7-11/20

A special bonus edition notes a few things over the next couple of weeks.

  • Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party (VH1) Series Premiere, Monday 11/7, 10pm – Weekly dinners!
  • SNL Election Special (NBC) Monday 11/7, 10pm – Before it takes the next turn a look at some skits.
  • Election Results (Various) Tuesday, 11/8 – And the results are in…
  • Red Oaks (Am) Season Premiere, Friday 11/11 – The return of the 80s country club.
  • Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge (CMT) Season Premiere, Sunday 11/13, 10pm – I know a couple peeps who will be excited this competition is back.
  • Good Behavior (TNT) Series Premiere, Tuesday 11/15, 9pm – I always love to check out a good con artist, we’ll see if this thriller has the goods.
  • Shooter (USA) Series Premiere, Tuesday 11/15, 10pm – Based on the Marky Mark flick that I don’t recall but we’ll see whether the sniper is on the run.
  • David Blaine (ABC) Tuesday 11/15, 10pm – Magic.
  • Sweet/Vicious (MTV) Series Premiere, Tuesday 11/15, 10pm – I read at least one promising review of this college campus vigilante show.
  • The Art of More (Crack) Season Premiere, Wednesday 11/16 – I still don’t quite know if anyone is tuning into this ‘network’ but this show is back.
  • ICE (Audience) Series Premiere, Wednesday 11/16, 8pm – In another offering from what network is this, a diamond trade drama.
  • Nightcap (POP) Series Premiere, Wednesday 11/16, 8pm – A behind the scenes comedy of a late night show.
  • Undercover (BBCA) Series Premiere, Wednesday 11/16, 8pm – This six-part political thriller has a good pedigree.
  • Lovesick (Net) Season Premiere, Monday, 11/17 – Formerly Scrotal Recall this series returns with a look at this dude’s former conquests.
  • American Music Awards (ABC) Sunday 11/20, 8pm – I don’t know that I ever kept track of the various music award shows.
  • Search Party (TBS) Series Premiere, Monday, 11/21 – Get a jump on the week with this new dark comedy of a few twentysomethings looking for a missing college acquaintance.

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new and noteworthy tv: 10/31-11/6

Wrapped Longmire this last week and though there are more options like Luke Cage awaiting I’m getting my TiVo cleared out for a little downtime.

  • Chewing Gum (Net) Series Premiere, Monday – This BAFTA-winning sitcom comes to is described as a coming of age story of a young virgin who loves Beyoncé and Jesus.
  • People of Earth (TBS) Series Premiere, Monday, 9pm – I accidentally ran across a preview of this odd sitcom about a group of alien abductees that really had potential with its odd cast and alien moments.
  • Stan Against Evil (IFC) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – This looks like a comedic version of demon fighting series Ash vs Evil Dead.
  • The Crown (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – The latest in the dramatic retelling of old royalty via Elizabeth II looks like it has some promise.

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