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: 9/11-9/17

I’ve mostly cleared out my backlog in preparation for fall returns and sampling.

  • The Mindy Project (Hulu) Season Premiere, Tuesday – The sixth and final season, too bad I have yet to cave on getting Hulu.
  • Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief Telethon (Various) Tuesday, 8pm – A telethon to aide victims.
  • Riviera (SundNow) Series Premiere, Thursday – Julia Stiles stars in this 10 part thriller with other good picks like Lena Olin and Anthony LaPaglia, and yes Sundance Now is yet another pay service.
  • Better Things (Fx) Season Premiere, Thursday, 10pm – This dramedy series featuring Pamela Adlon as mother of three is a total gem.
  • American Vandal (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – A half hour Making a Murder-ish true crime satire.
  • ACM Honors (CBS) Friday, 9pm – Nashville hosted awards.
  • Emmy Awards (CBS) Sunday, 8pm – Even if they did pick the right things there’s too much tv out there for this format to still really work.
  • The Vietnam War (PBS) Sunday, 8pm – 10-part, 18-hour series from Ken Burns, I really hear these are all amazing.

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new and noteworthy tv: 8/7-8/13

Added Ozark to the current streaming series watches. Also caught up enough to pass on a few of the latest summer additions, The Guest Book, What Would Diplo Do?, Loaded, Midnight Texas, Hooten and the Lady, Somewhere Between, Will, Salvation, I’m Sorry, Tales, The Mist, and Still Star Crossed, and maybe I’ll check one more of Manhunt (I also meant to check out another Snowfall but somehow never recorded it).

  • Difficult People (Hulu) Season Premiere, Tuesday – I’m still no go on Hulu but folks reportedly are amused by this snarky comedy with Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner.
  • Mr. Mercedes (Aud) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 8pm – So apparently the Audience Network which I don’t think I’ve ever heard of is available through Directtv and AT&T U-verse, based on Stephen King’s book where a demented killer taunts a retired police detective.
  • Swedish Dicks (Pop) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 8pm – A new comedy about an ex-stuntman and a Swedish DJ who look to solve some wacky crimes.
  • Weekend Update: Summer Edition (NBC) Season Premiere, Thursday, 9pm – There’s just too much to mock.
  • Atypical (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – A coming-of-age story about mother and autistic son, maybe.
  • Orphan Black (BBCA) Series Finale, Saturday, 10pm – I will be sad to see the amazing Tatiana Maslany hang up her clone cap.
  • Teen Choice (Fox) Sunday, 8pm – You know the coveted awards we’ve all been waiting to see.
  • Get Shorty (Epix) Series Premiere, Sunday, 10pm – Based in part of the Elmore Leonard novel hitman becomes movie producer, worth a look for those who get Epix.

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new and noteworthy tv: 3/27-4/2

Have been investigating the Amazon Prime offerings for both half hour shows that are good for watching at the gym (Transparent, Catastrophe, One Mississippi, Fleabag, and now Bored to Death) as well as hour longs to keep in the queue after I take care of The Wire (which will take a bit).

  • Bones/Grimm (Fox/NBC) Series Finales, Tuesday/Friday, 9/8pm – Two series that I abandoned are wrapping their runs but I’ll remember the early years fondly.
  • Rebel (BET) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 10pm – John Singleton directs this look at a PI dealing with dirty cops and personal drama.
  • Harlots (Hulu) Series Premiere, Wednesday – 18th century London brothel owner and mother has some tough and courtly battles ahead, some initial positive buzz.
  • Imaginary Mary (ABC) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 8:30 – Jenna Elfman returns to comedy in a role that has her in a new relationship that somehow triggers the return of an imaginary friend, not all that promising but perhaps a look.
  • Nobodies (TVL) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone bring a Groundlings created series of a three trying to get a script made in Hollywood, a preview of the first had some potential but I was a little bit over the awkward misfits making things worse for selves.
  • 13 Reasons Why (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – This look back at a girl who commits suicide through audio tapes she’s left has some initial positive talk though sounds like there might be some inconsistency in the full run.
  • Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS) Sunday, 8pm – Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley host.

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new and noteworthy tv: 2/20-2/26

A little more roll-out of nothing much I’m interested in which is good as I’m just getting rolling on The Wire.

  • The Breaks (VH1) Series Premiere, Monday, 9pm – A series continuing on after the cable movie of the same name following three friends and their hip hop dreams.
  • Sun Records (CMT) Series Premiere, Thursday, 10pm – Limited series based on the musical Million Dollar Quartet in the early years of rock’n’roll.
  • My Brother, My Brother, and Me (Seeso) Series Premiere, Thursday – Based on their podcast of more comedy than advice advice.
  • The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC) Series Premiere, Thursday, 10pm – I’ll check out this Blacklist spinoff but not sure if having dropped the original I’ll be as engaged, though theoretically it doesn’t have most annoying Elizabeth.
  • Patriot (Am) Series Premiere, Friday – Following intelligence officer in pipelines and nuclear deals, reportedly it’s a dramedy.
  • Ultimate Beastmaster (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – A new physical obstacle course style competition, globally.
  • The 89th Annual Academy Awards (ABC) Sunday, 5:30pm – I am torn on my Oscar pool, should I vote for LaLa Land or not…

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new and noteworthy tv: 2/6-2/12

I somehow haven’t gotten back to finishing up Mad Men which means I must be keeping myself busy enough.

  • APB (Fox) Series Premiere, Monday, 9pm – Rich dude takes over a police district with what sounds like isn’t glowing results (entertainment wise).
  • Imposters (Bravo) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 10pm – I always like to check out a con artist series this one has the wife falling for her current mark while being tracked down by former targets.
  • Detroiters (Com) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 10:30pm – Comedic look at a couple of buddies who try to make it in advertising, in Detroit, we’ll see but not promising.
  • Legion (Fx) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – This X-Men character promises a new series that’s getting great buzz even for non-comic fans as schizophrenic may not be so mentally challenged after all.
  • Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (ABC) Friday, 8pm – Maybe this is his year.
  • The Collection (Am) Series Premiere, Friday – Haven’t heard anything about this post WWII fashion house drama.
  • Grammy Awards (CBS) Sunday, 8pm – James Corden hosts.

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new and noteworthy tv: 1/23-1/29

It’s funny how when I get busy my TiVo backlog starts to creep up, plus I’m finally allowing myself a little Australian Open.

  • Outsiders (WGN) Season Premiere, Tuesday, 9pm – This might not be an amazing TV show but I got wrapped up in the SAMCRO-esque group of bad(?) folks outside the norm and like Sons can’t imagine how they’ll keep the story going.
  • The Path (Hulu) Season Premiere, Wednesday – I’m not onboard with Hulu so don’t have a personal opinion but think this has gotten relatively mixed reviews.
  • Riverdale (CW) Series Premiere, Thursday, 9pm – Not your father’s Archie Comic I’ve actually heard some good things about this reboot with a more murder mystery teen soap approach.
  • Z: The Beginning of Everything (Am) Series Premiere, Friday – Christina Ricci takes the role of Zelda Fitzgerald in what I hear isn’t a convincing or engaging run.
  • Australian Open (ESPN) Saturday/Sunday, 12am – The women’s and the men’s finals, the possibilities…
  • SAG Awards (TBS/TNT) Sunday, 5pm – The award season continues.
  • Miss Universe (Fox) Sunday, 7pm – Steve Harvey returns as host.

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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: 11/7-11/20

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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