new and noteworthy tv: 11/13-11/19

I wrapped the second season of Stranger Things and though it’s probably not going to blow anyone away it keeps many of the notes of the first and keeps the kids busy. And I’ve made it on to the final season of The Wire, this season I think we add in the newsroom. Though looks like this week Netflix is adding two series I’ll be compelled to get started on.

  • Ill Behaviour (Show) Series Premiere, Monday, 10:30pm – This is dubbed a comedy thriller so not sure what to expect fro this six-part BBC series.
  • Future Man (Hulu) Series Premiere, Tuesday – A janitor/gamer is visited by folks from the future to save humanity and I’ve read a few positive reviews.
  • Bushcraft Build-Off (Disc) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – For the survivalist fans not sure whether this slant is in your bag as folks compete by making structures with primitive skills.
  • Back (SundNow) Series Premiere, Thursday – A dark comedy about a man looking to take over the family business after his father passes only to be met by his foster brother who wants to get back in the mix.
  • There’s… Johnny! (Hulu) Series Premiere, Thursday – A comedy set in the world of The Tonight Show as a new gofer starts his job.
  • Longmire (Net) Season Premiere, Friday – Excited for the new season though sad that it’s the final season.
  • Marvel’s the Punisher (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – These Marvel series have been uneven but there’s something about them that keep me tuning back in, we’ll see if this darker slice introduced in Daredevil merits our attention.

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: 9/19-9/25

With the return of the fall season I’ve returned to noting the majority of the season premieres of scripted shows along with new series. My TiVo is going to start getting a workout again.

  • The Big Bang Theory/Kevin Can Wait (CBS) Season/Series Premieres, Monday, 8/8:30pm – Still a fan of Big Bang and am not expecting any more from Kevin James’ new comedy than stereotypical comedic family.
  • Gotham/Lucifer (Fox) Season Premieres, Monday, 8/9pm – Looking forward to what James Gordon is up to with the latest criminal element and didn’t quite catch on to the devil coming to town.
  • The Voice (NBC) Season Premiere, Monday, 8pm – This season Miley Cryus and Alicia Keys join Levine and Shelton.
  • The Good Place (NBC) Series Premiere, Monday, 10pm – One of the new comedies I’m looking forward to as Kristen Bell joins Ted Danson in a heavenly way.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine/New Girl/Scream Queens (Fox) Season Premieres, Tuesday, 8/8:30/9pm – I’m amused by the first hour of this block.
  • NCIS/Bull/NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) Season/Series Premieres, Tuesday, 8/9/10pm – I haven’t heard great things about the new Michael Weatherly as renowned trial consultant but perhaps.
  • Agents of SHIELD (ABC) Season Premiere, Tuesday, 10pm – I’ll tune in to see what the next chapter holds in this slice of the Marvel world.
  • This is Us (NBC) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 10pm – This dramedy of intertwined lives is being compared to Parenthood which makes me want to give it a go.
  • The Goldbergs/Speechless/Modern Family/Blackish/Designated Survivor (ABC) Season/Series Premieres, Wednesday, 8/8:30/9/9:30/10pm – I tuned out of this comedy lineup but will check out this latest family comedy and Kiefer Sutherland taking on the presidency.
  • Lethal Weapon/Empire (Fox) Series/Season Premieres, Wednesday, 8/9pm – I’ve heard enough promise in the latest incarnation of this buddy cop drama and am still engaged with the soapy musical family.
  • Survivor (CBS) Season Premiere, Wednesday, 8pm – Millennials vs. Gen X, I’m not only not following this show anymore I’m not sure how old that makes the participants.
  • Law & Order: SVU/Chicago PD (NBC) Season Premieres, Wednesday, 9/10pm – For those that are sticking these out.
  • Easy (Net) Series Premiere, Thursday – Curious to see what this ensemble cast, anthology, romantic comedy series is about.
  • Grey’s Anatomy/Notorious/HTGAWMurder (ABC) Season/Series Premieres, Thursday, 8/9/10pm – I couldn’t keep up with the myriad of seasons of Grey’s and didn’t want to keep up with Murder and I’m not hearing great things about this Piper Parabo criminal law and media newcomer though I’ll check it out.
  • Rosewood/Pitch (Fox) Season/Series Premieres, Thursday, 8/9pm – I skip the private practice forensics but I’ll check out this first woman pitcher show.
  • Superstore/Chicago Med/The Blacklist (NBC) Season Premieres, Thursday, 8/9/10pm – The Good Place also joins the lineup of the amusing Superstore and though I skip the generic med I do stay tuned for James Spader.
  • Longmire (Net) Season Premiere, Friday – I enjoy the stories and characters and beautiful country.
  • Transparent (Am) Season Premiere, Friday – Still hear great things about this series.
  • Hell’s Kitchen/The Exorcist (Fox) Season/Series Premiere, Friday, 8/9pm – I don’t do Ramsay but I did actually read a good review of the latest demonic possession.
  • Last Man Standing/Dr Ken/Shark Tank (ABC) Season Premieres, Friday, 8/8:30/9pm – Yes both of these comedies are still on, followed by more pitches.
  • MacGyver/Hawaii Five-0/Blue Bloods (CBS) Series Premiere, Friday 8/9/10pm – As some of you know I was a huge MacGyver fan both with sincerity and the appropriate dose of kitch and although I’ve seen this kid use a Swiss army knife in the preview I’m really not optimistic about this reboot, followed by crime in various styles.
  • Van Helsing (Syfy) Series Premiere, Friday, 10pm – Yet another redo that might be a redon’t.
  • Once Upon a Time/Secrets and Lies/Quantico (ABC) Season Premieres, Sunday, 7/8/9/10pm – The lineup returns.
  • Bob’s Burgers/The Simpsons/Family Guy/Last Man on Earth (Fox) Season Premieres, Sunday, 7:30/8/9/9:30pm – Seasons 7, 28, 15 and 3 joined by the first season of Son of Zorn.
  • Poldark (PBS) Season Premiere, Sunday, 8pm – I rarely keep up with the PBS fare.
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) Season Premiere, Sunday, 8:30pm – Is there a mole in the department, not sure since I’m not sure who’s actually in the department?

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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returning fall favorites

This year fall sort of snuck up on me but as usual as much as it’s upon us it’s a slow roll. A few of the shows that I’ve got on season pass ready to return:

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 9/19) – This show might not be revolutionary but still makes me laugh enough to look forward to it for the fun mix of personalities.
  • The Blacklist (NBC, 9/22) – I would be happy never to see Elizabeth again and Red may not be enough to keep me tuning in for another season but my interest is still greater than my annoyance, for now at least.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 9/20) – Another one I find funny, the characters have all grown in nice ways and create interesting complementary relationships.
  • Elementary (CBS, 10/2) – I found I was paying less attention to this last year but still like the main characters enough, and enjoy having a good procedural to be available so for now I’ll tune in for more than Joan’s outfit.
  • Empire (Fox, 9/21) – There was a bit of a sophomore slump on this one but I love a good fast moving soapy show and the musical accompaniment adds a nice touch.
  • Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, 10/11) – The mix of cultures and generations in our 80s era setting are well explored with a nice ensemble of well-drawn characters.
  • Gotham (Fox, 9/19) – I never love this reinvention of the early years of the dawn of Batman as much as I want to but I find that I always enjoy the villains and the complexity of the ‘good’ guys more than I think I’m going to.
  • Life in Pieces (CBS, 10/27) – I spent every episode last season deciding whether I was going to keep watching this show but I made it through the year so we’ll see if this extended family laugher keeps me laughing.
  • Madam Secretary (CBS, 10/2) – I am keeping this show in the lineup as basically a poor man’s The Good Wife but this politics meets family show will do for now.
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, 9/20) – Repeat Gotham description here.
  • The Middle (ABC, 10/11) – This comedy has help up to the test of time and continues to bring amusement even as college is taking them away.
  • Mom (CBS, 10/27) – This show has grown into a nice comedy while still keeping the drama of the darker moments of their lives.
  • New Girl (Fox, 9/20) – Repeat The Big Bang Theory description here.
  • Superstore (NBC, 9/22) – There was enough intriguing and amusing in this workplace comedy to keep me coming back.

And of course a few cable fare: Longmire (Net, 9/23), Project Runway (Life, 9/15),  Rectify (Sund, 10/26). The Walking Dead (AMC, 10/23), Younger (TVL, 9/28), You’re the Worst (Fxx, 8/31), Z Nation (Syfy, 9/16)

Though as I read my reccos I realized most aren’t that strong, here’s hoping the new crop of shows offers some new faves. Stay tuned for my look at what I’m looking forward to.

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netflix originals

There’s nothing new or noteworthy this week, except of course some fireworks tonight, so I thought I’d do a little roundup of some of the original programming on Netflix that could bide your time. The notes in parens are how many seasons I’ve seen of available and an underline notes a recommendation.

  • House of Cards (3 of 4, renewed) – The first season of this was totally riveting and while the following seasons haven’t captured that magic it’s still pretty engaging.
  • Hemlock Grove (3 of 3, ended) – This show is so bad I couldn’t turn away, it’s a wackadoodle town with a bad werewolf on the loose and that’s not the only supernatural occurrence afoot, and then it got worse.
  • Arrested Development (1 of 1, renewed) – Definitely didn’t capture the magic of the original show but if you enjoyed the series this is worth catching (and if you haven’t watched the original series give it a look), curious to see what comes next.
  • Orange is the New Black (3 of 4, renewed) – The main character is basically annoying, but fortunately they do a nice job of making each episode focus not only on the ongoing story but on lots of the quite interesting other individual characters.
  • BoJack Horseman (2 of 2, renewed) – This turns out to be one of my favorite shows, and it did have to grow on me, as we get a look at washed up former star and his pretty depressing life, did I mention it’s an animated world of animal type people and people?
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2 of 2, renewed) – I enjoyed and cranked right through this comedy about a woman returning from bunker captivity, the format allows for our protagonist to merry whimsical childlike qualities with some depressing adult subject matter, with a handful of irregular sidekicks.
  • Bloodline (1 of 2) – I was intrigued by this and stuck through the first season based on cast and some good buzz alone but was underwhelmed by the unfolding of the season and am skipping season two.
  • Marvel’s Daredevil (2 of 2) – This grew on me over the first season but come second season the combination of lackluster characters and muddled story made me weary, though I’m sticking with it for the Marvel universe tie-ins with other Netflix shows.
  • Grace and Frankie (2 of 2, renewed) – This show isn’t revolutionary but Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin still make a great team and with their extended family of former spouses and kids makes a nice ensemble.
  • Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (1 of 1, renewed) – I enjoyed the original movie enough and really appreciated what they were trying to do by picking up those threads in this series but it’s really only for a die-hard fan.
  • Narcos (1 of 1, renewed) – This was another one of those shows that was probably quite well done but I just never did enjoy the histori-drama enough to tune back in to next season of Colombian drug lords and the cops who are tasked with thwarting them.
  • Longmire (Season 4, renewed) – I really enjoyed this series when it was on A&E and wasn’t disappointed in the season that came after its transplant, with our sheriff, some odd crimes, and beautiful country.
  • Marvel’s Jessica Jones (1 of 1, renewed) – I thought this latest Marvel was quite engaging, as it felt more noir detective than superhero and our clearly flawed protagonist fought inner and outer demons, excited for the return and the also introduced Luke Cage.
  • Master of None (1 of 1, renewed) – Aziz Ansari most known from Parks & Recreation creates a somewhat autobiographical comedic look which grows into a decent season arc.
  • Love / Flaked (1 of 1, renewed) – A couple of ‘comedy’ shows about unlikable characters and the messes that are their lives, and I didn’t love either one but something compelled me to crank through each.

I tried but couldn’t:

  • Marco Polo (1 season, renewed) – A look at the early years with Kublai Khan and the Mongolian Empire didn’t keep my attention.
  • F is for Family (1 season, renewed) – I heard good buzz about this animated sitcom but alas to me not so much funny.
  • The Ranch (1 season, renewed) – Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Debra Winger and Sam Elliott make a nice lineup of a family with prodigal son returned but for me no real laughs.
  • Lady Dynamite (1 season, renewed) – I wasn’t won over by the odd comedian’s take but a friend just gave me a pitch to give it another go so I will.

Are they or aren’t they on the to do list?

  • The Killing (Season 4, ended) – Negative, I gave up on this show after season 2.
  • Sense8 (1 season, renewed) – This is one of those ones that everyone seems to say gets good about mid-way through so perhaps.
  • Club de Cuervos (1 season, renewed) – I think I missed this Spanish language debut, and no buzz makes me dubious.
  • Marseille (1 season, renewed) – Pass, I haven’t heard much good about this one.
  • W/Bob & David (1 season) – I’m not a huge sketch comedy fan.
  • Fuller House (1 season, renewed) – Not a watcher of the original so missing the nostalgia desire to tune back in.
  • Netflix Presents: The Characters (1 of 1, ended) – As noted not a huge sketch comedy viewer.
  • Hibana (1 season) – Remotely interested in taking a look at this Japanese novel adaptation if the queue weren’t so full.

Not including exclusive international distribution with examples like: The Fall (BBC) 2 of 2 seasons, River (BBC) 1 of 1, and most recent Marcella (ITV) 1 season.

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returning fall favorites

izombieIt’s that time of year again. And while the new shows trickle in here’s a look at some of the returning fall shows I’m excited about.

  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 9/21) – This show has done a pretty good job of keeping things going and evolving with the genius misfits and their pals.
  • The Blacklist (NBC, 10/1) – It’s still only worth it for James Spader but we’ll see whether Liz on the run works.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, 9/27) – They’ve gotten a good rhythm with Samberg’s foolishness and fleshing out the other characters, makes me laugh.
  • Elementary (CBS, 11/5) – My current fave standard procedural, I enjoy the reinvention of the modern day crime fighting duo and think some of the less successful asides are wrapped.
  • Empire (Fox, 9/23) – The funnest reentry into last season’s schedule the campy family and music drama is irresistible.
  • Fargo (Fx, 10/12) – Last season’s odd crime ensemble captured the spirit of the flick but brought out a new slant, and this season attempts to do the same in a new tale.
  • Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, 9/22) – This immigrant family embracing suburbia in the ’90s has enough anticipated humor and enough unanticipated that it was refreshing.
  • The Good Wife (CBS, 10/4) – They haven’t all been home runs but they’ve managed to reinvent this show in a compelling way after so many seasons, excited to see the latest not so good Alicia.
  • iZombie (CW, 10/6) – This show is less zombie more of a Veronica Mars-esque girl getting in over her head detective show and she happens to eat brains which give her a little dead person insight.
  • The League/You’re the Worst (Fxx, 9/9) – Worst was a fave from last season which grew into more than just a coupe of snarky people, but the ensemble remains snarky with another season of people who actually are the worst in fantasy football and in life.
  • Longmire (Net, 9/10) – Glad this show got picked up on Netflix and happy to spend another season with the laconic lawman and the latest troubles.
  • The Royals (E!, 11/15) – Season one of a look behind the scenes of a fake royal family was fantastically trashy and fun, can’t wait to see what comes of them next season.
  • The Walking Dead/Z Nation (AMC, 10/11; Syfy, 9/11) – I enjoy a little post apocalypse world and these two shows give a totally different tone of voice.

A few other items that I’ll check back in on and see whether I want to keep them in the queue: Bones (Fox, 10/1), Gotham (Fox, 9/21), Grimm (NBC, 10/30), The Last Man on Earth (Fox, 9/27), Madam Secretary (CBS, 10/4), The Middle (ABC, 9/23), The Mindy Project (Hulu), Mom (CBS, 11/5), SHIELD (ABC, 9/29), Sleepy Hollow (Fox. 10/1), Undateable (NBC, 10/9)

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new and noteworthy tv: 9/7-9/13

worstSo post Labor Day is officially Fall in my book if not in everyone’s. And to reward me is the return of one of my fave new comedies from last year You’re the Worst which pairs well with off color in a slightly different way The League. As an added bonus the resurrection of Longmire, to see if everyone is still alive. And if you like some zombie action but prefer it a little lighter than Walking Dead you really should check out Z Nation.

  • Monday – Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, Season Premiere (VH1, 8pm), CBS Fall Preview (CBS, 8:30pm), The Civil War, Series Premiere (PBS, 9pm), Rusted Development, Season Premieres (Disc, 10pm), Ladies of London, Season Premiere (Bravo, 10pm)
  • Tuesday – The Awesomes, Season Premiere (Hulu), A Season with Notre Dame Football, Series Premiere (Show, 10pm)
  • Wednesday – My Big Fat Fabulous Life/Suddenly Royal, Season Premiere (TLC, 9/10pm), The League/You’re the Worst, Season Premieres (Fxx, 10/10:30pm)
  • Thursday – Longmire, Season Premiere (Netflix), How It’s Made, Season Premiere (Sci, 9pm)
  • Friday – Think It Up (Various, 8pm), Bering Seas Gold, Season Premiere, Season Premiere (Disc, 9pm), Tyler Perry’s for Better or Worse, Season Premiere (OWN, 9pm), 20/20, Season Premiere (ABC, 10pm), Z Nation/Continuum, Season Premiere (Syfy, 10/11pm)
  • Saturday – US Open, Women’s Finals Sat, Men’s Finals Sun (ESPN, 12/1pm)
  • Sunday – Miss America (ABC, 9pm), House of DVF, Season Premiere (E!, 9pm), Sister Wives, Season Premiere (TLC, 9pm), Project Greenlight/Doll & Em, Season Premieres (HBO, 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: 6/2-6/8


I’m maybe not as rabid as some fans but am excited for another season of OITNB which makes for nice binge viewing, though I still haven’t caught the second season of House of Cards. Jennifer Falls is a new option for sitcom lite, though these mostly aren’t as charming as their attempt to recapture the Golden Girls magic with Hot in Cleveland. Reality fare Ladies of London, Famous in 12, Siberian Cut, Untying the Knot, Escape Club look to me as more of the same.

  • Monday: Mistresses, Season Premiere (ABC, 10pm), American Restoration, Season Premiere (Hist, 10pm), Ladies of London, Series Premiere (Brav, 10pm), Longmire, Season Premiere (A&E, 10pm)
  • Tuesday: Famous in 12, Series Premiere (CW, 8pm), Man Fire Food, Season Premiere (Cook, 8pm), Storage Wars/Shipping Wars, Season Premieres (A&E, 9/10pm), Top Gear, Season Premiere (Hist, 9pm), Siberian Cut, Series Premiere (Disc, 10pm)
  • Wednesday: Stanley Cup Final (NBC, 5pm), Restaurant Stakeout, Season Premiere (Food, 9pm), Through the Wormhole, Season Premiere (Sci, 10pm), Untying the Knot, Series Premiere (Brav, 10pm), Jennifer Falls, Series Premiere (TVL, 10:30pm)
  • Thursday: Party Down South, Season Premiere (CMT, 10pm)
  • Friday: Orange is the New Black, Season Premiere (Netflix, 12:01), Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, Season Premiere (TLC, 9pm)
  • Saturday: The Half Hour, Season Premiere (Com, 12am), Life with La Toya, Season Premiere (OWN, 10pm)
  • Sunday: Tony Awards (CBS, 8pm), Miss USA (NBC, 8pm), Beachfront Bargain Hunt/Brother vs Brother, Season Premieres (HGTV, 8/9pm), Where Are They Now?, Season Premiere (OWN, 9pm), Sister Wives, Season Premiere (TLC, 9pm), The Escape Club, Series Premiere (E!, 10pm), Finding Bigfoot, Season Premiere (AnPl, 10pm), The Hunt, Series Premiere (Hist, 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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new and noteworthy tv: 5/27-6/2


Get ready for summer…


  • French Open (ESPN2/NABC, various) – Hello week day tennis!
  • The Bachelorette (ABC, 8pm) Season Premiere – The latest lady castoff gets her moment of choosing. 
  • Cake Boss (TLC, 9pm) Season Premiere – Post hurricane Sandy.
  • The Glades/Longmire (A&E, 9/10pm) Season Premiere – New dead body and botched prison transfer.
  • Hit the Floor (VH1, 9pm) Series Premiere – Following a professional basketball team’s dance squad.


  • Extreme Weight Loss (ABC, 8pm) Season Premiere – Twins who weigh over 800 pounds. 
  • Family SOS with Jo Frost (TLC, 9pm) Series Premiere – Supernanny extends her domain.
  • The Haves and the Have Nots (OWN, 9pm) Series Premiere – I didn’t realize Oprah did dramas in this look at family of Savannah wealthy and their intertwined family staff.
  • Brooklyn DA (CBS, 10pm) Series Premiere – Six part docuseries.
  • Tattoo Nightmares/Never Ever Do This At Home (Spike, 10/11pm) Season/Series Premieres – Once you go pentagram… and then testing the outcome of things you shouldn’t do.


  • The American Baking Competition (CBS, 8pm) Series Premiere – More cooking competitions, this hosted by Jeff Foxworthy?
  • Melissa & Joey/Baby Daddy/Dancing Fools (ABCF, 8/8:30/9pm) Season/Series PremieresWho’s the Boss returns, the dudes taking care of the baby, and then for some reason there hasn’t been a ‘funny’ dance competition until now.
  • Love Thy Neighbor (OWN, 9pm) Series Premiere – Oprah apparently does sitcoms too, this one set in a diner.
  • Healing in the Heartland (NBC, 9pm) – Musical benefit.
  • Top Shot (Hist, 10pm) Season Premiere – All-stars!


  • Renovation Raiders (HGTV, 9pm) Series Premiere – I’m not sure how much secret remodeling can be done while folks are out to dinner. 
  • Beyond Scared Straight (A&E, 10pm) Season Premiere – What is beyond?


  • Bridezillas/Marriage Boot Camp/Pregnant and Dating (WE, 8/9/10pm) Season/Series Premieres – Love of weddings makes you do crazy things and those who might get help and then, well for those who date during those designated 9 mos.
  • Randy to the Rescue (TLC, 9pm) Season Premiere – Wedding planning.
  • Treehouse Masters (AnPl, 10pm) Series Premiere – Not to be confused with Ultimate Treehouses.


  • Celebrity Ghost Stories/The Haunting Of (BIO, 9/10pm) Season Premiere – Mocking comment here.
  • Fish Tank Kings (NatGeoW, 9pm) Season Premiere – VW fishtank.
  • Golden Sisters (OWN, 10pm) Series Premiere – Following the salon.


  • The Killing (AMC, 8pm) Season Premiere – No comment.
  • The Real Housewives of New Jersey/Princesses (Brav, 8/9pm) Season/Series Premieres – Bleh.
  • The Women’s Concert for Change (NBC, 9pm) – I don’t think they mean outfit change.
  • Call of the Wildman/Top Hooker (AnPl, 9/10pm) Season/Series Premieres – Uninvited critters and fishing not whoring
  • Food Network Star (Food, 9pm) Season Premiere – Get ready for your opportunity.
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians/The Wanted Life (E!, 9/10pm) Season/Series Premiere – More of them and then British band Wanted.

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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