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.

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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.

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new and noteworthy tv: 12/11-12/17

The winter finales abound as we start to wrap up for a long holiday break, plus there are a handful of Christmas specials so check your local networks if you’re desperate for celebrities singing the holiday hits.

  • The Bachelor (ABC) Monday, 10pm – Countdown to Arie for those of you following the succession of seekers of true love.
  • The Librarians (TNT) Season Premiere, Wednesday, 8pm – This show isn’t great but it’s usually fun as these keepers of the magical go get into trouble in one mystical way after another.
  • Jean-Claude Van Johnson (Am) Series Premiere, Friday – Jen-Claude Van Damme stars as a version of himself that’s actually a retired undercover secret agent who gets back in the game.

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new and noteworthy tv: 11/27-12/3

Thanksgiving is done so now we’re full force into the holiday season. I’m still a little backed up on tv and while I was planning to do some catch up over the holiday, I got sucked in to a Terriers rewatch when I heard it was leaving Netflix at the end of the month, totally worth a rewatch.

  • CMA Country Christmas (ABC) Monday, 8pm – Reba McEntire hosts.
  • A Very Pentatonix Christmas Special (NBC) Monday, 10pm – I believe that’s a band.
  • Glitch (Net) Season Premiere, Tuesday – The return of the Australian series where seven people come back from the dead.
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS) Tuesday, 8pm – You know Dasher and Dancer…
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Am) Series Premiere, Wednesday – I caught the first of this ’50s housewife turned comic from Gilmore creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and it has potential though I didn’t love it off the bat, looking forward to seeing what follows.
  • Christmas in Rockefeller Center (NBC) Wednesday, 8pm – I think Pentatonix shows up here as well.
  • Bruno Mars (CBS) Wednesday, 10pm – Performs.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC) Thursday, 8pm – For those who need a reminder of what a Charlie Brown Christmas tree is.
  • The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All (A&E) Series Premiere, Thursday, 10pm – For those of you who are fresh off the dramatic retelling.
  • Dark (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – Two children disappear exposing a town’s secret and tying to the paranormal.
  • Easy (Net) Season Premiere, Friday – I didn’t love the first season of this anthology of of love, sex and whatnot.
  • Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (CW) Friday, 8pm – An offbeat Yule tune turned show.
  • The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special (CBS) Sunday, 8pm – Celebrating the variety series.

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new and noteworthy tv: 11/20-11/26

Thanksgiving week has a few new offerings and should allow me some time to catch up on my backlog.

  • Marvel’s Runaways (Hulu) Series Premiere, Tuesday – I’m still not on Hulu but this series is getting some good buzz which is much needed for a Marvel series, this one with a little teen drama.
  • Godless (Net) Series Premiere, Wednesday – An epic western from Steven Soderbergh with Jeff Daniels and Michelle Dockery that might have some promise.
  • Thanksgiving Day Parade/National Dog Show (NBC) Thursday, 9an/12pm – Happy Thanksgiving!
  • She’s Gotta Have It (Net) Series Premiere, Thursday – Spike Lee brings a tv version of his ’86 film about a late 20s woman with friends, work, and lovers and with his directing all the eps might be worth a look.
  • Frontier (Net) Season Premiere, Friday – A second season of a show I don’t remember that doesn’t seem to have great buzz with Jason Momoa in an ‘action-packed adventure drama’ looking at the fur trade in the late 18th century.

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my schedule

Things are already wrapping up for their fall finales but everything is finally basically out so here’s where I’m at. *New shows indicated.

Monday

  • 10pm – The Brave* (NBC)

This show isn’t necessarily all that good but it has avoided must of the unbearable personal stories or soapy drama that made the others of this ilk unwatchable, and you know so far they succeed on their missions in an uplifting way.

Tuesday

  • 8pm – The Middle/Fresh off the Boat (ABC) /  Lethal Weapon (Fox)
  • 9pm – This is Us (NBC) /  Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
  • 10pm – Kevin (Probably) Saves the World* (ABC)

Some good classics are still hitting the queue, though I am almost over This Is Us unless they find a way to make anyone else as interesting as Randall and his family’s stories. I am thoroughly enjoying the oddball Jason Ritter series where he’s trying to balance family and his new secret missions with his invisible to others new cohort.

Wednesday

  • 8pm – Speechless (ABC)

I dropped this show mid-way through last season but am glad to say I listened to critics and got back on board.

Thursday

  • 8pm – Gotham (Fox) / Superstore/The Good Place (NBC)The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • 9pm – Will & Grace*/Great News (NBC) / Mom/Life in Pieces (CBS)

I am mostly waiting for Gotham to be canceled and I am not sure how into Great News or Life in Pieces but some good comedies are still hitting Thursday night including the funny familiar though uneven Will & Grace.

Sunday

  • 8pm – Ghosted* (Fox)
  • 10pm – Madam Secretary (CBS)

I’m enjoying the buddy paranormal fighting comedy and the Secretary still gives me hope for politics where most things turn out ok.

And because no one lives on network alone, some cable shows that are in the queue: Better Things (Fx), Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (BBCA), Full Frontal (TBS), Good Behavior (TNT), Ink Master: Angels* (Spike), You’re the Worst (FXX), Z Nation (Syfy)

And I still haven’t watched this season yet but they’re backing up: The Long Road Home* (NGC), Mr. Robot (USA), Project Runway (Life), Queen Sugar (OWN), Top of the Lake (Sun)

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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.

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