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: 7/3-7/9

I just wrapped up GLOW on Netflix, which was quite good but I just didn’t love it as much as I had hoped, for me it took a bit for the more dramatic mix of this half hour show to find its footing. And enjoying some summer fare like Killjoys, Orphan Black, Queen Sugar, Wynonna Earp, Playing House, and Animal Kingdom. Still need to take a pass at Broadchurch and the new Prime Suspect: Tennison.

  • Wimbledon (ESPN) Monday, 4am – The first round of this fortnight begins.
  • Tour de France (NBCSN) Monday, 5am – Apparently I no longer have this on my radar because it started on Saturday, too much tv for me to follow this race but might catch a replay of the preshow on Monday before the regular time race to get the lay of the land.
  • 4th of July Fireworks (NBC) Tuesday, 8pm – In case you don’t want to leave your home but still want to see the sparkle and some performances.
  • Snowfall (Fx) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – The rise of crack in LA in the 80s has gotten more talk of potential than raves about the start of the series.
  • Pure (Hulu) Series Premiere, Friday – Import of a Canadian drama about a Mennonite pastor battling drug trafficking in his neighborhood.
  • Tour de Pharmacy (HBO) Saturday, 10pm – Andy Samberg’s latest comedic entry is a look back at the drug filled cycling, perhaps an amusing break from today’s actual tour?

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new and noteworthy tv: 6/5-6/11

Not a ton new and noteworthy but there are some fun summer shows that I enjoy returning, while I’m still attending to Fargo and kicking through some streaming shows.

  • Ink Master (Spike) Season Premiere, Tuesday, 10pm – I’m still unresolved about my no longer getting Spike.
  • King of the Road (Vice) Season Premiere, Wednesday, 9pm – I thought the first season of this was a weird fun combination of skateboarding and stupid scavenger hunt hijinks.
  • Queen of the South (USA) Season Premiere, Thursday, 10pm – I enjoyed the first season of this drug dealing show with a good protagonist and lots of things going bad.
  • Orange is the New Black (Net) Season Premiere, Friday – Picking up where we left off with big trouble in Litchfield prison.
  • Wynonna Earp (Syfy) Season Premiere, Friday 10pm – This was a fun campy fighting the dead sort of show.
  • Orphan Black (BBCA) Season Premiere, Saturday, 10pm – The final season of what has been a great, though sometimes uneven show, excited to return to Sarah, her sisters and their friends and family.
  • Tony Awards (CBS) Sunday, 8pm – And the award goes to…
  • Claws (TNT) Series Premiere, Sunday, 9pm – Things are complicated in this Florida nail salon dramedy.
  • Steve Harvey’s Funderdome (ABC) Sunday, 9pm – Audience votes on one of two entrepreneurs.
  • French Open (NBC) Saturday/Sunday, 6am – Ready for some finals!

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new and noteworthy tv: 5/22-5/28

As things keep wrapping up I’m starting to make a little dent in the backlog.

  • The Bachelorette (ABC) Season Premiere, Monday, 9pm – Rachel Lindsay is your new lady looking for love.
  • Princess Diana/The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke (CBS) Monday, 8/10pm – A look at Diana and then songs in cars.
  • Casual (Hulu) Season Premiere, Tuesday – I’ve heard some good things about dysfunctional family show.
  • Dirty Dancing (ABC) Wednesday, 8pm – Another redo.
  • Beat Shazam /Love Connection (Fox) Series Premiere, Thursday, 8/9pm – Jamie Foxx hosts this name that tune plus technology show, then a return of the tries 3 dates and reports back.
  • Red Nose Day (NBC) Thursday, 10pm – Entertainers fund raise for kids in need.
  • Bloodline (Net) Season Premiere, Friday – I gave up on this after season one since I ended up not caring that much about any of the characters.
  • French Open (NBC) Sunday, 9am – First round play begins.

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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: 1/16-1/22

Hmm I’m not sure I have time in my busy schedule for tennis but I’ll have to check in to see how Federer is doing on his return after injury time away.

  • Australian Open (ESPN2) – Play continues throughout the week.
  • Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala (CW) Monday, 8pm – A stand-up comedy showcase.
  • Throwing Shade (TVL) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 10:30pm – Comedian hosts talk politics and pop culture.
  • People’s Choice Awards (CBS) Wednesday, 9pm – Joel McHale hosts.
  • Six (Hist) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – The only review I read of this new dramatic Navy SEALs series was bad.
  • Baskets (FX) Season Premiere, Thursday, 10pm – For those of you who fell for this very odd dark and yet funny show.
  • Frontier (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – Jason Momoa stars in this Canadian fur trapping drama which reportedly isn’t so compelling.
  • Hunted (CBS) Series Premiere, Sunday, 7pm – Ordinary people try to evade investigators tracking them.

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new and noteworthy tv: 1/9-1/15

I guess it’s time for me to acknowledge the new year and get started on my year end lists. Until then there’s always more tv!

  • Big Fan (ABC) Monday, 10pm, Series Premiere – The latest game show slant with three superfans competing against a celebrity about trivia, about the celebrity.
  • President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address (Multiple) Tuesday, 6pm – The end of an era.
  • Taboo (Fx) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 10pm – This latest Tom Hardy period piece hasn’t gotten rave reviews but always worth checking out.
  • Jeff & Some Aliens (Com) Series Premiere, Wednesday, 10:30pm – An animated look at a regular dude and some ‘chill’ aliens probably isn’t my cup of tea.
  • Taking the Stage (ABC) Thursday, 9pm – Entertainers gather for the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
  • My Kitchen Rules (Fox) Series Premiere, Thursday 9pm – Celebrity pairs take on dinner parties and of course critique.
  • The Investigator (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – Another look at real life crime, British style.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (Net) Series Premiere, Friday – The movie version of this didn’t get a ton of raves but the series with the always good Neil Patrick Harris is supposed to work on pretty much all levels.
  • Sneaky Pete (Am) Series Premiere, Friday – Cranston and Giovani Ribisi pairing up against each other with a mix of cons and good supporting cast worth a try.
  • Australian Open (ESPN2) – Opening rounds.
  • Victoria (PBS) Series Premiere, Sunday, 9pm – This is supposed to be a soapy take on royalty, though for a non-royal follower between the Crown and the Royals I may be all booked up.
  • The Young Pope (HBO) Series Premiere, Sunday, 9pm – At 47 Jude Law isn’t all that ‘young’ but he’ll play the protagonist trying to make the church great again, worth a look.

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new and noteworthy tv: 8/29-9/4

Though I actually enjoyed it I am thankful to be done with the Olympics and back to some of my backlog. I did the math of wrapping my rewatch of Gilmore Girls before the new ones at Thanksgiving and I’ve actually got some work to do.

  • US Open Tennis (ESPN/2) Starting Monday at 10am – Let’s start another fortnight of tennis.
  • You’re the Worst (Fxx) Season Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – This is one of my fave shows, they do a nice job with being real and wrong and still funny.
  • Soul Mates (Seeso) Series Premiere, Thursday – Yet another thing to keep track of Seeso is a paid streaming series that is bringing things like this latest comedy from a couple of Australian trend obsessed hipsters.
  • Narcos (Net) Season Premiere, Friday – I made my way through the whole first season but am not going back in
  • Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse (Am) Series Premiere, Friday – Emeril and his chef friends try stuff out.
  • Chef’s Table (Net) Season Premiere, Friday – More cooking.
  • Sunset PPL (NBC) Saturday, 1:37am – It’s unclear whether this is supposed to be a pilot but there’s nothing on the agenda after this airing of ‘the trials and tribulations of a group of millennial friends.’
  • ABC Fall Preview Special (ABC) Sunday, 8pm – I guess we’re heading into fall.

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new and noteworthy tv: 7/25-7/31

For those of you who tired of the Republican National Convention (Various) we’ve moved on to the Democratic National Convention… And did I mention the new season of BoJack Horseman is out?

  • MadTV (CW) Tuesday, 9pm – Sketch comedy returns.
  • Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (Com) Thursday, 10pm – A four night comedic contest.
  • Last Chance U (Net) Friday – College football docuseries.
  • Rogers Cup (ESPN2) Sunday, 10am/1pm – More of the tennis season.
  • Kerri Walsh Jennings: Gold Within (NBC) Sunday, 1pm – Beach Volleyball’s golden girl.
  • Teen Choice (Fox) Sunday, 8pm – John Cena and Victoria Justice host, at least I know who Cena is.
  • Sharknado (Syfy) Sunday, 8pm – Apparently this is happening again.

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new and noteworthy tv: 6/27-7/3

The Tunnel didn’t suck me in but not sure how much of that is having seen The Bridge, I’ll give it another to feel it out. I’ll also give another to Thirteen which was intriguing enough and the fun Queen of the South. American Gothic wasn’t as laugh out loud bad as I’d read it might be but it definitely wasn’t good. I’ve also finally finished Hemlock Grove which honestly just got worse with each episode. Tuning back into the latest season of Orange is the New Black and starting Roots.

  • Dead of Summer (Free) Series Premiere, Tuesday, 9pm – Reopening a summer camp horror style.
  • Barely Famous (VH1) Season Premiere, Wednesday, 10pm – This comedic take on reality shows with the two sisters’ foibles is actually pretty funny.
  • Greatest Hits (ABC) Series Premiere, Thursday, 9pm – Chunks of time starting with the 80’s and some performances by bands of yore.
  • All or Nothing (Am) Series Premiere, Friday, 3am – A look into the workings of the NFL.
  • Marcella (Net) Series Premiere, Friday, 3am – This latest drama has a detective returning to work after twelve years.
  • Marco Polo (Net) Season Premiere, Friday, 3am – I didn’t ever quite get into this.
  • Killjoys (Syfy) Season Premiere, Friday, 9pm – This space bounty hunters show is a perfect summer series.
  • Wimbledon (ESPN) Monday, 4am – Let the fortnight begin.

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