Liars, Teachers & Cops

Midseason TV continues with lots of new and returning shows this week. (Dates/times are all listed on the Midseason TV page.)

I’m personally excited for two tonight: Pretty Little Liars and Shadowhunters on Freeform. (I haven’t read The Mortal Instruments series, but I did see the 2013 film. I think it got lost in the midst of all the supernatural teen movies at the time, so I’m curious to see if the series improves upon it.)

I love improv groups, and I’m sure that any elementary school teacher will get a few giggles out of it, but TV Land’s Teachers was a little lackluster for me. It had some funny moments, and some cast members stood out more than others, but it didn’t grab me. You can catch the pilot here before the Wednesday premiere. (However, I am REALLY looking forward to the return of Younger, which also premieres Wednesday on TV Land!)

If you’re a sci-fi fan, you’ll like the new Josh Holloway (Lost) show on USA, The Colony.  It premieres this Thursday, but you can catch the first episode here. I think it has a lot of potential, so I’ll stick around for the next episode. Fox’s Second Chance doesn’t look as promising.

As for the weekend…

Billions premieres this Sunday on Showtime–if you’re a DIRECTV subscriber, it’s a free preview weekend. (Woot!)

Mercy Street, a new PBS series set in the medical field during the Civil War, premieres tonight. It stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Josh Radnor…and I’m going to try really hard not to say, “Haaaaaaave you met Ted?” every time he appears onscreen.

Can’t wait for the Oscars? The 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards airs on A&E and Lifetime, Sunday at 8 ET/ 5 PT.

And finally, TBS is airing a 25-hour marathon of Angie Tribeca, a cop show spoof starring the awesome Rashida Jones. (It’s from the minds of Steve and Nancy Carell, so you know it won’t disappoint.) It starts Sunday at 9/8c, so set the DVR while you’re at work on Monday!

Happy viewing!


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