If you were lucky enough to get a three day weekend, you’re probably trying to cram as much into today as possible. You can stretch the day out a bit longer with some great TV picks for the evening, and plan out the rest of your 4-day work week. Here are my best bets for the week:
Skip the daunting novel and tune in to the miniseries instead: War & Peace starts tonight at 9/8c, and it’s so epic it’s going to be playing on three different channels: Lifetime, A&E, and History. I promise this doesn’t look like homework! Take a look at the trailer:
The 25-Hour Marathon of Angie Tribeca started last night and is still going strong on TBS. I did indeed stay up and watch all ten episodes back-to-back (with mini-breaks), and it was goofy, absurd fun. So many guest stars/cameos! Plus, an adorable police dog that steals a scene or two. Some episodes work better than others, but the cast is fantastic, especially Rashida Jones and Hayes MacArthur, who seem suited to this style of comedy. If you’re a fan of Airplane! or the Naked Gun films, you’ll enjoy this show. You can also watch all 10 episodes online here.
Marvel’s Agent Carter was one of my favorite new shows last winter, and it’s back for season two tomorrow night on ABC at 9/8c.
This might be one superhero show too many for me, but I’ll check out DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, which premieres this Thursday on the CW at 8/7c. (Another CW fan favorite, The 100, returns right after this premiere.)
If you were an X-Files fan, you may have been counting down the days to the reboot/revival. This is where I tell you the “truth is out there” this coming Sunday, January 24th, at 10/9c. This show always gave me the chills when I was younger, and I’ve never had a chance to go back and binge the cult classic from the beginning. One day!
Finally, BBC America has a slick new spy thriller that I can’t wait to see. London Spy debuts Thursday at 10/9c. Take a look:
*Beowulf also debuts on Esquire this week, but that really does feel like homework.
Here’s a look back at some of the premieres from last week:
Shadowhunters: So far, the series doesn’t seem that different from the film, but I’m eager to read the books and see how they compare. Some of it is pretty ridiculous, but it’s perfect winter, supernatural fluff.
Second Chance: Rob Kazinsky (True Blood, Hot Pursuit) is fun to watch, but the show as a whole didn’t pull me in. I thought this might be similar to the Ryan Reynolds movie, Selfless, but it really wasn’t–the character isn’t taking over someone else’s body, he seems to be built from the cells of his old body. (Maybe the strangest sentence I’ve ever written?)
Billions: Numbers, numbers, numbers…money, money,money…men, men, men. Paul Giamatti screams a lot, as per usual, but his character has some interesting layers, based on what I saw from the pilot. Damian Lewis (Homeland) is as mesmerizing as ever, and Maggie Siff (Sons of Anarchy) is wonderful as Giamatti’s wife/Lewis’s colleague. The 9/11 tie-in is an interesting story point and I’m curious to see where that leads…but not curious enough to add Showtime to my cable and Hulu. (Too many platforms!)