Thank goodness it’s a relatively slow week in TV, because everything else in my life seems to have picked up! The week ahead is so hectic that I actually scheduled five shows into my planner as “treats”, and the rest have to sit on the DVR for a minute. I scheduled my shows, folks.
Here’s the scoop…
ABC’s TGIT finally returns this week with all three shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder.
The Walking Dead also returns this Sunday, after a long winter break. Perfect programming for Valentine’s Day.
If you can’t get enough of the Oscars, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is showing their annual “31 Days of Oscar” series, with past winners and nominees. Here’s a complete list of what’s playing all month long. (There’s an awesome lineup on the 12th that consists of Tootsie, Kramer Vs. Kramer, The Deer Hunter, and GoodFellas!)
The only new show premiering this week is HBO’s Vinyl, which looks pretty awesome. Starring Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde, and produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, the show focuses on the record business in the ’70s. The music is the big draw here for me, and there should be plenty of favorites from the era, along with original music. I’m thinking Mick might know how to handle this. Check it out Sunday at 9/8c.
Best binge of the week…
UnReal on Hulu. Everyone was right–this show is genius. It seems like just another guilty pleasure on the surface, but there’s so much more going on here. I dismissed this show last year because it was on Lifetime and I knew it had something to do with a Bachelor-style show, and that was a mistake. It’s a brilliant take on feminism, the culture of reality TV, and being a female boss, among all kinds of other things. Also, it’s shocking, hot, and fun as hell. I can’t remember the last time I yelled at my TV, which is always the mark of a good show. You have plenty of time to catch up on season one before the show returns this summer. (Trust me, it’s worth a one week free trial on Hulu.)
Make it stop! I need everyone who’s feeling nostalgic to slow their roll. While I’m super excited for the revival of Gilmore Girls, and I’m curious enough to watch at least the first episode of Fuller House, some shows feel like they already had their moment. I never watched Prison Break, so I can’t speak to that show, but 24??!!??! Keifer was fantastic, but it’s done. Just call it something else and make a different show around the new lead, Corey Hawkins. I’m sure he’s fabulous, but what else can you pull out of that show at this point? And the same goes for this latest installment of Star Trek.
One of the reasons Gilmore Girls is so exciting is that the final season was a dud without the show’s creators. Now they’re coming back on board, and can give fans of the beloved series the ending they always wanted. But can you say the same for say, MacGyver? I know this comes down to personal taste, so I respect we might not all be excited about the same things, but really…won’t some of the ’80s fun be lost in our digital world? (Does no one remember the Knight Rider reboot??)
On the creepier side of things, we can also look forward to reboots/revivals of Twin Peaks and Tales From the Crypt. Those might actually have a little life in them, though, so I won’t hate on them just yet.
Which of these shows would you welcome back? Tell me in the comments section below!