We’re officially in the holiday season with Thanksgiving this week, and that means the schedule is going to be in absolute disarray. We’re going to see a lot of shows going on midseason breaks and much less in the way of new programming for the next couple of months. Which is good news for my DVR, but not great for my livelihood. Well, not livelihood as such.
Anyway, the big news this week is the Gilmore Girls revival hitting Netflix on Friday. I am so excited for this. Gilmore ended before spunkybean was really a thing, so I haven’t written much about it. But man, I love Gilmore Girls so much.
Also, enjoy your Thanksgiving! And, should you choose to celebrate, Cranksgiving. Which is the annual tradition wherein I watch both Crank movies after eating turkey.
Here’s what to watch on TV this week!
8-9 Gotham – A threat to Lee emerges on the eve of their rehearsal dinner, Ed goes out for revenge, and Bruce discovers more about the Court of Owls. In fact, it looks like they’ll actually be identified as the Court, so that’ll be awesome. I think we’ve only got one more week until the midseason finale!
8-10 Dancing with the Stars – The four finalists do two dances each and then Train performs. You guys? Train is still a thing. And enough of a thing that they’re performing at the finals. How out of touch am I?
8-9 Supergirl – Supergirl faces off against the Cyborg Superman, who is not a character that really needs to be translated to other media. Although I’ll be fascinated to see how they pull him off, since there’s a lengthy backstory. Still, he’s like Cable – a ’90s relic who doesn’t really need to hang around in this modern world of ours.
9-9:30 People of Earth – Ozzie suffers form unexplained visions and hallucinations, while Chelsea and Father Doug connect through Bible study. I love the way they’re taking the LOST approach and highlighting a different supporting cast member every week.
11-12 am Search Party – SERIES PREMIERE! This comedy is about a group of friends who find out somebody they barely know is missing and decide to try and find her. It looks good, and TBS is on a roll. They’re airing two episodes a night all week – I’m not going to list it each day because I can’t write five listings for a show I haven’t seen yet. But it’s on ever night!
8-8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Jake tries to impress Amy’s father at Thanksgiving and Holt helps Pimento deal with no longer being able to work for the NYPD. Finally, that Braugher/Mantzoukas B-plot I’ve been begging for!
8:30-9 New Girl – Robby unexpectedly shows up for Thanksgiving and Regan keeps putting off her move-in date. Also Winston deals with his injury and I always assumed he had some sort of Wile E. Coyote instant regneration.
8-9 The Flash – Killer Frost goes on a rampage and battles Flash and Vibe. Man, the ratio of Justice League Detroit members to Justice League International members on TV is appalling.
9-11 Dancing with the Stars – SEASON FINALE! Three finalists compete and somebody wins the legendary Mirrorball trophy, which they will proudly set on their Thanksgiving table as they regale their nephews and nieces.
9-10 This Is Us – In the past, a detour interrupts a Thanksgiving tradition and in the present, Randall learns a heartbreaking secret. Like that dude needs more heartbreak in his life.
10:30-11 Drunk History – In a food-themed episode, we learn about Julia Child’s time as a spy and the Great Boston Molasses Flood. I have long been fascinated by both of these topics.
10:30-11 Billy on the Street – Seth Rogen is the special guest and Billy plays the new game “What Does Michelle Rodriguez Bring to the Table?” You know what I love? When people react to Billy by screaming and running away.
8-10 Survivor – This might be a new episode, but they have a bad habit of doing clip shows the week of Thanksgiving. I don’t know anymore. But I have to say, I have not been on board with the premise of this season. I can’t decide if the fact that they seemed to deliberately seek out absolute garbage people for the millennials makes me like it more or less.
8-9 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – I can’t stress this enough – stop watching when the original ends and do not stick around for the newer short where they recreate the Mayflower voyage using Peanuts characters.
9-11 Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving – A collection of Thanksgiving-themed sketches, which hopefully includes that family where they eat like baby birds.
10-10:30 Jon Glaser Loves Gear – Jon coaches a Little League team until a cryptic voice takes him on a dark journey into his past. So, I don’t know if I’m ready to pull the trigger on this particular beach ball order just yet, but this show might be better than Delocated. And I love Delocated.
10-11 Stan Against Evil – SEASON FINALE! This week, Evie is forced to relive a car accident over and over again. And there’s a giant spider. I love this show, but IFC needs to cut it out with double-pumping their half-hour shows. You can’t build up buzz in four weeks.
10-11 Rectify – A confrontation has Daniel questioning the possibility of ever leading a normal life. But let’s not lose sight of the fact that Amantha is dating Mr. Freeze.
Happy Thanksgiving! And be advised that FXX starts a thirteen-day Simpsons marathon at noon. Which means you’re going to get some amazing golden age Simpsons over the weekend. So that’s what I’m doing.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – The beloved show returns with four ninety-minute movies chronicling, well, a year in their lives. Lorelai and Rory are back! I am genuinely excited about this and hopefully I’ll have the chance to write something more about it.
7:30-8 Bob’s Burgers – Bob gets involved in an intense gingerbread house-building competition. The holiday episodes of this show are always so good, but this probably means we won’t see any new episodes until Christmas. Why can’t I just accept joy without finding a dark cloud?
9-10 Westworld – Dolores and Bernard reconnect with their pasts, so clearly this is the episode that will make me look like either a genius or a dope. It’s all on you, show!
9-10:15 – The Walking Dead – “Someone stumbles on a brand new society unlike anything they’ve ever seen before”. I love that “someone”. Not even going to tell you who the episode is about.
10:15-11:15 Talking Dead – Guests discuss the new episode. This week’s panel: Marissa Wompler, Miss Listler, and someone. (Panel subject to change because I just now made them up.)
“I want my face and neck to stop being old-looking. That’s all.” — Sam Fox
“Judges. If they were any good, they’d be lawyers.” — Homer Simpson