It’s another light week as 2018 draws to a close. But at least we get a Doctor Who special along with the TV event of the year, the final season premiere of Gotham. This is all I’m going to talk about for the next while, so you’ll just have to deal with that.
Here’s what to watch on TV this week!
It’s New Year’s Eve, which means you can choose between Ryan Seacrest and Jennie McCarthy on ABC, Steve Harvey on FOX, and the trio of Carson Daly, Leslie Jones, and Chrissy Tiegen on NBC. And on CBS, as ever, they’re just airing repeats of regular programming. CBS can not be bothered to care.
Happy New Year’s! There’s not much in the way of new TV tonight except on FOX, and my resolution is to stop pretending I care about The Gifted so I don’t have anything to say. And of course, there’s one exciting bit tonight…
8-9:30 Doctor Who – Instead of a Christmas Special, we get a New Year’s Special. And after a season of new creatures, we’re wrapping things up with…. Daleks! But they’re being super mysterious about it, so this could be a weird one. Bring it on!
8-9 Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back – SEASON PREMIERE! A new season of the show that’s really just Kitchen Nightmares but not as helpful.
9-10 The Masked Singer – SERIES PREMIERE! This sounds fun, but I need you to hear me out. 10 celebrities perform a singing competition in full body costumes and we won’t know who they are until they’re eliminated. Sounds fun, right? Well, one of the judges is anti-vaccination fraud Jenny McCarthy so I’m out. Call me when somebody responsible for fewer child deaths is on the panel.
8-9 Gotham – SEASON PREMIERE! Guys! The final season begins with Gotham City cut off from the rest of the country and the villains carving out their own territories. That’s right, they’re doing a full on version of “No Man’s Land” in a world before Batman. If you had asked me five years ago if such a thing could ever be possible, I’d tell you that was an insane notion. And now it’s the only thing I still care about.
8-10 The Titan Games – SERIES PREMIERE! This new obstacle course series sounds like American Gladiators but with 100% more Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It’s no Gotham, but I’ll check it out.
8-9 Top Chef – Part Two of Restaurant Wars! And I really like that they’re doing it early this season so it’s not just the best contestants taking part. Every a-hole gets to play along and it’s madness.
9-10 Hell’s Kitchen – The season that’s been pre-empted so many times is still going on and hopefully they’re going to hunker down and air episodes for at least three consecutive weeks. This week, it’s the blind taste test! I always enjoy this because somebody’s going to eat a potato and have no idea what it is.
8-8:30 The Simpsons – Grampa has a PTSD episode triggered by some little green army men. This might not be in the best possibly taste.
8:30-9 Bob’s Burgers – Linda’s new friend introduces her to essential oils and Aunt Gayle is convinced she needs to be rescued. Hey, Aunt Gayle must listen to Sawbones!
8-11 The Golden Globe Awards – Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh host and that is a weird pairing right there. You know, because of all the work they’ve done together. Remember that series where they were mismatched roommates.
9-10 Counterpart – Hey, no information available! Always a quality way to close out the schedule!
“(I learned) I guess that a man may need to strike another man seventeen times in the face to render him unconscious, which is contrary to the way I formerly imagined it. I cartoonishly imagined that would be brief, if not instant. And I learned that, for better or worse, in those moment, in that place, it turns out that I am the sort of person who counts those blows.” — Tom Tavner
“On every world, wherever people are, in the deepest part of the winter, at the exact mid-point, everybody stops and turns and hugs. As if to say ‘Well done. Well done, everyone! We’re halfway out of the dark’.” — The Doctor