There’s a lot of TV this week, most of it airing on Wednesday. We have the return of Survivor and At Home with Amy Sedaris, the True Detective season finale and… The Oscars. I wish I still had enthusiasm for awards shows. Those were better times.
Here’s what to watch on TV this week!
10-11 Manifest – I hate to say it, but I might be tapping out on this show. It’s decent enough, but there are only so many things I can watch. EJ done hit his limits, folks.
9-10 I Am the Night – Jay starts to connect the Bloody Romeo case to the Black Dahlia and this is quickly becoming the videogame L.A. Noire. I would be very into that, but I want the actors who did the voices and motion capture to appear on this show, which basically would mean a Mad Men reunion.
10:30-11 Jon Glaser Loves Gear – Jon indulges in a passion for photography and then discovers a new personal proclivity. Oh, I can already feel this is going to be seedy.
9-10 This is Us – Beth heads home to care for her mother. Hey, I have no beef with the creator of This is Us, Dan Fogelman, but he wrote a recent movie called Life Itself and I didn’t see it, but they talked about it on The Flop House and every time they tried to explain the plot, I lost my fool mind.
10-10:30 At Home with Amy Sedaris – SEASON PREMIERE! Why is TruTV airing all or their originals at the same time? Is it so they can burn them off and show nothing but Impractical Jokers for nine months straight?
10-10:30 Drunk History – It’s all about drugs, including JFK’s doctor giving him meth for back pain. Is that true? Holy smokes, I’m going to learn things this week!
10:30-11 Corporate – This episode is about one person keeping track of another’s pee schedule and there’s something I could say that would be very funny (to me at least) but also maybe mean to somebody who will definitely not read this. I will demur.
10:30-11 Miracle Workers – I haven’t seen the first episode yet, but I’ve greatly enjoyed Daniel Radcliffe’s publicity tour. I have never seen a Harry Potter and probably never will, so I’m largely unfamiliar with him, but he’s super charming.
8-9 Survivor – SEASON PREMIERE! This season’s theme is “Edge of Extinction” and the commercials are really vague about what that means, but from context clues I can determine that they are trying to force the castaways to confront their inner demons and also there are a lot of boob shots.
8-8:30 The Goldbergs – Adam competes to be head of the Highlander club at school, and maybe they’ve pushed their eighties references a little to far. I’m not buying it.
8:30-9 Schooled – Coach Mellor encourages teachers to be harder on the student athletes, so apparently this show has switched genres to pure fantasy. Freaking jocks.
9-9:30 Modern Family – Jay hosts a Super Bowl party, which seems like an episode they should have aired like three weeks ago.
9:30-10 Single Parents – You know what my favorite thing about this show is? Every time Taran Killam references his Gotham fandom. It makes me feel like we could be best friends.
8-9 Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back – Gordon goes to a Mexican restaurant in LA that probably has serious systemic issues that can’t be resolved in a single day.
10-10:30 I’m Sorry – Andrea has to end a relationship that’s gone on too long. A friend relationship – she’s not ditching her husband or anything. You wouldn’t do that to the guy who played Booster Gold in two different continuities.
10-11 Deadly Class – Maria and Marcus deal with the ramifications of death. As long as it’s not Brian Posehn’s character. I know he’s only appeared once, but I like the idea he’s out there, getting high and waiting for another high school party.
11-12 am Documentary Now! – SEASON PREMIERE! It’s back! And it’s leading with a one-hour episode based on Wild Wild Country. Trust me on this – this show is funny and good.
8-9 Gotham – Gordon tries to find out who’s preventing reunification and Jeremiah teams up with Mad Hatter to recreate the murder of the Waynes. Also, there’s a fight at Ace Chemicals, and for decades that’s been the place where the Joker is born. That’s going to be amazing.
9-9:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Jake and Holt clash over a new hire and the rest of the squad tries to clean up the cluttered bullpen. Well, probably not Scully and Hitchcock. Also, how lucky did they get with the schedule, having this come out right in the middle of Marie Kondo mania and all.
8-9 Top Chef – The chefs go to a horse auction and there is a way for that to go really dark. It probably won’t be as horrifying as I fear, but the misgivings are still there.
10:30-11 The Other Two – Chase goes to a school dance with a young fan. I really like the way this show plays Chase as a nice kid, unlike every other famous YouTuber. They’re monsters and every one of them is going to use a racial slur before the year is over.
8-11 The Oscars – My interest in awards shows is on the wane and I’m finding it really hard to get excited about this. And that’s even with superhero movies in the mix. Am I dead inside or have awards shows just gotten worse?
11:35-12:35 am Whiskey Cavalier – SERIES PREMIERE! This episode will be repeated later this week in case you miss it because the Oscars run late. But it looks like a fun, lighthearted espionage show starring my second place TV crush, Lauren Cohan. So I’m watching this forever.
9-10:15 – True Detective – SEASON FINALE! Wayne struggles to hold onto his grip on reality as the truth behind the Purcell case is finally revealed. Hey, this season was very good. Sorry I don’t have anything funny to say about the child murder show, you know?
9-10 The Walking Dead – Hey more about those weirdos who pretend to be zombies. Good storytelling choice.
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