We’ve got another light week, but man, a new Coen Brothers project hits Netflix on Friday. It’s a movie that was made as a TV series and I have thoughts about that, but the point is there’s a singing cowboy and also Tom Waits appears in it. So that’s my Friday night sorted.
Here’s what to watch on TV this week!
8-10 Dancing with the Stars – It’s the Semi-Finals! And somehow, that guy who was eliminated in his first episode on The Bachelorette and is not good at dancing is still in it. I feel like there’s some sort of prank happening here and I don’t like it.
10-11 Manifest – The detained passengers are subject to painful experimentation and Michaela experiences a new version of the calling. I’ll be honest with you, I like the actor just fine, but Ben is the most boring character on this show and maybe the lead shouldn’t be the guy who isn’t experiencing any weird side effects.
9-10 This Is Us – Kevin and Zoe land in present day Vietnam while Jack’s experiences in past Vietnam continue. Man, now there’s no tension because we know Vietnam survives.
8-9 The Gifted – Something happens. Doesn’t matter. I want to talk about last week, because there was that bit where the anti-mutant protestors chant “You will not replace us”, which is what the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville chanted. And the taste level there is not great, but also, the X-Men franchise has long been used as a metaphor for the disenfranchised. (Stan Lee will tell you it was originally about Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, but that’s him taking credit for an insight somebody else had later.) Given the way things are right now where white supremacy is on the uptick (to put it mildly), the X-Men should be super political and timely. The X-Men should be whipping Molotov cocktails at the establishment. But the comics are just toothless right now and the movies are enmeshed in continuity weirdness. The Gifted is as close as the whole franchise comes to living up to its potential right now, and that’s a darn shame.
10:30-11 The Guest Book – I’m not sure who’s appearing this week, so I’m at a loss. We’ve already had Will Arnett. How do you top that?
8-9 Survivor – Hey, one again “Another castaway is voted out of the game”. They’ve been posting more detailed descriptions closer to airdate which is just a weird little “screw you” to the brave men and women writing TV schedules.
10-11 Stan Against Evil – Two episodes! An evil puppet summons demons from Hell and Denise is trapped in a CW show. I mean, they’re not going to call it a CW show, but it’s a show about sexy vampires and what’s more CW than that? Other than subpar takes on DC superheroes, I mean. Yeah, I said it.
8:30-9 The Good Place – Michael and Janet take an important journey and Eleanor has to decide whether to show a secret. Oh, and if last week’s tag is any indication, Shawn is back. That’ll give them something to talk about on the official podcast!
9-10 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – Rebecca has a day out with Darryl and Heather encourages Nathaniel to be a nice person. Well, that sounds pretty low-key, right? I feel like the official listings for this show aren’t doing it any favors.
9-10 Hell’s Kitchen – The promo makes it look like there’s an actual fistfight this week. It’s been a season of overly dramatic and almost exploitative promos, but I think they handled Chris’ exit in a way that was surprisingly sensitive. So good job, folks.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – The Coen Brothers’ new movie is a Netflix release! And it was intended to be a TV series, but then they changed their minds at the last minute. So now it’s a very long, episodic movie. Which seems dumb and kind of snobby, but it’s a new Coen movie. And it’s a western with Tim Blake Nelson as a singing cowboy. Also, Tom Waits is in it. I am excited!
11:30-1 am Saturday Night Live – Steve Carell hosts! It feels like a long time since I’ve seen him and I’ve missed him very much.
8-8:30 The Simpsons – Lisa tries to make the world better in the style of Amelie. I still don’t know what that movie is about and I have tried to reconstruct the plot through references in Bob’s Burgers and My Brother, My Brother & Me and the best I can do is that it’s about a tiny woman who eats an egg with a spoon.
8:30-9 Bob’s Burgers – Oh, it is the annual Thanksgiving Day episode and no show does better Thanksgiving episodes than this show. This year, the Belchers try to save a turkey from the slaughterhouse and it makes the news.
8-9:10 Doctor Who – No information available as I write this, but the title is “Kerblam!” It’s written by the guy who did Wentworth, which is turning into a bit of a Netflix hit. I’m excited to see some more writers in the mix because Chibnall is hit or miss and he’s writing six of the ten episodes this season.
9-10 The Walking Dead – Carol tries to find an old friend in the wilderness and we have to deal with the fact that this show is apparently now being fronted by an eight year old with a pistol and a sword. I promised myself I’d stick around through Maggie’s final episode but that’s going to be tough.
10-10:30 Camping – Walt tries to be an unofficial deputy park ranger, which is the saddest career aspiration I can imagine.
“I’m not really supposed to talk about what I did for living previously… but let’s just say it rhymed with ‘architect’.” — “Jon”
“Cat in the wall. Now you’re talking my language.” — Charlie Kelly