Hi all!

It’s kind of a light week this time out as we head into the holiday malaise. Things are going to get wild in January, but we’re looking at the beginning of five or six weeks of dwindling schedules. Luckily, I have one million streaming series to catch up on, so it’ll all work out and I won’t have to develop any other interests.

Here’s what to watch on TV this week!

MONDAY

NBC

10-11 Manifest – Ben and Michaela’s mission goes horribly wrong and not everybody makes it out alive. If you didn’t see that coming, you have not been paying attention to the season so far. Their trips to pick up pizza go horribly wrong and not everybody makes it out alive.

HBO

10-11:25 The Truth About Killer Robots – I really hope this documentary isn’t a killer robot in an obvious human mask announcing that there is nothing to worry about and our soft flesh sacs will remain undisturbed.

 

TUESDAY

FOX

8-9 The Gifted – Dr. Risman is not who she appears to be! I don’t think Dr. Risman has appeared on the show before, so this is not exactly a world-shaking revelation.

NBC

9-10 This Is Us – Randall debates Councilman Solomon Brown, who I’m 50% sure was a character in Widows. In the past, Jack struggles to get through to his brother. Maybe it’s a Lake House situation and they’re going to communicate through the eras.

TBS

10-10:30 The Guest Book – Guests leave their six-year-old in the room alone while they go to a music festival. Do they not want their child to see the locals flashing their boobs at Ratt? Guys, I don’t really go to music festivals, but that happened at the one I went to.

 

WEDNESDAY

CBS

8-10 Survivor – As I write this, the listing for the two-hour episode is simply “Another castaway is voted out of the game/’ Clearly at least one recount will be called for.

ABC

8-8:30 The Goldbergs – Barry tries to get his father in shape. Come on, Barry. Jeff Garlin lost a ton of weight. Give him a break!

9-9:30 Modern Family – Manny and Phil teach Jay and Cam about sensitivity. I have nothing further to say.

9:30-10 Single Parents – Have I mentioned that this show tries very hard to make the audience thing about Brad Garrett as a sexual being and I resent it for that?

TBS

10-11 Conan in JapanHey, it’s another Conan Without Borders special. Those are always good. And also, it’s been more than a month since Conan’s been on the air and I miss him. (Though his podcast, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend is quite good.)

 

THURSDAY

Huh. The Good Place isn’t on this week because there’s a LEGO Jurassic World special. Is it possible… we’re in the Bad Place right now?

 

FRIDAY

CW

9-10 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – Rebecca takes a trip to visit her mother and Josh housesits. That’s one of those things that seems surreal to me. Housesitting. I go away, I lock the doors and we’re cool. I don’t need somebody to physically be in my house and make sure it’s OK. I don’t get it.

 

SATURDAY

NBC

11:30-1 am Saturday Night Live – Claire Foy co-hosts! She’s from the show about royalty that Matt Smith is in, not the one Jenna Coleman is in. It’s hard to keep track of biographical projects featuring former Doctor Who costars.

 

SUNDAY

FOX

8-8:30 The Simpsons – Lisa and Homer spend quality time together and start to bond. Wait. They’d have me believe it’s possible to bond with one’s father? I’m not buying it.

8:30-9 Bob’s Burgers – Tina and her new science partner think they’ve communicated with aliens and Bob tries to sell mini coat racks. So, like, too small for coats? I’m intrigued by this idea.

BBC AMERICA

8-9:10 Doctor Who – No information available. Instead, let’s talk about how they did an episode satirizing Amazon and then just coincidentally Amazon Prime made that episode available for streaming days before it aired. Bezos, you are one petty dude.

 

“I need to go take a shower so I can’t tell if I’m crying or not.” — BoJack Horseman

 

“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a fear of being scared.” — Carol Pilbasian-Miller

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