This week we’ve got some cool premieres – Lodge 49 and The Terror return and Danny McBride’s The Righteous Gemstones launches. Plus, we’ve got the final episode of Legion. It’s a fun week for people who are me, that’s for sure.
Here’s what to watch on TV this week!
8-19 American Ninja Warrior – Baltimore City Finals! You know, I feel like the President may have something to say on this topic. I should go check.
9-10:10 The Terror: Infamy – SEASON PREMIERE! Last year’s miniseries becomes an anthology with this new season set in the Japanese-American internment camps in WWII. I loved the first season and I’m looking forward to this. I’ll miss the horrifying ghost bear, but it should still be good.
10:10-11:20 Lodge 49 – SEASON PREMIERE! The first season of this show was one of last year’s surprisingly delights, and we’re back for a new season of magical realism. Dud recuperates with the aftermath of a shark attack, Liz re-enters the workforce, and Ernie picks up the pieces from last season. I’m very excited!
10-11:10 Legion – SERIES FINALE! It’s the end of the end. This may actually be the last we see of the pre-Disney X-Men franchise (depending on whether New Mutants ever gets released). And reading between the lines, you can interpret this season as an explanation for all the continuity glitches / reboots of the moves. I don’t know if that’s the intention, but it’s what I’m taking away. More pertinently, this show was beautiful and weird and frustrating, and I’m going to miss it very much.
There’s nothing for me to write about tonight. If you haven’t finished the new season of GLOW, this would be a good time. It ends with a Christmas episode! You know how much I love Christmas episodes!
8-9 Big Brother – Back to an earlier hour! It’s Veto night! I wish I had more to say!
8-9 MasterChef – The listings for this show are weirdly detailed. Let me tell you how it opens. And this is just the beginning. “The Top Nine enter the kitchen, surprised to see laser light and smoke machines. There, the judges blow the contestants’ minds by introducing acclaimed chef Grant Achatz.” That is a lot of unnecessary detail. There is no way the words “smoke machine” should have made the cut.
8-9 MasterChef – A pig is the guest judge. I mean, it says “Marley the Pig” but that could be a band or YouTube streamer for all I know.
9-10 Big Brother – Live eviction! It’s going to be hard to top the ChenMoonvesterview last week when Julie made Jack watch video of bad things he said and he would explain it away and Julie was clearly not buying it. Julie is tired of nonsense!
10-10:30 Baskets – In the penultimate episode of the show I’ve been begging you all to watch, Christine’s apple pie is not allowed through security. I’m going to miss this show so much.
8-10 BattleBots – It’s robot fighting time! This week, the undefeated Hypershock takes on last year’s champ, Bite Force. I hope you understand that I am legitimately excited about this.
8-9 Big Brother – Its the usual Sunday night nonsense! Nominations and some other stuff. Look, I’m writing this when I’m tired. Get off my back.
9-10 Fear the Walking Dead – I didn’t even realize the mid-season break was only two weeks. I’m not sure what AMC is doing here, but at least this iteration of the franchise is staying good.
10-11 Preacher – Jesse heads to Australia and Tulip forges an unexpected alliance. So, here’s what the wild deviations from the comics that both The Boys (successfully) and this show (less so) have made clear for me. Garth Ennis, who created both, does not seem to have a lot interest in writing female characters. I mean, they’re there and they’re good characters, but the comics shelve them in a way that the TV shows have had to correct. And I’m trying to think of a counterexample from his work, and the best I can come up with is Kat from Hellblazer but I haven’t read that in a while so I’m relying on memory.
10-11 The Righteous Gemstones – SERIES PREMIERE! Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals) created this new series about a family of televangelists. A lot of his former co-starts are involved and John Goodman is in it. There’s no way for this not to be great.
’I’ve seen my only real friend die. I’ve seen a giant penny roll over a guy dressed like a rainbow. I’ve seen the Donkey Kong kill screen. I’ve seen attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.” — Henchman 21
“We can’t all be florists or dishwashers. Some of us have to be artists!” — Chip Baskets