Like most self-respecting Americans, the What’cha Reading staff doesn’t only spend a lot of time reading, we spend a lot of time watching TV and movies, too. These days even before the fall season hits network TV, some old favorites have returned for another season and some great new shows have taken off. And of course we’re constantly watching past episodes of our favorite shows on streaming and DVD/Blu-Ray, just like you. So without further ado, here’s the kickoff of our new series: “What’cha Watching?” where you get to find out our staff favorites for the week.
Coming up this week on TV:
Doctor Who: This made nearly everyone’s Watch Lists, because come on: new season, new Doctor, new adventures with our favorite Gallifreyan. We’ll be checking out “Into The Dalek” on BBCAmerica (Saturday, 8/30, 9PM EST), but there’s also “Doctor Who: Earth Conquest” about the recent DW World Tour on BBCAmerica right before that at 8PM. And if you want to try to figure out the mystery of why the Twelfth Doctor picked this particular face before Steven Moffat sees fit to reveal it to us, you can go back and catch the Tenth Doctor and Donna’s adventure with “The Fires of Pompeii” (3rd episode of the 4th season of “New Who,” available on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix along with the rest of seasons 1-7). I’ll be writing an article about the Doctor’s new face very soon, because I like a mystery as much as the next Impossible Girl.
Outlander: This one was on Nancy, Rosemary’s, and my pick list because it’s one of our favorite series of books on the small screen and so far they’re doing a great job with it—helps when the creative team are fans of the books as well! And fun fact: Annette Badland, who plays Mrs. Fitz, will also be familiar to Doctor Who fans–she was Blon Fel-Fotch Pasameer-Day Slitheen/Margaret Blaine in the season one Who episodes “World War Three” and “Boom Town.” Episode 4 of Outlander, “The Gathering,” is on Starz (Saturday, 8/30, at 9PM EST)—note the time conflict with Doctor Who, which is why DVRs were invented. Back episodes are available on StarzPlay if you’re a subscriber.
Teen Wolf: Nancy tells us why she recommends this one: “When it started it was so much better than I would ever expect from an MTV show. It’s flagged a bit story-wise the last couple half seasons but they cut back to 12 episode seasons and I can see the difference in the writing. It’s much tighter. They also suffered because 2/3 of the cast left. I think it forced them to get more creative and it’s working for me.” New episode is on MTV (Monday, 9/1, at 10PM EST), and you can catch back episodes at MTV.com.
The Knick: Ed likes this one so much he’s going to be doing a full write-up, and calls it “a brilliant show on turn of the century medical procedures.” It’s on Cinemax (Friday, 9/5, at 10PM EST) with back episodes on MaxGo if you’re a subscriber.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Chuck, Roe, and Ed are all singing its praises and made the rest of us want to check it out as well. It comes back on Sunday, 9/7, at 11PM EST, which technically makes it next week’s pick except I was told that the World Cup piece John did was “epic.” It is, and you can watch the segment on YouTube.
Available on Streaming:
The Killing: Chuck and Ed are both watching this crime series, which started out on AMC and got a final season on Netflix. When asked why, Chuck said “I love [it]so much it hurts to watch it sometimes.” With praise like that from our editor monkey, it’s going on my queue.
From Dusk Till Dawn (The Series): Steven mainlined this show this week, saying “I believe Robert Rodriguez once said, in regards to describing the plot of the film (which is essentially the same for the show) that he wants people to feel like watching the first half is like watching a Tarantino crime movie. And for the second half to feel like reading a Stephen King novel. Nuff said.” Season One is available on Netflix.
So, that’s us. What are you watching this week? What should we be watching next week? Let us know in the comments!