Man, did I open up a can of worms with this week’s What’cha Watchin’ staff email! We are apparently watching everything on TV and then some, and I have enough for next week’s WW as well. Without further ado, here’s what we’re watchin’.
Galavant (Sunday 1/11 at 8/7c on ABC) lit up my Facebook and Twitter feed last week, proving that my friends have the same excellent taste that I do. If you missed week one, it’s kind of like a mashup of Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Robin Hood: Men In Tights. The songs are hysterical, I’m loving the characters (Gareth showing King Richard how to be a man was my favorite part), and it’s just a really fun watch. Limited run, people, get in while you can.
Downton Abbey (Sunday 1/11 at 9/8c on PBS) Season 5 of Downton had a roaring start last week (and if you saw it, you also saw what I did there), and the period drama geek in me rejoiced. Will Lady Mary risk scandalous behavior after her experiences with Mr. Pamuk should have taught her better? Did Bates actually kill that valet in retribution for Anna’s rape? And will Lady Edith ever be remotely happy? (My guesses are yes, yes, and probably not because every family needs their own Moaning Myrtle, right?)
Agent Carter (Tuesday 1/13 at 8/7c on ABC) captured the entire What’cha Reading crew in the first five minutes. We all know Steven’s in it for his crush on Hayley Atwell, but we all agree that Peggy Carter is the best, most well-rounded female character we’ve seen on TV in ages. Chuck says “I had the same feeling watching Agent Carter…that I remember having when I was a young man watching Wonder Woman and The Bionic Woman. It’s not a writing or directing thing really, it’s just this feeling that you’re watching a capable, powerful woman do some really cool stuff. “
Nancy is currently infatuated with the new show Hindsight (Wednesday 1/14 at 10/9c on VH1), which she describes as “all about a woman who goes back to the 90s on the day of her first marriage and gets to relive her life to try to fix her mistakes.” Who hasn’t wanted to go back and do things differently to find out how their live would change? Certainly not this girl.
Juan loved American Horror Story: Freak Show (Wednesday 1/14 at 10/9c on FX) last week, which featured Neil Patrick Harris as a frustrated magician with extreme PTSD. His office even has a pool to guess which character is going to die in a given week, which sounds like good, twisted fun to me. Two more episodes, folks.
Constantine returns this week at an earlier time slot (Friday 1/16 at 8/7c on NBC). I think this is NBC trying to make up for the time slot of death (10/9c) that it had for the beginning of the season, but I’m not sure this show is exactly 8PM fare. In the long run, I don’t care, as long as it’s on. John Constantine was in a pretty dire situation when the show broke for the holidays, and I just want to see how they’re getting him out of it. Don’t forget, Hellblazers, most of the WR crew live tweets this show, so join the party, join the drinking game, and #saveConstantine!
Ed, who is normally insanely quiet during our weekly What’cha Watchin’ emails, broke radio silence this week to tell us we should all be watching Banshee (Friday 1/16 at 10/9c on Cinemax), and Avery agrees. The breakdown is that an ex-con goes looking for his ex-girlfriend, who is now living in the fictional town of Banshee, PA, gets involved in a shootout at a bar, and assumes the role of the town’s new sheriff to stay close to his ex and escape his past. And as Ed says, “that is just the tip of the iceberg…” Cinemax put out the excellence that is The Knick, so I’m inclined to watch this one.
Chuck has been singing the praises of Brit police procedural The Fall (available on Netflix) for two weeks now, and I’ve had some other friends recommend it as week. The twist on this one is that you get the point of view of the cops and the killer simultaneously, which sounds pretty unique. Gillian Anderson, rocking a great English accent, and Jamie Dornan (who will be in the much maligned Fifty Shades of Grey movie) co-star. I’m adding it to my queue.
Next week we’ve got some more staff favorites returning and since it’s SAG award season, I might tell you my favorites out of the mailers my boyfriend and I have been receiving (so many good films, so many great actors). In the meantime, if something you’ve been watching hasn’t made the weekly roundup, you’ve got only yourselves to blame…talk to me in the comments below!