Doctor Who is over until Christmas, and I am suffering serious withdrawals. If you, dear reader, could also do with some more Peter Capaldi before Christmas, Amazon is here to help. All four seasons of the stellar British show The Thick of It are available (for purchase) on Amazon Instant and you know I did exactly that. Fair warning, the swearing pouring from Malcolm Tucker’s lips would make the Twelfth Doctor shout “language!” but I love every bit of it. As an added Who bonus you get Chris Addison (Seb) playing Ollie Reeder. That should help you along until Santa brings the Doctor back. (And yes, I totally did put this first so I could have a Peter Capaldi picture at the top of this week’s article, why do you ask?)
There’s still a lot of great TV that Moffat hasn’t been able to ruin for us. A quick poll of the What’cha Reading Team puts these shows at the top of our still watching/must see lists:
Sleepy Hollow (Monday 11/17 on Fox at 9/8 CT) In spite of the #AbbieMillsDeservesBetter backlash (and Abbie really does deserve better than to be a background player, so do Jenny and Irving, and Katrina aggravates the ELF out of me), I’m still hooked on this show. I know, it’s probably the Ben Franklin jokes, but I’m still in. So much so that I’ll be writing recaps of the show as of next week, and you’d best believe I will be calling BS when my favorite BAMF sisters and sheriff are underutilized at the expense of Katrina Plot Device.
The Flash (Tuesday 11/18 at 8/7CT on CW) is a perennial staff favorite—we are all watching this one and Juan is now writing recaps (The Flash “Plastique” Review/Recap – What’cha Reading?). DC just does good TV. Watch Arrow (Wednesday 11/19 at 8/7CT on CW) if you don’t believe me, because the majority of us are loving that one, too.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Tuesday 11/18 at 9/8CT on ABC) The Geek Girls will never stop watching Coulson (and all of us might, quite possibly, have Phil Coulson S.H.I.E.L.D. badges because we love him so much) and our team, even if Rosemary has been reduced to throwing things at the TV to vent her anger at Ward. I don’t blame her at all.
Sons of Anarchy (Tuesday 11/18 at 10/9CT on FX) SoA or, as Bob is referring to it “Scared of Abel,” is still ranking right up there for a bunch of us. Nancy is simultaneously dreading and looking forward to next week when “s&*t is going down.” (I couldn’t resist quoting her on that, I love it that we’re all so invested in our shows.)
Constantine (Friday 11/21 at 10/9CT on NBC) made everyone’s week with Papa Midnite and the demonic acetate (holy hell was that a good episode), and we can’t wait to see which characters are going to step out of the pages of Hellblazer next. I’m also partially convinced that our friend Constantine is a Time Lord. I mean look, he’s got a bigger-on-the-inside mill that he uses as a base, he has a playing card that turns into whatever a person needs to see (much like psychic paper), and he sees things other people just don’t see. ‘Nuff said.
Just for fun, we’ve added a couple of new shows to our watchlists, because how boring would this column get if it was me talking about the same stuff all the time? These are winding down, so catch them while you can.
Steven is watching White Collar (Thursday 11/20 at 9/8CT on USA), which is in its final season with only 5 episodes left.
Newsroom (Sunday 11/16 at 9/8CT on HBO) is a favorite of both Ed and Nancy (who have christened themselves “Sorkin stud” and “Sorkin slut,” respectively. It’s only on for six episodes, but Nan wants you to know that she’s “rarely loved anything as much as I love that show.” This is high praise from a fangirl indeed.
Last but not least, Roe and her middle son Alex will be watching Miyazaki films this weekend as prep for the anime/manga groups that she’s starting at her library in January. Howl’s Moving Castle is on the menu for them, but anything Miyazaki is golden and I might have to watch one this weekend as well just for something a little different from my usual super hero/sci-fi fantasy fare. Time to bust out the DVDs since I don’t see these streaming anywhere—not sure if that’s a copyright issue or what, but it seems like a drastic oversight and someone needs to get on that.