The mid-season break is upon us, and many of my must-see TV shows have either already left me hanging or are going to try to pull an Irish goodbye in the next couple of weeks. Is there anything worse than happily watching your favorite show, realizing that it’s headed for a cliffhanger, and then getting the dreaded words “_________ will return in January”? I know it’s a first world problem, but not being reunited with my favorite characters for a month or longer (looking at you, Once Upon A Time that won’t be back until March 1)? The struggle is real, people. I need my Captain Hook. So this week I give you the shows that are still around, the shows we’re missing, and how we’re filling the Twelfth Doctor shaped void in our lives.
The Good News (The Shows That Haven’t Left Yet):
The Walking Dead (Sunday 11/23 at 9/8c on AMC) is headed into mid-season hiatus soon, and Rosemary was already predicting that the mid-season hiatus would break her. Bad news, it apparently (according to comicbooked.com) made Norman Reedus cry for an hour. This does not bode well for us mere mortals.
Sleepy Hollow (Monday 11/24 at 10/9c on Fox) had a strong episode last week with “Mama” and I’m hoping that this week (the first part of the two-part mid-season finale) keeps the Mills sisters front and center and leaves Ichatrina in the shadows. I could also do with some more Irving. Here’s hoping.
The Flash (Tuesday 11/25 at 8/7c on CW) is half of Frenchie’s self-professed sexuality these days (the other half of her belongs to John Constantine) and gets high marks from the rest of the staff as well. I haven’t watched it yet, and this is when I announce that part of my mid-season hiatus plan is to catch up on it. So many people are telling me how awesome it is that I have to.
Gracepoint (Thursday 11/13 at 9/8c on Fox) is actually doing a decent job of not murdering/mutilating a British show (I know, it was surprising to me given American TV’s history…anyone remember Life on Mars or Being Human? It’s okay, I’ve mostly blocked them out, too.) I got completely caught up with Gracepoint last weekend and once you get used to David Tennant’s American accent, it’s pretty good (as Chuck had mentioned), even for those of you who watched Broadchurch on BBC America.
Constantine (Friday 11/28 at 10/9c on NBC) has almost all of What’cha Reading in its thrall (Chuck isn’t impressed with Matt Ryan, but the Geek Girls beg to differ). With more characters from the Hellblazer comics turning up onscreen, how can you not be watching this? Forget what the Constantine naysayers (TV Guide, I’m looking at you now) are saying and become one of us. One of us.
The Bad News (The Shows That Are On Hiatus):
Once Upon A Time, Doctor Who, Forever, Blacklist, and Outlander have abandoned us for varying lengths of time. The scant month until the Doctor Who Christmas special seems positively charitable when contrasted with the long time until Once Upon a Time and Outlander return. Until you remember that Christmas is all the Twelfth Doctor we get until next season. Freakin’ Moffat.
To Fill The Gaps:
Chuck and Roe have suggested Star Wars Rebels (Monday 11/24 at 9/8c on Disney HD). Chuck says “This Star Wars prequel series is fantastic. It’s The A-Team, The Dukes of Hazard, Rat Patrol, and well Serenity really all rolled into one. They really went in a great direction.” (You can check out his full review of the show here.) It’s Star Wars and doesn’t have Jar Jar? I’m in.
My friend Aimee is going to try to fill the Blacklist hole with State of Affairs (Monday 11/24 at 10/9c on NBC). Katherine Heigl is playing CIA analyst Charleston Tucker and Alfre Woodard plays the first black female President Constance Payton. I love Woodard, so I’ll probably be checking this out as well.
I’m using Elementary (Thursday 11/27 10/9c on CBS) to fill the Forever gap, which is funny since Elementary has been around for a few seasons. Still, it’s got the mystery vibe I crave, and I’ve said before that Henry Morgan on Forever is a kinder, gentler Sherlock. The first couple of episodes of Elementary this season were a little weak, but the show seems to have found its feet again.
And if all else fails, go out and see a movie. Most of the What’cha Reading staff has seen Big Hero 6 at this point (I am not part of the most, but Juan wrote a full review here if you live under a rock and need a description of the movie), and they have universally loved it. Roe took her middle son to see it this week and described it as “lots of action, fantastic animation, funny and touching all at once.”
There you have it, what we’re watching as we head into the unknown that is mid-season hiatus. What are you going to miss? How are you planning on watching during hiatus to fill the gaps in your schedule? Let us know in the comments below!