Last week’s finales and fall finales were rough for the What’cha Reading crew on a number of levels. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gutted me with the dynamics between Skye and her dad and the events of the last five minutes (no spoilers, sweetie), Nancy and Avery went through a lot of Kleenex watching Sons of Anarchy as that show rode into the sunset, and Constantine left our jaws on the floor with one hell of a cliffhanger (if NBC doesn’t renew that show for a second series, I swear I will not be held responsible for my actions). That on top of the Sleepy Hollow fall finale the week before…I swear writers have been taking lessons from Steven Moffat on how to emotionally scar a fan base. This week we’ve got a couple more finales, a new show that’s got us captivated, and a couple of holiday shows to make us remember that it’s a season of light in spite of the emotional darkness our favorite shows have thrust us into. Here we go with this week’s edition of What’cha Watchin’.
In case you missed the actual live version a couple of weeks back, NBC is replaying Peter Pan Live (Saturday 12/13 at 8/7c), although I’m not sure it should be called “Live” anymore. It’s worth a watch. Christopher Walken is well, Christopher Walken, but the real stars are Broadway veterans Christian Borle (as Mr. Darling/Smee) and Kelli O’Hara (Mrs. Darling). There’s also outstanding acting by a dog in a featured role as well, and props go out to Shazam for bringing us the lyrics so we can sing along. Of course, there were a lot of hate tweets for it as well, and you can check out the best of them thanks to the New York Times.
Once Upon a Time (Sunday 12/14 at 8/7c on ABC) hits its Fall Finale this week and with it brings an end to the Frozen arc (sing it with me now, “Let it go, let it gooooo!”). And of course, upcoming cliffhangers mean we get a big focus on the couples in Storeybrooke: Regina and Robin Hood, Hook and Emma, and Belle and Rumple.
The Librarians (Sunday 12/14 at 8/7c on TNT) debut scored big points with all the Geek Girls last week, with our resident librarian Rosemary assuring us that their adventures were a true and accurate portrayal of the duties of all librarians everywhere. (We were watching together virtually, and she literally made me snort diet cherry Pepsi with the text: “’Librarians get stabbed. And shot. And bitten. And cursed. All the time.’ #ICallThatTuesday” Snorting soda is painful and I do not recommend it.) This show is filling a welcome hiatus-born gap on our DVRs, and has moved into the category of “must-see TV” for all of us.
The Newsroom (Sunday 12/14 at 9/8c on HBO) hits its finale this week. Six episodes is the kind of season more common in the UK than the US, and it got mixed reviews, but Nancy and Avery have enjoyed its run and will be tuning in.
The Great Christmas Light Fight (Monday 12/15 at 8/7c on ABC) reminds us that only in America do we take the holiday season as a personal challenge to outdo all of our neighbors in every way possible. I’ve said for a few years that I think you can see my neighbors houses from space, but I have to admit that they’ve got nothing on the folks in this show. Think National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and then know that these people make Clark Griswold look like an amateur.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (Tuesday 12/16 at 8/7c on ABC). Yes, we’ve all seen it a million times and Christmas specials seem to have lost a little something now that you can DVR them instead of having to arrange your entire schedule around TV viewing as we did in days of yore. This one is still one of the top three Christmas specials of all time, and I double dog dare you not to reach for a Kleenex or five while watching it.
I’m still watching Elementary (Thursday 12/18 at 8/7c on CBS) as well. I haven’t enjoyed Kitty’s insertion into the Holmes/Watson partnership nearly as much as I liked Mycroft’s intrusion last season, but this show won my loyalty in its first season and hasn’t lost me yet. And it was a cheap shot that would never happen in real life, but I loved Clyde the tortoise electrocuting Kitty in Holmes’s experiment to determine if reptiles could feel empathy. It was a nice little nod to what the fans were feeling toward her (please note that I have nothing against Ophelia Lovibond, the actress who plays Kitty, I just haven’t been swept away by the character yet).
We’re into hiatus for almost everything (and have marked on our calendars when our shows are coming back), so I want to know what you’re watching until your favorite shows are coming back. Are you watching Christmas/Hanukkah movies and specials to get in the holiday spirit, or are you resigning yourself to a steady diet of Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime? Let me know in the comments!