Oh, have we got an interesting spread of shows this week! Everything from period dramas to horror/supernatural to cartoons to sitcoms to history documentaries and everything in between. Just shows you how eclectic the What’cha Reading crew’s tastes are and how varied our geekdoms are, and I love that about us. Hopefully at least one of these shows resonates with you, dear readers. Without further ado, here’s the 1/24 Edition of What’cha Watchin’.
Downton Abbey (Sunday 1/25 at 9/8c on PBS) I know no one else on the What’cha Reading staff shares my rabid enthusiasm for this show, but I can’t help it. In a cast full of excellent actors, Maggie Smith was the standout last week—the tease that in her youth the Dowager Countess had been as fiery as Lady Mary was fantastic, and I want to see more of the Dowager and her old admirer, the Prince. Forget that, I just want to live in the world of Downton Abbey. Can I just do that?
Sleepy Hollow (Monday 1/26 at 9/8c on Fox) had Frank Irving back among the living of Sleepy Hollow and a BAMFy Abigail Adams last week, and just when I thought the show couldn’t get any better, I found out we get Ichabod doing karaoke this week. Yeah.
Star Wars Rebels (Monday 1/26 at 9/8c on DisneyXD) is a show that made the list of every Geek Boy on our staff this week thanks to Billy Dee Williams reprising the character of Lando Calrissian. Chuck said “Billy Dee knocked it out of the park with his smarmy two timing, it was like seeing an old friend.”
Agent Carter (Tuesday 1/27 at 8/7c on ABC) remains on the must-see list for everyone this week because how often do we get to see female characters written this well? And a compelling story with a lot of ass-kicking thrown in? This is the MTU (Marvel Television Universe) done right.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Wednesday 1/28 at 10/9c on FX), now in its tenth season, is Steven’s recommendation this week. When asked why, he responded “I love the show, humor, and cast. They push the limits and never in a million years would I have thought that I’d like the series. But, I do.” Good enough for me.
Constantine (Friday 1/30 at 8/7c on NBC). Charles Halford (Chas on the show) called his best Hellblazers drinking game yet last week on Twitter, and I think I was drunk within the first twenty minutes of the show. But as much as I love this show for our online community, the star of last week was Possessed!John. Matt Ryan outdid himself, and in an age where we see an awful lot of greenscreen fx doing the work, it was nice to see a reliance on good old-fashioned acting chops to get the job done. Can’t wait for this week.
Sons of Liberty (Three night event beginning Sunday 1/25 at 9/8c on History). I have to say, I’m a little loathe to put this one on the list after seeing a preview that simply described Benjamin Franklin as “The Womanizer.” Seriously, History Channel? You put aside all of his contributions to the American Revolution and human history, and that’s what you choose to focus on? I have a bad feeling this one’s going to be history lite at its worst, so I’ll be live tweeting to call the History Channel out on glaring inaccuracies, and possibly making up a drinking game as I go along. Because that’s how I roll.
Black Mirror (Netflix) has caught Bob’s attention. “If you dug Rod Serling up and said ‘hey check out all this new high tech stuff, oh and you can curse and have nudity on TV now’ this 21st century Twilight Zone is what you would get. It’s the Bomb. First Episode… English Princess kidnapped by terrorist with one demand…the Prime Minister has to…ahem, make love to a pig on live tv…. a great piece on social media influence on society.”
Those are our picks for the week. You know the drill, if you have something on your DVR list that we haven’t gotten do, drop us a line in the comments.