Three-fourths of What’cha Reading’s Rat Queens are going to the home opener for NYC FC at Yankee Stadium this afternoon (this is raising hackles for both Nancy and myself since we’re Mets fans) to check out New York’s newest team (one that actually plays within the five boroughs—looking at you, Red Bulls, Jets, and Giants). If you aren’t going to be at the stadium with us, you can catch the game at 5/4c on ESPN2. I cannot believe I just put sports on What’cha Watchin’, but there you have it. A first.
For those of you not so into the sportsball, we’ve got some options.
Roe is a Gotham (Monday 3/16 at 8/7c on Fox) stalwart, only to be expected of What’cha Reading’s resident Bat-fan. I asked her why the show consistently makes her must-see list and she told me, “Gotham keeps the tension on with every episode. I can see the Gotham I grew up knowing and loving unfolding before me every week. I need DC to give us a Fish Mooney comic, because I love her and am already having panic attacks because Jada Pinkett Smith has said she will not be returning for Season 2.” Fish Mooney fangirls have spoken, DC, give a girl what she wants!
iZombie (Tuesday 3/17 at 9/8c on CW) is a Vertigo comic come to TV, so of course we’re all dying to see it (pun definitely intended). The trailers look great, and the pilot episode is written and directed by the genius who gave us Veronica Mars (Rob Thomas), so you know Nancy’s all in.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Tuesday 3/17 at 9/8c on ABC) is back and kicking ass in its first two episodes back. The Inhumans are getting a good treatment for long-time Marvel fans (plenty of squee moments) and newbies (a decent amount of explanation without bogging the story down) alike. And holy hell, did you see that Lady Sif episode last week? The WR Rat Queens sat up and took notice, and “Son of Coul” was trending on Twitter at one point. Looks like the hiatus gave the writers time to ramp up the action, and I’m hoping the rest of the season continues like this. I’m also really hoping for an Age of Ultron tie-in somewhere. We’ll see.
We all know that Gracepoint got cancelled, but Broadchurch ( Wednesday 3/18 at 10/9c on BBCAmerica) is back for a second season and everything I’ve seen so far is good. We’re dealing with the fallout from season one and also getting some more of Alec Hardy’s backstory. Also it seems like half of the past cast of Doctor Who/Torchwood is on this show (not surprising since Broadchurch’s writer also wrote for both of those shows), and I enjoy playing “spot the actor.”
I should have put Big Bang Theory (Thursday 3/19 at 8/7c on CBS) on for the Leonard Nimoy tribute they had the week he died, but I didn’t. Rectifying that now, although I mostly catch this show in syndication. Roe’s take on the current season: “Big Bang dealt with the death of actress Carol Susi, the voice of Wallowitz’s mother, in a bittersweet, heartfelt way. They’re chugging along with Amy and Sheldon/Penny and Leonard’s relationships, but I worry that it’s faking a bit into formula and would love to see some of the geeky humor that attracted me to the show come back stronger.”
The Blacklist (Thursday 3/19 at 9/8c on NBC) is of course Frenchie, Nancy, and Avery’s favorite show, with Frenchie proclaiming that there were “enough Liz and Red feels to fill the Atlantic Ocean.” This one’s got the Rat Queen Seal of Approval (including a Dowager Rat Queen, since Roe’s mom is watching it rabidly as well), so of course it makes the list.
I discovered QI (various times on BBCAmerica, check local listings) while searching my DirecTV guide one afternoon—any show with Stephen Fry gets my attention. It was originally slated for Thursday evenings but now seems to pop up at odd times, so I just have the DVR set to record it whenever and it’s a pleasant surprise every time. It’s something of a quiz show, with Fry hosting and four comedians/actors/personalities competing, but most of the time it’s just a “did you know this” collection of interesting facts with random scores delivered at the end of the show in a Whose Line Is It Anyway style. I always come away from this one feeling smarter, and someday these random facts are going to give me an edge at Trivia Crack, I just know it.
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