This week on TV is seriously front-loaded, my friends, at least for me. Sunday night sees the return of two of my favorite series, and of course my inner Brit-TV geek has to gush. And we’ve got a couple of fun new things for you to watch as well.
Call the Midwife (Sunday 3/29 at 8/7c on PBS) Do you like Downton Abbey? Do you like British period dramas in general? You should be watching this if you aren’t already. Midwives at a convent-run clinic in the East End of London in the 1950s, that’s my entire summary. It’s hilarious, it’s heart-rending, and it flips back and forth between the two in the space of a few minutes. Watch it.
Mr. Selfridge (Sunday 3/29 at 9/8c on PBS) This show is how I discovered Jeremy Piven, largely because I ignored everyone who told me to watch Entourage (we will discuss my tendency to miss major shows because my OCD compels me to watch them all from the beginning at another time). This is another period piece, but in the same time-frame as Downton Abbey, and features the exploits of Harry Gordon Selfridge, who brought American retail to London with his larger-than-life style. This is the beginning of season 3, but if you don’t share my OCD, jump on in. It’s amazing.
The Walking Dead (Sunday 3/29 at 9/8c on AMC) is hitting the season finale this week and Rosemary has her doubts. “I’m terrified that I’m losing one of my favorites. Rick is going crazy, Daryl is out in the woods, and Carol is undercover. Michonne has her wits about her, but everyone in Alexandria is a Stepford Wife and that asshat Father Gabriel did my group dirty.” Since I haven’t started watching the show yet, I asked her if the show could even continue without Rick and Daryl (I had previously been assured that no, it couldn’t), and she said in tones of high angst “WE DON’T KNOW.” So yeah, if you want emotional abuse, this is probably your pick for the week.
iZombie (Tuesday 3/31 at 9/8c on CW) I asked Steven about this, since it’s still on my DVR backlog, and he definitely has feelings. He’s digging the show and the usage of Mike Allred’s art, and says it has a lot of potential and a talented cast. And perhaps the highest praise he could give, “I’m keeping up with iZombie and the show has led me back to the books. Any show that creates such an interest is a success in my eyes. Here’s hoping this lasts longer than Constantine. Which I think we all need more of by the way.” (This has nothing to do with iZombie, but I think we need more Constantine too. #Hellblazer4Lyfe)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Tuesday 3/31 at 9/8c on ABC) Last week seemed to give us a kinder, gentler Ward, except we all know better at this point, don’t we? Roe says she wants to “kick him in the ads” (that was a direct quote), and I want it to be known that I do not trust that S.O.B. But I loved the Coulson-Skye scenes, and anything that gives me Edward J. Olmos on TV is awesome.
Lip Sync Battle (Thursday 4/2 at 10/9c on Spike) for no other reason than this clip of The Rock lip-syncing to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” I am spellbound and set this one to DVR the second Rosemary sent me the link.
House of Cards (on Netflix) Juan has been catching the third season and has these words of warning: “If you watch it, I must say that this third season is a little disappointing because the first two seasons had the anti-hero plot, connive, murder, cheat and steal to get what he wants; and he gets it, he wins. Now what?” Juan isn’t the only person I know who was disappointed with this season…if you had a similar experience, or if you just want to vent about your favorite show, just let us know in the comments. We’re listening.