You know our old stand-bys, Doctor Who and Outlander (both on at 9 PM on Saturdays, providing the ultimate fan dilemma—which to watch live and which to watch later), but this week What’cha Watchin’ delves into some other shows that have our attention in this couple of weeks before the fall season takes off.
Several of us with day jobs in academia, who have had no life for the past three weeks because of the start of classes, will be mainlining back episodes of Showtime’s Masters of Sex (does anyone remember what we did before on demand TV? Because it seems like those were dark days indeed), but if you’re current, you can catch it Sunday, September 14 at 10PM.
Juan has been watching American Ninja Warrior (he’ll be on it someday, you know) and so have I. You can constantly find it in reruns on the Esquire Network, which is how I’ve spent hour upon hour watching it, but NBC is airing a three-hour special on Monday, September 15 at 8PM: USA vs. the World (well, Japan and Europe). If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to watch Wipeout with people who are actually skilled at overcoming the obstacles, ANW is for you. I have no idea how they do any of it (I know, they train, but still), but it makes for some addictive television-watching.
Nancy and Avery both need therapy after the season’s first episode of Sons of Anarchy: Get your feels on Tuesday, September 16 at 10PM on FX.
Rosemary will also be binge-watching the alarming number of back episodes of The Soup that have accrued on her DVR. After ten years, it’s still funny and still sucks my boyfriend in every time he comes across it on the TV. This is the man who doesn’t watch reality TV and has no idea that half the shows Joel McHale talks about even exist, but it still makes him laugh. I can’t give it higher praise than that. New episode Wednesday, September 17, 10PM on E!
I’ve been a longtime fan of Craig Ferguson and “The Late Late Show”, but couldn’t often stay up late enough to watch if I wanted to be in the office at 9AM the next morning. However, since we’re in Craig’s final three months as the host of the show, I’m DVRing every night and watching the next day. I’m kicking myself for not doing this sooner because Craig has been on a roll this week; his questioning Katey Segal about her Magic Bullet (the kitchen product, she insisted) had me in tears. Add to it that the man has a TARDIS on his desk and an American history tattoo on his arm, and I feel like we’re kindred spirits. Just watch it. (CBS, weeknights, 12:35AM)
The new Veronica Mars webseries, “Play It Again, Dick” is set to launch on Monday, September 15. (You know Nancy pointed this out to me, although I’m kind of surprised my younger stepdaughter didn’t, since she’s a rabid fan as well.) It will be available via CW Seed, the CW’s online arm.
Although the second season has just wrapped up, Steven recommended USA Network’s Graceland (available on USA and Hulu), which is about a group of undercover agents from various agencies all living in a beach house in Southern California. I know, that synopsis makes it sound like the next reality TV show hit, but that’s just because I haven’t watched it yet. Steven tells me that it’s a great show.
Beloved editor monkey Chuck also watched Alvin & the Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked this week. He’s a family man, so we’ll cut him some slack (especially since Nancy also likes the Chipmunk movies). However, he did say “it’s a little disturbing how much of a kick my wife gets out of those movies,” so there might be a battle coming in the Suffel household.
Next week, I bring my viewing skeletons out of the closet to make up for exposing Chuck’s this week (I ran out of room, I swear it). As always, if you have anything you think we should be watching, leave a comment—we’d love to hear from you!