What else is on?

After the rage and ugliness of yesterday’s post, I was in need of a palate cleanser. To answer that need, I bring you talk of some new stuff on television! I watch a lot of television. Too much television. I love a good and entertaining story.

With that in mind, here are a few of the new shows that I’m looking forward to seeing in chronological start-date order.

Call Me Kat: Already started.
Mayim Bialik’s post-Big-Bang-Theory outing is two episodes in so far. It’s a fluffy sitcom with lots of fourth-wall breaking and a great cast. Leslie Jordan is worth watching in absolutely anything, and the rest of the ensemble keeps up beautifully. With Jim Parsons on board as an executive producer (but not a cast member,) this is entertaining so far. I doubt it will get a second season, but we’re all starved for comedy so maybe I’m wrong.

The Watch: Already started.
This is a vaguely steampunk adaptation of a group of characters and concepts conceived of in Sir Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld” novels. The adaptation is very loose, as the original Discworld setting was more medieval than steampunk. Discworld purists are unhappy with the project because it’s not faithful to the source material, and Neil Gaiman compared it to “Batman if he’s now a news reporter in a yellow trenchcoat with a pet bat.” While I agree that it’s not really Discworld anymore, I’m still watching it. I’m three episodes in, and it’s entertaining despite the departures from the original stories.

WandaVision: Jan 15.
This is set after the events of Infinity War and Endgame, so we go into the series knowing only that Vision is dead. Because of the pandemic, 2020 was a year with no Marvel movies or tv shows. This gave us an unwanted pause between the events of Endgame and literally all of Marvel’s Phase 4 releases. As you might imagine, I’m dying to see this show. I need to know what happens next!

Batwoman: Jan 17.
While I’m mostly not talking about returning shows in this post, I’ll make an exception for Batwoman because it’s effectively a reboot. Since Ruby Rose surprised us all by departing the show at the end of last season, we have a new woman (Javicia Leslie) in the cowl. The show is setting up the disappearance of Rose’s Kate Kane character as a central mystery for the new season, but I doubt it will have a satisfying resolution since Ruby Rose has no interest in returning to the series. Regardless, I do enjoy a good comic book tv show, and this looks to be a fun second chapter.

Walker: Jan 21.
Now that Supernatural finished its eleventy-fifth and final season, Jared Padalecki has moved on to the CW’s reboot of Walker: Texas Ranger. I’ll give the pilot episode a watch, but I don’t expect to be super enthralled.

Resident Alien: January 27.
This was announced months ago, and I’ve been excited to see it ever since. Alan Tudyk is just so much fun to watch, and this is a really entertaining premise.

Equalizer: Feb 7 (after the Superb Owl)
It is the season of reboots, and Queen Latifah taking on the title role looks like a lot of fun. This seems like it will have more in common with the 1980s Equalizer series starring Edward Woodward than the recent Denzel Washington movies of the same name.

Clarice: Feb 11.
Set about a year after the events of Silence of the Lambs, this show follows the ongoing story of Clarice Starling. It has the potential to be very good or very bad. If it turns out to be very good, I hope like hell they snag Mads Mikkelson to pop up here and there as Hannibal Lecter, just to keep things interesting.

Superman & Lois: Feb 23.
Tyler Hoechlin’s delightful version of Superman was first introduced in the Supergirl series. He’s popped up in other Arrowverse shows here and there, and he has rapidly become one of my favorite actors to wear the cape. I’m both happy and scared for this show because as much as I like Hoechlin’s Clark, I haven’t been impressed with Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane. Add to that the fact that they’ve got children- two boys. Suddenly, Superman is a family man. It’s a different dynamic to any version I’ve really seen before. I want to like it because I usually love Superman stories, so I remain cautiously optimistic that it will avoid sucking.

Punky Brewster: Feb 25.
Soleil Moon Frye is back as Punky Brewster. As an adult. Honestly, do I need to say more about this?

Foundation: Some time later in 2021.
Making a tv series out of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series is incredibly ambitious. Until recent special effects technologies came into being, this would have been borderline unfilmable. Apple TV+ hasn’t announced a release date, but it looks absolutely fabulous. Plus Lee Pace is the Emperor of the Galaxy and Terrence Mann is in one of the main roles. Color me intrigued.

What have you been watching lately? And what new shows are you excited for?

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12 thoughts on “What else is on?

  1. Jason V

    So I finally started watching Mr. Mercedes. Though I haven’t read the books, so I don’t have a frame of reference there, I really enjoyed season 1 and thought it was a great story from King and am excited to see where season 2 and 3 go.

    Otherwise for fluff TV i’m still into The Rookie despite some cast departures, I’ll watch just about anything with Nathon Fillion

    I started Lovecraft Country, but it feels very disjointed from episode to episode and have set it aside for now.

    Dickenson season 2 was just dropped, I really enjoyed season 1 and hope season 2 keeps it up.

    Checked out Walking Dead: World Beyond, but it’s not grabbing my attention so I haven’t even gotten through episode 3 yet. Though the latest season of Fear the Walking Dead, I thought, has been really really good, can’t wait for the 2nd half of the season to get going.

    I have NOS4A2, Good Lord Bird, and Brave New World on deck for some watching soon.

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    1. I watched a few episodes of Lovecraft Country, and while it looked like a good show overall, I just couldn’t bring myself to slog through it.

      Brave New World was really good, but be prepared for a let-down: they’re not bringing it back for a second season. The first season stands alone without an infuriating cliffhanger, but still… bleh.

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  2. Lorrie

    Lee Pace as Emperor of the Galaxy? I’m in…

    WandaVision probably tops the list because Vision – one of my favorite MCU characters- is dead. I want to see how Wanda pulls this off. 🙂

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  3. We never watched the West Wing when it was on TV. So we have been binge watching it for the last month and loving every minute of it! It’s available for streaming on HBO max… Netflix lost it on December 30…
    I’m also crazy about the show called… A million little things… I think it’s on ABC. I love the characters. They haven’t had very many shows yet this year. I’m hoping it picks up.

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  4. I left the Marvel/DC/comic book world a long time ago, so I can’t keep up with the popularity that they’ve gained in recent years. When I get a chance to watch TV, it’s usually fluff, like The Rookie and Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist (though, I really want Zoe to be a non-Caucasian, or at least mixed). I’m also keeping my eye on more serious things, such as For Life. Really, lately is more politics-based to see how much HP the country has left. *Spoiler alert: The Orange One was impeached for a second time a couple of hours ago.

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