What to Watch: 01/16/2018

The opening months of 2018 are a long-overdue bonanza for black superheroes. As we await the promising Black Panther to hit cinemas, The CW unveils Black Lightning tonight as our titular hero, played by Prison Break‘s Cress Williams, comes out of retirement at his daughter’s bequest to fight evil. Meanwhile The Flash runs back, the NBC sitcoms boast intriguing premises, and television lives to fight another day.

Black Lightning [The CW, 9p]
The CW has had string of success with shows based on DC comics properties and with the series debut of Black Lightning they are trying to keep that record going. Jefferson Pierce may have hung up his costume and his secret identity but when his star student gets recruited to a local gang he may have to reconsider.
Fresh Off the Boat [ABC, 8:30p]
Louis misguidedly asks for guidance from Marvin when he tries to revitialize the spark in his marriage. 

Teachers [TV Land, 10p]
This could be both fun and timely, as the titular teachers’ demand for better working conditions prompts a sort of time travel to the 1940s version of Fillmore Elementary on the, well, charming show’s second season finale.



  • While the above picture might imply an Axl-centric episode of The Middle tonight on ABC as he has two thumbs and is that guy, it is actually Frankie Heck who gets the A-story as she deals with a mid-life crisis.
  • Lifetime’s new series This Time Next Year, which challenges individuals to change their ways then checks up on them after 12 months, may be too fluffy for some tastes, but can’t front on the inspiration and host Cat Deeley is generally appealing.
  • Tyler Perry’s Payne Family (of House of Payne fame) returns to television with LaVan Davis and Cassi Davis (no relation, apparently) reprising their roles as Curtis and Ella Payne (relation, presumably) with The Paynes on Oprah’s network. Check out the dramatic music on the hyperlinked trailer.
  • The Flash returns with its hero unable to do what he does best because he’s on trial for murder. It’s well-paired with Black Lightning on The CW.


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