What To Watch: 01/28/2019

We’re in an eccentric way for this evening’s television, let’s call it a purple afghan kinda mood. Our picks include a whimsical Brit solving whimsical crimes, kids making cozy confections, and hunks wooing amiable (or at least amiable-ish) hunk-ettes against the backdrop of the Asian city that is also a country (knowledge, power, etc.). So let’s get to the murder mystery, marvelous macarons, and merry marriage-minded minions.

Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate [Acorn]
Oh, Agatha, I don’t know why I like you, I just do! And I still love this series even as the residents of the ostensibly quiet and quaint village of Carsley seem oblivious to a murder rate that would make Chicago (or worse, Cabot Cove or Midsomer) blush. In any case, Ashley Jensen (Extras scene stealer) anchors the show as the titular retired P.R. wizard turned amateur sleuth and this week’s mystery involves a new, universally lusted-after curate, who, most obviously, is doomed from the very start.

Kids Baking Championship [Food, 8p]
It’s “Macaron Madness” as the pint-size pastry chefs whip up egg whites for the French confection. I’ll wait by the phone for my niece’s call, because my macarons are marvelous.

The Bachelor [ABC, 8p]
This week, the women are leaving the mansion and taking a trip to Singapore! I love it when they start traveling. Will new continents bring on new drama? Probably.



  • The Chris they call Pine is directed once more by Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins for TNT’s 6-ep mini-series I Am The Night which features a Nevada casino, a notorious gynecologist, and the Black Dahlia murders — and is based on a true story…supposedly.
  • Based on a true story…definitely, Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists tells the tale of the late Jimmy and living Pete, two indefatigable print reporters from a different age — one where we still had print reporters — and it’s an HBO documentary, so you can count on its attitude matching the grit of the two NYC legends.


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