What To Watch: 01/19/2020

HBO rolls out its newest comedy — this one with a dystopian sci-fi tinge — to pair with its stodgy veteran. Also, there’s much murder afoot.


Avenue 5 [HBO, 10p]
Have you ever wondered what would happen if The Orville was more influenced by Voyager than the original series? And the story was one of those ripped from the headlines episode of SVU about a nightmare Caribbean Cruise? Avenue 5 is as close as you’re gonna get.

Curb Your Enthusiasm [HBO, 10:30p]
Pretty, pretty, pretty excited about the return of Larry David’s misanthropic misadventures. I’m watching just for the Hamm hamming from the trailer.

Murdered By Morning [Oxygen, 7p]
Oxygen’s lastest grab for the crown from ID features stories about “individuals aware that the night in question will be their last,” which could be true of anyone murdered after sundown, but here we are. We can look forward to girls’-night-out gone wrong and an “overnight shift at a toy store that takes an unexpected turn,” shiver.



  • Rob Lowe’s post-heartthrob career has been all over the place, but he’s mostly excelled at being a self-deferential sport in comedy as he was, literally, as Chris Traeger in Parks & Rec and as the titular character in the underappreciated The Grinder. So, of course, he’s taking a dead serious role in the 9-1-1 spinoff, 9-1-1: Lone Star, which presumably does its medivac-ing in Texas, and airs on Fox.
  • In a precursor to the Oscars, the 26th edition of the also #SoWhite SAG Awards drops tonight with hosts — well, it also copies the Academy Awards there as it will be going hostless (as it has been all but the past two years). This action is also on Fox.
  • If you’re the foreign procedural type and have soaked up everything that interests you on Acorn, PBS debuts Vienna Blood tonight, an Austrian series about a doctor and an investigator who team up to judge an ice cream contest — just kidding, they solve crimes.

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