Some scripted television is starting to trickle back, and in a weird twist, it’s procedurals that rule the day — when you’re living that active procedural show life, the masks are barely noticable. Besides, these shows are from the headlines rip’d, so made for Pandemic living. However, as Chicago Gas & Electric, Chicago Comptroller’s Office, and Chicago Parks & Recreation return to the airwaves, we’re going with an Australian sketch show, a comedy news program, and an odd choice to extend the Real Housewives franchise.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City [Bravo, 10p]
Sometimes you think, “Really, Andy Cohen, did you run out of cities?” And then you realize that SLC is home to multi-level marketing and other weird scams, and Cohen’s assemblage of “successful women who built…multi-million-dollar businesses and brands” makes sense. Or: tithings! One of the women “inherited her family’s network of churches, restaurants and other entities.”
Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun [Netflix]
I’m always down to at least sample a taste of a new sketch show and this one is endorsed by Ed Helms, so it’s got that extra push behind it. And the three comedic leads from Australia are instantly endearing in the trailer, so that’s a plus.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee [TBS, 10:30p]
Given the outcome of the election, Sam Bee may be a bit more cheerful than usual. Thankfully, of all people she will will be cynical and angry about the upcoming legal fights Trump is about to wage. Come for the righteous anger stay for the information and the jokes.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
- In the vein of 2008’s sadly forgotten animated war doc Waltz With Bashir, Netflix’s new mini-series The Liberator juxtaposes the grim landscape of war with surreal hand-drawn images, in this case telling a heroic tale against the backdrop of WWII.
- As we mentioned above, the Chicago suite of high-octane municipal services shows returns on NBC with season premiers of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D.
- Maya Rudolph narrates Hulu’s latest food porn, Eater’s Guide to the World, so that’s the first sign this program might be a bit better than the rest.
- If you’re ready to get riled up, Netflix has added the docu-series Trial 4 about a man wrongly convicted of killing a Boston police officer. Do I need to tell you the skin color of the accused?