What To Watch: 01/08/2022

Author Anne Rice is arguably the premier vampire storyteller of.. our age? all time? of dollar paperback tables all around NYC’s Greenwich Village? All of those definitions point to the truth that any screen adaptation of her work will be an event. And here we are with the latest–which features a great cast–at the top of our Scholarly list. Also, a Tina episode!

Mayfair Witches [AMC+]
This limited series stars Alexandra Daddario as Rowan, a neurosurgeon who learns that she is the “unlikely” heir to a family of witches. Set in New Orleans, it has all of the vibes of AHS: CovenThe trilogy Lives of the Mayfair Witches had a lot of incest, so here’s hoping these episodes don’t.

Alert: Missing Persons Unit [Fox, 8p]
It’s not like we need yet another cop show and I’m with those who protest how problematic they can be, but this one has some compelling leads in Scott Caan and Dania Ramirez. Also, even NWA would likely have been disinclined to yell “F tha Missing Persons Unit.” 

Bob’s Burgers [Fox, 9p]
Can Tina clear her name after being accused of cheating on a test? Maybe.. if a snowstorm hadn’t snowed her in. We will see how it all plays out on the latest episode, as Animation Domination continues to thrive.


  • We get a third set of tales surrounding real life 1930s Yorkshire vet James Herriott with PBS’ series 3 of All Creatures Great and Small. PBS stays in the past for the rest of its Masterpiece-y line-up: in the 1880s fo the third series of Miss Scarlet and the Duke and in the ’00s–the 1900s–we’ve got the psychological thrills of Vienna Blood where a (strict?) Freudian aids a police department, and it’s also going into its third season. Three is a magic number–and the number of miraculously recovered Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin.
  • A pair of ridiculously long-running shows with very little crossover (or maybe a lot more crossover than we think) return with Winter Premieres. Over at Fox, let Reggie Hudson know it’s time for Family Guy. To highlight how long-running that show is, the sketch we are obscurely referencing there is 15 years old. Damn, Kenan’s been on SNL a long time. We’ve also got the return of CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles. In the case of the latter, it’s a prelude to tomorrow’s crossover with NCIS: Hawaii.
  • The Lifetime-Hallmark Vortex offers one of its greatest titles to date with My Sister’s Serial Killer Boyfriend. It is not a comedy!

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