Tag: Call the Midwife

What to Watch: 05/22/2016

It’s a Sunday, it’s May, let’s just get started.

BRAD’S PICK:
Preacher [AMC, 10p]
After years spent in development hell, the live action adaptation of Garth Ennis’ seminal comic book is finally here. Will Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), his bad ass ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and their Irish vampire friend Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) find God? We’ll start to find out tonight.

NAVANI’S PICK:
2016 Billboard Music Awards [ABC, 8p]
The question of the night remains is Madonna really going to be the one tapped to perform Prince’s tribute??? Everyone is hoping for a surprise turn of events.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Bob’s Burgers [Fox, 8:30 & 9:30p]
Two episodes sandwich Family Guy tonight (Bob’s is the artisanal sesame seed brioche bun, while the Quahog comedy is a microwaved, processed beef patty, one supposes). First Tina’s ideas of love challenged when she volunteers at a nursing home. Later, in the finale, the kid’s (probably) ruin Bob’s hopes and dreams when a reporter comes to the restaurant.

JASON’S PICK:
Silicon Valley [HBO, 10p]
Action Jack is out and in his place…nobody. Laurie reassures the gang — well, no, she really doesn’t at all because that’s not really in her spectral nature. Neurotic panic is Silicon Valley‘s wheelhouse, and this one should have oodles.

ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:

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  • Before and after Silicon Valley on HBO, valiance, alliances, and probably more murder is on the menu at Game of Thrones, while Selina Meyer needs to recover from her total breakdown (and even rarer vulnerability) to fight for the presidency now that an Electoral College tie is unavoidable
  • On PBS, Call the Midwife bows out of season five with a smidgen of joy amid the constant tragedy
  • Fans of one of 2016’s smartest new shows can breathe easily as it has been renewed for two more seasons. This week on The Carmichael Show the clan confronts their porn preferences.
  • While Fear the Walking Dead fans will have to do without Chris Hardwick’s speculation due to its newest shiny show, but that doesn’t mean our ever imperiled heroes will have a quiet place as they feel out their new murderous host.

What to Watch: 04/10/2016

Tonight we have the most MTV awards of the season, a couple new shows coming in, one relatively short-lived series going out, a few programs start their new season, and all the charm that is Mr. Selfridge.

KATHERINE’S PICK:
Madam Secretary [CBS, 8p]
Elizabeth gets Boko Haram to release school girls. If Madame Secretary plans to fulfill all of my glass half-full fantasies, that would please me immensely.

NAVANI’S PICK:
MTV Movie Awards [MTV, 8p]
Pop stars and movies, yes please. I live for any chance to judge movies.

JASON’S PICK:
Fear the Walking Dead [AMC, 9p]
After a bumpy first season (read my thoughts on it here), Fear the Walking Dead returns in the shadow of the fan outrage from the final moments of its parent show’s sixth season. And now we’re headed to the boat for safety — that didn’t end well in Lost and I suspect it won’t go much better for our FTWD families.

ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:

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  • Showtime’s line-up starts with the debut of The Circus featuring the authors of “Game Change” and a Kid in the Hall talking about the absolutely sane world of the 2016 presidential race. We’ve also got the return of Don Cheadle in his maneuvering glory as the fifth season of House of Lies begins. Then, there’s the “long-awaited” Dice, starring Andrew “Dice” Clay as himself losing a lot of money. It’s semi-autobiographical. Semi?
  • Tune into HBO to send 0ff Togetherness as they apparently recreate Waiting For Superman with the fight for a charter school. There’s also more Girls and Vinyl.
  • Based on a 2009 movie, and book before that, Starz new entry The Girlfriend Experience stars Riley Keough and Mary Lynn Rajskub and explores the lives of escorts.
  • Mr. Selfridge‘s titular character has a decision to make, as he does. It’s not TV, It’s PBS.
  • This week’s topic on NBC’s The Carmichael Show is the prison system. They were so solid with the big-ticket items the first five weeks, that we’ll give them a mulligan for their stilted misstep when the family dealt with new Muslim neighbors.
  • It’s the return of Critter on Bob’s Burgers, as the affable biker winds up in jail for parking tickets. Of course, the Belcher Family (minus Linda who’s adventuring in babysitting) does what they can to bust him out…legally.