I’m stir crazy are you stir crazy holy hell what month is it wake me when this is over. In the meantime, I’ll be watching a lot of good new stuff this week. My beloved creepy pleasure Snowpiercer is back, as is Resident Alien. And if you are period-costume-drama inclined, watch out for Gilded Age. Also, even if you don’t watch, you will notice Aziz Ansari’s name coming up in social media as he has a new (recorded in December) comedy special on Netflix.
Sunday Jan. 23
One of Ours CBC and CBC Gem at 7pmCT/8ET) “Josiah Wilson was adopted as a baby in Haiti and raised in an Indigenous family in Alberta. His story made the news when he was refused the right to play in an Indigenous basketball tournament. Unable to participate in a sport he deeply loves, Josiah finds unwavering support from his family and the Heiltsuk Nation community. Directed by Yasmine Mathurin, 2021.
Billions (Season 6 premiere 8pmCT/9ET Crave/Crave app) “Starring Oscar nominee and Emmy®-winner Paul Giamatti, Corey Stoll, and Maggie Siff, the new season sees the dust clear to reveal a world that has evolved. With Axe (Damian Lewis) gone, and Michael Prince assuming his place, Chuck (Giamatti) must develop a new strategy that is keener and more sophisticated than before. All the players, from Wags (David Costabile) to Wendy (Siff), from Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon) to Sacker (Condola Rashad), and of course Senior (Jeffrey DeMunn), must sharpen their weapons and look for new alliances in order to survive.”
The Walking Dead: Origins (series premiere 8pmCT/9ET AMC) This character deep dive starts with Norman Reedus’s Daryl.
Monday Jan. 24
The Gilded Age (series premiere 8pmCT/9ET HBO/Crave app) “Written by DOWNTON ABBEY creator Julian Fellowes with Sonja Warfield, HBO’s THE GILDED AGE premieres Monday, Jan. 24. The nine-episode drama series stars an ensemble cast including Carrie Coon, Morgan Spector, Denée Benton, Taissa Farmiga, Jack Gilpin, Cynthia Nixon, and Christine Baranski. The American Gilded Age was a period of immense economic change, of great conflict between the old ways and brand new systems, and of huge fortunes made and lost. Against the backdrop of this transformation, THE GILDED AGE begins in 1882 with young Marian Brook (Jacobson) moving from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her thoroughly old money aunts Agnes van Rhijn (Baranski) and Ada Brook (Nixon). Accompanied by Peggy Scott (Benton), an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her stupendously rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George (Spector) and Bertha Russell (Coon). Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, will Marian follow the established rules of society, or forge her own path?”
The Freak Brothers (series cable premiere 9:30pmCT/10:30ET Much) After this animated adult series premiered on the free app Tubi, it begins all over again on cable. “After smoking a magical strain of weed and falling into a 50-year slumber, the Freak Brothers and their outspoken cat awaken in the 2020s and attempt to adjust to the bizarre rat race of modern times.” Voices include: Woody Harrelson, John Goodman, Tiffany Haddish, Pete Davidson, La La Anthony, Adam Devine, Blake Anderson, Andrea Savage and ScHoolboy Q.”
Promised Land (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET ABC) “is an epic, generation-spanning drama about a Latinx family vying for wealth and power in California’s Sonoma Valley. The series stars John Ortiz as Joe Sandoval, Cecilia Suárez as Lettie Sandoval, Augusto Aguilera as Mateo Flores, Christina Ochoa as Veronica Sandoval, Mariel Molino as Carmen Sandoval, Tonatiuh as Antonio Sandoval, Andres Velez as Carlos Rincón, Katya Martín as Juana Sánchez and Rolando Chusan as Billy Rincón and Bellamy Young as Margaret Honeycroft.”
Tuesday Jan. 25
Aziz Ansari: Nightclub Comedian (Netflix) “An intimate surprise gig filmed in New York City, December 2021.”
TallBoyz (Season 3 premiere 9:30pmCT/10:30ET CBC / CBC Gem)
Snowpiercer (Season 3 premiere Netflix, a day after the U.S. premiere on TNT, in case you want to avoid spoilers on social media) “At the end of “Snowpiercer” season two, Layton (Daveed Diggs) and Ruth (Alison Wright), who were banished to Big Alice’s compost car, plotted to take back Snowpiercer. With the help of Javier (Roberto Urbina) and Alexandra (Rowan Blanchard), Layton and Ruth made it back to Snowpiercer and rallied with their supporters. Josie (Katie McGuinness) destroyed the Aquarium car, separating Snowpiercer’s head from the remaining 1,023 cars. Season three picks up with Layton (Diggs) and his inner circle commanding a small 10 car “pirate train” in search of Melanie (Jennifer Connelly) and a possible warm location to restart civilization; while back on Snowpiercer, Mr. Wilford (Sean Bean) is consolidating power, awaiting Layton’s return. “Snowpiercer” season three stars Oscar® winner Jennifer Connelly, Grammy® and Tony® Award winner Daveed Diggs, Sean Bean, Rowan Blanchard, Emmy® nominee Alison Wright, Mickey Sumner, Iddo Goldberg, Katie McGuinness, Tony Award winner and Grammy nominee Lena Hall, Emmy® nominee Archie Panjabi, Annalise Basso, Sam Otto, Roberto Urbina, Sheila Vand, Mike O’Malley, Chelsea Harris and Steven Ogg.”
Wednesday Jan. 26
Resident Alien (Season 2 premieres CTV Sci-Fi 8pmCT/9ET) Harry’s back. “Harry, the alien, is back on earth but doesn’t remember who he is and only Asta can keep him safe.” Also Linda Hamilton is back this season!
Astrid and Lilly Save the World (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET CTV Sci-Fi) “High school is hard enough when you’re different, but when outcast BFFs Astrid (Jana Morrison) and Lilly (Samantha Aucoin) accidentally crack open a portal to a terrifyingly quirky monster dimension, it gets a lot more complicated. It’s up to them to vanquish the creepy creatures and save the world, becoming the badass heroes they were meant to be. That is, if they can survive the horrors of high school.”
Friday Jan. 28
The Afterparty (series premieres on Apple TV+) With apologies for the dad joke, this is what I call a totally killer party. As in, the party after a high school reunion ends in the “stunning death” of its celebrity host, Xavier (Dave Franco), and everyone in attendance is a suspect. Tiffany Haddish is the investigator. The suspects include Ben Schwartz (Space Force), Ike Barinholtz (Mindy Project), Sam Richardson (Ted Lasso), Ilana Glazer (Broad City), Jamie Demetriou (The Great) and Zoe Chao (Love Life).
The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window (series premieres on Netflix) Witnesses do not come any more unreliable than Anna (Kirsten Bell), who is sure the murder she thinks she witnessed last night was a figment of the wine and pills she needs to get through yet another night on the cul de sac. Well, pretty sure anyway. Then again, what would it hurt to pick a few locks and spy on a few suspicious neighbours? I dearly hope this spoof thriller is as much fun as it looks.
The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild (premiere Disney+) “Simon Pegg is back as Buck with Crash & Eddie and a few new friends as they go on a prehistoric mission to save the Lost World from dinosaur domination.”
True Dating Stories (Season 3 premiere CBC Gem) “Whether it’s true romance or a night gone horribly wrong, this series offers the greatest real dating stories ever told, reenacted by performers with all the drama, romance and comedy they deserve. These sexy, jaw-dropping comedic re-enactments will make you laugh, cry, and quite possibly swear off dating altogether. A CBC Gem original series, TRUE DATING STORIES Season 3 taps into new and returning creative talent, including directors Zack Russell (She Stoops to Conquer), Allison Johnston (22 Minutes), Darrell Faria (Tall Boyz) and Samantha MacAdam (Prom Night).”
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness (series premiere Netflix) “is an unabashedly smart and quirky exploration into topics and questions that make Jonathan curious. From skyscrapers to bugs, or from gender identity to snacks, each episode follows Jonathan as he meets with experts in various fields to uncover complexities in a wide range of subjects.”
Home Team (series premiere Netflix) “Two years after a Super Bowl win when NFL head coach Sean Payton is suspended, he goes back to his hometown and finds himself reconnecting with his 12 year old son by coaching his Pop Warner football team.” Kevin James stars.
Saturday Jan. 29
Saturday Night Live (10:30pmCT/11:30ET NBC Global) Willem Dafoe hosts and Katy Perry is the music guest.
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