Not a ton coming through this week, so let’s wipe it all out with one blow. My recap on keepers and losers coming soon, by the way!
Madam Secretary – CBS – 8pm – I hear this is really good, but I didn’t watch it and now it’s just too late. IT’S TOO LATE, I’M SORRY! I CANNOT HELP YOU!
The Good Wife – CBS – 9pm – I’m a relatively new Good Wife convert; I binge-watched my way into season 6 the summer of 2014 and haven’t missed an episode since. This is a damn good show. Even when it’s kind of dumb, it’s still incredibly entertaining. And it doesn’t hurt that Chris Noth still has a very delicious nose, I tell you what. (Old timers here will remember that time an interviewer for Mademoiselle read my Boyfriend write-up about Chris Noth TO Chris Noth, and be pleased to learn he’s still as sexy as ever. I used to have a copy of that article somewhere. I should dig that out.)
CSI:Cyber – CBS – 1opm – It’s back! I don’t know why! Can somebody explain why? ANYBODY? Kthx.
The Flash – CW – 8pm – Nope.
iZombie – CW – I enjoyed season one of this show — it’s not brilliant, but it’s sort of weirdly sweet for a series about a girl who eats brains. I like all the characters, and the idea is a clever pairing of two steadfast TV genres (zombie drama, medical examiner mystery). I admit I got a little tired of it toward the end, but reviews for season 2 are strong. I’m game.
Arrow – CW – 8pm – Nope.
Supernatural – CW – 9pm – I can’t come back until there is no more talk of angels. Has that happened yet?
American Horror Story: Hotel – FX – 10pm – This series has been really hit-or-miss for me. Misses: Murder House (S1), Coven (S3). Hits: Asylum (S2), Freak Show (S4). Where will Hotel fit in? Pattern suggests miss, since it’s an even-numbered season. But Lady Gaga, on the other hand, suggests hit. So does the fact it’s similar to Asylum in root concept — taking a location pretty famous in the horror genre world and using it as a springboard for something new. Plus, I’m a sucker for stories set in contained spaces or contained communities (prep schools, isolated British estates, nuns, army). All signs point to yes. We’ll see what happens.
The Vampire Diaries – CW – 8pm – Nope.
The Originals – CW – 9pm – Nope.
Undateable – NBC – 8pm. Nope.
Reign – CW – Nope. (This isn’t very helpful, is it.)
America’s Next Top Model – CW – I used to watch this show every year, for many, many years. And then I got sort of disenchanted with it. I should’ve hated it from the start, because it’s all about the commodification of women, of course. But there was something about the women early on that was intriguing to me. I cannot explain just what. Partly, it’s because I was younger and dumber back then and I’m more sensitive about these things now that I’m a full-on grown up (somewhere, my mother is laughing at that sentence). But it also seemed to get dumber and meaner with every passing season and I had to quit. I see they’ve now added male models, which might be interesting in terms of being able to compare of how they’re seen and treated by the same people (photographers, designers). But I only have just so much tolerance these days for incessant bickering, which is mostly what this show is about. That was a long way of saying, “Nope.”
The Last Kingdom – BBCAmerica – 10pm. This series, based on the Saxon Stories novels by Bernard Cornwell, looks like the BBC’s attempt to capitalize on the success of Game of Thrones, which is certainly goin’ around these days. The upside is the cast, which features Alexander Dreymon from American Horror Story, Emily Cox, Matthew Macfadyen, and, hello, Rutger Hauer. It’s probably going to end up being too “heroic epic” for me, but I’m definitely game for episode one.