Hey not sure what to watch this week on the small screen? No worries #SetTheVCR is here to help you make some of those decisions easier. Each week Sammy Younan and I will give you our picks for each day of the coming week. Please note – enjoyment NOT guaranteed.

Sure you have your old favourites on standby that never change. But maybe you are looking to freshen it up this week. If that’s the case then let us help you. All times are Eastern Standard Time so please adjust for your time zone.

This is not going to be the most compelling week of television. If you have like hobbies this is a good week for that. Puzzles, building model cars…knitting I sure could use a fresh new scarf.  Perhaps a sweater for Mr. Green? Put down your yarn and see for yourself what’s on tv this week!

Sunday, January 20

Crashing (10pm / HBO) – Sigh: Crashing returns for season 3 starting tonight! 2 seasons in and I dunno if I like this show. But I also don’t hate it either. Is there such a thing a meh watching? The basic premise is: Pete Holmes is an established comedian in real life…in the tv show Pete Holmes is up and coming comic dealing with his recent divorce. This season we can expect cameos from  Ray Romano, Amy Schumer and other Comedy Cellar comics as fictional Pete Holmes keeps hustling his way to the top! (Sammy)

Art + Technology (8pm / Bloomberg) – This episode explores whether or not art created by machines is still art. This debate will be going on for several years if not decades as we move forward with technology that could create art autonomously without human intervention. The more I think about it the more I want to watch. These debates always come up when new technology is invented and used by artists to create new art. There was debate around the printing press and recently with the use of photocopiers. Now it’s digital image software like Photoshop and mechanical devices that help create even more complex art. (Mr. Green)

Monday, January 21

Independent Lens – Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (10pm / PBS) – Link Wray’s distorted guitar in his 1958 track Rumble forever altered the sound of rock ‘n’ roll. Link Wray is a Native American and thus begins an exploration of Indigenous cultures and their contributions to our pop music. This documentary played at Hot Docs in Toronto and is a Sundance award-winner so it’s been doing well as it made the rounds. (Sammy)

Arrow (8pm / CW) – Back after it’s mid-winter break. Everything is going smoothly for Team Arrow… yeah right. Shit is going sideways and the team must deal once again with shenanigans with Diaz and others. Honestly is anyone still watching this show? I quit once he got his kid full time. Now I only watch the big crossover event episodes of Arrow each year. Well to each their own. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, January 22

Conan: Season 9 (11pm / TBS) – Ummm, yeah Conan O’Brien gets a premiere date…it’s his new 30 minute format airing 4 nights a week. The band and the set are gone, replaced by a podcast (Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend) interviews with (according to the media release) “brilliant and distinct people.” I’m in…this isn’t how we do late night but perhaps it’s time for a change. So I’m on Team Coco! (Sammy)

Schitt’s Creek (9pm / CBC) – The first Canadian comedy to ever be nominated for Critics Choice Award is back with another episode this week. Obviously, Johnny and Moira are hatching plans & schemes as usual. I’m sure there will be insanity here. However, David and Patrick go looking for an apartment together. I was literally just talking about this last week as to why David was still living at the Motel with his family. Knowing David this will end in a near trainwreck. Ah, the Roses.  (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, January 23

The Magicians (9pm / Syfy) – The Magicians returns for Season 4 and It’s Magic Baby! I actually don’t know if that’s true. I’ve yet to watch an episode however I’ve some friends who work on the show so I’m supporting them. Some love is better than no love right? (Sammy)

The Dictator’s Playbook (10pm / PBS) – A look back on the life and times of Benito Mussolini. In the current political climate around the world, it’s fitting that PBS is doing this series. Hopefully, those of us who wish to not see history repeat itself will watch and use the knowledge to help. The reality is fascism is dangerous sure but it is also very boring. No creativity, no new ideas, no inspirational culture who wants to live with that. Plus they love brown clothes, ugh – brown clothes.  (Mr. Green)

Thursday, January 24

Nothing! – I suppose you could watch Broad City or Kindred Spirits on the Travel Channel…eh. Just join Mr. Green and watch Supernatural. (Sammy)

Supernatural (8pm / CW) – The boys are halfway through their season, the 14th actually. The road is long… so very, very long. But I have stuck with it since the beginning and keep trucking along with it. Sure the stories tend to repeat at this point and the usual boys break up drama happens each year. However, it’s is about the characters now and nothing else. I, like many others just enjoy watching the show each week. (Mr. Green)

Friday, January 25

Roy Wood Jr.: No One Loves You (11pm / Comedy Central) – Yo…this is spot on! Roy Wood Jr.’s last comedy special Father Figure was incredible. He openly talked about… chicken nuggets! I hung out with him 2 JFL 42’s ago and I confessed my adoration for chicken nuggets. And as a black man from the south…he had a lot to say on chicken nuggets. (So wish I’d been able to record that conversation… we went over 20 minutes on nuggets… deep into sauces, McDonald’s… styles… lots of chicken nuggets discussion and debate.)
As such I’m sharing the trailer because anybody who has a deep passion for chicken nuggets I’m willing to invest in. But also, listen to how he phrases equality in America at the end of this clip! That’s his gift, that’s his skill set and why he’s so good. (Sammy)

Polar (3am / Netflix) – Based on the webcomic which is entirely without dialogue. Now Netflix has asked Mads Mikkelsen to become Kaiser Black in this original movie. This might just get us over the hump until May when that other hitman movie is released. This looks all kind of crazy, badass action that we can enjoy. Plus literal finger guns!  (Mr. Green)

Saturday, January 26

Nothing! – Mr. Green knows how the song goes…take it away… (Sammy)

Nothing! – Use this time to catch up on the shows you haven’t watched yet. You know, all the others you have been recording and holding onto until you had time to watch. Well, here you go a whole day to enjoy your back catalogue of viewings. Enjoy! (Mr. Green)

Well, there you go plenty of options for the week ahead. Enjoy yourself and watch responsibly.

If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!