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.
Super Bowl week… which is good… while you’re recovering from heartburn and being gassy from attending a Super Bowl party and eating way too much… here’s something you can watch.
Sunday, February 3
Super Bowl (I dunno…like 10am? / Channel…All of Them!) – I’m an NBA guy however NFL’s Superbowl is fun because – a) the Canadian reactions to such a gaudy American display and 2) I dig chicken wings and chilli. Where the Super Bowl parties at, yo?! (Sammy)
Puppy Bowl XV (8pm / Animal Planet) – Sammy got you with the Super Bowl or as some call it Super Commercials. Anyway, if that’s not your jam than you can maybe skip over to Animal Planet to watch the 15th Annual Puppy Bowl. Team Fluffers is back for a coveted 3-peat. This is edge of your seat entertainment tonight folks! (Mr. Green)
Elvis Goes There (10pm / Epix) – Movie critic Elvis Mitchell talks with filmmakers in highly influential cities like Guillermo del Toro (in LA!), Sofia Coppola (in Paris!), Paul Feig (in London!) and Ryan Coogler (on Oakland!) which is ummm why the new docu-series is called “Elvis Goes There.” Hard to get one past me I tellsya. (Sammy)
The Passage (9pm / FOX) – Hey they made it to episode 4! Nice work people. To be a genre show like this on FOX and make this far is an accomplishment don’t fool yourself. The next big hurdle is getting to 13 episodes, your usual half season order. If they get a back 9 I’ll be shocked though. No statement on the show but one against FOX executives tendency to cancel genre shows quickly. (Mr. Green)
Right Here, Around The Corner (3am / Netflix) – Netflix’s latest comedy special is from Ray Romano! When was the last time dude was on stage? This feels like an Adam Sandler stand up chillicomeback. I’m not a big fan of Ray’s work or his comedy but I’ll check this out. (Sammy)
Thor: The Dark World (9pm / SyFy) – This truly is the darkest timeline when I recommend Thor: The Dark World over anything. My 3rd worst Marvel film is still a better choice than watching the State of the Union address tonight. We got tricked last week with the teasing that it would happen then but this time apparently it’s real. I could make a comment here about unfulfilled promises but well that would be far to easy and should be left to twitter with all the other trash talk. (Mr. Green)
Wednesday, February 6
LA Foodways (8pm / KCET) – KCET is a PBS channel based in California…I say all this in the hopes this documentary will air on other PBS channels like the one we watch in Buffalo. LA Foodways documents Los Angeles’ rich agricultural past but also sadly documents the current plight of feeding its people. It’s weird that anybody should go hungry in America. But here we are… (Sammy)
Criminal Minds (9pm / CBS) – This is supposed to be the last episode of the last season of the show however on January 10th CBS has apparently decided to add a 15th and now totally official last season. It feels like they are taking a page from comics and teasing the end of an era only to keep going. It will be interesting to see if they were able to leave enough wiggle room to lead into a 15th season. They worked this year as the shows last. (Mr. Green)
Thursday, February 7
Nothing – Technically there’s nothing on tonight however as a friendly recommendation why not check out the Mr. Rogers documentary on Netflix: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Sammy)
America Says (9pm / GSN) – So basically this game show is Family Feud but with but the Family Feud construct? Two teams face-off as they guess answers from average Americans about any possible topic. Yeah, no copyright infringement there at all. (Mr. Green)
Friday, February 8
ReMastered: The Killings of Sam Cooke (3am / Netflix) – Back in October Netflix quietly released ReMastered a music documentary series focusing on seminal musical moments: basically it was their 30 for 30 but instead of sports it was music. You may have seen “Who Killed Jam Master Jay?” or “Tricky Dick and the Man in Black” the Johnny Cash doc floating around. Those are all ReMastered. Clearly, Netflix does a terrible job branding the series but also ReMastered is a confusing term…are you updating or restoring an old documentary or something? The one in April is yet another Robert Johnson doc…I dunno why we keep rehashing this…the stuff that’s out there is good. (Sammy)
Nailed It! Mexico! (3am / Netflix) – I have become a huge fan of the original Nailed It! show with Nicole Byers. Netflix looks to create new original content following the old Major Cable Network show idea tool. Lets just take an existing show and rebrand it in another city trope. To be fair if it’s half as good as the original it’s still better than a lot of other TV out there. (Mr. Green)
Saturday, February 9
Nothing – Nothing to watch however since it is Saturday night last night on Netflix The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants dropped. If you do you weekend right it usually becomes The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants am I right? (Sammy)
Nothing – However here’s your chance to go out doing something nice for your loved one. Take them dinner, cook for them whatever you want to do to show how thankful you are for them allowing you to watch all the TV you watch each week. (Mr. Green)
Well, there you go plenty of options for the week ahead. Enjoy yourself and watch responsibly.