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.
All times are Eastern Standard Time so please adjust for your time zone.
We are knee-deep into the fall TV season, how’s it been treating you? Me? Not too bad so far. New shows like The Unicorn, Stumptown and Perfect Harmony have been fun to watch. Bluff City Law not so much. On the returning side The Goldbergs, The Flash and Supernatural felt just right coming back. Schooled on the other hand got expelled. Now let’s see what this week brings. Don’t worry after the Hell in the Cell PPV (*shudder*) last week there won’t be any wrestling on the list for a while.
As the Fall season’s chill slowly settles into your bones let’s all gather around the television for warmth and community.Sammy Younan
Monday, October 14
The Magic of David Copperfield V (YouTube) – On Thursday I reference The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears first broadcast on April 8, 1983. The popular magician was accompanied by special guests Morgan Fairchild, Michele Lee, Eugene Levy, William B. Williams, and Lynne Griffin. If you wanna see it to get my cheezy joke and/or want to see it because it’s magic and magic is always cool…I recommend checking it out. It is a fun special, a
The Terror (9pm / AMC) – FINALE! This show is one of the best things on TV right now and possibly this year. Such a great show dealing with a horrific part of America’s past. It uses the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II as a backdrop for a ghost story. What impressed me was how well both sides of this story are being served each week. It’s no easy feat to pull off considering how serious some of the subject matter is regarding the Japanese internment. This, of course, is helped by the wonderful performances throughout the season. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend that you do. (Mr. Green)
Tuesday, October 15
Arrow (9pm / CW) – PREMIERE! I quit this show back in season 6. It just got to be too much each week. Now I’ll admit I’m interested this year knowing that it is the end. Plus I’m looking forward to seeing Oliver die in the Crisis event. This season, however, will be like a best of hits show. Oliver is going to be revisiting some of his past so we will be seeing some old faces reappear during the season as we build up the inevitable Crisis crossover event. (Mr. Green)
Wednesday, October 16
Limetown (Anytime / Facebook Watch) – PREMIERE! Limetown is a part of a burgeoning trend from the past couple of years: podcast to TV. Granted this is on Facebook Watch so how many people will see this—meaning will it actually contribute to the extension of the trend—remains to be seen. Much like the residents of Limetown. All 300 of them have disappeared and it’s up to Jessica Biel to get to the bottom of this (fictitious) mystery. Thankfully she’s joined by Stanley Tucci. (Sammy)
Stumptown (10pm / ABC) – I have really been liking this show so far and Colby Smulders is great as Dex. Last week we saw Dex get bamboozled (that is a word that just doesn’t get used enough!) by her new mentor P.I. Artie Banks as she needs to get her apprenticeship hours. This week the story continue after Dex promises to get vengeance for her client against Artie and Randall Tapper. Everything about this show has been so fun to watch. (Mr. Green)
Thursday, October 17
Liberty: Mother Of Exiles (9pm / HBO) – I’m probably alone in this but when I think of the Statue of Liberty, the first thing I think of is… David Copperfield. After all, the blouse wearing magician did make her disappear in 1983. Anyways this is an HBO documentary about freedom and hope and refugees and immigrants and New York City, basically America. A country
Supernatural (8pm / CW) – Ok fair warning this show will probably come a lot on this list a) because I’m a fan and b) it’s the last year, so get used to it. After Chuck invoked the end-times to their reality Sam, Dean and Castiel with the help of a demon were able to lock all the returning souls to a small Kansas town for now. However, it’s a short term fix as they try to put the cork back in the bottle. last week I said I hoped they actually faced season-long end-times level threats instead of putting a stop-gap in place. While yes they did that here it does seem different this time. I really hope they keep the peddle to the floor on the threat level and make this an epic season. The opening 10mins of the show were pretty tense overall. Plus the ties to season one were a nice touch. (Mr. Green)
Friday, October 18
Living With Yourself (3 am / Netflix) – It’s one of those Fridays when I wish Netflix would space things out. It is what it is however because, I do not possess
Eli (3am / Netflix) – Since Sammy already recommended my other pick tonight, I thought it’s almost Halloween so why not go really spooky dark. Eli has an unknown illness that is preventing him from living his life fully. In an effort to help him overcome this illness his parents take him to a remote clinic in the middle of nowhere to seek treatment. That’s when shit goes off the rails for Eli. This at first looks to be a medical thriller but the trailer soon reveals that may just be one part of the overall terror to be found here. The creep factor increases dramatically by the end of the trailer. (Mr. Green)
Saturday, October 19
Austin City Limits (11 pm / PBS) – When I interviewed Steve Earle he deftly summed up President Trump as somebody who goes to a baseball game but leaves in the 7th inning. I’m sure we’ll be enjoying similar witty observations when he salutes his sometime mentor Guy Clark on Austin City Limits tonight. (Sammy)
Carnival Row (Anytime / Amazon Prime) – Since there is nothing better on tonight I give you a great option to fill your night. The show dropped back in August and I have been watching it since. A steampunk revision of our history with the Fae (fairies) living in the world of man. The story takes place mainly in the fictional city of Burgue. Beyond that there is not a lot of real information about this world or if it’s supposed to actually be our world at all. The only other place we spend any amount of time at is a fallen Fae town Terronock which where Philo and Vignette meet for the first time during the war. While there are plenty of real-world analogies, there is also plenty of magic and wonder on display as well.
Sunday, October 20
Watchmen (9 pm / HBO) – PREMIERE! Emotionally I am all over the place with this tv show. It’s from Damon Lindelof who I am not a fan of, when he writes he tends to get Lost. HBO is calling it a remix of the original comic book series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, so I dunno what that means but it makes me leery like McDonalds onion rings. It is on HBO so that’s good. I felt Walking Dead suffered being on AMC (and Constantine really suffered being on NBC!) so we can all be grown-up adults, even when Dr. Manhattan’s blue nudity makes eye contact difficult. Alright, let’s do this thing, who watches the Watchmen? Me for at least one episode. (Sammy)
Watchmen (9pm / HBO) – What Sammy said. But if this still doesn’t tickle your interest then I would suggest Bob’s Burgers which is always fun. (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!