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.
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We are in the thick of it now. The fall season is well underway and we have our last of the new streaming services starting this week. You literally can’t say there is nothing on anymore. It may not be what you want to watch but there is something playing somewhere for everyone. Plus the launch of The Mandalorian and the return of The Man in the High Castle! Cable shamable.
Well, we welcome to the tv proceedings Disney+. Last week we welcomed AppleTV+ (these streaming names are getting dumber as we go along: Netflix as a name actually makes sense!) Thankfully HBO Max won’t debut under May 2020. How are you doing? Are you overwhelmed or worse underwhelmed? This is is how we’re closing out 2019!Sammy Younan
Monday, November 11
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His Dark Materials (9pm / HBO) – Lyra arrives to her new life in London, determined to find Roger with Mrs. Coulter’s help; the Gyptians continue their search for the missing children and the elusive Gobblers. So far this is far superior to the film from 2007. I’m digging it. (Mr. Green)
Tuesday, November 12
The Mandalorian (6am / Disney+) – Alright: I’m In! Unlike my co-host Mr. Green I’m “luke-warm” when it comes to Star Wars. The current crop of characters are not all that captivating (especially BB-8!!) so I’m hoping this show remedy’s this issue. Thing is one of the discussions we’re not having is budgets vs audiences. HBO’s Watchmen is not even pulling a million viewers; that’s a lot of time and money for a small group of people. As streaming continues to fracture audiences what will be considered successful enough to warrant a second season or more than 1 season? That’s my hesitation with shows like this: Swamp Thing was done before it even started! We’re at a curious time and place with our tv viewing. For now, I cautiously fire up The Mandalorian and see where this all goes. Ok, Mr. Green… take it away! (Sammy)
The Mandalorian (6am / Disney+) – It’s finally here Disney+ streaming service and with it comes The Mandalorian. This was a show I did not care about when first announced. TBH I’m not a fan of Boba Fett anymore. Like Wolverine in Marvel or Batman in DC way too overhyped and used. Did we really need to whole Jango/Boba storyline in the prequels, nope! But here we are and I have started to get excited for this series over the last few months. It feels like Favreau is going to give us a Star Wars space western and that looks to be fun. If this is great I may just turn around on my anti-Boba Fett stance but only if Boba is in no way related to the Mandalorian. Plus this will help tide us over until we get that juicy Christmas present on December 20 The Rise of Skywalker! Oh and don’t miss Friday, November 15th as episode two will be hitting the service as well and every Friday after that. Man, it’s great to be a Star Wars fan in 2019. (Mr. Green)
Wednesday, November 13
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Nancy Drew (9pm / CW) – Surprisingly this show isn’t that bad at all. Yes, it’s still a CW show so expect the usual level of melodrama and angst that most of the shows on the network have. However, with Drew it comes with some fun crime-solving high jinx. I’ll keep watching until it hits a wall which it hasn’t yet but it does skate close to it at times. (Mr. Green)
Thursday, November 14
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Supernatural (8pm / CW) – Sam and Dean look to be hunting a werewolf in this week’s episode. Plus it feels like another monster of the week episode like the old days of season 1. This combined with last week’s show which also fit the old classic Supernatural vibe. It has been a nice look back on what got the boys to where they are now. Hopefully, as we move forward we keep up on the quality that the fans deserve on this farewell tour. (Mr. Green)
Friday, November 15
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Klaus (3am / Netflix) – A new telling of how Santa Claus well sorta, watch the trailer. From the creator of Despicable Me comes this new animated version of the world’s most famous toymaker. In this, a terrible postman named Jesper gets stationed in the Arctic where no one writes letters. He soon learns of Klus a carpenter who has a house full of toys. When he suggests to let him deliver them for free Jesper and Klaus are on a collision course with history. It looks really good. Period. Just watch it you bah-humbug it’s getting to be the season to enjoy festive holiday movies and this looks like it could be a solid addition to the genre. (Mr. Green)
Saturday, November 16
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Peaky Blinders (Anytime / Netflix) – I recently came back to the series after I tried to watch it back when it started. I was at a family gathering when it was suggested to put it on. We started with the first episode and I binged all 5 seasons over weeks afterward. That’s not as impressive as it sounds as each season is only 6 episodes each. Still, it was great getting to sit down and watch something as good as this. My only regret was not trying again sooner. Now go watch some great TV. “By order of the Peaky FUCKING Blinders!” (Mr. Green)
Sunday, November 17
Watchmen (9pm / HBO) – This show continues to surprise each week. The fact that Damon Lindelof is behind this hasn’t pushed me away but makes me wary of it falling apart at some point. Regina King is fantastic as Angela Abar/Sister Night. Now with Jean Smart as Laurie Blake joining the cast it only has gotten better. It is so far a very deserving sequel to the comic that didn’t need one but here we are and it’s good. (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!