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 – All times are Eastern Standard Time so please adjust for your time zone.

SPRING IS HERE! After the past year of the pandemic things are still a jumbled mess for most people. With only minor pockets of the old realty popping up. However, TV seems to have finally begun to figure this whole thing out and we are getting shows more on the regular. Let’s enjoy the entertainment we have and not worry about about what was.

How did we get to April? Time is so strange lately. What have you enjoyed on TV from the past 3 months? And what are you looking forward to this in April? Shall we get into a new month with new #SetTheVCR picks?

Sammy Younan

Monday, March 29

Independent Lens: Til Kingdom Come (10pm / PBS) – The latest Independent Lens documentary is Til Kingdom Come which explores the alliance between America’s evangelical Christians and the Israeli government and of course: that whole End-Times apocalyptic countdown (can prophecy be wielded as a political tool?). Oh yes right? I wanna know the history of the bond between Evangelicals and Jews rather than modern experience “Trump moved the Jerusalem embassy” kinda thing. We’ll see: faith, power and money is one of America’s taglines. (Sammy)

Nailed It: Double Trouble (Anytime / Netflix) – Ever since Candice got me into this show I have been a big fan and supporter of it. The show’s host Nicole Beyers is just so much fun and makes even these terrible bakers feel good about what they are doing each episode. It’s part of the new breed of competition shows that celebrate the attempt over the results. Plus some of these trainwreck baking are pretty impressive on just how bad they really are. (Mr. Green)

Tuesday, March 30

Manifest (3am / Peacock) – Later this week on April 1st the third season of Manifest premieres; still focusing on the mysterious return of Flight 828’s doomed passengers. 3 seasons later that’s one season longer than Resurrection and 2 seasons longer than The Returned. These presumed dead yet mysteriously returned TV shows are popular though they rarely last long to fully reveal all their secrets. With Manifest the premise is simple even if the mystery remains complicated: “After being presumed dead, passengers onboard Flight 828 return and discover the world has aged five years. As they reintegrate into society, they begin to experience guiding voices and visions, and soon a deeper mystery unfolds.” Think of Quantum Leap “putting things right that once went wrong” with a backdrop of a government conspiracy just nobody is silently smoking. If you haven’t watched any of it or merely want a recap since Season 2 wrapped on April 6, 2020, both seasons are on Peacock for Americans and for Canadians it’s on Crave under the TV tab. Sometimes ya gotta Manifest the past before flying to your next destination. (Sammy)

Supergirl (9pm / CW)SERIES PREMIERE! As Supergirl returns it also marks for the last time as this is the finale season of the show. Kara and the crew are battling the usual menagerie of villains and of course still dealing with Jon Cryer’s Lex Luthor. I’m glad they get to have this final season to finish telling the story they started six years ago. hopefully, fans of the show get everything they want from this finale run of episodes. (Mr. Green)

Wednesday, March 31

Resident Alien (10pm / Syfy Channel) – The 10th Resident Alien episode concludes Season 1 tonight. Thankfully it’s been renewed for a second season in March. In comics, the debate is often, do you read/buy the monthlies or wait for the trade? What about TV shows? Do you wait for the whole season or do you watch weekly? It’s been strange to watch the Disney+ MCU TV shows weekly; even though that’s how I grew up to go back to that is strange. Not that I binge either: it’s just nice to know you have all the episodes and you can watch em at your leisure; you dictate the pace. That’s typically my strategy. (The Stand was added to Prime Video on March 19: 9 episodes and I finished it on March 27. It’s all there and not going anywhere: it’s a comforting feeling.) (Sammy)

Mr. Green’s Pick of the Week

Resident Alien (10pm / SyFy)SEASON FINALE! It’s good to see Sammy finally get on board with the current best show on TV. The season has been a roller coaster ride of hilarity. Now the noose is tightening around Harry’s neck as the Government knows where he is and how to get to him. Plus even more of the characters are finding out more of Harry’s secrets. The only bad thing about tonight is knowing that I have to wait a year for the show to return for the already confirmed season 2. I really hope Terry O’Quinn returns his cameo appearance last episode was a lot of fun. (Mr. Green)

Thursday, April 1

Sammy’s Pick of the Week

Creepshow (3 am / Shudder) – One of Shudder’s popular TV shows returns…from the dead! (Not really it returns from the off-season.) In February Shudder announced Creepshow was renewed for a third season however let’s focus on this six-episode second season. We know details about four of this season’s segments, which will be directed by Greg Nicotero. “Anna Camp and Adam Pally will star in “Shapeshifters Anonymous” Parts 1 and 2, written by Greg Nicotero, based on a short story by J.A. Konrath about an unlucky soul who finds himself in need of a werewolf support group; Keith David  (YES!), Ashley Laurence and Josh McDermitt will star in “Pesticide”, written by Frank Dietz, in which an exterminator makes an infernal bargain; and “Model Kid” written by returning Creepshow writer John Esposito (season one’s “Night of the Paw”), is about a 12-year-old monster fan who turns to hand-built model kits to escape his unhappy reality.” I’ve seen this one already it’s “creepy” good fun. You can understand why the show’s tagline is The Most Fun You’ll Have Being Scared. (Sammy)

The Moody’s (9pm / FOX)SEASON PREMEIRE! When The Moody’s first aired as a special a few years back I really enjoyed it. Since then I have wanted it to come back and now finally after many years I get my wish it’s an April Fool’s Day miracle! Dennis Leary & Elizabeth Perkins are the head of the family of misfits who are going through a lot in their lives as they try to get back on track and move forward, by moving back in with their parents. If this season is anything like the first one it’s going to be a solid run of hilarity each week. I can not wait. (Mr. Green)

Friday, April 2

WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn (3 am / Hulu) – So I saw this WeWork documentary at SXSW in early March. It’s frustrating because it fails to fully articulate what prompted the overwrought and hysterical WeWork reactions. Articles, reams of tweets, podcasts, books and now a documentary…why? It’s just another tech company. Or is it? For McDonald’s, their value comes from real estate not selling Big Macs. So we’ve seen that before. And what’s the difference between Adam Neumann, Steve Jobs or Charles Manson?! Just con men selling snake oil with the promise of a better life: it’s branded magic for 3 easy payments. My life will never improve as much as their$. Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop is the latest example. So we’ve seen that before. There’s a lot to unpack here; if you have a chance check out this doc to understand this latest corporate flameout. (And this hasn’t been added to Crave…yet? However Canadian viewers can join the “work-party” during Hot Docs 2021 documentary film festival (tickets go on sale on March 30 that “works” right: everybody gets to see the unicorn.) (Sammy)

Concrete Cowboy (3am / Netflix) – I’ve been hearing a lot about this film since it was announced that Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin was going to be starring in it. Then to find out that Idris Elba was also in it and many more the energy began to rise. Then the pandemic hit and what would have been a theatre release and Oscar bait kept getting pushed around like so many other films. Now the world will get to see what the hype was about. The film looks to be a potential breakout role for Caleb and make him the one Stranger Things cast member to become a superstar over the next few years. (Mr. Green)

Saturday, April 3

2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament (2pm & 5pm / CBS) – Live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis The Final Four hit the floor in the semifinals of the 2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament. One Shall Stand; One Shall Fall. (Sammy)

Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Anytime / Disney+) – After the first episode, I was lukewarm on this show. After episode two, I have been re-energized with Sam & Bucky, finally interacting for the running time. If this energy and style keep up, it will be the show I was expecting for the last few months before it dropped on Disney+. Plus, I’m all in for the serious Nick Miller/Tran energy going on in Bucky’s storyline. (Mr. Green)

Sunday, April 4

The Snyder Make The Cut (Anytime / Netflix Canada) – Is Zack Snyder’s Justice League the director’s masterpiece? (Right now my vote is Dawn of the Dead!). Netflix Canada has added 2 of his classics: Watchmen and 300 if you want to revisit those in light of his recent Justice League work. Watchmen is pitch-perfect; highly respectful of the original fantastic comic book if soulless while 300 is so much fun. (Speaking of fun on May 21, 2021, Netflix will release Army of the Dead. I’m in for that: like Hurricane Heist but with zombies, not a hurricane.) Or! Or is the best yet to come and Zack Snyder hasn’t made his masterpiece yet? (Sammy)

Gangs of London (10pm / AMC)SERIES PREMIERE! Finally, after a year since its BBC premiere, North America finally gets to see what the show is all about. The son of a gangster looks for his father’s killer and wages a bloody war on all in his path to the truth. Watching the trailer again it’s clear this is not the life for me but I can enjoy watching some bad-ass people do horrible things to each other in entertainment. Getting my popcorn and a cozy blanket to get ready for some of the old ultra-violence. (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!