Week in TV: 1/15 Queen Victoria, Voltron, War & Fur

By Alyssa & DRWHO42

January continues to deliver TV gem with a couple of new entries this week, Victoria on PBS, Six on The History Channel, & Frontier on Netflix. Victoria stars Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) as Queen Victoria in this lavishly produced period piece in true Masterpiece Theater fashion. Six is a dramatization yet authentic portrayal of Navy Seal Team 6 during a 2014 mission in Afghanistan. Frontier stars Jason Momoa’s (Stargate Atlantis, Aquaman)  and focuses on trappers in the fight for control over the fur trade in the 18th century.

Awards season continues with The People’s Choice Awards Wednesday. The complete list of nominees are here.

The premieres last week were all great and we strongly encourage you give the trio of Taboo, Sneaky Pete, and A Series of Unfortunate Events a road test. Colony’s Season 2 premiere was a fantastic start to the season.

Returning shows this week include Timeless and Netflix’s Voltron.  Lastly, Sherlock, No Tomorrow, Shooter, and The Good Place cap off their seasons this week. Sherlock’s season while short has been exceptional.

We’re announcing the winter & spring season premieres every Sunday so stay tune to our weekly posts for more details. What shows are you looking forward in 2017? If there are any series that excites you please join the conversation on the FoCC forum and let us know by clicking here.

DRWHO42’s picks:
New: Timeless, Voltron
On-going: Sherlock, Emerald City, Sleepy Hollow, The Blacklist, Blindspot, The Big Bang Theory, Agents of SHIELD, Colony, Taboo
Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Westworld, Glitch, Incorporated, Elementary

Alyssa’s picks:
New/Returning: Six, Frontier, Timeless,
Watching live +3:  Vikings, Sherlock, Emerald City, Bones, Taboo,  Incorporated, Colony
Stacked up: The Exorcist, Humans, Van Helsing, Z-nation, The Flash, Gotham, Blindspot, Supergirl, Shooter, Marvel AoS, Falling Water.

Notable geek shows are highlighted in red.

Sunday – January 15, 2017
7:30 pm
PBS     Sherlock: The Final Problem [4th Season Finale – Special Time]
8:00 pm
FOX     The Simpsons: The Great Phatsby, Parts 1 & 2 [Back-to-back New Episodes]
9:00 pm
Showtime   Homeland: Fair Game [6th Season Premiere]
FOX     Son Of Zorn: The Battle Of Self-acceptance [New Episode – Special Time]
PBS     Victoria: Doll 123 (#4704-120) [2-hour Series Premiere]

In 1837, a diminutive, neglected teenager is crowned Queen Victoria, navigates the scandal, corruption, and political intrigues of the Court, and soon rises to become the most powerful woman in the world. Coming to MASTERPIECE in 2017, Victoria stars Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) as Queen Victoria in a highly anticipated series that follows the drama of the candid, spirited monarch who was perhaps the first woman to seem to have it all.

Following Victoria from the time she becomes Queen through her passionate courtship and marriage to Prince Albert, the lavish premiere season of Victoria dramatizes the romance and reign of the girl behind the famous monarch.

In addition to Ms. Coleman, the stellar ensemble includes Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle, Zen, The Pillars of the Earth) as Lord Melbourne, her first prime minister and intimate friend and Tom Hughes (Page Eight, Dancing on the Edge) as her husband Prince Albert. Read more.   Trailer

HBO   The Young Pope: First Episode [Series Premiere]

From Paolo Sorrentino, director of the Academy Award®-winning film ‘The Great Beauty,’ ‘The Young Pope’ tells the controversial story of the beginning of Pius XIII’s pontificate. Born Lenny Belardo, he is a complex and conflicted character, so conservative in his choices as to border on obscurantism, yet full of compassion towards the weak and poor. The first American pope, Pius XIII is a man of great power who is stubbornly resistant to the Vatican courtiers, unconcerned with the implications to his authority.
The ten-episode series stars two-time Academy Award® nominee Jude Law as Pius XIII, and Academy Award® winner Diane Keaton as Sister Mary, a nun from the U.S. now living in Vatican City. Read more  Trailer

9:30 pm
FOX     Family Guy: Gronkowsbees [New Episode – Special Time]

Monday – January 16, 2017
8:00 pm
THE CW    The Special: Howie Mandel All-star Comedy Gala [2-hour Special Presentation]
9:00 pm
NGC     The Story Of God With Morgan Freeman: The Chosen One [2nd Season Premiere]
HBO     The Young Pope: Second Episode [Time Slot Premiere]
10:00 pm
NBC     Timeless: The World’s Columbian Exposition [1st Season Winter Premiere]

Tuesday – January 17, 2017
9:00 pm
CW     No Tomorrow: No Sleep ’till Reykjavik [1st Season Finale]
10:00 pm
USA     Shooter [1st Season Finale]
TV LAND     Teachers [2nd Season Premiere]
10:30 pm
TV LAND     Throwing Shade [Series Premiere]

Wednesday – January 18, 2017
8:00 pm
ABC     Fresh Off The Boat: Clean Slate [New Episode – Special Night & Time]
9:00 pm
CBS   People’s Choice Awards 2017 [2-hour Special Presentation]
NICKTOONS     The Fairly Oddparents: Certifiable Super Sitter [New Time Slot]
10:00 pm
HISTORY     Six: Pilot [Series Premiere]

HISTORY’s new military combat drama series “SIX,” makes its series debut on Wednesday, January 18 at 10PM ET/PT. The eight episode first season of “SIX” follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six, modern American warriors, whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists. Inspired by real missions, the series authentically captures the inside world of America’s elite Special Operations unit–what these SEALs do, their personal lives, combat and the life-and-death decisions they make to protect and serve their country.  Trailer  Read More  

 

Thursday – January 19, 2017
8:00 pm
NBC     The Good Place: Mindy St. Claire / Michael’s Gambit [1-hour 1st Season Finale – Special Time]
ABC     Grey’s Anatomy: You Can Look (but You’d Better Not Touch) [13th Season Winter Premiere]
9:01 pm
ABC     Scandal: Survival Of The Fittest [6th Season Premiere]
10:00 pm
FX     Baskets: Freaks [2nd Season Premiere]
ABC     How To Get Away With Murder: We’re Bad People [3rd Season Winter Premiere]

Friday – January 20, 2017
3:01 am
Netflix     Frontier: Complete First Season [Series Premiere]

The series centers around Declan Harp, a part-Irish, part-Native American outlaw, played by Jason Momoa, who fights and bludgeons his way through the 18th century Canadian fur trade. The six-episode season centers on the power struggle for wealth and influence in one of America’s first industries. Netflix has already approved a second season. Read More  Trailer

Netflix    Voltron: Legendary Defender: Complete Second Season [2nd Season Premiere]
10:00 pm
HBO     Real Time With Bill Maher[15th Season Premiere]

Alyssa

Alyssa bought her first comic at age 7 & was hooked. She has collected comics most of her life. Recently she has branched out to comic art and books and the occasional Lego. She goes to as many con’s as she can & enjoys the ‘long form’ story telling of TV. She also enjoys new kinds of food- yes, she is a foodie.