Week in TV: 1/22 Magicians, Face Off & The CW Returns in a Big way

By Alyssa & DRWHO42

January continues to impress with a couple of new entries this week, the anticipated Riverdale on The CW and the reality show Hunted on CBS. Riverdale has an air of a mature teen crime drama done right and is getting positive early reviews. Hunted (based on UK series of the same name) is a reality-based competition where the contestants are fugitives who attempt to evade capture for a cash prize. It feels like a cross of The Amazing Race and the SWAT Team, it could be interesting if you have ever thought about bugging out.

The premieres last week were a mixed bag, we strongly encourage you give PBS’s Victoria a try. The other historical drama, The Frontier sneaks up on the watcher & demands full attention when Jason Momoa takes center stage. If learning history and strong characters are of interest- watch this show. Six is almost good, certainly good enough for another episode or two. Timeless’s winter premiere was a great start and the stories keep getting better.

The “Hero Channel” aka The CW is bring back their full heroic series team this week including Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supernatural.  On the SyFy channel this week be on the look out for The Magicians, back for Season 2, and Face Off, back for Season 11. If you have not seen The Magicians yet you can catch up on Season 1 currently available on Netflix. The Shondaland lineup of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder along with Quantico return this week and will be the highlight for ABC.

Lastly, we will say adieu to The Librarians and Frequency which cap off their seasons this week.

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: Supergirl, Quantico, Flash, Arrow
On-going: Victoria, Emerald City, Sleepy Hollow, The Blacklist, Blindspot, The Big Bang Theory, Agents of SHIELD, Colony, Taboo, Timeless, Gotham
Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Westworld, Glitch, Incorporated, Elementary, Voltron, The Magicians

Alyssa’s picks:
New/Returning: Riverdale, Hunted, Magicians, Face off,
Watching live +3:  Vikings, Sherlock, Emerald City, Bones, Taboo,  Incorporated, Colony, Victoria, Timeless, Six, Arrow & Legends of Tomorrow
Still Stacked up: The Exorcist, Van Helsing, Z-nation, The Flash, Gotham, Blindspot, Supergirl, Shooter, Marvel AoS, Falling Water, The Frontier.

Notable geek shows are highlighted in red.

Sunday, January 22, 2017
3:05 pm
FOX     NFL Special: NFC Championship Game – Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons
6:40 pm
CBS     NFL Special: AFC Championship Game  – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots
8:00 pm
TNT     Librarians: And The Wrath Of Chaos [3rd Season Finale]
PBS     Mercy Street: Balm In Gilead [2nd Season Premiere]
10:00 pm
CBS     Hunted: The Internet Never Forgets [Series Premiere – Special Night & Time]

What does it take to be a fugitive? Find out when this exhilarating real-life manhunt kicks off in the new year! Could you escape if you were being Hunted by the best in law enforcement? See what it takes when the thrilling new reality show premieres. Nine teams of two people attempt the nearly impossible task of disappearing and evading capture for 28 days in a 100,000 square mile region in the southeastern United States. If they succeed, each of the nine pairs will win a grand prize of $250,000. But it’s not going to be easy disappearing in today’s hyper-connected digital world.
The fugitives will be tracked by highly skilled law enforcement experts who combine traditional tactics with state-of-the-art methods. Hunters in the field and investigators in the command center will work together to identify clues, potential hiding places, and collaborators. They’ll search the homes of their targets and scour their internet and phone histories, seeking out behavioral patterns and getting closer to their ultimate goal: capture. Read More & Trailer

PBS     Secrets Of The Six Wives: Divorced [Series Premiere]

Monday, January 23, 2017

7:30 pm
CARTOON     Adventure Time With Finn And Jake: Two Swords [8th Season Premiere]
8:00 pm
CW     Supergirl: Supergirl Lives [2nd Season Winter Premiere]
9:00 pm
CW     Jane The Virgin: Chapter Fifty-two [3rd Season Winter Premiere]
10:00 pm
HBO      Special: Beware The Slenderman [2-hour Special Presentation]
10:01 pm
ABC     Quantico: Cleopatra [2nd Season Winter Premiere – New Time Slot]

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
8:00 pm
CW     Flash: Borrowing Problems From The Future  [3rd Season Winter Premiere]
9:00 pm
CW     DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow: Raiders Of The Lost Art [2nd Season Winter Premiere – New Time Slot]
SYFY     Face Off [11th Season Premiere]

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
3:01 am
HULU     Path [2-hour 2nd Season Premiere]
8:00 pm
THE CW     Arrow: Who Are You? [5th Season Winter Premiere]
CBS     Hunted: Snitches Get Stitches [Time Slot Premiere]
9:00 pm
CW     Frequency: Signal Kiss [1st Season Finale]
SYFY     Magicians [2nd Season Premiere]
10:00 pm
USA     Suits [6th Season Winter Premiere]

Thursday, January 26, 2017
8:00 pm
ABC     Grey’s Anatomy: You Can Look (but You’d Better Not Touch) [13th Season Winter Premiere]
CW     Supernatural: First Blood [12th Season Winter Premiere – New Time Slot]
9:00 pm
CW     Riverdale: Chapter One: The River’s Edge [Series Premiere]

 The upcoming show is actually a live-action adaptation of Archie Comics, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year — but don’t expect it to be as innocent. According to the show’s official synopsis, the story will have a much darker spin on the popular comics as students from a small-town high school try to cope with the recent death of one of their classmates.      Trailers

9:01 pm
ABC     Scandal: Survival Of The Fittest [6th Season Premiere]
10:00 pm
ABC     How To Get Away With Murder: We’re Bad People [3rd Season Winter Premiere]
CBS     Pure Genius: Lift Me Up [1st Season Finale]

Friday, January 27, 2017
3:01 am
NETFLIX     Home: Adventures With Tip & Oh: Complete Second Season [2nd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX     Kazoops: Complete Second Season [2nd Season Premiere]
AMAZON     Z: The Beginning Of Everything: Episodes 2-10 [Series Premiere]

Z: The Beginning tells the story of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the brilliant, beautiful Southern Belle who became the original flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyant Jazz Age.  Starring: Christina Ricci 
, David Hoflin Read more  Trailer

Saturday, January 28, 2017
12:30 pm
DISNEY XD     Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution: Civil War Part 4: Avengers Revolution (#326) [3rd Season Finale]

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.