Week in TV: 2/19 Patriots and Redemption

By Alyssa & DRWHO42

It is a quiet week for new entries however there are two which may draw your attention – Patriot and The Blacklist: Redemption. While the pilot for Patriot, on Amazon, aired in 2015 the series starts this week. The buzz is positive and centers the intelligence officer John Travner (played by Michael Dorman) as he assumes a mission to prevent Iran from going nuclear. There are obstacles he runs into during the course of his mission which he is forced to contend with. While it’s described as either offbeat or a comedy, it’s more of a study in the saying “what can go wrong, will”. There is dark humor some hilarity that ensues which should present something different for viewers. The second series we would like to highlight is The Blacklist: Redemption from NBC. This is a spinoff from The Blacklist staring Ryan Eggold (from The Blacklist), Edi Gathegi, and Famke Janssen. The series centers on a covert mercenary organization that is called to solve problems too dangerous for the government to handle. The characters were introduced last season on The Blacklist and we are expecting a Blacklist-like series without “Reddington”. We trust the production values and scripts will be good quality and worthy of the title Blacklist.

The Good Fight is worth calling attention to since it’s the first original show to debut on the new pay-to-play outlet, CBS on Demand. It is still unclear if we’ll be able to view the entire season of an original series like The Good Fight when it debutsCurrently, CBS is airing the first episode of The Good Wife on the CBS network with extra features available to CBS on Demand subscribers. CBS has said it or Star Trek: Discovery would only be in the On Demand listing and would not be available for free viewing. We are still awaiting details on viewing options and release plans.

Lastly, we will say goodbye to Son of Zorn, Six, Timeless, and The Wall which wrap up their first seasons this week.

Looking back at the prior week we were impressed with the returns of the Walking Dead & Humans. The Blog team started the weekly TWD recaps, last Sundays episode recap is here.

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: Blacklist: Redemption
On-going: 24!, Legion, Victoria, Emerald City, Sleepy Hollow, The Blacklist, Blindspot, The Big Bang Theory, Agents of SHIELD, Colony, Taboo, Timeless, Gotham, Supergirl, Quantico, Flash, Arrow, Black Sails, The 100, Legends of Tomorrow
Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Westworld, Glitch, Incorporated, Elementary, Voltron, The Magicians

Alyssa’s picks:
New/Returning:  Blacklist: Redemption
Watching live +3: The Expanse, Training Day,  Magicians, Face off, Bones, Colony, Victoria,  Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Six, 24 Legacy, Legion & APB
Still Stacked up: Riverdale, Vikings, Emerald City, The 100, The Exorcist, Van Helsing, Z-nation, The Flash, Gotham, Blindspot, Supergirl, Shooter, Marvel AoS, Falling Water, Incorporated, Taboo, The Frontier, Timeless,.

Notable shows are highlighted in red.

Sunday – February 19, 2017
8:00 pm
CBS    The Good Fight: Inauguration [Series Premiere]

The Good Fight picks up one year after the events of the final broadcast episode of The Good Wife. In the new series, an enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia Rindell, while simultaneously wiping out her mentor and godmother Diane Lockhart’s savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, they join Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms. Click for more info  Click for the trailer

NBC  Special: The Paley Center Salutes NBC’s 90th Anniversary [3-hour Special Presentation]
8:30 pm
FOX    Son Of Zorn: All Hail Son Of Zorn [1st Season Finale]
9:00 pm
HBO    Big Little Lies: Somebody’s Dead [Series Premiere]

In the tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California, nothing is quite as it seems. Doting moms, successful husbands, adorable children, beautiful homes: What lies will be told to keep their perfect worlds from unraveling?
Told through the eyes of three mothers – Madeline, Celeste and Jane – Big Little Lies paints a picture of a town fueled by rumors and divided into the haves and have-nots, exposing the conflicts, secrets and betrayals that compromise relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors.  Click for more info  Click for the trailer

CBS    NCIS: Los Angeles: Payback [New Episode – Special Time]
9:30 pm
FOX    Bob’s Burgers: There’s No Business Like Mr. Business Business [New Episode – Special Time]
10:00 pm
SHOWTIME    Billions: Risk Management [2nd Season Premiere]
ABC    To Tell The Truth: Tracee Ellis Ross, Iliza Shlesinger, Cedric, Joshua Malina [2nd Season Winter Finale – Special Time]
VICELAND    Trapped: Episode 1 [Series Premiere]

A dead body is found on a ferry approaching a small Icelandic town. Click to read more  Click for trailer

10:30 pm
HBO    Crashing: Artie Lange [Series Premiere]

Pete is a sheltered suburbanite who is married to his childhood sweetheart and dreams of making it as a stand-up comedian. But when he finds out his wife is cheating on him, Pete’s world unravels, forcing him to reevaluate his priorities. Pete flees to the New York comedy scene, where he crashes on other people’s couches, learning hard lessons about life and himself in the process. Click to read more  Click for trailer

Monday – February 20, 2017
8:00 pm
NBC    American Ninja Warrior: All Stars [2-hour Special Presentation]
9:30 pm
A&E    Bates Motel: Season 4 Recap [Special Presentation]
10:00 pm
A&E    Bates Motel: Dark Paradise [2nd Season Premiere]
NBC    Timeless: The Red Scare [1st Season Finale]

Tuesday – February 21, 2017
8:00 pm
NBC    The Wall: Ashle And Xandi [1st Season Finale]
10:00 pm
TBS    The Detour: The City [2nd Season Premiere]

Wednesday – February 22, 2017
9:00 pm
TNT    Major Crimes: Heart Failure [5th Season Winter Premiere]
10:00 pm
PBS    City In The Sky: Part 3 Of 3 [1st Season Finale]

Thursday – February 23, 2017
9:00 pm
NBC    Blacklist: The Apothecary [4th Season Winter Finale – Special Time]
9:01 pm
ABC    How To Get Away With Murder: He Made A Terrible Mistake / Wes [2-hour 3rd Season Finale – Special Time]
10:00 pm
NBC    Blacklist: Redemption: Leland Bray [Series Premiere]

In this thrilling new spinoff, the world’s most elusive criminals from Red’s infamous list come together to form an elite mercenary team as they try to regain their self-worth after a lifetime of inflicting damage on the world. Seeking redemption for their past transgressions, this new group solves problems governments don’t dare touch. Blacklist undercover operative Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) joins the team’s brilliant and cunning chief, Susan “Scottie” Hargrave (Famke Janssen), as well as lethal assassin and Tom nemesis Matias Solomon (Edi Gathegi), as they aim to be a force for good and right dangerous wrongs. Along with highly skilled members Nez Rowan (Tawny Cypress) and hacker Dumont (Adrian Martinez), they will undertake seemingly impossible missions — all in the hopes of repairing their damaged souls. Click to read more  Click for trailer

Friday – February 24, 2017
3:01 am
AMAZON    Patriot: Episodes 2-10 [Series Premiere]

To prevent Iran from going nuclear, intelligence officer John Tavner must forgo all safety nets and assume a perilous “non-official cover” — that of a mid-level employee at a Midwestern industrial piping firm. Starring:  Michael Dorman, Kurtwood Smith, Michael Chernus. Click to read more.  Click for trailer

NETFLIX    Ultimate Beastmaster: Complete First Season [Series Premiere]

Ultimate Beastmaster is an upcoming competition reality show that is set to premiere on Netflix on February 24, 2017. The show will consist of 10 episodes which will be released simultaneously on Netflix worldwide. Click to read more   Click for trailer 

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.